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French DGA orders the modernisation of seven Cougars

31st October 2011 - 10:46 GMT | by Tony Osborne

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The French defence procurement agency, the DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement), has announced it has ordered seven AS532 Cougar helicopters to be modernised by Eurocopter.

The DGA took the decision on 11 October but did not announce the move until 28 October. The agency revealed plans to modernise the Cougar fleet in January 2008 under a €220 million contract awarded to Eurocopter. The contract will ultimately modernise 26 aircraft - of the first seven, six are operated by the army and one by the air force.

The DGA said the aim of the programme is to maintain operational readiness of

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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