The US Air Force has received the 150th KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker from Northrop Grumman’s maintenance depot. These depots are located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2009, Northrop Gunman has been the prime contractor on the KC-10 Extender. The company provides logistics support, depot maintenance, supply chain management, engine management, and overhaul services for aircrafts. They also work with MTU Maintenance, AAR, Chromalloy, AAR and TICO Life Care to deliver these services.
According to Matt Emerson, director, weapon systems operations, Northrop Grumman Technical Services,
“The delivery of the 150th KC-10 depot aircraft contributes to the critical mission requirements of the US Air Force by ensuring that the KC-10 is operational when the customer needs it. The aircraft was accepted with zero defects, further contributing to the company's proven track record for helping the Air Force achieve the KC-10's highest fleet mission capable rates in more than 16 years.”
Northrop Grumman made their CF6-50 engine overhaul program more reliable which also contributes to the 15-year high in engine fleet performance. On top of this, the engineering and depot production and the system modernization have gone through advancements that will assist in making a three year sustained mission-capable rate that far exceeds the Air Force’s 85 percent standard.
“Northrop Grumman's demonstrated performance and quality on the KC-10 program is nothing short of exceptional. Deliveries were made on or ahead of schedule and met or exceeded quality expectations, which has been instrumental in the air force's production of an untold number of combat refuelling sorties,”says John Parker, vice president and general manager, integrated logistics and modernization division, Northrop Grumman Technical Services.
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