Eurocopter's latest model, the EC175, made its first production flight at the company's headquarters in Marignane, France, this week.
According to the company, the helicopter showed "excellent performance" at the hands of pilot Augustin Dupuis.
The EC175 is a next-generation, medium-sized twin aimed at the multi-role market segment.
“With this first production series aircraft now airborne, the EC175 helicopter is a reality, and Eurocopter is very pleased to bring this new product in its civil range to the market,” said Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s President and CEO.
“This first flight is the occasion to confirm our objective – which was to develop, in cooperation with our industrial Chinese partner, AVIC – the safest and best medium-sized rotorcraft, which also is a leader in terms of competitiveness, power efficiency and comfort."
The EC175 was developed using two PWC PT6C turbines producing 1775 SHP each, driving a five-blade Spheriflex main rotor.