GMAS Announces West Virginia as Training Site for C-27J
Friday October 28, 10:49 am ET
|Source: Global Military Aircraft System|
"Locating our training facilities at FWAATS makes perfect sense and demonstrates our intention to team with the Army National Guard and their talented pool of instructors and administrators," said Giuseppe Giordo, President and CEO of Alenia North America, Inc.
"We believe locating FCA crew training at FWAATS in Bridgeport, West Virginia provides the best value and best transition of the C-27J into the Army National Guard inventory," said Bob Drewes, President and COO of L-3 Integrated Systems. "Our solution also capitalizes on the unique talents and capabilities of the West Virginia workforce and, not only ensures existing jobs and opportunities, but most assuredly will grow the number of jobs in the community for many years to come."
"To have West Virginia selected for this type of training center is truly exciting," said West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III. "If GMAS is chosen for the Future Cargo Aircraft program, it will bring to Harrison County the type of good-paying jobs with health care benefits that we are looking for more of in this state. This shows that the changes that have taken place during this past year in West Virginia are beginning to pay dividends and I couldn't be more pleased."
The FCA program is a key component of the Army's transformation of its fixed wing fleet which calls for the procurement of a new fleet of transport, fixed wing aircraft. To support the future force, the FCA must be a multifunctional aircraft, able to perform logistical re-supply, medevac, troop movement, airdrop operations, humanitarian assistance, and missions in support of U.S. Homeland Security. The FCA is expected to replace the Army's C-23 Sherpas, C-12 and C-26 aircraft. The C-27J is equipped to address the mission requirements for each of these platforms and outperforms the competition.
Under the joint venture agreement, L-3 Integrated Systems and Alenia North America jointly manage GMAS. L-3 Integrated Systems is a leader in aircraft modernization, systems integration, contractor logistics support, training, and simulation. Alenia is a leader in the design and manufacturing of commercial and military aircraft. The GMAS team embodies an uncompromising commitment to deliver a proven, interoperable, and survivable airlifter to military customers. For additional information on GMAS, please visit www.C-27J.com
L-3/IS is recognized internationally as a system integration organization specializing in the modernization and maintenance of aircraft of all sizes, and the study, design, development, and integration of special mission systems for military and commercial applications. The company has modified more than 15,000 different aircraft of more than 125 types. Headquartered in Greenville, Texas, L3/IS operates from multiple sites in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Virginia, Maryland, Alabama and Australia.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training, and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.
To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3Com.com.
Alenia Aeronautica, headquartered in Rome, Italy is a company of the Finmeccanica Group. Alenia Aeronautica has revenues in excess of 1.2 billion Euros and a total work force of more 8,600 employees. Its' main activities comprise design and production of commercial and military aircraft, design and production of aerostructures for military and civil aircraft and through Aeronavali, a wholly owned subsidiary, overall maintenance and modification of military and civil aircraft. Alenia Aeronautica is a partner of and cooperates with the major global aerospace groups, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, EADS, Dassault, BAE Systems and Vought.
Alenia North America Inc. is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and also has offices in Seattle, Washington; Long Beach, California; Fort Worth, Texas; and Ottawa, Canada. Alenia North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica. Alenia North America has more than 300 employees in the United States and has been entrusted by its parent company to consolidate and further expand the industrial and commercial presence of the Alenia Group in North America. It is the company utilized for major aeronautical programs and collaborative Joint Ventures with major U.S. companies.
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