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Rockwell Collins collaborates with AMMROC for military avionics MRO alliance

Rockwell Collins collaborates with AMMROC for military avionics MRO alliance

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Rockwell Collins and Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) LLC, an Abu Dhabi-based company, have agreed in principle to form a strategic alliance that will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for military avionics. Target markets include the UAE and countries in the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) region.

The strategic alliance will provide MRO and associated logistics services, along with upgrade installations for a broad range of military aircraft. Operations, set to begin in 2016, will be based out of AMMROC’s new facility in Al Ain, UAE, which will be one of the largest military MRO centers in the world.

Fahed Al Shamesi, chief executive officer, AMMROC, said: “Strategic partnerships such as this alliance are vital to AMMROC’s long-term vision of becoming the premier MRO provider in the SAMENA region. I am confident that the selection of Rockwell Collins as one of AMMROC’s key avionics providers will not only enhance our ability to support our valued UAE and SAMENA customers, but also advance our role as the region’s aircraft MRO expert.”

Claude Alber, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins, said: “Our proven expertise in avionics MRO, along with AMMROC’s strong relationships with military customers in this region and its state-of-the-art facilities, are a winning combination for all parties. This new endeavor with AMMROC is part of a larger commitment by our company to bring new capabilities and jobs to the region.”

About AMMROC

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center) LLC is a leading provider of military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services across South Asia, Middle East and North Africa.

AMMROC offers best practice military aviation MRO services for a wide range of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Launched in 2010, AMMROC continues to expand the boundaries for flight as it leverages world-class capabilities, a highly skilled workforce and innovative technologies to deliver robust, MRO solutions that provide military operators with the highest level of aircraft readiness, fleet deployability and safety. AMMROC’s key customers include the UAE Armed Forces and GHQ.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries.

AAR gearing up for Middle East MRO venture

AAR gearing up for Middle East MRO venture

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AAR Corporation anticipates entering into an MRO joint venture for the Middle East within the next two years as it looks to build its international business portfolio.

Rahul Shah, the company’s Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said the company is looking to increase its international portfolio from its current 35% of its total business to 50% within three years. The expansion, he says, will include an MRO joint venture, as well as joint ventures for landing gear and component overhaul services.
“We are in dialogue with various airlines and facilities,” he said.

Shah says the company is looking to leverage its success in supply chain initiatives achieved through its contract with Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC). AAR has supported the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of AMMROC’s state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain, the emirate’s second city. The US $38.6 million contract saw AAR design support areas including hangars, work stations and machine and special process shops for the military maintenance center which will open later this year. AAR last year relocated its Middle East regional office to Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Center.

The Middle East’s defence industry is a key target for AAR’s planned growth, particularly in the Gulf where defence budgets are the world’s fastest-rising notching up 8% growth a year. The company has also just begun work on a five-year, US $72 million Complete Logistics Support (CLS) Foreign Military Sales contract to sustain a C-130H aircraft fleet on behalf of the Afghan Air Force.

Shah says AAR will focus on delivering performance-based logistics for the military sector and developing OEM distribution as an integrator for the civil sector focussing on power-by-the-hour contract for airlines in the Middle East and Africa. “We are currently bidding on three contracts in the region,” he said.

“We are in dialogue with various airlines and facilities. We have to, to stay competitive and to reach our aim of becoming number one in the business by leveraging our expertise in planning and forecasting for inventory management.”

AMMROC Participated at the Marrakech Airshow

AMMROC Participated at the Marrakech Airshow

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The Advanced Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center (AMMROC) completed its stint at the 6th international airshow held in Marrakech, Morocco. The show, which was staged from 26-30 April, hosted about 200 exhibiting companies from over 20 countries and received over 20,000 visitors.

“The International Marrakech Airshow is an optimal regional platform for AMMROC to meet leading companies in the military and defense aviation sectors, discuss cooperation, and provide new opportunities for future partnerships,” said Fahed Alshamsi, CEO of AMMROC. “This show provides an opportunity to showcase our capabilities, products and services to international clients as part of our goal to develop create a regional hub for the industry in Abu Dhabi,” he added.

AMMROC delegation included a number of officials and technicians who accompanied “Al Fursan” National Aerobatic Team to provide technical support and ensure the safety of aerospace operations.

In addition, several AMMROC officials conducted side meetings with a number of delegations to discuss new opportunities for future partnerships, as well as explore new markets in the region.

AMMROC is a leader in providing services for military aircraft in South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. AMMROC delivers the best services in maintenance, repair and overhaul of military aircraft for a wide range of fixed and rotating wing aircrafts. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces is one of AMMROC’s many prominent clients.

AMMROC at Defense Services Asia Exhibition

AMMROC at Defense Services Asia Exhibition

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Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC), the leading MRO Center in the region, took part in the Defense Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16-19 April 2016.

Mr. Fahed Alshamesi, AMMROC CEO, headed the AMMROC delegation accompanied by Mr. Salah Elian, CEO Advisor, and Mr. Bernard Kelleher, CCO, along with key members of the Commercial team.

“Our participation in DSA 2016 reflects not only the growth of AMMROC, but the prosperity of the MRO industry in the region overall,” said Mr. Fahed Alshamesi, AMMROC CEO.

DSA is organized by the Malaysian Ministry of with over 26 International Pavilions and more than 300 VIP Delegations from above 44 countries.

The highlight of AMMROC’s participation in this exhibition was the signing of an MoU between AMMROC and Destini Berhad in establishing an MRO Center of Excellence, specializing in aircraft escape systems at AMMROC’s new facility in Al Ain.

“Together with Destini Berhad we will provide the foundation to work together to deliver the necessary knowledge and skill transfer of aircraft escape systems to AMMROC. This collaboration will be based out of AMMROC’s new facility in Al Ain, and will be one of the largest, state-of-the-art military MRO centers in the world, delivering aircraft maintenance and safety to the UAE and SAMENA region.” Alshamesi added.

AMMROC wins UAE military aircraft support contract.

AMMROC wins UAE military aircraft support contract.

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Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the UAE Armed Force’s fixed and rotary-wing aircraft fleet.

Announced during the recently concluded Dubai Airshow 2013, the AED21.14bn ($5.8bn) performance-based logistics (PBL) contract requires the company to provide full logistics and MRO services, to ensure operational readiness of all UAE military aircraft.

Under the five year PBL contract, all material and maintenance activity will be provided under a cost per flight hour model, which in turn will offer greater flexibility to the UAE armed forces while facilitating ongoing efficiency enhancements.

AMMROC CEO Fahed Ghareeb Al Shamesi said the company has demonstrated progress working with the UAE armed forces, shareholders and partners, to integrate global best practices and processes in the last three years.

”Signing this contract shows the trust that our team has built on current platforms, allows us to further grow our workforce of UAE Nationals, and, most importantly, to support the readiness and strength of the air force for the benefit of the UAE,” Al Shamesi said.

“The services provided under the contract are also expected to guarantee enhanced safety and self-reliance.”

Besides ensuring aircraft readiness and deployability, the services provided under the contract are also expected to guarantee enhanced safety and self-reliance, enabling the military to perform operational, humanitarian and peace-keeping missions.

The Abu Dhabi-based company also secured an AED11.5m ($3m) contract to conduct the scheduled inspection and repair of the UAE Air Force’s (UAEAF) 13 AS550 multipurpose military helicopters fleet, FlightGlobal reports.

Established in July 2010, AMMROC is a joint venture company owned by Mubadala Aerospace, Sikorsky Aerospace Services and Lockheed Martin.

AMMROC innovates Oracle Super Cluster

AMMROC innovates Oracle Super Cluster

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The solution is designed to enable accurate and responsive collaboration among all parties involved in air fleet maintenance. It caters to issues related to supply and demand of spare parts including stock outs, Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situations, and high inventory carrying cost for companies.

The company considers the implementation a milestone, as it was executed within 28 days.

Tom Pegrume, Vice President, Systems, Oracle MEA said, ““Completing a set-up and implementation of such a complex project within one and a half months was a remarkable achievement and one of the fastest deployments on Super Cluster. AMMROC’s ability to master complex MRO IT solutions, combined with Oracle’s services of engineered systems, has led to this remarkable success.”

“AMMROC has made substantial investments in Oracle hardware and software with an aim to reduce our turn-around times, and enable faster response to customer needs,” Fahed Al Shamesi, CEO, AMMROC said. “The implementations should also lead to efficient supply chain management at AMMROC via optimised stock and inventory levels and advanced forecasting for material planning. Ultimately, these should facilitate AMMROC’s business expansion,” he added.

The solutions deployed are the cornerstone of an IT infrastructure envisioned by AMMROC that can support a Centre of Excellence, Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park.

AAR selected by AMMROC to support design of new MRO facility in the UAE

AAR selected by AMMROC to support design of new MRO facility in the UAE

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More than 1,700 jobs for Emiratis are to be created in the next four years by a government-linked company that provides high-tech repair and maintenance services to the UAE Armed Forces’ jets and helicopters.

The bright employment prospects were revealed yesterday by Colonel Fahad Al Shamesi, the chief executive of the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC), which is 60 per cent owned by Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi Government’s strategic investment company. The current AMMROC workforce numbers 2,200, of which some 400 are Emiratis, Col Al Shamesi said.

“By 2017 the workforce will range from 3,000 to 3,500 and 50 per cent to 60 per cent will be Emirati nationals,” he added.

At the top end of predictions that means some 2,100 Emiratis will work for the company in four years’ time, some 1,700 more than today.

“What we do is not mainly financial,” Col Al Shamesi said. “Now of course we need that financial return but we are looking for a social return also. The social return is a big part of this project.”

AMMROC is just one of a clutch of defense-related companies that come under the Tawazun umbrella formed out of the Government’s offset programme. It was designed to find international defense contractor partners for UAE projects. The partners then help to develop a domestic defense industry providing training and other assistance.

“People are wondering why is the UAE doing this,” Col Al Shamesi said. “This is why. We are creating the leaders of tomorrow with the best skills. One hundred per cent this is mainly the key for us. The whole training life cycle from high schools to universities as colleges come and work with these companies.”

Col Al Shamesi also announced the expansion of a service-and-support contract signed by AMMROC and the UAE Armed Forces in 2011. The original contract worth Dh1.15 billion (US$313 million) was yesterday increased by Dh633m.

“It was in 2011 we signed the basic agreement,” Col Al Shamesi said. “But this is the strategy of Mubadala Aerospace, that was phase one, and now we are in phase two and three.” Under the enlarged contract, AMMROCwill provide a range of service and maintenance functions for Armed Forces’ jets and helicopters including F16, Mirages, Apaches and refueling tankers.

“We are not only talking about servicing aircraft. We are talking about becoming a solution provider,” Col Al Shamesi said. “That means we are providing an integrated system to give the whole process for maintenance, recruitment, IT systems, quality control, supply chain management, the list goes on.”

Col Al Shamesi added that the success of the contract with the UAE Armed Forces would enable the company to move ahead with expansion outside the UAE.

“We have very ambitious plans for AMMROC,” he said. “We are not only thinking about the UAE. The next step is going out into the region, and in the region we are talking about South Asia, Middle East and North Africa.

“We will now be looking to market ourselves outside the region. because we will have very solid ground to go out and try to sell ourselves. We didn’t want to do it earlier but now we think maybe now is the time to do that.”