$5.2M for Kingbird “Rescue Herc” Improvements
Lockheed Martin Corp. in Marietta, GA received a $5.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to procure 22 square window paratroop doors and negator spring installation kits in support of the HC-130P/N Kingbird aircraft. The HC-130P/N is the only dedicated fixed-wing combat search and rescue platform in the Air Force inventory. This extended-range, combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport extends the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling, but it can also be used for airdrops, vehicle delivery, extended visual and electronic searches, and delivering para-rescue teams. A team of three para-rescue specialists trained in emergency trauma medicine, harsh environment survival, and assisted evasion techniques is part of the basic mission crew complement.
Solicitation began May 2005, negotiations were completed August 2005, and work will be complete by April 2008. The Headquarters Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA-8509-05-C-0022).