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Posted: July 2, 2014 1:29 PM

L-3 Awarded $151 Million Contract to Maintain Navy T-45 Aircraft

By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. — Naval Air Systems Command has awarded an indefinite-delivery contract to L-3 Communications’ Vertex Aerospace LLC to maintain the Navy’s fleet of Boeing-built T-45 Goshawk training jets.

The $151 million contract obligates L-3 to provide all three levels of maintenance for the T-45 fleet: organizational, intermediate and depot level. The 200-aircraft fleet is located at naval air stations in Kingsville, Texas; Meridian, Miss.; Pensacola, Fla.; and Patuxent River, Md.

The Navy has long preferred to support its training aircraft fleets — which do not deploy overseas or on ships for long periods — with contractor integrated logistic support as a less costly alternative to Sailors providing the support.

L-3 also will provide engineering, supply, parts and materials support, as well as government property management support. The contract will support the T-45 fleet through September 2015.

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