Aerial Warfare

Amentum Awarded $818 Million US Navy Contract to Modernize F-16 Adversary Fleet

US Navy Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Fighting Saints Transition to F-16C Block 32
US Navy Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Fighting Saints Transition to F-16C Block 32

Amentum was awarded an $818 million contract for adversary aircraft sustainment and modernization of the U.S. Navy F-16 fleet. Amentum will manage all aspects of the Viper Maintenance Group Aircraft Maintenance and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract by providing technical, sustainment and logistics solutions for the Navy F-16 aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada. Under this contract, Amentum maintains F-16/A/B/C/D aircraft and provides full system maintenance and supply chain support to support continuous flight operations, along with many detachments executed simultaneously with home station operations. During the contract period, Amentum will support the Navy in growing their F-16 Adversary fleet across all sites. This single-award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract begins August 31, 2023, has a five-year base period and a three-year option period, and is contracted through Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) supporting the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) and the Naval Air Forces Reserve, Tactical Support Wing (TSW).

“Our F-16 Adversary CLS work combined with our similar support of the Navy and Marine Corp’s F-5 Adversary program positions Amentum as the premier partner to the Department of the Navy for their organic Adversary services across the fleet. Amentum is committed to the mission of the Navy’s top weapons schools to sustain operational combat readiness and defeat peer competitors,” said Joe Kelly, SVP of Sustainment, Analytics and Aviation Solutions.

“Amentum has been an essential partner to the Navy at Fallon on F-16 Adversary flight operations for the Navy’s premier weapons schools like TOPGUN, as well as Navy Air Wing Training, and fleet support detachments across the U.S.. Navy F-16 Vipers play a vital role as the aggressor in fighter combat training, and our work securing Viper modernization is key to the Navy and Marine Corps fighter squadron’s combat readiness ,” said Dr. Karl Spinnenweber, President of the Critical Missions Group.

US Navy Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Fighting Saints Transition to F-16C Block 32
U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC-13) Fighting Saints Transition to F-16C Block 32. (Photos by Lindsey Lauer/U.S. Navy)

The Tactical Support Wing (TSW) is one of three reserve aircraft wings of the United States Navy. It is headquartered at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas along with the reserve’s Fleet Logistics Support Wing (FLSW). The third reserve wing is the Maritime Support Wing (MSW) which is headquartered at Naval Air Station North Island, California. The wing’s primary mission is operational and training support for active forces. It is composed of five flying squadrons. In October of 2022 it retired the Hornet from Navy service, was redesignated VFC-204 and received VFC-13’s F-5 Tiger II aircraft as VFC-13 transitioned from the F-5 to the F-16C Fighting Falcon. The US Navy was once a proud operator of the F-16N; 26 F-16Ns and 4 TF-16Ns were ordered in 1985 to fulfil its Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) mission. the US Navy purchased fourteen other F-16s: ten F-16As and four F-16Bs, all Block 15s. That unit was redesignated into Naval Air Warfare Development Center in 2015. These fourteen Vipers are still flying from the Nevada air base.

Amentum is a leader in global engineering, project management and solutions integration, trusted to modernize the most critical missions anywhere in the world. Driven to create a safer, smarter, cleaner world, we innovate as a team of inventive doers passionate about making a difference. Amentum was founded in 2020 as a spinout of the Management Services Group of AECOM, consisting of the non-construction parts of the company’s federal work as well as its commercial operations and maintenance business. This came as a result of a process by AECOM to realign its business to focus more clearly on the architect, engineering, and construction market. Underpinned by a strong culture of ethics, safety and inclusivity, Amentum is fiercely committed to operational excellence and successful execution. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, we have more than 44,000 employees in 85 countries in all 7 continents.

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