Défense Conseil International is announcing the acquisition of 3 helicopters for its Helicopter International Training Centre (H-ITC), based on French Army Aviation locations in Dax and Luc-en-Provence.
This acquisition is meeting the very high demand of France friendly countries in pilot training, from initial stage to operational mission conduct. The H-ITC needs amount to approximately 3,000 flight hours for 2016 alone. DCI therefore decided to acquire three additional aircraft and to update them to the same standard as HeliDax ones to homogenise the fleet used for instruction. The 1st aircraft should be levelled at the end of 2015 and the other two during the 2nd semester 2016. The three helicopters will fly the DCI colours.
These new aircraft underline the success of H-ITC which was launched in February 2015. Incorporated in DCI missions, the Helicopter International Training Centre is dedicated to the possible transfer of all French Army Aviation know-how to friendly countries. It supplements French Armed Forces in the training of foreign military crews so that they can focus on operational engagement. It is registered in Dax and located within the French Military Pilots Training Centres (Dax and Luc-en-Provence).
H-ITC courses are provided in English or in French and in collaboration with Army Aviation and HeliDax, DCI subsidiary responsible, within a Private Public Partnership, for selling to French Armed Forces flight hours needed for practice. DCI is also helping its trainees during their training in France with a customised support: accomodation, food and transport.
« H-ITC is characterised by an strong Army Aviation DNA and one of our ambitions is to transfer the know-how developed by The Army Aviation in overseas operations for years, » declares Jean-Michel Palagos, DCI CEO and Chairman. « The acquisition of 3 helicopters proves essential to meet friendly countries’ needs within the frame of French Army Aviation know-how transfer. I am proud and impatient to see these three DCI aircraft serve for operational practice of our numerous friendly countries. »
Reference operator of the ministry of Defence for the international transfer of the French military know-how to France friendly countries armed forces, DCI group has been operating across all the defence and security spectrum for more than 40 years. Holding the “French Armed Forces Training” label, DCI is offering tailor-made services in the fields of consulting, training and technical assistance.
DCI group has its headquarters in Paris with several sites all over the national territory. It also has permanent offices abroad, in particular in the Middle East with Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and in South East Asia with Malaysia and Singapore and more recently in India. DCI is pursuing its international development with innovative services with high added value while developing new partnerships in Asia and Latin America. With a workforce of more than 900 employees, DCI group generated a turnover of 240 million euro in 2014.