Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-The-Hour (SBH) contract with the Bundespolizei, Germany’s federal police force, covering the agency’s fleet of H120 helicopters.

The contract formalises a long-term MRO and service agreement supporting a total of 11 Arrius 2F engines. The Bundespolizei currently operates 10 H120s for training missions.

This is the company’s second SBH contract with the Bundespolizei. The first was signed in July 2012, covering 36 Arrius 2B2 engines powering H135s flown by German police for EMS missions and owned by the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK).

The new contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, which supports more than 300 operators, flying almost 2,000 engines between them, in Germany, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia.

Francis Larribau, CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, said: “We are proud that the Bundespolizei has renewed its confidence in Safran Helicopter Engines and its SBH support contract, and we look forward to delivering world-class services to them and supporting them in their most demanding missions.”

Safran Helicopter Engines’ SBH programme makes engine operating costs predictable, eliminates cash peaks, and allows flexibility for scheduled and unscheduled MRO coverage. Around 50% of the total flying hours of Safran customers’ engines are now covered by SBH contracts.

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