Fort Worth December 23, 2014 - Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., announced today that it received a directed subcontract from the Brazilian Navy to upgrade four Grumman C-1A aircraft. The prime contract is held by Marsh Aviation Company of Mesa, Arizona. The subcontract, valued at $106 million, will be performed by Elbit Systems of America over a five-year period.
The upgrade work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, at the facilities of M7 Aerospace, an Elbit Systems of America subsidiary, under the supervision of Brazilian Navy officers who are currently deployed to San Antonio. When upgraded, the Grumman C-1A aircraft will be designated as KC-2 COD/AAR (Carrier Onboard Delivery/Air-to-Air Refueling) aircraft, for the ultimate use on the Brazilian Navy's aircraft carrier, the NAe São Paulo. AEL Sistemas S.A., Elbit Systems' Brazilian subsidiary, located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will provide in-country contractor logistic support services for the program as a subcontractor to Elbit Systems of America.
"We are pleased to upgrade the Brazilian Navy's aircraft," commented Elbit Systems of America's President and Chief Executive Officer Raanan Horowitz. "We built a solid reputation of meeting commitments to our customers, and with the successful execution of this overhaul and modernization program we will be able to assist in enhancing the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy."
The Grumman C-1A upgrade will include aircraft return to service, engine replacement, installation and integration of new avionics (Glass Cockpit), new communication and ECS systems and air-to-air refueling capabilities.
"As an OEM and type certificate owner of twin-engine, fixed wing aircraft, we have the expertise to maintain transport and special mission aircraft," continued Horowitz. "Our process-driven solutions, including aircraft maintenance, modification and engineering support, are tailored to meet the unique requirements of the end-user. Through similar contractor logistic support efforts, our experienced workforce has sustained military platforms for over 20 years in the United States and globally with field and depot maintenance services, helping to keep the pilots in the air to complete their missions."