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L-3 unit begins KC-10 tanker support

Vertex Aerospace, an L-3 Communications company, starts support work on U.S. Air Force tankers.

By Richard Tomkins
L-3's Vertex Aerospace division has started contractor logistics support for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 tanker fleet. A KC-10 Extender is pictured fueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison
L-3's Vertex Aerospace division has started contractor logistics support for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 tanker fleet. A KC-10 Extender is pictured fueling an F-16 Fighting Falcon. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- L-3 Communications' Vertex Aerospace division has started contractor logistics support for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 tanker fleet.

The support, awarded in a contract in June, was delayed by a competitor protest, which has now been denied by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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The estimated value of the firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is expected to reach $1.9 billion over a 9-year performance.

"As a CLS [contractor logistics support] provider, L-3 is committed to delivering excellent performance to the Air Force," said Michael T. Strianese, L-3's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This KC-10 contract award gives L-3 the opportunity to provide the Air Force and a key international ally with engineering innovation and affordable, best value solutions and services."

L-3 said that under the award Vertex Aerospace will provide contractor operated and maintained base supply, field service representative and depot maintenance support for 59 USAF KC-10 aircraft, as well as support for the aerial refueling system for two Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 aircraft.

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