Up to $219.2 million for Performance-Based H-53 Helicopter Parts Overhauls
The state of the Corps’ new CH-53K Improved Super Stallion programaging CH-53 aircraft leads to a high maintenance burden (44:1 maintenance:flying hours). Maintenance costs money, so it’s hardly surprising that United Technologies subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT received a $97.6 million firm-fixed-price requirements Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract for the repair/overhaul of 10 dynamic components for the H-53 aircraft. H-53 aircraft include the CH-53E Super Stallion med-heavy transport that can transport up to 55 troops or 15 tons of cargo, as well as MH-53E Sea Dragon minesweeper and MH-53M Pave Low IV combat search and rescue/ special forces helicopter.
This Performance Based Logistics contract consists of one five-year base period, and one five year option period, bringing the total estimated value of the contract if all options are exercised to $219.2 million. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, NC (60%), and Stratford, CT (40%), and is expected to be completed by February 2010. This contract was awarded on a sole source basis to the original manufacturer, one firm was solicited and one offer was received. The Naval Inventory Control Point issued the contract (N00383-06-D-003F).