SABCA and Sabena Aerospace join forces on military aircraft MRO


Belgian aerospace companies SABCA and Sabena Aerospace have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) to offer maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for military aircraft in Morocco.

SABCA, through its subsidiary SABCA Maroc, are partnering with Sabena Aerospace to propose, from Morocco, services for military aircraft maintenance. The companies, on 26 November, said the first identified platform is the C-130 transport aircraft. The aircraft is well known by Sabena Aerospace, one of the first companies in the world to be certified in 1976 by Lockheed to provide maintenance services on the C-130.

In a second phase, the partners want to extend their offer to other platforms such as the F-16, Alpha Jet, Mirage F1 or Agusta A109.
“If those services will be naturally developed in priority for the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF), SABCA and Sabena Aerospace’s intention is to offer this new capability to other countries, making Morocco a major regional player in the military maintenance,” the companies said.
“Morocco has quickly become a natural choice to install this new base,” explained Thibauld Jongen, CEO of the SABCA Group. “The experience gained through the development of our subsidiary SABCA Maroc is very positive: the workforce is highly skilled, the government encourages the industrial development and both our countries want to strengthen their cooperation. We produce in Casablanca assemblies for Airbus and Dassault Aviation aircraft since 2012 and we are planning to further develop this activity.
“In term of aircraft maintenance, we also have strong ties with the country as we modernized, in close cooperation with the RMAF, their Mirage F1 and Alpha Jet fleets. We are therefore looking forward to writing a new chapter to our cooperation with Morocco together with Sabena Aerospace”.
“We are pleased to start this first collaborative venture with the SABCA group. For several years now, Sabena Aerospace aims to develop industrial partnerships with major aerospace players in Belgium to offer unique solutions to the market thanks to the combination of their respective expertise,” said Stéphane Burton, CEO of Sabena Aerospace.
“Since 2014, Sabena Aerospace has developed a partnership model in several Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) countries combining technical assistance and training. We are looking forward to materializing this project with SABCA with an industrial initiative in Morocco.”

Beside the historical links between Belgium and Morocco, Sabena Aerospace has strong ties, for several decades, with Moroccan aviation entities including Royal Air Maroc.