Safran and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement with the government of Thailand to enhance the scope of support and services for the Arrius and the Arriel turboshaft engines, for the helicopters used by the country’s armed forces.
This new agreement includes supporting helicopter engines used by Royal Thai Armed Forces and Thai parapublic operators. It optimizes the technical support provided by Safran to include inventory management, and confirms TAI as national distributor of Safran spare parts, Safran said in a statement Tuesday.
The partnership with TAI, covering around 50 engines, is built around the Global Support Package (GSP) service model, which guarantees engine availability to military and parapublic operators.
It is executed through the industrial capabilities of TAI, the main aircraft repair and maintenance service provider in Thailand. In partnership with Safran, TAI provides helicopter engine line maintenance, depot repair, inventory management and technical support expertise to ensure engine availability to government operators.
Under the GSP, the customer receives a commitment to have serviceable engines available whenever they need them. Other GSP principles include budget stability, fixed price per engine flying hour and a technical partnership with the OEM.
The Royal Thai Armed Forces operate Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleets of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155.