France to use single maintenance provider for naval helicopters
Maintenance of AS365N Dauphin Pedro and AS565 Panther helicopters in service with the French Navy will be carried out by a single service provider, defence minister Florence Parly has confirmed.
The move is intended to optimise the availability of the helicopters, particularly in support of operations by the Charles de Gaulle battlegroup.
The French government on 15 May established a ministerial investment committee to validate the strategy of using a single maintenance supplier, which will support the military aviation maintenance authority DMAé and aeronautical industrial agency SIAé.
‘The use of a single industrial player should make it possible to more quickly reach the availability and aviation activity objectives provided for the Dauphin Pedro [and] Panther fleet under the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law,’ the French MoD stated.
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