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S.A.B.C.A. delivers its 1,200th F-16

November 26, 2012 (by Philippe Duculot) - On Monday Oct 22nd, like several times a month, the S.A.B.C.A. flight line crew successfully delivered an F-16 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.

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"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 1,200th F-16 to roll out S.A.B.C.A.'s flight Line since 26 January 1979, when the very first production F-16 was delivered to the Belgian Air Force.

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

Since then, S.A.B.C.A. Charleroi 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, S.A.B.C.A. ensures the Depot-Level MRO of the USAF F-16 operated in the European theater. The choice made last year by the US Government to extend for another 5 years its co-operation with SABCA demonstrates S.A.B.C.A.'s abilities to provide accurate, on-time, competitive answers to the most demanding requirements

S.A.B.C.A.'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.

S.A.B.C.A. is a Belgian, Brussels-headquartered aerospace engineering and manufacturing company founded in 1920. Since the 1960’s S.A.B.C.A. has participated in large-scale licensed production programs of combat aircraft and military helicopters for both USAF and European Air Forces. Beside the manufacturing of Air- and Spacecraft subassemblies performed in its Brussels plant, S.A.B.C.A. 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.


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