Noble to begin Aviation FSG 53 Hardware & Abrasives Operations under $1.2B DoD Contract


The U.S. DoD has awarded Noble Supply and Logistics, LLC, a $1.2B, 10-year, fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia, for a category of hardware and abrasives items used in multiple weapon systems.

Noble, a defense technology company, will begin operations to fulfill the approximately 55,000 national stock numbers (NSNs) comprising FSG 53 at its QSLD-certified distribution facilities.

Lee Weatherford, Noble’s Global Head of Mission Support, will oversee all FSG 53 Program operations. “I am grateful that DLA Aviation has trusted Noble with this huge opportunity. Our team looks forward to working with DLA. We appreciate this opportunity to automate an efficient, high-quality, supply chain solution,” said Weatherford. “Noble is known for its capabilities in supply chain management, logistics, mission support, and technology solutions for military and government.”


Under the FSG 53 contract, Noble will provide supply chain management to support the Defense Logistics Agency’s worldwide customers. Services include customer direct orders and military retail stock replenishment with expedited (one to three-day) deliveries of items within the contract scope. Customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Foreign Military, and other authorized government buyers. The benefits provided to DLA through this contract with Noble include cost savings, price reduction, quality improvements through automation, and reduction in acquisition cycle times.


Noble Supply & Logistics, LLC provides worldwide supply and logistics services to the U.S. Military, Federal Government, state and local governments, and commercial clients. The company’s global footprint includes headquarters in Boston, MA, and regional distribution centers, warehouses, and operations centers.

Noble offers complete supply chain management, including procurement services, global sourcing, specialty manufacturing, material management, quality assurance, and supply sustainment. Specific functions Noble will perform as part of the FSG 53 contract include:

  • Procurement and purchasing
  • Order processing and fulfillment
  • Quality control
  • Obsolescence management
  • Data management and data delivery
  • Packaging, transportation coordination, and shipment
  • Customer support services
  • Counterfeit control
  • Material returns
  • Warehousing
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Shelf-life management


Fulfillment of the items comprising the FSG 53 contract will take place at Noble’s 67,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art distribution facility located within the Scannell Logistics Park in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Noble’s distribution team supports global shipments with rapid, responsive, and cost-effective solutions to logistical challenges.

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