ARLINGTON, VA, March 27, 2014 -- DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it will continue to provide payload logistics support to U.S. Air Force heavy-lift cargo aircraft all over the world. 

The Air Force awarded DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. a ten-year contract valued at more than $390 million for depot-level overhaul, program engineering support and parts management in support of the DRS Technologies 60K Tunner Aircraft Cargo Loader.  The agreement between the Air Force and DRS is a performance-based contract.

The work will be performed at DRS Sustainment Systems’ West Plains, Missouri maintenance facility where the company has overhauled almost 100 Tunner systems for the Air Force.

“The success of the Tunner program is a direct result of our great working relationship with the Air Force customer,” said Joseph Matteoni, vice president and general manager of DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. “For well over 20 years, from initial system design and production to system overhaul and field support, DRS has kept the needs of the airmen in the field at the forefront. We look forward to continuing our world-class support throughout the life of the Tunner program,” Matteoni said.

The Tunner loader/transporter is a versatile, heavy cargo handler with the ability to work with military and commercial cargo aircraft platforms.  Tunner has a payload capacity of 60,000 pounds of palletized or rolling-stock cargo and can be easily reconfigured be airlifted by C-17 or C-5 aircraft.  The systems can also be surface-shipped by rail or flatbed truck for deployment to other locations.  DRS Technologies delivered the first of 318 Tunners to the U.S. military in 1997.

 About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.

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