Tempus Applied Solutions wins Africom airlift contract for North-West Africa


The US Army Africa Command (Africom) Special Operation Command Africa (SOCAF) has awarded Tempus Applied Solutions a five year contract to provide airlift services for troops and military cargo in the North and West African regions starting next month.

In a statement posted on its website on April 1, the US air services provider said it has been contracted to provide fixed and rotary wing services for US military operations in North-West African countries that include Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Algeria.
“Tempus will provide services in a variety of company-owned and operated aircraft including a Pilatus PC-12, Gulfstream III and Cessna Caravan. Africom requests for service could begin as early as May 2016 and extend more than five years and beyond.
“Tempus anticipates that there will be opportunities to substantially grow the amount of services provided to AFRICOM in coming years,” the company said.

Apart from the base requirements of providing airlift services to Africom, Tempus would be responsible for logistics, security, personnel management, passenger services and cargo services among others.

Tempus Applied Solutions Chief Executive Officer Scott Terry welcomed the new contract saying the company has in the past six years flown more than 3 000 hours across East and Central Africa in support of Africom operations.

Tempus is one of seven companies to be awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement for airlift services. In addition to the base requirements of providing airlift services to Africom, Tempus would be responsible for logistics, security, personnel management, passenger services, cargo services and more.

Meanwhile, the US Army Transportation Commanding (TRANSCOM) says it is conducting a market research programme to identify suitable air carriers with fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to provide airlift, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), and Command and Control services within the Africom Area of Responsibility (AOR).

The Africom AOR cover all 55 countries in Africa except Egypt, which falls under the responsibility of the US Army’s European Central Command, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany.

In a pre-solicitation notice published on Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) register, TRANSCOM said the air services providers should be able to provide a wide range of services to move troops and cargo across the Africom AOR.
“Air transportation services will be varied, requiring a mix of capabilities, range, and payload. Fixed-wing light to heavy aircraft may be required capable of operating on runways not exceeding 2400-5000 feet, 6-20 passengers, and/or carrying 2000-5000 pounds.
“Rotary-wing aircraft may be required capable of carrying 13-19 passengers and/or carrying 3000-5000 pounds,” TRANSCOM said in the notice.

Further, the command said it will host an open industry day for interested air services providers at the Scott Air Base on April 14.

In a related development, the US Army has awarded DynCorp International a $22,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Egyptian personnel support services.
“Contractor will provide personnel support services for U.S. Department of Defense employees, contractor personnel, and their dependents assigned to Egypt, in the greater Cairo area and remote locations. These U.S. personnel support various Foreign Military Sales programs on behalf of the Egyptian military.
“Work will be performed at Cairo, Egypt, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 24, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Egypt,” the FBO said in a notice published on March 28.