F-16 Aircraft Depot-Level MRO : SABCA (Charleroi plant, Belgium) delivers its 1200th F-16.

Oct 2012

On Monday 22nd October, like several times a month, the SABCA flight line crew successfully delivered an F16 aircraft to one of its customer Air Forces :  this time the Belgian Air Component  received back a single-seater F-16, freshly upgraded by the highly skilled technicians of the company to the latest M5 Avionics standards.

"Business as usual" for these people who already proceeded with 29 similar deliveries since the beginning of the year... with the noticeable difference that this aircraft was exactly the 1200th F-16 to roll out SABCA's flight Line since 26 January 1979, when the very first production F-16 was delivered to the Belgian Air Force.

SABCA started its common history with the F-16 more than 30 years ago, by the assembly and in-flight delivery of 222 new F-16 aircraft, on behalf of three different end-users.

Since then, the SABCA Charleroi plant became a global key-player for the Depot-level maintenance and upgrade of F-16 aircraft, serving nine different F-16 customers around the world.

Beside the continuous support to Belgium's and other European’s  F-16 fleets, SABCA ensures the Depot-Level MRO of the USAF F-16 operated in the European theatre. The choice made last year by the US Government to extend for another 5 years its co-operation with SABCA demonstrates SABCA's abilities to provide accurate, on-time, competitive answers to the most demanding requirements.

SABCA's undisputed leadership in F-16 Depot-Level Support in Europe is strengthened by a State-of-the Art F-16 wings repair shop, relying on in-house detailed wing parts manufacturing capability.

SABCA is a leading Belgian Aerospace company since almost 92 years, employing 1000 highly trained persons. SABCA is active in civil aircraft design and manufacture (Airbus, Dassault, Gulfstream), military aircraft overhaul and upgrades (F16, F5, Mirage, helicopters, etc…) as well as in space programs (Ariane and Vega). These activities cover structural work as well as Thrust Vectoring Control systems and systems integration. SABCA has plants in Brussels and Charleroi,  a fully owned subsidiary SABCA Limburg specialized in aerospace composites and a new low cost assembly plant in Morocco called ASM Aero

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Marketing & Sales Director SABCA
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