Cessna Lands Contract For Support/Training In Afghanistan

July 31--Cessna Aircraft, a division of Textron Aviation, has been awarded a $64.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for contractor support and training of planes based in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

The contract is for the support and training related to 26 Cessna Caravan 208Bs and six T-182T single-engine airplanes, six aircrew training devices and aircraft maintenance training, the DOD said.

The work will be performed at the Kabul International Airport, Kandahar Air Base and Shindand Air Base in Afghanistan.

Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2016.

The United States is in the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, with all but about 1,000 troops to leave the country by the end of 2016. The U.S. has had an active military presence in Afghanistan for more than 13 years.

Of the total, $18.97 million will be obligated from the fiscal 2013 Afghanistan Security Forces fund at the time of the award.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio contracted the award.

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