Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Perry Aston

Layton, UT, February 26, 2016 – KIHOMAC has been awarded a 3-year effort to replace and upgrade the current suite of camera sensors on the US Air Force’s two unique OC-135B Open Skies aircraft. The OC 135B Open Skies is a special-purpose KC-135 aircraft used to provide treaty overflights under the 34 nation Treaty on Open Skies. The Digital Visual Imaging System (DVIS) contract, valued at $36.6 million, replaces the current wet film camera system with an entirely digital sensor, processing and control suite. The KIHOMAC team will perform design and installation on both Open Skies aircraft as well as the Open Skies Media Processing Facility at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH under the DVIS effort.


“KIHOMAC is excited to have the opportunity of supporting this vital aircraft and its unique mission. Our sensor suite will significantly enhance the OC-135B’s mission performance by reducing image processing time and improving data gathering within the limits of the Open Skies treaty.” Adam Grimm, VP Systems Integration Group, KIHOMAC


The new DVIS capability includes new on-board mission management software for the unique Open Skies mission to provide OC-135B mission crews with significantly enhanced in-flight awareness and sensor control. Automated digital image processing will reduce processing times and improve interpretation with enhanced metadata capture and tagging in accordance with treaty standards.


The DVIS effort is expected to increase the KIHOMAC workforce at its Plano, TX and Layton, UT engineering facilities. This will be the first major expansion to move into KIHOMAC’s new 126,000 sq ft showpiece engineering and manufacturing facility, due to open in Layton in August, 2016. In addition to the engineering, integration, and documentation efforts performed in Layton, KIHOMAC will be building an OC-135B systems integration laboratory in the new facility to support qualification testing and training requirements.


“We are very pleased to be bringing this work to Davis County. Utah has been an exceptionally supportive location to grow a high-technology aerospace engineering and manufacturing capability. We are confident this is the first of many growth opportunities we will be able to bring to this area.” Ki Ho Kang, CEO, KIHOMAC


DVIS was competed and awarded using the Hill AFB, UT Design Engineering Support Program III (DESP III) contract vehicle under full and open competition. It will be managed by the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center’s C/KC-135 System Program Office at Tinker AFB, OK.




KIHOMAC is a veteran-owned company with nationwide offices designed to service an array of capabilities. Our leadership is comprised of seasoned military and business professionals from a variety of backgrounds who translate their experiences into mature business practices. KIHOMAC has earned a stellar reputation for professional, knowledgeable, self-starting support everywhere we operate. Our capabilities include systems engineering services, reverse manufacturing and custom fabrication, engineering analyses, and sustainment solutions for aerospace vehicles.


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