Airbus Helicopters has confirmed that it will launch the development phase of its new X6 heavy rotorcraft at Paris tomorrow.
So far no details of the new helicopter, which will replace the 11t-class H225, have been released.
However, the green light for the development has been enabled through a deal on launch funding struck with the French and German governments.
Meanwhile, the airframer has confirmed that it performed a successful first flight of its new 5.5-6t H160 on 12 June.
The developmental helicopter performed a series of low-level manoeuvres during a 30min sortie at Marignane.