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Safran Helicopter Engines signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during the International Paris Air Show, to support helicopter engines operated by the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
Royal Tai Armed Forces is operating Makila-powered Airbus Helicopters H225M aircraft, and Arriel-powered fleet of Airbus H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155, in operation within the Royal Thai Air Force, Army, Navy, Police and Survey Department.
This MoU marks a new milestone between Safran and TAI after the signature earlier this year of a global support package (GSP) to support Makila 2A1 engines operated by the Royal Thai Air Force.
Safran aims to deliver world-class services to guarantee engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces.
This long-term agreement will be executed through TAI, the main aircraft repair and maintenance service provider in Thailand for the Royal Tai Armed Forces and police. TAI, in partnership with Safran, will provide helicopter engine line maintenance, depot repair, inventory management and technical support expertise to ensure availability of the Safran Helicopter Engines’ fleet in operation.
The Safran GSP contract optimizes turboshaft availability and enables military and parapublic operators to focus on their core activities. It guarantees availability at a fixed-price-per-engine-flying-hour and provides the customer with high levels of autonomy and budget control.
Safran Helicopter Engines supports its 243 customers in Southeast Asia and Indian subcontinent through its Singapore-based subsidiary Safran Helicopter Engines Asia.