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US Air Force Awards CCC $44 Million Contract Installation of Block Upgrade 7.0/8.1 Kits Into C-130J


US Air Force Awards CCC $44 Million Contract Installation of Block Upgrade 7.0/8.1 Kits Into C-130J

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Canadian Commercial Corp (CCC), Ottawa, Canada, has been awarded a $44,473,960 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the installation of the Block Upgrade 7.0/8.1 kits into C-130J cargo aircraft. This contract provides for installation of government provided BU 7.0/8.1 kits into designated C-130J aircraft. Work will be performed in British Columbia, Canada, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 5, 2025.Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $4,690,950 are being obligated at the time of award. U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-20-D-2016).

The C-130J is a medium-sized transport aircraft capable of performing a variety of combat delivery (tactical airlift) operations across a broad range of mission environments. The C-130J aircraft, with its extended (by 15 feet) fuselage, provides additional cargo carrying capacity for the USAF combat delivery mission compared with legacy C-130E/H and the C-130J (short). Special mission variants of the C-130J conduct airborne psychological operations (EC-130J), weather reconnaissance (WC-130J), search and rescue (HC-130J), and special operations (MC-130J and AC-130J). All aircraft variants must be capable of worldwide operations.

This program provides RDT&E funding for required capabilities that are grouped as “Block” upgrades or “Capability” updates. Currently, Block 7.0/8.1 and Capability Management Updates (CMUs) add capabilities to address Communication, Navigation, Surveillance, and Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) requirements. All are collaborative efforts between Seven Nations. Content/requirements for block modifications is documented in International Program Directives (IPDs) as determined in the Cooperative Systems and Software Upgrade Requirements Management (COSSURM) process.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is a Canadian federal Crown corporation mandated to facilitate international trade on behalf of Canadian industry, particularly with governments of foreign countries. CCC supports the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters gain access to foreign government procurement markets. Established in 1946 by the Canadian Commercial Corporation Act, CCC is an independently operated Crown corporation (government-owned enterprise) that is accountable to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of International Trade Diversification.

U.S. Air Force Awards CCC Contract Installation of Block Upgrade 7.0/8.1 Kits Into C-130J
A Royal Canadian Air Force C-130J lands on a dirt runway during Green Flag 16-04, Feb. 17, 2016, at Fort Polk, La. Approximately 50 Canadians and two of their C-130Js alongside U.S. service-members during the unique, joint air mobility exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harry Brexel)

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