The Kassel-Calden-based company, which also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under the name Airbus Helicopters Technik GmbH. All necessary regulatory approvals for the takeover have now been obtained.
The acquisition broadens Airbus’s portfolio of MRO capabilities, and reinforces its position as a service partner to the German Bundeswehr’s helicopter fleet. It also secures ZF Luftfahrttechnik’s technical expertise in the field of dynamic systems.
In 2021, ZF Luftfahrttechnik achieved revenues of €94 million, and employed 450 people. The company is the supplier of the Airbus H135’s main gear box, and also has a share in the H145 program. The firm was also previously involved in the design of the Alouette II and Bo105.
“With this new entity, we will be able to improve our service offering for our customers including key partners like the German Bundeswehr, thus addressing their MRO needs faster with an increased level of integration,” said Christoph Zammert, Executive Vice-President Customer Support and Services at Airbus Helicopters. “Incorporating this new entity into the Airbus family opens up new opportunities in a very dynamic market.”
Rival manufacturer Leonardo opened a new helicopter MRO center at Paris Le Bourget Airport in May 2022.