If you build it, they will come. Airbus Helicopters might have been following the famous advice of the film Field of Dreams when it invested almost €52 million ($62 million) in a factory in Romania in November 2015. Two years on, the Brasov plant is ready to produce its first H215M, an iteration of the venerable Super Puma. All that is missing is a kick-off order from Bucharest. The Franco-German manufacturer – which has a relationship with Romania’s rotorcraft industry that began in the early days of the Nicolae Ceaușescuera – built the final assembly line in the Transylvanian city in anticipation of a sale to the domestic customer. An order would extend the production life of the rebranded AS332 C1e/L1e and help retain in Romania a competence in helicopter engineering that stretches back to the 1960s.
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