Inauguration of Turbomeca Australasia’s New Facility

Bordes, 12 March 2010

Today marks an important milestone for Turbomeca (Safran group) as they inaugurate their new facility at Turbomeca Australasia in Bankstown Airport (NSW), close to Sydney. The new 2,500 square meters encompasses, additional workshops, a new repair hall for MTR390 and RTM 322 engines, as well as a RTM322 engine new production line for MRH. Turbomeca Australasia is a unique turbo-shaft engine production and support capability in the region.

In the presence of the Honorable Greg Combet, AM MP Minister of Defence Personnel, Material & Science and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change, Pierre Fabre, Chairman & CEO of Turbomeca, said: "Our new Killara building at Turbomeca Australasia is part of a global expansion of resources occurring within Turbomeca to meet customer demand. The recent signature with Rolls-Royce Turbomeca and Australian Aerospace to provide Through-Life Support (TLS) for the Australian Army's new fleet of MRH90 Helicopters has accelerated Turbomeca Australasia's growth in manpower and assets".

The use of the indigenous word "Killara" which translated means "always there" is symbolic of the support Turbomeca Australasia has committed to provide to the Commonwealth of Australia. The 2,500m2 Killara building is fully dedicated to military products.

Thanks to this new building, Turbomeca Australasia will be able to assemble, test and then to support the 92 RTM 322 and 46 MTR390 engines, respectively powering the MRH90 and Tiger ARH helicopters, for the next 30 years.

First qualified repair center approved for the MTR390-2C repair in the world, Turbomeca Australasia is the engine in-country repair centre, providing deeper maintenance services for the engine powering the Tiger helicopter from its new Killara facility.

Likewise both the new production and repair lines for the RTM 322 powering the MRH helicopter are performed in this facility.
Currently the building also supports the Microturbo Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and Air Turbine Starter (ATS) for the Hawk Lead-in Fighter and soon will also support the Saphire 100 APU for the MRH.

Turbomeca Australasia is 15 years old and serves also as a major repair center for Arriel 1 series engines and a Maintenance Center for the Arrius, Arriel and Makila engines. It has 125 employees who provide support to more than 150 operators and 400 engines distributed throughout Australia, New-Zealand and all the surrounding islands.

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Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

www.turbomeca.fr
www.safran-group.com

Bettina Frey
+33 (0)5 59 90 96 23
bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr

Chantal Reiss
+33 (0)5 59 90 96 40
chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr