WOODLAND, Wash., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — LifePort, Inc.
announced today that it had been awarded an IDIQ contract by the
Defense Logistics Agency permitting orders up to $45.5 million to
provide Stanchion Litter Systems (SLS) through the Electronic
Catalog (ECAT). ECAT is an online purchasing vehicle that
allows any U.S. federal agency to purchase products directly.
This contract represents the first time that LifePort
products have been available for broad purchase by the U.S.
government. LifePort is a Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) company
— the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The five-year, fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite
quantity (IDIQ) contract is the largest LifePort air medical
contract awarded to date and LifePort’s second-largest contract
ever including all product lines. It also marks the first time
LifePort has provided its litter systems to the U.S. military.
A collaborative effort among LifePort, the USAF Aeromedical Test
Branch, and Air Mobility Command’s Aeromedical Evacuation
community, the SLS is a three-tier patient evacuation system
designed to replace or supplement existing medevac equipment.
Vastly surpassing current systems with its lighter infrastructure
and ability to accommodate increased patient weight, the SLS
complete with installation kits and fabric transport cases is
slated to be deployed in KC-135R, C-130, C-17, KC-10, C-5, and
“The SLS will simplify operational logistics, increase existing
aircraft payload, and optimize the capabilities of both today and
tomorrow’s AE missions. This contract award is the culmination of a
multi-year development project, and represents a quantum leap
forward in medevac capability,” said Jeffrey Jannitto, President of
LifePort, Inc. is a leader in the design and manu