“US Government to award SABCA with a new five years contract''

Dec 2016

 “US Government to award SABCA with a new five years contract for Depot-level Maintenance Support to the F-16 fleet operated by U.S. Air Forces in Europe''

As a conclusion of a full competitive Request For Proposal, the US Government, Ogden Air Logistic Center (OO-ALC), has awarded SABCA (Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques) with a new five-years Indefinite Delivery contract for Depot-level Maintenance Support to the F-16 fleet operated by U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), covering Fiscal Years 2017 to 2021.

SABCA started its common history with the F-16 more than 35 years ago, by the assembly and in-flight delivery of 222 new F-16 A/C, on behalf of three different end-users.

Since then, more than 1.300 F-16 A/C rolled out of the Charleroi flightline after having been either assembled, upgraded, inspected, repaired or re-painted.

A long-time partner of the USAF, SABCA started its current co-operation with OO-ALC in 2001, after winning a competition for the implementation of the NVIS-IDM program on the USAFE Blk 40 F-16.

In March 2005, as a conclusion of another competitive Request For Proposal, the US Government awarded SABCA with a first seven-years Indefinite Delivery contract for in-theatre depot-level support to the USAFE F-16 fleet. This first in-theatre depot-level support contract had been already renewed a first time in 2011 and awarded to SABCA after a new full competitive RFP with another 5 years contract covering the Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016

The new contract awarded last week in conclusion of a one-year long re-competition procedure will extend this successful partnership for another five years.

The choice made by the US Government rewards SABCA’s long-term commitment to deliver first-class Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services and demonstrates SABCA's abilities to provide accurate, on-time and competitive answers to the most demanding requirements from its customers.

This workload will come in addition to the other programs currently performed by SABCA for the Belgian Defence, Royal Netherlands Air Force and Royal Danish Air Force as well as for other foreign customers.”



With strong shareholders (Dassault Group and GKN Aerospace/Fokker) and soon celebrating its first century in aerospace, SABCA 1200 highly motivated employees master all skills from early phases of “Build-to-Print” and “Build-to-spec” programs to full customer support.

SABCA is active in three markets: Civil Aviation, Space and Defense. 

In Civil Aviation, competencies in design and manufacturing of complex metal and composite Aerostructures and advanced High-Lift mechanisms enabled SABCA to win numerous Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Gulfstream work packages as a tier-1 and tier-2 partner.       

In Space, SABCA is single source for design and manufacturing of all Ariane 5 rocket engine Actuators, VEGA launcher and Ariane 6 complete Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system.

In Defense, SABCA offers high-end expertise in maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as modernization of military platforms and maintains most of the fleet of the Belgian armed forces. It also works with other European countries, as well as the US Air Force (USAFE), on the F-16.

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