Boeing awarded $2 billion for C-17 sustainment
Boeing is to continue ‘assuring the worldwide availability’ of C-17 aircraft following the award of a $2 billion follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The contract will see the company continue its work on the C-17 sustainment programme through to 2017.
The C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) provides support services such as forecasting, purchasing and material management for the C-17 and all C-17-unique support. This Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) programme was started in 1998 with 42 aircraft, and now covers 246 aircraft worldwide.
According to Boeing, this set up ‘provides lower costs through economies of scale from supporting the entire global fleet’. Under a PBL arrangement, a customer receives an agreed-to level of system readiness, as opposed to a traditional contract for specific spare parts and support services. This integrated logistics approach - in which Boeing manages US assets as a designated Inventory Control Point - has allowed Boeing to ‘apply innovative spares forecasting and modelling tools to maximise aircraft availability while lowering costs’.
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