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Illinois-based AAR Corporation has been awarded a three-year contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) on F-16 jet fuel starters, the company announced on 27 July.

AAR will service the jet fuel starters in its component repair facility in Amsterdam, where it has been supporting European air forces for over 30 years as a prime provider or subcontractor for repair management, component maintenance, supply chain and depot services.

The F-16 community is excited to have a trusted partner like AAR support the RNLAF to maintain and improve the availability of the F-16 fleet, and looks forward to continuing this valued relationship,” commented Lt Col Ronald Zoeteman, Program Manager F-16.

Since the 1980s, AAR Amsterdam has serviced over 3,500 jet fuel starters […] including all RNLAF jet fuel starters. The award of this End-of-Life-of-Type contract 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 high quality work and cost savings,” stated Maarten Willemsen, Government Program Manager of AAR Component Repair in Amsterdam.

Mönch sister publication The World Defence Almanac shows 60 F-16s in RNLAF inventory. (Photo via RNLAF)

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