Air Component Commander Major General Frederik Vansina visits the SABCA plants

Feb 2017

Air Component Commander Major General Frederik Vansina and two of his staff members visited the SABCA plants in Brussel and Charleroi.

The visit in the Brussel plant organized for Major General Vansina supported by two of his staff members allows us to highlight again the skills and achievements of the Group SABCA in terms of Metallic and Composite Aerostructures, Mechanisms and Actuation Systems (hydraulic and electromechanical actuators, electronic control and power units, associated software).

During the tour in SABCA Charleroi, worldwide recognized as an excellent Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility , the Major General and his staff have been given the opportunity to see extensive maintenance operations on F-16 aircraft, coming from different airforces and the workmanship on the helicopters of the Belgian Defence.

We want to emphasize that the F-16 program enabled the Belgium Aerospace Industry to make a technology and competitive leap, resulting in competitiveness, long term employment and value creation.  Furthermore, it allowed SABCA to position itself as a European Leader in Aerostructures and Actuation systems on civil aircraft and space markets.

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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SABCA Marketing & Sales

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