Turbomeca Engines will power Japan's Defence Ministry

Anaheim, 23 February 2009

The Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engine will power the future EC 135 helicopters of Japan's Defence Ministry.

Following the tender for training helicopters for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces (Navy THX programme), Japan's defence ministry will be equipped by the Arrius 2B2 engine to power their EC135 helicopter.

Two EC135T2 and Arrius 2B2 engines should be delivered by the end of February 2010.

Arrius 2B2 to power the EC 135

The Arrius 2B2 was designed to allow a greater take-off weight in category A. It offers the best performances at high altitudes and temperatures.
In addition, the engine TBO (Time Between Overhaul) has been expanded up to 4,000 hours.
Customers also benefit from a computerized maintenance aid which allows them to process the data downloaded from the EECU (Engine Electronic Control Unit).
The family of Arrius engines relies on a solid experience of more than 2,300 delivered engines, accumulating close to four million flight hours. Turbomeca worldwide network already provides the after sales support of Arrius for 430 customers in 60 countries.

Turbomeca close to its Japanese customers
Turbomeca Japan is 10 years old and provides support for 450 engines operated by 130 customers.


Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair 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.


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

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

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