On 17 January 2008, Eurocopter
was awarded the contract to retrofit
24 Cougar FAR helicopters belonging
to the French army aviation corps
(ALAT), and three Cougars belonging
to the French air force.
This contract has a dual objective:
to maintain the operational capability
of these 27 aircraft until 2030, and to
bring them into conformity with the
regulatory requirements pertaining
to general air traffic. Eurocopter will
integrate mission systems and retrofit
the radiocommunication equipment and
avionics (by integrating the same avionics installed on the EC725). The possibility of carrying out the P2(1)
scheduled inspections during the retrofit layup is also provided for in the contract. By combining the
disassembly work for these two operations, Eurocopter is offering to implement efficient logistics
synergies, which will significantly reduce the aircraft downtime. For its part, the French government
has made commitments regarding the availability of the aircraft – an essential contribution to the planning
that will considerably optimise the work.
(1) Intermediate maintenance inspections.