Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Snecma and French AF Join on engine maintenance

Rafale M88-2 production line at Snecma facility
By defenseNews

PARIS - Safran's Snecma engines division on Nov. 9 signed a five-year partnership with the service arm of the French Air Force to share engine maintenance on Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighter jets, as well as the A400M airlifter.
The deal is intended to boost readiness rates, speed up response times and cut costs, Snecma executives said.

It is interesting to note that  this agreement also states that the french Air Force maintenance service could be asked to provide assistance to Snecma in order to maintain the engines of export customers of the mirage 2000 (and probably exported Rafale engines too, I presume) :

A pooling of resources is intended to smooth out the peaks and troughs of maintenance work on the military engines, both for the French service and Snecma's foreign clients, which operate export versions of the Mirage 2000.
Thus, if Snecma needs help to service military engines for foreign clients, it can ask the SIAĆ© to assist with the workload.

Full article on DefenseNews by Pierre Tran

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