Air Force launches $5.7B readiness, training support recompete

A T-38 does a low fly by on July 20, 2022 at Beale Air Force Base, California.

A T-38 does a low fly by on July 20, 2022 at Beale Air Force Base, California. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Alexis Pentzer.

This will be the second iteration of the multiple-award contract seeking services to help operate and maintain aircraft systems.

The Air Force is now ready for industry to start working on and submitting their bids for a potential four-year, $5.7 billion contract vehicle covering professional services that support combat forces.

Iteration number two of the Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support contract will continue efforts to maintain pilot combat readiness and joint terminal attack controller training postures.

Proposals for the multiple-award CAF CAS II contract are due May 24, the Air Force said in its Wednesday notice to release the final solicitation.

The Air Force plans to award positions to "each and all qualifying offerors," an indication that there does not appear to be a maximum number of planned awards

Examples of work areas include aircraft systems support, aircraft maintenance and program, quality and contract management.

Seven companies are working under the current CAF CAS contract that was awarded in 2019 at a $6.4 billion ceiling over up to 10 years.

The Air Force has obligated $763 million since the original award, or around 12% of the ceiling. Airborne Tactical Advantage has been the largest recipient of that spend at around $340 million, according to GovTribe data.