Turbomeca (Safran group) set for European expansion
Sept. 27, 2011, Duxford, U.K. - At Helitech 2011, Turbomeca (Safran group) and its British site, Turbomeca UK, promote an increasing influence in the UK market. The company displays mock-ups of the Arrius and Arriel gas turbines, as well as a 3D presentation of the latest generation Ardiden 3.
By Carey Fredericks
The UK is a major market for Turbomeca with sales to the Ministry of Defence, its largest single customer, and to civil operators who fly a variety of missions covering offshore, EMS and Police support: one customer alone flies ten Arrius 2B2 powered-EC135s. This year, the Arrius 2B2 worldwide market share on EC135s is 60%, as this Turbomeca engine has been selected notably for critical missions in hostile environment.
The UK fleet of Turbomeca engines now amounts to more than 750 in service on nearly 600 helicopters; as well as 350 RTM 322 engines, co-developed with Rolls-Royce and in operational use with all three British Armed Forces.
Turbomeca UK also manufactures a range of components and assemblies for helicopter gas turbines, and propulsion systems for missiles and drones. It also produces complete starting systems for Hawk, Jaguar and Eurofighter Typhoon fast jets.
Growing service capabilities
Turbomeca UK’s Front Office and network of Field Reps is operational throughout the UK and Ireland. The team is key to the success of the organisation and to the increasing number of engines arriving for repair or overhaul at the facility. It is also flexible enough to allow managers and reps to react to customers needs at the earliest possible opportunity, ensuring that the level of support received consistently exceeds the level of service expected.
Turbomeca UK operates from a 7,000m2 state-of-the-art facility in Fareham, Hants. It supports Arriel and Arrius engines and provides a dedicated and fast-reacting service to UK and Irish customers. It is currently finalizing service agreements to secure a significant expansion in its MRO capabilities.