Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) and CAE announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue training sustainment services and offset opportunities in the Middle East, at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 19.
Under the MOU, the two companies will cooperate on providing a range of training sustainment services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other locations throughout the Middle East. The training sustainment services provided by AMMROC and CAE will include maintenance and support of simulators and training devices, contractor logistics support, courseware development, and instructors, all of which will provide offset opportunities to further support local industry.
“This MoU represents AMMROC’s continued collaboration and investments with leading global entities in aviation and defence such as CAE. Long term partnerships with our clients is the very basis of our business model and we are keen to work alongside CAE to improve and diversify our capabilities through enhanced training that equip local and international professionals with the cutting-edge skills they need to face some of most demanding defence challenges,” said Abdul Hakeem Al Muflahi, Chief Executive Officer of AMMROC.
The two companies already provide maintenance and support services on the UAE Air Force and Air Defence A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) training devices. The CAE-built A330 MRTT air refueling officer part-task trainer (ARO PTT) and CAE Simfinity A330 MRTT integrated procedures trainer (IPT) were delivered in 2013 and are used to support the training of pilots and boom operators.
“This cooperation with the leading maintenance, repair and overhaul company in the region will help us grow our training services in the UAE and the Middle East,” said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, Vice President and General Manager, Defence & Security International, CAE. “We are excited to partner with AMMROC and contribute to developing a highly skilled workforce locally that can meet the needs of military customers in the Middle East region.”
AMMROC’s offerings place it at the forefront of the aircraft aftermarket industry, enabling the UAE and other regional air forces to maintain operational readiness, airworthiness, and technical ownership of various rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft and platforms. AMMROC is also the only Lockheed Martin-approved C-130 Hercules service centre in the MENA region.
In addition to its MRO solutions, the company retains comprehensive capability to modify platforms such as the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter – one of the world’s most battle-tested air vehicles – into mission-ready, multi-role combat helicopters.
AMMROC, a joint-venture owned by Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC) and Lockheed Martin, is part of the Platforms & Systems cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defense and beyond that was inaugurated in November 2019.