Mon, Feb 04, 2008
Will Modernize 28-Plane Fleet
EADS Socata announced Monday it has received French Defense
Procurement Agency notification of a 1.7 million euro ($2.5
million) contract to upgrade the French armed forces’ TBM 700
The modernization program involves 28 TBM 700s currently in
service with the French Air Force, French Army Aviation and the
French National Flight Test Center. EADS Socata will provide the
hardware and systems, implement the modernization, and update TBM
700 fleet documentation.
Primary modifications will be the installation of a Mode S
transponder with antenna diversity, the hardening of VOR receivers,
and replacement of the chemical oxygen system by a gaseous oxygen
system with quick-drop mask.
"This contract underscores the French Armed Forces’ high
level of confidence in EADS Socata," said Raphaël
Maître, the aircraft manufacturer’s Vice President of
Customer Services. "It also demonstrates EADS Socata’s
ability to develop, certify and implement major aircraft
modifications with the highest level of safety for our operators,
and which meet the latest standards."
The French military’s TBM 700 fleet passed its combined
130,000 flight hour mark in 2007. The inventory is composed of 14
TBM 700As in French Air Force liaison squadrons, nine TBM 700As and
three TBM 700Bs in the French Army Aviation Transport Squadron, and
two TBM 700As in the National Flight Test Center.
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