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04:49 PM, June 20, 2013
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Beechcraft Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a 28-month contract extension for contractor logistics support for the Iraq Air Force King Air fleet at the Paris Air show.

The Beechcraft Special Mission King Air 350ER platform was selected by the Iraq Air Force in 2006 and the company delivered six King Air 350 aircraft (five King Air 350ER and one King Air 350) via a Foreign Military Sale in 2007 and 2008. Also included with the sale were fixed and portable ground stations, training and logistics support.

“The multi-year extension of this support contract is a result of the exceptional value the in-country GMS team is providing the Iraq Air Force,” said Jay Gibson, vice president, GMS. “Our team’s high quality service is further supported by the U.S. Government issuing the company an “Exceptional” rating on its 2012 Contractor Performance Report and describing the Peace Dragon maintenance training program as a ‘Model for Iraq’.”

GMS supports the Iraqi Air Force by managing contractor logistics support operations that boast outstanding mission readiness rates. Services in-country include staffing dedicated maintenance teams, operating a Contractor Operated Maintenance Base Supply warehouse, providing a cost per flight hour model to ensure predictable and affordable operating costs, and training maintenance technicians. The Iraq GMS team is comprised of 15 personnel including supervisors, technicians and maintenance instructors based in-country at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center.

The King Airs are used by the Iraq Air Force to provide border surveillance, monitor insurgent activity and patrol critical infrastructure assets. The fleet has a 97 percent mission capablity rate for the 2013 calendar year and has flown 11,000+ hours to date.

A derivative of the King Air 350 twin turboprop, the 350ER provides extended range through the addition of nacelle fuel tanks, along with an increase in gross weight from 15,000 to 16,500 pounds and the incorporation of heavy-duty landing gear. The standard King Air 350ER can provide up to 12 hours of endurance, range beyond 2,500 nm, the flexibility to loiter low and slow or cruise at 300 knots and is certified to 35,000 feet. No other aircraft in its class can come close to this performance. Beechcraft is displaying a company-owned King Air 350ER, as well as a French Customs 350ER at its static display at the Paris Air Show this week.

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