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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
Number of employees
Parent Airbus Helicopters (Airbus)
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. 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%.


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[when?] 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.




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