1 September: The NH90 development contract is signed between NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NH Industries. The NH90 is a European collaboration between four countries: France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. NH Industries is the focal point for the NH90 programme which is a French SAS company, based in Aix-en-Provence. It is wholly owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (former AgustaWestland) (32%) and Fokker Aerostructures (5.5%) and is the focal point for these companies for the NH90 programme. Established in 1992, NHI has managed the design, development and entry into service of the NH90 for both NAHEMA and export customers.
20 October: The joint development contract for the EC120 is signed with Catic (China) and Singapore Aerospace Ltd (Singapore).
9 November: Roll-out of the second?Tiger prototype at the Ottobrunn facility in its Gerfaut escort/support version.
13 November: Aerospatiale Helicopter Australia becomes Eurocopter International Pacific, later to become Australian Aerospace in 2002. The subsidiary is inaugurated by Jean-Fran?ois Bigay, president of Eurocopter, and Siegfried Sobotta, co-president of Eurocopter, in the presence of Australian Prime Minister, Paul J. Keating.