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Fleet management in European integration : The case of military helicopters support

Abstract : The article focuses on both economics and spatial issues related to Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of defence platforms in Europe. Using facts and figures related to costs, trends and fleet sizes evolution, the authors discuss the interest of a spatial reorganisation of MRO production. Given the fiscal situation of the main European countries with a modern army, the relevant scale to consider the reorganisation is certainly Europe. Through the example of defence helicopters fleets of a selection of European countries, the authors address the question of cooperation of the MRO. A greater cooperation in the support of fleets would lead to a spatial reorganisation of MRO. On one side economies can be expected from this reorganisation, but, on the other hand, new problems arise. Specifically, a number of costs associated with different forms of “distances” – geographical, operational and political distances – limit the potential savings that could be expected. This work provides insights on these important issues for the construction of a European defence, both in its political, military and industrial dimensions.
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Josselin Droff, Renaud Bellais. Fleet management in European integration : The case of military helicopters support. Defense and Security Analysis, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2016, 32 (1), pp.19-35. ⟨10.1080/14751798.2015.1130315⟩. ⟨hal-01266064⟩



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