Domestic champion

As well as hosting the world's largest and oldest air show this week, France supports one of the foremost aerospace industries in the world and a military with formidable firepower in the air. One of the twin pillars of Airbus, the nation is also home to some of the most notable names in the sector: Dassault in military and business jets, Thales in on-board technology, Safran in engines and aircraft systems, and MBDA in missiles, as well as major aerostructures specialists and smaller airframers. In this special feature package we look at France's experience with three new military helicopters--the EC725, NH90 and Tiger--and profile a trio of leading players in the Toulouse manufacturing cluster. We also look at ho th country's biggest MRO--the engineering division of Air France and KLM--is reorienting its business to cope with the changing shape of the maintenance sector, and at Safran's other engines business, helicopter propulsion outfit Turbomeca. Caracals to the rescue : the French military is modifying its EC725 combat helicopters to a common standard, as the type's manufacturer eyes further sales / Craig Hoyle -- Navy tames the Caiman : France's phased introduction of the NH90 maritime helicopter is gathering pace, with its first two units now flying the versatile type / Craig Hoyle -- Tiger HAD muscles in : battle-proven in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali, Eurocopter's combat helicopter is powering up with a new production standard / Craig Hoyle -- Nexter takes aim at cannon enhancements / Craig Hoyle -- Family ties : Turbomeca may sit in the shadow of big sister Snecma, but sibling rivalry is of little concern to the Bordes-based turboshaft maker / Dominic Perry -- Blade in France : Eurocopter builds at Le Bourget / Murdo Morrison -- World of potential : EADS subsidiary Aerolia says it has had to shed the DNA of its former sister company in order to win third-party contracts / Michael Gubisch -- Beyond borders : aerostructures and electrical wiring specialist Latecoere is looking outside France to speed up its transformation plans / Michael Gubisch -- Going it alone : Liebherr has to balance between co-operating with partners and maintaining its distinct identity as a major aerospace supplier / Michael Gubisch -- Opting to outsource : the engineering division of Air France and KLM is to offload airframe work to third parties to focus on more lucrative areas / Michael Gubisch.


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Media Info

  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: p. 38-57
  • Serial:
    • Flight International
    • Volume: 183
    • Issue Number: 5395
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0015-3710

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01486504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University Transportation Library
  • Files: TLIB
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2013 10:39AM