The US Navy has awarded a contract to Leidos for the provision of flexible, ready, and rapidly deployable capabilities for aviation systems to support aircraft readiness worldwide.

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting authority for the multiple award, hybrid contract.

The contract includes a five-year base period and five optional years. If all options are exercised, the total potential value of the contract will reach $12.6bn.

Work involves contracted maintenance, modification, aircrew, and related services.

Under the contract, Leidos will provide aviation logistical services for fixed-wing, rotary-wing, unmanned aircraft vehicles, and lighter than air vehicles to help increase readiness for US Navy initiatives.

The contract will also include services for integrally related systems and weapon systems.

“Our systems have successfully flown thousands of hours supporting the warfighter in combat zones.”

Leidos Airborne Solutions senior vice-president Kevin Lansdowne said: “We have decades of operational and integration expertise that has provided rapid solutions for our customers when they need them the most.

“Our systems have successfully flown thousands of hours supporting the warfighter in combat zones, as well as on the ground processing and exploiting mission-critical information.”

NAVAIR is responsible for providing full lifecycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems.

Leidos specialises in the development, operations, and maintenance of both manned and unmanned airborne systems.

The latest agreement comes after Leidos won a $962m contract from the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic earlier this month.

The multiple-award contract requires the company to provide engineering and information warfare services for cyber missions.