L3 achieves on-time de­liv­ery of first USAF KC-10 CLS air­craft


L3 Tech­nolo­gies re­cently an­nounced that it has de­liv­ered the first KC-10 air­craft un­der the US Air Force’s (USAF) con­trac­tor lo­gis­tics sup­port (CLS) con­tract. The on-time de­liv­ery is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for the USAF KC-10 CLS pro­gramme. L3’s Ver­tex Aero­space di­vi­sion re­ceived the air­craft in Jan­uary 2017 and, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sub­con­trac­tor and pri­mary de­pot provider HAECO/TIMCO of Greens­boro, North Carolina, com­pleted a heavy main­te­nance check, known as a C-check, in un­der six months.

“This is an im­por­tant achieve­ment that demon­strates our ex­per­tise and scope of ser­vices on the CLS pro­gramme,” said Michael T. Stri­anese, L3’s Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “The Air Force is a long­time val­ued cus­tomer and we con­tinue to work closely with them as a trusted part­ner to en­sure on­go­ing KC-10 mis­sion ef­fec­tive­ness.”

Un­der the cur­rent con­tract, L3 pro­vides Con­trac­tor Op­er­ated and Main­tained Base Sup­ply (COMBS), Field Ser­vice Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (FSR) and de­pot main­te­nance sup­port for 59 USAF KC-10 air­craft, as well as COMBS and FSR sup­port for the aerial re­fu­elling sys­tem for two Royal Nether­lands Air Force KDC-10 air­craft. L3 pro­vides all sup­port for the pro­gramme, in­clud­ing la­bor, ma­te­ri­als, tools, equip­ment, parts and trans­porta­tion.

“Over the past 30 years, L3 Ver­tex Aero­space is the only com­pany to achieve on­time de­liv­ery of its first air­craft to un­dergo a C-check dur­ing the pro­gramme tran­si­tion,” said Mark Von Sch­warz, Pres­i­dent of L3’s Aero­space Sys­tems busi­ness seg­ment, which in­cludes Ver­tex Aero­space. “We are proud to pro­vide proven so­lu­tions that ad­vance the Air Force’s mis­sion around the world.”

While the most re­cent USAF KC-10 CLS con­tract was awarded in 2016, Ver­tex Aero­space also pro­vided lo­gis­tics sup­port for the KC-10 fleet from 1993 through 1998.

L3 Ver­tex Aero­space, lo­cated in Madi­son, Mis­sis­sippi, is an aero­space and de­fense sup­port ser­vices con­trac­tor spe­cial­iz­ing in the de­liv­ery of in­te­grated con­trac­tor lo­gis­tics sup­port for air­craft, ground ve­hi­cles and other de­fense sys­tems.

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