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07:53 AM, November 22, 2013
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AAR signed a partnering agreement with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense that allows AAR ACS to provide new and expanded component repair services using equipment at Logistic Center Woensdrecht (LCW).

The signing took place during a ceremony at the 25th NIDV Symposium and Exhibition in the Netherlands, initiating an agreement that is intended to foster utilization of LCW facilities and expand AAR ACS’s Apache and Chinook component repair capabilities for the RNLAF and other countries.

“We are proud to further expand our business relationship with the Royal Netherlands Air Force through this agreement that will benefit both organizations, while supporting the mission readiness of the Air Force fleet for when duty calls,” said Mat van Vugt, General Manager of AAR Aircraft Component Services in Amsterdam. “It is an honor to assist the RNLAF with their goals of increasing aircraft availability and reducing operational costs for the Air Force."

The RNLAF partnering agreement is related to a previously announced licensing arrangement between AAR and Boeing to support the RNLAF’s LCW and expand AAR’s rotorcraft service offerings in the region. For nearly 50 years, AAR ACS has operated in Amsterdam providing specialized component repair services for various commercial and military aircraft, including KDC-10s, F-16s, C-130s and NATO AWACS B707s. The addition of the RNLAF fleet support increases AAR ACS’s regional capabilities and employment base at the Amsterdam location. AAR ACS also has other repair depot responsibilities in the European region, including the Royal Air Force base at Waddington in the United Kingdom.

“This partnering agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force will help to maximize the readiness and utilization of our fleet at reduced cost,” said Lt. Gen. A. Schnitger, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

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