Safran, Airbus Renew Service Support for US Army’s Lakota Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Airbus Helicopters have renewed a contract to provide service support for the US Army’s UH-72 Lakota Helicopters.

Under the agreement, Safran will deliver maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for nearly 900 Arriel 1E2 and Arriel 2E engines on the service’s UH-72A and UH-72B choppers.

Work for the project will take place at Safran’s facility in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The firm’s office in Daleville, Alabama will support the training fleet at Fort Rucker.

Arriel 2E engine
Arriel 2E engine. Photo: Safran

“Safran Helicopter Engines is honored to continue working alongside Airbus in providing the engine logistics support for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72 Lakotas,” Safran Helicopter Engines USA President and CEO Thierry Derrien said.

“Our team remains ready to support Airbus and the U.S. Army through proximity locations and continues to show the importance of our U.S. presence,” he added.

Arriel Turboshaft Engine

Arriel turboshaft engines have outputs ranging from 650 to over 1,000 shaft horsepower in 40 different vertical aircraft.

Safran has produced over 75,000 Arriel engines for 2,500 customers in 155 countries since it was founded.

The engines have covered more than 50 million flight hours, according to the firm. In the US Army, around 3,000 Arriel engines have flown over 2.5 million flight hours to date.

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