October 13, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - BAE Systems has been selected as a prime contractor to provide some technical, software, hardware and support services to the U.S. Air Force for the F-16 fighter jet.
The Support Equipment Sustainment (SES) contract calls for support of the Air Force's F-16 Stores System Testers (SST), Enhanced Diagnostic Aid (EDNA), Viper Memory Loader Verifier (Viper-MLV) and Flight Line Stores Management System (SMS) testers - all produced by BAE
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The contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense on Sept. 8.
The Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract gives the Air Force flexibility in ordering needed support equipment during increased operations. Support includes spares and repairs, logistic support, hardware and software engineering and production needed for F-16 flightline systems.
The contract is capped at $175 million, but BAE Systems officials expect the Air Force will probably order about $10 million a year of support under the contract vehicle through 2009.