The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) recently awarded Bell Textron Inc. the first Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter platform.
The $815 million five-year, firm-fixed-price contract, based on Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 15 (Contracting by Negotiation), provides supply support for the UH-1Y Super Huey utility and the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. It will cover 35 individual items including tail rotor blades, gearboxes, and yokes. This contract is dual sourced with Fleet Readiness Center-East slated to perform repairs.
The PBL will ensure Bell produces and delivers parts on a regular schedule for the duration of the contract assuring the fleet has the materials it needs to stay mission ready.
Bell AH-1Z Viper is an American twin-engine attack helicopter and UH-1Y Venom (also called Super Huey) is a twin-engine, medium-sized utility helicopter. The helicopters are based on AH-1W SuperCobra and UH-1N Twin Huey respectively and were developed by Bell under the H-1 upgrade program of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
Even though superficially different from each other, the two helicopters have 84% parts commonality.