GKN Aerospace Supports Airbus on Dutch H225M Helicopters

GKN Aerospace will provide essential support such as engineering, electrical wiring interconnections systems (EWIS) design and manufacturing, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities By Defense Advancement / 09 Aug 2023
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Shawn Black, President – Defence Airframe at GKN Aerospace, and Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President Programmes at Airbus Helicopters, sealed the agreement.

GKN Aerospace has signed an agreement with Airbus Helicopters to provide support for the H225 helicopters due to be delivered for Dutch special operations.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), GKN Aerospace will provide essential support in areas such as engineering, electrical wiring, interconnections systems (EWIS) design and manufacturing, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities.

GKN will also lead potential innovation projects and aerostructures design and manufacturing, with a particular focus on composite structures.

The collaboration follows the recent pre-selection of Airbus Helicopters to deliver 14 H225M helicopters for Special Operations to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Netherlands.

The partnership is expected to strengthen the aerospace industry in the Netherlands and foster innovation within the Dutch Aerospace eco-system. Airbus Helicopters and GKN Aerospace have a long history of collaboration. They are both partners in NHIndustries, the NH90 manufacturing consortium, together with Leonardo.

Vice Admiral de Waard, National Armaments Director of the Netherlands, his successor Vice Admiral Hartman, and the Commissioner of Military Production Dicke attended the signing ceremony. Shawn Black, President, Defence Airframe at GKN Aerospace, and Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice President Programmes at Airbus Helicopters, sealed the agreement.

Shawn Black, President Defence Airframe of GKN Aerospace, said: “We have been working closely with Airbus Helicopters as partners on the NH90 program since 1992 and have actively supported them during the pre-selection phase with the Dutch MoD. The signing of the MoU represents a significant milestone in our collaboration, reinforcing our partnership and setting the stage for future industrial participation. With our combined expertise and unwavering commitment, we will deliver advanced solutions and provide exceptional support to the Netherlands’ helicopter fleet.”

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