July 18, 2016 (by Philippe Duculot) - Last Wednesday, while the global aerospace community gathered at Farnborough will be talking about the future of air, defense and space, the Flight Line Crew of SABCA will bring its 1300th F-16 back to fly. Business as usual for these skilled experts who are accustomed to perform such operations up to 50 times a year.
The 1300th F-16 from the SABCA factory after maintenance and overhaul and ready to return back to operational service. [Photo by G. Dedeurwaerder]
The delivery of this 1300th aircraft is another milestone in a 40 years long success story: SABCA started its common history with the F-16 in 1977, with the assembly and in-flight delivery of new aircrafts, on behalf of three different end-users.
Since then, exactly 1298 F-16 rolled out of the SABCA Flight Line after having been either assembled, upgraded, inspected, repaired or re-painted, and two more will be delivered this week. SABCA provides Maintenance and Overhaul of all kinds and levels, from maintenance of equipment to the overhaul of a complete fleet of jet fighters. These services have been provided to twelve F-16 operators worldwide, among which the Air Forces of Belgium
, USA, The Netherlands
continue to outsource the maintenance of complete aircraft to SABCA.
Thanks to the mutual trust built with its customers along the years, SABCA developed much ahead of the crew concepts like “Outsourcing of Organic Capabilities”, “One Stop Shop” or “Full Depot Support”, paving the way to its future in the MRO
of Next Generation Jet Fighter.