M7 Aerospace, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, has been awarded a contract to perform contractor logistics support (CLS) and maintenance for a mixed fleet of seven RC/EC/C-26D and 12 UC-35C/D utility aircraft.

The five-year $15.6m contract, awarded by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), has a one-year base performance period with four one-year renewal options.

Under the contract, M7 will provide programme management and CLS that includes site phase-in, base-site operations, flight operations material requirements, scheduled depot level maintenance, rental engines, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) engineering and technical services.

The C-26D is a military version of a Fairchild Metro regional airliner, while the UC-35C/D is a military version of the Cessna Citation 560 business jet.

The RC and EC versions of the aircraft are equipped for special electronic missions.