BAE Systems and Vertex Aerospace have signed a nine-year agreement to enhance availability of the US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II fleet.
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The US Department of the Navy awarded Vertex Aerospace LLC the $123 million Contracted Maintenance, Modification, Aircrew and Related Services (CMMARS) task order in July 2020 to provide aircraft maintenance and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services for the US Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier fleet.
Vertex Aerospace selected BAE Systems as a subcontractor for the new logistics support contract, which will ensure increased efficiency of maintenance operations for the Harrier fleet using predictive maintenance techniques and smart stock optimization tools. Together, BAE Systems and Vertex Aerospace will support the crucial training and combat operations conducted from U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, and forward operating bases.
This contract builds on BAE Systems’ existing role in maintaining the AV-8B Harrier’s reaction control system and providing engineering and technical support. Engineers from BAE Systems will work alongside Vertex and the US Marine Corps at stations in: Cherry Point, North Carolina; Yuma, Arizona; and, Madison, Mississippi.
They will be supported by a specialist team in the UK with a proven pedigree of delivering maintenance and support contracts for the UK Royal Air Force.
This is the latest collaborative effort between BAE Systems and Vertex Aerospace supporting the US armed forces, who together also support the US Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures contract and spare wing production on the T-45 Goshawk programme.
Tom Fillingham, Senior Vice President – US Programs, BAE Systems Air said: "The Harrier is one of the most iconic military aircraft ever created, with its British designed short take-off and vertical landing technology. Our expertise with the aircraft goes back 40 years and this new contract with Vertex Aerospace ensures we can continue to apply our expertise to support the US Marine Corps in their crucial operations."
Dave Nagy, Director of Flight Solutions, BAE Systems, Inc. Intelligence & Security said: "We’re proud to support our customer’s mission through the AV-8B Harrier program. We are ensuring these aircraft maintain availability until the F-35 replaces the AV-8B. Working together with Vertex as a trusted partner on various US Marine Corps programmes, we are demonstrating our capabilities in aircraft modernization, countermeasure system upgrades, and integration activities."
John Boyington, CEO and President, Vertex Aerospace said: "Extending our partnership with BAE Systems to support our US Marine Corps’ important AV-8B pilot training mission just made sense. With a combined 100 plus years of aerospace and defense experience, we understand the challenges warfighters face and remain keenly committed to improving aircraft readiness while maximising efficiencies."