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The Military Police of São Paulo to upgrade their helicopters with Turbomeca’s Arriel 1D1 engines

The Military Police of São Paulo signed an agreement with Turbomeca (Safran group) for the retrofit of at least single-engine helicopters, over a period of two years. They will convert their AS350 B helicopters, powered with Arriel 1B engines, into AS350 B2 helicopters, powered with Arriel 1D1 engine.

"We are proud of the confidence that the Military Police of São Paulo has placed in Turbomeca do Brasil since more than 15 years. We have been building a strong relationship with them, based on close partnership and constant dialogue.", explained François Haas, CEO of Turbomeca do Brasil.

“Due to the World Cup in 2014, the Police Military of São Paulo intend to operate a standard fleet. This retrofit process will enable them top possess 21 engines Arriel 1D1 by the end of  2013, making the maintenance much more easier”, added Murilo Pignataro, Customer Support Manager of Turbomeca do Brasil.

The Arriel 1D1 engine features a very simple design, with a reduced number of parts and an modular design for easy maintenance. The Arriel 1D1 has gained a solid reputation in the helicopter market based on its excellent handling characteristics and high level of reliability.

The Arriel 1D1 has a TBO (Time Between Overhaul) of 3,600 hours and a take-off power of 732 shp, 14% more powerful than the Arriel 1B. The Police Military of São Paulo, the largest state police force in Brazil, operates a fleet of 21 AS 350 and one EC 135 helicopters, 100% of which are powered by Turbomeca.

Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

For more information : www.turbomeca.com and www.safran-group.com.

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