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Safran to continue UK helo engine support

26th June 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a three-year support contract extension with the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency for the provision of end-to-end availability services for the Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH1 helicopter RTM322 engines. 

This will be for a fleet of some 400 engines, and the contract represents a continuation of the support provided by Safran for this engine type since 2013, when it bought out Rolls-Royce’s share of the RTM322 development. 

Since then, Safran has developed the engine reliability, and says for some four years it has exceeded availability targets for engines, accessories and spare parts. 

The contract covers the provision of engines, modules, accessories and spares, including maintenance, repair and overhaul, logistics, technical support and technical publications, and will run until 31 March 2022 with additional option years out to 2024. 

‘Safran Helicopter Engines has provided highly capable, reliable and responsive support to our fleet of RTM322 engines during the previous contract, consistently delivering high levels of engine availability,’ AVM Graham Russell, director of helicopters at the UK MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, said.

‘Consequently, we are very pleased to have signed this extension to the contract which will ensure continued effective support to the front line.’ 

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