The US Navy has awarded a one-year, fixed-firm-price modification contract to DRS Technologies to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) for the E-6B take charge and move out (TACAMO) and airborne command post (ABNCP) aircraft fleet.

Under the incrementally funded option contract, the company will provide additional material support for E-6B aircraft and will manage government-owned inventory in addition to residual spares for other Boeing 707 derivative programmes including the US Air Force’s VC-137 and C-18. The contract option follows the previously awarded contract to DRS to provide CLS for US Navy procurement, storage, warehouse management, and issuing/receiving of all CLS-managed inventory.

The Boeing-built E-6 is an airborne command post derived from the company’s commercial 707 jetliner and is designed to replace the ageing EC-130Q. It provides survivable communication links between the national command authority (NCA) and strategic forces. An upgraded version of the E-6A, the E-6B is capable of carrying and firing anti-radiation missiles (ARM) including shrike missiles and Harm missiles.

The dual-mission aircraft features communications relay for the US Navy fleet of submarines and a strategic airborne command post aircraft, in addition to an airborne launch control system. The E-6B has been designed to provide survivable, endurable command, control and communications and is capable of launching US land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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The $48.4m CLS indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, US. Work under the contract will be carried out at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma; Naval Air Station, Maryland; Travis AFB, California; the Naval Aviation Technical Training facility in Texas, and at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, US.