Australia selects RTM322 for second MRH90 order

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

The Australian Department of Defence has selected the Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 to power another 34 MRH90 Multi-Role Helicopters.

This brings the total number of RTM322 engines ordered by Australia to 92, taking into account the original order for the first batch of 12 twin-engined helicopters.

Australia became the tenth NH90 customer to select the RTM322, joining the family of RTM322 NH90 users, consisting today of France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman and Australia.

Emeric d'Arcimoles, Chairman of RRTM and Chairman and CEO of Turbomeca, said: “This second selection by Australia clearly demonstrates that NH90 customers favour an engine benefiting from modern technologies in design, performance, construction and maintainability.”

Scott Crislip, President of Rolls-Royce Helicopters, added: “The RTM322 is now firmly established as the engine of choice for the NH90 family, with over 90 per cent of the market.”

The RTM322 has also been selected for over 60 per cent of EH101 orders. Approximately 1,600 RTM322 engines, including orders and options, have been announced for NH90, WAH-64 Apache and EH101 helicopters.

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