European aviation major Airbus launched the MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) for the helicopter EC-725. They provided Rs. 2000 crore for the Coast Gaurd Contact for which it has pitched.
The facility, close to the Indian Coast Guard’s main center of operations, is planned as part of Airbus’ offer to equip the Indian Coast Guard with 14 EC725 for its Twin-Engine Heavy Helicopter (TEHH) requirement and the foreseeable future needs for a helicopter of this category by the Indian armed forces, according to industry sources.
The statement was given by the aviation major Airbus “We cannot comment on the location of the MRO for the EC725 but it is true that such a facility is envisaged as part of our offer to supply 14 EC725 to the Indian Coast Guard. All 14 EC725 will be integrated and flight-tested at this site.”
The equipment posted on 26/11 also exposed defects in its supervision and interception capabilities. For patrolling, search, and rescue, the force is currently used advanced light choppers (ALH). According to the sources, the MRO will be enabled to comprehensive Performance-based logistics (PBL), Airbus offering the maximum fleet availability of its EC 725 in the Indian Coast Guard. The PBL service covers the whole aircraft.