U.S. Air Force Awards $330 Million Contract for C-21 Maintenance Services

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) awarded a ten-year $330 million contract to Akima Logistics Services to support its C-21 aircraft fleet.

Under the contract, awarded by the USAF Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)’s Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate, Akima will provide organizational and depot level maintenance and other support actions required for operating and maintaining the aircraft, aircraft subsystems, and support equipment of the Air Force’s C-21 fleet.

U.S. Air Force C-21A
A U.S. Air Force C-21A (Learjet 35A) aircraft in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp)

From Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, Akima will complete a transition with the current contractor, reviewing maintenance and supply operations and preparing to take over responsibilities in order to ensure a seamless transition. Akima will then be fully responsible for supporting the C-21 starting Jan. 1, 2021.

“Akima’s responsibilities include providing aircraft maintenance services, supply and management of all government-owned and contractor-owned spares and repairables, launch and recovery of the aircraft at main operating bases and deployment operating locations, as well as mobilizing anywhere in the world to repair and maintain the aircraft”, said Matthew Tonay, a contracting officer in the directorate.

The C-21 Program Office began acquisition planning and source selection actions early to ensure there was no break in support of the warfighter.

“Due to efficient and forward thinking, we completed the source selection well in advance of the need for contract award,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Britton, Program Executive Officer for the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate and Source Selection Authority for the C-21 Sustainment Contract. “Because we were able to finalize the contract award early, the team ultimately saved the taxpayer $18 million in Fiscal Year 2020.”

The C-21 is the U.S. military designation of the Learjet 35A business jet.

The twin turbofan-engine aircraft is used for passenger and cargo airlift. In addition, the aircraft is capable of transporting one litter or five ambulatory patients for aeromedical evacuation operations. It can carry up to eight passengers and 42 cubic feet of cargo.

There are currently 19 C-21 aircraft in the Air Force fleet.

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