Gulf Aircraft Maintenance (GAMCO) has signed memoranda of understanding with French companies Eurocopter and Turboméca to establish regional maintenance centres for the helicopter and engine manufacturers' products in the Gulf.

The French connection has been further widened with a fighter support deal with Dassault.

Abu Dhabi-based aircraft maintenance specialist GAMCO has signed a full co-operation agreement with Eurocopter. It will cover all aircraft systems, structures, and avionics, and could even include the manufacture of airframe components for Eurocopter helicopters, says GAMCO.

It will also set up a regional engine maintenance centre for Turboméca powerplants. "We want to develop our capabilities by working with companies which are leaders in their own fields," says Allan Dollie, GAMCO managing director.

GAMCO has also secured a $50 million deal to establish a depot level maintenance capability for the Dassault Mirage 2000. The deal is part of Dassault's offset commitment to the UAE, linked to the sale of 30 Mirage 2000-9s and the upgrade of 33 earlier aircraft.

Source: Flight International