Airbus signs JMSDF PBL contract
The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and Airbus Helicopters Japan have signed a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract for Airbus Helicopters' HCare customer fleet availability service, the company announced on 14 October.
The agreement, effective from October 2016, covers parts supply, maintenance and repairs of the TH-135 training helicopters that the JMSDF operates.
HCare is a service that provides customer service in five categories: connected services; training and flight operations; technical support; helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul and upgrades; and material management.
The PBL contract will see payments made to Airbus Helicopters Japan based on the level of equipment performance achieved in terms of availability ratio and stable stock.
The JMSDF has operated the TH-135 since 2011 as a single-engine training platform. The TH-135 is a variant of Airbus Helicopters’ light twin-engine EC135 T2+, and has been adapted for air crew training, with the JMSDF fleet customised to meet requirements.
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