Fairborn defense firm lands $200M F-16 support contract

Brig. Gen. Jeff Riemer delivers the last new Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon here March 18 at Shaw Air Force Base in March 2005. While Lockheed continued to produce F-16s for international coalition partners, this aircraft was the last of 2,231 F-16s produced for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Josef E. Cole III)
Brig. Gen. Jeff Riemer delivers the last new Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon here March 18 at Shaw Air Force Base in March 2005. While Lockheed continued to produce F-16s for international coalition partners, this aircraft was the last of 2,231 F-16s produced for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Josef E. Cole III)

A Boston-area defense contractor with an office in Fairborn has won a substantial defense contract supporting the F-16.

Sumaria Systems, Inc., based in Danvers, Mass., announced that it has been awarded a $200 million contract to support the F-16 Program Office.

The company has a local office at 3164 Presidential Drive.

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This contract, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, extends the company’s support of the F-16 program to 2025, the company said in an announcement.

“Through this contract, Sumaria will provide a broad range of professional acquisition, engineering, scientific, research, financial, and administrative capabilities to execute effective and responsive integrated program management of aircraft research, development, production, and life-cycle acquisition and sustainment activities,” Sumaria said.

As part of this contract, Sumaria will assist three U.S. work sites in support of the F-16 program office’s efforts to modernize and sustain both U.S. Air Force and foreign F-16 aircraft of which over 4,500 have been produced, the company added.

While the Lockheed Martin Aero plant in Fort Worth, Texas, has continued to produce F-16s for international customers, an F-16 aircraft delivered in March 2005 was the last of 2,231 new F-16s produced for the Air Force, service officials said. The first delivery of the aircraft was in 1978.

The F-16 foreign military sales program is the largest in U.S. history producing jets for 24 countries, Sumaria said. These locations include Wright-Patterson, Hill, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases, Sumaria said.

Breck Woodard, director of Sumaria’s Fairborn office, said in the company’s statement: “Sumaria looks forward to continuing our tradition of providing superb advisory and assistance services to our customers. Our team is honored to contribute to the success of this great mission and the professionals supporting the F-16.”