The U.S. Navy has awarded Vertex Aerospace a $123 million Contracted Maintenance, Modification, Aircrew, and Related Services (CMMARS) task order to provide aircraft maintenance and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services for the U.S. Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier II fleet, the company reported on Thursday.
"With a 50 percent veteran workforce, we understand the challenges our warfighters face and remain keenly committed to improving aircraft readiness while maximizing efficiencies," said John "Ed" Boyington, Vertex Aerospace CEO and president.
Vertex Aerospace will support the AV-8B pilot training operations of Marine Aircraft Group-14, Marine Attack Training Squadron-203 (VMAT-203) and Marine Attack Squadron-223, pending a scheduled merger with VMAT-203. The company will deliver organizational, intermediate and depot level maintenance, as well as integrated logistics support services, under the task order.
"With over 50-years' experience managing multifaceted aviation sustainment programs, we're excited the U.S. Navy selected Vertex to support the training and production of our nation's Jump Jet pilots," Boyington added.
Vertex was awarded $2.9 million at the time of the task order award, which will fund maintenance, repairs, engineering and technical services, aircraft upgrades and modifications, and integrated logistics support services to the AV-8B program in support of operational readiness.
"We appreciate that mission critical readiness for the AV-8B program is paramount and we're confident our proven holistic approach to aviation maintenance will increase aircraft availability for our combat aviators," said Richard "Vinny" Caputo, Vertex ADS senior vice president and general manager.
The task order was awarded to Vertex's Aerospace Defense Services (ADS) division under the CMMARS multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. Work will occur at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina and Yuma, Arizona.
About Vertex Aerospace
Vertex Aerospace offers a global capability and complete solution for government and commercial customers. The Mississippi-based aerospace Company operates in over 100 locations worldwide providing aftermarket aerospace services for more than 2,400 fixed and rotary wing airframes. Vertex's agility, rapid deployment capability, and customer optimization have distinguished it from competitors for over half a century.