Navy, Marines sign contract mods for training aircraft

MCLEAN, Va.DynCorp International (DI) and the U.S. Navy have signed a $103 million modification to an existing contract for maintenance services on T-34, T-44, and T-6 training aircraft.

Under the terms of the modifications, the work will include organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance for 16 T-34 Mentors, 54 T-44 Pegasus, and 287 T-6 Texan aircraft.  The Mentor, Pegasus, and Texan II are light turboprop planes used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps for basic flight training; their simple design and relatively forgiving flight characteristics allow novice pilots to learn the fundamentals before they move on more sophisticated aircraft.

The work will be performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida; and several other locations across the U.S. and is expected to run through September 2018.