Lamz.Skyward Success: Kay and Associates Secures Kuwait Air Force Contract to Enhance F/A-18 Support Services

Kuwait Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft
Kuwait Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft

Kay and Associates, Inc. (KAI), Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is awarded a $153,366,987 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable contract. This modification exercises an option to provide maintenance, operation, and management support services for the F/A-18 organizational level, intermediate level, and missile maintenance repair and storage facilities for the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed in undisclosed locations in Kuwait and is expected to be completed in January 2025. Foreign Military Sales customer funds in the amount of $76,683,493 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The Kuwait Air Force (Al Quwwat Aj Jawwaiya Al Kuwaitiya) ordered 32 F/A-18C and eight F/A-18D Hornets in 1988. Delivery started in October 1991 until August 1993. The F/A-18C/Ds replaced A-4KU Skyhawk. Kuwait Air Force Hornets have flown missions over Iraq during Operation Southern Watch in the 1990s. They have also participated in military exercises with the air forces of other Gulf nations. The Kuwait Air Force had 39 F/A-18C/D Hornets in service in 2008. Kuwait also participated in the Yemeni Civil War (2015–present). Kuwait is set to continue operating its ‘classic’ Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft alongside its recently received F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and Eurofighter Typhoons.

Kay and Associates, Inc. (KAI) was established in 1960 by our founder Donald Kay to provide high quality, cost effective solutions in response to the need for engineering and technical services requirements of industry and government customers worldwide. KAI’s exceptional service and quality earned industry wide recognition that, by the early 1980’s, positioned KAI as a leading value added provider to industry, the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, U.S. Customs Service and Drug Enforcement Agency. KAI’s corporate experience includes an extensive maintenance pedigree supporting the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA, United Nations and foreign customers including Brazil, Malaysia, Kuwait, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia

As a registered AS9100D, AS9110C, and ISO 9001:2015 organization, KAI is uniquely positioned and qualified as a Prime contractor to address our customer’s most challenging needs and support our world class partners in teaming and sub-contracting roles. Kay and Associates, Inc. is delivering quality O & I Level maintenance services to our customers on three major programs in support of the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) F/A-18 Aircraft, the Army EADs EC-145 aircraft (LUH, subcontractor to Sikorsky) and USAF Contract Field Team contract. Kay provides augmented Contractor Maintenance Services (CMS) and Contractor Support Services for the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) F/A-18 Aircraft (and associated equipment).

Kuwait Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft
A Kuwait Air Force McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole combat aircraft latches onto a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System (MAAS) following a full-throttle approach at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 10, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Long)

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