40 MAILA 1A2 Engines to be Supported Through End-of-Life
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its MAKILA-powered AS532U2 COUGAR MkII helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 MAKILA 1A2 engines through end-of-life.
Air Cdre A R Laurijssen, Commander of RNLAF Logistics Centre Woensdrecht, commented “The good working relationship with Safran goes back many years. With this contract, we will even be better able to support our COUGAR fleet in their missions all around the world. We are confident that our common goal to join the best is well served now.”
Olivier Le Merrer, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Support & Services, added the comprehensive support agreement “[…] permits “the continuation of a long-held drive with the Logistics Centre Woensdrecht to control engine operating costs. We are committed to offering them world-class support.”
Under the contract, the customer can optimize its engine maintenance budget and benefit from guaranteed MRO turnaround times. It also secures access to a pool of replacement enquiries. Safran Helicopter Engines now supports all aspects of the RNLAF MAKILA 1A2 including provision of spare parts, ground-service equipment and engineering support.