MARIGNANE, France, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Airbus Helicopters reports it will continue to maintain and overhaul EC135 training helicopters operated by the German Army School of Aviation.
A total of 14 helicopters are used at the school, which trains about 70 Bundeswehr pilots a year.
Airbus, which did not detail the monetary value of the award, said the new contract is for seven years and extends an existing contract that was signed in 2005.
"At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working day, eleven EC135 aircraft are available on the airfield for training purposes," said Ralf Barnscheidt, the company's head of the Military Support Center in Germany. "This puts the fleet's operational availability at over 95 percent.
"A team of technicians that is constantly on-site at the Bückeburg location as well as our specialist maintenance center in Kassel-Calden provide technical and logistical support, carry out through-life maintenance and even large-scale repair work, and are responsible for ensuring the mission readiness of the helicopters."