AIRBUS announces new aircraft under development

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The Airbus Helicopter company announced that a new aircraft is under development.

Airbus Helicopters is a company that manufactures aircraft for commercial and military use.

One of the companies main facilities is located in Columbus.

The Columbus plant currently employees around 200 people and they produce about 80 aircraft a year.

On Tuesday, they invited more than 30 journalists from around the world to come and tour the facility.

Airbus also announced during the tour that in addition to the new aircraft they’ve also updated one of their more popular aircraft.

“We’re always looking to improve our product range. A great example is the aircraft behind me which is the UH72A Locota which has… we’ve expanded the mission considerably for that aircraft over the 13 years that it’s been produced with a lot of new equipment and capabilities,” said Vice President of Military Programs Scott Tumpak

“We do have new developments going on, We’ll be introducing a new aircraft in the U.S. over the next 18 to 24 months. The H160 which is really a premiere aircraft we’ll be doing,” said Vice President of AIRBUS North America.

After the stop in Columbus, the European journalists were sent to tour the company’s Mobile, Alabama site.

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