The first flight of the EC-120 light helicopter jointly developed by Eurocopter, Singapore Technologies Aerospace and China's CATIC and HAMC was expected on 10-11 June. The EC-120, seen minus its all-composite main rotor at Eurocopter's Marignanne, France, site shortly before the Paris air show, is due for delivery in late 1997 or early 1998. Eurocopter is technical leader of the programme, with a 61% share, and is responsible for overall design, avionics, final assembly and certification. CATIC/HAMC, with a 24% share, carries out design and production of the complete fuselage structure, while Singapore Technologies Aerospace, with a 15%, stake is in charge of the tail boom and cabin doors.

Source: Flight International