Friday, August 23, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $2.4B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $2,426,326,544 for modification P00002 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter initial spares for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Spares to be procured include global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (24.4%); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1%); Owego, N.Y. (8.6%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2%); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2%); Nashua, N.H. (5.8%); Torrance, Calif. (5.5%); Orlando, Fla. (4.9%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7%); San Diego, Calif. (3.6%); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1%); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1%); Irvine, Calif. (2.5%); North Amityville, N.Y. (2.4%); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2%); Baltimore, Md. (2.2%); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9%); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8%); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8%). All orders are expected to be placed no later than December 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Firms ranked for MRO project

PENSACOLA, Fla. - A city selection committee has ranked four firms that could oversee building the $210 million expansion of the ST Engineering maintenance, repair and overhaul campus at Pensacola International Airport. The No. 1 company was Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield and Gorrie partnering with local Greenhut Construction Co. Greenhut was the construction manager on the first $46 million ST Engineering hangar that opened in 2018. The other companies were the Haskell Co. partnering with Hewes and Co., Caddell Construction Co. partnering with Whitesell-Green Inc. and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. The mayor will review the committee rankings and authorize the city to negotiate a contract. Once negotiated, it will go to the City Council for approval. The company selected will build the next aircraft maintenance hangar, Hangar 2, but the same company could be in charge of the entire project if everything goes well on during construction of Hangar 2. The project will allow ST Engineering to expand it aircraft maintenance operations at the airport and create more than 1,300 jobs. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/22/19) Previous

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Northrop increasing UAV production

Northrop Grumman plans to more than double production capacity for the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-4C Triton unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to 12 aircraft per year in anticipation of growing demand for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. The manufacturer is adding production capacity to its Site 7 facilities in Palmdale, Calif. It will start production out of a recently remodeled building the week of Aug. 26, the company told FlightGlobal on a tour of the facilities on Aug. 20. The building is on the grounds of United States Air Force Plant 42 and was previously a manufacturing facility for the Northrop F-5 fighter. Northrop Grumman has lined up six customers for variants of its high altitude long endurance UAV: The U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force (USAF), NATO, South Korea, Japan and the Royal Australian Air Force. The company previously produced between three to five RQ-4 Global Hawk or MQ-4C Triton aircraft per year. Typically it takes 162 to 174 days to build the UAV: 150 days to build the fuselage in Moss Point, Miss. and 12 to 24 days for final assembly in Palmdale, the firm says. (Source: FlightGlobal, 08/22/19)

200th Lakota for Army training

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Airbus Helicopters delivered on Aug. 19 the 200th UH-72A Lakota for training with the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala. Airbus Helicopters has built more than 550 aircraft for the U.S. government since 2006. The UH-72A Lakota is a derivative of the EC145 twin-engine rotorcraft, and is operated by U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and other various military units worldwide. To date, the Lakota fleet has amassed more than 600,000 flight hours. (Sources: Vertical Magazine, The Dispatch, 08/20/19)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Contract: BAE, $75M

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Nashua, N.H., is awarded a $74,990,530 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to procure 1,440 Radio Frequency Countermeasures and the maintenance and repair of multi-function test stations in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Nashua (74%); Landenberg, Pa. (7%); Topsfield, Mass. (2.5%); Industry, Calif. (1.6%); Hamilton, N.J. (1.5%); Carson, Calif. (1.3%); Dover, N.H. (1.1%); Londonderry, N.H. (1%); Chartley, Mass. (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (9%), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2019 procurement ammunition (Navy, Marine Corps); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $74,990,530 will be obligated at time of award, $2,394,867 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($37,068,372; 49%); Navy and Marine Corps ($13,556,992; 18%); and FMS countries ($24,365,166; 33%). 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 (N00019-19-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 08/20/19)

Contract: Sikorsky, $48.3M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Conn., is awarded $48,325,008 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-4126 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029) to procure spare parts to repair and maintain CH-53K low-rate initial production Lot Three configuration aircraft. Work will be performed in Quebec, Canada (14.88%); Stratford (9.17%); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (2.32%); Rome, N.Y. (2.06%); Bridgeport, W.V. (2.02%); Chesterfield, Mo. (1.52%); Forest, Ohio (1.47%); Davenport, Iowa (1.38%); Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom (1.36%); Milford, Conn. (1.22%); Windsor Locks, Conn. (1.13%); various locations within the continental U.S. (53.97%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (7.50%), and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $48,325,008 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, 08/20/19)

Monday, August 19, 2019

ULA chosen for Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser spacecraft's six NASA missions to the International Space Station. The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA's Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and return services to the space station, starting in 2021. "SNC selected ULA because of our strong collaboration on the Dream Chaser program, their proven safety record and on-time performance," said SNC CEO Fatih Ozmen. Under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract, the Dream Chaser will deliver more than 12,000 pounds of pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the space station and remain attached for up to 75 days as an orbiting laboratory. Once the mated mission is complete, the Dream Chaser disposes about 7,000 pounds of space station trash and returns large quantities of critical science, accessible within minutes after a gentle runway landing. "This is one of the first contracts for our new Vulcan Centaur rocket, and the first of the six missions will serve as the rocket's second certification flight," said Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO. Vulcan Centaur is a new class of space launch vehicle with the performance of a heavy launch vehicle in just a single core. (Source: SpaceDaily, 08/19/19) ULA in 2018 chose Blue Origin's BE-4 engine to power Vulcan. In 2014 ULA announced it was partnering with Blue Origin to partially fund the BE-4 development. Gulf Coast note: BE-4 components have been tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Dream Chaser work has been done at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Contract: Lockheed, $32.1M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $32,111,547 for modification P00005 to delivery order N00019-19-F-2512 under previously issued against basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This award procures modification kits and special tooling for modification and retrofit of delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June 2025. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD partners; and FMS funds in the amount of $32,111,547 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 ($16,510,522; 51%); Marine Corps ($7,693,130; 24%); Navy ($275,849; 1%); non-DoD participants ($4,698,676; 15%); and FMS customers ($2,933,370; 9%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/19/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $12M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $12,031,145 for modification P00001 to delivery order 5503 under previously issued against basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This award procures modification kits for modification and retrofit of delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $12,031,145 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 ($6,927,023; 58%); and the Marine Corps ($5,104,122; 42%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/19/19)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Two Blue Angels touch mid-air

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two Blue Angel jets touched mid-air during a practice at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy said Thursday. It happened Wednesday. "The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1's outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver," said Lt. Michelle Tucker, spokeswoman for Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training. She said there were no injuries. Capt. Eric Doyle, the Blue Angel's commanding officer who flies the No. 1 jet, called a safety stand down after the planes made contact. An initial damage assessment of the aircraft found a "minimal scratch" on the No. 3 canopy, Tucker said. The incident will not affect the team's scheduled performance in Chicago this weekend, she said. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/15/19)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Contract: Lord & Son, $32.1M

Lord & Son Construction Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $32,128,489 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a Long-Range Stand-Off Acquisition Facility on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base with an estimated completion date of Aug. 14, 2021. Fiscal 2018 military construction funds in the amount of $21,128,489 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-19-C-0023). (Source: DoD, 08/15/19)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $99M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $99,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) foreign military sales production support. This contract will provide for lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM and any JASSM variants in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to be completed by August 2024. This contract involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-19-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 08/13/19)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Administrator to visit MAF

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will visit NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans on Aug. 15, where the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) is built. He will meet with members of the SLS team, which is preparing to add the final section to the core stage that will be used for the first SLS launch (Artemis-1), an uncrewed test flight of the rocket and an Orion capsule. Assembly of the core stage, the largest and most complex stage NASA ever has built, remains on schedule for completion before the end of the year. Comprised of two liquid propellant tanks and four RS-25 engines, it will produce more than two million pounds of thrust. (Sources: Spacepolicyonline, 08/10/19, Spaceref, 08/08/19)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Foam test at Tyndall

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, will conduct laboratory and field tests of firefighting foam at the Air Force Civil Engineering Center on Tyndall Air Force Base. Firefighting foam used by the military contained PFAS, chemicals that have “since been linked to health issues like cancer,” a news release stated. PFAS use has since been phased out. Available foams could be modified to meet military standards, according to the release. Battelle was awarded a contract as part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The project is part of the environmental research initiative by the Department of Defense. Battelle also will work with the Navy and Army to determine if the foams meet military specifications, said Satya Chauhan, Battell principal investigator. (Source: News Herald, 08/10/19)

Friday, August 9, 2019

VT-2 has unique command change

T-6B Texans used in ceremony. Navy photo
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Cmdr. Wesley Barnes, U.S. Navy, relieved Capt. Mark Jackson, U.S. Coast Guard, as the 56th commanding officer of the “Doerbirds,” Training Squadron Two (VT-2) in a unique ceremony today at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, near Milton. In the aerial change of command flying the T-6B Texan aircraft, Jackson handed the reins of the squadron over the aircraft radio to Barnes. Three aircraft, one with Barnes and a second pilot, one with Jackson and another pilot, and one aircraft with the deputy commodore of Training Air Wing Five (TW-5), Col. Jeffrey Pavelko, who acted as the officiating officer, flew in a three-ship formation. During the flight, Barnes stated he was ready to relieve Jackson as commanding officer. Jackson then read his order over the airways, “I stand relieved,” and banked his aircraft out of the formation. As their lead officiating officer, Pavelko acknowledged the turnover in the air. After landing the T-6B aircraft, the officers completed the ceremony in a hangar on the installation with commodore, TW-5, Capt. Doug Rosa presiding. More than a hundred people attended the ceremony. Rosa presented Jackson with a meritorious service medal for his accomplishments leading the squadron. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 08/09/19)

Contract: Zitec, $25.1M

ZITEC Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded a $25,110,110 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides up to 672 alternate mission equipment mobility ready storage systems; two first article units, and 670 production systems for the Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Niceville and is expected to be completed in August 2025. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $71,969 will be obligated at the 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 as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business set-aside; three offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-19-D-0242). (Source: DoD, 08/08/19)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Mobile begins A220 production

Airbus A220 worker in Mobile, Ala. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus today officially started manufacturing the A220 in the U.S. The first team of A220 production workers began work at Airbus’ Mobile, Alabama-based production facility following their recent return from on-the-job training in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, where the A220 program and primary final assembly line are located. Airbus is producing the first few aircraft within some current A320 aircraft buildings and newly-built support hangars. The first U.S.-made A220 – an A220-300 destined for Delta Air Lines – is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2020. By the middle of next decade, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 A220 aircraft per year. Airbus announced plans for the addition of A220 manufacturing in Mobile in October 2017. Construction on the main A220 flowline hangar and other support buildings for the new A220 began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley at the beginning of this year.(Source: Airbus, 08/05/19)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Pilots get ratings for new helo

Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Duke Field, Fla., became the first Air Force pilots to receive a Type rating on the AW-139 helicopter on July 29. Majors Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington completed the five-week contracted course in New Jersey on the civilian counterpart to the service's new MH-139 helicopter. The aircraft is to replace the UH-1N Huey. “This puts our team one step closer to flight testing the new aircraft when production is completed,” said Roycroft, lead test pilot for the squadron. A Type rating is an FAA qualification for a specific aircraft. As test pilots were training, the 413th FLTS and Air Force Global Strike Command airmen were completing the maintenance technician course on the aircraft. The MH-139 delivery marks the first, in recent history, that the Air Force will receive a rotary wing asset not previously used by another branch of the military. The service plans to buy 84 MH-139 helicopters over the next decade. The first aircraft delivery to Duke Field is scheduled for late November. The 413th FLTS is affiliated with the 96th Test Wing at nearby Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 08/01/19)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Contract: SARAA, $11.5M

South Alabama Regional Airport Authority, Andalusia, Ala., has been awarded a minimum $11,474,983 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for fuel. This was a competitive acquisition with 148 responses received. This is a 44-month contract with one six-month option period. Location of performance is Alabama, with a March 31, 2023, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (SPE607-19-D-0112). (Source: DoD, 07/31/19)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Commandos get Cheney Award

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Two Air Force Special Operations Command airmen from Hurlburt Field were recognized for receiving the 2017 Cheney Award on June 13. Now-Lt. Col. Matthew Mills and Master Sgt. Michael Wilson displayed extraordinary heroism while providing humanitarian relief after Hurricane Maria left a path of devastation on the island of Dominica in September 2017. Mills served as an MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft commander and Wilson served as the aircraft loadmaster. Both were assigned to the 15th Special Operations Squadron at the time of the actions. The Cheney Award is an aviation award presented to an airman for an act of valor, extreme fortitude or self-sacrifice in a humanitarian interest, performed in connection with an aircraft, but not necessarily of a military nature. The remainder of the crew consisted of Co-Pilot: Capt. Justin White; Navigator: Maj. Garrett Bridges; Electronic Warfare Officer: Capt. Joseph Madel; Flight Engineer: Master Sgt. Michael Naas; and Loadmaster: Staff Sgt. John Hashman. (Source: Air Force Special Operations Command, 07/31/19)

Delta scolded for buying Airbus

NBC News reported that President Trump, during a meeting with airline officials Monday, scolded U.S.-based Delta Air Lines, whose CEO was not in attendance, for buying billions of dollars worth of planes from Europe-based Airbus, while Qatar Airways is buying jets from Chicago-based Boeing. The comment raised eyebrows, since many Airbus jetliners are built in the United States by American workers. Airbus has an A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., and is building a second assembly line for A220 passenger jets. Delta, which also buys Boeing aircraft, is one of Airbus' big customers. In response to Mobile media requests for comment, Airbus in a statement said "We are proud to have Airbus aircraft flying for 13 U.S. airlines, and to manufacture many of those aircraft in Mobile, Ala., where work continues on our second large aircraft assembly line. With our hundreds of U.S. suppliers accounting for 40 percent of all Airbus’ aircraft-related procurement, every customer who invests in Airbus is investing in U.S. manufacturing and supporting American jobs." A few days before the meeting at which Trump made his remarks, Airbus announced it was delivering Delta’s 50th made-in-Alabama jetliner. That was out of 130 the plant had delivered overall. (Sources: WPMI, al.com, 07/30/19) Meanwhile, Airbus is continuing its push to hire workers for the new A220 plant. Airbus recently held job fairs in North Carolina. The company is reaching out into key hubs for aviation professionals and technical professionals. (Source: Spectrumlocalnews, 07/30/19)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

NASA opts for SLS green run

After considering canceling a planned full-duration test-firing of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage in Mississippi ahead of the heavy-lift rocket’s first flight, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced during the week that the agency will press ahead with the eight-minute test next year. He cited safety and reliability benefits for future astronauts riding on the launcher on missions to the moon. The first SLS test flight, carrying an unpiloted Orion crew capsule to lunar orbit, is set for blastoff in 2021 from pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission is designated Artemis 1, the first flight in NASA’s Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon as a stepping stone toward eventual expeditions to Mars. NASA has planned the so-called “green run” test of the SLS core stage since the program’s genesis in 2011. For more than half a decade, workers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC) in southern Mississippi have modified and outfitted the B-2 test stand — previously used for Saturn V, space shuttle and Delta IV rocket testing — to accommodate the 212-foot-tall, 27.6-foot-wide SLS core stage. Liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks inside the SLS core stage will hold 733,000 gallons of propellant to feed four RS-25 main engines, generating more than 2 million pounds of thrust at full throttle. The RS-25 engines, supplied by Aerojet Rocketdyne, are left over powerplants from the space shuttle program. Unlike full-stage firings of previous rockets, the green run test at Stennis will use the same core stage that will fly on the first SLS launch, and not a ground test article. Once the core stage is finished at Michoud Assembly Facility, a NASA barge will haul the rocket from New Orleans to SSC for installation on the B-2 test stand. The shipment of the core stage to Stennis is scheduled around the end of the year. (Source: Spaceflight Now, 07/27/19)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Contract: Draeger, $9.9M

Draeger Inc., Teleford, Pa., is awarded a $9,945,261 firm-fixed-price contract for anesthesia recording and monitoring devices (ARMD) sustainment services in support of Navy, Army, Air Force, and National Capital Region military treatment facilities inside and outside the continental U.S. Work may be performed at locations throughout the U.S. to include: San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas (7%); Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md. (7%); Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va. (6%); Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif. (5%); Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va. (3%); Fort Bliss, Texas (3%); Fort Bragg, N.C. (3%); Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii (3%); Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (3%); Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, Fla. (2%); Fort Benning, Ga. (2%); Fort Campbell, Ky. (2%); Fort Carson, Colo. (2%); Fort Gordon, Ga. (2%); Fort Hood, Texas (2%); Fort Stewart, Ga. (2%); Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (2%); Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Calif. (2%); Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. (2%); Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (2%); United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, Texas (2%); Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center, Ohio (2%); Andrews Air Force Base Hospital, Md. (1%); Langley Air Force Base Medical Center, Va. (1%); Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital, Alaska (1%); Travis Air Force Base, Calif. (1%); Fort Wainwright, Alaska (1%); West Point Academy, N.Y. (1%); Fort Riley, Kan. (1%); Fort Meade, Md. (1%); Fort Irwin, Calif. (1%); Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (1%); Fort Polk, La. (1%); Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Md. (1%); Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, N.C. (1%); Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. (1%); Naval Hospital, Lemoore, Calif. (1%); Naval Hospital, Beaufort, S.C. (1%); Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, Calif. (1%); Naval Hospital, Cherry Point, N.C. (1%); and Air Force Medical Operations Agency Lab, Texas (less than 1%). Work may be performed at locations outside of the contiguous United States to include Landsuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany (3%); Aviano Air Base Hospital, Italy (1%); Lakenheath Air Force Base Hospital, United Kingdom (1%); Misawa Air Force Base, Japan (1%); Naval Hospital, Guam, Guam (1%); Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1%); Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy (1%); Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan (1%); Osan Air Base Hospital, Korea (1%); Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain (1%); Naval Hospital, Sigonella, Italy (1%); Waegwan (Seoul), South Korea (1%); Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan and Iwakuni, Japan (1%); and Yokota Air Force Base Hospital, Japan (1%). This contract has a five-year period of performance and all work is expected to be completed by July 26, 2024. Fiscal 2019 Defense Health Program operation & maintenance funds will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a non-competitive, sole-source procurement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(c) issued via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one proposal received. The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Md., is the contracting activity (N62645-19-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 07/26/19)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Contract: UTC, $25M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a not-to-exceed $25,000,000 undefinitized firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-19-C-0054). This modification procures milling machines, fixtures and tooling to increase production capacity for critical F135 components. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is expected to be completed in February 2022. Fiscal 2019 defense production act purchases (Defense) funds in the amount of $12,500,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/19) Gulf Coast note: F-35s are powered by F135 engines. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Contract: Northrop, $33.8M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded $33,755,229 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-19-F-0272 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This order procures material kits and retrofit labor to incorporate the Integrated Functional Capability 4.0 configuration into retrofit aircraft and ground segments. Work will be performed in San Diego (41.2%); Palmdale, Calif. (30.7%); Waco, Texas (9.9%); Salt Lake City, Utah (2.9%); Newtown, N.D. (2.5%) Verona, Wisc. (1.6%); Sterling, Va. (1.5%); Irvine, Calif. (1%); San Clemente, Calif. (0.7%); and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (7.9% and 0.1%, respectively). Work is expected to be completed in January 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $33,755,229 are being obligated at time of award, $1,719,061 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, 07/22/19) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work on Triton is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $14.2M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded $14,187,994 for modification P00037 to a previously awarded fixed-price, incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0002) in support of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This modification incorporates integrated functional capability 4.0 into low-rate initial production Lot 2 Aircraft B12. Work will be performed in Palmdale, Calif. (41.6%); San Diego, Calif. (34.2%); Waco, Texas (5.3%); Verona, Wisc. (2.4%); Salt Lake City, Utah (1.7%); Irvine, Calif. (1.5%); San Clemente, Calif. (1%); Saint Peters, Mo. (0.7%); Menlo Park, Calif. (0.7%); Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (0.5%); and Grove, Okla. (0.5%); and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (9.8% and 0.1%, respectively). Work is expected to be completed in November 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,187,994 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/22/19) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work on Triton is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $34.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $34,670,000 undefinitized cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to develop and deliver an engineering change proposal to enable the production cut-in of the Fuselage Station 425 Bulkhead structural modification required for F-35A and F-35C to allow full-envelope internal carriage of aft heavy weaponry. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in July 2022. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $9,953,400 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). This undefinitized contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($13,787,219; 39.77%); Navy ($6,893,610; 19.88%); Marine Corps ($6,893,609; 19.88%); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($7,095,562; 20.46%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 07/18/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

MRO training center gets funding

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration is investing $12.25 million in the city of Pensacola to help establish a new aircraft maintenance training facility at Pensacola International Airport (PNS), officials said Thursday. The money will be matched by more than $36 million in local and state funds. The new facility, a 175,000 square foot hangar, will be used for commercial and technological aviation and will create 400 jobs. ST Engineering says the new facility will have state of the art technology including robotic delivery systems. The building will be able to withstand winds of 170 mph. Mayor Grover Robinson says this is a part of "Project Titan," which will eventually include four hangars, the one already operating, the one announced Thursday and two more at the PNS campus. The new hangar will be similar to the first, but a significant difference will be the attachment of a 65,000 square-foot support services center. “The Support Services Center will enclose all of our customer reps’ offices; it will have our engineering areas, it will have our procurement, our logistics management will be there,” said Bill Hafner, president of ST Engineering in Mobile, Ala. (Sources: WEAR-TV, WUWF, NorthEscambia.com, 07/18/19) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $23.6M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $23,637,880 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8682-18-C-0009 for providing a replacement joint air to surface standoff missile (JASSM) anti-jam GPS receiver with a new JASSM Anti-Jam GPS Receiver (JAGR) due to obsolescence. This contract provides replacement for the current JAGR due to obsolescence. Work will be performed at Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2023. Fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $23,637,880 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/17/19)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

General officer assignment

The Air Force chief of staff announced Monday the assignment of Brig. Gen. William G. Holt III, special assistant to the commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director, joint exercise and training, J-7, U.S. Space Command. (Source: DoD, 07/15/19)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Blue Angels announce 2020 officers

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, today announced officers selected for the 2020 air show season. The squadron selected two F/A-18 demonstration pilots, two C-130 pilots, a maintenance officer, and a public affairs officer to replace outgoing team members. The selected 2020 officers are F/A-18 demonstration pilots, Marine Corps Maj. Frank Zastoupil, of Kingwood, Texas, an F-35 Lightning II pilot currently assigned to the “Warlords” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, and Navy Lt. Julius Bratton, of Woodlawn, Tenn., an F/A-18 Hornet pilot currently assigned to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron 106. C-130 pilots chosen are Marine Corps Capt. William Huckeba, of Hoover, Ala., a C-130 Hercules pilot currently assigned to Officer Candidate School Quantico, and Marine Corps Capt. Rick Rose, of Napa, Calif., a C-130 Hercules pilot currently assigned to the “Sumos” of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152. Previously selected to join the 2020 team was Commanding Officer and Flight Leader, Navy Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, of Fargo, N.D., who was most recently the commanding officer of the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron 81. The new team members will officially begin their training for the 2020 show season following the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Nov. 9. (Source: NNS, 07/15/19)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sustainable fueled A321 delivered

A321 loaded with sustainable fuel. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has delivered to Delta Air Lines its 50th A320 series aircraft produced in the Airbus U.S. production facility in Mobile. This A321 is the first of a total of 20 aircraft being delivered with a blend of sustainable jet fuel over the next year. The jet fuel, supplied by Air BP and loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support (Airbus’ fueling services provider in Mobile), is certified compliant with the sustainability requirements of the European Union Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) and the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC). Delta is the second U.S customer to have aircraft delivered by Airbus from Mobile using a blend of sustainable fuel. Airbus offers this option to its customers in order to promote a more regular use of sustainable aviation fuels within the industry. In the longer term, Airbus also envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the southeastern U.S. (Source: Airbus, 07/12/19)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $21.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $21,256,902 modification (P00004) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001919-F-2512) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for modification kits, special tooling and installation labor for the modification and retrofit of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2024. Fiscal 2017, 2018, and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant funds; and FMS funds in the amount of $21,256,902 will be obligated at time of award, $949,495 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($6,664,143; 31%); Navy ($6,290,194; 30%); Air Force ($4,651,660; 22%); non-U.S. DoD participants ($2,966,510; 14%); and FMS customers ($684,394; 3%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/09/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $41.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $41,269,021 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded order (N00019-19-F-2474) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification exercises an option for the design, procurement and integration of flight test instrumentation and data processing solutions for F-35 Lightning II development test aircraft to support the Tech Refresh-3 and the Follow on Modernization Block 4 mission systems configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in February 2021. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $2,470,993 are being 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 ($16,501,005; 40%); Navy ($8,250,503; 20%); Marine Corps ($8,250,503; 20%); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($8,267,010; 20%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/08/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Monday, July 8, 2019

MQ-8C now initial operation capable

The U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on June 28. It clears the way for the unmanned air vehicle to begin fleet operations and training. The MQ-8C is to deploy aboard the Navy's littoral combat ships in FY2021, and is intended for intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as precision targeting. The airframe is the commercial Bell 407, with seats and other manned avionics equipment stripped out and replaced with remote controls and extra fuel tanks. Over the next few years, Northrop Grumman plans to deliver 38 MQ-8Cs to the Navy. (Sources: Flightglobal, Inside Defense, 07/08/19) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly and flight testing of the MQ-8C is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Contract: Rockhill Group, $12.2M

The Rockhill Group Inc., Molino, Fla., has been awarded a $12,211,850 firm-fixed-price contract for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) aircrew instruction instructor support required by the 492 Special Operations Wing and operational wings. This contract provides for critical flying training unit support instruction (platform, simulator and flight) to all students going through AFSOC's initial and mission qualification school and continuation training for combat aircrews. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Duke Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. This award is the result of sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $12,211,850 are being obligated at the time of award. The 765th Specialized Contracting Flight, Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity (FA0021-19-C-A003). (Source: DoD, 07/03/19)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Year later, A220 sales strong

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership marked its first anniversary on July 1, one year after Airbus became the majority partner in the A220 aircraft program. Highlights of this first anniversary include orders and commitments signed for more than 230 A220 aircraft, the ground-breaking for a new A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., and expansion at the Mirabel manufacturing facility in Canada. Airbus Canada has delivered more aircraft in its first year than the total delivered up to July 1, 2018, when it took the lead of the program. In total, the A220 ends the first year of Airbus leading the program with a firm order book of over 500 aircraft, plus 80 additional commitments announced at this year’s Paris Air Show. In 2019, Airbus is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of its presence in Canada. (Source: Airbus, 07/02/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $348.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $348,223,161 for modification P00019 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification is for production non-recurring, special tooling and special test equipment in support of low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (23.80%); El Segundo, Calif. (23.86%); San Diego, Calif. (17.03%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.65%); Orlando, Fla. (6.63%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.44%); Nashua, N.H. (2.71%); Clearfield, Utah (2.15%); Marietta, Ga. (1.77%); East Aurora, N.Y. (1.59%); Palmdale, Calif. (1.40%); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (0.96%); Turin, Italy (0.81%); Clearwater, Fla. (0.79%); Melbourne, Fla. (0.60%); Irvine, Calif. (0.58%); Kongsberg, Norway (0.53%); Arlington, Texas (0.48%); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (0.46%); Tempe, Ariz. (0.38%); Inglewood, Calif. (0.33%); Papendrecht, Netherlands (0.28); Garden Grove, Calif. (0.21%); Montmorency, Australia (0.20%); Marion, Va. (0.17%); Independence, Ohio (0.14%); Amesbury, Mass. (0.13%); Rome, N.Y. (0.13%); Los Angeles, Calif. (0.10%); Hot Springs, Ark. (0.10%); Lystrup, Denmark (0.09%); Grand Rapids, Mich. (0.09%); Owego, N.Y. (0.07%); Sharon, Mass. (0.06%); Wichita, Kan. (0.06%); Boulder, Colo. (0.05%); Carlsbad, Calif. (0.04%); Ontario, Calif. (0.04%); Delta, British Columbia, Canada (0.03%); Long Beach, Calif. (0.01%); Lindenhurst, N.Y. (0.01%); Eskisehr, Turkey (0.01%); Saint Peters, Mo. (0.01%); Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (0.01%); and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (0.01%). Work is expected to be completed in August 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD partner and FMS funds in the amount of $348,223,161 are being obligated at time of award, $17,899,115 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($129,642,270; 38%); Navy ($69,738,685; 20%); Marine Corps ($61,001,500; 17%); non-U.S. DoD partners ($60,840,706; 17%) and FMS customers ($27,000,000; 8%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/02/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

State launches space initiative

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Mississippi is starting a new economic development effort to lure companies connected to space exploration. The announcement came less than a month after California-based Relativity announced it would build its Terran 1 space rockets using 3D print technology at Stennis Space Center, where it has already been testing rocket engines. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the Space Initiative Monday during an event at Infinity Science Center, near Stennis Space Center in coastal Hancock County. SSC is where NASA and many commercial space companies test rocket engines. The leader of the economic development effort will be Patrick Scheuermann, former head of Stennis Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. Bryant also announced formation of a Mississippi National Guard Space Directorate. Its commander will be Col. Billy Murphy of the Mississippi Air National Guard’s 186th Air Operations Group. Relativity co-founder Jordan Noone was on hand for the Monday announcement. (Sources: multiple, including Sun Herald, Clarion Ledger, AP via Local Memphis, WLOX, 07/01/19) Previous related

Friday, June 28, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $15.9M

Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a $15,915,000 modification (P00770) to previously awarded contract F04701-02-C-0002 for Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF). The contract modification is to make changes to the AEHF Mission Planning Element software to provide capability improvements. Work will be performed at Sunnyvale and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 space procurement appropriation in the amount of $15,915,000 is being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/19) Gulf Coast note: Work on the AEHF core propulsion system is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Med-Eng, $11.5M

Med-Eng LLC., Ogdensburg, N.Y., has been awarded an $11,500,000 ceiling increase modification (P00002) from previously awarded contract FA8051-18-D-0001 for the delivery of a full bomb suit ensemble and associated accessories for explosive ordinance disposal personnel. This modification raises the price ceiling from $15,000,000 to $26,500,000. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. No funds are being obligated with the modification. The 772d Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/19)

Contract: UTC, $358.5M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded not-to-exceed $358,529,006 modification P00008 to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for eight initial spare F135-PW-100 propulsion systems and one initial spare F135-PW-600 propulsion system for the Global Spares Pool, including initial spare modules and initial spare parts. The Global Spares Pool supports the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps., Non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (93%); Indianapolis, Ind. (6%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (1%), and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy), non-U.S. DoD participant and FMS funds in the amount of $229,449,221 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for U.S. Air Force ($121,237,779; 34%); U.S. Marine Corps ($83,050,441; 23%); the U.S. Navy ($23,547,961; 7%); Non-U.S. DoD Participants ($100,160,036; 28 %) and FMS customers ($30,532,789; 8%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Small businesses getting $45M

NASA has selected 363 proposals from small businesses and research institutions across 41 states to help advance capabilities for future missions to the Moon and beyond. The selections have an estimated value of more than $45 million and are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. They include seven SBIR projects and two STTR projects tied to Stennis Space Center, Miss., where rocket engines are tested. More than 20 percent of the businesses are from underrepresented communities, including minority and women-owned businesses. Among the projects are an intelligent rover wheel with integrated sensing and perception subsystems to improve mobility on the Moon and planetary bodies. The technology could also be used on Earth for autonomous tractors and other off-road vehicles. Also included is a project for a light-weight, deployable solar panel that leverages recent advancements in thin film solar cell technology. It rolls into a compact cylinder for storage, as opposed to conventional rigid solar panels that require mechanical hinges. (Source: NASA/SSC, 06/28/19)

SLS test article shipped

The last of four structural test articles for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) was loaded onto NASA's Pegasus barge Wednesday at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The barge will deliver the liquid oxygen (LOX) tank test article to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for structural testing. The LOX tank is one of two propellant tanks in the rocket's core stage that will produce more than 2 million pounds of thrust to help send Artemis 1, the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and SLS, to the Moon. The nearly 70-foot-long test article is structurally identical to the flight version. SLS is being developed to send astronauts into deep space. (Source: Space Daily, 06/28/19)

33rd FW gets new leader

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Hundreds of Nomads welcomed a new commander to the 33rd Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony June 18. Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, the commander of 19th Air Force, presided over the ceremony where Col. Jon Wheeler took his place as the newest Nomad One and the wing bid farewell to Col. Paul Moga, who heads to an air staff position at the Pentagon. Wheeler assumed the 33rd FW’s top spot after completing a remote tour as the vice commander of the 8th FW “Wolf Pack,” Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. In 2010, Wheeler was one of only 10 fighter pilots selected to serve in the inaugural cadre of F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd FW. This group led the wing’s successful transition to the world’s first F-35 fighter wing and laid the foundation for the current flying training mission that Wheeler now oversees. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 06/26/19)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Draft EA for TH-XX released

With Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., scheduled to receive new training helicopters to replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger, the Navy has released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) detailing the impact. The Advanced Helicopter Training System, called TH-XX while the Navy considers bidders for the contract, will provide 130 newer, more capable helicopter and training system to Training Air Wing 5 and would meet the advanced helicopter and intermediate tilt-rotor training requirements through 2050. The replacement helicopter, which will require an additional 33 training personnel, has not yet been determined, but will be a commercially available helicopter. For the purposes of the Draft EA, a conservative representative surrogate helicopter, the UH-72 Lakota, larger and louder than comparable commercially available helicopters, was used to analyze the potential impacts from the TH-XX. Training will transition to the TH-XX beginning in 2021 and completed by 2025. Training operations would generally be similar to existing training, but with an increase in the number of annual flight operations, including training involving night vision devices, flying in formation at night, and search an rescue. Prior to the arrival of the TH-XX, new facilities and associated infrastructure would be constructed at NAS Whiting Field to accommodate helicopter maintenance activities and ground based training requirements. Two temporary facilities will be built but later will be replaced by two permanent structures. Public comments on the Draft EA, also available at area libraries, must be postmarked or received online no later than July 19, 2019. For background on TH-XX competition, see the April 2019 Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, page 6. (Source: GCAC, 06/27/19)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Funds cut from MRO expansion

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed $131 million of proposed spending from this year's budget, including $1.5 million for the expansion of the ST Aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul campus at Pensacola International Airport. ST Engineering already has one hangar at the airport, but the $210 million project will add three additional hangars and supporting buildings. Pensacola City Administrator Chris Holley said the state has been helpful with the project, and it's hard to be critical of a veto over $1.5 million when the state came up with money from the Department of Transportation a few months back to move the project forward. Holley said the project, expected to create 1,300 jobs, has a five-year time frame for build-out, which he said is plenty of time to go back to the Legislature. (Sources: WUWF, WEAR, 06/25/19) Previous: Council OKs ST Engineering lease; MRO project lands $20M more

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Contract: Innovative Techn, $7M

Innovative Technologies International Inc., Lynchburg, Va., has been awarded a $7,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Katana Hardware Fabrication effort. The contract provides for concept design analysis and advanced fabrication capabilities to rapidly manufacture products meeting specific characteristics through a partnering arrangement by fulfilling research, development, test and evaluation requirements for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with organization-specific tasks. Work will be performed at Lynchburg and is expected to be completed by June 25, 2024. This contract is the result of a sole source award. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $24,897.00 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-19). (Source: DoD, 06/25/19)

Bombardier exits commercial air

Bombardier Inc. said on Tuesday it will sell its money-losing regional jet business to Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) for $550 million in cash. It marks the Canadian plane and train maker’s exit from commercial aviation. Montreal-based Bombardier had combined its aviation units to focus more on profitable business jets and passenger rail cars, after facing a cash-crunch in 2015 while bringing its flagship commercial jet to market. As part of the deal, expected to close in the first half of next year, the Japanese company will also take over a $200 million debt. Bombardier will continue to assemble its regional jet planes (CRJ), but will stop making the aircraft in the second half of 2020 after delivering its remaining orders. (Source: Reuters, 06/25/19) Gulf Coast note: Bombardier last year agreed to make Airbus a majority partner in a partnership that builds the A220, the former Bombardier CSeries. A new production line is being built in Mobile, Ala. Previous related

Navy gets Fat Albert replacement

A new Fat Albert C-130 is headed to the Pensacola-based U.S. Navy Blue Angels from the British Royal Air Force. The Navy said Monday that it had awarded a $29.7 million contract to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense for a Royal Air Force C-130J Super Hercules. In a news release, the Navy's Naval Air Systems Command based in Patuxent River, Md., said purchasing the used British aircraft to replace Fat Albert as part of the world-famous flight demonstration would be about $50 million less than the cost of a new aircraft. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/24/19) Previous

Monday, June 24, 2019

Region airports getting grants

Fifteen airports in the Gulf Coast I-10 region will receive 16 airport infrastructure grants totaling $34.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. They were among 358 grants awarded to 327 airports in 46 states and the Pacific Islands announced by the FAA Monday. The agency said the $495 million in grants is the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. In the Gulf Coast, the grants, from highest to lowest were: Eglin Air Force Base/Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso, Fla. ($11,527,654, expand apron, expand terminal building); Lakefront, New Orleans, La. ($8,505,000, rehabilitate runway 18R/36L); Lafayette Regional/Paul Fournet Field, Lafayette, LA. ($6,449,350, reconstruct apron); Mobile Regional, Mobile, Ala. ($2,361,754, rehabilitate taxiway); Mobile Downtown, Mobile, Ala. ($1,350,000, update airport master plan study, and $822,207, acquire equipment, rehabilitate runway 14/32); Bob Sikes, Crestview, Fla. ($900,000, rehabilitate runway 17/35); Dothan Regional, Dothan, Ala. ($700,061, acquire equipment, acquire safety and/or security equipment, reconstruct apron, rehabilitate runway 14/32); H.L. (Sonny) Callahan, Fairhope, Ala. ($325,000, expand access road); Gulfport-Biloxi International, Gulfport, Miss. ($319,500, update airport master plan study); Foley Municipal, Foley, Ala. ($305,000, reconstruct taxiway); Ozark-Blackwell Field, Ozark, Ala. ($303,444, construct fuel farm); Peter Prince Field, Milton, Fla. ($300,000, update airport master plan study); Trent Lott International, Pascagoula, Miss. ($138,308, rehabilitate runway 17/35); Stennis International Airport, Bay St. Louis, Miss. ($99,061, rehabilitate taxiway); Poplarville-Pearl River County, Poplarville, Miss. ($69,750, improve access road, improve airport drainage). The FAA says airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. (Source: GCAC, 06/24/19) Complete list of grants

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Bell to repay state $9.5M

Bell Helicopters, which operated an assembly facility next to Lafayette Regional Airport, has agreed to pay the state some $9.5 million over its failure to meet job-creation goals. The state’s Economic Development Agency cut ties with Bell in 2017. The state had given the company tax credits to open the Lafayette facility in a deal originally announced in 2013, but it depended on Bell attaining certain employment goals, which it failed to do. The company moved its operations to Texas. Swiss Helicopter Company Kopter Group AG is moving into the location. (Source: KADN, 06/21/19) Gulf Coast note: Lafayette is two hours west of New Orleans along Interstate 10.

Command change

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville has assumed command of the First Air Force, taking over from Cmdr. Lt. Gen. R. Scott Williams during a ceremony Thursday. The First Air Force, as part of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, plays roles in air defense operations and disaster assistance, among other responsibilities. It is a tenant unit at Tyndall Air Force Base.Sasseville graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in international affairs and has held squadron, group and wing command, according to a biography. Williams is retiring after 32 years of service and has been the First Air Force Commander since July 2016. The First Air Force resumed operations in December after the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 06/20/19)

Friday, June 21, 2019

First A220 sections arrive

First sections arrive by truck. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. - The first large aircraft components for the first A220 that will be built in Mobile have been delivered to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The major component assemblies (MCAs) are the aft fuselage and cockpit, which arrived by truck. “With the arrival of these assemblies, A220 production in Mobile will shortly become a reality,” said Paul Gaskell, President-Airbus U.S. A220, Inc. “The arrival of these MCAs is taking place almost four years to the day from when our first A320 MCAs arrived. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown over that time, and an exciting time for Airbus, Mobile and Alabama." Wings, vertical and horizontal tail planes, tail cones and landing gear will arrive in coming weeks. Aircraft production is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months, even as construction on some of the A220-specific buildings on the campus continues over the next year. Employees for the new A220 production line will be returning from training in Mirabel, Canada in time for production start. Hiring for A220 and A320 production is continuing. (Source: Airbus, 06/20/19)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Delta ups A220 order

LE BOURGET, France – Delta Air Lines has ordered five additional A220-100 aircraft, bringing to 95 the total number of orders placed, including both the A220-100s and A220-300s. The airline is the first to select the new increased maximum takeoff weight option for its entire fleet from 2020. Airbus announced in May that it would increase the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) for the A220. The new MTOW will increase the maximum range capabilities. Delta was the U.S. launch customer for the A220, placing an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and booking an additional 15 in December 2018. With this latest order, Delta’s orders total 45 A220-100s and 50 A220-300s. Delta’s A220-100s are produced in Mirabel, Qu├ębec, Canada, while the A220-300s will be built at a new U.S. assembly plant now under construction in Mobile, Ala., adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility. (Source: Airbus, 06/18/19) Previous

IHMC, AREF to collaborate

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and Andrews Research and Educations Foundation (AREF) have announced partnership to conduct research projects together. They signed an agreement to collaborate on human-performance research. IHMC and AREF will share office and lab spaces at their Pensacola and Gulf Breeze facilities. The scientists and doctors will collaborate on research into area ranging from optimizing physical and cognitive performance to developing technologies aimed at helping high-performing humans like professional athletes, astronauts and fighter pilots. They'll work together to study ways to help human movement, vision and reaction in extreme environments. Immediate plans include IHMC and AREF personnel working together on current ongoing research projects as well as developing proposals for future projects and grants. (Source: WEAR-TV, 06/18/19)

June newsletter available

The June issue of the bimonthly Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is available for download at the website www.gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com. The eight-page bimonthy in this issue summarizes the content of the just-released Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2019-2020 reference book. (GCAC, 06/19/19)

Contract: Management Svc., $20M

Management Services Group Inc., doing business as Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Va., has been awarded a $20,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Mid-Size Munitions (MSM) technology effort. This contract provides for the prototyping and demonstration program which focuses on an intermediate weight capable of defeating challenging targets. This program leads to flight test demonstrations, effectiveness assessments, and manufacturing readiness assessments adequate to support weapon system transitions. Work will be performed at Virginia Beach and is expected to be completed by June 17, 2024. This award is the result of a broad agency announcement and one offer was received. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $4,526,000 are being obligated on the first task order which will be awarded immediately with the basic contract. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-19-D-0073). (Source: DoD, 06/19/19)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Biennial aerospace book available

Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2019-2020 is now available for download at the website www.gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com. The 100-page reference book has chapters on aircraft assembly and maintenance in the central part of the corridor, military aviation, space activities, education, airports and a summary of aerospace activities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The book can be found on the homepage, which takes you to a page where the entire book or individual chapters can also be downloaded. (GCAC, 06/18/19)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Relativity to build rockets at SSC

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

Contract: Advance Concepts, $7.2M

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

UTC-Raytheon merging

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

Friday, June 7, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $1.8B

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

NASA picks companies for planning

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

Contract: UTC, $3.2B

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded $3,239,028,961 for not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification P00006 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021) for the production and delivery of 233 propulsion systems. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 56 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 10 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy; 24 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; 125 F135-PW-100 and 18 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); and FMS funds in the amount of $793,133,424 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($619,293,241; 19 percent); Marine Corps ($627,306,799; 19 percent); Navy ($117,569,123; 4 percent); non-DoD participants ($1,234,417,345; 38 percent); and FMS customers ($640,442,453; 20 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Boeing, $35M

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

Contract: Raytheon, $9.2M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $9,212,539 fixed-price incentive firm contract modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. This modification provides for the procurement of 24 AMRAAM AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missile guidance sections for the Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2022. Fiscal 2018 production funds (Navy) in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/19)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Airbus, Collins mark long partnership

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Contract: Northrop, $65.2M

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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Contract: Vectrus, $16.2M

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Blue Angels retiring this Fat Albert

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

Airbus extending A220 range

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

Contract: Lockheed, $11.3M

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

Contract: BAE, $7.8M

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Contract: Alfab, $127.9M

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

Contract: Raytheon, $24.5M

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Airbus eyes buying A220 wing plant

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

Airbus delivers 12,000th plane

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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Contract: Sikorsky, $1.1B

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

Contract: Raytheon, $20.7M

Raytheon Co., Keyport, Wash., is awarded a $20,668,994 indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract N61331-17-D-0001 to exercise options for maintenance and support of AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detecting Set. The AN/AQS-20 is a towed, mine hunting and identification system for Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants. This option exercise extends the period of performance and allows for continuing support which includes but not limited to: repair; overhauls and other scheduled maintenance; hardware and software maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence issues; technology improvements; reliability and maintainability improvements; development and incorporation of change notices and engineering change proposals; test support; engineering services; spares and repair parts; design efforts and hardware upgrades to improve system performance, sustainability, reliability, and other activities in support of the program. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65 percent); Keyport, Wash. (30 percent); and Panama City, Fla, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2020. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/17/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $21.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $21,350,787 modification (P00017) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1048). This modification will provide initial repair material for the Electronic Warfare Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator Tuner Insertion Program, Fuel and Life Support systems at multiple F-35 depots within the continental U.S. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (49.4 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (39.3 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (11.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant; and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $21,350,787 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 ($9,324,456; 43.7 percent); Marine Corps ($4,607,377; 21.6 percent); Navy ($2,140,229; 10 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($3,638,728; 17 percent); and FMS ($1,639,997; 7.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/17/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., trains F-35 pilots and maintainers.