MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce ITP (MTRI), along with its partners, has approved Atelier Industriel de L’Aéronautique de Bordeaux (AIA Bordeaux) in France as the first MTR390-Enhanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shop.
The facility will cater to the maintenance of all variants of the MTR390 family of engines, which power the Tiger combat helicopter, specifically the propulsion systems operated by the French Armed Forces.
Additionally, the site will handle repair and overhaul of the first helicopters powered by MTR390-E engines.
The MTR390 turboshaft engine, which features a free power turbine, is the exclusive propulsion system for Airbus’s Tiger helicopter.
In January this year, AIA Bordeaux was certified as an approved shop for Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) on site for all participating nations.
Approval of another MTR390 MRO shop, located in Albacete, Spain, is expected to be obtained in April next year.
MTRI’s partners in the project include MTU Aero Engines, Safran Helicopter Engines, Rolls-Royce and ITP Aero.
MTRI managing director Werner Burger said: “Trust, proximity, reliability and expertise are the essential ingredients for a partnership with our customers in any military engine programme.
“With the opening of two MRO shops specialising in the repair of MTR390-E engines, we aim to drive the development of customised and flexible service concepts, which will be implemented in close consultation with the customers. Efficiency and operational readiness are the first priorities.”
The deliveries of the production engines of the 2C version were made from 2002 to mid-2010, including 242 engines for the German-French-Spanish Tiger programme and 52 for Australia’s ARH programme.
Working in partnership with ITP Aero, MTRI completed the development of an enhanced engine version providing 14% more power in 2011.