Thursday, September 21, 2017

Contract: CACI-ISS, $14M

CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $14,019,389 modification (P00040) to contract W81K04-13-F-0013 for medical logistics non-personal services in support of Expeditionary and Contingency Medical Materiel Program. Work will be performed in Fayetteville, N.C.; Langley, Va.; Mary Ester, Fla.; Riverside, Colo.; New Hanover Township, N.J.; San Antonio, Texas; North Charleston, S.C.; Frederick, Md.; Belleville, Ill.; Valparaiso, Fla.; Fairfield, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Biloxi, Miss.; Dayton, Ohio; Topeka, Kan.; Willow Grove, Pa.; Spokane, Wash.; Goose Creek, S.C.; and various other Department of Defense and Air National Guard installations, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2018. U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/17)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How base coped with Irma

FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Like other military bases with expensive aircraft, Fort Rucker officials had to decide earlier this month when Hurricane Irma was started tracking up the west coast of Florida whether to evacuate helicopters or dismantle the blades and put them in a hangar. It was a situation that changed day to day, but in the end no aircraft were damaged and training was allowed to continue after the storm passed. Fort Rucker, in southeast Alabama near Enterprise and Dothan, is the only Army unit that trains aviators – some 4,000 each year from 20 countries. (Source: Rotor & Wing International, 09/19/17) The Navy also trains military helicopter pilots at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, southwest of Fort Rucker in Milton, Fla.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Contract: Jacobs, $480M

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is awarded a competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for test, evaluation and certification support services. The face value of this action is $480,000,000 (contract ceiling). The minimum guarantee of $10,000 will be satisfied through the issuance of Task Order 0001, which will coincide with contract award and will be funded by fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation appropriations. Primary performance will be at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command Headquarters, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and DISA Headquarters, Ft. Meade, Md., with incidental performance at other locations worldwide. Proposals were solicited via FedBizOpps and three proposals were received. The period of performance for the base period is Sept. 21, 2017 through Sept. 20, 2019 with three, one-year option periods and one six-month option period through March 20, 2023. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity. (HC1028-17-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/19/17) (DoD reported 09/21/17 that the award was mistakenly announced 09/19/17 and should have been announced 09/21/17)

HC-144A fleet hits milestone

The HC-144 aircraft, manufactured by Airbus and operated by the United States Coast Guard as the Ocean Sentry fleet, has reached a milestone 100,000 hours of flight. In eight years of service with the USCG, the HC-144A fleet has been involved in 3,500 search and rescue missions saving 620 lives, and supported 8,400 law enforcement missions including 890 drug interdiction missions. The fleet played an important role in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The milestone will be commemorated by Airbus and the USCG Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. during a ceremony at the Airbus Defense & Space facility near Mobile Regional Airport, where Airbus maintains the fleet for the USCG. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/17) Previous Airbus

Hurlburt maintainers win award

The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., was among the winners of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon systems and military equipment maintenance. The Hurlburt team was one of two units to win in the large field-level category. Four other awards were given in the medium and small categories. One of the six organizations will be selected as winner of the Phoenix Award, given to the best of the best field-level maintenance units. (Source: DoD, 09/19/17)

Monday, September 18, 2017

1,500 Airbus jets serving N.A.

MOBILE, Ala. -- The number of in-service Airbus commercial aircraft in North America reached a new high of 1,500 following the delivery of an A321 to American Airlines on Friday. The company delivered its first North American-operated aircraft to U.S.-based Eastern Airlines in 1977 and has gone on to tally more than 2,000 orders with 25 airline companies and lessors in the region. A celebration was held at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile with delivery teams from American Airlines and Airbus marking the milestone. American Airlines operates more Airbus passenger aircraft than any other airline in the world. American Airlines, which took its first Airbus jets in 1988 and 1989, now has 416 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, with another 122 on order. Airbus has globally received 17,287 orders across its product line, with more than 10,000 delivered. Over the next 20 years, Airbus predicts that more than 5,900 new aircraft will be required in North America. (Source: Airbus, 09/18/17) Previous

Northrop buying Orbital ATK

Defense powerhouse Northrop Grumman said Monday it is acquiring space-focused Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion, a deal that will give Northrop a major role in space and missiles. Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., makes rocket motors and designs and produces launch vehicles. The deal comes as the Pentagon increasingly looks at space as a battle front. It gives Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman missile, satellite and rocket capabilities. The Orbital purchase ranks as the largest defense deal since Lockheed Martin bought Sikorsky from United Technologies Corp. Orbital and ATK merged in 2014. (Sources: multiple, including Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, 09/18/17) Gulf Coast note: Both companies have activities in the Gulf Coast region.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Contract: M1 Support, $387M

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $387,037,012 hybrid contract (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-award-fee and fixed-price-incentive) for maintenance services supporting the Army entry level and advanced as well as Air Force Advanced Rotary Aviation Training mission at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2027. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $387,037,012 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9124G-17-C-0104). (Source: DoD, 09/15/17)

Contract: Harris, $11.3M

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an $11,277,688 modification (P00766) to previously awarded contract for Eglin Beam Steer Sustainment Project Beam Steering Calibrate and Monitor Console Replacement project. Contractor will improve the sustainment posture of the project for the Eglin Army and Navy fixed position ground radar search AN/FPS-85 radar, which includes the design, procurement, fabrication, integration, installation, and testing to ensure supportability through 2030 and the development and installation of a temporary Y Switch. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2019. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1 1,277,688 are being obligated at time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/14/17)

Airbus Mobile marks milestone

50th shipset includes message from Europe.
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has reached a key milestone as it has received the 50th shipset of major component assemblies just two years after taking delivery of the first shipset. The components will eventually become the 50th Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S., this one an A321 for Delta Air Lines. A shipset includes front and aft fuselage sections, a vertical and horizontal tailplane, and wings. The components are manufactured in various facilities around Europe using parts and systems from around the world, including the United States. They are brought together and shipped from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of Mobile and transported by road to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Since production began in 2015, Airbus has delivered 37 aircraft from Mobile to four customers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Spirit. The facility will produce four aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition to Mobile, Airbus delivers A320 series aircraft from Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China. (Source: Airbus, 09/15/17)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wing getting new leader

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Col. David Morris will assume command of Training Air Wing 5 during a change of command ceremony at the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He replaces Navy Captain Mark Murray during the Friday 2 p.m. ceremony. Murray will retire from naval service after a 26-year career. Morris, a former member of the Blue Angels who was a prior enlisted Marine, was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1996. In August 2000, he reported to the Blue Angels to fly "Fat Albert," the squadron’s C-130. He comes to NAS Whiting Field from duty at the Pentagon. Morris will now be responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time worldwide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TRAWING -5 annually. Capt. Douglas Rosa will become the new Deputy Commodore of TRAWING-5. (Source: Whiting Field, 09/12/17)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $8.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,769,892 for modification P00048 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0114) for recurring logistics services of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Support to be provided includes delivery of material (26,171 items) for depot stand-up and activation. The material delivered supports the Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in in September 2019. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (45 percent); Marine Corps (24 percent); Navy (13 percent); non-DoD participants (14 percent); and FMS customers (4 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Land deal delayed

PENSACOLA, Fla. – County leaders say a land swap involving Escambia County and the Navy will likely be delayed another two years because of issues with the grass on the land being prepared for the Navy. The Navy requires two years of ground covering growth before it can use it as an outlying field. The county bought the grass seed but the grading wasn’t ready in time, officials said. The county wants to use land in Beulah, the current site of the Navy’s Outlying Field 8, as a commercial park. The Navy agreed to swap the land for a 650-acre site, currently called Outlying Field X, in neighboring Santa Rosa County that is now owned by Escambia County. The county hopes to build on the success of Navy Federal’s large campus in Beulah. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/13/17)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Contract: URS Federal, $49.2M

URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., has been awarded a $49,157,150 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for rotary-wing flight instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work will be performed in Daleville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W9124G-17-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 09/12/17)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Contract: DynCorp Int., $103.2M

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $103,165,374 for modification 00032 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract (N00019-15-D-0003) for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34 Mentor, 54 T-44 Pegasus, and 287 T-6 Texan aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. (39 percent); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations throughout the U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.5M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,461,238 for modification to previously issued delivery order N0001917F0108 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This modification procures additional verification and validation system support for country-specific mission data files for the foreign military sales customer’s operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Point Mugu, Calif. (75 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Pratt & Whitney, $8.7M

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded an $8,672,257 requirements contract for engineering and technical services for F-15/F-16 aircraft engines. Engineering and technical services will be provided by the original manufacturer to elevate the technical expertise of maintainers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; Toledo, Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and in seven countries, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Taiwan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 15, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8604-17-D-8005). (Source: DoD, 09/11/17)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Contract: Engility, $49M

Engility Corporation, Andover, Mass., has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. This contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with the ordering period expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2022. This is a competitive award under broad agency announcement FA8651-17-S-0064, and fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,300 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8651-17-D-0096). (Source: DoD, 09/08/17)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Contract: Raytheon, $8M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,078,874 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development test mission support including, test planning, test operations, test reporting, and telemetry analysis. This contract modification provides for exercise of the first option, for an additional 12 months of services to support ground tests, captive flight tests, and live fire tests conducted for developmental purposes, up to and including operational test readiness reviews. The effort also encompasses management and maintenance of AMRAAM separation test vehicles and other assets used for the test programs. The work performed under this option is expected to be complete by Sept. 5, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-16-C-0067). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $38.6M

Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $38,600,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the System Improvement Program 3- Engineering Manufacturing, Development. This contract provides an incremental software solution for AIM-120D missiles to improve its performance against rapidly advancing threats. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Jan. 5, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-17-C-0001). (Awarded Sept. 5, 2017). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)