February 16, 2022 By Helicopters Staff
Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries signed a contract to support Arrius 2B2Plus engines of the Royal Thai Air Force. The two partners have also renewed an existing contract intended for the Makila engine, first signed in 2017.
Powering the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF), H135 and H225M helicopters, over 12 Arrius and 24 Makila engines are now covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP).
This agreement is executed through Thai Aviation Industries, the certified maintenance centre 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.
“The contract demonstrates the relationship we have built with RTAF over the years and marks a new milestone in our partnerships,” said Valérie Patuel, Managing Director of Safran Helicopter Engines Asia. “We are extremely proud of this continuous commitment for a GSP contract to support Arrius- and Makila-powered rotorcraft.”
Under the GSP, which is part of is part of Safran’s EngineLife Services product, a customer receives the guarantee to have serviceable engines available whenever they need them. Other GSP principles include budget predictability thanks to fixed-price per flying hour and a close technical partnership with the OEM.