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MTU Maintenance Canada Ltd., MTU’s stronghold and competence center for military engine maintenance will support the United States Air Force’s (USAF) F138 engines and components with depot maintenance, repair and overhaul. The contract is currently valued at US$225 million, awarded via the Canadian Commercial Corporation, and runs for ten years to February 2030.
The F138 is the military variant of the CF6-80C2 engine and powers the C-5M Super Galaxy – the largest aircraft in the USAF inventory with four of these engines. The CF6-80C2 program was recently introduced at MTU Maintenance Canada, with the first engine inducted in early 2020 and test cell correlation currently underway.
“We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious contract right off the bat,” says Michael Schreyögg, chief program officer, MTU Aero Engines. “This is one of the largest contracts in MTU Maintenance Canada’s history and we look forward to providing USAF with excellent technical support.”
“The CF6-80C2, and its military variant the F138, is a logical introduction into the MTU Maintenance Canada portfolio, as we have already serviced CF6-50 and KC-10 engines in the past,” adds Helmut Neuper, CEO and president, MTU Maintenance Canada. “We had a great track record of 100 per cent on time delivery within the KC-10 program, a military derivative of the CF6-50 engine, and are delighted to have become prime contractor in this case.” The first F138 USAF delivery order is expected in April this year.
MTU Maintenance Canada is the North American member of the MTU Maintenance network of companies, the global leader in customized services for aero engines. Based in British Columbia, the company operates a shop where it repairs and overhauls engines and accessories and performs engine tests. MTU’s Canadian affiliate holds licenses for work on the CF6, CFM56 and V2500 engine families. Alongside accessory repairs, the company also offers its customers so-called line replaceable unit (LRU) management services which play an increasing role in MTU’s service offerings. Last year, the company committed to significantly increasing capacity and engine portfolio within North America.