The SIMMAD awards the maintenance contract for France’s Eurocopter Puma helicopters to Sabena technics

Paris, 26th September 2013

In the notice issued on September 7th 2013, the SIMMAD (Integrated structure in charge of the Maintenance in Operational Condition of the Defense’s aeronautical equipment) announced that Sabena technics, a leading independent MRO provider, will carry out the periodic and major checks of France’s Puma helicopters.

This contract is part of Sabena technics’ commitment to broaden its range of services, which until now were aimed at civil and military aircraft, to all types of helicopters.

Benefiting from the experience of Sabena, AOM and TAT operators, which shaped Sabena technics Group, as well as from its knowledge of military needs, the company has implemented nose-to-tail solutions for its civil and military customers, based on economic efficiency and fleet availability.

The Puma’s first major check will start in November 2013 on the site of Sabena technics DNR (Dinard, France) and eventually, this contract could involve over a hundred helicopters.

“Obtaining this contract was a priority for the Group, which has significantly expanded its services to governmental operators in recent years and has fought to win it” said Rodolphe Marchais, Chairman and CEO of Sabena technics. “The SIMMAD made the right choice by selecting Sabena technics. Our company will strive to achieve this challenge that allowed a French company to relocate in France an activity carried out abroad for many years.”

About Sabena technics (

Created in 1968, Sabena technics is a leading independent MRO provider offering services to civil and military aircraft operators. The group operates under the brands Sabena technics, Sabena technics training, Barfield and equally benefits from a joint-venture specialized in hydraulic repair named Hydrep. The group employs over 3,000 persons across 18 sites worldwide. Its services are organized into product lines: Airframe services, Component services, Integrated services, Military services, Training services and VIP completion, based on the basic principle of meeting its customers’ requirements.