Nordic support for RTM322
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Rolls-Royce Turbomeca (RRTM) has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a repair co-operation Agreement with Air Depot Kjeller (Norway) and Patria (Finland) for the future support of the RTM322 which powers the NH90 and EH101 helicopters in the Nordic region.
This “Repair Co-operation Agreement” will extend the current support arrangements which cover over 100 RTM322 engines which are being built jointly by Air Depot Kjeller and Patria. Under this new Agreement, RTM322 engines operated by the armed forces of Norway, Finland and Sweden will be jointly supported by Air Depot Kjeller and Patria at their respective facilities in Kjeller, Norway and Linnavuori, Finland.
Initially this support covers RTM322 engines powering the NH90s which form part of the Nordic Standard Helicopter Program but this could be extended to cover future requirements.
Emeric d’Arcimoles, Chairman of RRTM and Chairman and CEO of Turbomeca, announced: “Considering the increasing number of helicopters powered by the RTM322 in the Nordic region, this new partnership will allow NH90 and EH101 operators to maintain their operational fleets.”
Martin Fausset, Vice Chairman of RRTM and Managing Director for Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace said:
“This new agreement is a logical extension of our long standing relationship with Patria and Air Depot Kjeller and we look forward to working together to deliver the world-class support package that the customer and this market-leading helicopter engine deserves.”
Ben Arthur Møller, Director of Air Depot Kjeller added:
“With additional helicopters likely to be acquired by the Norwegian Government, this Agreement with RRTM and Patria means that we have an arrangement in place to support both current and future RTM322 engines acquired by our Norwegian customers. And it follows up the tradition of good co-operation between our organisation and Rolls-Royce on the T56 engine powering our C-130’s and the Gnome powering our Westland Sea Kings.”
Jukka Holkeri, Executive Vice President, Patria Aviation Oy said “We have a long standing relationship with RRTM supporting the Finnish Armed Forces. This Agreement is a natural extension of that relationship which will further develop as helicopters powered by RTM322 increase substantially in the region”.
The RTM322 turboshaft engine powers the three-engine AgustaWestland EH101Merlin military helicopter, and two twin-engine military helicopters, the NH Industries NH90 and the AgustaWestland Apache. The RTM322 has been selected for approximately 60 per cent of EH101 current fleet, and over 90 per cent of the NH90 fleet.
Approximately 1,600 RTM322 engines, including orders and options, have been announced for NH90, Apache and EH101 helicopters.
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Pictured at the signature of an MoU for a repair co-operation agreement between RRTM, Air Depot Kjeller (Norway) and Patria (Finland) for the future support of the RTM322 engine which powers the NH90 and EH101 helicopters in the region. Left to right: Phillipe Contreaux, Director of Aero Turbines, Turbomeca, Jukka Holkeri, Executive Vice President, Patria Aviation, St-John Williamson, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace and Ben Arthur Moller, Director of Air Depot Kjeller.