EAST HARTFORD, Conn., 25 June 2012. The Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC) opened a new aircraft-engine maintenance facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to handle the region’s increasing demands for maintenance and repair of military aircraft engines. MEPC is a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney's parent company United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), Saudi Arabian Airlines, Mohawearean Aviation Services Company, and MTU Aero Engines.
MEPC, which provides military engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the Middle East, is part of a larger network of Pratt & Whitney military MRO solutions.
MEPC has been the overhaul provider of choice for the Royal Saudi Air Force's F100-PW-220/220E engines since it opened in 2001. The facility's current product lines also include: the RB199 engines for RSAF's Tornado aircraft, the T56 engines for the C-130, and Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6 for the PC-9 Pilatus.
The 194,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed to accommodate forecast growth in existing and new product lines. The company plans to expand the facility's portfolio to include engines for military helicopters, tanks, and others vehicles.
"Pratt & Whitney's tradition of supporting the Royal Saudi Air Force is carried on through our sustained efforts with the Middle East Propulsion Company," says Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.
"We are proud to be a founding member of MEPC, and are pleased to continue this partnership and excited about the growth opportunities enabled by the opening of this impressive facility," Croswell noted. "Saudi Arabia is an important market for Pratt & Whitney and this new facility is part of our commitment to the Kingdom to create training opportunities and additional local engine repair and overhaul capabilities."
The Middle East Propulsion Company is strategically located near the King Khalid International Airport, inRiyadh, Saudi Arabia. The company is licensed to engage in the business of maintenance, repair, and overhaul of aircraft propulsion systems.