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Westland Helicopters Adopts Mechanical Dynamics' Virtual Prototyping Technology

Second Largest Helicopter Company Installs ADAMS (December 13, 2001)
Westland Helicopters Ltd., an AgustaWestland company, has purchased ADAMS functional virtual prototyping software and selected Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. as a preferred supplier. This is part of Westland's continuing effort to integrate computer- aided design and engineering solutions for improved product development processes.

With annual revenues of more than $2 billion and a civil and defense order book worth approximately $7 billion, AgustaWestland is the second largest helicopter company in the world and is owned 50% respectively by Finmeccanica of Italy and GKN plc of the U.K., pooling the former companies GKN Westland Helicopters and Agusta S.p.A. Operational since February 2001, AgustaWestland provides both civil and military customers with integrated platform solutions that encompass all principal helicopter weight categories for a wide range of missions. In November 2001, AgustaWestland and Lockheed Martin announced a joint effort focusing on the U.S. government medium-lift helicopter market with immediate attention toward combat search and rescue opportunities with the U.S. Air Force.

"We're very pleased that after extensive evaluation, Westland has selected ADAMS as their virtual prototyping standard and a key tool in their product development process," said Robert R. Ryan, president of Mechanical Dynamics. "Their industry leadership requires them to leverage technology in order to stay competitive, and they recognize the benefits of functional virtual prototyping in terms of ending reliance on physical prototypes, saving time and money, and accelerating innovation."

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