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Safran support contract for German forces’ H145 engines

July 11, 2024  By Helicopters Staff


Safran Helicopter Engines signed a support-by-the-hour contract with Airbus Helicopters for the engines powering the German Bundeswehr’s new fleet of Airbus H145M helicopters. This Support-By-the-Hour (SBH) contract covers in-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for more than 124 Arriel 2E engines, from helicopter entry into service to 2030. This contract is in addition to the SBH contracts already signed for engine support for the German forces’ H145M LUH SOF and H145 LUH SAR helicopters.

The contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany in Hamburg, which monitors and supports 300 helicopter operators in Germany, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, for a total fleet of 2,000 engines.

“Whether through the SBH contract for the H145 fleet, or the Global Support Package (GSP) contract for the NH90 fleet, we support the German forces with the best possible service models, which maximize equipment availability while optimizing costs,” said Mathieu Albert, Safran Helicopter Engines, Executive Vice-President, Support and Services. “Added to this is the construction of new facilities for Safran Helicopter Engines Germany near Hamburg, which will significantly enhance our MRO capacity in this area.”

Safran explains it powers the majority of the German armed forces’ helicopters: the H145 and H145M with the Arriel 2E engine, the NH90 with the RTM322, the Tiger UHT with the MTR390 engine (co-developed with MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and ITP Aero) and the H135 training helicopters with the Arrius 2B1.

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