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French Cougar and Caracal support contract signed

26th November 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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French Cougar and Caracal helicopters are to be supported by Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli-Union under a contract announced on 25 November.

The contract will see Airbus Helicopters become responsible for the entire scope of French Army and Air Force Cougar and Caracal fleet support. The company aims to reduce the maintenance cycle for each helicopter type by up to 20% and increase availability.

Airbus Helicopters also has plans for a new maintenance centre close to the customer site in Pau, in cooperation with its partner Heli Union.

The French armed forces operate 18 H225Ms, known as Caracal in French service, as well as 26 Cougars for troop transport, special forces and search and rescue operations.

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