A British firm has signed a GBP 55 million contract to supply helicopters to the Arab Organisation for the Industrialisation (ADI).
A British firm has signed a GBP 55 million contract to supply helicopters to the Arab Organisation for the Industrialisation (ADI). The firm, Westland Helicopters, based at Somerset in England, is to supply 50 of its multirole Lynx helicopters under an initial contract to the ADI. These will be supplied to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt - the countries that jointly fund the ADI - and it is probable that further contracts will follow.
SYNOPSIS: The Lynx is a general purpose helicopter which incorporated a high proportion of the latest technology. During test flights in the south of England it was put through its paces in various situations to show its adaptability.
Under the agreement between the ADI and Westland Helicopters the first twenty of the fifth helicopters to be supplied will be assembled at the Westland factory in England, and the other will be assembled in Egypt. A joint company, the Arab British Helicopter Company, has been formed for the venture, with the ADI taking a 70 percent shareholding, and Westland Helicopters taking a 30 percent shareholding.
The Lynx can carry a full complement of rockets. This capacity, and its manoeuvrability make it an ideal asset for army, naval and airforce purpose. It is to be used for all these, and other services in the four ADI countries.
Under its initial contract to the ADI Westland Helicopters will provides tools, materials and technical support to enable the assembly of the Lynx in Egypt. Further contracts for the manufacture of at least another 230 helicopters are planned, and these will incorporate a progressively increasing proportion of components produced in Egypt and other ADI countries.