5 December: The presidents of AVIC Il (Harbin Aircraft Industry Group) and Eurocopter sign the EC175 cooperation agreement. Both companies will invest 300 million euros to develop the new helicopter. The EC175 developed by Eurocopter and AVIC II will feature the very latest technological advances in the cockpit and avionics, plus the five-bladed Spheriflex? main rotor and high energy absorbing airframe.
13 December: Delivery of the first three NH90s to the German Army. The German Army is the first customer to take delivery of the NH90. The aircraft with the serial numbers TGEA02 and TGEA03 will be used for flight training at the German Army Air Corps Weapons School in Bückeburg, while serial number TGEA05 will be used to train maintenance staff.
14 December: The first flight of the HAD version of the Tiger (HAD S/N 5001) takes place in Marignane (France). Compared to the HAP version – armed with an accurate turreted gun, MBDA Mistral air-to-air missile and rocket launchers – the HAD version also features a more powerful engine, Spike and Hellfire air-to-ground missile capabilities, an identification friend or foe (IFF) interrogator function, improved ballistic protection, as well as a new electronic warfare (EWS) system.