Airbus Helicopters & Babcock win support contract for 48 EC145s


The new maintenance contract will start this year. Copyright: Anthony Pecchi - Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Babcock have won a contract to support 48 EC145s operated by the French Ministry of Interior. Starting this year, the 12-year contract will cover technical support, the supply of spare parts, logistics solutions – including the transport of spares and stock management – technical data management and software support.

Working together, Airbus Helicopters and Bacock will ensure that the Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie EC145s are available for critical missions serving the French population. Securité Civile and Gendarmerie EC145s are used for search and rescue, emergency medical services and fire-fighting missions.

“The Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie Nationale play a key role in safeguarding our communities in France,” said Romain Trapp, executive vice president, Customer Support and Services, Airbus Helicopters. “We are proud to have signed this contract, which demonstrates their confidence in us and strengthens our partnership. We measure our responsibility in guaranteeing that their EC145s are available 24/7 for their critical missions.”

The new contract covers 33 EC145s operated by the Sécurité Civile and the 15 EC145s operated by the Gendarmerie air forces from 41 bases in France, including five bases in French overseas territories. Technical representatives will work on site.

The helicopter manufacturer also said it is committed renewung the Sécurité Civile and Gendarmerie’s fleet of helicopters. Sécurité Civile operates four new H145s ordered in 2021, which are supported by Airbus Helicopters and Babcock. Late last year, a contract was signed for 42 H145s for the French Ministry of Interior. This included 36 for the Sécurité Civile and six for the Gendarmerie. Helicopter deliveries will start in 2024.

The maintenance contract covers 48 EC145s operated by the French Ministry of Interior.