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.

Systems Supported

21  Air Conditioning
23  Communications
24  Electrical Power
26  Fire Protection
27  Flight Controls
28  Fuel
29  Hydraulic Power
30  Ice and Rain Protection
32  Landing Gear
33  Lights
34  Navigation
35  Oxygen
36  Pneumatic
39  Electronic Panels
49  Emergency Power Systems
51  Structures
52  Structures
53  Structures
55  Structures
57  Structures
72  Power Plant
80  Engine Starting


Kellstrom Defense is a stocking distributor of USAF and OEM approved/Hologram 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 F-16 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:

Aerosonic Corporation


Kellstrom Repair Services owns and operates FAA approved Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities across multiple sites and employs an alliance of certified and licensed partners.

APU, EDC, Cooling Turbine, Fuel and Pneumatic Solutions
Kellstrom Repair Services (KRS) is a 14 CFR Part-145 repair station specializing in the complete repair and overhaul of hydraulic, fuel, electro-mechanical, pneumatic accessories, landing gear, wheels and brakes, C-130 APU overhaul, and various instruments in support of U.S. manufactured, legacy military aircraft. Capabilities extend beyond repairs to incorporate tooling development, engineering design, and fabrication. 

Avionic, Hydraulic and Landing Gear Solutions
Kellstrom Repair Services-Miramar is a FAA (3KRR581C) approved repair station specializing in the complete repair and overhaul of Accessory Class III and Instrument Class I, II, III and IV products.

Repair Management: Leveraging In-house Capabilities and Qualified Network of Resources 
With a dedicated group of experts having a combined experience of over 70 years in the aviation industry, we have established strategic alliances with Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service centers around the world to offer a full spectrum of repair capabilities to our customers. There are numerous advantages associated with a single point repair management solution: Single Point of Contact, Regulatory Administration, Finance Administration, Warranty Management and Economies of Scale.


We offer engineering and manufacturing solutions designed to reduce traditional replacement costs and lead times of aging airframe components. Our experience on the F-5 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 F-5’s lifecycle.


Wing Repair Case Study

We partner with the OEM to offer new manufacture, repaired and/or overhauled wings.




Program Management

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:

Honeywell CCMFD (LED Backlight)

The Honeywell CCMFD (LED Bacllight) replaces the traditional flourescent light. The more rugged design offers numerous advantages including improved reliability & reduced power usage. 

Landing Gear Solutions

Goodrich licensed and USAF approved, Kellstrom Defense partners with Fokker to provide complete landing gear solutions including manufacture, repair & overhaul solutions.

A respected global leader for defense aircraft sustainment.