Friday, September 21, 2018

Contract: L3 Vertex, $16.3M

L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $16,332,950 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N61340-17-D-0005) to exercise an option to provide for intermediate level maintenance, repair, and logistics services in support of the Chief of Naval Aircraft Training aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (50 percent); NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (45 percent); and NAS Whiting Field, Fla. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/18)

Contract: EMR, $16M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $15,990,000 for a firm-fixed-price contract for an addition/alteration to an existing commissary at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The contract is for a 539 calendar day period based on the issuance of the notice to proceed which is expected in November 2018. Offers were solicited via full and open competition, and three offers were received. The contracting activity is the Defense Commissary Agency, Enterprise Acquisition Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas (HDEC03-18-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/20/18)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Contract: CAE USA, $25.4M

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $25,352,844 modification (P00022) to contract W911S0-15-C-0003 for fixed-wing courses, academic and flight simulator, flight training and support services. Work will be performed in Dothan, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 9, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $25,352,844 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/18)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New A321 uses renewable fuel

A321 with renewable fuel takes off Wednesday
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ A320 series production facility in South Alabama will deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel on Thursday. The JetBlue A321 flew today with the renewable fuel mixture and is scheduled to depart Mobile tomorrow with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. In total, five A321s are due to be delivered to JetBlue from Mobile using sustainable fuel by the end of 2018. All of the fuel will be supplied and certified by Air BP. It will be loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support, Airbus’ fueling services provider in Mobile. Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of taking delivery of new aircraft from Toulouse, France, using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. Following the deliveries to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the U.S. Southeast. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/18) Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional jet-A fuel, with no difference in performance or safety. Thousands of commercial flights have flown on different types of renewable jet fuel.

Contract: DynCorp Int, $173.2M

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $173,174,040 for modification P00041 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, labor hour, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0003). This modification provides organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34, 54 T-44, and 287 T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Milton, Fla. (39 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations within the continental U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/18)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Moss Point flight testing MQ-8Cs

MQ-8C takes off in Moss Point, Miss.
Northrop Grumman photo
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Northrop Grumman recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region's aerospace economy. The plant is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the Navy's newest autonomous helicopter that is bringing increased speed, endurance and payload capacity to maritime operations. The Navy recently completed initial operational test and evaluation aboard the USS Coronado (LCS 4) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has over 1,500 program flight hours. The aircraft is a modified Bell 407 helicopter, and final assembly is done in Moss Point at a 101,000-square-foot plant that opened in 2006 and now works on the Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems and does subassembly work for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. "Building on Northrop Grumman's recent announcement of new production capabilities in Moss Point and a 40 percent increase in employment at the site, the ability to now conduct MQ-8C Fire Scout flight tests where the production occurs will bring new efficiencies and effectiveness to our local operations and improve our ability to serve the U.S. Navy," said Melissa Packwood, program director, Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/14/18) Previous: MQ-8C being tested on LCS; Plant expanding, adds F-35 work

Friday, September 14, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $88M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $88,029,912 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price contract (N0001918C1048). This modification exercises an option for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot XI support equipment for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (31 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (25 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (13 percent); Hartford, Conn. (12 percent); Melbourne, Australia (8 percent); Rome, Italy (4 percent); Franklin, Ohio (4 percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $88,029,912 will be obligated at time of award, $45,158,482 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/14/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: MS Dpt Rehab Svc, $7.4M

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $7,397,000 modification (P00005) to exercise an option on contract FA3010-18-C-0007 for full food services. The location of performance is Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,397,000 will be obligated when they become available. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/14/18)

Contract: UTC, $266M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $266,062,462 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for the procurement of program administrative labor for non-recurring sustainment activities; supplies, services and planning for depot activations; material and support equipment for depot maintenance facilities and mockup engines and modules for test cells in support of F-35 Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is expected to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $266,062,462 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($83,646,823, 31 percent); Marine Corps ($43,446,086, 16 percent); Navy ($32,271,482, 12 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($99,075,389; 37 percent); and FMS ($7,662,682; 3 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1069). (Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $187.6M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $187,553,466 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for fiscal 2018 Initial Spare Modules, Parts and Afloat/Deployment Spares Package in support of the F135 Lot 12 Propulsion Production contract. This modification provides for the procurement of initial spare common fan modules, augmentors, power and gearbox modules, engine nozzles, lift fans and clutches in support of in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $187,553,466 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for Marine Corps ($67,324,338, 36 percent); Air Force ($44,322,884, 24 percent); Navy ($1,071,466, 1 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($57,460,076; 31 percent); and FMS ($17,374,702; 9 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: EMR, $7.1M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $7,137,000 for firm-fixed-price task order N6945018F1034 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-17-D-0507) for repairs and modifications to Building 484 at Naval Support Activity, Panama City. The work to be performed provides for comprehensive repairs and modifications to the building shell, fire protection systems, fire exits and all interior areas associated with these components. The work also includes removal and installation of a new standing seam roof and removal and replacement of windows. Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be completed by September 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $7,137,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/18)

Contract: Multiple, $49M

Seaside Engineering & Surveying LLC, Baker, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0082); Gustin, Cothern & Tucker, Niceville, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0083); Joyner Keeny PLLC, Rocky Mount, N.C. (W91278-18-D-0084); Maptech Inc., Jackson, Miss. (W91278-18-D-0085); Merrick & Co., Greenwood Village, Colo. (W91278-18-D-0086); SurvTech Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0088); and Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio (W91278-18-D-0090), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services for survey and mapping. Bids were solicited via the internet with 42 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 12, 2021. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Flight Works Alabama breaks ground

MOBILE, Ala. – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the Mobile Aeroplex, marking the start of construction of the Flight Works Alabama education center. The $6.5 million hands-on center will be near the Airbus manufacturing facility. “The future of our state begins right here,” said Gov. Kay Ivey about the hands-on learning center. It’s designed to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people. Jeff Knittel, Airbus Americas chairman and CEO, said what the industry needs is a workforce not only for today, but one ready for the future, and the center will help in a fun, creative way. The center, in addition to interactive exhibits, will host educational opportunities for adults. Nine educational partners – Auburn University, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, and the University of West Alabama – have signed on to provide courses. The center is due to open in late 2019. Close to 200 people attended the groundbreaking. (Source: GCAC, 09/12/18) Previous: More details on education center; Education center announced

Monday, September 10, 2018

Contract: L3, $202.9M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $202,936,338 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment for flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Contract: Boeing, $14M

The Boeing Co. Defense, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $14,073,337 undefinitized contract for Small Diameter Bomb I focused lethality munition production assets. This contract provides for GBU-39 A/B weapons, and single weapon shipping/storage containers. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by September 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds in the amount of $7,036,669 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-18-C-0014). (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $51M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $51,078,802, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR). This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software. JASSM-XR will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future production baseline engineering change proposal. This effort will concurrently mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to support future JASSM-XR production cut in. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,898,622 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-18-C-0009). (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Skyborne opens in Gulf County

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – Skyborne Technology, Inc., a designer and developer of manned and unmanned next generation aviation systems, has opened a manufacturing facility in Gulf County in Northwest Florida. Skyborne said it chose the area to have access to employ manned and unmanned aircraft pilots, skilled manufacturing labor for composites, aircraft aluminum and high bulletproof fabrics. A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Gulf County Industrial Park near Wewahitchka, where the company will unveil its airship and drone technology for its target markets, including agriculture, communications, education, defense, border security, and more. The company plans to create up to 100 jobs. Warren Yeager of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition said the county has been working on the project for months. (Sources: Area Development, sUASNews, 09/10/18)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Contract: Multiple, $103.4M

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z067); CACI Inc. – Federal, Chantilly, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z068); Science Application International Corp., Reston, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z069); Capstone Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z070); and Serco Inc., Herndon, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z071) are being awarded an estimated $103,355,805 multiple award of cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide technical support services for functions such as chief information officer strategic support; data and information management; engineering support; information technology system support; network support; information assurance/cyber security; enterprise business intelligence/enterprise business analytics; software analysis; hardware maintenance and development; and business process reengineering in support of the deputy chief of naval operations (DCNO) manpower, personnel, training and education domain comprised of the DCNO, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. The contracts will run concurrently and will include a 36-month base ordering period and one 36-month optional ordering period which if exercised, the total value of this contract will be $213,173,626. The base ordering period of the contract is expected to be completed by September 2021; if all options are exercised, the ordering period will be completed by September 2024. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (45 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (27 percent); Arlington, Va. (10 percent); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (16 percent); and various contractor facilitates (2 percent). Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated ($10,000 on each of the five contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts) and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504. The requirement was solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website, with fifteen offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Va.; and Contracting Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. (Source: 09/07/18)

Military tech center gets grant

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County commissioners accepted a $95,000 grant for a new military technology center during a meeting Wednesday. The grant is from the Florida Defense Support Task Force and was obtained through efforts by the Bay Defense Alliance (BDA). The grant will go toward a feasibility study on an Expeditionary Innovation Center near Naval Support Activity Panama City and support the base’s science lab Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division. The “neutral facility” will be outside the base fence, to better collaborate with local universities and modeled after similar military tech innovation hubs in Fort Walton Beach and Tampa. (Source: News Herald, 09/05/18)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

NASA has another RS-25 test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA conducted a full-duration 500-second test of an RS-25 engine flight controller Thursday in South Mississippi. It marked the sixth test of a 3D-printed pogo accumulator assembly, a component that dampens potential engine propellant pressure oscillations that can cause a rocket to become unstable in flight. In addition, it was the second test of an RS-25 main combustion chamber fabricated using a bonding technique called hot isostatic pressing (HIP), which saves considerable time and money over more traditional methods. The hot fire was on the A-1 test stand at SSC, which has been conducting RS-25 engine and component tests since January 2015. NASA began testing RS-25 flight controller units on the stand in March 2017. RS-25 engines were use on the space shuttle, but are modified for use on NASA’s Space Launch System. (Source: NASA/SSC, 09/06/18) Previous