L-3 Communications has secured a contract to deliver depot-level maintenance (DLM) for the US Navy’s F/A-18 A/B/C/D fleet.

With this contract, the navy will have the additional capacity it requires to carry out F/A-18 A/B/C/D structural life-extension modifications and inspections that will in turn improve the availability of strike fighter assets to meet ongoing operational commitments.

The contract will require L-3 MAS, a division of L-3’s aerospace systems business segment, to inspect and modify the aircraft structure, as well as associated engineering support.

“The contract will require L-3 MAS, a division of L-3’s aerospace systems business segment, to inspect and modify the aircraft structure.”

L-3’s platform integration division will serve as the prime contractor. It provides complex aircraft integration, sustainment and modification services for military, commercial and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers.

L-3 aerospace systems business segment president Mark Von Schwarz said: "By combining platform integration’s naval aviation experience with MAS’s world-class F/A-18 life-extension and depot maintenance expertise, L-3 demonstrates its ability to differentiate itself through collaborative capabilities in applying experience, performance and innovation to help a long-time valued customer achieve its goals."

L-3 MAS provides in-service support for a variety of fleets, including Canada’s CF-18 Hornet fighter, CC-150 Polaris transport, CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter and CT-114 Tutor demonstration aircraft.

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With nearly 38,000 employees, L-3 offers a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms.

Image: A F/A-18 being launched from French nuclear powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photographer.