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5/24/2016 6:40 PM
Strategic Airlift Capability Moves to New Offices at Pápa Air Base
24 MAY 2016 – PÁPA - - During May and June 2016, the personnel of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO) and Boeing relocate to new offices and facilities at Pápa Air Base. The office building, the warehouse/maintenance facility and the central utility building belonging to the SAC Hangar Complex project have now been completed. The new C-17 hangar building itself is to be finished and occupied later this year.


The SAC Hangar Complex buildings, the new office building in the forefront. Photo: HAW / Tuomas Saavalainen.


Since the establishment of the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) program in 2008, the SAC has initiated multiple construction projects that have contributed to successful and efficient mission execution. Furthermore, the projects at Pápa Air Base have employed numerous Hungarian contractors and sub-contractors, providing a significant boost to the local economy. The 12 member nations of the SAC share the investment costs based on the level of their contribution to the program.

In 2013, the member nations approved the SAC Infrastructure Development Project, which provides permanent infrastructure for the entire lifespan of the program. As the 12 nations have committed themselves to the SAC program for a minimum of 30 years, long-term investments are necessary. The total cost of the SAC Hangar Complex project is approximately 30 million EUR, almost 9.5 billion HUF. The hangar building itself will be the first purpose-built C-17 hangar in Europe.

The first phase of relocation into the permanent facilities is a significant milestone for the 12 member nations of the SAC, preparing the program for the future. In addition, the modern technological solutions at the new facilities will help to reduce maintenance costs and enhance aircraft availability for the SAC member nations. On 24 May, a brief opening ceremony was arranged in order to commemorate the completion of SAC Hangar Complex project Phase 2.

The new facilities and the installed high value equipment need a proper maintenance solution. This will be achieved through a comprehensive facility management contract awarded to ATCO Frontec Europe Ltd. The contract has established 35 new jobs in Pápa. Via 26 subcontracts, the facility management solution provides long-term employment also for many other companies in Pápa and elsewhere in Hungary.


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NAM Programme Manager Mr. Wiek Noldus and HAW Vice-Commander Col Bjørn Gohn-Hellum cut the ribbon at the SAC Hangar Complex Phase 2 opening ceremony on 24 May. Photo: HAW / Tuomas Saavalainen.



Questions & Answer about the SAC Hangar Complex

What is the total cost of the SAC Hangar Complex project?

  • TOTAL: approximately 30 million EUR (almost 9.5 billion HUF)
    • Design contract: 2.1 million EUR
    • A&E (Construction Quality Control) contract: 500 000 EUR
    • Construction:
      • Phase 1 – Site preparation: 300 000 EUR
      • Phases 2-3 – Construction of facilities: 27 million EUR

Which Hungarian companies have been involved in the project as contractors?

In approximate terms, how many people have been employed by the SAC Hangar Complex project?

  • The number has fluctuated according to the construction activity. On most days, there have been 200-300 workers at the site. At the peak time, there were 600 workers at the site simultaneously.

What is included in the SAC Hangar Complex project?

  • A C-17 Maintenance Hangar for intermediate level aircraft maintenance (completion in late 2016)
  • Back shops, offices and a storage area to support aircraft maintenance activities (completed in May 2016)
  • Facilities to store and maintain equipment and vehicles (completed in May 2016)
  • An office building for SAC personnel (completed in May 2016)




SAC Hangar Complex construction site on 3 November 2015. Photo: HAW / Tuomas Saavalainen.



SAC Hangar Complex construction site on 7 January 2016. Photo: HAW / Tuomas Saavalainen.



SAC Hangar Complex construction site on 14 April 2016. Photo: NAM PO.



About the Strategic Airlift Capability

Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), established in 2008, is a multinational program that provides its 12 member nations with assured access to military airlift capability by owning and operating three Boeing C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo aircraft.

SAC is based at the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) Pápa Air Base, Hungary.

The SAC Nations are the NATO members Hungary (program host nation), Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden. Each participating nation owns a share of the available flight hours of the SAC C-17s to serve the needs of their national defence, NATO, EU or UN commitments and humanitarian relief efforts.

SAC consists of the 12-nation Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) and the NATO Airlift Management Programme Office (NAM PO). The HAW is the operational unit and the NAM PO, an integral part of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), is the acquisition and sustainment authority of the SAC C-17 weapon system.

NAM PO contracts Boeing via a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement to provide technical support for the SAC C-17 aircraft.