Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Relativity to build rockets at SSC

California-based Relativity today announced that it will build 3D rockets at Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss. It will create 200 jobs and make an investment of $59 million. Relativity said it secured an agreement with NASA and an incentive package from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) to expand facilities and infrastructure at SSC. Relativity will build and integrate a robotic 3D printing rocket factory and an expanded testing facility to produce Relativity's Terran 1 rocket launch vehicles. The agreement with NASA includes exclusive use of 220,000 square feet within building 9101 at Stennis Space Center for a nine-year lease. The facility includes an 80-foot high bay, multiple bridge cranes, and extensive industrial infrastructure. The agreement also includes an option to extend the lease for an additional 10 years. Relativity’s partnership with the MDA is supported by a significant cost reimbursement and tax incentive package for Relativity's employment and capital investments for advanced aerospace manufacturing and technology development in the state. On path to first orbital launch in 2020, Relativity will be building out first stage assembly, engine integration and testing, and a full 3D printing and robotics-enabled production line at the site. The technologies developed through Relativity’s Stennis factory site are the first step toward the company’s long term vision of 3D printing the first rocket made in Mars and expanding the human experience in space. With this expansion at Stennis, Relativity is increasing infrastructure fourfold to over 280,000 square feet of operations, production, testing, and launch facilities and is on track to reach over 350,000 square feet of space in 2019. In the past year, the company increased team size over 6 times from 14 to 90 employees. (Source: Business Wire, 06/11/19) Previous; background/prediction (April 2018 Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter column, page 7)

Contract: Advance Concepts, $7.2M

Advanced Concepts and Technologies International LLC, Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $7,202,973 firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA4890-18-F-5102 for the 505th Training Group academic and training support. This contract provides for the exercise of option period one for services to cover requirements in the areas of course instruction, mission support, exercise support and lessons learned to the government-led maintenance and execution of select 505th Training Group courses. Work will be performed primarily at Hurlburt Field, Fla., as well as various other locations worldwide, and is expected to be complete by June 9, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/10/19)

Monday, June 10, 2019

UTC-Raytheon merging

United Technologies and Raytheon are joining forces in one of the biggest corporate mergers of 2019. It was announce Sunday that they have agreed to combine in an all-stock deal they termed a "merger of equals." The new company would have annual revenue of about $74 billion. Under the terms of the deal, United Technologies shareholders would own 57 percent of the combined company, with Raytheon shareholders owning the rest. UTC is an industrial conglomerate, and makes everything from jet engines to elevators. It owns the Pratt & Whitney engine maker as well as Collins Aerospace. Raytheon is rooted in defense, and produces missile defense systems and cybersecurity solutions. Both companies are Airbus and Boeing suppliers. The combined company will be named Raytheon Technologies Corporation and based in Boston. It will be second in size to Boeing in the U.S. and tied for third in the world with Airbus. UTC and Raytheon have almost no overlap, with most units likely being able to stay more or less as-is. (Sources, multiple, including CNN, Forbes, 06/10/19, Winston-Salem Journal, Hartford Courant, 08/09/19) Gulf Coast note: One of UTC's three companies is Collins Aerospace, which does jet engine podding work in Foley, Ala. It has 1,100 employees. Previous

Friday, June 7, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $1.8B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,808,545,655 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continued design maturation and development of Block 4 capabilities in support of the F-35 Lightning II Phase 2.3 Pre-Modernization for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in August 2026. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of $98,998,910 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($732,460,990; 40.50 percent); Navy ($371,475,278; 20.54 percent), Marine Corps ($345,974,784; 19.13 percent) and non-U.S. DoD participants ($358,634,603; 19.83 percent). This contract was not competitive procured pursuant to U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 06/09/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

NASA picks companies for planning

NASA has selected four companies to provide real property master planning (RPMP) for the agency, as needed for all 10 NASA centers. The companies are: HB&A – The Schreifer Group Joint Venture of Colorado Springs, Colo.; The Urban Collaborative of Eugene, Oregon; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Atlanta; and Michael Baker International Inc. of Moon Township, Pa. The maximum potential value of this contract will not exceed $24 million for work that starts June 15, 2019, and extends for five years, with three one-year options. Work under the contract will be in the form of any of the following RPMP products: center vision plan, area development plans, sustainability component plans, center design guide, center development plan, master plan digest, master plan website, area development execution plans, center special study or agency special study. (Source: NASA, 06/06/19)

Friday, May 31, 2019

Contract: UTC, $3.2B

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $3,239,028,961 for not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification P00006 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021) for the production and delivery of 233 propulsion systems. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 56 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 10 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy; 24 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; 125 F135-PW-100 and 18 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-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 January 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); and FMS funds in the amount of $793,133,424 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($619,293,241; 19 percent); Marine Corps ($627,306,799; 19 percent); Navy ($117,569,123; 4 percent); non-DoD participants ($1,234,417,345; 38 percent); and FMS customers ($640,442,453; 20 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Boeing, $35M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $35,000,000 modification (P00001) to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8681-19-D-0009 for the integration, sustainment and support of the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I miniature munition for Foreign Military Sales countries. This modification provides for a ceiling increase in the contract. Work will be performed in St. Louis; Air Force test ranges worldwide; and various other countries. This modification involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Singapore, and any other future country with an approved letter of offer and acceptance. Work is expected to be complete by April 15, 2029. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $100,000,000. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.2M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $9,212,539 fixed-price incentive firm contract modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. This modification provides for the procurement of 24 AMRAAM AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missile guidance sections for the Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2022. Fiscal 2018 production funds (Navy) in the full amount 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, 05/31/19)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Airbus, Collins mark long partnership

FOLEY, Ala. - The day after Airbus marked its 50th anniversary, representatives from the company were in Foley today at the Collins Aerospace Systems site to celebrate their 45-year relationship. Collins Aerospace delivered the 1,000th nacelle for the A320neo program, delivering the 9,000th V2500 nacelle. Collins Aerospace, in addition to doing all the nacelles work for the A320, will also provide nacelles for the new A220 jetliner that will be built at the Airbus campus. That assembly line is going up next to the A320 line at the Mobile Aeroplex. The relationship between the two companies dates back to the A300, the first Airbus aircraft. There are currently more than 750 Collins nacelles operating on A320neo jetliners with 32 airlines. Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., was formed in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems an Rockwell Collins following UTC's purchase of Rockwell Collins. Speaking at today's event were Jim Pollock, vice president of Airbus Programs - Aerostructures, Collins Aerospace; Daryl Taylor, vice president & general manager - Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility; Pierre-Laurent Mace, vice president of Procurement - Airbus Americas; and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.). (Source: GCAC, 05/30/19) Previous: UTC splits in three; Hawaiian gets U.S.-built A321neo; First A320neo engine delivered

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Contract: Northrop, $65.2M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a not-to-exceed $65,173,723 advance acquisition contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and delivery of three low-rate initial production Lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft for the Navy (2); and the government of Australia (1). In addition, this contract provides equipment and associated materials for three ground stations for the Navy (2); and the government of Australia (1). Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (27.7 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (15.5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (14.7 percent); Waco, Texas (9.3 percent); Bridgeport, W.Va. (8 percent); Red Oak, Texas (6.2 percent); and various locations in the continental U.S. (18.6 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy); and cooperative partner funds in the amount of $65,173,723 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($38,250,000; 58.7 percent); and the government of Australia ($26,923,723; 41.3 percent) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0008). (Source: DoD, 05/29/19) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work for Triton is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Contract: Vectrus, $16.2M

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $16,234,351 firm-fixed-price modification (A00045) to previously awarded contract FA3002-17-C-0001 for Base Operations Support services. This modification provides for the exercise of the third option period. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2020. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $53,217,984. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/24/19)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Blue Angels retiring this Fat Albert

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team announced this week it is retiring its current C-130T cargo plane, known as "Fat Albert." The cargo accompanies the demonstration team on shows. "The Fat Albert program still exists, a decision just has to be made as to what the replacement aircraft will be," Lt. Cmdr. David Gardner, the team's spokesman, said Thursday, The Department of Defense is looking at replacement options including the purchase of C-130J aircraft from the British Royal Air Force. Fat Albert reached the end of its flying life after 17 years with the team, accumulating more than 30,000 flight hours. The team is based at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/23/19)

Airbus extending A220 range

Airbus announced that the A220 series of jetliners will be offering increased range starting in the second haalf of 2020. It will allow the A220 to reach markets that today can not be served by other small single-aisle aircraft types. "Since its entry-into-service close to three years ago, the A220 aircraft has already proven that it is meeting or beating its initial performance targets, bringing more flexibility and revenue potential to customers,” said Rob Dewar, head of engineering and customer support for the A220. “Today, Airbus is reinforcing its confidence in the A220 platform and further enhancing its capabilities to meet upcoming market requirements.” This performance increase of some 450 nautical miles is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from Southeast Asia to Australia. There are more than 530 planes in the order book, and the 100- to 150-seat market is estimate to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years. (Source: Airbus, 05/21/19) Airbus, which builds the former Bombardier CSeries passenger jets in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, is building a second A220 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed, $11.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $11,336,274 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-19-C-0004). This modification exercises an option for deployment and operation of test aircraft in support of the F-35 Lightning II development, production, and sustainment for the Air Force, Navy, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Lakehurst, N.J. (70 percent); and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force and Navy); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of $11,336,274 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This option combines purchases for the Air Force ($8,791,728; 78 percent); Navy ($224,464; 2 percent) and non-U.S. DoD participants ($2,320,082; 20 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/22/19)

Contract: BAE, $7.8M

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $7,758,301 delivery order (FA2521-19-F0139) against previously awarded contract FA2521-16-D-0010 for serviceable components and subsystems for Instrumentation Tracking Systems (ITS). This delivery order provides for a 5.5 KVDC transmitter power upgrade for AN/FPS-8a5 Phased Array Radar. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by March 17, 2021. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded May 16, 2019) (Source: DoD, 05/22/19)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Contract: Alfab, $127.9M

Alfab Inc., Enterprise, Ala., is awarded a $127,898,545 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide new and refurbished Airfield Matting 2 (AM2) packages in accordance with Naval Air Systems Command drawing packages. AM2 matting consists of landing matting (F71/F72); heavy duty matting (F73); and spacer matting (F78). Work will be performed in Enterprise and is expected to be completed in May 2024. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,013,100 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a small business set-aside, competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, with two offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-19-D-0129). (Source: DoD, 05/21/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $24.5M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $24,500,000 modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-D-0135 for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile System Improvement Program software architecture and design risk reduction efforts to counter evolving threats. This modification provides a ceiling increase in the maximum ordering amount of the contract to facilitate new task orders, and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $95,500,000. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2022. No funds 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, 05/21/19)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Airbus eyes buying A220 wing plant

Airbus has become a potential buyer for Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland. New CEO Guillaume Faury expresses interest in acquiring the A220 wing production site. Bombardier announced in early May that it was seeking to divest its facilities in Northern Ireland and Morocco. According to a report from the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Faury said that this would be an option for Airbus, effectively leading to the manufacturer taking control of the wing production for its A220 airliner, as well as engine covers for its A320 series. Purchase of the Belfast operation would add to Airbus’s operations in the UK, which include wing manufacture for most of its commercial aircraft products at Broughton, North Wales, as well as production and design of wings at Filton, near Bristol. (Source: Jane's Defense Weekly, 05/20/19, The Guardian, 05/16/19) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building a second A220 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus delivers 12,000th plane

Airbus marked the delivery of the 12,000th aircraft in its 50-year history Monday. The A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada, was delivered to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines. It's the 12th A220 delivered so far to Delta since the carrier received its first A220 in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February 2019. Delta is the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 and the largest A220 customer, with a firm order for 90 aircraft. Since Airbus and Bombardier finalized an arrangement for Airbus to lead the A220 program July 1, 2018, ground was broken in January this year in Mobile, Ala., for the construction of a second A220 final assembly line. It will deliver its first jetliner to U.S. customers in 2020. Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, in 1974. In 2010, Airbus handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36 years after its first. It took Airbus nine years to double that number, reaching 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery. (Source: Airbus, 05/20/19) Previous

Friday, May 17, 2019

Contract: Sikorsky, $1.1B

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Conn., is awarded a $1,126,216,626 modification (P00026) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048). This modification provides for the procurement of 12 Lot II and Lot III low-rate initial production CH-53K aircraft, including programmatic support, logistics support, and peculiar support equipment. Work will be performed in Stratford (44.96 percent); Wichita, Kan. (12.26 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (5.67 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (3.89 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (2.37 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (1.52 percent); Redmond, Wash. (1.52 percent); Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom (1.41 percent); Quebec, Canada (1.39 percent); Kent, Wash. (1.30 percent); Cudahy, Wisc. (1.25 percent); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (1.23 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (1.11 percent); Rome, N.Y. (1.10 percent); various locations within the continental U.S. (16.7 percent), and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2.32 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $509,053,739; and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $617,162,887, with a total of $1,126,216,626 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/17/19)