DESCRIPTION

Fixed Wing provides lifecycle acquisition management of the Army’s fixed wing fleet of transport and manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

Army fixed wing aviation units serve as intelligence and electronic warfare assets, provide timely movement of key personnel to critical locations throughout the theater of operations, and support worldwide peacetime contingencies and humanitarian relief efforts. The fixed wing fleet consists of 312 aircraft comprised of 8 missions, 16 designs and 35 series. All Army fixed wing aircraft are commercial derivative aircraft and are divided into three categories: Special Electronic Mission Aircraft, Transport Aircraft and Mission Support Aircraft.

The Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft (FUA), currently in development, is a retirement and replacement program for the aging and range-limited Operational Support Airlift aircraft (92 C-12 and C-26). The FUA will provide improved passenger and payload capability coupled with greater unrefueled range to support the needs of Army commanders. FUA will also integrate military communications, navigation, surveillance and survivability systems.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

Army fixed wing aviation units serve as intelligence and electronic warfare assets, and provide timely movement of key personnel to critical locations throughout the theater of operations.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • The FUA program will have improved range, payload and high-hot performance along with the requisite aircraft survivability equipment, military multiband communication and onboard battlefield situational awareness to enable effective air movement of deployed forces.

Program Status

FY13-Current:

  • C-12, RC-12 and UC-35 aircraft sustained using Life Cycle Contractor Support (LCCS) Maintenance contract (L-3 Vertex); C-23 and C-26 aircraft sustained using LCCS maintenance contract (M-7 Aerospace); C-20 and C-37 aircraft sustained using LCCS maintenance contracts (Northrop Grumman Technical Services and Gulfstream)
  • FY14:

    • FUA Materiel Development Decision (MDD) Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) signed by Army Acquisition Executive; ADM designated FUA as ACAT II program entering at Milestone C; MDD approved; FUA Milestone Decision Authority transferred to PEO Aviation; FUA is a retirement and replacement program for the Army’s fleet of C-12 aircraft

Projected Activities

FY16:

  • In response to validated Operational Needs Statement 15-20470, Fixed Wing Project Office will award a contract to integrate the Communications Electronic Attack Surveillance and Reconnaissance Mission Equipment Package onto two C-12R aircraft, which will deliver in support of Overseas Contingency Operations
  • Validation of the FUA Capability Production Document addressing capability gaps and sustainment issues with the legacy Operational Support Fleet
  • In accordance with HQDA Execution Order 196-15, deliver 10 C-12Us to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Support of the Fixed Wing Transition Course; Subsequently, divest 10 C-12Ds (from Fixed Wing Flight Training) by September 2016 along with four additional C-12C airplanes
  • 4QFY17:

  • FUA Acquisition Milestone C and procurement contract award

Foreign Military Sales

  • Greece

Contractors

  • L-3 Vertex (Madison, MS)
  • M-7 Aerospace (San Antonio, TX)
  • King Aerospace (Addison, TX)
  • Gulfstream (Savannah, GA)
  • Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (Wichita, KS)
  • Northrop Grumman Technical Services (Dallas, TX)
  • Boeing Defense, Space and Security (St. Louis, MO)
  • Leidos, Inc. (Reston, VA)
  • L-3 MID (Greenville, TX)
  • Sierra Nevada Corp. (Sparks, NV)
  • CACI International Inc. (Arlington, VA)
  • Adams Communication & Engineering Technology (Reston, VA)

PEO

PEO-Aviation