DRS to continue logistics support for US Navy E-6 aircraft fleet

19 December 2012 (Last Updated December 19th, 2012 03:45)

The US Navy has awarded a contract option to DRS Technologies to provide logistics support for the E-6 take charge and move out (TACAMO) and airborne command post (ABNCP) aircraft fleet.

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The US Navy has awarded a contract option to DRS Technologies to provide logistics support for the E-6 take charge and move out (TACAMO) and airborne command post (ABNCP) aircraft fleet.

Under the $49.9m contract, DRS's C3 and Aviation business unit will continue to provide additional material support for E-6B aircraft, as well as manage government-owned inventory.

The contract also includes provision of spares for other Boeing 707 derivative programmes, including the US Air Force's VC-137 and C-18.

In addition, the contract involves support services for E-6B Mercury, E-6B SE, including common aircraft spares support for CNATT E-6B mission avionics system trainer, integrated avionics trainer, VQ-7 operational flight trainers, E-6B P2 Lab, and the E-6B SIL.

The US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River will serve as the contracting base and the contract work is scheduled to be completed in November 2013.

"The Boeing-built E-6 airborne command post is based on the company's commercial 707 jetliner to replace the ageing EC-130Q."

The contract option follows the previously awarded contract to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) for US Navy procurement, storage, warehouse management, and issuing/receiving of all CLS managed inventory.

Work will be conducted at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma; Naval Air Station, Maryland; Travis AFB, California, and at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, US.

Designed to provide survivable communication links between the national command authority (NCA) and strategic forces, the Boeing-built E-6 airborne command post is based on the company's commercial 707 jetliner to replace the ageing EC-130Q.

In addition to communications relay for the US Navy fleet of submarines and a strategic airborne command post aircraft, the dual-mission aircraft features an airborne launch control system.

Capable of carrying and firing anti-radiation missiles (ARM), including shrike and harm missiles, the E-6B is an upgraded version of the E-6A and is capable of launching US land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.


Image: US Navy E-6B Mercury stationed at an airport. Photo: courtesy of Alan Radecki Akradecki.