AAR Corporation has won a four-year contract for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the auxiliary power units (APU) for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) CH-47 CHINOOK helicopter fleet, the company announced on 9 July.

AAR will service the CHINOOK fleet in its Component Repair facility in Amsterdam, where the company has been supporting European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) for over 30 years as a prime provider or subcontractor for repair management, component maintenance, supply chain and depot services.

The RNLAF is pleased to have an MRO contract in place for their CH-47 APU’s,” commented EMSD Programme Manager CHINOOK, Lt-Col Remco Bastiaan. “The CHINOOK community is excited to have a trusted partner like AAR support the RNLAF to maintain and improve the availability of the CHINOOK fleet and looks forward to sustaining and expanding their valued relationship.”

AAR has been a proud and trusted partner of the Royal Netherlands Air Force on the F-16 platform for more than 25 years,” added AAR’s General Manager of Component Repair, Eric Bron. “This step expanding our MRO services to the CH-47 CHINOOK platform reflects our strong relationship, dedication to exceeding customer expectations and shared core values with the RNLAF. We deliver tailored services and capabilities based on commercial best practices and our customers’ unique needs to produce the highest quality work and cost savings.”

According to sister publication The World Defence Almanac 2018, the RNLAF has 14 CH-47F on order, with deliveries commencing this year, to replace the current fleet of D models. (Photo: Boeing)

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