Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force’s EH101 Merlin engines

31 July 2016 (Last Updated July 31st, 2016 18:30)

Safran Helicopter Engines has been selected by Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to support the Royal Danish Air Force's (RDAF) fleet of EH101 Merlin military utility medium lift helicopter.

Safran Helicopter Engines has been selected by Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to support the Royal Danish Air Force's (RDAF) fleet of EH101 Merlin military utility medium lift helicopter.

Under the seven-year contract, the company will provide support services to more than 50 RTM322 turboshaft engines that power 14 AgustaWestland-built EH101 aircraft currently in service with the RDAF.

Safran Helicopter Engines Support & Services executive vice-president Franck Saudo said: "This contract marks a major new milestone in our partnership with DALO and the RDAF.

“We will deliver world-class services to guarantee their engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces."

The Global Support Package (GSP) contract has been signed as the RDAF seeks optimum availability of engines during their search-and-rescue (SAR) and military operations, both at home or while on deployment.

Safran said that GSP optimises turboshaft availability and guarantees availability at a fixed price per engine flying hour.

Managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, the contract also provides the customer with full budget control during the contract period.

"We will deliver world-class services to guarantee their engine availability; thus demonstrating that the GSP model is particularly well-suited to supporting the engine fleets of modern air forces."

DALO helicopters director commander Kim Bo Meier said: "DALO looks forward to this agreement that will ensure sufficient engines to support the operational tasks in the period.

"The GSP agreement is based on good partnership between the parties."

Safran Helicopter Engines Germany currently supports more than 280 operators flying in Germany, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.


Image: An EH101 engine. Photo: courtesy of Safran.