Daher today announced the renewal of its full operational support contract for the French Ministry of Defense’s TBM 700 fleet, covering the airframe, engine and propeller on these very fast turboprop aircraft.
This contract, from the French military procurement agency’s SIMMAD maintenance organization – applies to an inventory of 27 TBM 700 aircraft in service with the French armed forces, which are utilized for liaison and training missions. They consist of 15 TBM 700A versions with the French Air Force, five TBM 700As and eight TBM 700Bs of the French Army Aviation, and four TBM 700As assigned to the French Flight Test Center.
These TBM 700s were among the first military aircraft for which the French armed forces outsourced a maintenance contract. The initial contract was awarded to Daher in 2001, shortly after the creation of SIMMAD. It was renewed in 2007, followed in 2011 by an avionics upgrade contract with the Garmin G1000 integrated flight instrument system “glass cockpit” on all of the aircraft.
“We are proud to have been selected again for the third time in 15 years to ensure the operational readiness of the fleet linking the French armed forces and support them in their missions,” said Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice-President of Daher’s Airplane Business Unit.
The new contract, covering a period of six years, includes continued airworthiness monitoring of the fleet – located at seven different air bases – along with logistics support, maintenance operations, aircraft repair both in France and abroad (Europe, Africa and Middle East), along with associated services.
“Our selection by SIMMAD demonstrates our ability to meet the needs of our government clients in terms of responsiveness and competitiveness,” Chabbert added. “The high dispatch reliability also is what our customers appreciate, confirming the excellent value of the maintenance solutions we offer.”
As a responsible industry player – and fully aware of its ability to contribute to a better integration of small and medium companies in major French Defense Ministry contracts – Daher has selected the maintenance center of the Enhance Aero company to handle a portion of the TBM fleet’s maintenance tasks. Enhance Aero will perform this activity from its location at France’s Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne airport.
The TBM 700 is the cornerstone member of Daher’s TBM product line, which is the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop family. All TBM aircraft combine the cruise speed and travel times typical of light jets with economical direct operating costs, while offering the range and excellent payload capacity of turboprop aircraft.
About the TBM – www.tbm.aero
The TBM 900 is the latest member of Daher’s TBM family of very fast single-engine turboprop aircraft. It offers superior performance – a maximum cruise speed of 330 kts. – and high efficiency with a 1,730 naut. mi. maximum range and a fuel consumption at economy cruise of 37 U.S. gallons per hour. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are some of its customers’ favorite features.
TBM 900 deliveries bring total TBM-series aircraft received by customers to 736 units, with this global fleet accumulating more than 1.2 million flight hours as of Juney 15, 2015.
About Daher – www.daher.com
Daher is an equipment supplier that develops Integrated Industrial Systems for aerospace and advanced technologies.
By combining its expertise in industrial manufacturing, product and process engineering, logistics and transport, and industrial services, Daher designs and develops Integrated Industrial Systems. Daher has established itself as a leader in 5 fields of activity: aircraft manufacturer, aerostructures & systems, integrated logistics, nuclear services, and valves. Daher posts a turnover of nearly a billion euros, and its order book stands at around three and a half years of turnover. Driven by bold innovation ever since it was founded in 1863, Daher has established itself today as one of the major players of the 3rd industrial revolution.