Availability contract for Danish EH101 engines
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a seven-year contract with Denmark's Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 14 RTM 322-powered AW101 Merlin operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). Over 50 engines will now be covered by Safran's Global Support Package (GSP).
This agreement satisfies the RDAF requirement for optimum availability of engines during their search and rescue and military operations, both at home or while on deployment.
The GSP optimizes turboshaft availability and enables military operators to focus on their core activities. It guarantees availability at a fixed price per engine flying hour, a close technical partnership with the OEM and provides the customer with full budget control during the contract period. Through this support partnership, a team of Safran Helicopter Engines specialists will be dedicated to maximizing availability of the RDAF’s RTM322.
Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines Executive Vice President Support & Services, said: “This contract marks a major new milestone in our partnership with DALO and the RDAF. We will deliver world-class services to guarantee their engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces”.
Safran and HAL to form JV in India to support Indian helicopter operators
During last Farnborough International Airshow, Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have agreed to establish, in India, a support centre for national and international rotorcraft customers. The joint venture will be opened in the coming months.
This new centre will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters. This scope would be enlarged to include other engines which both partners may further agree. Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL will provide their customers with a first-class service including optimized engine availability.
With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India's armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines. Shakti is the Indian designation for the Safran Ardiden 1H1, co-developed with HAL and produced under license.
T. Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman and Managing Director said: “The venture reflects the close relationship established over many years between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines. It places both partners on an ambitious path towards world-beating customer support in the field of engine MRO”.
Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, commented “this joint venture marks a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL. Together we are committed to delivering world-class support to our customers, both in India and throughout the region”.
Safran and ST Aerospace to support Republic of Singapore Air Force turbines
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a four-year consortium contract with ST Aerospace to support Makila-powered Super Puma rotorcraft operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The 80 Makila 1A and 1A1 turbines involved will now be covered by Safran's Global Support Package (GSP) contract.
Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines Executive Vice President Support & Services, said: “This GSP contract marks a major milestone in our partnership with the RSAF. We will deliver world-class services to guarantee engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces". This long-term GSP agreement with the RSAF will be executed through ST Aerospace, a Singapore-based Safran Helicopter Engines authorized repair center. ST Aerospace will support the consortium for the engine line maintenance, depot repair, and overhaul activities, while Safran provides inventory management and technical support expertise to ensure availability of the RSAF's Super Puma fleet.
Creating new opportunities
in a country where longstanding relationships are already a norm.
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development
The Indian military market has a great need in terms of helicopters; around 1,000 new aircraft are required over the next 15 years. Safran Helicopter Engines and the Indian-state owned helicopter manufacturer, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have been partners for more than 50 years and will continue to combine their expertise to answer the new challenges of this important market. Serge Maillé, Executive Vice President for Strategy & Development, tells us more about his vision for this growing and skilled market.
With the strong will to produce helicopters “made in India", HAL has joined forces once again with Safran to develop and build the much-needed helicopters that can withstand the highly-demanding environmental conditions, in particularly the hot temperatures and high altitudes. For HAL, Safran is the sole supplier of gas turbine engines that equip the helicopters they manufacture, such as Dhruv (Ardiden 1H1/Shakti) and the LUH (Ardiden 1U) for transport of troops, border controls and combat. For Safran, the notoriety of engines such as Ardiden 1 is made in countries like India, where robustness and quality are a must in such harsh conditions.
With the necessary skills and knowledge to design and manufacture aircraft already readily available in India, HAL and Safran are strengthening their partnership and their commitment to the Indian market. Recently announced at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, the two companies are creating a new MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) facility that will be based in Goa. Together, HAL and Safran will support the customers across the country and will provide the expertise and efficiency needed to keep our customers flying.
Safran is also the engine supplier of the Kamov 226 that is powered by the Arrius 2G1 engine, and that might be ordered by Indian Forces.
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