Contract issued for Philippine Hercules refurbishment

Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility – headquartered in Kiln, Mississippi – has been contracted to perform Excess Defense Article (EDA) regeneration work on a number of Philippine Air Force (PAF) Lockheed C-130 Hercules tactical transports under the US Foreign Military Sales programme.

First EDA C-130H inducted into Philippine AF service [Philippine Air Force]
The first of the two ex-USAF C-130Hs being acquired by the Philippine Air Force during its formal induction after delivery to Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on January 29, 2021. PAF

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) awarded the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract – which has a ceiling value of US$24.98m – to the Mississippi-based firm on June 4. The estimated value of the initial order is US$4.7m.

As per the terms of the deal, the contractor will provide the PAF with full C-130 EDA regeneration services, which will include programme depot maintenance activities. Contract work will be performed in Waco, Texas, and is scheduled for completion by December 2022.

It is presumed that this contract involves work on the second of two second-hand C-130Hs, which are being acquired by the PAF from the US Air Force through the EDA process. The first example – serial 5125 – was handed over to the Asian air arm on January 29, 2021, following its arrival at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.