The US Air Force will receive logistics support from Northrop Grumman for its fleet of KC-10 extender refuelling tanker aircraft.

The KC-10 extender is an air mobility command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft that provides enhanced global mobility for US armed forces.

The KC-l0’s primary mission is aerial refuelling, but it can also carry out cargo tasks, transporting fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.

The tanker can carry 356,000lb of fuel or up to 75 people and about 170,000lb of cargo a distance of about 4,400 miles.

The nine-year contract with a ceiling value of $3.8bn will include supply chain management, depot-level logistics integration and support, engine maintenance, aircraft maintenance and modifications for the KC-10 refuelling tanker.

The contract also includes aerial refuelling system support for two Netherlands KDC-10 aircraft.

Northrop Grumman’s technical services sector corporate vice president and president James Cameron said their clear focus now is to conduct a flawless phase-in that will facilitate the superior programme performance that the US Air Force and Northrop Grumman demand.

Northrop’s other partners for the contract are AAR CORP, Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC and MTU Maintenance.