The Swiss procurement agency, armasuisse, and Eurocopter signed a contract for
20 helicopters on April 25th in Berne, Switzerland. Under the Swiss Light
Transport and Training Helicopter (LTSH) program, 18 EC635 for utility and
advanced training missions and two EC135 for VIP/parliamentarian transport
missions have been ordered.
The contract was signed by Dr. Alfred Markwalder, Chief of Armament and Peter
Lyoth, Director Federal Office for Weapon Systems for the Swiss government and
by Philippe Harache, Executive Vice President Customers Directorate of
Eurocopter and Dr. Lutz Bertling, Executive Vice President Governmental
Helicopters of Eurocopter and CEO of Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH.
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH is prime contractor. Deliveries of the helicopters
will take place between the beginning of 2008 and the end of 2009. The first
four machines will be delivered from Eurocopter Deutschland's facility in
Donauwörth, while the next 16 aircraft will be assembled and delivered by RUAG
in Alpnach, Switzerland. RUAG will also be responsible for level O, level I and
level D maintenance of the Swiss Army's EC635s/EC135s throughout their service
The EC635s/EC135s will successively replace the Swiss Army's Alouette III
helicopters. The Swiss Army is the second customer for the EC635 following the
Royal Jordanian Air Force which already has nine in operational service since
2003 and recently placed a firm order for an additional four, plus an option for
Certified in 2001, the EC635 is the military version of the highly successful
light twin-engine EC135 helicopter. It is one of the most versatile helicopters
on the market today. It is designed to carry out military/paramilitary and
public security missions, also including search and rescue, troop transport,
reconnaissance/observation, scout missions, training and vertical replenishment.
The EC635 is also ideal for disaster relief and humanitarian aid missions, for
medevac and for the transport of loads, medical supplies and food.
Its internal equipment can be easily interchanged. For instance, the user can
select one of several seating layouts, or install medical apparatus. The roomy
4.6 cubic-meter cabin is free of obstacles. Cabin access is via two lateral
sliding doors - plus via two large-size rear doors - a feature not offered by
any of the competitors. Thanks to the two rear clamshell doors and the shrouded
Fenestron tail rotor, loading/unloading is performed in conditions of complete
Among the exceptional qualities of the EC635 are its outstanding operational
effectiveness, its day and night mission capability, including NVG missions, its
high performance, and its modern maintenance concept which is particularly
noteworthy. Most of the main components are subject to on-condition maintenance,
which minimizes the time needed for maintenance.
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