First MRO shop for MTR390-Enhanced engine powering Tiger helicopter obtains approval

MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce ITP GmbH (known as MTRI), jointly with its partners MTU Aero Engines, Safran Helicopter Engines, Rolls-Royce and ITP Aero, approved AIA Bordeaux (Atelier Industriel de L’Aéronautique de Bordeaux) as the first MTR390-Enhanced MRO shop.

At the facility in France, all variants of the MTR390 family of engines, which power the Tiger combat helicopter, will be maintained in the future, especially so the propulsion systems operated by the French Armed Forces. As of now, the first helicopters powered by MTR390-E engines, too, can be repaired and overhauled on site. Back in January this year, MTRI already awarded AIA Bordeaux the certificate as an approved shop for Line Replaceable Units (LRUs). The facility overhauls these LRUs on site for all participating nations. Approval of yet another MTR390 MRO shop, based in Spain’s Albacete, is scheduled for April 2019. In both instances, MTU takes care of the project management.

Following a four-year project phase for setting up the two service centers in Bordeaux and Albacete, the first, French facility obtained approval even four months ahead of schedule last week, thanks to a dedicated team effort of all MTRI partners involved in the procurement of the infrastructure and of the materials, to the ambitious schedule planning for employee training, and a fast closure of audit findings and of the qualification and validation of the standard processes. From now on, the shop has the capability to provide the whole range of services for the entire engine.

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