Co-developed in China: US Homeland Security Orders EC120 Helis

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Magnum’s not here…(click to view full) eDefense Online notes that EADS subsidiary American Eurocopter received an order from the US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection for 10 Light Sign Cutter EC120 helicopters. This acquisition is the first order under a DHS contract that could involve as many as 55 helicopters, with a potential total value of up to $75 million. The EADS release explains that their Light Sign Cutter designation refers to the lightweight class of rotary-wing aircraft earmarked for this mission and is a recognition of the expert trackers known as sign cutters. The EC120s have a number of characteristics useful for security patrol missions, including a very low noise level that makes them less likely to advertise their presence from afar to the targets of their surveillance. Interestingly, a previous DID article identifies the EC120 helicopter as an EADS co-development project with China… EC120(click to view full) The EADS release associated with DID’s article “EADS to Co-develop EC175 Helicopter With China” noted that: “The EC175 project follows in the footsteps of the past programs, which spawned increasingly tight cooperative ties between Chinese industry and Eurocopter. The licensed production of the Dauphin in 1980, followed by […]

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