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Paris, Ile-de-France, France, 2020/12/14 - The French government is helping to strengthen Mongolia's civil defence capabilities through a concessional loan granted by the Treasury Department - Heli-Union.com / ThalesGroup.com. Euronext: HO
The country's first helicopter search and rescue centre will be deployed by Héli-Union close to the Ulaanbaatar international airport.
The programme includes provision of a fleet of four helicopters (three Airbus EC145s and one Guimbal Cabri) as well as the construction of a maintenance centre and training facility.
Héli-Union is managing the overall project and has signed a contract with Thales to provide training for EC145 pilots.
French civil security pilots have trained on the same type of Thales systems since 2006. Héli-Union's instructors will therefore benefit from Thales’s specialised expertise in training systems for civil defence missions.
The project will build on the long-standing relationship between Thales and Héli-Union to bring Mongolia access to France's helicopter know-how.
The project also strengthens Thales’s local presence in North Asia, where the Group has won several significant contracts, including the provision of air traffic management solutions for the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia.
“Héli-Union and Thales are combining their expertise for this ground-breaking project in support of civil defence in Mongolia. We are proud of the trust placed in us for pilot instruction and training.” Peter Hitchcock, VP Training & Simulation, Thales
Héli-Union (heli-union.com) is a French helicopter operator and service provider with 60 years of experience in technical and logistical support to various civil and military organizations around the world.Héli-Union is active in several markets: support of civil and state aircraft activities in France and abroad, operation of helicopters in various countries and training of pilots and technicians.This experience allows Heli-Union to offer its customers a turnkey solution for the acquisition of new air assets and the deployment of air operations.Héli-Union is therefore positioned as a "global" partner, offering a wide range of services, in order to support its customers in the implementation of air services.
Thales (thalesgroup.com) is a global high technology leader investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology to build a future we can all trust, which is vital to the development of our societies. The company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers businesses, organisations and states in the defence, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity and security markets to fulfil their critical missions, by placing humans at the heart of the decision-making process.
With 83,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2019 (on a basis including Gemalto over 12 months).