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DULLES, Va., 10 Aug. 2016. Orbital ATK Inc. (NYSE:OA), a provider of aerospace and defense technologies in Dulles, Virginia, won an $11 million contract to continue administering Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) under the Iraqi Air Force’s Armed Caravan program.

The contract calls for Orbital ATK staff to provide sustained CLS services, including all maintenance and support training, for the modified aircraft fleet currently used by the Iraqi Air Force in its security mission. The contract will also include spare parts, component repair, publication updates, maintenance training, and logistics. Additional options, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $118 million and extend the period of performance through 2020.

“Orbital ATK has a proven track record of providing vital maintenance and training to the Iraqi Air Force,” explains Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Defense Electronic Systems Division of the Defense Systems Group. “We are committed to providing reliable, affordable, high-quality service built upon our years of experience and our ability to quickly adapt to the rapidly evolving mission requirements.”


Orbital ATK has been supporting the Iraqi Air Force since 2007 when the first missionized Cessna 208 aircraft was delivered out of the company’s Fort Worth Special Mission Aircraft facility. Over the years, Orbital ATK has supplied three armed aircraft (AC-208B), three reconnaissance aircraft (RC-208B), and five trainer aircraft (TC-208B) in support of the U.S. government contracts for rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force.

Orbital ATK’s certified and battle-proven AC-208B Armed Caravan configuration is an affordable, highly-reliable solution that requires minimal personnel and facilities to operate and maintain. Operational readiness since initial fielding continues to be outstanding.

Orbital ATK’s Special Mission Aircraft product portfolio provides affordable, responsive, and advanced capabilities to customer-preferred platforms. Orbital ATK’s expertise includes outfitting various aircraft – including the Cessna 208B Caravan, Alenia C-27J Spartan, CASA CN-235/295, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Bombardier Dash-8, Hawker Beechcraft King Air, Sikorsky H-60 Blackhawk, AgustaWestland AW139, and others – with integrated ISR and attack capabilities, as well as providing Contractor Logistics Support services. Orbital ATK’s expertise in weaponization, mission systems architecture, as well as aircraft integration and certification of complex subsystems, enables rapid fielding of these capabilities.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group provides precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition, and related energetic products.

Orbital ATK designs, builds, and delivers space, defense, and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems, and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the United States and in several international locations.



Irish LCC Ryanair announced it will open its first Spanish C-check maintenance hangar at Seville Airport (SVQ), from early 2018.

According to the airline, the construction of this maintenance hangar will begin shortly and will create up to 150 high-tech jobs, including licensed engineers, mechanics and support staff, as it has invested over €8 million ($8.53 million) at Seville Airport.

The facility will accommodate heavy maintenance checks for Ryanair’s Boeing 737-800 fleet, as it continues to take delivery of its 380 new Boeing aircraft order.

The LCC claimed that the new maintenance hangar will allow the airline to grow to 600 aircraft and increase its passenger numbers to 200 million per year by 2024, resulting in the creation of more than 1,000 new engineering jobs across Europe. Ryanair opened its base at Seville Airport in 2010.

Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey said: “As Spain’s biggest airline, Ryanair is pleased to announce an €8m investment at our first Spanish C-check maintenance hangar facility in Seville. This one bay maintenance facility will open in early 2018, and create up to 150 high-tech jobs, underlining Ryanair’s ongoing commitment to Seville and Spain.