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Thales, SAVIC announce strategic partnership

November 11, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 11, 2014, Zhuhai, China - Thales and Shanghai AVIC (SAVIC) today announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) confirming their partnership to provide joint solutions to the Chinese helicopter market.

Thales will bring its latest certified helicopter avionics know-how and technologies, while SAVIC will bring local expertise of systems integration, software development, customer support and through-life services.

The joint solution will be based on the Thales TopDeck certified helicopter avionics suite providing unparalleled levels of safety for both crew and passengers and integrating the most advanced technologies available on the market today. TopDeck features intuitiveness, advanced interactive
functions and includes high levels of integration providing significant reduction in weight.

SAVIC has already developed a number of avionics suites for Chinese helicopters and its experience in software customization will allow for rapid adaptation of TopDeck to equip new Chinese helicopters and to modernize existing ones.

“Through long term cooperation, we aim to build our presence in China and further develop our joint efforts with the Chinese helicopter industry, commented Olivier Guibert VP, Northern Asia & Country Director China for Thales. The teaming agreement we’re signing today will enable us to offer safe, stateof- the-art and competitive solutions to the Chinese market.”


“Thanks to the partnership with Thales, SAVIC can bring to Chinese customers comprehensive certified avionics suites tailored to their requirements at affordable price.” Said WANG Jinyan, President of SAVIC


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