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)

Contract: Lockheed, $1.37B

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $1,377,002,000 advance acquisition contract for long-lead time materials, parts, components, and effort for 130 low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales customers. In addition this contract provides long-lead time materials, parts, components, and effort for 110 Lot 13 and 14 F-35 aircraft for the non-U.S. DoD participants and foreign military sales customers. 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 2018. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (23 percent); Marine Corps (9 percent); Navy (3 percent); non-U.S. DoD participant (38 percent), and foreign military sales customers (27 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 04/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $10.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,800,000 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033) for additional hardware modules and racks in support of the F-35 low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (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 May 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Airbus holds judgment on engine

Airbus continues to reserve judgment on any progress Pratt and Whitney has made in resolving production problems with its PW1100G turbofan. Deliveries of Pratt-powered A320neos remain stunted and the first Pratt-powered A321neo sits undelivered more than four months after certification. Out of an expected 200 A320neo-family deliveries by the end of the year, Airbus shipped 26 during the first quarter, including the first CFM Leap-1A-powered A321neo. (Source: AIN, 04/27/17) Gulf Coast note: The A320 series plant in Mobile, Ala., will eventually build neo planes in addition to the current engine options.

Contract: Lockheed, $31.1M

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $31,129,968 modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract FA8682-16-C-0005. Contract will provide support for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile production support, systems engineering, and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2019. This contract consists of foreign military sales to Poland. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/27/17)

Contract: Harris, $10.9M

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $10,900,333 modification (P00738) on previously awarded contract F l 9628-02-C-0010 for system sustainment of the FPS-85 Phased Array Eglin radar, which provides space situational awareness data for tracking space objects. Contractor will provide sustainment services which include weapon systems management and engineering, core sustainment for the field service teams, requirements development modeling and analysis, engineering support and technical orders support. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2018. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/27/17)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $422.7M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $422,738,589 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00022 to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35 advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification provides the procurement of production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (28.4 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7.6 percent); San Diego, Calif. (6.4 percent); Baltimore, Md. (4.5 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (3.3 percent); Orlando, Fla. (2.5 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2.1 percent); Garden Grove, Calif. (1.9 percent); Marietta, Ga. (1.6 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.5 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (0.9 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (0.7 percent); Owego, N.Y. (0.7 percent); Tempe, Ariz. (0.5 percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (0.3 percent); Williston, Vt. (0.2 percent); and various other locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (28.9 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (33.6 percent); Navy (16.8 percent); Marine Corps (16.8 percent); international partners (17 percent), and foreign military sales customers (15.8 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/26/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $18.9M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $18,878,328 for modification 00006 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0040) to provide additional sustainment, integration and test, training, and database production in support of the F-35 for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in May 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $18,832,398 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/26/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $109.6M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $109,563,735 modification to cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5503 issued previously against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of 567 modification kits for offboard system hardware and turnaround assets, and also recurring labor for the completion of hardware and software upgrades in support of the F-35 Lighting III Block 3F upgrade for Air Force (57.19 percent); Marine Corps (39.67 percent); Navy (2.79 percent); and international partners (0.35 percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (41 percent); Nashua, N.H. (12 percent); Baltimore, Md. (12 percent); San Diego, Calif. (12 percent); Owego, N.Y. (12 percent); Orlando, Fla. (7 percent); and Evendale, Ohio (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/25/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Blues, Thunderbirds together

NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – In an occasion that’s quite rare, the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are in the same location at the same time for some joint training. The two elite flight demonstration teams are seldom in the same place at the same time because the Department of Defense wants to cover as much territory with the two teams as possible. The two teams haven't been in Pensacola together for more than 15 years. The two teams are practicing Tuesday and Wednesday. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/24/17)

Projects picked for investments

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep space. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. These include 13 projects tied to Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response to its 2017 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. From those, NASA selected 338 SBIR and 61 STTR Phase I proposals for contract negotiations. The SBIR Phase I contracts last for six months and STTR Phase I contracts last for 12 months, both with maximum funding of $125,000. (Source: NASA, 04/25/17)

Friday, April 21, 2017

NASA to show off test article

NEW ORLEANS – NASA on April 25 will show off to the media the first completed core stage structural test article of the Space Launch System rocket built at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. This test article, which will provide critical data for the world's most powerful rocket, will be shipped on the barge Pegasus from Michoud to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where it will undergo structural testing. The rocket's engine section test article is the first of four core stage test articles manufactured at Michoud. The engine section, the bottom of the 212-foot-long core stage, has to be strong because all four RS-25 engines and the SLS's two solid rocket motors are attached to it and produce 8.8 million pounds of thrust at lift-off. The structural qualification test article was designed to the same specifications as the engine section that will fly on the first SLS mission. After the structural tests at Marshall, Pegasus will transport the entire flight core stage to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., for testing, and then on to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for integration into the SLS vehicle and launch. (Source: NASA via PRNewswire, 04/21/17)

Presidential plane touch down

747 VC-25A on Eglin flightline. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A Boeing 747 VC-25A, one of two VC-25As assigned to the Presidential Airlift Group, 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., was on the flightline April 19 at Eglin. It’s known as "Air Force One" whenever it’s used by the president, though any U.S. Air Force plane he’s aboard receives that radio call sign. The aircraft was completing a maintenance cycle and is undergoing an operational test regimen before being certified to return to presidential service. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/20/17)

Two awarded Air Force Cross

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Two Special Tactics airmen Thursday received the Air Force's highest combat medal at the same time for separate missions in Afghanistan. One Air Force Cross was given to retired MSgt. Keary Miller, and the other was given to SSgt. Chris Baradat. Miller in 2002 was a pararescueman when his helicopter was shot down during a rescue. He care for critically wounded service members during a 17-hour battle against Al Qaeda forces. Baradat in 2013 was serving as a combat controller when he directed air strikes during three hours of fighting against the Taliban and came under intense enemy fire. Both were originally awarded a Silver Star, but during a review of awards they were upgraded to the Air Force Cross. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein presided over the ceremony, which included a flyover by the Air Force Thunderbirds. (Sources, multiple, including WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fayetteville Observer, 04/20/17)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eglin opening innovation center

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The youth center will host the opening of its new Boys’ & Girls’ Club Center for Innovation April 20, at 3:30 p.m. The center will provide members access to advanced technologies and focus on STEM-related subjects and activities, including a robotics kit, 3D printers, a makerspace with a giant tool wall, invention- and computer- building kits that will offer hands-on learning opportunities to explore and advance understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts. The program is made possible by a grant from Raytheon to cultivate interest in the STEM fields, which are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as any other field by 2018 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Eglin is the third Air Force youth center to benefit from the grant. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/20/17)

DHS picks Mississippi

Mississippi State University in Starkville was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security as a base of operations for drone research. Much of the work on how to best to use the devices will be done in South Mississippi. Research will be conducted at several Mississippi sites, along with 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace over land and water, at altitudes up to 60,000 feet. Operations are expected to begin in the fall. Sites that will be used are Camp Shelby, which is the Army National Guard’s national drone-training center; buffer zone areas at Stennis Space Center, which is used for Department of Defense special-operations training; and the maritime environment accessible from the U.S. Coast Guard facilities on Singing River Island in Jackson County. (Sources: multiple, including MSU, Sun Herald, 04/19/17)

MQ-8C launches from LCS

The MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, designed to boost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for ship crews at sea, has completed a successful first flight from the deck of a littoral combat ship underway. Earlier this month, the Fire Scout took off from the Independence-class LCS Montgomery during a two-week series of tests off the coast of California. The flight came two years after the Fire Scout was first delivered to the Navy and marked a milestone in proving out the reliability and safety of the small drone. A Fire Scout had previously conducted an at-sea flight off an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the Jason Dunham, in December 2015. (Source: DoDBuzz, 04/18/17) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $100M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production support. Contractor will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (Air Force Inventory), JASSM-Extended Range and any JASSM variant in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to be complete by April 17, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. 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 (FA8682-17-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 04/18/17)

Contract: Jacobs, $7M

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $7,017,852 modification to a previously awarded contract (GS0QBG-09-D-0059-GM01) for services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. Services to be provided include information technology services, information management, information assurance product service delivery mechanisms, software development, engineering and enterprise architectural compliance, server support services and information assurance compliance. Work will be performed at China Lake, Calif. (82 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (13 percent); and Norfolk, Va. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2018. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/14/17)

Contract: Longbow, $10.8M

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $10,775,366 modification (P00027) to contract W31P4Q-16-C-0035 to exercise options for Hellfire engineering services. Work will be performed in Orlando; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Huntsville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of April 12, 2018. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/13/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $64.6M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $64,610,086 cost-plus-incentive-fee option (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8675-16-C-0044 for the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. Contractor will provide Phase 4b form, fit, function, refresh of the AMRAAM guidance section. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by April 13, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales to Norway, Turkey, Japan, Romania, and Australia. Fiscal 2016 Air Force production; and 2017 Navy production funds in the amount of $43,056,110 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, 04/13/17)

Contract: L-3, $202.2M

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $202,164,280 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for depot level maintenance, logistics, and sustaining engineering services in support of the C-12 utility lift aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps. Services to be provided include site support maintenance, aircraft depot maintenance, engine depot maintenance, aircraft and aircraft systems modifications, potential site stand-ups and closures. Work will be performed in San Angelo, Texas (58.5 percent); Bahrain (4.7 percent); Atsugi, Japan (4 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (4 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (3.7 percent); Miramar, Calif. (3.5 percent); New River, N.C. (3.0 percent); Beaufort, S.C. (3 percent); Belle Chasse, La. (3 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (2.9 percent); Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (2.8 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (2.3 percent); Futenma, Okinawa, Japan (2.2 percent); Misawa, Japan (1.6 percent); and Manassas, Va. (0.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-17-D-0088). (Source: DoD, 04/12/17)

Contract: Northrop, $7.5M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a $7,501,433 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee and cost reimbursable contract for contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide contractor logistics support services in support of the AN/ASQ-236 aircraft pod. Work will be performed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tucson International Airport, Ariz.; and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by March 11, 2018. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8681-17-F-1037). (Source: DoD, 04/12/17)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

T-45 training OKd with limits

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy resumed T-45 training flights at Naval Air Station Pensacola and two other bases Monday after halting the flights because of concerns about the oxygen system. Training can continue as long as pilots remain below an altitude of 10,000 feet to avoid using the onboard oxygen generator system. Normally, training is done at altitudes of 14,000 feet. Pilots at NAS Pensacola, Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., and Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, had complained about experiencing episodes of hypoxia and training was temporarily suspended. The investigation is continuing. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal 04/17/17, WUWF 0418/17) Previous

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Opportunities about for innovators

If you're a small business owner, you've probably thought about looking for venture capital. You may have already gone that route. But there's another partner you might look at who will not want to have any control over your company. It’s the federal government, specifically the Department of Defense. An analysis of recent aerospace news stories. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

BRAC: Much to lose or win

Another round of base closings and realignments is on the horizon, and for the heavily militarized Gulf Coast there is a lot to lose - or potentially gain - from another BRAC round. The region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida has 45 bases and associated properties with a replacement value of close to $22 billion. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

L3 Crestview lets go 130

CRESTVIEW, Fla. – One hundred thirty defense contractors at L3 Crestview Aerospace have been laid off. The aviation firm assembles, fabricates, and repairs aircraft parts. The layoffs are the result of cyclical work-contracts. The workers will receive severance packages and information on job opportunities within L3 Aerospace. (Source: WEAR-TV 04/14/17)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Budget means systems go

Uncertainty for two NASA facilities in the Gulf Coast region ended in March when the president signed a bill that ensures continuation of the Space Launch System and Orion crew vehicle programs. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

MOAB used for first time

The U.S. military dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bombs on a cave and tunnel complex used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, marking the first use of the bomb in combat. The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb is 21,600 pounds and nicknamed the “mother of all bombs.” The Pentagon, which announced the bombing in a statement, did not say why it decided to use the GBU-43 in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province, but the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said it was the right munition to use. The U.S. has an even larger non-nuclear bomb, the 30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator, but it does not have the explosive power of the GBU-43. (Sources: multiple, including Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, 04/13/17) Gulf Coast note: The GBU-43 was developed at by the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during the Iraq war but was never used.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Two projects ensure growth

In separate announcements, GKN Aerospace said it February it would establish a production facility in Panama City, Fla. Then the following month Continental Motors said it was expanding into a new facility in Mobile. Both were affirmations of the growth of the Gulf Coast aerospace corridor, and in one case, it was a feather in the cap for a Gulf Power program. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $9.5M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,533,512 not-to-exceed, undefinitized modification to a previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter advanced acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002). This modification provides for the delivery of hardware and engineering services for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (80 percent); and Nagoya, Japan (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2018. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $6,812,978 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/11/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Vectrus, $97.3M

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $97,269,360 firm-fixed-price, single award contract for the acquisition of base operations support services. Contractor will provide base operations support for 11 functional areas to include, installation and mission operations management, installation and facility engineering, emergency response management, grounds maintenance, supply services, community services, vertical transportation equipment, human resources support, and weather services for Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base and is expected to be complete May 31, 2018. This award is the result of a competitive source selection with four offers received. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,514,130 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency/338th Specialized Contracting Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-17-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 04/11/17)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $372.9M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $372,918,148 for modification P00019 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 F-35A and F-35B variant aircrafts including deficiency corrections for non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, (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 March 2020. Non-DoD participant funding in the amount of $105,000,000 is being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/10/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Eglin soldier dies

The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Md., died April 8 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations. De Alencar was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/10/17)

F-35 brings closer Italy ties

NICEVILLE, Fla. – Consul General of Italy, Gloria Bellelli, will attend the Okaloosa County School Board meeting Monday to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Italian government and the district. As part of the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program at Eglin Air Force Base, the Italian air force is establishing a permanent presence in the area and will enroll Italian students into Okaloosa County schools. The Italian government will establish the Italian Cooperative Program in select districts schools. In all, 600 American and Italian students will participate in the program next year. (Source: Destin Log, 04/09/17)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

T-45C flight pause extended

T-45C used in training at three bases.
U.S. Navy photo
The Navy's decision Wednesday to suspend flights – an operational pause – for its T-45C fleet after pilots expressed concern about physiological episodes has been extended. That will give the Navy more time to review engineering data and develop a path forward for the fleet that will ensure the safety of its aircrew. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, has been visiting T-45C training commands across the fleet to address recent concerns. He went to Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, NAS Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Meridian, Miss., to talk with instructor pilots and student pilots about their physiological episodes experienced in the cockpits of T-45C training aircraft. On March 31 roughly 40 percent of flights in the T-45C training commands in Meridian, Pensacola and Kingsville were canceled because of the operational risk management issues raised by instructor pilots. (Source: NNS, 04/08/17) Previous

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Contract: Security Walls, $45.3M

Security Walls, Knoxville, Tenn., has been awarded a potential five-year, $45.3 million contract to provide a range of protective services at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. The company will help the agency secure physical infrastructure, technology and personnel as well as support emergency management, training requirements and range operations at the two locations. (Source: ExecutiveBiz, 04/06/17)

Contract: Siemens, $48M

Siemens Industry, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Ill., has been awarded an estimated $48,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the Switchgear Replacement Effort program. Contractor will provide supply and installation of gas insulated switchgear. Work will be performed at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.; Mountain View, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; and Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by April 5, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,556,363 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Arnold Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (FA9101-17-D-0001) (Source: DoD, 04/06/17)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

T-45C flights paused

CORONADO, Calif. -- The Navy implemented a three-day operational pause for its T-45C fleet Wednesday at the direction of Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces. The pause is in response to concerns raised by T-45C pilots over physiological episodes blamed on possible oxygen issues. It will allow time for leaders to talk to pilots, hear their concerns and discuss risk mitigation efforts. Last Friday, 94 flights were canceled at naval air station in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla. Flight operations are expected to resume on Monday. The T-45C Goshawk is a two-seat, single-engine, carrier-capable jet trainer aircraft used by the Navy and Marine Corps for intermediate and advanced jet training. The T-45 has been in service since 1991. The Navy currently has 197 based at Kingsville, Meridian and Pensacola. (Source: NNS, 04/05/17) Previous

Contract: Rockwell, $21.3M

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $21,264,701 modification (P00076) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8678-10-C-0058 to support the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS). Contractor will provide the second production lot of the CRIIS for upgrading the test and evaluation instrumentation at Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges. This second production lot will help complete range installations and activations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., and Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. Work will be performed at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be complete by April 5, 2019. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy, Air Force and Army); and procurement funds (Air Force) in the total amount of $21,264,701 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/05/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $129.4M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $129,430,321 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001917F0108) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for additional work on the TR-3 integrated core processor and related subsystems 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. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp); and international partner funds in the amount of $27,005,628 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/05/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Blue Angles 2018 CO named

NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Tuesday announced Cmdr. Eric Doyle as the next leader of the flight demonstration squadron. He will join the team for his two-year tour in November, taking over from current flight leader, Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi. Doyle was selected from a field of six finalists who interviewed for the job on Monday and Tuesday. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/04/17)

Pilots concerned over T-45

More than 100 instructor pilots for the Navy are refusing to fly because of a problem with T-45 training jet oxygen systems, Fox News is reporting. The boycott started last week and has impacted hundreds of training flights. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of naval aviation, told Fox News the issue is the number one safety priority. In the last five years the episodes, caused in part by problems with the oxygen system, have nearly quadrupled on the T-45, according to Capitol Hill testimony last week by senior naval aviators. The Navy sent a team of engineers and other specialists this week to its T-45 training bases in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., for talks with the pilots. (Source: Fox News, 04/04/17) Related

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

New Eglin promotion

Air Force Brig. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris has been nominated to the grade of major general. Morris is currently serving as the Air Force program executive officer for weapons and director, Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/04/17)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Contract: NWF Contractors, $9.2M

NWF Contractors Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $9,176,349 requirements contract to construct concrete targets. Contractor will provide all plant, labor, materials, equipment, and perform all operations in connection with the construction of various reinforced concrete targets on specified test areas in accordance with the specifications and drawings. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by April 2, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-17-D-4001). (Source: DoD, 04/03/17)

New base assignments

Col. Evan C. Dertien, selected to the grade of brigadier general, has been assigned as commander, 96th Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base. He’s currently vice commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Also, Col. Lance R. Pilch, selected to the grade of brigadier general, has been assigned as vice commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces and Chief of Staff, Air Component Command, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He’s currently commander, 33rd Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Eglin Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 04/03/17)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dauphin Island to host drone demo

MOBILE, Ala. -- Dauphin Island’s airport will be used by the Navy for a project to demonstrate the use of drones to survey littoral areas. The Mobile County Commission in mid-March approved a memorandum of understanding with the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory of Mississippi State University, which is working with the Naval Meteorological and Oceanographic Command at Stennis Space Center, Miss., on the project. The demonstration will use an Outlaw SeaHunter equipped with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system to measure water depth in coastal areas that are too shallow for survey vessels. The demonstration will be held from mid-May to early June. (Source: al.com, 03/30/17) Manned aircraft equipped with LIDAR are currently used to survey coastal areas.

Contract: QuantaDyn, $27M

QuantaDyn Corp., Ashburn, Va., has been awarded a $27,000,000 modification (P00016) to previously awarded contract FA8621-16-C-6396 for the Joint Terminal Control Training and Rehearsal System (JTC TRS). Contractor will provide an additional quantity of 23 JTC TRS production devices. Work will be performed at Ft. Riley, Kan.; Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Ft. Wainwright, Alaska; Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii; Ft Stewart, Ga.; Einsiedlerhof, Germany; Vilseck, Germany; Ft Irwin, Calif.; Ft. Polk, La.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Ft. Carson, Colo.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Ft Hood, Texas; Pope Army Air Field, N.C.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Cannon AFB, N.M.; and Kadena Air Base, Japan. Work is expected to be complete by May 31, 2018. Fiscal 2016 other procurement; and fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $26,397,417 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17)

Contract: ULS, $270.4M

United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colo., has been awarded a $270,414,224 modification (P00161) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle production services (LVPS). Contractor will provide LVPS in support of the launch vehicle configuration of a Delta IV Heavy and transportation. This modification adds a pre‐priced contract line item for the Delta IV Heavy LV configuration. Work will be performed at Centennial; Decatur, Ala.; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 29, 2020. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf Coast note: The Delta IV uses RS-68 engines assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Electron Metrology, $10.5M

Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $10,518,527 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-14-D-8000) to exercise Option 3 for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., and outlying fields. The work to be performed provides for all management, supervision, labor, equipment, materials, supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management, facilities investment, facility maintenance services (non-family housing), pest control, utility plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water), managed safety services, and base support vehicles and equipment. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $29,317,959. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla. (80 percent); and outlying fields (20 percent), and work is expected to be completed March 2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17)

Contract: SOLPAC, $15.6M

SOLPAC Construction, doing business as Soltek Pacific Construction Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $15,588,300 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously awarded, multiple award construction contract (N62473-15-D-2426) for construction of an F-35C engine repair facility at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The project includes reinforced concrete masonry unit walls, built-up roof, and pile foundation. Built-in equipment includes bridge cranes and support rails, stacker storage system, and elevator. The project also includes facility paving and site improvements, utilities, and environmental mitigation features. The task order also contains one planned modification, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $16,806,300. Work will be performed in Lemoore, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $581.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $581,798,359 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0132) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares to include F-35 common spares; F-35A, F-35B and F-35C unique spares, and aloft spares packages/deployment spares packages and reprogramming lab spares required to support the air vehicle delivery schedule for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales 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); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2021. This delivery order combines purchases for the Air Force (32.7 percent); Navy (4.9 percent); Marine Corps (20.3 percent); non-DoD participants (35.9 percent); and foreign military sales (14.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Goal: Fly different plane each week

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Navy Lt. Ryan Rankin, a Naval Air Station Pensacola instructor pilot, has set out to fly a different plane for every week of 2017. "I feel drawn to it. It is a feeling that I cannot describe. When I don't fly for a while, I miss it," said Rankin, 33, who is taking advantage of shore duty and using his military leave time to reach his goal of flying 52 different planes before the end of the year. A network of vintage aircraft enthusiasts is helping him find the various aircraft. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/30/17)

Threats to SLS schedule

Delays in the development of Orion's European-built service module, and damage to NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans from a tornado in February are the key schedule risks for the first Space Launch System mission. The schedule for the launch of Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), currently planned for late 2018, remains uncertain regardless of the technical issues as NASA studies the possibility of putting a crew on the flight, which would likely delay it by up to a year. Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development, told the NASA Advisory Council's Human Exploration and Operations Committee the module and tornado damage issues are running "kind of neck and neck." (Source: SpaceNews, 03/30/17)

SpaceX marks a key first

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In a significant first, SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday. It was the first time SpaceX tried to fly a booster that had been used in a previous mission. The Falcon 9 core landed on the bull's-eye of the ocean platform following liftoff with a broadcasting satellite for the SES company of Luxembourg. Founder Elon Musk foresees dozens if not hundreds of repeat flights for a booster and rocket turnarounds of as little as 24 hours, perhaps by next year. This first stage landed on an ocean platform almost exactly a year ago after a space station launch for NASA. SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-story booster, still sporting its nine original engines. It nailed another vertical landing at sea Thursday once it was finished boosting the satellite. (Sources: multiple, including AP via ABCNews, 03/31/17, NPR, 03/30/17) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis Space Center, Miss., to develop Raptor, its next-generation engine.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Leonardo picks Alabama

If Leonardo wins the T-X competition with its T-100 trainer, the company will build the aircraft in Alabama, officials said Thursday. The Italian aerospace company plans to build an assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee if awarded the T-X contract. Upward of $200 million will be spent on construction including buildings, infrastructure and equipment, according to a joint news release from the governor's office and Leonardo. Leonardo had initially planned to assemble the trainers, based on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346, in Meridian, Miss., when it was partnered with Raytheon. That ended when the partnership came apart. The Alabama plant will perform structural sub-assembly, integration, finala assembly and conduct research and testing at the site, according to the release. Leonardo would lease a new facility built by a public-private partnership; the total investment in buildings, infrastructure and equipment would exceed $200 million. Plans call for creating 750 jobs over 10 years. (Source: multiple, including Defense News, Aviation International News, 03/30/17) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $95.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $95,773,177 for modification P00012 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) to provide technical and logistics services, training, maintenance and repair services, and supply chain management in support of F-35 joint strike fighter for a non-Department of Defense participant. Work will be performed outside the U.S. (80 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2020. Non-Department of Defense funding in the amount of $95,773,177 is being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $15M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00005) to previously awarded contract FA8681‐14‐D‐0028 for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) technical support and aircraft integration. Contractor will provide JDAM support for studies and analysis; product improvement; upgrades; integration including, but not limited to, software integration, aircraft integration; associated hardware and testing. Work will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2019. 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, 03/30/17)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $16.1M

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $16,109,145 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for maintenance, repair, and logistics support for the Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft’s intermediate maintenance. Support to be provided includes labor, equipment, tools, services, and direct and indirect material. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (60 percent); and Corpus Christi, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated against individual task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic proposal; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61340-17-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 03/29/17)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Contract: RT&T, $11.7M

Reliance Test & Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an $11,725,589 modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin operation and maintenance support service. This modification increases government provided values of cost reimbursable items supporting the National Radar Test Facility. Work will be performed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,257,273 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/28/17)