L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace Awarded $1.9 Billion Contract


KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Air Force for their KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers. This contract is estimated to be valued around $1.9 billion. Under this indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will be providing logistics integration as well as support for the aircrafts.

According to the United States Department of Defense, this $1.9 billion deal encompasses contractor maintained and operated base supply, aircraft maintenance which includes contractor and deport field teams, as well as additional modifications for service bulletins and time compliance technical orders. L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will also be supporting the KDC-10, which includes the Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands.

The KDC-10 is a military variant of the three-engined DC-10 airliner and acts as an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. This refueling tanker aircraft is operated by the United States Air Force and incorporates equipment which is specifically designed for the military in order to serve its primary roles of transport and aerial fueling.

“Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, the aerial refueling tanker can travel at top speeds of 962kmph. Of the three engines, two are mounted on under wing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer,”

stated an article from Air Force Technology’s website.

“The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refueling, where aviation fuel is transferred from one military aircraft to another during flight. Work under the contract will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands and it is expected to be completed by June 2025.”

After a thorough and competitive acquisition process, this $1.9 billion contract was awarded by the United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace.


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