Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries have signed a contract to extend their support to helicopter engines used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF).
The agreement enlarges the scope of support and services to the Arrius 2B2Plus that powers the Airbus H135 of the RTAF, besides the Makila engines used on H225 operated by the airforce.
Powering their H135 and H225M helicopters, over 12 Arrius and 24 Makila engines are now covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). Since 2017, this agreement has proved its efficiency to satisfy RTAF’s requirements for optimum availability during their operations.
The agreement is executed through Thai Aviation Industries, the certified maintenance center supporting all military and civil engines in Thailand. In partnership with Safran, it provides helicopter engine depot repair, inventory management and technical support expertise to ensure fleet availability.
Valérie Patuel, Managing Director of Safran Helicopter Engines Asia, said: “The contract demonstrates the relationship we have built with RTAF over the years and marks a new milestone in our partnership. We are extremely proud of this continuous commitment for a GSP contract to support Arrius and Makila-powered rotorcrafts as we are committed to offering world-class support to our operators”.
Under the GSP, the customer receives the guarantee to have serviceable engines available whenever they need them. Other acclaimed GSP principles include budget predictability under the fixed-price per flying hour system and a close technical partnership with the OEM.
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