Tuesday, 22 April 2008

On-condition maintenance

Maintenance is a big issue, even if most people don't wish to think about it. One easy way to show the importance of maintenance is to link it to availability. Once you discover that, although you have 10 fighter jets, but only 2 can fly, the point is very clearly made.

A major part of the effort to streamline support will be focused on on-condition maintenance. Despite the expenditure of some 1.5 billion euros between 2002 and 2007, the ministry has been unable to reach its operational availability targets, Morin says. Availability for helicopters, for example, has remained struck at around 30 percent. And maintenance structures, such as for ordnance, suffer from a lack of commonality and interchangeability, he says, citing the new Rafale front-line fighter as an example.

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