Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) signed an agreement to extend their support to helicopter engines used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Thai parapublic operators. TAI’s partnership with Safran is managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Asia, in Singapore, which supports more than 1,000 Safran helicopter engines in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
The new agreement is built around the Global Support Package (GSP) service model, which guarantees engine availability to military and parapublic operators and expands on an accord signed in 2017, when Safran committed to supporting Makila engines aboard Airbus Helicopters H225s operated by the Royal Thai Air Force.
TAI is the main aircraft repair and maintenance service provider in Thailand. The new agreement covers approximately 50 engines, including the Arrius and Arriel, and more operators such as the Royal Thai Navy. It also covers technical support to include inventory management and confirms TAI as the national distributor of Safran spare parts. The Royal Thai Armed Forces operate Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleets of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+, and H155. Individual operators include the Royal Thai Air Force, Army, Navy, Police, and Survey Department.