Vertex Aerospace has secured a contract to perform contractor-operated and maintained base supply (COMBS) for the Air Education and Training Command’s (AETC) T-1A trainer aircraft fleet.

The firm-fixed-price contract has been awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma, US. It is valued at $65.6m.

Under the contract, Vertex is responsible for offering logistics support to more than 170 T-1A trainer aircraft.

The latest award is a modification to an earlier contract. The aircraft are based at five domestic US AFBs.

Manufactured by Raytheon and Hawker Beechcraft, the T-1 Jayhawk is a medium-range twin-engine trainer aircraft that was procured by the US Air Force (USAF) in 1992.

Since then, the company has been delivering the required support to the trainer fleet.

It is employed to train future pilots of the USAF’s airlift and tanker aircraft, including the KC-135, KC-10, KC-46 and C-130.

Vertex Aerospace CEO and president Ed Boyington said: “Vertex is honoured to continue our 25-plus year legacy maintaining the T-1A trainer aircraft.

“During these challenging times, we continue to make safety and readiness our top priorities, allowing our warfighters to focus on mission success.”

Recently, the company was selected by the USAF Installation Contracting Center as one of the prime seat awardees on the Aircraft Maintenance Enterprise Solution and Consolidated Rotary Wing Maintenance contract vehicles.

In February 2019, Vertex Aerospace received a $97.5m contract extension with the USAFs to manage and sustain the base supply of its T-1A Trainer Fleet aircraft.