Safran Helicopter Engines has signed an settlement with Airbus Helicopters to proceed supporting Arriel engines powering the U.S. Military UH-72 Lakota helicopter fleet. This contract formalizes a Upkeep, Restore and Overhaul (MRO) and repair settlement supporting over 900 Arriel 1E2 and Arriel 2E engines, operated by the U.S. Military on its UH-72A and UH-72B. This contract will probably be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines USA, from its Grand Prairie, TX facility and its workplace positioned in Daleville, AL supporting the coaching fleet positioned at Fort Rucker, AL.

Safran Helicopter Engines assembles, checks and helps a number of Arriel engine variants in Grand Prairie, together with the Arriel 1E2 and the Arriel 2E. The Arriel engine has a stable popularity of reliability and footprint within the U.S., with greater than 3,000 engines in service. The U.S. Military Arriel fleet has flown in extra of two.5 million engine flight hours. With energy outputs starting from 650 to over 1,000 shp, the Arriel household powers over 40 totally different rotorcraft. The Arriel is the best-selling helicopter engine in its class, with over 12,000 engines produced and over 50 million flight hours flown. An Arriel powered helicopter takes off each 15 seconds, on daily basis.


The Arriel 2E engine, with a take-off energy of 894 shp, has been licensed by the European Aviation Security Company (EASA) in December 2012. (Photograph by Safran)

Thierry Derrien, Safran Helicopter Engines USA, President and CEO stated: “Safran Helicopter Engines is honored to proceed working alongside Airbus in offering the engine logistics assist for the US Military fleet of UH-72 Lakota’s. Our group stays able to assist Airbus and the U.S. Military by proximity places and continues to indicate the significance of our U.S. presence.”

Safran is a world high-technology group, working within the aviation (propulsion, gear and interiors), protection and house markets. Its core goal is to contribute to a safer, extra sustainable world, the place air transport is extra environmentally pleasant, snug and accessible. Safran has a worldwide presence, with 76,800 staff and gross sales of 15.3 billion euros in 2021, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional management positions in its core markets. Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s main producer of helicopter engines, with greater than 75,000 produced since being based. It affords the widest vary of helicopter turboshafts on the planet and has greater than 2,500 prospects in 155 nations.