L-3 Communications wins $1.9bn KDC-10 logistics support contract from USAF


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L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has secured an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the US Air Force's (USAF) KDC-10 aerial refuelling tankers.

Valued at around $1.9bn, the contract will see the company provide logistics integration and support for the aircraft.

The deal covers contractor operated and maintained base supply, aircraft maintenance to include depot and contractor field teams, and also modifications for service bulletins and time compliance technical orders, according to the US Department of Defense.

L-3 will also support the KDC-10 including the Remote Aerial Refuelling Operator System for the Netherlands.

"The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refuelling."

Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, the aerial refuelling tanker can travel at top speeds of 962kmph. Of the three engines, two are mounted on under wing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabiliser.

The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refuelling, where aviation fuel is transferred from one military aircraft to another during flight.

Work under the contract will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands and it is expected to be completed by June 2025.

The USAF Life Cycle Management Center has awarded the contract to L-3, following a competitive acquisition process.


Image: A USAF KC-10 refuelling an F-16 Fighting Falcon during flight. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison.