F-5/T-38 Support

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.

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    • Exclusive agreements with key industry partners including OEM’s and
      manufacturers play a vital role in Merex’s commitment to its “Total Support”
      approach to legacy platform sustainment. Merex has identified the major
      F-5 /T-38 distribution channel deficits and partnered with key providers to
      bridge that gap. We collaborate with our principals and Customers to establish
      a formula for the optimum balance between pricing and availability
      for a broad range of components.

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    • Kellstrom Repair Services owns and operates FAA and
      EASA 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 and EASA 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) and EASA (145.4529) 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.


      F-5 30G Indicator

      The Kellstrom Defense 30G indicator fills a void for international F-5 operators and is a cost effective solution aiding in sustainment of the
      F-5 fleet. KD created its own technical design for the 30G indicators based on samples provided by one of its customers. The engineering team modeled all of the components using CAD modeling software
      and created its own test plan to qualify the units based on intelligence gathered from the end users. To date, KD has supplied 50+ indicators to the international military market with no reported defects.

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      Wing Skin Replacement Program

      Kellstrom Defense has created a proprietary system to repair damaged wings using the latest in manufacturing and inspection technology. KD designed and fabricated a Wing Repair Fixture that holds the wing in a secure position, allowing technicians to remove and replace the upper skin to gain access to the internal structure of the wing. The solution provides a cost effective methodology aiding in sustainment of the F-5 fleet. The program can be transferred to perform repairs on-site including locations outside of the United States.

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      F-5 Canopy Solutions

      Kellstrom Defense has invested in the development of a comprehensive Work Cell for the T-38 and F-5 canopy systems. KD’s manufacturing, repair and refurbishment capabilities offer complete solutions for canopy systems on the T-38 Talon and F-5 dual and single seat aircraft. Depending on the canopy’s condition, we offer minimum, medium and major repair and refurbishment options. Where canopy glass replacement is required, KD offers several improvement features including coatings that reduce heat build-up in the cockpit.

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    • 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:

      Contractor Logistics Support (CLS):

      We offer our Customers comprehensive parts management for F-5 fleet sustainment in collaboration with their depot maintenance partners.

      Rotable Repair

      We offer rotable inventory management programs including exchange pools for systems and sub-systems: hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, fuel and engine, etc.

      Life Extension/
      Sub-system Upgrades:

      We offer system modernizations designed to extend service life by replacing obsolete systems and components with modern solutions.


      F-5 CAD PAD Management:

      Kellstrom Defense & TASK Aerospace utilize web based software system, RAMP, to manage and monitor CAD PAD service life. We also provide complete repair, overhaul and recertification of ejection seats.

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      Landing Gear Solutions:

      We offer complete gear repair & overhaul including critical spares support. We are also able to salvage BER components utilizing Cold Spray Technology

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