Tuesday, October 16, 2018

F-22s damaged; command moved

More than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters were damaged when Hurricane Michael hit Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The F-22s were trapped on the ground because they were in various states of maintenance and repair and had to ride out the Cetegory 4 hurricane in a hangar. As many as 17 of Tyndall’s F-22s might have sustained damage or been destroyed. Each F-22, a single-engine, single-seat fighter, costs $150 million. The rest of the F-22s based at Tyndall were sent to Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: Popular Mechanics, 10/15/18) Meanwhile, headquarters of the First Air Force has shifted to Virgina because of the hurricane. The First Air Force is responsible for air security of the United States. The command will now be run out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. While the move is not permanent, it is expected to remain in Virginia for at least the rest of the year. (Source: Daily Beast, 10/15/18) Previous

Monday, October 15, 2018

Most F-35s resume flights

More than 80 percent of the fleet of F-35 fighter jets in the United States and around the world have cleared engine inspections and are now approved for flights, the Pentagon said on Monday. Last week, all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin were grounded so that fuel tubes could be examined in the wake of a September crash in South Carolina.The Pentagon said it is working closely with United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney, maker of the F-35's engine, to procure more parts to minimize the time it will take for remaining repairs. Jets found without issues were cleared to return to flight. The Air Force, Navy and Marines have more than 240 of the single-seat, single-engine fifth generation flighters. (Source: Reuters, NBCNews, 10/15/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous

Friday, October 12, 2018

F-35 grounded during crash probe

The Pentagon grounded all 245 U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines F-35 fighters on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a jet that crashed in Beaufort, S.C., late last month. Eleven international partners who participated in the program also grounded most of their F-35s. A Navy aircraft mishap board is charged with overseeing the investigation, and they will be conducting a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube inside the engine of the F-35 aircraft, according to military officials. Joe Dellavedova, director of public affairs for the F-35 program, said that they will remove and replace any fuel tubes they suspect might be problematic. Those planes that don't have the problem will be cleared to fly, he said, and they hope to have the inspections completed within 24 to 48 hours. (Source: NBCNews, CNN, 10/11/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous

RS-25 undergoes latest test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A team of operators conducted another successful 500-second RS-25 hot fire on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center (SSC) in South Mississippi on Oct. 11, the fourth in a series that will extend into 2019. Once again, the hot fire features an acceptance test of an RS-25 engine controller for use on a future flight of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Four RS-25 engines, firing simultaneously, will provide a combined 2 million pounds of thrust to help launch the new rocket. NASA has been testing RS-25 engines at SSC for SLS use since early 2015. (Source: NASA/SSC, 10/11/18) Previous

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tyndall takes direct hit

Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla., home of F-22 training, took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael and suffered extensive damage Wednesday. No injuries were reported, but according to the base’s official Facebook page trees and power lines were downed and there was significant structural damage. The base was evacuated before the storm with only a skeleton staff remaining when the hurricane hit. The base, 12 miles southeast of Panama City and northwest of hard-hit Mexico Beach, is home of the 325th Fighter Wing and some 600 military families. As is common practice when hurricanes threaten, the base's aircraft were flown hundreds of miles away as a precaution before the hurricane hit. (Source: Stars and Stripes, 10/10/18) Meanwhile, Gulf Power reported Wednesday that during the peak of the Category 4 hurricane, about 26 percent of customers lost power. "The Gulf Power system held strong from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach," said Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers. "But the hardest hit areas around Panama City may need to be rebuilt from the ground up." (Source: Gulf Power, 10/19/18)

Contract: Orbital Sciences, $791M

Orbital Sciences Corp., Chandler, Ariz., has been awarded a $791,601,015 other-transaction agreement for the development of a Launch System Prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This award is part of a portfolio of three agreements that leverage commercial launch solutions in order to have at least two domestic, commercial launch service providers that meet National Security Space requirements, including the launch of the heaviest and most complex payloads. This agreement requires shared cost investment for the development of the OmegA launch system. Work will be performed in Chandler; Magna and Promontory, Utah; Iuka, Miss.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Sandusky, Ohio; and Michoud (New Orleans), La., with launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.. The work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2024. This award is the result of a full and open competition. This agreement will be incrementally funded with fiscal 2018 through 2024 research, development, test and evaluation funds totaling a maximum of $791,601,015. Fiscal 2018 funds in the amount of $109,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8811-19-9-0002). (Source: DoD, 10/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $164M

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, is being awarded a $164,000,000 contract modification (P00034) to previously awarded, sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed- fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0147-10-D-0001 for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Field Support Contract (TFSC). This modification will increase the total ceiling value from $561,200,000 to $725,200,000. The contractor will continue to perform the same effort under the general scope of the TFSC, which includes logistics performance requirements, forward stationing for theater support, logistics information capabilities, post deployment software support, product assurance, safety, missile support, security and engineering services. This modification will also incorporate the International Engineering Services Program and Field Surveillance Program activity. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala.; Sunnyvale, Calif.; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Troy, Ala.. The ordering period remains from March 25, 2010, through March 31, 2019. This contract was awarded under the sole-source authority pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulations 6302-1, "Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements." No additional funds are being obligated by this modification; fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 operations and maintenance; and procurement funds will be obligated with execution of future task orders. No task orders are being issued at this time. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-10-D-0001). (Awarded Oct. 9, 2018). (Source: DoD, 10/10/18)

Friday, October 5, 2018

HT-18 command changes

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Aaron Brunk turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN (HT-18) to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Kerr, during a change of command ceremony Friday at Naval Air Station Whiting Field Atrium. Under Brunk’s leadership HT-18 flew more than 29,000 flight hours in the completion of more than 16,700 sorties, with 217 student aviators successfully completing the Advanced Helicopter Flight Training syllabus and being designated as Naval Aviators during his command tour. (Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 10/05/18)

New assignment

Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Becklund, who has been selected for the grade of major general, special assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., has been assigned as deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field. (Source: DoD, 10/05/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $390.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $390,792,959 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) lot 16 production for 360 JASSM-extended range, three foreign military sales (FMS) separation text vehicles, one FMS flight test vehicle-live fire and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This award uses fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds and FMS funds. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-19-C-0009). (Source: DoD, 10/05/18)

Contract: Onvoi, $40M

Onvoi LLC, De Funiak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a $39,951,581 contract for base operating services at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. This contract provides for all personnel, supervision, equipment, tools, materials, supplies, test equipment, and other items and services necessary to accomplish supply, vehicle operations and maintenance, traffic management, real property maintenance, fuels management, and airfield management. Work will be performed at March ARB and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 10 offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,106,974 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Reserve Command Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA4664-19-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 10/04/18)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Contract: Boeing, $45M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $45,000,000 modification (P00011) to contract FA8681-14-D-0028 for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) technical support and integration. Boeing will provide JDAM support for studies and analysis, product improvement, upgrades and integration. Work will be performed in St. Louis, and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2019. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/03/18)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Contract: COLSA, $69.6M

COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $69,618,375 modification (P00039) to contract FA2486-16-F-0031 for Technical and Management Advisory Services Command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)/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 AFB, Mass.; Gunter Annex, Ala.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Beale AFB, Calif.; Hill AFB, Utah; Langley AFB, Va.; and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. This modification involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds; production funds; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $17,165,708 will be obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $183,437,730. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/18)

Contract: M1 Support, $12M

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $12,047,564 modification (A00032) to contract FA3002-15-C-0006 for trainer maintenance services. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2019. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $76,720,526. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,023,939 will be obligated at the time of award. The 82nd Contracting Squadron, Sheppard AFB, is the administrative contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/18)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Contract: Northrop, $10M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a $9,967,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare equipment, on-site technical support, repairs, upgrades, and travel. This contract provides for spare parts and technical services to support F-35 Reprogramming Labs. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla; and Linthicum Heights and is expected to be complete by Sept. 27, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $267,487 are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Northrop, $7.7M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.-Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been awarded a $7,680,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare equipment, on-site technical support, repairs, upgrades, and travel. This contract provides for spare parts and technical services to support F-35 reprogramming labs. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and in Buffalo and is expected to be completed by Sept. 28, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $493,741 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0004). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Telspan Data, $46.2M

Telspan Data LLC, Concord, Calif., has been awarded a $46,183,433 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for air data recorders (ADR), ground recorder systems (GRS), data replay systems (DRS) and support services. The contract provides for spare equipment, support services, and improvement of ADR, GRS, and DRS capabilities for use by the operational and test communities in support of the Air Force Test mission. Work will be performed in Concord and multiple continental U.S. military installations, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 28, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,795,985 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0016). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Cherokee Nation, $22M

Cherokee Nation Management and Consulting LLC, Catoosa, Okla., has been awarded a $22,000,000 indefinitely-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for civil engineering support services. The contract provides for responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services including installation engineer technical assistance (requirement planning, development, execution) and other support. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,264,651 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-18-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Webb Electric, $16.5M

Webb Electric Co. of Florida Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a $16,460,695 firm-fixed-price in support of the Airfield Lighting Phase 1&2 construction project. This contract provides all plant, labor, materials, equipment, transportation and supervision necessary to repair Scott Air Force Base, Ill., degraded airfield lighting. Work will be performed at Scott AFB and is expected to be completed November 2019. The award is the result of a source-selection acquisition with five offers received. Fiscal 2018 funds in the amount of $16,460,695 will be obligated at the time of award. 375th Contracting Squadron, Scott AFB, is the contracting activity (FA4407-18-R-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Speegle, $8M

Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded an $8,007,902 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of a new 10,134 sq. ft. two-story addition at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base with an estimated completion date of July 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 military construction funds in the amount of $8,007,902 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-18-C-0026). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: BCI, $13.7M

BCI Construction USA Inc., Pace, Fla., was awarded a $13,731,375 firm-fixed-price contract for headworks intake lifting equipment. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Lancaster, Tenn.; Celina, Tenn.; and Jamestown, Ky., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 15, 2020. Fiscal 2018 river and harbor contributed funds in the amount of $13,731,375 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville, Tenn., is the contracting activity (W912P5-18-C-0019). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Friday, September 28, 2018

F-35 crashes, pilot ejects

The U.S. military suffered its first crash of an F-35 when a Corps F-35B went down Friday at 11:45 a.m. outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. The pilot safely ejected. The cause was not specified and the incident is under investigation. The aircraft, which cost more than $100 million, belonged to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which trains Marine pilots for combat with the F-35. (Source: Washington Post, 09/28/18) In unrelated F-35 news earlier in the week, the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s 65,000-ton re-entry into carrier aviation, marked a historic moment Tuesday when Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell touched down the first F-35B on the deck of the aircraft carrier The ship was on patrolling the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. They were the first two British pilots to land on a British aircraft carrier in eight years and it marked the beginning of the Royal Navy’s developmental trials slated to last about two months. (Source: Defense News, 09/28/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous

Contract: UTC, $209.6M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $209,601,517 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021) for additional long-lead materials, parts, and components in support of F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 13 propulsion systems. This modification is in support of Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $209,601,517 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($73,537,179; 35 percent); Marine Corps ($35,477,475; 17 percent); Navy ($21,888,984; 10 percent); non-DoD participants ($41,929,486; 20 percent); and FMS customers ($36,768,394; 18 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $39.3M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $39,266,691 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for additional long lead-time components, parts, and materials in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II propulsion systems in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy; non-Department of Defense (DoD); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $30,439,813 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($29,054,685; 73.99 percent); Air Force ($582,821; 1.49 percent); Navy ($109,186; 0.28 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($9,228,392; 23.50 percent); and FMS customers ($291,607; 0.74 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $10.8M

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12 additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and B-Kit installation; and five CV-22 IASE advanced mission computer A-Kits. Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pa. (81.9 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (17.7 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (.4 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force) funds in the amount of $10,810,033 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($9,577,130; 88 percent); and Air Force ($1,232,903; 12 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18)

Contract: Arete Associates, $40.4M

Aretè Associates Inc., Northridge, Calif., is awarded a $40,378,366, firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to provide coastal battlefield reconnaissance and analysis (COBRA) systems, COBRA program systems support, and provisioned item orders/spares for the AN/DVS-1 COBRA Block 1 System. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $93,000,000. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (35 percent); Destin, Fla. (35 percent); and Santa Rosa, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2021. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,618,453 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(5), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-5(c)(2): Authorized or Required by Statutes, this is a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award that is derived from, extends, or logically concludes efforts performed under prior SBIR contract N61331-11-C-0007. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-18-D-0012). (Source: DoD, 09/27/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $29.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $29,254,101 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2494 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the procurement of various diminishing manufacturing sources parts to protect deliveries for future F-35 Lightning II lots. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in February 2019. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant; and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $29,254,101 will be obligated at time of award, $10,589,608 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force ($6,353,410; 21.72 percent); Marine Corps ($3,128,028; 10.69 percent); Navy ($1,108,170; 3.79 percent); non-DoD participants ($12,181,209; 41.64 percent); and FMS customers ($6,483,284; 22.16 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $116.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $116,311,183 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2048 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the procurement of 440 low-rate initial production 11 Generation 3 Helmet Mounted Display Systems, oxygen masks, and initial spares in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force (180); Navy (60); Marine Corps (69); non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants (119); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers (12). Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in October 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); non-DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $116,311,183 are being obligated at time of award, $70,826,314 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($47,120,086; 40.5 percent); Navy ($15,711,725; 13.5 percent); Marine Corps ($18,944,511; 16.3 percent); non-DoD participant ($31,599,088; 27.2 percent); and FMS customers ($2,935,773; 2.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.



Contract: Lockheed, $315.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $315,773,716 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive firm contract (N0001918C1048) to procure support equipment for F-35 Lightning low-rate initial production Lot XI aircraft in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (31 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (25 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (13 percent); Hartford, Conn. (12 percent); Melbourne, Australia (8 percent); Rome, Italy (4 percent); Franklin, Ohio (4 percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps); and non-DoD Participant funds in the amount of $315,773,716 are being obligated at time of award, $29,911,537 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($108,665,198; 34.41 percent); Navy ($31,062,358; 9.84 percent); Marine Corps ($5,186,434; 1.64 percent); and non-DoD participants ($170,859,726; 54.11 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Calculex, $46.6M

Calculex Inc., Las Cruces, N.M., has been awarded a $46,623,715 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Data Recorders (ADR) and support services. The contract provides for spare equipment, support services, and improvement of ADR capabilities for use by the operational and test communities in support of the Air Force Test mission. Work will be performed in Las Cruces and multiple continental U.S. military installations, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 27, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $282,795 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-F-2325). (Source: DoD, 09/27/18)

U.S. F-35 used in combat

The United States used an F-35 jet – a Marine Corps F-35B – against a Taliban target in Afghanistan on Thursday, marking the first U.S. combat use of the stealthy plane. The F-35B jet took off from the Wasp-class USS Essex (LHD 2) amphibious assault ship in the Arabian Sea in support of ground clearance operations. The F-35, made by Lockheed Martin Co, comes in three variants - the F-35A conventional take-off and landing model, the F-35B, a short take-off/vertical landing version, and the F-35C, used aboard aircraft carriers. In May, Israel became the first country to use the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat. (Sources: Reuters, Naval Forces Central Command, Popular Mechanics, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Boeing wins T-X contract

The Boeing-Saab partnership has won a $9.2 billion contract to produce the next generation of Air Force training jets. The contract will allow the Air Force to buy up to 475 aircraft and 120 simulators, the Air Force said in a Sept. 27 statement, although the current plan is to buy 351 T-X aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment. Initial operating capability is planned by the end of fiscal 2024, with the first simulators arriving at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in 2023. Full operational capability is projected for 2034. Saab promised that, should the partnership emerge victorious, it would build a new plant in the United States for its T-X work, although a location has not been announced. The other two teams competing for the contract were Leonardo DRS and Lockheed Martin. DRS’ T-100 is based on the Leonardo M-346 trainer, and the company announced its intention to do structural subassembly, final assembly and check out of the aircraft in Tuskegee, Ala., where it would build a new $200 million facility. Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries wanted to build a modified version of KAI’s T-50. Lockheed said that its T-50A would be built in Greenville, S.C., where it also plans to fabricate the F-16 in the future. (Sources: Defense News, Boeing, 09/27/18) Previous

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Contract: QuantiTech, $47.4M

QuantiTech, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $47,352,975 modification (P00080) to contract FA2486-16-F-0034 for Technical and Management Advisory Services range 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.; Arnold AFB, Tenn.; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Hill AFB, Utah; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Eielson AFB, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds; production funds; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $646,620 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $123,653,694. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Torch Technologies, $44.5M

Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $44,456,840 modification (P00068) to contract FA2486-16-F-0030 for Technical and Management Advisory Services Armament support. The contractor will provide additional research, development, technical, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirkland AFB, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,980,727 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $113,184,124. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Bevilacqua Research, $36M

Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $36,081,359 modification (P00059) to contract FA2486-16-F-0033 for Technical and Management Advisory Services Platforms 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.; Duke Field, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Edwards AFB, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 research and development; procurement; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $831,385 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $96,476,260. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Microsoft, $34.4M

Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been awarded a $34,350,473 other transaction agreement under to execute the enterprise information technology as a service network as a service experiment. This agreement provides for experimentation of a secure, reliable, measured, commercial data and voice network in order to enable access to Department of Defense data and applications from DoD facilities, as well as enable access for mobile and remotely located users. Work will be performed in Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Maxwell AFB, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8726-18-9-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: DCS, $16.3M

DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., has been awarded a $16,252,479 modification (P00045) to previously awarded FA2486-16-F-0032 for Technical and Management Advisory Services Electronic Warfare 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.; and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research and development; procurement; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,161,841 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $30,469,693. This modification involves foreign military sales to Belgium, Greece, Iraq, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Multiple, $99M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla. (N69450-18-D-1318); Custom Mechanical Systems Corp., Bargersville, Ind. (N69450-18-D-1319); Dawson Federal Inc., Ponte Vedra, Fla. (N69450-18-D-1320); Windamir Development Inc., McDonough, Ga. (N69450-18-D-1321); Southeast Cherokee Construction Inc., Montgomery, Ala. (N69450-18-D-1322); and Drace Anderson JV, Ocean Springs, Miss. (N69450-18-D-1323), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award design-build construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). The maximum dollar value for the five year ordering period for all six contracts combined is $99,000,000. The work to be performed provides for general building type projects (new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, and repair work) including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities. EMR Inc. is being awarded the initial task order at $9,872,615 for the construction of K-C130J Enlisted Aircrew Training System Facility at Naval Air Station, Joint Readiness Base, Fort Worth, Texas. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by December 2019. All work on this contract will be performed within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR which includes Texas (40 percent); Louisiana (40 percent); and Mississippi (20 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2023. Fiscal 2018 military construction (Navy Reserve); and fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $9,877,615 are obligated on this award; of which $5,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by military construction; operations and maintenance (Navy); and Navy working capital funds. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with 21 proposals received. These six contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: IDSC, $11.9M

IDSC Holdings LLC, doing business as Snap-On Industrial, Kenosha, Wisc., is awarded an $11,924,503 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,482 different brand-name commercial hand tools and toolboxes with a total overall quantity of 158,516 items for Lot 11 low-rate initial production F-35 Lightning II aircraft in support of the Joint Strike Fighter F35A/B/C Tool Control Program. Work will be performed in Kenosha and is expected to be completed in September 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance; fiscal 2018 working capital fund (Navy); and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $11,924,503 will be obligated at time of award, $160,164 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; one offer was received. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($9,565,654; 80.2 percent); and the governments of Israel ($1,174,474; 9.9 percent); Japan ($777,715; 6.5 percent); and Korea ($406,660; 3.4 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-C-0667). (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SSC chalks up new RS-25 test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA stayed right on schedule Tuesday with the third in a series of scheduled RS-25 rocket engine tests at Stennis Space Center. The successful hot fire of RS-25 developmental engine No. 0525 on the A-1 stand met all test objectives and featured several key elements, most notably an acceptance test of an engine flight controller for use by NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The hot fire also represented the seventh test of a 3D-printed pogo accumulator and the third test of a main combustion chamber fabricated using a bonding technique designed to save time and money. The flight controller units are a key component of the RS-25 engine, serving as the “brain” to help it communicate with the rocket and to provide control of its operation and internal health diagnostics. Engineers are testing RS-25 engines to help power the new SLS rocket, built to carry humans deeper into space than ever before, including to the Moon and Mars. Four RS-25 engines will help power the SLS at launch, providing 2 million pounds of combined thrust. (Source: NASA/SSC, 09/25/18) Previous

Navy's VFA-101 to leave Eglin

The Navy plans to deactivate next year the F-35C fleet replacement squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and combine it within VFA-125, the other fleet replacement squadron, at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. Seapower Magazine reports that according to an internal directive dated Sept. 10, the Navy intends to deactivate Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), which trains F-35C instructors, pilots and maintainers, on July 1. VFA-101, a former fleet replacement squadron for the F-14 Tomcat, was reactivated in 2012 and began flying F-35Cs in 2013. (Source: Seapower Magazine 09/24/18) Air Force F-35A instructors, pilots and maintainers also train at Eglin.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Contract: Integrated Solutions, $17.5M

Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $17,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Weapons Effects Simulation Testing effort. This contract provides for research and development concepts and conventional inventory weapon systems. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 27, 2023. This award is the result of a broad agency announcement. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $50,000 is being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0023/FA8651-18-F-0027). (Source: DoD, 09/24/18)

Contract: Global Connections, $13M

Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is awarded $13,028,622 for modification P00010 to extend the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-17-C-0005) to exercise option period two for full food and mess attendant services in support of Naval Air Station, Pensacola; and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and mess attendant services in support of Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. The contract includes a one-month base period, two 12-month option periods, one 11-month option period, and a six-month extension option, which if all options are exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $45,737,677. Work will be performed in Pensacola (60 percent); Eglin AFB, (20 percent); and Gulfport (20 percent), and work is expected to be completed by September 2019. If all options on the contract are exercised, work will be completed by February 2021. Subject to the availability of funds, fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,028,622 will be incrementally funded throughout year, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole-source procurement under the AbilityOne Program (Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 8.704). with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/18)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Contract: L3 Vertex, $16.3M

L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $16,332,950 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N61340-17-D-0005) to exercise an option to provide for intermediate level maintenance, repair, and logistics services in support of the Chief of Naval Aircraft Training aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (50 percent); NAS Corpus Christi, Texas (45 percent); and NAS Whiting Field, Fla. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/18)

Contract: EMR, $16M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $15,990,000 for a firm-fixed-price contract for an addition/alteration to an existing commissary at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The contract is for a 539 calendar day period based on the issuance of the notice to proceed which is expected in November 2018. Offers were solicited via full and open competition, and three offers were received. The contracting activity is the Defense Commissary Agency, Enterprise Acquisition Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas (HDEC03-18-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/20/18)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Contract: CAE USA, $25.4M

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $25,352,844 modification (P00022) to contract W911S0-15-C-0003 for fixed-wing courses, academic and flight simulator, flight training and support services. Work will be performed in Dothan, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 9, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of $25,352,844 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/18)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

New A321 uses renewable fuel

A321 with renewable fuel takes off Wednesday
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ A320 series production facility in South Alabama will deliver its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel on Thursday. The JetBlue A321 flew today with the renewable fuel mixture and is scheduled to depart Mobile tomorrow with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. In total, five A321s are due to be delivered to JetBlue from Mobile using sustainable fuel by the end of 2018. All of the fuel will be supplied and certified by Air BP. It will be loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support, Airbus’ fueling services provider in Mobile. Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of taking delivery of new aircraft from Toulouse, France, using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. Following the deliveries to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the U.S. Southeast. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/18) Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional jet-A fuel, with no difference in performance or safety. Thousands of commercial flights have flown on different types of renewable jet fuel.

Contract: DynCorp Int, $173.2M

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $173,174,040 for modification P00041 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, labor hour, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0003). This modification provides organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34, 54 T-44, and 287 T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Milton, Fla. (39 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations within the continental U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/18)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Moss Point flight testing MQ-8Cs

MQ-8C takes off in Moss Point, Miss.
Northrop Grumman photo
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Northrop Grumman recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region's aerospace economy. The plant is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the Navy's newest autonomous helicopter that is bringing increased speed, endurance and payload capacity to maritime operations. The Navy recently completed initial operational test and evaluation aboard the USS Coronado (LCS 4) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has over 1,500 program flight hours. The aircraft is a modified Bell 407 helicopter, and final assembly is done in Moss Point at a 101,000-square-foot plant that opened in 2006 and now works on the Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned systems and does subassembly work for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. "Building on Northrop Grumman's recent announcement of new production capabilities in Moss Point and a 40 percent increase in employment at the site, the ability to now conduct MQ-8C Fire Scout flight tests where the production occurs will bring new efficiencies and effectiveness to our local operations and improve our ability to serve the U.S. Navy," said Melissa Packwood, program director, Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/14/18) Previous: MQ-8C being tested on LCS; Plant expanding, adds F-35 work

Friday, September 14, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $88M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $88,029,912 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price contract (N0001918C1048). This modification exercises an option for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot XI support equipment for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (31 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (25 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (13 percent); Hartford, Conn. (12 percent); Melbourne, Australia (8 percent); Rome, Italy (4 percent); Franklin, Ohio (4 percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $88,029,912 will be obligated at time of award, $45,158,482 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, 09/14/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: MS Dpt Rehab Svc, $7.4M

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $7,397,000 modification (P00005) to exercise an option on contract FA3010-18-C-0007 for full food services. The location of performance is Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,397,000 will be obligated when they become available. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/14/18)

Contract: UTC, $266M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $266,062,462 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract for the procurement of program administrative labor for non-recurring sustainment activities; supplies, services and planning for depot activations; material and support equipment for depot maintenance facilities and mockup engines and modules for test cells in support of F-35 Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is expected to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $266,062,462 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($83,646,823, 31 percent); Marine Corps ($43,446,086, 16 percent); Navy ($32,271,482, 12 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($99,075,389; 37 percent); and FMS ($7,662,682; 3 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1069). (Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $187.6M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $187,553,466 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for fiscal 2018 Initial Spare Modules, Parts and Afloat/Deployment Spares Package in support of the F135 Lot 12 Propulsion Production contract. This modification provides for the procurement of initial spare common fan modules, augmentors, power and gearbox modules, engine nozzles, lift fans and clutches in support of in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $187,553,466 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for Marine Corps ($67,324,338, 36 percent); Air Force ($44,322,884, 24 percent); Navy ($1,071,466, 1 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($57,460,076; 31 percent); and FMS ($17,374,702; 9 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: EMR, $7.1M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $7,137,000 for firm-fixed-price task order N6945018F1034 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-17-D-0507) for repairs and modifications to Building 484 at Naval Support Activity, Panama City. The work to be performed provides for comprehensive repairs and modifications to the building shell, fire protection systems, fire exits and all interior areas associated with these components. The work also includes removal and installation of a new standing seam roof and removal and replacement of windows. Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be completed by September 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $7,137,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/18)

Contract: Multiple, $49M

Seaside Engineering & Surveying LLC, Baker, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0082); Gustin, Cothern & Tucker, Niceville, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0083); Joyner Keeny PLLC, Rocky Mount, N.C. (W91278-18-D-0084); Maptech Inc., Jackson, Miss. (W91278-18-D-0085); Merrick & Co., Greenwood Village, Colo. (W91278-18-D-0086); SurvTech Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0088); and Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio (W91278-18-D-0090), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services for survey and mapping. Bids were solicited via the internet with 42 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 12, 2021. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Flight Works Alabama breaks ground

MOBILE, Ala. – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the Mobile Aeroplex, marking the start of construction of the Flight Works Alabama education center. The $6.5 million hands-on center will be near the Airbus manufacturing facility. “The future of our state begins right here,” said Gov. Kay Ivey about the hands-on learning center. It’s designed to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people. Jeff Knittel, Airbus Americas chairman and CEO, said what the industry needs is a workforce not only for today, but one ready for the future, and the center will help in a fun, creative way. The center, in addition to interactive exhibits, will host educational opportunities for adults. Nine educational partners – Auburn University, Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, and the University of West Alabama – have signed on to provide courses. The center is due to open in late 2019. Close to 200 people attended the groundbreaking. (Source: GCAC, 09/12/18) Previous: More details on education center; Education center announced

Monday, September 10, 2018

Contract: L3, $202.9M

L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $202,936,338 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment for flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Contract: Boeing, $14M

The Boeing Co. Defense, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $14,073,337 undefinitized contract for Small Diameter Bomb I focused lethality munition production assets. This contract provides for GBU-39 A/B weapons, and single weapon shipping/storage containers. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by September 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds in the amount of $7,036,669 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-18-C-0014). (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $51M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $51,078,802, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR). This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software. JASSM-XR will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future production baseline engineering change proposal. This effort will concurrently mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to support future JASSM-XR production cut in. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,898,622 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-18-C-0009). (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Skyborne opens in Gulf County

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – Skyborne Technology, Inc., a designer and developer of manned and unmanned next generation aviation systems, has opened a manufacturing facility in Gulf County in Northwest Florida. Skyborne said it chose the area to have access to employ manned and unmanned aircraft pilots, skilled manufacturing labor for composites, aircraft aluminum and high bulletproof fabrics. A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Gulf County Industrial Park near Wewahitchka, where the company will unveil its airship and drone technology for its target markets, including agriculture, communications, education, defense, border security, and more. The company plans to create up to 100 jobs. Warren Yeager of the Gulf County Economic Development Coalition said the county has been working on the project for months. (Sources: Area Development, sUASNews, 09/10/18)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Contract: Multiple, $103.4M

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z067); CACI Inc. – Federal, Chantilly, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z068); Science Application International Corp., Reston, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z069); Capstone Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z070); and Serco Inc., Herndon, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z071) are being awarded an estimated $103,355,805 multiple award of cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide technical support services for functions such as chief information officer strategic support; data and information management; engineering support; information technology system support; network support; information assurance/cyber security; enterprise business intelligence/enterprise business analytics; software analysis; hardware maintenance and development; and business process reengineering in support of the deputy chief of naval operations (DCNO) manpower, personnel, training and education domain comprised of the DCNO, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. The contracts will run concurrently and will include a 36-month base ordering period and one 36-month optional ordering period which if exercised, the total value of this contract will be $213,173,626. The base ordering period of the contract is expected to be completed by September 2021; if all options are exercised, the ordering period will be completed by September 2024. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (45 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (27 percent); Arlington, Va. (10 percent); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (16 percent); and various contractor facilitates (2 percent). Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated ($10,000 on each of the five contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts) and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504. The requirement was solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website, with fifteen offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Va.; and Contracting Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. (Source: 09/07/18)

Military tech center gets grant

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County commissioners accepted a $95,000 grant for a new military technology center during a meeting Wednesday. The grant is from the Florida Defense Support Task Force and was obtained through efforts by the Bay Defense Alliance (BDA). The grant will go toward a feasibility study on an Expeditionary Innovation Center near Naval Support Activity Panama City and support the base’s science lab Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division. The “neutral facility” will be outside the base fence, to better collaborate with local universities and modeled after similar military tech innovation hubs in Fort Walton Beach and Tampa. (Source: News Herald, 09/05/18)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

NASA has another RS-25 test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA conducted a full-duration 500-second test of an RS-25 engine flight controller Thursday in South Mississippi. It marked the sixth test of a 3D-printed pogo accumulator assembly, a component that dampens potential engine propellant pressure oscillations that can cause a rocket to become unstable in flight. In addition, it was the second test of an RS-25 main combustion chamber fabricated using a bonding technique called hot isostatic pressing (HIP), which saves considerable time and money over more traditional methods. The hot fire was on the A-1 test stand at SSC, which has been conducting RS-25 engine and component tests since January 2015. NASA began testing RS-25 flight controller units on the stand in March 2017. RS-25 engines were use on the space shuttle, but are modified for use on NASA’s Space Launch System. (Source: NASA/SSC, 09/06/18) Previous

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Contract: Hydraulics In't, $43.6M

Hydraulics International Inc., Chatsworth, Calif., is awarded a $43,599,667 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 305 MHU-83D production units, truck, lift, aerial stores loaders for ordnance/store loading operations on AV-8B, F/A-18, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and F-35 B/C aircraft in support of the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Chatsworth and is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,848,343 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-D-0009) (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $39.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $39,223,382 for modification P00006 to the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee fiscal 2018 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter annual sustainment contract (N00019-18-C-1041). This modification provides for additional software sustainment and flight test support for Air Systems used by the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Services to be provided include support to maintain, update, release, and deliver air systems software, as well as support for F-35 flight test operations. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (43 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (41 percent); and Fort Worth (16 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) funds; and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $39,223,382 will be obligated at time of award; $31,429,694 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($15,714,454; 40.06 percent); Marine Corps ($7,857,620; 20.03 percent); Navy ($7,857,620; 20.03 percent); and non-DoD participants ($7,793,688; 19.88 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Awarded Aug. 31, 2018) (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: General Atomics, $15M

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Poway, Calif., was awarded a $50,000 minimum, $15,000,000 maximum, sole source Indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (H92403-18-D-0006) with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items for integration and testing support for Medium Altitude, Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) MQ-9 and MQ-1C Special Operations Forces peculiar (SOF-p) modifications; procurement of GA-ASI developed and produced aircraft modification kits; and analysis and studies to inform future decisions on potential MALET MQ-9 and MQ-1C SOF-p modifications. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $482,441 are being obligated at time of award. The work will be performed in Poway, and is expected to be completed by September 2023. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., was chosen in November 2017 to host an MQ-9 wing, and Hurlburt Field, Fla., was chosen in May 2018 to host an MQ-9 squadron.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $81M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-35 Lightning III aircraft, including afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change kits, and associated consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (6.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.9 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps), funds in the amount of $81,030,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($44,052,000; 54 percent); and the Marine Corps ($36,978,000; 46 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $10.5M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $10,529,891 firm-fixed-price order (F2649) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-8008) to implement Engineering Change Proposal 11ZR034R1 for the retrofit of 14 three bearing swivel module units for Marine Corps F-35 Lightening II. aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (80 percent); and Oklahoma City, Okla. (20 percent), and is expected to be complete in August 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $10,529,891 will be obligated at the 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, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $10.2M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $10,165,914 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification provides for F-35 support equipment fleet modernization efforts to include the procurement of support equipment and associated site activation labor in support of the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Marine Corps.); 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy); 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $10,165,914 will be obligated at time of award, $3,304,578 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($2,691,305, 26 percent); Air Force ($2,589,823, 25 percent); Marine Corps ($1,038,291, 10 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($3,263,728; 32 percent); and FMS ($582,767; 6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $17.6M

Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded $17,559,000 for firm-fixed-price task order N6945018F0727 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-16-D-1109) for the renovation of the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Building 101 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The work to be performed provides for renovation, to include demolition, of the north half of the space and quarterdeck (Area A) and renovation of the south half of the space (Area B) of Building 101 administrative areas. Project also includes construction of a vestibule at the main entrance with incidental site work. The contractor shall provide the labor, supervision, engineering materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies and transportation to perform all work described in the request for proposal. The task order also contains one planned modification, which if issued would increase the cumulative task order value to $17,615,859. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to be completed by January 2021. Fiscal 2018 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $17,559,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity (N69450-16-D-1109). (Source: DoD, 08/30/18)

Contract: Harper, $30.8M

Harper Construction Co. Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded $30,817,653 for firm-fixed-price task order N6247318F4873 under a previously awarded, multiple award construction contract (N62473-18-D-5853) for construction of a F-35 simulator facility at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The facility will support six full mission simulators and support spaces including administrative, classroom, and conferences spaces. The building will also include space for other training devices as required by the Marine Corps weapons systems planning document and be in compliance with intelligence community technical specifications. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2020. Fiscal 2018 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $30,817,653 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center

Contract: UTC, $118.2M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded not-to-exceed $118,219,503 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for initial spares, including four F135-PW-600 (STOVL) engines for the Marine Corps; one power module and gearbox; four lift fan modules; and eight drive shafts in support of the Marine Corps’ low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $118,219,503 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $250.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $250,438,817 modification to a previously awarded, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification definitizes pricing for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 11 production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (27.68 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (17.21 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom,(14.04 percent); Orlando, Fla. (8.86 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8.55 percent); San Diego, Calif. (4.42 percent); Baltimore, Md. (3.31 percent); Marietta, Ga. (2.73 percent); Turin, Italy (1.40 percent); Rochester, United Kingdom (1.38 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (0.70 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (0.64 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (0.63 percent); Papendrecht, Netherlands (0.61 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (0.56 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (0.54 percent); Irvine, Calif. (0.53 percent); Arlington, Texas (0.53 percent); Valencia, Calif. (0.53 percent); British Columbia, Canada, (0.52 percent); Camden, N.J. (0.39); Garden Grove, Calif. (0.37); Cheltenham, United Kingdom, (0.27); Hauppauge, N.Y. (0.25 percent); Kjeller, Norway (0.23 percent); Grand Rapids, Mich. (0.22 percent); Clearfield, Utah (0.22 percent); St. Charles, Mo. (0.19 percent); Tempe, Ariz. (0.17 percent); Williston, Vt. (0.16 percent); Avon, Mass. (0.16 percent); Wichita, Kan. (0.16 percent); Inglewood, Calif. (0.13 percent); Sarasota, Fla. (0.13 percent); Kongsberg, Norway (0.12 percent); Plano, Texas (0.12 percent); Helena, Mont. (0.11 percent); Eskisehir, Turkey (0.11 percent); City of Industry, Calif. (0.10 percent); Montmorency, Australia (0.10 percent); and other locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (0.92 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); international partner; and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $250,438,817 will be obligated at time of award, $168,038,355 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchase for the Air Force ($86,299,673; 34.46 percent); Marine Corps ($44,887,147; 17.92 percent); Navy ($36,851,534; 14.71 percent); Foreign Military Sales customers ($41,216,398; 16.46 percent); and international partners ($41,184,065; 16.45 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $805.3M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a ceiling price $805,318,853 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract to provide the design, development, fabrication, test, verification, certification, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A unmanned aerial refueling vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing to provide an initial operational capability to the Navy. The work will be performed in St. Louis (45.5 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (6.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.1 percent); Quebec, Canada (3.1 percent); Palm Bay, Fla. (2.3 percent); San Diego, Calif. (1.5 percent); and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (37.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $79,050,820 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; three offers were received. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1012). (Source: DoD, 08/30/18) Gulf Coast note: The Navy conducts primary aviation training in the Gulf Coast region.

MAF-built EM-2 vessel in Florida

Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans completed construction on the spacecraft capsule structure that will return astronauts to the Moon. It was shipped to Florida and arrived last week at Kennedy Space Center. It is now undergoing final assembly. The capsule structure, or pressure vessel, for NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft was welded together over the last seven months by Lockheed Martin technicians and engineers at the NASA New Orleans facility. The EM-2 mission in mid-2022 will be its first flight with astronauts on board, taking them farther into the solar system than ever before. The first pressure vessel for EM-1, which will be used in an unmanned flight, was also built at Michoud and sent to Kennedy for final assembly. (Sources: multiple, including Orlando Sentinel, Virginia Pilot, (08/28/18) Previous

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Contract: Rockhill Group, $8.4M

The Rockhill Group, Molino, Fla., has been awarded an $8,430,746 firm-fixed-price modification (P00020) to contract (FA4890-16-C-0011) for the air-to-ground intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance contract. The contract modification is for exercising Option Year Two. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $76,627,660. Work will be performed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Hancock Field, N.Y.; March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and Creech AFB, Nev. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019 for this option period. Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

Contract: PAE Aviation, $17.9M

PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $17,865,292 modification to contract FA4890-15-C-0018. Contractor will provide 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 the F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $17,865,292 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

Contract: Booz Allen, $17.6M

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is awarded $17,559,070 for a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, one-year task order (M95494-18-F-0009) under a previously awarded General Services Administration (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract (GS00Q14OADU108) for Marine Corps Installations Command Headquarters directorate wide professional services. The services procured include: program management; logistics program support; information technology program support; operations support; planning support; government and external affairs support; facilities support; and enterprise content management support. This task order includes four one-year option periods, which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this task order to $82,262,555. Work will be performed at McLean (54 percent); Arlington, Va. (35 percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan (4 percent); New Orleans, La. (2 percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. (2 percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (2 percent); and Charleston, S.C. (1 percent). Work is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2019. If all options are exercised, work will continue through Aug. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $1,573,147 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This task order was competitively solicited via GSA OASIS, with three proposals received. The Marine Corps Installations Command, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

Gulf Power passing on savings

Solar pnels at NAS Whiting Field Holley OLF
Gulf Power photo
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Gulf Power today filed an agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission seeking approval to reduce rates for 2019 and beyond by some $9.6 million on an annual basis. This reduction reflects the remaining tax savings resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Of that amount, $3.8 million will benefit businesses and industrial customers, including Northwest Florida's military bases. Renewables, like solar fields, also put downward pressure on rates. (Source: Gulf Power, 08/29/18)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Bell closes Lafayette plant

LAFAYETTE, La. – Bell Helicopters is shutting down its operation at the Lafayette Regional Airport. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) said the state’s contract with Bell was being terminated due to underperformance. LED provided $26 million in funding to the manufacturer in 2013 to establish an assembly base in the state. The facility was initially supposed to be the final assembly line for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X but later transitioned to the 525 cabin subassembly facility. Part of the agreement was that Bell would create 115 new direct jobs. Bell renegotiated the contract last year to bring that number down to 95. But Bell currently employs 22 full-time workers at the site. The work done in Lafayette will be done now in Amarillo, Texas. LED is seeking to be repaid $16 million. (Sources: KLFY, Helicopter Investor, 08/23/18, Acadiana Advocate, 08/24/18) Lafayette is about two hours west of New Orleans along Interstate 10.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Contract: BAE Systems, $83.5M

BAE Systems, Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is awarded an $83,479,530 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This level of effort contract provides up to a maximum of 1,012,800 hours of direct labor support services. Tasking includes maintenance, integrated logistic support, management, life cycle sustainment, and the upgrade of current systems; such as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance system; using new and emerging technologies in support of the Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. Work will be performed in California, Md. (38 percent); Chesapeake, Va. (26 percent); Spring Lake, N. C. (9 percent); San Diego, Calif. (7 percent); Pranzer Kaserne, Germany (4 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (3 percent); Fort Bliss, Texas (3 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (3 percent); Fort Campbell, Ky. (2 percent); Fort Lewis, Wash. (2 percent); Homestead, Fla. (1 percent); Fort Carson, Colo. (1 percent); and Camp Lejeune, N.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2023. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, with two offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00421-18-D-0062). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

Contract: Technical Systems, $10.6M

Technical Systems Integration Inc., Chesapeake, Va., is awarded a $10,585,142 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot-level repair, overhaul, and modification for the MK-105 magnetic minesweeping gear. The MK105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System is a high-speed catamaran hydrofoil platform which is towed behind the MH-53E helicopter and is used to sweep magnetic influence mines. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $54,044,081. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by August 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,657,763 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City Beach, is the contracting activity (N61331-18-D-0011). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

Contract: MSE Group, $10M

MSE Group LLC, San Antonio, Texas, is awarded a maximum amount $10,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for professional hazardous material and waste management environmental compliance and engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). A task order in the amount of $15,659 is being awarded to prepare Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act Sections 312 and 313 regulatory requirements for reporting year 2018 at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by July 2019. All work on this contract will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps installations in the NAVFAC Southeast AOR. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of August 2023. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $15,659 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). This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-18-D-0119). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

F-35 nose gear collapses

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An Air Force F-35A that returned to base after an in-flight emergency was photographed with its nose pointed down after its nose gear collapsed while it was on the flight line. The plane from the 58th Fighter Squadron had the ground incident after noon Wednesday, according to the 33rd Fighter Wing. Nobody was injured. The flight line is near the runway Eglin shares with the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. No commercial traffic was affected. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is under way. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/22/18)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Contract: Boeing, $8.2M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $8,192,003 firm-fixed-price contract for five Automated System Test Set Trailers and spares. Work will be performed in St. Louis and will be completed by Aug. 20, 2020. Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $8,192,003 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-18-C-0007). (Source: DoD, 08/22/18)

Airman getting Medal of Honor

A Hurlburt Field airman who gave his life on the battlefield will be recognized Wednesday for his sacrifice. Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Air Force video of his March 2002 battle in Afghanistan shows Chapman and his reconnaissance team. They engaged the enemy in the rescue of a Navy petty officer who'd fallen from the chopper they were on, landing on an enemy-infested mountain top. Despite being wounded in the rescue, Chapman continued to fight, ultimately losing his life. During that battle 16 years ago, seven service members lost their lives in a battle that lasted more than an hour. Chapman becomes the 19th airman to win the nation’s highest military honor, and the first airman since the Vietnam era. (Source: WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/20/18)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Contract: Kratos, $109M

Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a $108,959,357 firm-fixed-price contract, for Lot 14-16 production and contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Sacramento and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $27,094,365 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678‐18‐C‐0002). (Source: DoD, 08/21/18)

Whiting gets new energy award

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - The Department of Energy recognized NAS Whiting Field this week for its contributions to energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy technologies. Selected earlier this month as the Department of the Navy’s small shore installation Energy Excellence award winner for 2018, NAS Whiting Field’s recent Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) was also selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) as a Federal Energy and Management Program (FEMP) award for 2018. The project was one of only nine selected throughout the entire federal government, and the only Department of Navy project recognized. (Source: NAS Whiting, 08/21/18) Previous related

Monday, August 20, 2018

Contract: Jacobs, $13.9M

Jacobs Technology Inc., Tampa, Fla., is awarded a $13,879,811 cost-plus-fixed-fee-term contract. This is a bridge contract that provides for uninterrupted contractor support services, most importantly in the areas of information technology (IT) and information assurance (IA), for the F-35 Joint Program Office. Services to be provided under this contract include program management, IT, IA, enterprise architecture, emerging capabilities and requirements, operations management, enterprise management, and asset management support. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va. (77 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (6 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (4 percent); Eglin AFB, Fla. (4 percent); Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio (3 percent); China Lake, Calif. (2 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent); and Jacksonville, Fla. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,545,000 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-C-0674). (Source: DoD, 08/20/18)