GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands, June 24 (UPI) -- Boeing is exploring advanced rotorcraft maintenance opportunities in the Netherlands and promoting the country as a regional hub for aircraft support services.
The exploration comes under separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force and Fokker Technologies.
Boeing said its strategic partnership agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force capitalizes on an existing support contract for Dutch AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Opportunities under consideration include adding components to the existing contract; engaging Dutch suppliers for maintenance, repair and overhaul work; and expanding use of the Logistics Center Woensdrecht, the Ministry of Defense's center of expertise for military MRO and logistics.
"This agreement with Boeing supports my objective to increase the availability of my Apache and Chinook fleets and reduce the costs to operate them," said Lt. Gen. Alexander Schnitger, commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. "This innovative way of cooperation with Boeing is a blueprint for future cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Air Force and other original equipment manufacturers."
Boeing's memorandum of understanding with Fokker Technologies will help advance the goals outlined in the agreement with the RNLAF, Boeing said and enables the companies to explore collaboration on maintenance, repair and overhaul in the Netherlands for rotorcraft.
"The selection of Fokker clearly reflects the confidence that Boeing has in our company and in our dedicated, specialized employees," said Hans Büthker, chief executive officer of Fokker Technologies. "This program offers great potential for the future and seamlessly fits our strategic goals."
Fokker is a supplier of composite structures and other components for Boeing's Apache and Chinook aircraft.