Orbital ATK repairing Iraqi trainer aircraft

An Iraqi Air Force C-172 lands in Kirkuk, Iraq. USAF photo by Airman First Class Randi Flaugh

June 30 (UPI) — Orbtal ATK has announced receipt of a U.S. government contract to repair trainer aircraft flown by the Iraqi Air Force.

The aircraft covered include 12 Cessnas, 172 Skyhawks and five Cessna Caravans.

“Orbital ATK has a proven track record of supporting the Iraqi Air Force and we are honored to further aid them with this latest contract,” Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of the Defense Electronic Systems Division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group, said in a press release. “The technical competence of our contractor logistics support team and their dedication to our customers is demonstrated daily. They are eager to begin the aircraft repairs so there can be an increase in pilot training activities.”

The terms of the contract and its monetary value were not disclosed.

Orbital ATK has supplied the Iraqi Air Force with three armed aircraft, the AC-208B, three reconnaissance aircraft, the RC-208B, and five trainer aircraft, the TC-208B, since 2007. In addition it has continuously provided in-country maintenance, logistics support and student training on the Cessna Caravans.


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