FY 2006 Supplementals Buy C-130J Variants for USA
The C-130J program has been the focus of a great deal of controversy – and recently, of a full program restructuring. As a number of the C-130J’s foreign customers band together to create a common upgrade set for their serving fleets, the plane officially reached “initial operating capability” for the US military late in 2006.
Purchases are taking place under both annual budgets and supplemental wartime funding. Now the number of aircraft involved in the December 2006 supplemental funds purchase has grown to 5, as part of the fallout from program restructuring…
The turboprop-driven KC-130s fulfill a somewhat unique role in that they can fly slowly enough to be able to refuel helicopters as well as jets. All contracts are issued by the Headquarters Air Force Material Command (AFMC) in Wright Patterson AFB, OH to Lockheed Martin Corporation in Marietta, GA.
June 18/07: A firm-fixed price contract modification not to exceed $64.2 million, for 1 additional KC-130J aircraft for the United States Marine Corps. The aircraft is being added to those awarded under contract FA8625-06-C-6456 P00008, on Dec 8/06. To date $32.1 million has been obligated (FA8625-06-C-6456/P00015).
This additional aircraft is being funded entirely by dollar savings realized by the USMC as a result of the conversion of the C-130J Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) contract from FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) Part 12 to FAR Part 15 – see DID coverage of the program restructuring. This total of 5 aircraft will now be specified under one single proposal, and work will be complete by March 2010.
Dec 8/06: A $256.2 million firm-fixed-price contract modification to purchase 3 C-130J transports and 1 KC-130J aerial tanker, as authorized and funded by the FY 2006 Global War on Terror (GWOT) supplemental authorization. This modification is an undefinitized contraction action (UCA) that will obligate 50% ($128.1 million) of the $256.2 million not-to exceed amount. The planes are scheduled for delivery in 2010 (FA8625-06-C-6456/P00008).