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France to lease some EC225

Old 11th Mar 2020, 09:03
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France to lease some EC225

From Janes:-

https://www.janes.com/article/94805/...25-helicopters


The French ministry for the armed forces has issued a request-for-tender to lease 20 Airbus Helicopters EC225 rotorcraft.

The request was published in late February, and indicates that the total number of helicopters may vary. The contract would include adapting the EC225s to search and rescue (SAR) and security and intervention missions.

The request-for-tender also states that the helicopters will be sold at the end of the leasing contract which also includes initial maintenance and training. The use of the previous EC225 designation rather than the current H225 name used by Airbus Helicopters suggest that the modified platforms might be second-hand aircraft.

Jane's understands that these helicopters will be used by the French Air Force as a replacement for the current fleet of 20 Pumas. According to a recent report by l'Institut Français des Relations Internationales think-tank, these helicopters are 40 years old in average and their availability rate is under 50%. The French Air Force Pumas are based in Corsica, French Guyana, New Caledonia, and Djibouti. They are used for SAR missions and to carry troops and cargo. In Guyana, the Pumas are used in support for the anti-illegal gold-mining Operation 'Harpie'.

The French Air Force already operates the military variant of the EC225, the H225M Caracal. Equipped with a refuelling probe these 10 helicopters are used by 1/67 "Pyrénées" squadron that specialises in combat SAR and special operations.

The French Air Force did not respond to a Jane's request for further information.

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Old 11th Mar 2020, 11:35
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Leasing EC725s was looked at as an early option in the process that ended up with the Puma Mk2.

The sums were eye-watering.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 14:04
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The request-for-tender also states that the helicopters will be sold at the end of the leasing contract which also includes initial maintenance and training. The use of the previous EC225 designation rather than the current H225 name used by Airbus Helicopters suggest that the modified platforms might be second-hand aircraft.
Still lots of ex offshore oil cabs to choose from.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 14:09
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As much as the £20m per airframe cost of the upgrade that didn’t even include the larger sponsons that the SF Puma(s?) had fitted? Just curious.
Originally Posted by PlasticCabDriver View Post
Leasing EC725s was looked at as an early option in the process that ended up with the Puma Mk2.

The sums were eye-watering.
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Old 11th Mar 2020, 14:50
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Originally Posted by Hedski View Post
As much as the £20m per airframe cost of the upgrade that didn’t even include the larger sponsons that the SF Puma(s?) had fitted? Just curious.
without going round the Mk2 buoy again, the whole point of the process was to life extend, not upgrade, so anything like larger sponsons would not have fallen into that category.

and yes, very much more than that.
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