Germany’s BAAINBw contracts Safran to support NH90 helicopters


Safran Helicopter Engines has secured a contract to maintain the RTM322 engines that power around 100 German military NH90 tactical transport helicopters.

Awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), the support contract will support RTM322-powered 82 NH90 TTH helicopters that are operated by the German Army and German Navy’s 18 NTH fleet.

Under the terms of the deal, the company will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for helicopters with the RTM322 engine.

BAAINBw representative said: “With this contract, the German Army and Navy will benefit from a very effective engine-support for their RTM322 engines, especially during their operational tasks.

"This contract is the result of a very good and fruitful partnership between us and Safran Helicopter Engines”

The engines operated by German Armed Forces were previously supported by a subsidiary of a former shareholder in the RTM322 programme.

Safran Helicopter Engines support and services executive vice-president Franck Saudo said: “This contract represents a major milestone in RTM 322 support history and we are very proud of the confidence BAAINBw has placed in us.”

Safran RTM322 is a 2,100 to 2,600 shaft horse-power engine designed for 10t to 15t helicopters.

"With this contract, the German Army and Navy will benefit from a very effective engine-support for their RTM322 engines, especially during their operational tasks."

The engine is currently used to power NH Industries NH90 and Leonardo Helicopters EH101 Merlin, and British Apache.

To date, the company has delivered 1,100 engines, which have already recorded 1.3 million flying hours.

The RTM 322 powers 80% of the world's fleet of NH90 helicopters and 60% of in-service EH101.

Developed by NHIndustries, the NH90 helicopter can be deployed to conduct a wide range of missions, such as troop transport, search-and-rescue (SAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) operations.


Image: The RTM 322 powers 80% of the world's fleet of NH90 helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran.