The US Navy has awarded Amentum a million-dollar contract for maintaining and improving the F-16 Adversary.

Details of the contract with Amentum

Pilot: Captain Steven “Vrieske” De Vries, Belgian Air Component, with more than 5,000 flight hours in the F-16.

Amentum will be responsible for the complete management of the Viper Maintenance Group Aircraft Maintenance and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract. This includes providing technical, logistical and maintenance solutions to F-16 aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, Nevada.

The contract covers the maintenance of specific models of the F-16 and guarantees the complete maintenance of the system. Likewise, logistical support is ensured for continuous flight operations.

This contract, which begins on August 31, 2023, has a base term of five years with the option to extend for three more years. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is in charge of contracting.

F-16 Adversary Fleet Expansion

US Invests $818M to Modernize F-16 Adversary FleetA US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon flies a mission in the skies near Iraq on March 22, 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The plane is armed with HARM missiles.

With the award of this contract, Amentum will play a vital role in supporting the growth of the Navy’s F-16 Adversary fleet at all of its locations.

The commitment is part of a broader contract that seeks to enhance and ensure the operational efficiency of these aircraft in their respective missions. Amentum has proven to be a key ally for the Navy in previous operations involving F-16 Adversaries.

Catfish: an essential partner for the Armada

US Invests $818M to Modernize F-16 Adversary FleetF-16 fighter. Image credit: Creative Commons

Amentum has previously collaborated with the Navy on F-16 flight operations at recognized weapons schools, such as TOPGUN. This experience cements the Navy’s confidence in the company.

The role of the F-16 Vipers in combat training is crucial, and Amentum ensures the necessary modernization to keep the fleet in top condition.

With this new contract, Amentum consolidates itself as the main partner of the Department of the Army in relation to its organic Adversary services.

Reactions to the award

Joe Kelly, senior vice president of Aviation, Analytics and Maintenance Solutions at Amentum, highlighted the importance of his work on the program and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Navy missions.

On the other hand, Dr. Karl Spinnenweber, president of the Critical Missions Group, stressed the vital role of the F-16 Vipers in combat training and the role of Amentum in ensuring its modernization.

Tactical Support Wing and its mission

The Tactical Support Wing (TSW), based in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of three reserve wings in the United States NavyThis wing, along with the Fleet Logistics Support Wing (FLSW) and the Maritime Support Wing (MSW), has as its main objective to provide operational and training support to active forces.


In 2022, the Tactical Support Wing retired the Hornet aircraft and switched to operating the F-5 Tiger II, previously owned by VFC-13. This transition culminated in VFC-13 adopting the F-16C Fighting Falcon.

The US Navy has had a history with the F-16, having operated a number of these aircraft, including the F-16A and F-16B models, for specialized missions.

Amentum: Global leader in engineering

The Amentum company recognized worldwide for its excellence in engineering, project management and solution integration, has established itself as a trusted partner for critical missions around the globe. Born in 2020 as an offshoot of the AECOM Management Services Group, Amentum has focused its efforts on innovating and making a difference in the world.

Located in Chantilly, Virginia, the company has more than 44,000 employees spread across 85 countries, spanning seven continents. Its culture is founded on values ​​of ethics, safety and inclusion.

The award of this contract by the Navy highlights Amentum’s commitment to operational excellence and precision in the execution of its projects.

US Navy history with F-16

The US Navy has had a long relationship with the F-16. In 1985, the Navy ordered a fleet of 26 F-16Ns and 4 TF-16Ns to carry out the Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) mission. In addition, they acquired another fourteen F-16s, specifically ten F-16As and four F-16Bs.

These planes, known as Vipers, have continued to operate from the Nevada airbase. The decision to modernize this fleet with the support of Amentum indicates a continued commitment to this aircraft model and the missions it performs.