Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

The NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) has contracted Safran Helicopter Engines to support 276 Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, the powerplant of Germany and Norway’s NH90 fleets.

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A Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter in flight. Luftforsvaret/Torbjørn Kjosvold

As part of the deal, which was announced on June 25, the engines will be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) and managed by the NAHEMA. It applies to NH90s operated by the Deutsches Heeresflieger (German Army Aviation) and Luftforsvaret (Royal Norwegian Air Force, RNoAF).

Giorgio Gomma, general manager of the NAHEMA, said: “The [GSP] and its philosophy as a service by the hour contract based on an availability commitment for the supported engines represents a further step in the direction of unifying in-service support of [the] NH90 community.”

This deal follows an agreement made between Safran Helicopter Engines and the NAHEMA in 2017, which protects the RTM322 engines installed on the French, Belgian and Dutch NH90 fleets.

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A German Army Aviation NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) creates a cloud of dust as it lands during a training operation in Gao, Mali, while supporting UN operations in the region. Bundeswehr/Susanne Hähnel

Olivier Le Merrer, executive vice president of Support and Services at Safran Helicopter Engines, added that “this new contract is founded on the excellent service experience we have developed with the German and Norwegian armed forces. It also marks a major milestone in our partnership with [the] NAHEMA and European NH90 users.”

AirForces Intelligence data shows that the German Army Aviation currently operates 72 of the NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) variant of the platform. The RNoAF operates 11 examples of the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) version, four of which are outfitted for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations and the remaining seven are tasked with performing search and rescue (SAR) tasks.