Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence have announced plans to set up a helicopter facility in the North African country. This joint venture will include local helicopter assembly, support and training at a brand new industrial facility at Aïn Arnat, in Algeria’s Sétif Province
A 51% share in the facility which is scheduled to become operational in 2021 will be owned by the Ministry of National Defence and 49% by Leonardo.
The joint venture follows on from an industrial and trade partnership agreement signed in August 2016. The new facility will assemble, sell and support several helicopter models, primarily to meet Algeria’s national requirements, but also for the export market. In addition, the joint venture will provide the end users with technical support, maintenance and training services and capabilities.
The Algerian armed forces currently operate several types of Leonardo helicopter, including the AW101 Merlin, AW109, AW119, AW139 and AW159 Wildcat. It has not yet been announced which types will be assembled in the Aïn Arnat plant.