MEPC opens new doors for world class military engine service in Riyadh
The Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC) has opened a new maintenance facility at King Khalid international airport.
The “landmark” 18,000 square metre workshop was officially opened by HRH Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the deputy minister of defence, last week. The new facility provides space for the Saudi joint venture company to provide new advanced technologies and technical services alongside the maintenance of some of the world’s most modern military engines.
Saudi Arabia already operates the second largest fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft in the world and the company, which is a joint venture between Saudia, Al Mohawarean, MTU Engines, United Technologies and Wamar International is planning to introduce the type’s T56 engine to MEPC’s capabilities.
With goals to become the preferred military engine MRO provider in the Middle East, MEPC is in the final stages of selecting a supplier for its brand new engine test facility, which will be located right next to the workshop.
One partner, Wamar said in a statement today that the facility’s tailored layout allows MEPC the ability to significantly increase the number of engines to be handled, further enhancing production and efficiency. “With current and future objectives of servicing end-products ranging from midsized turbo propulsion engines to extremely sophisticated jet engines used in Boeing F15’s and Eurofighter Typhoons, the facility opening is just part of the exciting new developments occurring with MEPC,” the American partner said.
President and CEO of Wamar, Nabil Barakat, said “In these strategic growth efforts, the new facility will provide highly-skilled development opportunities for Saudi Nationals in the aviation sector.”
MEPC’s chief executive, Abdulahad Al Turkistani said the engine company was planning a trebling of the number of employees over the next three years.