Safran to continue supporting U.K. MOD Merlin and Apache helicopter engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a three-year support contract extension with the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency to provide an end-to-end availability service for the RTM322 engines fitted to Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters.

Safran Helicopter Engines will provide an end-to-end availability service for the RTM322 engines fitted to Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters. U.K. MOD Photo
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Covering a fleet of more than 400 engines, the contract represents a continuation of the support provided by Safran for this engine type since 2013, when they bought out Rolls-Royce’s share of the RTM322. Since then, Safran has significantly improved engine reliability and can now boast more than four years of significantly exceeding availability targets for engines, accessories and spare parts.

Safran Helicopter Engines manages this contract from its U.K. facility in Fareham, Hampshire, with more than 40 people on site directly involved. The contract covers the provision of engines, modules, accessories and spares, including maintenance, repair and overhaul, logistics, technical support and technical publications. It runs until March 31, 2022, with additional option years to 2024.

Air vice marshal Graham Russell, director of helicopters at the U.K. MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, commented: “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. Consequently, we are very pleased to have signed this extension to the contract which will ensure continued effective support to the front line.”

The RTM322 engine powers Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters. Cyril Abad Photo

Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said, “We’re delighted to be awarded this contract extension. It shows a high level of confidence from the U.K. MOD in our engine solutions and in our teams. We are committed to earn that trust by providing them with a high level of service, as they prepare to deploy these helicopters aboard the U.K.’s new aircraft carriers.”

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