The issue of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in aerospace occupies minds and has occupied many column inches in a succession of reports, projects and audits produced by General Staffs of the Armed Forces, parliamentary commissions and Courts of Auditors, not to mention consulting firms.
Given both the importance and the complexity of the subject, it seemed useful to reframe the context, recall the concepts, definitions and fundamentals of MRO, without which a genuine understanding of the issue would be illusory.
The idea is to reframe MRO within an operational logic and the joint coherence of all of the Armed Forces. The objective is to understand the constraints and points of view of each actor.
About the authors
Etienne Daum, Luc Viellard, Vincent Paternoga, consultants for CEIS, have originally written this paper in French.
This updated and English version has been written by Etienne Daum and Axel Dyèvre, consultants for CEIS, and translated by Ciarán Carey.
Axel Dyèvre is the head of the Defence & Security Practice at CEIS. He has also been in charge of the CEIS-European Office since its creation in 2006. Axel started his carrer as an officer in the French Forces. A consultant in strategy from 1995 to 1997, he was then a Senior Partner at DATOPS (now LexisNexis Business Information Solutions), a firm developing information systems, between 1997 and 2005. Axel has been a part of the CEIS expansion since its beginnings in 1997, and he has opened the CEIS-European Office in 2006. He graduated in Business Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Business School).
Etienne Daum is Manager at CEIS, which he joined in 2007. Etienne has more than ten years of experience in the areas of defence industry, market and technology. He developed a very good expertise of technological and industrial issues in Europe, in particular in the aeronautics and aerospace sectors. Prior to joining CEIS, he worked for several major industrial groups and at the French Ministry of Defence as defence market and technologies analyst.