Air Force Readies $21B Contract for Aircraft Training Systems

January 11, 2012

The Air Force is close to opening competition on a new $21 billion aircraft training contract worth seven times as much as the contract it will replace.

The Training Systems Acquisition (TSA) III contract is intended to provide training systems for nearly 40 Air Force aircraft and other programs, such as the C-17 cargo plane and the B-1 bomber, said Rick Fennell, the program manager for the contract. Task orders on the existing TSA II contract have already hit the $3 billion ceiling years ahead of its 2016 expiration, he said.

A draft solicitation for TSA III will be released by Jan. 27 with the final solicitation expected by the end of March., Fennell said. Contract awards for TSA III are expected in early 2013. 

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