16 Desember 2015
RMAF A400M airlifter (photo : Rentaka)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – EPI (Europrop International) and the Malaysia Ministry of Defence have signed a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for a two-year contract for the support of TP400 turboprop engines powering the four Airbus A400M military transports ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). This is the first export support contract for the TP400.
According to the terms of this contract, EPI will provide technical support services and spare parts management for a total of 18 TP400 engines. A team of three technicians will provide local support at the main operating base in Subang provided through GTA (Global Turbine Asia), a Malaysian Safran subsidiary.
"It is a pleasure to officially launch the TP400 In-Service Support contract. We look forward to a positive and dynamic relationship with EPI over the two years of this contract and the subsequent years ahead" said a senior representative of the Ministry of Defense.
Ricardo Navarro, Director of In-Service Support EPI said: "We are honoured to continue our great partnership with the RMAF and especially for what is the first direct engine support contract for EPI. We will bring all of our expertise in order to help them to make the most of the great potential of their A400M with TP400 engines.
Malaysia, the first export customer for the Airbus A400M, took delivery of its first aircraft on March 13th, 2015. The TP400 engines have been installed on the RMAF's second A400M that is currently undergoing customer acceptance at the Airbus facility in Seville.
EPI Europrop International GmbH was created by four leading European aero-engine companies (Industria de Turbo Propulsores, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma [Safran]) to manage the TP400 engine program.
Designed to power the Airbus A400M military transport, the TP400 is the most powerful turboshaft engine in the West. It features a three-shaft configuration and will deliver maximum power output of 11,000 shaft horsepower.