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Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year agreement to support RTM322-powered NH90s, the company said. Contracted by NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), Safran is to support NH90s operated by the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT) and French Navy, Belgian Army and Navy, and the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces.
Worth more than $191 million, the contract covers 130 helicopters. The agreement meets the NATO requirement for optimum availability of engines during search and rescue and military operations at home and on deployment. It is also the fist NH90 fleet that has signed on for Safran’s Global Support Package.
In April, the NH90 achieved 100,000 flight hours by worldwide operators. It is a fly-by-wire rotorcraft with an integrated avionics suite and glass cockpit. NHIndustries is owned by Airbus Helicopters, the principal shareholder, along with Leonardo and Fokker Aerostructures.