First three Airbus Dauphin N3 which were remanufactured by Héli-Union, will join Hyeres Naval Air Base.
Remanufactured by Héli-Union company
Airbus Dauphin N3 helicopters are remanufactured in Norway (two helicopters), France, and by HeliDax in Landes. Three helicopters will be delivered each year in Lann-Bihoué, Antilles, Réunion, New Caledonia and Polynesia. Location contract FLIHPER (Intermediary Fleet Embarked Helicopters) covers ten-year exploitation, an availability goal of more than 90%, the company could respect, due to her knowledge of offshore. A complicate equation, due to very different configurations, some on them very completes (4-axis autopilot; EO/IR Euroflir 410)
MOC (Maintenance in Operational Conditions) shared between Héli-Union and Navy
Héli-Union will work in Pacific area for maintenance ; and in other areas French Navy will be in charge of maintenance. There will be about 300 hours of flight for each helicopter. Contract also provide initial training for pilots and mecanicians.
Waiting Airbus Guépard
At the end of the ten years, the Navy will have enough Airbus Guépard aircrafts to do without Dauphin N3. An extension will still be possible if this is not the case. With this lease, Héli-Union is thus reconverting its fleet of Dolphins which were previously used in offshore (excluding a single aircraft), a success of having managed to turn a liability unused by the oil crisis into a rental fleet for the Armed Forces. A feat also successful for the three H225s intended for DGA EV.