Northrop Grumman Systems was awarded a contract modification, worth around $42 million, by the U.S. Army for contractor logistics support services for government-owned fixed-wing fleet performing Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) missions.
Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance, Army funds for the amount were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), Illinois, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-17-C-0014 – P00054).
Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2020.
The U.S. Army’s fixed-wing airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) fleet includes the RC-12X Guardrail, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System (EMARSS) and Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL) variants.
U.S. Army Fixed-Wing Aircraft Fleet
The U.S. Army fixed-wing fleet consists of over 339 aircraft comprised of 8 missions, 16 designs and 35 series. The fixed-wing aviation units serve as intelligence and electronic warfare assets, provide timely movement of key personnel to critical locations throughout the theater of operations, and support worldwide peacetime contingencies and humanitarian relief efforts.
All Army fixed-wing aircraft are commercial derivative aircraft and are divided into three categories: Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA), Transport Aircraft and Mission Support Aircraft.
The EO-5 Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL), RC-12 Guardrail and B-300 are classified as special electronic mission aircraft (SEMA) and provide real-time intelligence collection in peace and wartime environments.
The C-12 Huron, C-26 Metroliner and UC-35 are classified as Transport Aircraft and provide direct fixed-wing support to warfighting combatant commanders worldwide. The C-20 and C-37 are classified as Executive Transport for the Chiefs of Staff and the service secretaries.
The mission support aircraft include the C-208 Caravan and T-34 Turbo Mentor that are used for Research, Development, Test & Evaluation, the CE-182 Engineering Flight Laboratory United States Military Academy (USMA), and the UV-18 Twin Otter and C-31 Troopship for the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.