Eurocopter yesterday confirmed that it has signed the final binding agreement with Lockheed Martin to offer the NH Industries NH90 for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Programme (MHP). Eurocopter is the majority shareholder in the four-country NH90 partnership.

Lockheed Martin Canada will reveal more details of the agreement in a press conference today. The move allies the NH90, which will be marketed as the MH90, with the only home-grown prime contractor in the competition to supply 28 aircraft.

AgustaWestland is already partnered with systems integrator Boeing and local manufacturer Bell to offer the EH101 for MHP, a teaming arrangement that predates its tie-up with Lockheed Martin on the US101. Sikorsky is offering the H-92 Superhawk, officially launched at Paris yesterday, with a team that includes General Dynamics.

Source: Flight Daily News