Langkawi, 28 March 2019 —,Global Turbine Asia (GTA) today marked the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 38,000 flight hours on Safran Arrius 1A engines with a celebration at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA’19).
The Arrius 1A engines are fitted on the twin-engine AS555 SN Fennec helicopters flown by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing. These helicopters are utilised in various roles such as training, detection and over-the-horizon targeting as well as anti-piracy missions. Notably, Navy Commandoes had foiled an attempted hijacking of a Malaysian chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden with a Fennec helicopter in 2011.
Global Turbine Asia Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Patuel remarked, “This achievement is the culmination of a successful relationship built on trust through the years. We are honoured to work hand-in-hand with the Royal Malaysian Navy to support their fleet of Arrius 1A. The maturity and maintenance practice of the 502 Squadron Naval Air Wing sets a high benchmark in our industry.”
Efficient, compact and robust, the Arrius engines were
chosen to power numerous light helicopters. Arrius engines have been proven to
comply with the highest standards in terms of reliability and safety and
received the EASA Part 145 Certification from the European Aviation Safety
The Fennec helicopters were procured by the Malaysian government in 2001, with the first helicopter entering active service in late 2003.