In the world of aerospace and defense, the term “aftermarket” often is an afterthought. Replacing seat belts, repairing an old turbine blade or running painstaking systems checks just don't hold the “wow” factor of composite airframes, next-generation engines or the latest unmanned aircraft. Yet MRO—maintenance, repair and overhaul—is a big business. The consultancy ICF SH&E values the civil market at $50 billion a year globally and sees that growing to nearly $65 billion by 2020. ...


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