Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has been awarded a delivery order, worth $127.43 million, by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for the acquisition of two C-37B aircraft.
The new delivery order will expand the current fleet size to 16 aircraft. Work will be performed in Savannah, Georgia, and is expected to deliver by September 2021.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 procurement funds for the contract amount are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8134‐20-F‐3100).
This delivery order is the second award against the GAC Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in September 2019, an award vehicle providing an effective and responsive instrument for the processing of multiple customer requirements across the federal government requiring Gulfstream aircraft and sustainment services.
“This IDIQ contract provides a great opportunity for the Air Force and other agencies to add capability to their fleets in a responsive, cost effective manner,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Britton, Program Executive Officer, Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate. “The program team awarded the contract a mere 15 business days from receipt of FY20 funding. We expect this will set a trend to deliver affordable capability faster.”
The C-37B is a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special air missions for high-ranking government and Defense Department officials. The aircraft is based upon the high-altitude, intercontinental Gulfstream 550 business jet. With a crew of 5, the aircraft can carry 12 passengers, with a range of 6750 nm (7,768 miles).
C-37B is the U.S. military designation of the Gulfstream G550 in VIP passenger configuration. EC-37B
is the designation for the proposed G550 version in an Electronic Warfare (EW) configuration to replace USAF’s existing EC-130H Compass Call aircraft and NC-37B is the designation for proposed G550 with the “Conformal AEW” body shape for use as range telemetry aircraft for U.S. Navy.