Thursday, October 27, 2011
Turbomeca Arriel 10K Goes to Army
In front of hundreds of employees at its plant in Grand Prairie, Texas on Thursday, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries and Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray presented the 10,000th Arriel engine to the U.S. Army. On hand to accept the milestone engine—which will go into one of the Army’s EADS North America UH-72A Lakota—were PEO Aviation Chief of Staff Randy Harkins and Lt. Col. David Bristol, UH-72A program manager. Also present was American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini.
Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray (left) and Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries prepare to present a plaque to the U.S. Army. Photos by Andrew Parker
PEO Aviation Chief of Staff Randy Harkins (left) and Lt. Col. David Bristol, UH-72A program manager, accept a plaque marking the 10,000th Arriel engine for the U.S. Army.
First developed in 1977, the Arriel has seen service on a number of helicopter platforms, including the EC130, EC135 and EC155, Sikorsky S-76, AgustaWestland A109K2 and AVIC AC312/AC311. The variant has accumulated more than 32 million hours in operation.
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