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Thailand bets on Paris for its helicopter engines

12 Arrius and 24 Makila ones purchased for Airbus

The helicopter fleet of Thailand's Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will be equipped with new engines and maintained thanks to an agreement signed between Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries in recent days. The agreement was made official yesterday during the "Singapore Airshow" (15-18 February) and provides for the purchase of 12 Arrius and 24 Makila thrusters.

These are mechanisms that power the aircraft developed by Airbus Helicopters H-135 and H-225M. This contract includes leveraging the services of Thai Aviation Industries' certified maintenance center (which supports all military and civilian engines in Thailand), while Safran provides helicopter engine storage assistance, inventory management and technical support to ensure fleet availability. 

"The contract demonstrates the relationship we have built over the years and marks a milestone in our partnership. We are extremely proud of this ongoing commitment to provide Arrius and Makila powered aircraft support to our operators globally", said Safran Helicopter Engines' managing director in Asia, Valérie Patuel

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency