Leonardo completes Kopter acquisition

Kopter’s SH09, a new single engine helicopter, was called the “perfect fit” for Leonardo’s line-up by officials prior to the sale’s closing.

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Kopter's SH09 has been called the "perfect" for Leonardo. (PHOTO: Kopter)

Italian helicopter maker Leonardo announced it has closed its acquisition of Kopter Group for US$185 million plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the programme, starting from 2022. Leonardo said the acquisition of Kopter “allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector.”

Primarily based in Switzerland, Kopter has been operating since 2009, originally designated Marenco Swiss Helicopter and later rebranded as Kopter Group AG in 2018. Within the helicopter division of Leonardo, Kopter will act as an autonomous legal entity and competence centre working in coordination with Leonardo.

Kopter’s SH09, a new single engine helicopter, was called the “perfect fit” for Leonardo’s line-up by officials prior to the sale’s closing.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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