EH INDUSTRIES LIMITED (Subsidiary of AgustaWestland)
EH Industries formed June 1980 by Westland helicopters and Agusta (50 per cent each), to undertake joint development of new anti-submarine warfare helicopter for Royal Navy and Italian Navy. Programme handled on behalf of both governments by UK Ministry of Defence; Westland allocated design leadership for commercial version, Agusta for rear-loading military/utility version; naval version developed jointly for UK and Italian navies and export, IBM Federal Systems (now Lockheed Martin Aerospace Systems Integration Corporation) selected to manage Royal Navy programme in 1991, overseeing and taking responsibility for RN-specific development activity, systems integration and aircraft production and delivery.
Kawasaki of Japan, in conjunction with trading company Okura, signed an agreement in June 1995 for joint marketing and support of the EH101, this to include local manufacture, if warranted by orders.
Partnership between AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing Canada is promoting EH101 in North American market, for the Canadian maritime helicopter programme and for US requirements to replace HH-60G, MH-53E and VH-3D.