L-3 wins $1.9bn contract for KC-10 tanker logistic support

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L-3 wins $1.9bn contract for KC-10 tanker logistic support
The US-based defense contractor L-3 Communications has been awarded a $1.91 billion contract to provide airframe contractor logistics support for USAF KC/KDC-10 tanker aircraft, the US Department of Defense announced on June 1st, 2016.
L 3 wins 1 9bn contract for KC 10 tanker logistic support 640 001A KC-10 from McGuire AFB, N.J. resumes its flight pattern after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Afghanistan
(Credit: USAF/Staff Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby)
The company will also support the KDC-10 including the Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands, the Defense Department pointed out.

"L-3 Communications, Vertex Aerospace LLC (L-3) [in] Madison, Mississippi, has been awarded a $1,910,525,014 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for KC/KDC-10 airframe contractor logistics support," the announcement said on Wednesday.

Work will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2025, the announcement noted.

The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an aerial refueling tanker and transport aircraft. The KC-10 can transport up to 75 people and nearly 76,560 kilograms of cargo a distance of about 7,040 kilometers unrefueled.

As of May 2014, 59 KC-10 tanker aircraft are in use in the US Air Force. Two KC-10s are operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force 344th Transport Squadron, stationed on Eindhoven Airport.