CPI Aerostructures has been awarded a contract for the supply of structural wing components and logistical support for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations of the global F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fleet.

Awarded by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation, the $53.5m contract requires the company to supply 439 wing components and logistical support required for the MRO operations of the US fleet of more than 1,000 F-16s, and approximately 1,900 aircraft currently flown by air forces worldwide.

The contract includes a five-year base performance period and a single option for an additional three-year period.

CPI Aero president and CEO Douglas McCrosson said: "With this award, we have gained a footprint on a new platform for us, the F-16, one of the world’s most popular military aircraft, with approximately 2,900 aircraft flying in the air forces of 28 nations.

"We have strategically invested in developing world class, OEM / Tier 1 calibre engineering and global supply chain management capabilities."

"We have strategically invested in developing world class, OEM [original equipment manufacturer] / Tier 1 calibre engineering and global supply chain management capabilities to support our growing manufacturing and assembly operations.

"This new contract, along with our recently announced $86m contract for E-2D wing panel kits, validates our strategy to pursue large-scale integrated supply chain services programmes that capitalise on our investments."

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Specifically, the contract covers parts acquisition, stocking, and order fulfilment, as well as technical data management, configuration control, supply chain management, forecasting and inventory management.

In addition, CPI Aero will provide engineering support services for obsolescence management and diminishing manufacturing source challenges.

The firm fixed price, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract is expected to improve parts availability, decrease wing repair lead-time, and eventually increase F-16 mission readiness.

CPI will establish an inventory distribution site within the F-16 Wing Shop at the Ogden Air Logistics Center in Ogden, to maintain stock and fulfil requirements for the MRO operations of the US F-16 fleet. Inventory to support global F-16 fleet requirements will be stocked at the company’s facility in Edgewood, US.

The company will also subcontract F-16 OEM, Lockheed Martin, for programme technical support.

Image: AUSAF F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 40 aircraft during a mission over Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway.

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