Air Covers delivers Tiger and NH90 protection to Bundeswehr
The helicopter protection company, Air Covers, has won a contract to support the German Bundeswehr with environmental protection for NH90 aircraft.
To be used in North Africa and the Arctic, the bespoke protective covers were requested to reduce the maintenance burden and increase aircraft
availability on operations. This follows another Air Covers contract win for the Bundeswehr Tiger helicopters.
Using their laser scanners, 5-axis milling and 3D modelling facilities, Air Covers engineers worked closely with the Bundeswehr to match their performance requirements. The result has been protection to significantly reduce the maintenance burden for ground support engineers.
Since 2006 Air Covers have supplied to 16 European and Middle East defence agencies, in particular those on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and have won long-term supply contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence.
John Pattinson, Air Covers CEO, said “We could see how ill-equipped aircraft are to withstand hostile environments such as ice, humidity, sand, salt, heat and UV. Aircraft maintainers and support engineers need fitted protection that’s lightweight, easy to fit and made from fully tested technical fabrics. It needs to perform in the Arctic and Middle East, offshore and on trailer transit. It’s not hard to make a windshield wrap for an aircraft but that won’t do much for you when the aircraft is lashed to the deck in 60kts and the sea’s running through the skids. You need full protection. Sandstorms, 50 degrees below, ocean crossings and sandstorms - this is where we work.” Air Covers technical expertise in fabrics and layering techniques to create convection cooling, their short lead times and ergonomic design have made the company the preferred supplier for many of the world’s defence agencies and utility aircraft operators.
In 2017 Air Covers was approved by Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer. Leonardo Helicopters has approved the company for its AW101 heavy transport helicopter.
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