The French Navy has contracted Honeywell Aerospace to provide support services to its fleet of Dassault Falcon Guardian surveillance aircraft based in Tahiti.
Under the contract, which will extend over a period of five years, the company will supply parts and repair and overhaul services and engineering support for the fleet's Honeywell ATF3 turbofan engines.
In order to provide services according to the French Navy's requirements, Honeywell has partnered with Sabena Technics, the primary maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider.
The MRO works on the engine will be conducted by Honeywell at its Sky Harbor facility in Phoenix, Arizona, US.
This will allow the French Navy to maintain the capabilities of its Falcon Guardian fleet by keeping the legacy engine functional.
The Falcon Guardian was incorporated in the early 1980s and is a twin-engine version of the Falcon 20, suited for maritime operations such as surveillance and search and rescue.
Apart from the ATF3 engine, the aircraft is also fitted with Honeywell's inertial reference unit, control box and navigation display unit.
The 4,000lb-6,000lb thrust class turbofan engine ATF3 is fitted with three spools with a moderate-bypass-ratio, high-pressure-ratio, and an aft-mounted accessory gearbox/oil-tank.
Honeywell Aerospace has also been awarded its first multiyear aircraft procurement contract by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, approved by the Japan Ministry of Defence to supply propulsion, environmental and safety technologies for the Japan Ministry of Defense's 20 P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.
Image: Dassault Falcon 20 whose twin engine version is the Falcon Guardian. Photo: courtesy of Adrian Pingstone via Wikipedia.