Friday, October 20, 2017

Contract: Aermor, $93.5M

Aermor LLC, Virginia Beach, Va.; American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Va.; and Qualis Corp., Huntsville, Ala., have been awarded a $93,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center test services. The contractors will provide advisory and assistance services in support of operational test and evaluation that include a broad range of engineering, technical, and analytical services. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Everett, Wash.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 19, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $30,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA7046-18-D-0001, FA7046-18-D-0002, FA7046-18-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 10/20/17)

Contract: SpaceX, $40.8M

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, Calif., has been awarded a $40,766,512 modification (P00007) for the development of the Raptor rocket propulsion system prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Work will be performed at NASA Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Hawthorne, Calif.; McGregor, Texas; and Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.; and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $40,766,512 are being obligated at the time of award. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8811-16-9-0001). (Source: DoD, 10/19/17)

RS-25 tested at open house

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – More than 1,500 people watched a verification test of an RS-25 rocket engine during an open house at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi Thursday. The engine that was tested, engine E2063, is one of the engines that will power the Space Launch System (SLS). The test was 500 seconds, the same duration the engine will power during an actual launch. Engine E2063 is scheduled for use on NASA’s second mission of SLS and Orion, known as Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). The first integrated flight test of SLS and Orion, Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), will be an uncrewed final test of the rocket and its systems. The EM-2 flight will be the first to carry astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft. (Source: NASA, 10/19/17) Previous

Contract: Textron, $332.9M

Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems, New Orleans, La., has been awarded a $332,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of up to 255 mobile strike force vehicles and related fielding hardware and field representative services for system de-processing. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 13, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-18-D-0014). (Source: DoD, 10/18/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $11.6M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $11,566,000 for cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized delivery order 0144 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides support for the first of class flying trials and the release of the military permit to fly for F-35B aircraft to operate from Queen Elizabeth class carriers in support of the government of the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (68 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (26 percent); Orlando, Fla. (3 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018. International partner funds in the amount of $5,783,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/17/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Airport gets new service

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Frontier Airlines today announced it will begin service from Pensacola International Airport (PNS) this spring with nonstop, low-cost flights to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as part of its nationwide expansion. Service to Denver will begin April 22, 2018 while service to Chicago O’Hare is scheduled to begin May 12, 2018. “This is a huge win for Pensacola and I look forward to a long-term partnership and additional growth opportunities with Frontier Airlines,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. (Source: City of Pensacola, 10/17/17)

VTMAE plans info session

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- VT MAE will host an information session Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m. regarding its current operations, upcoming hiring needs, employment application procedures, and available subcontracting opportunities at its new aircraft maintenance facility being built at Pensacola International Airport. The information session is at Pensacola State College's Hagler Auditorium, Building 2, 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The event is for subcontractors and those seeking employment opportunities. (Source: VTMAE via City of Pensacola, 10/17/16)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Second assembly line for Mobile

Bombardier C Series jetliner. Courtesy photo
Airbus SE agreed to acquire a majority stake in Canada’s Bombardier Inc.’s C Series jetliner program, and will add another final assembly line for the C Series at its plant in Mobile, Ala. The move breathes new life into a slow-selling C Series, a single-aisle plane typically seating 108 to 160 passengers. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales and marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), the entity that manufactures and sells the C Series. At closing, Airbus will acquire a 50.01 percent interest in CSALP. Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) will own approximately 31 percent and 19 percent respectively. CSALP’s headquarters and primary assembly line and related functions will remain in Québec, with the support of Airbus’ global reach and scale. Airbus’ global industrial footprint will expand with the Final Assembly Line in Canada and additional C Series production at Airbus’ manufacturing site in Alabama. Neither company will contribute cash to the venture at the closing, nor will the combination assume any debt. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of next year. The move comes within weeks of Bombardier being hit by a 300 percent import levy by the United States after a complaint by Boeing. “I have no doubt that our partnership with Bombardier will boost sales and the value of this program tremendously,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. “Not only will this partnership secure the C Series and its industrial operations in Canada, the U.K. and China, but we also bring new jobs to the U.S. Airbus will benefit from strengthening its product portfolio in the high-volume single-aisle market, offering superior value to our airline customers worldwide.” (Sources: Airbus, Bloomberg, The Guardian, 10/16/17)

Contract: Reliance, $27.3M

Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $27,255,000 modification (P00021) for Eglin operation and maintenance services. This contract modification increases the value of cost-type contract line item numbers. Work will be performed at Eglin Test and Training Complex, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $7,661,368 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 10/16/17

Contract: Northrop, $15.2M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $15,246,550 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0036) for the integration of the original equipment manufacturer ZPY-8A/N radar into the MQ-8C Fire Scout. This modification includes the initial radar A-kit installations into the MQ-8C Fire Scout and additional non-recurring engineering. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (54.28 percent); Ozark, Ala. (36.64 percent); San Diego (7.48 percent); Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1.57 percent); and Santa Clarita, Calif. (.03 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,345,854 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, 10/16/17)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October newsletter available

The October issue of the bimonthly Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter is now available at the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website home page. The eight-page newsletter has a feature on the aerospace/aviation activities in Louisiana, an article about two nacelles operations in the Mobile area and more. (Source: GCAC, 10/10/17)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Open house includes engine test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The public will get an opportunity Oct. 19 to view a test firing of an RS-25 flight engine that will be used to power NASA’s new Space Launch System. This engine, No. 2063, will be one of four that will be used for SLS on Exploration Mission-2, the first flight of the rocket that will carry astronauts. The engine test is part of the Founder’s Day Open House at Stennis Space Center. The theme of the event is “SSC – 56 Years of Making Fire and Rain!” to commemorate the anniversary of the rocket engine test site. NASA announced plans on Oct. 25, 1961, to build a site in south Mississippi for testing the Apollo Program rocket stages that carried humans to the moon. Security gates will be open for access to the site from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Only U.S. citizens age 10 or older will be allowed to participate. Open house activities, including exhibits, demonstrations and speakers, will be hosted by participating Stennis agencies prior to an afternoon test of RS-25 flight engine on the A-1 Test Stand. Each participant must obtain a ticket to gain entry to the site. (Source: GCAC, 10/04/17) Previous

Contract: DCS, $207.6M

DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded a $207,596,336 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide system engineering, analysis, research, development, logistics, and configuration and data management services to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s aircraft integrated pProduct teams, which are critical in the development, integration, test, evaluation, and fielding of new and upgraded capabilities to Naval aircraft, such as the F/A-18, EA-18G, F-35, AV-8B, AH-1/UH-1, and unmanned aerial systems. Work will be performed in China Lake, Calif. (86.5 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (7 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (5 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (1 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (0.2 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (0.2 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (0.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2022. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $200,000 will be obligated at time of award; all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic proposal as a 100 percent small business set-aside; two offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, is the contracting activity (N68936-18-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 10/04/17)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Contract: COLSA, $56.2M

COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $56,190,669 modification (P00023) for technical and management advisory services command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber support. The contractor will provide additional research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.; Gunter Annex, Ala.; Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30 2018. This modification includes foreign military sales support. Fiscal 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $14,141,221 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0031). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: QuantiTech, $39.6M

QuantiTech, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $39,557,675 modification (P00045) for technical and management advisory services range support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,416,813 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0034). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: Torch, $34.6M

Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $34,628,375 modification (P00037) for technical and management advisory services armament support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirkland Air Force Base, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,165,187 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0030). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: Bevilacqua, $31.2M

Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala.. has been awarded a $31,176,259 modification (P00034) for technical and management advisory services platforms support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Duke Field, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, procurement, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,682,995 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0033). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Contract: Boeing, $68.5M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded $68,535,986 modification P00006 to a previously awarded firm-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0003). This modification provides for the procurement of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G structural repair manual. Work will be performed in St. Louis (62 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (32 percent); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2015 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $68,535,986 are being obligated at time of award, $63,966,920 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Awarded on Sept. 27, 2017. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Fluor, $14.4M

Fluor Federal Solutions LLC, Greenville, S.C., is being awarded a $14,425,542 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-07-D-0770) to exercise option 10 for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and outlying areas of Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field. 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), environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $272,144,614. Work will be performed in Pensacola and work is expected to be completed March 2018. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2018 Navy working capital funds; and fiscal 2018 defense health program funds in the amount of $12,751,529 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Northrop, $12M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Md., is being awarded $12,000,000 for firm-fixed-price job order N0016417FW174 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N0016415GWS82 for spare parts to support organic depot repairs of the AN/ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures system. The AN/ALQ-240 provides rapid detection, classification and geographical location of ground-based radar systems to provide situational awareness to the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A 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 April 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $12,000,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $22M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $22,006,763 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract for academic and simulator formal training and instruction. The contractor will provide aircrew instruction, contractor logistics support, training systems support center, courseware, and cybersecurity. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Harrisburg Air National Guard Base, Pa.; and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom; and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018. No funds are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8621-17-C-0048). (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: GC Electric, $36.3M

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Wewahitchka, Fla., has been awarded a maximum $36,331,097 modification (P00047) to a 50-year contract (SP0600-10-C-8253) with no option periods, to incorporate a price redetermination rate increase, retroactive to June 1, 2014. Location of performance is Florida, with a May 31, 2061, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 Air Force operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Contract: JAR Assets, $9M

JAR Assets Inc., Mandeville, La., has been awarded an $8,978,544 modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract HTC711-16-C-W001 exercising the second option year for transportation of bulk jet fuel and marine diesel fuel by barge. The contract is firm fixed price. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $24,013,344 from $15,034,800. Work will be performed at ports and points along the inland waterways and Gulf Coast locations in the Gulf Region with an expected completion date of Sept. 30, 2018. The U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: URS, $15.5M

URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., was awarded a $15,462,757 modification (P00030) to contract W9124G-15-C-0005 for rotary-wing flight instructor services. Work will be performed in Dothan, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a $24,306,079 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-5332) to exercise options for vertical launching system modules and associated equipment with the MK 41 vertical launch system. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (32 percent); Baltimore, Md. (20 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (15 percent); Johnstown, Pa. (12 percent); Farmingdale, N.Y. (9 percent); Saginaw, Mich. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4 percent); and Waverly, Iowa (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2022. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and fiscal 2016 defense wide procurement funding in the amount of $24,306,079 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: SURVICE, $10M

The SURVICE Engineering Co. LLC, Belcamp, Md., is being awarded a $9,982,045 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to perform research and development analysis for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in the areas of air weapons systems survivability and lethality, test and analysis support, modeling and simulation (M&S), and M&S verification, validation and accreditation. Work will be performed in Dayton, Ohio (40 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (30 percent); Aberdeen, Md. (20 percent); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Fiscal 2016 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $112,621, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic proposal as a 100 percent small business set-aside; two offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-17-D-0028). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: RT&T, $8.7M

Reliance Test & Technology, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an approximately $8,700,000 modification (P00019) to previously awarded contract for Eglin Air Force Base operation and maintenance support service. The contract modification increases government-provided values of cost reimbursable contractor acquired property supporting the test and training complex. Work will be performed in Ft. Walton Beach and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $8,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: Cubic, $61M

Cubic Global Defense, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $61,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for P5 combat training system/tactical combat training system updates. The contract includes, but is not limited to, modifications to ensure the P5 system and supporting infrastructure meets or exceeds dynamic emerging government requirements. Work will be performed in San Diego and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and will be completed Sept. 30, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Funds from spectrum relocation fund in the amount of $4,600,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-17-D-0034). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $450M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $450,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II integrated engineering change proposal contract. The contract provides for design, development, integration, test and production engineering for changes to the SDB II technical and production baseline. Work will be performed in Tucson, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-17-D-0004). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Aero brochure wins award

Florida's Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office received three Excellence in Economic Development Awards for 2017 from the International Economic Development Council during the IEDC Annual Conference Sept. 17-20 in Toronto. One was a gold award for its aviation industry brochure in the category of special purpose print brochure. The brochure details the county's advantages to companies in the aviation, aerospace, and related industries. It highlights the workforce, including retired military personnel, transportation, and available sites. The EDO took home a bronze award in the category of special purpose website, for SantaRosaAviation.com, a micro-site showcasing the county's advantages to companies in the aviation, aerospace, and related industries. (Source: Santa Rosa County, 09/27/17)

Contract: multiple, $998M

Signalink Inc., Madison, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4000); Corvid Technologies LLC., Mooresville, N.C. (FA2487-18-D-4100); Maden Technologies - Maden Tech Consulting Inc., Arlington, Va. (FA2487-18-D-4200); Intuitive Research and Technology Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4300); Wavelink Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4400); Cummings Aerospace Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4500); Radiance Technologies Inc., Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4600); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va. (FA2487-18-D-4700); IERUS Technologies Inc., Alabama (FA2487-18-D-4800); Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4900); Trident Research LLC., Austin, Texas (FA2487-18-D-5000); Georgia Technical Research Institute, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga. (FA2487-18-D-5100); Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (FA2487-18-D-5200); and RT Logic, Colorado Springs, Colo. (FA2487-18-D-5300); have been awarded a shared ceiling, multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts in the amount of $998,000,000. Contractor will provide research, development, test and evaluation of weapon systems, subsystems, and components. Work will be performed at each contractor’s facilities. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 14 offers were awarded. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $14,000 - $1,000 per delivery order, per company are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/17)

Contract: Choctawhatchee, $60.2M

Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., De Funiak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a $60,191,903 modification (P00003) to a 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8314) with no option periods for additional utility services for the electric system at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. Location of performance is Florida, with a July 31, 2067, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2067 Air Force operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 09/26/17)

Monday, September 25, 2017

AC-130J nearly combat-ready

The Air Force plans to declare its new AC-130J “Ghostrider” gunship ready for combat operations by the end of September. But it won’t deploy into to a war zone for a couple of more years, according to Lt. Gen. Marshall “Brad” Webb, head of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He told reporters at the Air Force Association’s annual conference in National Harbor, Md., that the delay is because of the high pace of operational missions abroad, which makes in more difficult to train special operators on the new gunship’s new weapon system. The AC-130J, designed for close-air support, is armed with a 30mm GAU-23/A cannon and suite of precision-guided munitions that include the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb and AGM-176 Griffin missile, and a 105mm M102 howitzer system, which can fire 10 50-pound shells a minute. The weapons systems are governed by modular Precision Strike Package. As of April 2017, AFSOC was exploring the possibility of a directed-energy laser system designed to knock out enemy electronics and disable critical infrastructure. (Sources: multiple, including DoDBuzz, Flightglobal, ExecutiveGov, National Interest, 09/21/17)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Digital navigation aid tested

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 2 recently evaluated new, fully digitized navigation charts to streamline mission planning initiatives for the military. It’s the first major upgrade to the charts in some 30 years. AFOTEC completed a successful operational test on a digitized navigation chart prototype in 2016, and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency asked AFOTEC evaluate three new digitized charts for use by the Air Force and other military branches. The military uses navigation charts for mission planning and flying navigation routes. Over six weeks, Detachment 2 tested the new charts at nine military installations across the U.S., including at Eglin, using 16 different airframes. The new charts will be available for military operations as early as 2019. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 09/21/17)

Eglin team goes to sea

Crew and F-35 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln.
Air Force photo
The Air Force’s 33rd Maintenance Squadron provided training and support to F-35C Lightning II operations aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, 2017. Two airmen and two sailors from the aerospace ground equipment flight and the wheel and tire shop qualified Abraham Lincoln sailors to operate F-35 support equipment, bringing the U.S. Navy one step closer to initial operations capability. With this training, the Abraham Lincoln's aviation structural mechanics are now qualified to tear down, inspect, clean, rebuild and service wheel assemblies. “We are the most qualified unit to (train these sailors),” said Staff Sgt. Mark Gower, 33rd MXS wheel and tire technician. “We have been working with this jet the longest because the 33rd Fighter Wing was the first unit to receive the F-35 from the test community.” (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 09/19/17)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Contract: CACI-ISS, $14M

CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $14,019,389 modification (P00040) to contract W81K04-13-F-0013 for medical logistics non-personal services in support of Expeditionary and Contingency Medical Materiel Program. Work will be performed in Fayetteville, N.C.; Langley, Va.; Mary Ester, Fla.; Riverside, Colo.; New Hanover Township, N.J.; San Antonio, Texas; North Charleston, S.C.; Frederick, Md.; Belleville, Ill.; Valparaiso, Fla.; Fairfield, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Biloxi, Miss.; Dayton, Ohio; Topeka, Kan.; Willow Grove, Pa.; Spokane, Wash.; Goose Creek, S.C.; and various other Department of Defense and Air National Guard installations, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2018. U.S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/17)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How base coped with Irma

FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Like other military bases with expensive aircraft, Fort Rucker officials had to decide earlier this month when Hurricane Irma was started tracking up the west coast of Florida whether to evacuate helicopters or dismantle the blades and put them in a hangar. It was a situation that changed day to day, but in the end no aircraft were damaged and training was allowed to continue after the storm passed. Fort Rucker, in southeast Alabama near Enterprise and Dothan, is the only Army unit that trains aviators – some 4,000 each year from 20 countries. (Source: Rotor & Wing International, 09/19/17) The Navy also trains military helicopter pilots at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, southwest of Fort Rucker in Milton, Fla.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Contract: Jacobs, $480M

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is awarded a competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for test, evaluation and certification support services. The face value of this action is $480,000,000 (contract ceiling). The minimum guarantee of $10,000 will be satisfied through the issuance of Task Order 0001, which will coincide with contract award and will be funded by fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation appropriations. Primary performance will be at Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command Headquarters, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and DISA Headquarters, Ft. Meade, Md., with incidental performance at other locations worldwide. Proposals were solicited via FedBizOpps and three proposals were received. The period of performance for the base period is Sept. 21, 2017 through Sept. 20, 2019 with three, one-year option periods and one six-month option period through March 20, 2023. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity. (HC1028-17-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/19/17) (DoD reported 09/21/17 that the award was mistakenly announced 09/19/17 and should have been announced 09/21/17)

HC-144A fleet hits milestone

The HC-144 aircraft, manufactured by Airbus and operated by the United States Coast Guard as the Ocean Sentry fleet, has reached a milestone 100,000 hours of flight. In eight years of service with the USCG, the HC-144A fleet has been involved in 3,500 search and rescue missions saving 620 lives, and supported 8,400 law enforcement missions including 890 drug interdiction missions. The fleet played an important role in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The milestone will be commemorated by Airbus and the USCG Friday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. during a ceremony at the Airbus Defense & Space facility near Mobile Regional Airport, where Airbus maintains the fleet for the USCG. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/17) Previous Airbus

Hurlburt maintainers win award

The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., was among the winners of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. The awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon systems and military equipment maintenance. The Hurlburt team was one of two units to win in the large field-level category. Four other awards were given in the medium and small categories. One of the six organizations will be selected as winner of the Phoenix Award, given to the best of the best field-level maintenance units. (Source: DoD, 09/19/17)

Monday, September 18, 2017

1,500 Airbus jets serving N.A.

MOBILE, Ala. -- The number of in-service Airbus commercial aircraft in North America reached a new high of 1,500 following the delivery of an A321 to American Airlines on Friday. The company delivered its first North American-operated aircraft to U.S.-based Eastern Airlines in 1977 and has gone on to tally more than 2,000 orders with 25 airline companies and lessors in the region. A celebration was held at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile with delivery teams from American Airlines and Airbus marking the milestone. American Airlines operates more Airbus passenger aircraft than any other airline in the world. American Airlines, which took its first Airbus jets in 1988 and 1989, now has 416 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, with another 122 on order. Airbus has globally received 17,287 orders across its product line, with more than 10,000 delivered. Over the next 20 years, Airbus predicts that more than 5,900 new aircraft will be required in North America. (Source: Airbus, 09/18/17) Previous

Northrop buying Orbital ATK

Defense powerhouse Northrop Grumman said Monday it is acquiring space-focused Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion, a deal that will give Northrop a major role in space and missiles. Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., makes rocket motors and designs and produces launch vehicles. The deal comes as the Pentagon increasingly looks at space as a battle front. It gives Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman missile, satellite and rocket capabilities. The Orbital purchase ranks as the largest defense deal since Lockheed Martin bought Sikorsky from United Technologies Corp. Orbital and ATK merged in 2014. (Sources: multiple, including Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, 09/18/17) Gulf Coast note: Both companies have activities in the Gulf Coast region.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Contract: M1 Support, $387M

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $387,037,012 hybrid contract (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-award-fee and fixed-price-incentive) for maintenance services supporting the Army entry level and advanced as well as Air Force Advanced Rotary Aviation Training mission at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2027. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $387,037,012 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9124G-17-C-0104). (Source: DoD, 09/15/17)

Contract: Harris, $11.3M

Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an $11,277,688 modification (P00766) to previously awarded contract for Eglin Beam Steer Sustainment Project Beam Steering Calibrate and Monitor Console Replacement project. Contractor will improve the sustainment posture of the project for the Eglin Army and Navy fixed position ground radar search AN/FPS-85 radar, which includes the design, procurement, fabrication, integration, installation, and testing to ensure supportability through 2030 and the development and installation of a temporary Y Switch. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2019. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1 1,277,688 are being obligated at time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/14/17)

Airbus Mobile marks milestone

50th shipset includes message from Europe.
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has reached a key milestone as it has received the 50th shipset of major component assemblies just two years after taking delivery of the first shipset. The components will eventually become the 50th Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S., this one an A321 for Delta Air Lines. A shipset includes front and aft fuselage sections, a vertical and horizontal tailplane, and wings. The components are manufactured in various facilities around Europe using parts and systems from around the world, including the United States. They are brought together and shipped from Hamburg, Germany, to the Port of Mobile and transported by road to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Since production began in 2015, Airbus has delivered 37 aircraft from Mobile to four customers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Spirit. The facility will produce four aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition to Mobile, Airbus delivers A320 series aircraft from Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China. (Source: Airbus, 09/15/17)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wing getting new leader

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Col. David Morris will assume command of Training Air Wing 5 during a change of command ceremony at the Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He replaces Navy Captain Mark Murray during the Friday 2 p.m. ceremony. Murray will retire from naval service after a 26-year career. Morris, a former member of the Blue Angels who was a prior enlisted Marine, was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1996. In August 2000, he reported to the Blue Angels to fly "Fat Albert," the squadron’s C-130. He comes to NAS Whiting Field from duty at the Pentagon. Morris will now be responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time worldwide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TRAWING -5 annually. Capt. Douglas Rosa will become the new Deputy Commodore of TRAWING-5. (Source: Whiting Field, 09/12/17)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $8.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,769,892 for modification P00048 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0114) for recurring logistics services of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Support to be provided includes delivery of material (26,171 items) for depot stand-up and activation. The material delivered supports the Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in in September 2019. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (45 percent); Marine Corps (24 percent); Navy (13 percent); non-DoD participants (14 percent); and FMS customers (4 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Land deal delayed

PENSACOLA, Fla. – County leaders say a land swap involving Escambia County and the Navy will likely be delayed another two years because of issues with the grass on the land being prepared for the Navy. The Navy requires two years of ground covering growth before it can use it as an outlying field. The county bought the grass seed but the grading wasn’t ready in time, officials said. The county wants to use land in Beulah, the current site of the Navy’s Outlying Field 8, as a commercial park. The Navy agreed to swap the land for a 650-acre site, currently called Outlying Field X, in neighboring Santa Rosa County that is now owned by Escambia County. The county hopes to build on the success of Navy Federal’s large campus in Beulah. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/13/17)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Contract: URS Federal, $49.2M

URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., has been awarded a $49,157,150 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for rotary-wing flight instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work will be performed in Daleville, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W9124G-17-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 09/12/17)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Contract: DynCorp Int., $160.4M

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $160,405,017 for modification 00032 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract (N00019-15-D-0003) for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34 Mentor, 54 T-44 Pegasus, and 287 T-6 Texan aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. (39 percent); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations throughout the U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/17) (Note: DoD corrected the amount of the contract 10/17/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.5M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,461,238 for modification to previously issued delivery order N0001917F0108 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This modification procures additional verification and validation system support for country-specific mission data files for the foreign military sales customer’s operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Point Mugu, Calif. (75 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Pratt & Whitney, $8.7M

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded an $8,672,257 requirements contract for engineering and technical services for F-15/F-16 aircraft engines. Engineering and technical services will be provided by the original manufacturer to elevate the technical expertise of maintainers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz.; Toledo, Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and in seven countries, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Taiwan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 15, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8604-17-D-8005). (Source: DoD, 09/11/17)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Contract: Engility, $49M

Engility Corporation, Andover, Mass., has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. This contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with the ordering period expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2022. This is a competitive award under broad agency announcement FA8651-17-S-0064, and fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,300 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8651-17-D-0096). (Source: DoD, 09/08/17)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Contract: Raytheon, $8M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,078,874 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development test mission support including, test planning, test operations, test reporting, and telemetry analysis. This contract modification provides for exercise of the first option, for an additional 12 months of services to support ground tests, captive flight tests, and live fire tests conducted for developmental purposes, up to and including operational test readiness reviews. The effort also encompasses management and maintenance of AMRAAM separation test vehicles and other assets used for the test programs. The work performed under this option is expected to be complete by Sept. 5, 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 (FA8675-16-C-0067). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $38.6M

Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $38,600,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the System Improvement Program 3- Engineering Manufacturing, Development. This contract provides an incremental software solution for AIM-120D missiles to improve its performance against rapidly advancing threats. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Jan. 5, 2021. 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 (FA8675-17-C-0001). (Awarded Sept. 5, 2017). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UTC buys Rockwell Collins

United Technologies Corp. has acquired Rockwell Collins for a total transaction value of $30 billion, including Rockwell Collins' net debt, Rockwell Collins said. A new business unit, Collins Aerospace Systems, will be created when the transaction is completed. Kelly Ortberg will remain as CEO, and UTC Aerospace Systems President Dave Gitlin will serve as president and COO. (Source: Aviation Today, 09/05/17) Gulf Coast note: UTC Aerospace Systems has an operation in Foley, Ala.

Pathfinder to barge to MAF

A full-scale model of a Space Launch System core stage was recently completed at a plant in North Alabama and will soon be shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The steel article was assembled at G&G Steel’s facility in Cordova. Radiance Technologies and Dynetics were contracted by NASA to build the Pathfinder, and G&G Steel performed the final welding and assembly. It will be delivered by barge using the Black Warrior River to New Orleans sometime in the next month. NASA will use the Pathfinder at MAF, Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to practice handling a fully assembled SLS core stage before they have to start doing it with the real thing as early as next year. (Source: NASA Spaceflight, 09/05/17)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Contract: PAE Aviation, $17.3M

PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC., Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $17,285,759 modification (P00027) to a previously awarded contract for functional and quality assurance support for the aerial targets program, which directly supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group in the developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles for F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15 aircrafts. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Acquisition Management and Integration Center Contracting, Langley Air Force Base, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-15-C-0018). (Source: DoD, 09/01/17)

NASA awards contract option

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA has exercised the first option year under its existing contract with CSRA of Falls Church, Va. This is a one-year option period for the continuation of financial management, human resources, procurement, information technology and agency business services to NASA. The option increases the existing NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) support contract by more than $60 million and provides services through Sept. 30, 2023. The contract is administered by the NSSC at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The NSSC performs select business activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/SSC, 09/01/17)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fifth controller tested at SSC

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire testing today for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, including Mars. The space agency capped off summer testing with a 500-second hot fire of a fifth RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 Test Stand. The controller serves as the “brain” of the engine, communicating with SLS flight computers to ensure engines are performing at needed levels. NASA tested the first flight controller unit in March. The flight controller tests are critical preparation for upcoming SLS flights to deep space– the uncrewed Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which will serve as the first flight for the new rocket carrying an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, and EM-2, which will transport a crew of astronauts aboard Orion. (Source: NASA, 08/30/17) Previous

Friday, August 25, 2017

2nd AF gets new commander

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of the 2nd Air Force during a change of command ceremony Aug. 23 at Keesler. The 2nd Air Force provides training for more than 265 Air Force specialties for 150,000 Defense Department and international student graduates per year. Leahy will be responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training, and advanced technical training of all enlisted members and support officers. Leahy comes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from duty as commander of the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and vice commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (Source: 81st Training Wing 08/24/17)

Spirit gets Mobile-built A320

MOBILE, Ala. – Spirit Airlines took delivery Friday of the first A320 built in the United States. It was the 37th Airbus jetliner built at the Airbus assembly line, but all previous jetliners were the larger A321. It’s the sixth plane delivered to Spirit at the Mobile center. The yellow passenger jet delivered Friday is the 106th jet in its all-Airbus fleet. Major components for the plane arrived in May from Europe. "With this very first A320 assembled, we recognized another key milestone," said Daryl Taylor, general manager of the Mobile facility. The Airbus assembly line can build the A319, A320 and A321. The plant is on track to produce four jetliners every month. (Source: al.com, 08/25/17) Previous

Thursday, August 24, 2017

UTC Foley opens new facility

FOLEY, Ala. -- UTC Aerospace Systems today unveiled a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility at its campus in Foley. The new facility is in response to rising customer demand for its nacelle systems, according to UTC. The company expects to add up to 260 new jobs at the site, eventually increasing its Foley workforce to more than 1,000. It's expected to be operational by the end of the year. The Foley site assembles nacelles for integration with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine for a number of aircraft platforms, including the Airbus A320neo, Bombardier C Series, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Embraer E-Jet E2. The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sites. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (Source: UTC, 08/24/17) Background article, Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly, April 2016, pages 20-22, UTAS in Foley plays powerful role.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $900M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an approximately $900,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation and risk reduction acquisition phase. The contract supports replacement of the AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed by 2022. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $900M

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an approximately $900,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation and risk reduction acquisition phase. The contract supports replacement of the AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona and is expected to be completed by 2022. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $173M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $172,984,042 for modification P00017 to exercise an option to a previously awarded firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011). This option provides for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering to support and maintain 201 Navy T-45 Goshawk aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment to support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7 percent); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent); and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed September 2018. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: Multiple, $95M

Ashford Leebcor JV LLC, Williamsburg, Va. (N40085-17-D-0357); Civil Works Contracting LLC, Wilmington, N.C. (N40085-17-D-0358); Green-Simmons Co. Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (N40085-17-D-0359); Rand Enterprises Inc., Newport News, Va. (N40085-17-D-0360); SmartATI-KMK JV, Rochester, N.H. (N40085-17-D-0361); and Tikigaq Construction LLC, Wasilla, Alaska (N40085-17-D-0362), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award, design-build, design-bid-build construction contract for construction projects within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT) area of responsibility (AOR). The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all five contracts combined is $95,000,000. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, new construction, renovation, alteration, and repairs for general construction projects. Types of facilities include, but are not limited to warehouses, training facilities, personnel support and service facilities, housing facilities, etc. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Ashford Leebcor JV LLC is being awarded task order 0001 at $594,683 for the track data coordinator trainer space renovation, Building 586 at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach, Va.. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by March 2018. All work on this contract will be performed in the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads IPT AOR, Va.. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of August 2022. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $619,683 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by operations and maintenance (Navy) funding. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 19 proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

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)