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10 August 2016

Iraqi Armed CARAVAN Capabilities Continue to Demonstrate Mission Readiness

Orbital ATK has received an $11 million contract for the continuation of Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) for the Iraqi Air Force’s (IrAF) Armed CARAVAN programme. The contract provides funding to provide sustained CLS services including all maintenance and support training for the modified aircraft fleet currently used by the IrAF in their security mission. The contract will also include spare parts, component repair, publication updates, maintenance training and logistics. Additional options, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $118 million and extend the period of performance through 2020.

Orbital ATK’s certified and battle-proven AC-208B Armed CARAVAN configuration is an affordable, highly-reliable solution that requires minimal personnel and facilities to operate and maintain. Operational readiness since initial fielding continues to be outstanding. (Photo: Orbital ATK)

Orbital ATK has a proven track record of providing vital maintenance and training to the Iraqi Air Force,” Cary Ralston, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK's Defense Electronic Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group, said. “We are committed to providing reliable, affordable, high-quality service built upon our years of experience and our ability to quickly adapt to the rapidly evolving mission requirements.”

Orbital ATK has been supporting the Iraqi Air Force since 2007 when the first missionized Cessna 208 aircraft was delivered out of the company’s Ft. Worth Special Mission Aircraft facility. Over the years, Orbital ATK has supplied three armed aircraft (AC-208B), three reconnaissance aircraft (RC-208B), and five trainer aircraft (TC-208B) in support of the US government contracts for rebuilding the IrAF.