Cessna Aircraft has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract by the 877th Aeronautical Systems Group to build aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF).

Under the $88.5m contract, the company will provide six Cessna 182T aircraft, 26 208B aircraft, six air-crew training devices, and interim contractor support for aircraft and training devices in Afghanistan.

The equipment to be provided will be part of the Afghanistan basic trainer / light lift family of systems.

12 Cessna 208B Caravans will be delivered to Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan, with the remainder going to Kabul Air Base.

Work on the 182 single-engine aircraft will be carried out at the company’s Independence plant, and the 208B aircraft in Wichita, Kansas, US.