Thursday, July 2, 2020

Blue Angels opt out of air show

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy's Blue Angels have decided to opt out of the July 8-11 Pensacola Beach Air Show. Usually a two-day event, it was spread out over four days to allow for more social distancing. Organizers say the flight demonstration team canceled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The Santa Rosa Island Authority said it had received a statement from the Blue Angels that said in part that "canceling our flights during the Pensacola Beach Air Show is the only way we can ensure the safety of our community we love so much." (Source: al.com, 07/02/20)

Contract: Raytheon, $495M

Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $495,058,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) program support and annual sustainment. The contractor will provide non-warranty repairs, program support, contractor logistics support and service life prediction program analysis supporting the AMRAAM weapon system. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed June 30, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated on the action at the time of award. Concurrently, the first task order will be awarded with $989,450 in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds. The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-20-D-0020). (Source: DoD, 07/01/20)

Contract: Raytheon, $27M

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $27,054,192 firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) to contract FA8675-20-C-0033 for the advanced medium range air-to-air missile program obsolescence. This modification provides for a life of type procurement of known obsolete component in support of production and sustainment through the program of record and foreign military sales procurements. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2021. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Qatar, Romania and Spain. Air Force fiscal 2020 missile procurement funds in the amount of $8,810,304; Navy fiscal 2020 weapons procurement funds in the amount of $5,277,696; and FMS funds in the amount of $12,966,192 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/20)

Contract: Aircraft Svcs, $17.6M

Aircraft Services Alliance LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded a $17,550,227 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, no-fee-requirements contract for on-site depot support. This contract provides on-site depot support (OSDS) program for labor services to accomplish on-site depot level maintenance and modification work on all Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) C-130 weapons systems and sub-systems. OSDS supports multiple AFSOC customers to provide timely and high quality active weapon system maintenance worldwide. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive small business set-aside with a basic solicitation and four offers were received. Fiscal 2020 through 2025 operations and maintenance funds; and fiscal 2020 through 2025 Air National Guard funds will finance this contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8509-20-D-0013). (Source: DoD, 07/01/20)

Contract: Vision Building, $9.7M

Vision Building Energy Efficiency LLC, Austin, Texas, has been awarded a $9,700,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) recommissioning and energy optimization services (REOS). This contract provides for HVAC REOS to support base-level civil engineers. Work will be performed at Air Force facilities throughout the U.S. and is expected to be completed June 30, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8051-20-D0009). (Source: DoD, 07/01/20)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $700M

Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colo., was awarded a $700,000,000 fixed-price-award-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time-and-materials and cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract (H92408-20-C-0004) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the development and procurement of Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) systems. The systems will be integrated onto AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command to help protect aircrews from air- and land-based enemy radar and missile systems. The contract includes RFCM system engineering services, logistics support and spare parts. Funds in the amount of $87,929,352 are being obligated at the time of award. This contract is funded with research, development, test and evaluation appropriation for fiscal 2020; and procurement appropriation for fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020. The under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment determined requirements of Title 10, U.S. Code 2371b (d) were met and approved the use of the authority of Section 2371b as essential to meet critical national security objectives. USSOCOM, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/20)

Contract: UTC, $21.2M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $21,227,308 modification (P00021) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract N00019-18-C-1021. This modification exercises an option to procure additional Lot 15 F135 propulsion systems long lead components, parts and materials in support of the Navy, the Marine Corps and the governments of the United Kingdom and Italy’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (80%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (20%), and is expected to be completed by November 2022. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $15,171,706; and non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount $6,055,602 will be obligated at time of award, none 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, 07/01/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

SLS core stage avionics checked

SLS Core stage on B-2 stand
NASA photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The flight computers and avionics of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s core stage for the Artemis I mission were powered on and have completed a thorough systems checkout. The test used Green Run software developed for the test and loaded in the flight computers for the first time. The SLS avionics power on and checkout was the second of eight tests in the Green Run test series at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, where the core stage is installed in the B-2 Test Stand. The test steadily brought the core stage flight hardware, which controls the rocket’s first eight minutes of flight, to life for the first time. The core stage will provide more than 2 million pounds of thrust to help launch Artemis I, the first in a series of increasingly complex missions to the Moon through NASA’s Artemis program. (Source: NASA/Stennis Space Center, 07/01/20)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Airbus cutting 15,000 jobs

Airbus plans to cut 15,000 jobs, more than 10 percent of its workforce, over the next year. Cuts will be mostly in Europe, as Airbus struggles with the financial hit of the coronavirus pandemic. “With air traffic not expected to recover to pre-COVID levels before 2023 and potentially as late as 2025, Airbus now needs to take additional measures,” the company said in a statement. Airbus, with 134,000 workers worldwide, plans to trim 5,000 workers in France, 5,100 in Germany, 1,700 in Britain, 900 in Spain and 1,300 others at Airbus facilities elsewhere. The company said it would try to reduce the number of layoffs through voluntary departures, early retirement and long-term partial employment programs. (Sources: multiple, including AirbusEconomic Times, CNN Business, 06/30/20) The company's worldwide operations include China, where it builds A320s, and Mobile, Ala., where it builds A320 and A220 jetliners at the Mobile Aeroplex. Airbus Military has a maintenance, repair and overhaul operation and component repair facility at Mobile Regional Airport. Airbus also builds helicopters in Columbus, Miss. It is unclear what impact might be felt in Airbus operations in this region, but they are among the "other worldwide sites" mentioned in the press release.

Contract: Lockheed, $360.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $360,800,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification (P00038) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract N00019-17-C-0001. This modification provides for the procurement of four F-35C Carrier Variant Lot 14 aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (63%); El Segundo, Calif. (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Orlando, Fla. (4%); Nashua, N.H. (3%); Baltimore, Md. (3%); San Diego, Calif. (2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (1.3%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (0.7%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for $170,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none 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, 06/29/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $67.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $67,690,000 not-to-exceed modification (P00004) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target advance acquisition contract N00019-20-C-0009. This modification procures long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production and delivery of nine lot 16 F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the government of The Netherlands, as well as seven F-35A semiconductors and two F-35B Lightning II aircraft for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Cameri, Italy (24%); Fort Worth (22%); El Segundo, Calif. (11%); Warton, United Kingdom (7%); Baltimore, Md. (4%); Nashua, N.H. (3%); San Diego, Calif. (2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (21%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (6%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2025. Non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $67,690,000 will be obligated at time of award, none 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, 06/29/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Applied Systems, $48.6M

Applied Systems Engineering, Niceville, Fla., is awarded a $48,640,357 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price delivery orders contract with a five-year ordering period to provide Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Advanced Tactical Navigator (ATACNAV) units, SAASM ATACNAV-High Accuracy (HA) units, SAASM ATACNAV-HA-Single Enclosure. ATACNAV mini purchases, ATACNAV units, reconfigurable avionics test sets and global positioning system military code receivers. In addition to procurement of ATACNAV units, system upgrades and repairs from Applied Systems Engineering will be required throughout the life of the contract. The program is in support of the Weapons Control and Integration Department (H) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division and Battle Management Systems Program. This contract does not include options. Work will be performed in Niceville and is expected to be completed by June 2025. Fiscal 2018 procurement defense agencies funding in the amount of $692,493 will be obligated on the first delivery order at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was procured sole-source in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304c1, with one responsible source. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity (N00178-20-D-4400). (Source: DoD, 06/29/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $11.6M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $11,610,581 firm-fixed-price order (N00019-20-F-0022) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This order procures intel diminishing manufacturing sources parts that have reached end of life in support of the F-35 Lightning II Program future aircraft deliveries for the Air Force, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed by October 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,356,880; fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,056,717; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $1,619,315; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $631,782; non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $3,982,886; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $963,001, will be obligated at time of award, $4,413,597 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, 06/29/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Airport leadership changes

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola International Airport has a new director today. Matt Coughlin, who had been deputy director, took over as director Monday with the retirement of Dan Flynn. Coughlin was the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton from 2011 to 2014. He became assistant director of Pensacola's airport from 2014 until 2017, when left to become interim Escambia County administrator. He resigned from that post and returned to the airport in September 2019. He becomes director at a time when airports are still coping with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.(Source: GCAC, 06/29/20)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Mobile again fights tariffs

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile’s Airbus plant is again faced with the prospect of tariffs, so once again city and county officials are writing letters and forwarding them to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office in opposition. Keeping imported airplane parts from Europe off the list of items being assessed for higher tariffs is a routine that crops up every 180 days as the government revises its list of goods that will receive higher tariffs. Jobs are at stake if the cost of manufacturing in airplanes soars in Alabama from tariffs on fuselages, wings, and other components that are assembled into a commercial airplane by the Mobile workforce. “Our hope is that the USTR will continue to listen to the people and communities that would be negatively and directly impacted by the implementation of additional tariffs,” said Kristi Tucker, spokeswoman with Airbus. The European-based aerospace giant has its largest North American manufacturing presence in Mobile, where over 1,100 employees work at the company’s assembly plant for the A320 and A220-series aircrafts at the Mobile Aeroplex. The World Trade Organization last year ruled Airbus was provided unfair government subsidies, allowing the U.S. to place higher tariffs on EU goods. The new round of tariff talks are expected to conclude at the same time the WTO is expected to rule on a parallel case that Boeing benefitted from illegal U.S. subsidies. The WTO case, once concluded, will allow European countries to respond with tariffs of their own. (Source: al.com, 06/27/20)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Contract: Northrop, $333.4M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $333,401,760 modification (P00007) to previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract N00019-19-C-0008. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of three low-rate initial production MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, two main operating bases and one forward operating base in an integrated functional capability-four and multiple-intelligence configuration, with associated export compliance support for the government of Australia. Work will be performed in San Diego (23.3%); Red Oak, Texas (13%); Palmdale, Calif. (11.5%); Linthicum, Md. (9.4%); Salt Lake City, Utah (9.3%); Bridgeport, W.V. (5.2%); McClellan, Calif. (4.7%); Indianapolis, Ind. (4.5%); Moss Point, Miss. (3.3%); Waco, Texas (2.1%); San Clemente, Calif. (1.5%); Newton, N.D. (1%); various locations within the continental U.S. (9.8%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (1.4%). Work is expected to be completed by April 2025. Foreign cooperative project funds for $27,601,190 will be obligated at time of award, none 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, 06/25/20)

Contract: Boeing, $16.5M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a $16,543,143 firm-fixed-price order (N00019-20-F-0870) against previously-issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0001. This order procures retrofit modification upgrades to the series aircrafts’ F/A-18 Block II Super Hornet and Growler display suites within the Block III Super Hornet and Growler Advanced Cockpit Systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis (65%); Mesa, Ariz. (15%); China Lake, Calif. (10%); and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (10%), and is expected to be completed by February 2025. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $15,075,223; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $1,467,920 will be obligated at time of award, none 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, 06/25/20)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Contract: ASIRTek, $78M

ASIRTek Federal Services LLC, San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a $78,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for information security support services. This contract provides for proactive support of the foundational pillars of this requirement, which are cybersecurity improvement initiatives and cybersecurity support. Work will be performed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Additional on-site support locations may include Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Randolph AFB, Texas; and Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Work is expected to be completed June 28, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 24 offers received. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA7037-20-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 06/24/20)

Contract: Compunetix, $9.6M

Compunetix Inc., Monroeville, Pa., has been awarded a $9,600,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for equipment to upgrade mission control rooms (MCR) at the Ridley Mission Control Center, the Birk Flight Test Facility and MCRs at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Work will be performed at Edwards AFB, Calif; and Eglin AFB, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2025. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $50,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, is the contracting activity (FA9302-20-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 06/23/20)

Friday, June 19, 2020

Contract: General Dynamics, $27.7M

General Dynamics Information Technology, Westwood, Mass., has been awarded a $27,686,482 firm-fixed-price modification (P00012) to task order FA8051-18-F-0045 to support the Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) in procurement of professional information technology services for AFCEC's Control Systems Cybersecurity Initiative. This modification provides for the full funding of Option Year One. Work will be performed in Panama City Beach, Fla., as well as various locations worldwide, and is expected to be completed Aug. 19, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of this contract to $78,113,693. The 772d Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/19/20)