Flexible, well-suited for mission effectiveness and cost savings
DAHER’s TBM Multi-Mission Aircraft (TBM-MMA) is based on the company’s robust TBM 900 and its predecessors TBM 850 & 700, which are among the world’s fastest single-engine turboprop aircraft, with a maximum cruising speed of 330 KTAS (611 km/h) at Flight Level 280 – 8,500 m (in ISA conditions).
With this heritage, the TBM-MMA combines the cruise speeds and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and light environmental signature of a turboprop engine. The maximum range (1,730 Nm – 3204 km), endurance (approximately 6 h 45) – which are enhanced on the new production TBM 900 version – as well as the ability to land at small remote airfields contribute to the well-suited TBM-MMA’s mission effectiveness and operational flexibility for Intelligence, Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) in security, law enforcement and defense operations. The quick change systems allow the TBM MMA to be reconfigured quickly then enhanced its versatility.
Its renowned State-of-the-art Garmin 1000 Integrated avionics suite including LPV GPS approaches, Synthetic Vision, RVSM, digital autopilot and enhanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) with ergonomic yoke and single lever allow worldwide operations in whichever airports, airspaces and weather conditions.
To date, more than 670 TBM family aircraft have been sold worldwide. The global TBM fleet has surpassed the combined 1.1 million flight hour milestone, with overall fleet usage now averaging in excess of 120,000 flight hours annually.
Among the current TBM-MMA operators is the Gendarmeria Nacional Argentina, which acquired the aircraft to perform transport and MEDEVAC flights. Its medical evacuation configuration includes quick-change capability for a stretcher.
Other military and government users of TBM family aircraft include the French Air Force, French Army, and the French Flight Test Center, with their TBM 700s deployed for transport, liaison and training duties. DAHER has upgraded 27 French government TBM 700s through the installation of a glass cockpit installation with the full Garmin G1000 avionics suite – including a GFC 700 fully-digital autopilot, as replacing the weather radar and installing a stormscope, along with upgrading the passenger cabin’s outfitting.
Based on its in-service experience, the French Ministry of Defense has given the TBM high marks for reliability (dispatch rate more than 96%), flexibility and very low operating costs.
Additional worldwide operators of TBM family aircraft in mission applications are located in USA, Argentina, Indonesia, etc.