Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to supply electric brakes for Eurocopter’s new-generation X4

Vélizy, September 10, 2012 – Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) announced today that it has signed a contract with Eurocopter as a single-source supplier of wheels and brakes for the new-generation X4 helicopter.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will provide the two nose wheels, two main wheels and two electric brakes, as well as several other products: the electronic brake controller (EBC), developed and produced by Safran Electronics Canada, and four brake pedal transmitter units (BPTU).

Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, said, "We are delighted expand our partnership with Eurocopter. The X4 will benefit from our advanced electric brake technology, along with the latest generation of composite friction materials."

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty electric brakes are designed to reduce weight, while retaining excellent friction properties and offering the simplified maintenance needed to meet Eurocopter's in service performance objectives for this new-generation rotorcraft.

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is already partner to Eurocopter on a number of leading programs, including the Superpuma, Dolphin and Tiger.

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group), is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 23,000 aircraft making over 35,000 landings every day. The company employs 6,500 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

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