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The State, however, insisted on farming different portions of the production process to state-run and private firms. That set-up, indeed the first such arrangement in France, involved signing distinct contracts with each provider, instead of entrusting a single organization with supervising the work and selecting the subcontractors it deems fit. This awkward arrangement raised considerable coordination issues, which the French aeronautical industry nevertheless managed to overcome. Dassault’s engineering department developed highly complex tools to stitch the components emerging off the myriad production lines together. And that triggered the boom that the company and its plants in the Bordeaux area subsequently enjoyed.
The Flamant range encompassed three models:
- the glazed-nose MD 311 used for bombing and navigation training
- the MD 312 used for liaison flights and flying schools – which included a bespoke MD 312 M used by the Navy –
- MD 315, used for overseas work and air-ambulance missions.
For nearly 34 years, its school versions will train generations of transport crews. It will be the liaison aircraft for all Air Force units.