During the Netherlands Industry for Defence and Security event in Rotterdam - The Netherlands on November 20th 2014, Airborne Services signed an agreement for the maintenance of the NH90 rotor blades with NHIndustries. Airborne will be first approved for ML1 and ML2 activities for operators of the NH90 helicopter. In a second step the company should be able to offer ML3 maintenance as a subcontractor of Airbus Helicopters. The agreement is a result of a public and private collaboration. The frequent contacts between NHIndustries and the NIDV “helicopter platform”, led by Fokker, together with the Ministry of Economic affairs, were supporting in the realisation of this cooperation between the Dutch Defence Industry and the Original Equipment Manufacturers.
During the event in Rotterdam the Commander of the Logistic Center Woensdrecht, Air Commodore Schevenhoven, expressed his support for this initiative. The RNLAF is actively partnering with companies in order to improve the availability of platforms and reducing cost of maintenance. Airborne is working in close cooperation with the RNLAF and has the capabilities to offer rotor blade maintenance services on other military platforms. In the future civil helicopter blades could be added to the scope of activities.
Source: Airborne Services
Date: Nov 20, 2014