Kiowa Warrior

Lockheed Martin has received a contract to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance services to US Army helicopters.

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command (ACC) with an initial funding value of $5m, the aircraft maintenance and logistics contract covers repair, reset and modification, as well as additional sustainment efforts required for the AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

Providing funding for transition efforts and programme management, the contract specifically requires the company to manage the army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, US.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Technical Services vice-president June Shrewsbury said the support services delivered by the company will ensure the army aircraft are maintained to the highest standards and remain ready for operational commitments.

The Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations is home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

"AH-64 Apache is used for distributed operations, deep precision strikes against relocatable targets."

Lockheed is experienced in supplying responsive aviation logistics programmes, including the US Navy’s tip-to-tail contract covering support for its UH-60 helicopter and army’s modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night-vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) effort for its Apache fleet.

Powered by two GE T700-701D engines, AH-64 Apache is used for distributed operations, deep precision strikes against relocatable targets, and also for providing armed reconnaissance when required in day, night, obscured battlefield and adverse weather conditions.

Chinook serves as a staple in the army’s worldwide combat, logistics and humanitarian operations, while UH-60 Black Hawk, and Kiowa Warrior are operated for primary division-level transport and armed reconnaissance missions respectively.

Additional contract details and performance period has not been disclosed by the company.

Image: A US Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter prepare to take off. Photo: courtesy of US Army SSgt Shane A Cuomo.

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