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Safran contract renewed for U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota engine support

September 19, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

Safran Helicopter Engines signed an agreement with Airbus Helicopters to continue supporting Arriel engines powering the U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter fleet. This contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and service agreement supporting more than 900 Arriel 1E2 and Arriel 2E engines, operated by the U.S. Army on its UH-72A and UH-72B aircraft.

This contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines USA, from its Grand Prairie, TX, facility and its office located in Daleville, AL, supporting the training fleet located at Fort Rucker, AL.

Safran Helicopter Engines assembles, tests and supports several Arriel engine variants in Grand Prairie, including the Arriel 1E2 and the Arriel 2E. The U.S. Army Arriel fleet has flown in excess of 2.5 million engine flight hours.

With power outputs ranging from 650 to over 1,000 shp, the Arriel family powers over 40 different rotorcraft. The Arriel is described by Safran as the best-selling helicopter engine in its class, with over 12,000 engines produced and over 50 million flight hours flown.



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