| In response to the questions posed by French deputy François Cornut-Gentille concerning the availability of French Air Force fixed-wing fleet, the Ministry of Defence has published a table containing data on the condition of the fighter fleet, transport fleet (except A400M), supply planes, training planes, AWACS and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The gathering of this data has enabled us to provide follow-up for the period 2014 to 2016.
© Journal de l'aviation/Data from French MOD
While the availability rate of certain fleets is climbing, year after year, like that of the Rafale, the Mirage 2000-5, the Mirage 2000B and the C-160 Gabriel, which show a constant progression, there are three fleets, the C-130, CN235 and TBM 700 that have suffered a successive reduction in availability since 2014, this drop being particularly significant for the TBM 700, which has dropped from an availability rate of 62.2% in 2014 to 48.7% in 2015.
As far as the unmanned fleet is concerned, the availability of the Harfangs was jeopardised between 2015 and 2016, dropping from 62.8% to 36.6%; and while the MQ-9 Reaper demonstrated a relatively good availability rate of 86.3% in 2014 and 86.4% in 2015, it dropped by 15 points the following year and reached a limit of 71.3% at the end of 2016.
The availability rate of the A400M fleet has strangely not been questioned and so did not appear in the table, for a yet unexplained reason.