Helibras

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Helibras
Type Joint Stock
Industry Aerospace / Defense
Founded 1978
Headquarters Itajubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Key people Fernando Granco, President & CEO and Luiz Eduardo Mauad, VP
Products Helicopters, aircraft components, mission systems for air and ground operation
Revenue US$6.0 billion
Employees 1,100
Parent Airbus Helicopters (Airbus Group)
Website http://www.helibras.com.br

Helibras or Helicópteros do Brasil S.A. (Helicopters of Brazil, Inc.) is a Brazil-based helicopter manufacturer which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group. Helibras leads the Brazilian market of the turbine helicopters in operation, with 54% stake in the civilian market, emphasis on the segment government whose participation is 85%. The military market share is about 66%.

History[edit]

Helibras was founded 1 January 1978 in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo state. Since 1980, the company has been located in Itajubá, a city and municipality in southwestern Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Formerly Helibras was jointly owned by MGI Participações (MGI Investments - owned by the government of the federal state of Minas Gerais), Bueninvest and Eurocopter. As of 2006, Helibras became a wholly owned subsidiary of Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) which in turn is owned by EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company).[1] It is the only manufacturer of helicopters in Latin America.

Helibras has already produced and delivered about 500 helicopters, 70% of them being Esquilos (Portuguese for Squirrels). Ten percent of total production is exported to Latin American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Products[edit]

Civil[edit]

  • EC 120 Colibri
  • AS 350 B2 Esquilo
  • AS 350 B3 Esquilo
  • EC 130 B4
  • AS 355 NP

Military[edit]

  • EC 120 B
  • AS 550 C3
  • EC 130 B4
  • AS 555 SN
  • EC 635

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