Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with the New Zealand Defence Power (NZDF) to help the engines of its NH90 fleet operated by the Royal New Zealand Air Power (RNZAF). This Assist-By-the-Hour-Navy (SBH®) contract formalises a long-term Upkeep, Restore and Overhaul (MRO) and companies settlement supporting a complete of 21 RTM 322 engines. This contract will probably be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Australia, in Sydney, which already helps greater than 200 operators flying all through the Pacific Islands (Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia), Australia and New Zealand.

Cédric Jochum, Safran Helicopter Engines Australia Managing Director mentioned: “This SBH® marks a serious milestone within the sturdy partnership that has been constructed over the past decade between the RNZAF and Safran Helicopter Engines Australia whereas supporting their engines”.


From left to proper: – SQNLDR Rebecca Bunting, Resident RNZAF Officer in Australia, Contract Relationship Supervisor – Sébastien Jaulerry, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Assist and Companies – Cedric Jochum, Safran Helicopter Engines Australia Managing Director – WGCDR Glen Graham, Resident RNZAF Officer in Australia, Air Adviser

This contract demonstrates the relevance of the flight hour-based help mannequin for RTM322-powered NH90 customers. Right now, 90 % of RTM322 flight hours are coated by a World Assist Bundle (GSP) or SBH® flight hour-based help contract. SBH® is a part of EngineLife® Companies, Safran’s vary of options for helicopter engines. SBH® is Safran Helicopter Engines’ support-by-the-hour program for Navy operators. It makes engine working prices predictable, eliminates money peaks, permits flexibility for scheduled and unscheduled MRO protection.

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role army helicopter. It was developed in response to NATO necessities for a battlefield helicopter which might even be able to being operated in naval environments. The NH90 was developed and is manufactured by NHIndustries, a collaborative firm owned by Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo (previously AgustaWestland) and Fokker Aerostructures. The primary prototype carried out its maiden flight in December 1995; the sort first entered operational service in 2007. As of June 2022, the NH90 has logged 327,053 flight hours within the armed forces of 13 nations.

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