Outsourcing the A400M’s Through-Life Maintenance

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A400M cutaway(click to view full) In May 2007 “European Air Transport Command Agreement Signed” discussed plans underway by Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands to create a joint “pool” of military transport aircraft, by coordinating all 4 fleets to make their planes available to participating countries under specified conditions. Belgium, France, and Germany have all placed orders for the 35-ton capacity Airbus A400M, which is scheduled to begin production in 2009-2010. Now Defense-Aerospace reports that Germany’s BWB procurement agency has floated a EUR 1 billion (about $1.4 billion) initial tender for outsourced through-life maintenance of their 60-plane A400M fleet – and possibly France’s 50 planes, as well… The BWB document, dated Oct 8/07, gives an expected service life of 30 years for both Germany and France’s A400M fleets, at an annual intended level of utilization level of 377 flight hours per aircraft per year (Germany), and 600 hours (France). Germany’s 2 wings of 30 aircraft each will be stationed in Wunstorf and Alt Duvenstedt (Hohn). The A400M logistic concept defines three levels for the maintenance (ML 1 – 3), with ML 2 divided into on vs. off-aircraft activities activities. The contractor will provide MIL 2 off-aircraft and MIL-3 maintenance, as […]

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