L-3 Communications' Vertex Aerospace division has started providing full contractor logistics support (CLS) for the US Air Force's (USAF) KC-10 aircraft fleet.
A $1.9bn indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to this effect was awarded to the company in June this year.
The contract award to L-3 was stalled for about four months after competitor AAR Defense Systems and Logistics filed a protest in June, which was denied by the Government Accountability Office on 22 September.
L-3 Communications chairman and CEO Michael T. Strianese said: “This KC-10 contract award gives L-3 the opportunity to provide the Air Force and a key international ally with engineering innovation and affordable, best value solutions and services.
“This new business win also adds a new aircraft to our scope of CLS work and expands our business base.”
The contract covers contractor operated and maintained base supply (COMBS), field service representative (FSR) and depot maintenance support for 59 USAF KC-10 aircraft.
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L-3 will also provide COMBS and FSR support for the aerial refuelling system for two KDC-10 aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The McDonnell Douglas-built KC-10 Extender is an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft that is currently in use with the US armed forces and other coalition forces.
The triple engined aircraft can be used for cargo and passenger transport.
The aircraft refuels the fighter and cargo lift aircraft and can perform medical evacuations by migrating litter and ambulatory patients through patient support pallets.