Safran Helicopter Engines has been contracted by the Nato Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) to support the RTM322-powered European NH90 helicopter fleet.

Under the ten-year Global Support Package (GSP) contract, Safran will support 130 rotorcraft and is expected to generate a turnover of €180m.

The contract covers the NH90 operated by the French Navy and French Army Light Aviation (ALAT), Belgian Army and Navy and the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces.

"This contract marks a major new milestone in our partnership with NAHEMA and French, Belgium and Dutch armed forces."

Safran Helicopter engines executive vice-president support and services Franck Saudo said: "This contract marks a major new milestone in our partnership with NAHEMA and French, Belgium and Dutch armed forces.

“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 agreement meets the requirement for optimum availability of engines during search-and-rescue and military operations conducted by the nations, both at home or while on deployment.

The GSP aims at ensuring turboshaft availability at a fixed price per engine flying hour during the contract period, while enabling military operators to focus on their core activities.

NAHEMA general manager Fortunato di Marzio said: "This GSP will allow the French, the Belgian and the Dutch NH90 operators to benefit from a very effective engine-support for their RTM322 engines, especially during their operational tasks.”

Developed by Europe’s NHIndustries partnership (Airbus Helicopters, Agusta Westland, and Fokker), the NH90 helicopter is a multi-role aircraft designed to suit Nato’s requirement for a modern medium-sized multi-role military helicopter to be deployed into both land and maritime operations.

The twin-engine aircraft is equipped with a full glass cockpit, a fly-by-wire control system with four-axis autopilot and advanced mission flight aids, along with on-board monitoring and diagnostics systems.

Image: RTM322-powered NH90 helicopter. Photo: © Rémy Bertrand / Safran.