SABCA to extend co-operation with USAF for another five years

Nov 2011

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 2012 to 2016.

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 A/C, on behalf of three different end-users.

Since then, more than 1150 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 - more than 330 F-16 A/C were processed in Charleroi on their behalf since 1983 - 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.

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 demonstrates its confidence in SABCA's abilities to provide accurate, on-time, competitive answers to the most demanding requirements from its customers and strengthens SABCA's undisputed leadership in F-16 Depot-Level Support in Europe.

This workload will come in addition to the other programs currently performed by SABCA for the Belgian Defence, USAF and several other foreign customers.


SABCA is a Belgian, Brussels-headquartered aerospace engineering and manufacturing company founded in 1920. Since the 1960’s SABCA has participated in large-scale licensed production programs of combat aircraft and military helicopters for both USAF and European Air Forces. Beside the design and manufacturing of Air- and Spacecraft subassemblies performed in its Brussels plant, SABCA is prime or sub-contractor for several structural modification and operational capabilities upgrade programs on F-16, A-10, Alpha Jet, Mirage and other aircraft types.

 With nine different F-16 customers around the world, SABCA Charleroi is a global key-player for the Depot-level maintenance and upgrade on F-16 aircraft.

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