AAR has secured a new $118.6 million contract with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver two 737 (U.S. military designation: C-40) aircraft and associated support equipment to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
The firm-fixed price contract, estimated to last two years, entails the acquisition, modification, acceptance and delivery of two 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) series commercial aircraft. The aircraft will meet USMC C-9B replacement medium lift requirements and be designated as C-40A aircraft when delivered.
This statement of work (SOW) will procure and modify a 737-700 IGW series airframe and engines that will meet cargo/passenger, communication, navigation, safety and military mission system capabilities. The military mission systems consist of requirements for military navigation and communication system.
The aircraft will be certified in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 25 (airworthiness standards) for an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers and an all-cargo configuration of eight 463L (HCU-6/E) cargo pallets. A passenger-cargo configuration (combi-configuration) will be certified to meet 14 CFR Part 25 or military airworthiness standards that will consist of seating and cargo pallets that will provide the USMC the added mission flexibility to configure the aircraft in a cargo-passenger configuration.
Naval Aviation (NAVAIR) will be responsible for the airworthiness related to the combination configuration unless the configuration falls within an existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. The contract will also require training the aircrew (pilots, crew chiefs and loadmasters) and training for unique equipment.
The new aircraft will replace C-9B Skytrain II (military version of McDonnell Douglas DC-9 airliner) aircraft operated by the Marine Corps and be designated as C-40A aircraft when delivered.
“We are honored to be selected by NAVAIR to manage the procurement, upgrade modification and delivery of these aircraft,” said John Holmes, AAR President and CEO. “This integrated solution delivers an outstanding product focused on cost efficiency that directly aligns with the Secretary of the Navy’s recently announced initiative to achieve greater output and faster turnaround times for their dollars spent. AAR is excited to promote this innovative partnership to all areas of government to highlight the benefits of utilizing commercial aftermarket solutions to meet military requirements.”
“Our engineered approach seamlessly delivers a comprehensive solution from across AAR’s businesses that combines best practices from our industry-leading repair, engineering services and supply chain solutions,” said Nick Gross, AAR Senior Vice President of Government Solutions. “We are eager to see these aircraft delivered for service in support of the Navy and Marine Corps.”
AAR will manage the program and provide parts distribution from the company’s headquarters in Wood Dale, Illinois, perform engineering out of the Indianapolis MRO facility, and provide maintenance and modification services at the Oklahoma City MRO and Miami Landing Gear Services facilities.