Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Switch flipped on solar facilities

Officials marked the completion of the three largest combined solar facilities on Defense Department property in a ceremonial flipping of the switch Tuesday. Executives of Gulf Power, Coronal Energy, the Air Force and Navy were on hand at Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Naval Outlying Landing Field Saufley for the event. Ground was broken in November 2016 for the project that spans 940 acres across three Navy and Air Force sites in Northwest Florida. Saufley’s solar array site is a 50 megawatt solar-generating facility. The other two sites are at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Outlying Landing Field Holley (40 megawatts) and Eglin Air Force Base (30 megawatts). Combined the three sites have about 1.5 million solar panels capable of generating up to 120 megawatts of electricity. The projects became operational earlier this summer. (Source: GCAC, 08/21/17)

First A320 set for delivery

A320 has maiden flight Aug. 15. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. -- A lot of A321 jetliners built in Mobile have been delivered to customers, and now the first A320 made at the Mobile Aeroplex will be delivered Friday. It will be delivered to Spirit Airlines. This U.S.-built A320 had its first flight of four hours August 15. The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility can produce three members of the A320 series: the A319, A320 and A321. So far 36 aircraft, all A321s, have been delivered since operations began in 2015. The A320 single-aisle jetliners entered airline service in April 1988. (Source: GCAC, 08/22/17) Previous

Monday, August 21, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $427M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded not-to-exceed $427,088,637 for undefinitized order N0001917F0027 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the procurement of ancillary military equipment and pilot flight equipment for low rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Inglewood, Calif. (60 percent); White Plains, N.Y. (25 percent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2020. This order combines purchases for Air Force (36 percent); Marine Corps (20 percent); Navy (12 percent); non-DoD participants (19 percent); and FMS customers (13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/21/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $53.5M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $53,494,475 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F0266 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for supplies and services in support of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and installation services for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in July 2021 for DoD customers and September 2025 for non-DoD participants. This order combines purchases for the Marine Corps (50 percent); Air Force (21 percent); Navy (18 percent); and non-DoD participants (11 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Contract: CACH-INC, $14.9M

CACI-INC, Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $14,940,526 face value contract for the modification and configuration on new commercial software for NexGen requirements. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,654,981 will be obligated at time of award. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla.; Beavercreek, Ohio; San Antonio, Texas; Niceville, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Palm City, Fla.; Fair Haven, N.J., and is expected to be completed March 12, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala., is the contracting activity (FA8771-17-F-0024). (Awarded Aug. 16, 2017) (Source: DoD, 08/17/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $104.9M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $104,860,386 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Griffin Missiles. This contract provides for delivery of all variants of Griffin standoff precision guided munitions and corresponding production, test and engineering support. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-17-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 08/17/17)

Mobile gets new Safran facility

MOBILE, Ala. – Safran USA announced it will open a manufacturing operation at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and hire 20 employees over the next three years, according to the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. The announcement comes two months after the Mobile team's meeting with Safran USA executives at the Paris Air Show. The company will produce and install aircraft engine nacelles at this facility. Safran is one of the world's two leading integrators of aircraft engine nacelle systems, the housing for an aircraft engine and its related components. To house the facility, the Mobile Airport Authority is building out one of the existing bays at Mobile Aeroplex to 24,500 square feet. In addition, the company is investing about $1 million in equipment with an opening planned for November 2017. (Source: Mobile Chamber of Commerce, 08/17/17) Safran was the first Airbus-related supplier to announce it would open an operation in Mobile, five months after Airbus said it would build A320 series jetliners in Mobile. Safran Engineering Services officially opened its Mobile office with a ribbon-cutting the same day Airbus broke ground on its assembly line. Safran company Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also has an operation at the Mobile Aeroplex. Previous Safran-related post

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $8,485,823 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7007 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-15-G-003H) for the repair of 331 units across 16 assemblies used in support of the F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss., and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/16/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $8.9M

L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $8,889,043 firm-fixed-price contract for organizational and intermediate-level aircraft maintenance on three KC-130J aircraft, logistics and supply functions, limited repair of common support equipment and required support for the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed at Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, and is expected to be completed in August 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0080). (Source: DoD, 08/16/17)

Airport sets another record

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport has set another all-time monthly record number of passengers in July, with a total of 175,814 individuals arriving and departing the facility. It’s an increase of 13 percent over July 2016. Overall, Pensacola International Airport is up some 4 percent in total passengers for the fiscal year over the same period last year. (Source: City of Pensacola, 08/16/17)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $8B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Lexington, Ky., has been awarded an $8,000,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS) requirement. The SOF GLSS contract shall provide non-personal, global logistics support services and expertise to maintain program support and Enterprise management functions for Program Executive Office of the Special Operations Forces Support Activity. Work will be performed at Bluegrass Station, Lexington; Bluegrass Army Depot, Richmond, Ky; Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Crestview, Fla., as well as multiple customer locations both inside and outside the continental U.S. U.S. Special Operations Command Contracting office, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity (H92254-17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 08/11/17)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SSC has another controller test

RS-25 controller test. NASA/SSC photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Just two weeks after the third test of a new RS-25 engine flight controller, NASA recorded its fourth full-duration controller test Aug. 9. Engineers conducted a 500-second test of the “brain” of RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand. The test involved installing the controller on an RS-25 development engine and firing it in the same manner, and for the same length of time, as needed during an actual SLS launch. It marked another milestone toward launch of the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew vehicle. Exploration Mission-1 will be an uncrewed mission into lunar orbit, designed to provide a final check-out test of rocket and Orion capabilities before astronauts are returned to deep space. The SLS rocket will be powered at launch by four RS-25 engines, providing a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, and with a pair of solid rocket boosters, providing more than 8 million pounds of total thrust. (Source: NASA/SSC, 08/09/17) Previous

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $9.4M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,419,067 cost-plus-fixed-fee, undefinitized order (N00019-17-F-1633) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the F-35 fighter program milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and installation services. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in April 2019. This order combines purchases for Navy (49 percent); non-DoD participants (24 percent); Air Force (14 percent); and Marine Corps (13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/08/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $28.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $28,784,100 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5523 issued against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for supplies and services in support of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and installation services for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in July 2020. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (45 percent), Marine Corps (30 percent); Navy (18 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/07/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $11.9M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an $11,893,495 modification (P00859) for F-22 sustainment. This modification is for the exercise of options for F-22 sustainment activities. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 16, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897). (Source: DoD, 08/01/17) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., trains F-22 pilots and has an operational squadron.

Contract: Northrop, $19.9M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $19,894,544 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0003 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for engineering and analysis efforts to develop solutions for near-term emergent obsolescence issues identified for the MQ-4C Triton. This effort includes associated program management, qualification tests, qualification test plans and reports, product support analysis, spares and repairs analysis, and configuration management requirements. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (80 percent); and Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/01/17) Gulf Coast note: Triton fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Raytheon STEM exhibit arrives

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – An interactive traveling exhibit that helps children have fun with math – MathAlive! – opens Saturday at the Emerald Coast Science Center. Presented by Raytheon to military family communities nationwide, the exhibit is designed to show the connection of math to many of the things they love, including music, sports, movies, games and more. The hope is to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The U.S. continues to fall short in ensuring there are enough future workers to fill the demand. MathAlive! will be presented at the Emerald Coast Science Center through Sept. 10 and is included with general admission. The museum is offering free admittance to active duty military and their families. (Source: PRNewswire, 08/01/17)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $211.2M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $211,200,000 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0003). This modification provides for the procurement of production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment that are required to meet current and future F-35 production rates. Work will be performed Fort Worth, Texas (29.73 percent); El Segundo, Calif., (21.65 percent); Nashua, N.H. (19.60 percent); Orlando, Fla. (11.33 percent); and other locations in the U.S. (9.17 percent); Samlesbury, UK, (4.20 percent); Turin, Italy (1.83 percent); and other outside-of-the-continental U.S. locations (2.49 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021. This contract combines purchases of the Air Force (35.2 percent); Navy (17.6 percent); and Marine Corps (17.6 percent); non-DoD Participants (16 percent); and FMS (13.6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $3.7B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $3,693,062,124 undefinitized not-to-exceed modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification provides for the procurement of 50 aircraft for non-Department of Defense participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers comprised of one F-35B aircraft for the UK; one F-35A aircraft for Italy; eight F-35A aircraft for Australia; eight F-35A aircraft for the Netherlands; four F-35A aircraft for Turkey; six F-35A aircraft for Norway; and 22 F-35A aircraft for FMS customers. In addition, this modification adds scope for mission equipment and chase maintenance activity for the above mentioned participants, as well as the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); El Segundo, California (15 percent); Warton, UK (10 percent); Cameri, Italy (6 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (4 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (4 percent); Orlando, Florida (3 percent); San Diego, California (3 percent); Nagoya, Japan (2 percent); and other international locations (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020. Funding in the amount of $2,180,872,005 is being obligated on this award, $118,183 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($21,849,430; 0.6 percent); Navy ($2,213,825; 0.1 percent); Marine Corps ($3,879,316; 0.1 percent); international partner nations ($2,072,714,031; 56.1 percent); and FMS countries ($1,592,405,522; 43.1 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $218.7M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $218,729,862 for modification P0004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045) for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for F-35 aircraft in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales customers. Sustainment services to be provided include ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46 percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton, UK (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Raytheon, $7.3M

Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,288,591 modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract for GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II F-16 integration. The contract modification is for weapon integration support, travel, and integration-related hardware. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Direct Attack International Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-16-C-0147). (Source: DoD, 07/28/17)

Fat Albert, other KC-130Ts grounded

The Navy has grounded C-130 aircraft similar to the one that crashed in Mississippi earlier this month while investigators are looking into what made the plane come down. Among the aircraft grounded is the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert, a KC-130T cargo plane that accompanies the Blue Angels to air shows. The 15 Marines and Navy corpsman died July 10 when the KC-130T taking them from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina to El Centro Naval Air Station in California crashed in rural Mississippi. (Source: multiple, including ABCNews, Pensacola News Journal, 07/27/17)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Contract: Kapsuun, $70M

Kapsuun Group LLC, Lorton, Va., has been awarded a $69,992,808, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for linguist and analyst support services. The contractor will provide linguist and analyst support services for 25th Air Force’s 55th Wing, 70th and 480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wings, the 361st ISR Group and the 24th Air Force’s 67th and 688th Cyberspace Wings, to support the warfighter by providing near real-time intelligence and cyberspace intelligence to national decision makers, theater and combatant commanders with 1N3 ground linguists and 1A8 airborne linguists. Work will be performed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Fort Meade, Md.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Gordon, Ga.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; National Security Agency, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas; Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; Utah Air National Guard, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Joint Base Kunia, Hawaii; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Work is expected to be complete by July 31, 2021. Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Detachment 2, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA7037-17-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 07/27/17)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Contract: Broadleaf, $22M

Broadleaf Inc., Haymarket Va., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $22,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for base level software support services. This contract provides for services to purchase software and manage software licenses. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $53,534 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2487-17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 07/26/17)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Third RS-25 controller tested

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA successfully testing the third RS-25 flight controller, this one Unit 5, during a 500-second test Tuesday on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center. Four RS-25 engines providing 2 million pounds of thrust will power the first stage of NASA's deep-space Space Launch System. A pair of solid rocket boosters will produce an additional 6 million pounds of thrust. The test involved installing the controller unit, often characterized as the "brain," on an RS-25 development engine and firing it in the same manner, and for the same length of time, as needed during launch. The first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft is known as Exploration Mission-1. NASA tested the first controller on the A-1 Test Stand at SSC in March. (Source: NASA/SSC, 07/25/17)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,002,763 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045) for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for F-35 aircraft in support of the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. Sustainment services to be provided include ground maintenance, action request resolution, depot activation activities, Automatic Logistics Information System, operations and maintenance, reliability, maintainability, and health management implementation and support, supply chain management, and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (70 percent); Greenville, S.C. (25 percent); and Fort Worth (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/24/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Contract: Raytheon, $75M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb II technical support. Contractor will provide lifecycle technical support throughout engineering and manufacturing development, production, and sustainment phases. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by July 25, 2024. 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 (FA8672-17-D-0019). (Source: DoD, 07/21/07)

Contract: Multiple, $270M

Indyne Inc, (W912DY-17-D-0039), Reston, Va.; Spectrum Solutions Inc., Madison, Ala. ( W912DY-17-D-0041); and Williams Electric Co Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W912DY-17-D-0040), was awarded a $270,000,000 type 1 contract for personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision, non-personal services, and other items necessary to procure, install, service and maintain electronic security systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 34 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 20, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W912DY-17-D-0039, W912DY-17-D-0041, W912DY-17-D-0040). (Source: DoD, 07/21/07)

Training command changes

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rear Adm. Kyle J. Cozad took the helm of the Naval Education and Training Command during a ceremony Thursday at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Cozad, a P-3 Orion pilot who helped lead the Navy’s recent transition to the P-8 Poseidon, took over from Rear Adm. Michael S. White. The command includes more than 12,500 military, civilian and contract employees who support 236 detachments worldwide. About 30,000 students are in training provided by the Pensacola-based command on any given day. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/20/17)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Frontier expanding service

Frontier Airlines announced it's adding new routes in New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla. The company, based in Denver, announced 21 new cities that will be served by the low-fare carrier as part of its nationwide network expansion. Beginning in the spring of 2018, Frontier will offer non-stop service to Denver, Colo., from Pensacola International Airport. In New Orleans, the airline is adding flights to Austin and San Antonio, Texas, Islip, N.Y., and Providence, R.I. The announcement increases the number of destinations served by the carrier by 30 percent and double the number of total routes. (Source: Frontier Airlines, 07/18/17)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Contract: CYE, $25M

CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $24,990,990 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair and/or replacement of roofs. This contract provides for the furnishing of all plant, labor, materials and equipment, and all other items or services necessary to perform all operations in connection with the repair and replacement of roofs on an as-needed basis at various facilities. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition that was set aside for small business concerns, and 15 offers were received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-17-D-4002). (Source: DoD, 07/19/17)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Relativity Space using SSC

Another commercial space company is using Stennis Space Center, Miss., to test rocket engines. Relativity Space is still keeping mum about its work, but the co-founder and CEO Tim Ellis was at a Capitol Hill meeting during the week and said the Los Angeles-based company is testing at SSC. The meeting was before the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competiveness, and the focus was on public-private space partnerships. "Relativity has begun testing of our liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine with over six dozen hot fires across multiple test articles at NASA Stennis Space Center, with plans for continued routine testing," said Ellis, a former engineer with Blue Origin. His partner, Jordan Noone, was formerly with SpaceX. (Source: GeekWire, 07/13/17) NASA, Space X, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Blue Origin also test or have tested rocket engines at SSC.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $9.2M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,222,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for additional long-lead material and parts in support of the low-rate initial production Lots 12, 13, and 14 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the government of the Netherlands. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, UK (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, July 14, 2017

VT-6 getting new leader

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Navy Cmdr. Kevin Murphy will take over command of Training Squadron SIX (VT-6) from Marine Lt. Col. Richard “DB” Roberts during a July 20 change of command ceremony. Murphy, designed a naval aviator in 2003, has been serving as executive officer of VT-6 since April 2016. Marine Lt. Col John James will become VT-6’s new executive officer. Roberts, designated a naval aviator in 1999, assumed command of VT-6 in April 2016. During his tour, the squadron flew more than 49, 800 flight hours in the completion of more than 31,700 syllabus events. VT-6 produced 642 Navy and Marine Corps primary aviators. (Source: Whiting Tower, 07/12/17)

Airport sets June record

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport had an all-time monthly record number of passengers in June, with a total of 162,618 individuals arriving and departing the facility. That compares to a 151,450 in 2016 and 155,045 in 2015, officials said. (Source: City of Pensacola, 07/13/17)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contract: L3, $8.8M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $8,790,461 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) for the procurement and installation of 96 automatic dependent surveillance (ADS) broadcast avionics kits (48 A kits and 48 B kits) required to upgrade the transceiver and transponders; navigation aid system wiring, radio/ADS-broadcast avionics; and global positioning systems in the TH-57 aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (70 percent); and Melbourne, Fla. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2018. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/17)

Contract: UTC, $7.9M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded not-to-exceed $7,906,242 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification provides for the procurement of one F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production II short take-off vertical landing full scale engine mockup training device to support sustainment activities for the United Kingdom’s initial operational capability. Work will be performed in East Hartford (95 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (5 percent), and is expected to be complete in May 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $5.5B

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $5,577,714,486 modification to a previously awarded F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033). The LRIP 11 contract contains requirements for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, international partner nations, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for the procurement of 74 fiscal 2017 aircraft, comprised of 48 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force, 18 F-35B aircraft for the Marine Corps, and eight F-35C aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps. In addition, this modification adds funding to previously awarded fiscal 2015 and 2016 aircraft contract line item numbers for the U.S. Services. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (55 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (15 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (10 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and Cameri, Italy (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (61 percent); Navy (26 percent); and the Marine Corps (13 percent). An undefinitized not-to-exceed contract modification to fund procurement of 50 F-35 Partner and FMS aircraft for $2.2 billion is anticipated within the month of July 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/07/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Whiting Field continues buffering

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Naval Air Station Whiting Field secured an easement to help protect the training mission of the installation last month. The contract provides for an easement over 163 acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the northern boundary of Navy Outlying Landing Field Pace. The easement issues protections that ensure incompatible development of the land cannot occur in the future. The property is under flight tracks for the helicopter training that occurs at NOLF Pace, helping to ensure that future construction does not occur under Accident Potential Zones (APZs) or clear zones. “This parcel of land offers a tremendous buffer with respect to our TH-57 training,” said Community Planning Liaison Officer Randy Roy. “These transactions will positively affect the installation’s mission for decades to come.” The easement was purchased for $571,000, with 75 percent paid by the Navy. Santa Rosa County picked up the rest of the cost. (Source: NAS Whiting, 07/07/17)

Airports get grants

The Mississippi congressional delegation announced 42 grants valued at $7.54 million for airports throughout the state, including at two in South Mississippi. Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will receive $2.35 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for taxiway widening, runway rehabilitation and security enhancement. The grant also provides partial reimbursement for work completed in 2014. The City of Picayune was awarded $162,540 for the Picayune Municipal Airport to fund Phase 2 and 3 of a taxiway construction program to improve access to aircraft hangars, including design and wetlands mitigation. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/05/17)

33rd goes to Red Flag

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Members of Eglin’s 33rd Fighter Wing are at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in a major training exercise. Officials said 120 members of the F-35 squadron will join the Red Flag exercise. It’s the first time the Nomads have taken part in a Red Flag since the squadron began flying F-35s in 2009. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/06/17)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $50.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $50,800,000 for modification P00611 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002) for the F-35 fighter verification simulation (VSim) / F-35 in-a-box software model development, integration and support. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (82 percent); Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (15 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2018. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (50 percent); Navy (25 percent); and the Marine Corps (25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/05/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $44M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $43,974,520 modification P00001 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides additional funding for long-lead time materials, parts, components, and effort for production of five additional low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35B aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $30M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $30,000,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033) for additional engineering and hardware assembly services in support of the F-35 low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Nagoya, Japan (80 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

F-35A pilot becomes Thunderbird

Air Force Thunderbirds. Air Force photo
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The first F-35A pilot has been chosen to join the Air Force Thunderbirds. He’s Capt. Stephen Del Bagno of the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., who will fly the No. 4 slot position. The commander of the Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, officially selected seven pilots on June 30 to join the flying demonstration team for the 2018 season. (Source: Thunderbirds, 06/30/17) The 58th FS is part of the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintenance personnel.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Contract: Northrop, $10.5M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Md., is being awarded $10,491,865 for firm-fixed-price job order N0016417FW094 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00164-15-G-WS82. The requirement is for spare parts to be used to repair the AN/ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures system at intermediate-level repair sites. The AN/ALQ-240 provides rapid detection, classification and geographical location of ground-based radar systems to provide situational awareness to the P-8A aircraft. The Navy's P-8A Poseidon aircraft also includes capabilities such as long-range anti-submarine, anti-surface, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. Work will be performed in Linthicum, (75 percent); San Jose, Calif. (10 percent); Ashburn, Va. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2020. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/17)

Contract: SA Technical, $12M

SA Technical Services Inc., Niceville, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0001); Advanced Concepts Enterprises Inc., Shalimar, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0002); and Streamline Defense LLC, Tampa, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0003), have each been awarded a combined $12,000,000 modification (P00004) to a previously indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) V services. This modification increases the ceiling amount of the original contract. Performance locations will be determined on individual task orders. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 11, 2020. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/17)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tyndall F-22s reach milestone

F-22 gets ready for sortie. Air Force photo
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 95th Fighter Squadron achieved a major milestone June 26 by flying its 10,000 F-22 Raptor sortie. Since its first Raptor flight Jan. 21, 2014, the 95th FS has seen its fair share of action, including the jets’ first deployment to Europe in August 2015, and later in its first combat action over the skies of Iraq and Syria. The “Boneheads” completed their 10,000 mission sortie under squadron commander, Lt. Col. Joshua Biedermann. The 95th FS was inactivated in 2010 then re-activated in October 2013, marking the beginning of a new era. Today, Tyndall AFB has the largest contingent of F-22 Raptors in the world. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 06/30/17)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Contract: Sauer, $10.9M

Sauer Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $10,937,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a Joint Reserve Intelligence Center (JRIC) at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The work to be performed provides for a design bid build project to construct a single-story addition to existing Building 558. The JRIC includes a service-owned and managed sensitive compartmented information facility and surrounding collateral and unclassified areas. The facility includes emergency/redundant power and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, including remote monitoring system. The contract also contains one planned modification, which if awarded would increase cumulative contract value to $11,557,897. Work will be performed in New Orleans and is expected to be completed by February 2019. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity (N69450-17-C-1613). (Source: DoD, 06/29/17)

Air boss visits T-45C wings

Instructor pilots will resume flying the T-45C with the on-board oxygen generator system in early July, with students resuming flight training later in the month. That’s the word from Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, who visited bases in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday and Thursday with the news and to introduce the new Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), Rear Adm. James Bynum. Bynum assumed command of CNATRA June 23, his third flag assignment. Regarding the T-45C, instructor pilots will conduct warm-up flights, after which they will brief the remaining pilots and students in their squadrons on use of the new configuration. Students will also require additional warm-up flights prior to the resumption of syllabus training. Flights were suspended then allowed with limitations after some pilots complained about hypoxia-like symptoms. (Source: NNS, 06/29/17) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $22.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $22,806,587 for modification P00019 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) for interim contractor support for the Navy and Marine Corps in support of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Support to be provided includes capabilities and services associated with Autonomic Logistics Information System maintenance, system administration, database administration, networks administration and operational mission software administration. Additional support includes the establishment or expansion of on-site support equipment operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif. (55 percent); and Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan (45 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $257.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $257,780,849 firm-fixed-price modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production lot 10 F-35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification provides the procurement of 129 alternate mission equipment for the Air Force (54); Navy and Marine Corps (11); foreign military sales (FMS); and international partners (39); 468 pilot flight equipment for the Air Force (203); Navy and Marine Corps (131); and FMS and international partners (134); and 94 red gear for the Air Force (44); Navy and Marine Corps (11); FMS; and international partners (39), to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production. Work will be performed in Inglewood, Calif. (60 percent); White Plains, N.Y. (25 percent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps); international partner; and FMS funds in the amount of $257,780,849 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (47.7 percent); Marine Corps (15.6 percent); Navy (4.0 percent); international partners (23.4 percent); and FMS customers (9.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Contract: Boeing, $10.2M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $10,217,915 firm-fixed-price delivery order for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) high compact telemetry modules. Contractor will provide flight test instrumentation hardware, which is used to gather real-time JDAM weapon data during testing. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be complete by April 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Republic of Korea, Israel, and Singapore. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015, 2016 and 2017 procurement funds; fiscal 2016 research and development funds; fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds; and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $10,217,915 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-14-D-0028 0017). (Source: DoD, 06/27/17)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Training squadron wins award

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- Training Squadron THREE recently earned recognition as the top primary training squadron in the Navy for fiscal year 2016. The Chief of Naval Air Training announced the winners of the Cdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Awards, honoring the top training squadrons. The award recognizes a unit’s ability to produce the right number of pilots, on schedule, and within Chief of Naval Operations approved syllabus time. VT-3, which uses the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II, trains aviators and pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied nations. Current instruction includes day and night piloting, precision aerobatics, basic and radio instruments, and formation flying skills. VT-3's current commission at NAS Whiting Field dates back to May 1, 1960. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 06/26/17)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Changes at Eglin

The Air Force announced Friday that Brig. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris, selected to the grade of major general, who is the Air Force program executive officer for weapons and the director of the Armament Directorate for the AF Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin AFB, Fla., will be going to command the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico. Also, Col. Anthony W. Genatempo, selected to the grade of brigadier general and currently the senior materiel leader and F-22 systems program manager for the Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, will be reassigned to Morris’ post at Eglin Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 06/23/17)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Airbus, Safran to market eTaxi

An electric taxiing solution called "eTaxi" has received "authorization to market" approval by Airbus and Safran, for the A320 series of jetliners. Depending on the airline feedback, the actual program could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU (auxiliary power unit), would allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its jet engines or requiring airport tractors or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on operating costs (including a reduction of around four percent in fuel costs, equal to several hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground (saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such reduced carbon and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing. (Source: Airbus, 06/21/17) Gulf Coast note: Airbus has an A320 series assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Safran also has an operation in Mobile. Previous

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

53rd Wing gets new leader

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 53rd Wing received a new commander during a ceremony Tuesday. Col. David Abba replaced Col. Adrian Spain. The change-of-command presiding officer was Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, U.S. Air Warfare Center commander. This marks a return to Eglin for Abba, who served in the 58th Fighter Squadron from January 2004 to June 2006. The 53rd Wing, the sole operational test wing for the U.S. Air Force, develops, tests, evaluates and delivers weapons systems. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 06/20/17)

Contract: Speegle, $13.6M

Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $13,600,940 firm-fixed-price contract for facility additions at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Work will be performed in Hurlburt Field, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 13, 2018. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-17-C-0019). (Source: DoD, 06/21/17)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $7.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, King of Prussia, Pa., has been awarded a $7,176,406 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Enterprise Management System (JEMS) 6.0. Contractor will provide enhancements to the software package known as the JASSM JEMS. Work will be performed in King of Prussia, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,176,406 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-17-C-0003) (Source: DoD, 06/20/17)

Allegiant returning to Gulfport

GULFPORT, Miss. -- ​Allegiant airline said Tuesday it's returning to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport with twice-weekly, nonstop flights to Orlando beginning Aug. 30. Allegiant served the Gulfport-Biloxi market in 2007 but left a year and a half later, primarily due to fuel costs. The state lured back the airline with a revenue guarantee administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. The agreement sets out Allegiant’s anticipated revenue per flight. If those goals are not met, the state will reimburse Allegiant up to $1.1 million over one year. MDA CFO James T. "Jay" McCarthy said the one-year agreement can be extended for one year. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/20/17) In the Gulf Coast I-10 region, Allegiant also serves New Orleans (MSY) and Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS), Fla.

Contract: Dynetics, $10.9M

Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $10,923,909 requirements contract for Small Glide Munition (SGM) all-up-rounds (AURs). Contractor will provide 13 months of SGM AURs, with associated travel. Work will be performed in Huntsville and is expected to be complete by June 29, 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 (FA8656-17-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 06/19/17)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Contract: Coastal Helicopter, $12.5M

Coastal Helicopters Inc., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $12,483,379 five-year firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repair, maintenance, modifications, and engineering services for the air services support for flight test preparation and flight testing. The work to be performed is for aircraft platforms and the support services required integrating sensor systems onto suitable airborne platforms and executing testing. Work will be performed in Yuma, Ariz. (18 percent); China Lakes, Calif. (17 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (15 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (15 percent); Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (15 percent); Gulf of Mexico (15 percent); and the Dominican Republic (5 percent). Work is expected to be completed August 2022. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, is the contracting activity (N61331-17-D-0007).

Contract: UTC, $41.8M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded $41,843,781 for modification P00012 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification provides for the procurement of one F-135-PW-100 and one F-135-PW-600 propulsion systems in support of the F-35 Lightning III low-rate initial production Lot X aircraft in support of international partners. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, UK (6.5 percent), and is expected to be complete in September 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Luke F-35s still grounded

The F-35A fighters that were grounded at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., last week will remain on stand-down indefinitely. The Air Force is continuing to look into what caused five pilots to experience hypoxia in incidents going back to May 2. The planes were grounded June 9. The base has 55 of the 220 F-35s that are flying worldwide. The Navy also had oxygen issues with T-45 training jets, and back in 2011 there were similar issues with F-22 fighters. (Sources: Stars and Stripes, Reuters via U.S. News and World Report, 06/12/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Airports getting grants

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will receive $2.1 million and Pensacola International Airport will receive $43,796 in grant money from the Department of Transportation, according to a release from the office of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will use the money to rehabilitate 2,000 feet of taxiway, and Pensacola International will use its grant to remove obstructions on land acquired for further airport development. The money is expected to be disbursed before September. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/09/17)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Reservist joins astronauts

Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Robert “Farmer” Hines Jr., a test pilot at the 84th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was among 12 selectees named to the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Hines serves as an F-15E Strike Eagle program test director and test pilot at the F-15 Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force for the 84th TES. In civilian life, Hines is a full-time NASA research pilot. Hines, who has flown 76 combat missions, will report for duty in August for two years of astronaut training. (Source: AF Reserve Command, 06/08/17)

Luke F-35s grounded

The Air Force has temporarily grounded a squadron of F-35s at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., after five pilots reported symptoms consistent with oxygen deprivation, the service said Friday. The 56th Fighter Wing canceled local flying operations for its F-35A fighters after five incidents since May 2 where pilots experienced symptoms similar to hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. Each time the F-35's back-up oxygen system kicked in and pilots were able to land the plane. Flight operations are scheduled to return Monday. F-35 operations at five other bases are not affected. (Sources: multiple, including The Hill, AP via U.S.News and World Report, Business Insider, 06/09/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Embry-Riddle graduates 109

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- One hundred and nine graduates received degrees this past weekend as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide held its Pensacola commencement exercises June 3 in the Blue Angels Atrium of the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Pensacola campus, located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as undergraduate certification. (Source: Embry-Riddle, 06/07/17)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aerospace book available

The sixth edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor book is now available for download. The 100-page book, free to readers, details the aerospace and aviation activities in the region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida. There are chapters on the region’s space activities, aerospace products, military aviation, innovation, education and more. To access the book, visit the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website. (Source: GCRL, 06/07/17)

Command change at 81st TRW

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Col. Debra Lovette took command of the 81st Training Wing during a June 2 ceremony. The outgoing commander, Col. Michele Edmondson, will be the new executive officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The 81st TRW provides technical training for officers, enlisted and civilians of the Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves and other Defense Department agencies. Training includes electronic, computer, weather, medical, personnel, comptroller and information management career fields. (Source: 81st TRW, 06/02/17)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Contract: Multiple, $40M

Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA0021-17-D-0004); Stanley-UC-Cardo JV, Muscatine, Iowa (FA0021-17-D-0005); and HDR Engineering Inc., Omaha, Neb. (FA0021-17-D-0006), have been awarded a combined, not-to-exceed $40,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for architectural-engineering (A-E) services. Contractors will provide in-house environmental planning, programming and A-E services. Work will be performed at various U.S. and international locations including Hurlburt Field, Fla., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The 765th Specialized Contracting Flight, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/05/17)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Squadron moving to Duke

The 524th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is relocating to Duke Field near Crestview. Once here, it will become part of the 492nd Special Operations Wing. Cannon celebrated the heritage of the 524th SOS and the C-146 Wolfhound at an end-of-mission ceremony Wednesday, where the squadron guidon was turned over the 492nd SOW. The move to Duke Field has been under discussion for more than four years, according to Lt. Col. Derick Steed, 524th SOS commander. (Source: 27th Special Operations Wing, 05/31/17)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $413.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $413,854,079 firm-fixed-price and fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for Lot 15 Joint Air-to -Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) production. Contractor will provide 360 JASSM-ER missiles and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-17-C-0037). (Source: DoD, 06/01/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $244.3M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $244,322,400 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded delivery order 0132 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle spares in support of the F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2021. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (40 percent), Marine Corps (4.6 percent), Navy (3.4 percent),, non-U.S. DoD participants (46 percent), and the FMS customers (6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/01/17). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Geocent, $15.6M

Geocent LLC, Metairie, La., is being awarded a $15,650,745 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract for platform integration and systems engineering support to provide design, engineering, integration, and advanced concept development for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Department of Defense. This is one of three multiple award contracts. All awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This two-year contract includes one three-year option which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to an estimated $46,539,956. All work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed May 31, 2019. The predominant type of funding is anticipated to be operations and maintenance (Navy). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0157). (Source: DoD, 06/01/17)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Contract: L3 Vertex, $83M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $83,050,682 modification (P00021) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract activity (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in May 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting. (Source: DoD, 05/30/17)

Contract: Global Connect, $10.5M

Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $10,503,398 modification (P00008) to contract W911S8-15-D-0005 for dining facility and cooking support services for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/30/17)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

AR-22 to be built, tested at SSC

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to build the main propulsion system for a reusable hypersonic aircraft, the XS-1, being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday that it will produce two AR-22 engines using parts from previous versions of the space shuttle main engine that has remained in the company and NASA inventories. Aerojet Rocketdyne will conduct assembly and ground testing work on the two engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. Boeing and DARPA entered into an agreement to build, design and test a technology demonstrator earlier in the week as part of the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane program. (Sources: Aerojet Rockedyne, 05/24/17, ExecutiveBusiness, 05/26/17)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Contract: Northrop, $19.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $19,846,828 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to delivery order N0001917F0108, issued previously against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification procures work on the aircraft memory system and panoramic cockpit display in order to alleviate diminishing manufacturing sources constraints projected under F-35 production Lot 15 for the Air Force (40 percent); Navy (20 percent); Marine Corps (20 percent); and international partners (20 percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/26/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Plant expanding, adds F-35 work

PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center will expand its operation at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point, creating an additional 60 jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement at the annual investors meeting of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation. The plant, which works on the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, will add a mix of new work with the $3.7 million expansion, including sub-assembly work for the F-35 stealth fighter. The state will contribute $7.5 million in BP restoration money to harden the runway at the airport. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/26/17)

Contract: Northrop, $64.5M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $64,526,366 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0007) to exercise an option for operator, maintenance, logistic support and sustainment engineering services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) program. The logistics support includes training, supply chain and spares management for Global Hawk peculiar items, peculiar support equipment, and technical publications. In addition, this option provides for organization, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, and field services representatives to ensure the BAMS-D aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent); Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (5 percent); and various forward operating locations (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/24/17) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump proposes 2021 BRAC

The White House's proposed budget for 2018 released Tuesday calls for a new round of military base closures in 2021. Like many other proposals within the budget, it's likely to face numerous objections from a Congress that so far has rejected the Pentagon's calls to close bases because of a roughly 20 percent excess capacity. The last Base Realignment and Closure round was in 2005. (Sources: multiple, including The Hill, Military Times, 05/23/17) The Gulf Coast region has multiple military bases, many with aviation missions.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Contract: Raytheon, $14.7M

Raytheon Co., Keyport, Wash., is being awarded a $14,727,503 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity requirements contract to provide maintenance and support for the AN/AQS-20 sonar mine detecting set to maintain and improve system sustainability. The AN/AQS-20 is a towed, mine hunting and identification system for Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. Support will include but will not be limited to, repair; overhauls and other scheduled maintenance; hardware and software maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence issues; technology improvements; reliability and maintainability improvements; development and incorporation of change notices and engineering change proposals; test support; engineering services; spares and repair parts; design efforts and hardware upgrades to improve system performance, sustainability, reliability, and other activities in support of the program. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $77,104,544. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65 percent); Keyport, (30 percent); and Panama City, Fla., (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2018. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Florida, is the contracting activity (N61331-17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 05/23/17)

RS-25 controller tested

Controller tested today at SSC. NASA photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in a series of RS-25 flight controller tests today. The test was reset after a facility issue, subsequently resolved, forced rescheduling of a May 16 hot fire. The 500-second test – more than eight minutes – was on the A-1 Test Stand and is designed to test the controller, the key modification to the former space shuttle engines that will be used on the core stage of the Space Launch System. NASA’s Space Launch System, which will take astronauts deeper into space than ever before, will be powered by four RS-25 engines. The first flight controller was tested in March. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/23/17)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A special A321 delivery

MOBILE, Ala. – Deliveries of jetliners to airline customers is becoming routine in Mobile, but the Delta Air Lines jet picked up Thursday was a special delivery, at least for the Delta pilot. The pilot who came to get the A321 passenger jet is a Mobile native. Jared Hodge first learned to fly at what was then called Brookley Field and is now the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, home of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. He requested the assignment because the plane was built in his hometown. (Source: WKRG, 05/19/17)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $137.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $137,834,819 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0002) to provide additional funding for affordability-based cost reduction initiatives in support of low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 fighter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, U.K. (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (80 percent); Marine Corps (16.4 percent); and the Navy (3.6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Raytheon, $7.2M

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $7,183,792 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0009 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-15-G-003H) for the repair of nine multi-functional antenna assemblies used in support of the F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2018. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/17)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SSC plays role in upgraded A2100

Lockheed Martin engineers at Stennis Space Center, Miss., have completed the propulsion subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. The subsystem raises the satellite into orbit after launch and keeps it on station throughout its mission life. The propulsion subsystem, a hybrid of electrical and liquid technology, was built at Lockheed Martin’s Space and Technology Center at SSC then shipped to Denver, Colo., for assembly and integration into the larger spacecraft. This first propulsion system is for Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, a satellite for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, Internet, telephone, and secure communications, to customers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The satellite is slated for launch in 2018. Lockheed Martin is building five modernized A2100 satellites for a host of missions and customers around the globe. (Source: Intelligent Aerospace, 05/18/17)

SSC wins NASA award

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Stennis Space Center, for the second time in the award’s eight-year history, has been awarded NASA’s fiscal year 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator's Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. SSC first received the cup in 2011 for having the most innovative small business program in the agency. Five years later, SSC is receiving the cup for the center-wide effort and support to promote and better integrate all small businesses in support of the Stennis programs and mission. In FY 2016, SSC had its most successful overall year on record with regard to the percentage of dollars awarded to small businesses. The award was presented to Stennis Space Center Director Richard J. Gilbrech by Acting NASA Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot and Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn A. Delgado. (Source: NASA, 05/18/17)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Core stage now at MSFC

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System has finished a 17-day trip by barge and is moving ever-so-slowly to a building at Marshall Space Flight Center to undergo stress testing. The barge Pegasus moved the 40,000-pound core, built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, via the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers to a landing some seven miles from the MSFC test stand. At MSFC, the core will be fitted with data channels and hydraulic lines that will subject it to the stresses of launch. The test program will last until early next year. The engine core is one of four cores that will be tested at MSFC. (Source: al.com, 05/16/17) After the test at MSFC, the core will be sent to Stennis Space Center where it will be tested with all four RS-25 engines attached. Previous

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Contract: Northrop, $303.9M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $303,936,000 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-15-C-0002) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production Lot 2 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft. In addition, this modification provides for one main operation control station, one forward operation control station, trade studies, and tooling. Work will be performed in San Diego (42.9 percent); Red Oak, Texas (11.3 percent); Baltimore, Md. (11.3 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (8.7 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (6.3 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (3.7 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (2.2 percent); Moss Point, Miss. (1.6 percent); Santa Clarita, Calif. (1.2 percent); Montreal, Quebec, Canada (0.9 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (0.5 percent); Medford, N.Y. (0.3 percent), and various locations within the continental U.S. (9.1 percent). Work is expected to be completed in April 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting. (Source: DoD, 05/16/17)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Land swap costs up

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A deal that would swap a Navy helicopter landing field in Escambia County in exchange for land in neighboring Santa Rosa County is still in the works, but cost is becoming a factor. Escambia County wants the current landing field in Beulah to create a commerce park. In anticipation of the deal, Escambia County purchased some 600 acres in Santa Rosa County for $1.68 million. The agreement also states that Escambia County would fund improvements to the land to ready the land for Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton to use as a helicopter landing field. Escambia County approved $4.9 million for improvements, but the expected improvement costs have gone up. The final cost breakdown is expected within the month. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/15/17)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fallen honored at memorial

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Airmen, Marines, sailors and soldiers came together May 6 to honor and remember their fallen explosive ordnance disposal brethren during the annual memorial ceremony at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. About 500 people ventured to the EOD Memorial Wall this year, as six new names were added to the engraved lists that now contains 326 people. The 2017 event marked the ceremony's 48th year. Each year, a wreath is placed in front of each branch of service's list of names before they are read aloud. After each list is completed with the phrase “We remember,” the names are saluted by an enlisted and officer EOD member. The families of the EOD technicians added to the wall each year receive a folded flag that was flown over the memorial. (Source: DoD, 05/10/17)

Delta orders more A321s

Delta Air Lines has placed an incremental order for 30 firm A321ceo aircraft. This order follows three previous Delta orders for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 series jetliner. The airline took delivery of its first A321 in March of last year. Delta now has ordered a total of 112 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. Many of Delta’s A321s are being delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala. The airline received its first U.S.-manufactured A321 last year. By the end of 2017, the Airbus facility in Mobile is expected to produce four aircraft per month, most going to Airbus’ U.S. customers. (Sources: Airbus, al.com, ATW, 05/11/17)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SLS fuel tank dome damaged

NEW ORLEANS -- A piece of test hardware for NASA's Space Launch System was damaged May 3, the space agency said. The incident was reported by the internet site NASA Watch and later confirmed by al.com. The hardware damaged was the bottom dome of a test Liquid Oxygen Tank. It was not welded to the rest of the tank at the time. NASA and prime contractor Boeing have formed independent assessment teams. The impact on the SLS development calendar is unclear. (Sources: NASA Watch, al.com, 05/10/17)

Wing activated at Hurlburt

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center was deactivated and the 492nd Special Operations Wing activated during a ceremony here Wednesday. Col. Nathan Green, who assumed command of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center last July, took command of the new wing. Like the organization it replaces, the 492nd SOW’s mission is to train, educate and equipping special operators and perform test and evaluations of special operations programs and equipment. The wing’s forerunner is the 492nd Bombardment Group, which flew special operations missions in World War II. The name was a cover for its real mission – flying heavily modified B-24s behind German territory to deliver agents and supplies to the resistance. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/10/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.2M

Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,172,609 firm-fixed-price modification (P00054) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will provide life of type buys, obsolescence components under the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Lots 28-30 production. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Norway, Romania, Turkey, and Australia. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 production funds in the amount of $7,172,609 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, 05/10/17)

GKN gets formal welcome

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – State and local leaders gathered at the new GKN Aerospace facility near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Tuesday to welcome the global aircraft supplier. "Every now and then in the life of a community, a window opens up and you get to look a little bit into the future, and today, this morning, is one of those times," said Wayne Stubbs, port executive director and chairman of the Bay Economic Development Alliance. In February GKN Aerospace announced it would build a manufacturing facility in Bay County, the company's first site in Florida. Guests Tuesday included Gov. Rick Scott. GKN Aerospace will create at least 170 new full-time equivalent jobs by the end of 2020. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 05/09/17) Previous

Passenger count up at PNS

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The number of passengers passing through Pensacola International Airport have steadily grown over the past five years. Departures during this year’s first three months are 4.7 percent higher than in the same span in 2013. March performed particularly well, with 7.4 percent more departures this year over 2016. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/09/17)

Panel wants info on T-45

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The House Armed Services Committee wants more information from the Navy as part of its ongoing probe into problems with T-45 training aircraft used at Naval Air Station Pensacola and bases in Mississippi and Texas. The committee wants to schedule of all tests and evaluations of equipment associated with the trainer, as well as the Navy’s actions in response to test results. Pilots had complained about oxygen issues with the jet, which is still flying with limitations on maneuvers. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/09/17) Previous

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mayor wants plane display

BILOXI, Miss. -- Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich wants to honor Keesler Air Force Base with the return of an Air Force plane along U.S. 90. Gilich proposes moving a decommissioned 1956 F-104 jet on display at Keesler to the center median of U.S. 90 near White Avenue, down the street from the base. Gilich in a letter to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force pointed out that for many years there was a plane on display near the same location. But all were lost over time to natural disasters. If the Biloxi Council agrees with his vision at Tuesday’s meeting, the city will ask the museum for the loan of the jet and the Mississippi Highway Commission for approval to relocate the plane. Keesler supports the idea and has offered logistical support for the move. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/08/17)

Monday, May 8, 2017

First A320 being made in Mobile

A320 fuselage delivered to Mobile.
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus, which so far has assembled only A321s at its Mobile plant, has begun production of its first A320. The major component assemblies for the A320 recently arrived from Europe, marking a first for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. The plant so far has delivered 27 jetliners, all of them the larger A321. The plant began production in July 2015 and is equipped to assemble A319, A320 and A321 passenger jets. This aircraft is destined to be delivered to Spirit Airlines this summer. (Source: Airbus, 05/08/17)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

AR1 preburner design validated

AR1 preburner test. Aerojet Rocketdyne photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne recently conducted hot-fire tests to validate the design of the preburner for the AR1 rocket engine, which is being developed to replace the Russian-built RD-180 engine currently used to launch most U.S. national security payloads. The preburner, a component that drives the engine’s turbomachinery, was built using state of-the-art techniques, including 3-D printing. With the design now confirmed, Aerojet Rocketdyne has cleared one of the major technological hurdles to fulfill the congressional mandate to end U.S. dependence on Russian engine technology for military launches. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 05/04/17)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contract: Northrop, $32.8M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $32,851,099 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0036) for integration of the original equipment manufacturer radar into the MQ-8C Fire Scout, including, completion of the integration design, systems engineering technical review events associated with the integration design; modifications to Fire Scout software baselines required for the integration; formal qualification testing/system integration testing; A-kit fabrication and installation to support system test and evaluation and ground and flight test. Work will be performed in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (71 percent); Edinburgh, United Kingdom (20 percent); and Santa Clarita, Calif. (9 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,756,419 will be obligated at time of award, all 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, 05/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $39.9M

Northrop Grumman, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $39,947,203 letter contract for Battle Field Airborne Communications Node (BACN) for EQ-4B Global Hawk. Contractor will provide BACN payload modification, integration, and installation onto the EQ-4B. Work will be performed at San Diego, Calif.; and Palmdale, Calif., and is expected to be complete by May 2, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $10,759,076 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8726-17-C-0004). (Source: DoD, 05/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Education center announced

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced plans Wednesday to create the Alabama Aviation Education Center, a hands-on instructional facility to be located near the Airbus aircraft manufacturing facility in Mobile. The center aims to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people to pursue careers in the state’s growing aerospace cluster. The Aviation Education Center, developed in partnership with Airbus, will provide aviation-themed activities and STEM-focused educational programs to visitors. The $6.5 million facility at the Mobile Aeroplex will feature classrooms, workshops and innovation rooms, along with exhibits, aircraft models, videos and more. Airbus will play a central role in developing the educational programs. It will be managed and operated by Airbus Americas Inc. Airbus will collaborate with educators, universities and other aviation companies operating in Alabama to develop flight-themed educational programming for the center. The facility will be open to the public, with a minimal entrance fee to help offset its operating costs. The center is receiving $5 million in funding from the governor’s office and Airbus is directing $1.5 million to the center from AIDT reimbursements for job training. Airbus' Alabama manufacturing facility anchors a rapidly expanding Gulf Coast aerospace corridor. (Source: Governor's Office, 05/03/17)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Airbus DS Military gets new chief

MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus has appointed Laurent Blattner as President of Airbus DS Military Aircraft, Inc. Blattner will lead a 70 plus employee operation at Mobile Regional Airport that continues to increase its service and support capabilities in maintenance, repair and overhaul of various Airbus military aircraft and components. Blattner's most recent position was with Airbus Services as CEO of Cassidian Aviation Training Services SAS and Aviation Defense Service. Prior to joining Airbus, Blattner served 28 years in the French air force as a colonel where he was in charge of maintenance units dedicated to fighter aircraft. For two of these years he served as an exchange officer at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Blattner succeeds Juan Uriarte, who has been CEO for ADSMAI in Mobile since 2014. Uriarte is returning to Airbus in Europe. (Source: Airbus, 05/01/17)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Contract: DynCorp, $202.4M

DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed of $202,434,437 for contractor operated and maintained base supply services for the T-6A/B/D Texan II aircraft. Contractor will provide serviceable aircraft material and support equipment to support Air Force, Navy, and Army Texan II aircraft. Work will be performed at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval Flight Officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; and Redstone Arsenal, Ala. This contract is expected to be complete by April 30, 2018. This is a bridge contract and a new Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) contract is currently in source selection. Fiscal 2017 funds in the amount of $44,273,731 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8617-17-C-6210). (Source: DoD, 04/28/17)

Contract: HX5, $67.9M

HX5 LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $67,943,475 modification (P00020) to contract W9133L-11-C-0033 for a system support representative contract that will provide for the entire spectrum of mission planning support for ninety Air National Guard flying missions. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $11,247,958 were obligated at the time of the award. National Guard Bureau, Arlington, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/17)