Lockheed nails $8bn US defence contract

Deal will support the army's Green Berets, Rangers as well as navy Seals

epa06137438 Polish turboprop military transport aircraft Lockheed C-130 Hercules takes off for a test flight in the 41st Air Base School in Deblin, eastern Poland, 11 August 2017. Polish Army pilots rehearsal for the air parade, which will be part of the Polish Armed Forces DAY celebrations in Warsaw and for the International Air Show 2017 in Radom between 26 and 27 August.  EPA/TOMASZ KORYSZKO POLAND OUT

Lockheed Martin has won an US$8 billion US defence contract for global logistics support services for special operations forces, the Pentagon said at the weekend.

The US military often relies on outside contractors to perform support services including logistics at warehouses and depots as well as maintenance, modifications and repairs on equipment like its Super Hercules Special Operations Aircraft and vehicles.

The contract will support the army's Green Berets, Rangers as well as navy Seals, the US department of defence said.

The 10-year award will extend Lockheed Martin's current support contract which was set to expire in September 2018.

The Pentagon said multiple companies competed for the contract.

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