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Textron Inks Deal for 5 Aircraft to FMS Program

Indefinite Quantity Contract Allows up to $100M Over 5-Year Period

Textron Aviation got a contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, for its Cessna SkyCourier, Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Beechcraft King Air 360 and Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprops, all bound for the Foreign Military Sales program.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract allows up to $100 million US dollars for the acquisition of Textron Aviation aircraft over a 5-year period. The first award will see a trio of King Air 360 Extended Range (KA360ER) aircraft sent South, with the first pair destined for the Peruvian Naval Aviation Force (Fuerza de Aviación Naval). The last will head to the Ecuadorian Naval Aviation (Aviación Naval Ecuatoriana) arm. Each King Air will be delivered in the ever-popular Special Missions setup, as is the norm with government customers. The platform allows for a range of missions vital to national security, particularly when such aims require an affordable, reliably dispatchable plane. From transport, survey, inspection, training, or medevac, the King Air can be pressed into service with the right accessories - and that catalog helps to make the sale.

“This IDIQ aligns with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s recent tasking memo directing improvement and acceleration of DOD’s institutional processes to execute FMS cases. It will provide highly capable commercial off-the-shelf aircraft that can be equipped with COTS releasable technology, and it will accelerate acquisition and contracting timelines from many months or years to weeks,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales for Textron Aviation.

“We are honored that the U.S. Army created this multiyear IDIQ contract with Textron Aviation, which provides the ability to rapidly procure COTS aircraft and modification for FMS allies and partner nations.”

FMI: www.textron.com

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