L3 Technologies announced in early May that its Vertex Aerospace division has achieved on-time delivery of the first KC-10 tanker aircraft to the US Air Force (USAF) under the current contractor logistics support (CLS) contract, awarded in 2016.

Vertex received the aircraft in January and completed a heavy maintenance check – known as a C-check – in less than six months, with the collaboration of subcontractor and primary depot provider HAECO/TIMCO.

Under the current contract, L3 provides Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS), Field Service Representative (FSR) and depot maintenance support for 59 USAF KC-10 aircraft, as well as COMBS and FSR support for the Aerial Refueling System for two Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 aircraft. L3 provides all support for the programme, including labour, materials, tools, equipment, parts and transportation.

Over the past 30 years, L3 Vertex Aerospace is the only company to achieve on-time delivery of its first aircraft to undergo a C-check during the programme transition,” Mark Von Schwarz, President of L3’s Aerospace Systems business segment, commented. “We are proud to provide proven solutions that advance the Air Force’s mission around the world.”


The first KC-10 to be maintained under the 2016 CLS contract has been delivered to the USAF. (Photo: L3 Technologies)

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