Europrop International (EPI) has agreed to provide support services for TP400 turboprop engines that power the Royal Malaysian Air Force's A400M military transport aircraft.

An in-service support (ISS) agreement to this effect was signed between EPI and the Malaysian Government.

This deal follows a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed earlier this month by EPI and Global Turbine Asia (GTA), a Malaysian joint venture with Safran that provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for helicopter and aeroplane engines.

"EPI and GTA will provide support services for the TP400 engines' fleet powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force's four A400M airlifters."

EPI president Christophe Bruneau said: "We are delighted to continue to build a successful partnership with GTA, which enables us to provide local support for the TP400 engine fleet.”

Under the terms of the agreement, EPI and GTA will provide support services for the TP400 engines' fleet powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force's four A400M airlifters.

Phase I of the contract will run until the end of October this year, leading to the second phase, when GTA will become the prime contractor for these support services, Safran stated.

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GTA has already deployed a customer support representative (CSR), field support representatives (FSR) and logistics support representatives (LSR) at its facility in Subang, to ensure that the Royal Malaysian Air Force continues to receive timely support for their engines.

EPI will support GTA in obtaining Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) certification from EPI, as well as certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA-Part145) and the Malaysian airworthiness authority DGTA.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space, the A400M can airlift most of the critical armed forces equipment such as a heavy helicopter or an infantry fighting vehicle or a humanitarian excavator.