The Israeli company Elbit Services and the Dutch group Fokker Services have entered into a partnership covering military aviation services.
Under the agreement, announced November 17 at the Nederlands Industries for Defense and Security (NEDS) conference in Rotterdam, Fokker will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military training programs in ‘Elbit.
“By combining our maintenance expertise with the advanced military flight training capabilities of Elbit Systems, we offer defense customers a complete solution,” said Roland van Dijk, Managing Director of Fokker Services. “This is the first step in this new collaboration, and going forward, we will explore ways to further develop and combine the unique skills and capabilities of both companies,” he adds.
Elbit Vice President of Academies and Services, Adi Raviv, said the partnership was part of the company’s efforts to expand its role in Europe.
“This latest cooperation is part of Elbit Systems’ broader strategy for the Dutch market, as the company seeks to strengthen its partnerships with national industry leaders,” says Raviv. “The overall goal is to improve Elbit Systems’ ability to meet the Dutch customer’s needs in a personalized manner with respect to current and future supply programs.”
Elbit notes that the company operates some 200 aircraft worldwide and offers flight and ground training. “Elbit has a proven track record in selecting, sourcing, operating and maintaining fleets,” the company says.
Among Elbit’s aviation training contracts is the UK Royal Air Force Military Flight Training System, which covers the provision and support of pilot training for the RAF. The program includes 23 Grob G 120TPs, 14 Beechcraft T-6Cs and five Embraer Phenom 100s, according to Elbit.
Fokker describes its MRO offerings as covering “transportation, surveillance, other special mission aircraft and helicopters in addition to providing engineering services to various customers.”
Since 2017, Fokker says it has also delivered standard parts for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) aircraft, helicopters and multiple support systems.