February 14, 2017 (by Mr Gautier Hucorne) - As a conclusion of a full competitive Request For Proposal, the US Government, Ogden Air Logistic Center (OO-ALC), has awarded SABCA with a new five-years Indefinite Delivery contract for Depot-level Maintenance Support to the F-16 fleet operated by the USAF, covering Fiscal Years 2017 to 2021.
USAF F-16C block 40s from Aviano AB parked in front of SABCA’s hangars in April 2014. [Courtesy photo]
SABCA started its common history with the F-16 more than 35 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 1.300 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, 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. This first in-theatre depot-level support contract had been already renewed a first time in 2011 and awarded to SABCA after a new full competitive RfP
with another 5 years contract covering the Fiscal Years 2012 to 2016
The new contract awarded last December 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 rewards SABCA’s long-term commitment to deliver first-class Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services and demonstrates SABCA's abilities to provide accurate, on-time and competitive answers to the most demanding requirements from its customers.
This workload will come in addition to the other programs currently performed by SABCA for the Belgian Defence, Royal Netherlands
Air Force and Royal Danish Air Force as well as for other foreign customers.