Heli-One selected for RAF Puma HC2 engine support
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Heli-One for a long-term Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) arrangement for the Puma HC2 helicopter fleet’s Makila 1A1 engines. The new 13 year contract was signed between the MoD and Heli-One on 7 February.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) No. 33 and 230 Squadron’s fleet of 24 Puma HC2s will be serviced by a pool of new, powerful Makila 1A1 engines. Heli-One will support the engines under a service support model that includes the ability to sustain engine availability using Makila 1A1 assets from Heli-One’s own stock if required. The MoD will be able to forecast schedules of expenditure based on planned flight hours logged through an RAF and Heli-One dual reporting system.
Engine repair and deep overhaul activity will take place in Heli-One’s facility in Stavanger, Norway. Heli-One Norway’s Turbomeca-approved engine shop is a centre of excellence for Makila support, and has been repairing and overhauling Makila engines for over 20 years. The scope of the contract will also involve Heli-One technical engineers being permanently embedded at RAF Benson to work as a team with RAF operations staff.
Lars Landsnes, vice president of Heli-One’s European Operation said; ‘Heli-One is exceedingly proud to be helping the MoD pioneer a new way to manage key assets. Everything we have learned from years operating Makila engines in both benign and harsh environments will be of value in helping the RAF achieve optimal mission-readiness.’
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