L-3 Communications announced that its Vertex Aerospace division was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide full contractor logistics support (CLS) for the KC-10 aircraft. The total approximate value of this indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is up to $1.9 billion over a nine-year performance period that begins with a July 2016 six-month phase-in.
“L-3’s renewed focus on growth and delivering excellent program performance at Vertex Aerospace is yielding meaningful results and reinforcing our strong commitment to the Air Force,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“By engineering innovative, targeted and affordable customer solutions, L-3 Vertex Aerospace remains the preferred provider of state-of-the-art contractor logistics support in the industry,” he added.
Under the contract, L-3 will provide Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS), Field Service Representative (FSR) and depot maintenance support for 59 USAF KC-10 aircraft, as well as COMBS and FSR support for the Aerial Refueling System for two Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) KDC-10 aircraft. The contract includes all parts, materials and repairs to sustain the fleet; depot heavy maintenance; other depot and field activities; and overhaul of major components. Key teammates include HAECO Americas Airframe Services, Cobham Mission Equipment, The Triumph Group and Hawker Pacific Aerospace.
“This competitive win speaks to L-3 Vertex’s technical expertise and broad experience in supporting aircraft fleets throughout the world. The important role that the KC-10 refueling aircraft serves in protecting the security of our nation and its allies is very well understood by every member of our team,” said Mark Von Schwarz, President of L-3’s Aerospace Systems business segment, which includes L-3 Vertex Aerospace.
“We are proud that we have been entrusted by the U.S. Air Force to provide maintenance and logistics support for its KC-10 aircraft fleet. This award demonstrates the confidence the Air Force has in our ability to provide innovative maintenance and logistics solutions for mission-critical aircraft,” added Ed Boyington, President of L-3 Vertex Aerospace.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.