British Columbia-based MTU Maintenance Canada, the company’s competence centre for military engine maintenance, will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for USAF F108 engines, beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. This follows the F138 military engine contract, signed directly with the USAF earlier this year.
MTU Maintenance will be partnering with GE Aviation on the five-year contract (one-year base and four one-year option periods), taking responsibility for MRO services, for which the company has over 20 years’ experience, working on military engines.
The F108 is the military variant of the CFM56-2 engine and powers the Boeing KC-135 STRATOTANKER, of which the USAF has over 300 (with 1,500+ engines) in its fleet. The -2 variant differs only slightly from the CFM56-3, for which MTU Maintenance has been carrying out MRO at its facility in Canada for over 15 years. Furthermore, MTU Aero Engines Group has over 85 years of experience with military engines.
“With the first F108 engine already in route to our shop and the first F138 that arrived last week, we’re looking forward to continuing the excellent reliability and on-time delivery record we have with USAF and going above and beyond their expectations,” commented Michael Schreyögg, Chief Programme Officer, MTU Aero Engines.
“Securing solid military volume is a key initiative for us at MTU Maintenance Canada,” adds Tracy Osadchuk, Head of Military Sales and VP MRO Programmes MTU Maintenance Canada.
Based in British Columbia (BC), MTU Maintenance Canada repairs and overhauls engines and accessories and performs engine tests. The company holds licenses for work on the CF6, CFM56 and V2500 engine families. Alongside accessory repairs, the Canadian engines experts also offer their customers so-called Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) management services which play an increasing role in MTU's service offerings. Last year, the company committed to significantly increasing capacity and engine portfolio within North America.