The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone in Huntsville, Ala., intends to award a sole source five-year contract to Textron Aviation, Inc. in Wichita, Kan., for the initial purchase of two King Air aircraft for the country of Peru.
The Army announced the contract in a Combined Synopsis/Solicitation document on Thursday.
Textron is the original equipment manufacturer of the King Air B200 series, King Air B300 series, Cessna C-208B, and Cessna C-408 aircraft.
The contract will include one 12-month base period and four 12-month ordering periods for the procurement of King Air Series B200 and B300 and Cessna C208B and C408 to support upcoming Foreign Military Sales cases.
“The government’s minimum quantity to be awarded simultaneously with the award of the basic contract is two King Air 360 (B300 series) aircraft to the country of Peru,” the Army said in contract documents.
Textron Aviation introduced the KingAir 360 in August 2020. A key feature of the King Air 360 cockpit is the addition of the Innovative Solutions & Support ThrustSense Autothrottle. The autothrottle supports pilots in their critical mission of delivering people or cargo safely by automatically managing engine power from the takeoff roll through the climb, cruise, descent, go-around, and landing phases of flight. This enhancement reduces pilot workload and supports them in their continuous vigilance to prevent over-speed or under-speed, over-temp, and over-torque conditions.
The first Beechcraft King Air 360 was delivered to the launch customer – Stamoules Produce Company, Inc., in November 2020.
The anticipated award date for the Army contract is no later than July. The contract will have a set maximum ceiling of $99,788,000.00.