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Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site intermediate/depot-level maintenance on 12 Airbus AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion prevention, and support to the Operational Level Maintenance organization upon request.
Heli-One is staffing a facility at the RNLAF Woensdrecht Air Base with project managers, technicians and support crew from Heli-One Poland. The RNLAF benefits from Heli-One’s high level of AS332/532 maintenance expertise, which includes efficient service, industry-leading safety & quality, innovative problem solving, and extensive experience supporting military fleets. Heli-One will support the RNLAF with inspections and maintenance through the end of the Cougar’s current expected service lifespan in 2022, with a potential renewal through 2030.
The RNLAF provide a wide variety of security services to their national citizens and global community. They play an important role in maintaining airspace security around the world and utilize a diverse fixed- and rotor-wing fleet to complete their missions. They operate 12 AS532 Cougars as well as Boeing CH-47, AH-64 Apaches and NHI NH-90 helicopters from several bases around the Netherlands. The maintenance facility is located in close proximity to the Air Force headquarters in Breda.
“We signed a contract for base maintenance for our RNLAF Cougar helicopters with Heli-One. Acknowledgements to the teams for all t heir preparations – a true contribution to support the fleet,” commented Air Commodore Richard Laurijssen. The RNLAF also acknowledged, “By signing this contract with Heli-One as sustainable partner we reach a milestone towards the future life of the Cougars.”
“We are excited to take on this unique opportunity to collaborate closely with the RNLAF to support their Cougars to the end of their service lifespan,” said Eddie Lane, president, Heli-One. “I regard our team as the best in the industry for Super Puma support – having completed more than 150 major inspections for this variant. The RNLAF has a great team at their service and can expect quick and thorough service at the highest levels of safety and quality.”
Heli-One is widely recognized as a global leader in support of the AS332 platform, with more than 30 years of experience. Heli-One has supported both military and civil customers and practically every mission profile that utilizes this adaptable platform. Support offerings include everything from nose-to-tail, including engines and comprehensive PBH support. In-house design teams on two continents have developed more than 40 supplemental type certificates (STCs) for this helicopter type and continue to find innovative solutions for customers to maximize operational capability and efficiency.