Boeing Receives AC-130U Gunship Support Contract

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Boe­ing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a con­tract from the U.S. Air Force to pro­vide spare ser­vo-actu­a­tors for the AC-130U gun­ship. The five-year con­tract, which includes a base year plus four out-year order­ing peri­ods, is worth up to $7.2 mil­lion. A total of $1.2 mil­lion of the first phase has been oblig­at­ed.

Between now and July 2011, Boe­ing will pro­vide 10 ser­vo-actu­a­tors for the Train­able Gun Mount Sys­tems need­ed to install 40-mil­lime­ter guns on four AC-130Us. The con­tract was issued by Robins Air Force Base, Warn­er Robins, Ga., to Boeing’s Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces sub­di­vi­sion. The work will be per­formed by Boe­ing teams in Fort Wal­ton Beach.

“These ser­vo-actu­a­tors are a crit­i­cal part of the Air Force’s abil­i­ty to main­tain readi­ness for the AC-130U gun­ship, which is a vital plat­form sup­port­ing mis­sions around the world,” said Ken Hill, direc­tor, Boe­ing Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces. “Tight turn­around times are required to repair these air­craft and get them back in the fight. We are ful­ly com­mit­ted to meet­ing our customer’s expec­ta­tions.”

Boe­ing has man­u­fac­tured the AC-130U from exist­ing C-130 air­frames since 1987. In 2009, the com­pa­ny received its first con­tract award under the Air Force’s Future Flex­i­ble Acqui­si­tion and Sus­tain­ment Tool (F2AST) pro­gram. The ini­tial $19.1 mil­lion F2AST con­tract was for the sus­tain­ment and main­te­nance of oper­a­tional flight and sim­u­la­tion soft­ware, field ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive sup­port, inter­me­di­ate-lev­el repairs and oth­er ser­vices.

Boeing’s work on the C-130 plat­form extends to the Avion­ics Mod­ern­iza­tion Pro­gram; the Avion­ics Part Task Train­er and Cock­pit Famil­iar­iza­tion Train­er; the C-130H aer­i­al refu­el­ing tanker for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force; and the Pre­ci­sion Con­tain­er Aer­i­al Deliv­ery Sys­tem (PCADS) pro­gram, designed to help com­bat wild­fires.

Boeing’s Fort Wal­ton Beach site employs approx­i­mate­ly 500 peo­ple who pri­mar­i­ly sup­port the U.S. Air Force Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces.

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees world­wide.

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Con­tact:
For­rest Gos­sett
Main­te­nance, Mod­i­fi­ca­tions & Upgrades
Mobile: 314–363-0650
forrest.s.gossett@boeing.com

Source:
Boe­ing Com­pa­ny

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