Erickson has secured a position on a $5.7bn contract to provide worldwide airlift services for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract was awarded by the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM).

Under the contract, Erickson will use fixed and rotary-wing aircraft to transport cargo and personnel for domestic and international shipments.

In addition to the movement of personnel and cargo, services could include air ambulance, sling-load cargo operations and medical evacuation.

The services to be provided for the DoD and other federal agencies include ground personnel, aircrew, supplies and ancillary support services.

Erickson CEO Doug Kitani said: “We are grateful to receive an award on the worldwide airlift support programme and look forward to continue serving the US Department of Defense.

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“Using non-standard aviation (NSAV) that leverages commercial air for DoD operations in expeditionary environments is a proven model for efficiently and effectively supporting the warfighter.”

The five-year contract is expected to run until 11 November 2024. Work under the contract will be performed within the country and abroad.

Erickson Defense and National Security vice-president Kevin Cochie said: “Erickson’s long history in providing high-quality logistical movement, casualty evacuation, and personnel recovery aerial services to TRANSCOM has proved to be a combat multiplier around the globe for decades and we look forward to continued service for years to come.”

In addition to Erickson, TRANSCOM awarded contracts to 16 other companies under the worldwide airlift services programme.

The remaining awardees are Air Center Helicopters, Bighorn Airways, CSI Aviation, Berry Aviation, Careflight, CHI Aviation, Contour Aviation, Columbia Helicopters, Flightworks, Hillsboro Aviation, Jet Logistics, East Coast Flight Services, Mountain Aviation, Phoenix Air Group, Omni Air Transport and Rampart Aviation.