The Patria unit responsible for the maintenance of F100 jet engines now also operates at a Belgian air base. Patria has already proven the functionality of the concept by having applied it successfully in other countries in the past. The Patria unit PBEC (Patria Belgium Engine Center) operating in Belgium has been responsible for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Pratt & Whitney F100 engines of F-16 and F-15 fighters for quite a while.
“The new operating model shows that the Belgian Defence Forces have strong confidence in our operations. We have partnered with the Defence Forces for several decades. This is a natural step in developing our cooperation. Currently, there are four Patria employees working in the new operating model, but four new mechanics will start their work in September this year and additional four mechanics in 2022.” says Manu Sidiropoulos, General Manager of PBEC.
Since September last year, cooperation with the Belgian Defence Forces deepened further when, alongside working in their own repairshop, Patria personnel also started working at Florennes Air Base. There will be retirements among the Air Force maintenance personnel in the coming years. At the same time, Belgium is preparing to deploy the new F-35 fighters, the maintenance of which will require personnel resources.
The Patria repairshop doing F100 engine repairs is located in the city of Liège. For repairs, the engine modules are detached from the aircraft at the air base and delivered to Patria to undergo the required actions. Earlier, Air Force mechanics were responsible for detaching and reinstalling the modules, but now Patria will take care of these work phases. At Florennes Air Force Base, Patria is collaborating with another Belgian aerospace company, SABCA