Sikorsky chosen for helicopter supply and logistics support contract
Sikorsky has been awarded a performance-based logistics contract worth $717 million to provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters.
The deal will see the Lockheed Martin company undertake repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years. Contract performance is based on material availability metrics with additional incentives added for demand reductions, maintainability enhancements and aircraft readiness contributions.
The expanded comprehensive arrangement will cover additional readiness-critical components, including main and tail rotor blades, main gearbox, main rotor head, flight control components as well as accessories such as refuelling probe and cargo system components.
As the Marine Corps’ heavy lift-helicopter designed for the transportation of heavy material and supplies, the CH-53E Super Stallion is compatible with most amphibious class ships. With four-and-one-half hours’ endurance, the helicopter can move heavy equipment over rugged terrain in bad weather and at night. The MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the Navy’s need for long-range minesweeping missions, in addition to heavy-lift duties.
Pierre Garant, Sikorsky Senior Program Manager, Marine Corps In-Service Programs, said: “We expect the expanded performance-based logistics to measurably improve material availability and reduce support cost while increasing overall aircraft readiness.
“Our support infrastructure and past performance-based logistics successes will result in Sikorsky continuing to reliably provide mission support critical to the warfighter.”
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