Boeing has been awarded a contract modification for the integrated sustainment support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) AC‐130U Spooky gunships.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, worth around $11.7 million was awarded by USAF’s Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and is incrementally funded. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6 million are being obligated at the time of award.
This modification provides for the continuation of services for the development, modification, sustainment, and maintenance of the AC‐130U Spooky gunship. The AC‐130U airframe is manufactured by Lockheed Martin, but Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.
Work will be performed at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and deployed locations in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019 for the negotiated option.
Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long-endurance ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport fixed-wing aircraft.
AC-130 carries a wide array of anti-ground oriented weapons (high-caliber cannons and, for newer variants, air-to-ground missiles and glide bombs) that are integrated with sophisticated sensors, navigation, and fire-control systems. Unlike other military fixed-wing aircraft, the AC-130 relies on visual targeting.
The sole operator is the U.S. Air Force, which uses the AC-130U Spooky and AC-130W Stinger II variants for close air support, air interdiction, and force protection, with the AC-130J Ghostrider (based on larger, more capable C-130J Super Hercules) in development.
AC-130Us are based at Hurlburt Field, Florida, while AC-130Ws are based at Cannon AFB, New Mexico; gunships can be deployed worldwide. The squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).