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Safran and Saab renewed their SBH® contract to support Swedish AW109 helicopter engines


Arrius 2K2

17 November 2021, European Rotors, Cologne

Safran Helicopter Engines and Saab have renewed their agreement to support Arrius 2K2 engines powering the Leonardo AW109 operated by the Swedish Armed Forces . This Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract formalizes a 9-years MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and services agreement supporting a total of 45 engines.

This contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany GmbH, which supports more than 300 operators flying in Germany, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, with more than 2,000 engines.

“To ensure the operational availability of these helicopters, Saab has had an exclusive agreement with the Swedish Armed Forces since 2012 and this agreement is an important part of Saab’s continued commitment as a long-term support partner to the Helikopter 15 program” says Ellen Molin, Vice President and Deputy Head of Saab’s business area Aeronautics.

Francis Larribau, Safran Helicopter Engines Germany CEO, said: “We are proud that Saab renewed its confidence in Safran Helicopter Engines and its SBH® support contract to support Swedish Armed Forces. We look forward to delivering them world-class services and supporting them in their most demanding missions”.

SBH® is Safran Helicopter Engines’ support-by-the-hour program. It makes engine operating costs predictable, eliminates cash peaks, allows flexibility for scheduled and unscheduled MRO coverage. It now covers 50% of Safran Helicopter Engines’ customer turbines’ flying hours.

SBH® and Health Monitoring are part of EngineLife® Services, Safran’s range of solutions for helicopter engines.



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