by Dr. Patrick O'Farrell, Army Contracting Command - Redstone

On 29 Nov 2017, Army Contracting Command-Redstone awarded a contract for one Mi-17 overhaul in Kabul, Afghanistan. This award serves as a proof of principle to overhaul Russian Aircraft in Kabul to determine feasibility of future Mi-17 aviation overhauls at that location. Division Chief and Contracting Officer for this action, Doug Cooper said, "This contract is a result of the NSRWA Program Office, ACC-R International Contract Office, and AAL Group Ltd working together, each with their own perspective, with the end result being a contract everyone is satisfied with and meets the needs of the warfighter".

The contract award supports the Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Management Office requirement to provide Mi-8 & Mi-17 civilian/military variant aircraft overhauls and repairs to support the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and the Afghan Special Mission Wing (SMW) missions.

Colonel Calvin Lane, Program Manager for NSRW office said, "This is an important contract award as we continue to deliver capabilities to the field, ensuring that our combatant commanders remain ready and postured for success."