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As platforms age, OEM support for sustainment diminishes and end-users tasked with maintaining operational readiness are faced with critical supply chain deficits. Kellstrom Defense offers its military customer base legacy aircraft solutions that address these shortfalls. We are a global provider of comprehensive support for U.S. manufactured legacy defense platforms including fighters, transports, patrol aircraft, and helicopters.
Kellstrom Defense is a stocking distributor of USAF and OEM approved components. Agreements with key industry partners to support this platform, including OEM’s and manufacturers, play a vital role in the company’s commitment to its "Total Support" approach to legacy platform sustainment. Kellstrom Defense has identified the major 707 & Derivatives (KC-135/E-8/E-6/E-3) distribution channel deficits and partnered with providers to bridge that gap. We collaborate with OEM’s, manufacturers and Customers to establish a formula for the optimum balance between pricing and availability. Distribution agreements include but are not limited to:
APU, EDC, Cooling Turbine, Fuel and Pneumatic Solutions
We team with FAA and/or USAF approved sources to offer a number of engineering & manufacturing solutions designed to reduce traditional replacement costs and lead times of aging airframe components. Our experience on the 707 & Derivatives (KC-135/E-8/E-6/E-3) platform encompasses both knowledge and capability across many of the airframe elements of the aircraft including the manufacture of numerous airframe components. This has afforded us substantial experience working within the parameters of the OEM’s quality and technical documentation, and enabled us to provide solutions for challenges unique to the 707 & Derivatives' lifecycle.
In an effort to offer maximum benefits from our “Total Support” business model, we work with our Customers to establish short and long term program packages customized to specific sustainment requirements and budget limitations. Current programs include:
JT3D & CFM56-2 Engine Management
Maintain, repair and upgrade engine as required.
Rotable Repair Program
We offer rotable inventory management programs including exchange pools for systems and sub-systems: hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, fuel and engine, etc.
Life Extension/Sub-system Upgrades
We offer system modernizations designed to extend service life by replacing obsolete systems and components with modern solutions.
JT3D Engine Management
We team with local and in-country strategic alliances to program manage our foreign military Customer's KC-135 fleet's JT3D engines.
Carbon Brakes Retrofit Program
We represent General Atomics Systems Integration to Leverage USN Program Enhancements including the 707 Series E-6 carbon brakes retrofit upgrade program.