Military Base Requirements: (Systems Maintenance)

Military Base Requirements (Systems Maintenance)  

Military Base Contracting Requirements: (Systems Maintenance - Aircraft, Ships, Vehicles, Defense Systems, Support Equipment)

Military units and organizations charged with the duty or maintaining, repairing, and modifying defense systems require an extensive array of products, equipment, and services from private industry.  These products and services are needed in order to keep defense weapon systems and support systems fully mission capable.  Often commercial products and services are used to augment the limited resources of military units and defense organizations. Defense systems maintenance requirements fall into three primary categories:

  1. Systems Maintenance (ships, vehicles, aircraft, weapon systems, support equipment, etc.)
  2. Logistics Support (parts, tools, fuels, chemicals, supplies, transportation, supply chain management, etc.) 
  3. Facilities Support (civil engineering, utilities, security, etc.) 

The Categories of Products, Equipment, and Services routinely procured from private industry in order to accomplish defense systems maintenance are listed below.  These products, equipment, and services are listed by Federal Supply Classification (FSC) codes.  

Federal Supply Classification Code Description
B Special studies and analysis - (not Research and Development) 
D Information technology services, including telecommunications services 
H Quality control, testing and inspection services
J Maintenance, repair and rebuilding of equipment
K Modification of equipment
L Technical representative services 
M Operation of Government-owned facilities
N Installation of equipment
R Professional, administrative, and management support services 
T Photographic, mapping, printing, publication services
U Education and training services 
V Transportation, travel, and relocation services 
W Lease or Rental of equipment 
Y Construction of structures and facilities
Z Maintenance, repair, and alteration of real property
10 Weapons 
12 Fire control equipment 
13 Ammunition and explosives
14 Guided Missiles
15 Aircraft and airframe structural components 
16 Aircraft components and accessories
17 Aircraft launching, landing and ground handling equipment
19 Ships, small craft, pontoons and floating docks
20 Ship and marine equipment 
23 Ground effects vehicles, motor vehicles, trailers and cycles
26 Tires and tubes
28 Engines, turbines and components
29 Engine accessories
34 Metalworking machinery
35 Service and trade equipment
36 Special industry machinery
39 Materials handling equipment
40 Rope, cable, chain and fittings
42 Fire fighting, rescue and safety equipment

Pumps and compressors


Furnace, steam plant and drying equipment; and nuclear reactors

47 Pipe, tubing, hose and fittings
48 Valves
49 Maintenance and repair shop equipment
51 Hand Tools
52 Measuring Tools
54 Prefabricated structures and scaffolding 
60 Fiber optics materials, components, assemblies and accessories
61 Electric wire & power and distribution equipment
63 Alarm, signal and security detection equipment
66 Instruments and laboratory equipment 
68 Chemicals and chemical products
69 Training aids and devices
70 General purpose information technology equipment 
72 Household and commercial furnishings & appliances
73 Food preparation and serving equipment 
74 Office machines, text processing systems and visible record equipment
75 Office supplies and devices 
79 Cleaning equipment and supplies
80 Brushes, paints, sealers and adhesives
81 Containers, packaging, and packing supplies
84 Clothing, individual equipment and insignia 
89 Subsistence (food, beverages, etc.)
91 Fuels, lubricants, oils and waxes


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