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Belgian aerospace makes push into Morocco

Belgian aerospace companies SABCA and Sabena Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand their work in the Moroccan military maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market.

The agreement, signed by SABCA’s Moroccan subsidiary SABCA Maroc, will see the companies partner to offer maintenance services to the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF), initially focusing on the country’s fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules medium transport aircraft that were first delivered in 1974.

As part of a second phase of the MOU, the companies will also target opportunities to undertake MRO work on the RMAF’s Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcons, Dassault AlphaJet, and Mirage F1 fleets, as well as Leonardo A109 helicopters.

SABCA Maroc – recently renamed from ASM AÉRO – is a joint venture between Belgium’s SABCA and French aerospace components manufacturing firm AAA. The company produces components for the Dassault Falcon business jet and Airbus aircraft from its site near Casablanca. According to SABCA’s CEO, Thibauld Jongen, the company already has strong connections with the RMAF through the modernisation and maintenance of the force’s Mirage F1 and AlphaJet fleets.

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