Rockwell Collins has been contracted to provide repair chain management for the US Air Force’s (USAF) fleet of 59 KC-10 Extender air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft.
The contract to repair more than 500 parts on KC-10 aircraft was awarded by L-3 Communications.
Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will manage 4,000 repairs annually in partnership with Intertrade.
Intertrade was acquired by Rockwell Collins in 1999 and now operates as its wholly owned subsidiary.
Rockwell Collins Service Solutions vice-president and general manager Thierry Tosi said: “Rockwell Collins and Intertrade encompass a trusted source of components and repair chain solutions and an established track record as key service providers for repair chain management.”
Intertrade and Rockwell Collins will use current vendor networks and provide logistics support through a distribution centre in Memphis, Tennessee, US.
The deal is expected to play a crucial role in sustaining mission-critical operations of the KC-10 aircraft.
The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft that is capable of providing increased global mobility for the US armed forces.
In addition to aerial refuelling, the 54.4m-long aircraft can carry the fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.
The KC-10 can transport up to 75 people and nearly 170,000lb of cargo a distance of about 7,040km unrefuelled, the USAF stated.
Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans, the aircraft can travel at a speed of 619mph.
To date, KC-10 has flown more than 350 missions guarding US skies as part of Operation Noble Eagle.
During operations, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, KC-10s flew more than 1,390 missions to deliver critical air refuelling support to numerous joint and coalition receiver aircraft.
Image: L-3 Communications recently awarded Rockwell Collins a repair chain management contract to support the USAF’s 59 KC-10 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.