U.S. Air Force takes on-time delivery of first KC-10 CLS aircraftNews
May 05, 2017
NEW YORK. Communications and aerospace contractor L3 Technologies announced that it has delivered the first KC-10 aircraft under the U.S. Air Force (USAF) contractor logistics support (CLS) contract.
The McDonnell Douglas-built KC-10 aircraft --known as the Extender -- is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. While the KC-10's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can also refuel fighter aircraft while simultaneously carrying fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments. The KC-10 can also transport litter-bound and ambulatory patients during air medical evacuations.
The on-time delivery was a big step for the USAF KC-10 CLS program: L3’s Vertex Aerospace division received the aircraft in January 2017 and -- working with subcontractor and primary depot provider HAECO/TIMCO of Greensboro, North Carolina -- it finished a heavy maintenance check, known as a C-check, in less than six months.