Jul 19, 2017: AFI KLM E&M, a major multi-product MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider was awarded the tender by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) for a single contract covering Maintenance in Operational Condition (MCO) and cockpit renovation for the four-aircraft AWACS fleet of the French Air Force. MCO includes the maintenance of the fleet’s aiframe, component and engines. While operational support is still under the responsibility of the French Air Force, AFI KLM E&M will offer in-hangar industrial maintenance, engine engineering, and the end-to-end supply chain, including inventory management and the maintenance of the AWACS-specific information system which guarantees data exchange data confidentiality. The MCO part of the contract will be supervised by the SIMMAD (a special MCO unit for France’s defense aviation equipment).
AWACS cockpit upgrade is an important part of this contract. Commissioned in the early 1990s, the aircraft will go through refurbishment of its avionics, including the redesign of its autopilot and intertial navigation system.
AFI KLM E&M has chosen Boeing Defense, Space & Security as a major partner in this contract. Boeing has already carried out a similar upgrade for both the US Air Force and NATO. Under the present partnership, AFI KLM E&M will offer project management for the upgrade while Boeing will be responsible for the certification, as it is already qualified for this type certificate.
Anne Brachet, executive vice president AIR FRANCE KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said, "We are very proud to have won this contract and we are deeply committed to providing the best possible service to the DGA and to our final customer, the French Air Force, which has been a long-time partner. We will use all our MCO skills to ensure full fleet availability for our customer."