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Feb. 15 (UPI) — Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support was awarded an $18.5 million contract to replace the avionics suite in the U.S. Defense Department’s T-1A Jayhawk trainer jets.

The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is for upgrades to the full fleet, which includes 178 aircraft, 16 operational flight trainers and 14 part task trainers.

ASES, which is owned by Field Aviation, Inc., is expected to complete the work on the twin-engine plans by Aug. 14, 2025, at its headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Work will also take place at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., Vance Air Force Base, Okla., Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.

Eight bids were received by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., which awarded the contract. The full value of the $18.5 million contract was obligated to the company at the time of award from fiscal 2017 and 2018 procurement funds.

The T-1A has been used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services since 1993.