Friday, June 18, 2021

Contract: Austal USA, $10.6M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $10,605,201 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2301 to exercise an option for littoral combat ship industrial post-delivery availability support for USS Canberra (LCS 30). Work will be performed in Mobile (80%); and Pittsfield, Mass. (20%), and is expected to be completed by May 2022. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/17/21)


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Truce on aircraft subsidies fight

The United States and European Union have agreed to suspend their 17-year-long trade dispute over government aircraft subsidies, agreeing to suspend World Trade Organization-authorized tariffs for five years stemming from the Boeing-Airbus dispute. Those tariffs had been temporarily suspended in March. The move eases trade tensions amid a broader effort to improve trans-Atlantic relations and the growing economic competition from China. As part of the deal, the EU and the U.S. agreed to provide research and development funding through an open and transparent process as well as to not give specific support to their own producers that would harm the other side. They will also each release statements spelling out "acceptable support" for aircraft manufacturers. The truce was struck during a summit in Brussels. Since 2004, the U.S. and the EU have accused each other of unfairly subsidizing their aircraft-building giants, America’s Boeing and Europe’s Airbus. Over the past two years, the WTO, which adjudicates such disputes, declared both sides guilty. It allowed the United States to impose up to $7.5 billion in tariffs and the EU up to $4 billion’ worth. (Sources: Multiple, including CNBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal, AP, 06/15/21) Gulf Coast note: Airbus has two aircraft assembly lines in Mobile, Ala., one for the A320 and one for the A220. Additional tariffs were never imposed on aircraft parts sent to Mobile for assembly. Previous related

After delay, work starts on hangar

PENSACOLA, Fla. - After a nearly year-long delay because of the pandemic, the second phase of the ST Engineering aircraft, maintenance and repair (MRO) facility at the Pensacola International Airport is getting off the ground. David Penzone, a business consultant for the city on the ST Engineering project, told the City Council on Monday that construction on a second 177,000-square-foot hangar is getting underway and is expected to be completed by September 2022. The city also has changed to a design-build contract for Hangars 3 and 4, which will include a new administrative office for ST Engineering. Work on Hangars 3 and 4 is expected to begin in October 2022 and be completed in June 2024. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/15/21)

Eglin gets second F-35A squadron

Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be the location for a second F-35A Squadron, doubling the number of F-35 fighter jets at the base from 24 to 48, according to a release from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). It was back on May 9, 2019, that the Air Force announced Eglin as a preferred location for a second F-35 squadron. Now it's a done deal. “Today’s announcement is a big win for Northwest Florida and our nation’s military readiness,” Rubio said in the statement. (Source: Sen. Marco Rubio, 06/14/21) Previous

June newsletter available

The June 2021 edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter has been published. The cover story is about the virtual briefing last month updating activities at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It was a particularly rough time thanks to the pandemic and difficult hurricane season, but there were wins and losses. There's also a profile on Verdell Hawkins, who heads up economic development efforts for Gulf Power. Working with economic development leaders from the region, Gulf Power has played a role in some high profile wins. Finally, there's a column about aerospace items you may have missed. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League, June 2021 newsletter, 06/15/21)

Monday, June 14, 2021

Contract: Perimeter, $8.5M

Perimeter Security Partners LLC, Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded an $8,475,984 modification (P00003) to contract W912DY-20-F-0664 to maintain identified physical security equipment. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, Ala.; Huntsville, Ala.; Augusta, Fort Benning, Fort Gillem, Fort Stewart and Savannah, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Columbia, S.C.; and Kingsport, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of June 14, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $1,738,723 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/21)


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tyndall getting back wall money

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Tyndall Air Force Base is set to get money back to build a fire/crash rescue station that was taken almost two years ago to fund the Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico border wall plan. In total, more than $2.2 billion is being returned to the military. Of that, more than $25 million will be redirected from construction of the now-defunct wall to Tyndall for the facility. The station is designed to support up to 15 firefighting vehicles and provide space for physical fitness, training and living quarters for military personnel. In a press release from the Office of Management and Budget Friday, the Biden administration said funds from the wall will be redirected to the military. In September 2019, Tyndall lost $17 million in funding for the station after the Department of Defense reshuffled $3.6 billion for the U.S.-Mexico wall. (Sources: Panama City News Herald, Department of Defense, 06/11/21)

Contracts: Multiple, $121M

Amentum Services Inc., Germantown, Md. (N62649-21-D-0007); American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc., Parsippany, N.J. (N62649-21-D-0008); Bahrain Fujairah Marine Services W.L.L., Adliya, Bahrain (N62649-21-D-0009); Crowley Government Services Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0010); DaeKee Global Co. Ltd., Busan, Republic of Korea (N62649-21-D-0011); DFS Technical Services LLC, Annapolis, Md. (N62649-21-D-0012); Disaster Management Group LLC, Indiantown, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0013); Downie Jones Ship Stores, Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (N62649-21-D-0014); Downie Jones Ship Stores Limited, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong (N62649-21-D-0015); Global Defense Logistics SRL, Constanta, Romania (N62649-21-D-0016); Global Maritime Logistics Support Inc., Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines (N62649-21-D-0017); Horizon Strategies LLC, Winston Salem, N.C. (N62649-21-D-0018); JT Square Pte. Ltd., Singapore (N62649-21-D-0019); KVG LLC, Gettysburg, Pa. (N62649-21-D-0020); Meridian Global Consulting LLC, Mobile, Ala. (N62649-21-D-0021); Multinational Logistic Services Limited, Gziza, Malta (N62649-21-D-0022); OPS Corp., Busan, Republic of Korea (N62649-21-D-0023); Qube Ports Pty. Ltd. (dba Qube Government Services), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (N62649-21-D-0024); Relyant Global LLC, Maryville, Tenn. (N62649-21-D-0025); Shipping Consultants Associated Ltd., Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom (N62649-21-D-0026); Seabulk Logistics Services, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0027); Stirling Advanced Logistical Services, Amman, Jordan (N62649-21-D-0038); TechTrans Intl., Houston, Texas (N62649-21-D-0028); Toll Remote Logistics Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (N62649-21-D-0029); TranLogistics LLC, Miami, Fla (N62649-21-D-0030); US21, Inc., Fairfax, Va. (N62649-21-D-0031); Vantage International Partners LCC, Destin, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0032); Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo. (N62649-21-D-0033); and Waypoint LLC, Brookings, S.D. (N62649-21-D-0034), are awarded a ceiling priced $121,000,000 multiple award of firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide worldwide expeditionary supplies and services to support humanitarian and disaster relief, military exercises, and contingencies. The contracts will run concurrently and will include a five-year base performance period, with one five-year option, with individual requirements performed under task orders when specific dates and locations are identified. If the option period is exercised, the total estimated value of the contracts combined will have a ceiling value of $242,000,000. The base period will begin July 2021 and is expected to be completed by June 2026; if all options are exercised, the performance period will be completed by June 2031. Work will be performed in 22 geographic regions: North America; Caribbean and Bermuda; Central America; South America; Middle East; Bahrain; United Arab Emirates; Africa; Eastern Europe and Western Asia; Western Europe; Mainland Asia; Japan; Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka; Australia and Oceania; Pacific Islands; Philippines; Indonesia; Malaysia and Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam; and Southeastern Asia. Due to the fact that the specific requirements cannot be predicted at this time, more specific information about the percentage and where the work will be performed cannot be currently provided. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,500 will be obligated ($500 on each of the 29 contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts), and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Additional funds will be obligated at the task order level with the appropriate fiscal year operation and maintenance (Navy) funding as issued by the customers for each area of responsibility. The requirement was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts with the solicitation posted on beta.sam.gov, Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO), and AsiaNECO with 35 offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Japan, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: Leidos, $26.9M

Leidos Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., is awarded an $26,913,657 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for ship-installation, integrated logistic support, fleet support, and life-cycle-sustainment of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $61,729,316. The contract combines purchases for the Navy (97.6%); and the governments of Japan (2%) and Australia (0.4%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Va. (26%); Everett, Wash. (23%); Norfolk, Va. (19%); Yokosuka, Japan (14%); San Diego, Calif. (13%); Bath, Maine (1%); Manassas, Va. (1%); Mayport, Fla. (1%); Pascagoula, Miss. (1%); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1%), and is expected to be completed by June 2022. If all options are exercised, work will continue through June 2023. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,234,914 (43%); fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,892,808 (24%); fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,270,505 (11%); fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $974,554 (8%); fiscal 2021 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $591,246 (5%); fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $498,393 (4%); fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $291,038 (2%); Foreign Military Sales Japan funds in the amount of $205,855 (1%); fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $68,850 (1%); and Foreign Military Sales Australia funds in the amount of $38,730 (1%) will be obligated at time of award, of which funds in the amount of $591,246 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) — only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-5202). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: International Marine, $13.8M

International Marine & Industrial Applicators LLC, Spanish Fort, Ala., is awarded a $13,762,373 firm-fixed-price contract for preservation work onboard USS Toledo (SSN-769). The services under this contract include blasting, preservation, and surface preparation; touch-up, blasting, and painting of high solid coatings and non-high solid coatings; cleaning of sanitary and other tanks; construction of scaffolding required to accomplish taskings; general shipboard cleaning; containment/blast protection; preparation and preservation of dampening tiles; zinc replacement; lead ballast removal and installation; and special hull treatment removal, preparation, preservation, and installation. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $16,997,778. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 2022. If all options are exercised work will continue through September 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $8,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website, with three offers received. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, is the contracting activity (N4215821CS001). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: ThomCo, $45M

ThomCo Enterprises Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rapid-response temporary roofing projects in the continental U.S. coastal regions in the event of an emergency. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-21-D-0044). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

SSC, MAF ease restrictions

Both Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans have or soon will transition from Stage 3 to Stage 2 levels in NASA's COVID response framework. SSC transitioned May 17. MAF will transition June 14, according to a June 10 statement by Robert Champion, Michoud's director. Most restrictions will remain in place, but more work can be authorized to return to site, according to Champion. Telework is still expected of most team members. (Source: GCAC, 06/11/21)

Special Tactics gets new leader

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - The 24th Special Operations Wing got a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), recognized outgoing commander Col. Matt Allen and introduced Col. Jason Daniels as the sixth commander of the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force. At the ceremony, Allen was presented the Legion of Merit, conferred on armed forces personnel who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious performance, for his time as the wing commander. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/11/21)

First TH-73A trainer delivered

Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first of an eventual 130 TH-73A trainers to the US Navy at a ceremony at the AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. (Leonardo) plant in Philadelphia. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., following final DoD inspections. Leonardo has so far received 68 orders via two fixed-price contracts worth $177 million and $171 million, placed in January and November 2020, respectively. Deliveries of all 130 trainers are due to conclude in 2024, with the total programme of record worth $648 million. The TH-73A is replacing the current fleet of Bell TH-57B/C Sea Rangers. Leonardo Helicopters plans to construct a new support center at Whiting Aviation Park, adjacent to NAS Whiting Field.(Source: Multiple, including FlightGlobal, 06/10/21, Mirage News, 06/11/21)

Fort Rucker marks a first

FORT RUCKER, Ala. - For the first time, the 1st Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, has women in command of the brigade and its three battalions. Col. Tammy Baugh serves as commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, whose primary mission is to train and develop future Army Aviation leaders. Lt. Col. Erica Witty commands 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment; and Lt. Col. Katie Slingerland commands 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, both at Fort Rucker. Lt. Col. Alissa McKaig serves as commander of the 2d Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, which trains Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators and maintainers at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.(Source: WTVY, 06/10/21)

Delta picks up 50th A220

MOBILE, Ala. - Delta staff came to the Mobile Aeroplex June 9 to to pick up the airline’s 50th A220 jet. Most of those Delta A220s were built at the plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, but now Mobile is a key production site for the planes. The first Mobile-built A220 had its first maiden flight in June 2020. An Airbus spokesman said Wednesday that the current rate of production is around four A220s per month from the Canadian line and one per month from the new Alabama line. Projections call for the production rate in Mobile to increase to around two per month by early next year. (Source: aldotcom, 06/09/21)

Two projects awarded money

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis announced June 9 that $324,277 has been awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) grant program to two projects to strengthen veteran suicide prevention and to fund the Bay County Tyndall Air Force Base Rebuild and Community Partnership Support. The awards were given to the Northeast Florida Firewatch Council and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. This grant award combined with the previous awards in 2020 result in a $1,574,277 commitment by the FDSTF to Florida’s defense communities. Florida’s military and defense industry contributes more than $95 billion in economic impact and the industry supports more than 914,000 jobs in Florida, the second largest economic sector in the state. (Source: Office of the Governor, 06.09/21)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Contract: Multiple, $109.8M

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 awarded an estimated $109,814,821 via modification (P00004) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract program that included 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, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. This modification exercises the three-year option ordering period that will bring the estimated contract ceiling price to $213,170,626. The contracts run concurrently and the ordering period is expected to begin in September 2021 and be completed by September 2024. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (45%); Pensacola, Fla. (27%); Arlington, Va. (10%); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (16%); and various contractor facilities (2%). No funding will be obligated at time of award. Operation and maintenance (Navy) funds will fund individual task orders with appropriate fiscal year appropriations at the time of their issuance. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504, with 15 offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/09/21)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $137.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $137,680,806 modification (P00112) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001915C0003). This modification adds scope to provide continued support services, including program management, non-recurring unique requirements, and training in support of increment five integration of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers into the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (60%); and an undisclosed locations outside the continental U.S. (40%), and is expected to be completed in July 2021. FMS funds in the amount of $137,680,806 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, 06/08/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Yerkes South, $45M

Yerkes South Inc., Crestview, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rapid-response temporary roofing projects in the event of an emergency. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-21-D-0046). (Source: DoD, 06/08/21)