FY 2012: $26.3M to Maintain “Top Gun’s” Adversaries

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USN F-16A(click to view full) In October 2011, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC in Madison, MS received a $26.3 million firm-fixed-price contract modification, exercising an option for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot level maintenance for Naval Air Station Fallon, NV’s adversary F-16 Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet fighters, E-2C Hawkeye AWACS aircraft, and H-60 helicopters. These are the only F-16s operated by the US Navy, and the adversary squadrons also operate a unique asset in their F-5 fighter fleet, which is covered by a separate set of contracts. This upper-tier maintenance work will be performed at Fallon’s Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, a.k.a. “Top Gun,” until October 2012. All contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, on Sept 30/11. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages this contract (N00019-09-D-0007).

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