Gulfstream awarded C-20, C-37 support contracts

Gulfstream Aerospace has been awarded two contracts by the US Air Force to provide fleet-wide engineering and sustainment support services for the US military’s C-20 and C-37 VIP transport aircraft.

The awarding of the larger firm-fixed-price contract – worth US$612m – was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on January 28. Under the terms of this deal, Gulfstream will provide engineering and data support services on a recurring basis for the C-20 and C-37 aircraft that are operational with the USAF, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps and the US Navy. Contracting work is scheduled to be completed by January 31, 2031.

C-37B [USAF/Staff Sgt Kenny Holston]
A USAF-operated Gulfstream C-37B rests on the ramp prior to conducting a sortie from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on November 2, 2018. The aircraft is operated by the 89th Airlift Wing (AW), which is the only unit in the USAF to operate the C-37B. USAF/Staff Sgt Kenny Holston

On January 27 (the day before), the DoD announced that Gulfstream had been awarded a firm-fixed-price modification – worth US$83.8m – that exercised the one-year extension of a long-term contract. As part of this deal, the firm will continue to provide sustainment support services for the US military’s C-20/C-37 fleets. This contract is due for completion by January 31, 2022.

In both releases, the DoD states that work under the contracts will be “performed in Savannah, Georgia; Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Hawaii; and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington DC.”

C-20 [USMC/Sgt Jesus Sepulveda Torres]
The USMC's sole Gulfstream C-20G weathers a rainstorm at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe - a part of Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) - after returning from a sortie on June 21, 2018. USMC/Sgt Jesus Sepulveda Torres

Gulfstream's C-20 platform is based on its GIII and GIV-series of business jets, while the C-37 is based on the firm's GV family of aircraft. As per AirForces Intelligence data, the US Army operates a single GIII-based C-20A and a single C-20H (GIV). It adds that four examples of the GIV-based C-20G are in service with the US Navy, along with a single example employed by the USMC.

There are 24 examples of the C-37 currently in US service, comprising 13 C-37As and ten C-37Bs, as well as a single NC-37B. The NC-37B is employed in an airborne early warning (AEW) role by the US Navy's Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 (VX-30) 'The Bloodhounds' in support of range operations at Point Mugu in California.