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The US Air Force (USAF) plans to award a sole source contract to Collins Aerospace to deliver 3,018 examples of its ACES 5 ejection seats for installation in the service’s fleet of Boeing F-15, Lockheed Martin F-16, Lockheed Martin F-22, Boeing A-10 and Boeing B-1Bs.
The Next Generation Ejection Seat contract has been valued by Collins as worth hundreds of millions of dollars, though the USAF blacked out the contract ceiling award in a redacted Justification and Approval (J&A) notice it posted online on 2 October. The J&A was signed off by the service’s head of acquisition, Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisitions, technology and logistics, on 26 September.
The leading alternative to Collins Aerospace’s ACES 5 ejection seat was Martin-Baker’s Mk16 ejection seat, which is used on all variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightening II.