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I would have assumed (apparently incorrectly) that the CAF would have multi-year BPA's in place with any OEM, that would allow ordering of replacement parts without necessitating a new contract.The contract is just as weird as the vehicle as we the CAF own none of the spare parts (less batteries, tires and filters IIRC) until it is issued to a work order. We set it up separately in our system and it uses Textron part numbers vice NSNs. There may be vehicle specific parts for Cdn variants vs other users so both points might be valid.
It does make parts availability challenging at times as they are only supposed to be held at 2nd/3rd line. Any part needed that isn't held in stock is either on a 7 (critical parts) or 30 day schedule (non-critical) once ordered to go from the OEM to the depot(s). Add in the time needed at 3rd/2nd line for processing and shipment to get the to the end units on top of that and it can make parts an issue for sure.
The upside is we don't have to create a contract every time we need new parts.
Generally everything down here like that is either on 5 Year IDIQ Contracts, or 3-5 year Blanket Purchase Agreements.