The US Navy has awarded a contract to L-3 Communications Corporation to provide depot-level repair services for the navy’s C-9 aircraft.

Under the $52.2m contract, the company will provide depot repairs and aircraft engine depot repairs, consumables and line replaceable unit supply support for the navy C-9 aircraft.

The navy C-9 aircraft provide cargo and passenger transportation as well as forward deployment logistics support.

The 35.7m-long and 8.2m-tall aircraft has a wingspan of 27.9m and a maximum take-off weight of 48,600kg.

Work will be carried out across the US. It is expected to be complete by November 2010.

The contract has been awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.