Friday, October 4, 2019

Contract: UTC, $325.2M

United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $325,185,212 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract to provide material and support equipment for depot maintenance facilities, non-recurring sustainment activities, supplies, services and planning for depot activations as well as two F135 full-scale high fidelity mockup engines and four modules for test cells in support of the F-35 Lightning II Program. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Okla. (43.75%); East Hartford, (20%); Windsor, Conn. (3.5%); Cherry Point, N.C. (3.25%); Fairbanks, Ark. (3%); Miramar, Fla. (2.25%); Indianapolis, Ind. (1.5%); various locations within the continental United States (2.75%) and various locations outside the continental United States (20%), and is expected to be completed in January 2023. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy), non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant and foreign military sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $309,357,445 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 ($142,457,377; 44%), Marine Corps ($50,633,162; 16%), Navy ($36,962,858; 11%); non-DoD participants ($86,780,595; 27 %) and FMS ($8,321,220; 2 %). 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 (N00019-20-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 10/04/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Contract: Miss.DRS, $7.7M

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a $7,706,151 modification (P00012) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA3010-18-C-0007 for full food services. The location of performance is Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the work is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,706,151 will be obligated when they become available. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/03/19)

Contract: ASES, $21.3M

ASES LLC, doing business as Field Aerospace, Oklahoma City, Okla., has been awarded a $21,346,897 firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00023) to previously award contract FA8106-18-C-0002 to exercise Option One for full rate production to begin for the T-1A Avionics Modification Program. This contract provides for the replacement of the avionics suite in the Air Education and Training Command fleet of 178 T-1A trainer aircraft, 16 operational flight trainers and 14 part task trainers. Work will be performed at Oklahoma City; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 14, 2025. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $9,993,753; and 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $11,353,143 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/02/19)

U.S. can hit EU with $7.5B tariffs

The World Trade Organization says the U.S. can move forward with plans to impose some $7.5 billion in tariffs on EU goods annually, to counteract years of European loans and illegal subsidies to Airbus. The decision comes after a 15-year dispute over European Union countries' roles in building Airbus into a global player — and a fierce competitor to U.S. aerospace giant Boeing. But the clash is far from over: The WTO will likely rule in the coming months on the EU's own request to levy tariffs on the U.S. over its aid to Boeing. The United States on Wednesday said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on European-made Airbus planes and 25 percent duties on French wine, Scotch and Irish whiskies, and cheese from across the continent as punishment for illegal EU aircraft subsidies. The size and scope of the tariffs were reduced considerably from a $25 billion list floated by Washington earlier this year that included helicopters, major aircraft components, seafood, luxury goods and other big-ticket categories that were excluded from Wednesday’s announcement. (Sources: multiple, including NPR, Reuters, CNBC, 10/02/19) The inclusion of major aircraft components would have impacted Airbus' Mobile, Ala., operation, which assembles A320 and A220 series jetliners. Previous

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Contract: Faxon, $600M

Faxon Machining Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (FA8681-20-D-0001); and Major Tool & Machine Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. (FA8681-20-D-0002), have been awarded a $600,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for BLU-136/B next generation area attack warhead case production. This contract provides for the procurement of 15,000 BLU-136/B next generation area attack warhead cases. Work will be performed at Cincinnati and Indianapolis and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive small business set-aside acquisition. Fiscal 2019 ammunition production funds in the amount of $109,500 is being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Direct Attack Division, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/19)

Contract: Reliance, $49M

Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $49,032,036 modification (P00056) to previously awarded contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin Operation and Maintenance Support Service. This contract modification increases the value of cost-type contract line item numbers for Option Period One. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2020. The total cumulative face value of the contract to $1,266,287,845. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $6,200,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/19)

Contract: SES, $11.3M

SES Electrical LLC, Oak Ridge, Tenn., has been awarded an $11,298,386 firm-fixed-price contract to repair main perimeter fence. As the result of Hurricane Michael, the contract is comprised of the removal and disposal of old damaged fence, removal and disposal of previously installed temporary fencing and replacement with new approved fencing materials at specific locations identified on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. This award is the result of a sole source 8(a) Alaska Native Corporation acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $11,298,386 are being obligated at the time of award. The 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA4819-19-C-A033). (Source: DoD, 10/01/19)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Contract: ASRC, $12.8M

ASRC Builders LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $12,795,970 firm-fixed-price contract for demolition (Bldg. 6385) and construction of an F-35A conventional munitions maintenance facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed in Eielson, Ark., with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021. Fiscal 2010 military construction funds in the amount of $12,795,970 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Anchorage, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W911KB-19-C-0030). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Ashford, $41M

Ashford Leebcor Enterprises II LLC, Williamsburg, Va., was awarded a $40,979,587 firm-fixed-price contract for design-build, demolition of a dormitory. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 9, 2021. Fiscal 2015 and 2018 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $40,979,587 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-19-C-0034). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: MOWA, $7M

MOWA-Barlovento JV A, Gautier, Miss., has been awarded a $7,058,125 firm-fixed-price contract to repair and update the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Building 837. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 10, 2020. This award is the result of the Regional Engineering and Construction indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and four offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $7,058,125 are being obligated at the time of award. The 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (FA4819-19-F-A065). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: AT&T, $23.6M

AT&T Government Solutions, Vienna, Va., has been awarded a $23,615,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Tyndall Air Force Base Supplement Communications Recovery Effort (TSCR). This effort is for relief in rebuilding Tyndall AFB, a disaster area due to Hurricane Michael. The TSCR is to complete the holistic communication infrastructure and IT services restoration effort by delivering a modernized Wide Area Network and Base Area Network delivery solution. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 25, 2020. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $23,615,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8726-19-F-0153). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Boeing, $70M

The Boeing Corp., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $70,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators. Will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2022. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $26,285,280 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-D-0008). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $200M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $200,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb II Life Cycle Support Contract III. This contract provides lifecycle support includes, but is not limited to, all efforts related to the SDB II and variants in various support efforts for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development integration, production, sustainment, testing, obsolescence analysis and management, logistics support, testing, training, upgrades, and software updates. Additionally, studies and analysis related to current and future expansion of system performance, simulations, modeling, test hardware, technical support, aircraft integration activities, and procurement of all associated test hardware to support the activities and repair of non-warranted assets will be procured using this contract vehicle. Technical support for the SDB II system provides for engineering, management fielding and logistical tasks required to ensure technical baselines remain current and effective and that future growth requirements remain feasible. Work will be performed at Tucson amd is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2024. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 Air Force and Navy ammunition procurement; and research and development funds will be used, and no funds are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-19-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Metson Marine, $7.6M

Metson Marine Services Inc., Ventura, Calif., is awarded $7,618,818 for modification P00009 to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-19-C-0002) to exercise Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.217-9 for Option Period One for port operations support services that include maintenance and repairs of government furnished boats, service craft, and waterfront equipment; oil spill response; industrial marine services; docking regular overhauls; ship movement and fleet liaison support services; berth day support; facility response team services; counter-terrorism support; barrier and gate services; and exclusion buoy inventory in support of Commander, Navy Region Southeast. The contract will include a nine-month base period and four one-year option periods which if exercised, the total value of this contract will be $35,545,878. Work is expected to be completed by September 2020. If all options on the contract are exercised, work will be completed by September 2023. Work will be performed in Kings Bay, Ga. (30%); Kingsland, Ga. (28%); Mayport, Fla. (18%); Pensacola, Fla. (15%); Key West, Fla. (4%); Port Canaveral, Fla. (3%); Panama City, Fla. (1%); and Jacksonville, Fla. (1%). Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds (98%); and fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (U.S. Coast Guard) funds (2%) in the amount of $3,398,123 will be obligated at time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with the solicitation as a 100% total small business set-aside requirement with five offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,004,622 modification (P00006) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-19-C-0004). This modification provides additional contractor support to increase the development flight test aircraft capacity for F-35 test. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (80%); and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (20%), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $8,004,622 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($6,579,479; 82%); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($1,425,143; 18%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $30.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $30,468,348 modification (P00005) to a previously awarded, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-19-C-0004). This modification exercises the option to continue lab infrastructure activities in support of F-35 system integration labs. In addition, this modification provides administration, maintenance and preparation of F-35 labs to test updated or corrected software and hardware configurations across the F-35 platform. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70%); and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (30%), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $5,424,586 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, 09/30/19)

Contract: Vertex, $40.3M

Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded a $40,277,158 modification (P00039) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, labor hour indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011). This modification opens up the ordering period to provide organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support. The effort involves providing services in support of the T-45 Pilot Production Recovery effort, equipment, tools, direct material, and indirect material required to support and maintain all Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment to support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed in Kingsville, Texas (53.6%); Meridian, Miss. (39.6%) and Pensacola, Fla. (6.8%), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. No funds are being obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Contract: UTC, $2.2B

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $2,195,644,813 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification definitizes the production and delivery of 112 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force, 46 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps, and 25 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this modification definitizes award of long lead components, parts and materials associated with 129 F135-PW-100 and 19 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (67%); Indianapolis, Indiana (26.5%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5%), and is expected to be completed in February 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $3,561,262,259 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 ($878,133,063; 40%); the Marine Corps ($619,150,637; 28%); the Navy ($178,828,697; 8%); non-U.S. DoD Participants ($420,087,247; 19%); and FMS customers ($99,445,169; 5%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/19)

Monday, September 30, 2019

SLS pathfinder at KSC

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – NASA’s Pegasus barge arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex 39 turn basin wharf Friday, Sept. 27. Pegasus ferried the 228,000-pound, 212-foot-long Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage pathfinder mock-up. The pathfinder will be used by the Exploration Ground Systems Program and their contractor, Jacobs, to practice offloading, moving and stacking maneuvers, to train employees and certify all the equipment works properly. The core stage includes the cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks that will feed four RS-25 rocket engines and also contains the vehicle’s avionics and flight computer. The pathfinder will stay at KSC for about a month before sailing back to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana. (Source: Brevard Times, 09/29/19)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Leonardo eyes Whiting center

Leonardo Helicopter said it will build a 100,000 square-foot customer support center adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida if it's selected to supply the Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. Leonardo, one of three companies competing to build the new helicopter trainer, is offering TH-119 single-engine helicopter to replace the Navy’s TH-57 training helicopters. The Navy is expected to make its selection for the 130 helicopters by the end of 2019. Leonardo’s planned support center will create up to 50 jobs to maintain the trainers. (Source: Leonardo, 09/25/19) The center would be built at the 267-acre Whiting Aviation Park, a new park adjacent to NAS Whiting Field. The other competitors are Airbus Helicopters and Bell, which built the TH-57.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Contract: Microsoft, $45M

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., has been awarded a $44,985,323 modification (P0004) to previously awarded FA8726-18-9-0002 for Network as a Service. The contract modification adds Wi-Fi, public cellular connectivity, Base Area Network transformation and dual path Wide Area Network connectivity at all three bases on the agreement. Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla.; and Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2021. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the agreement to $109,815,137. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,578,356 are being obligated at the time of award. The Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $150.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $150,544,969 modification (P00022) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N0001919C1048). This modification provides for Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and support equipment in support of low rate initial production Lot 11 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (35%); Fort Worth, Texas (20%); Redondo Beach, Calif. (18%); Windsor, Conn. (13%); Franklin, Ohio (3%); Rome, Italy (3%); Winter Springs, Fla. (2%); Riverside, Calif. (2%); Chatsworth, Calif. (2%); and Bend, Ore. (2%). Work is expected to be completed in November 2023. Fiscal 2017 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD Participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $150,544,969 are being obligated at time of award, $11,150,805 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($24,176,311; 16.06%); Navy ($11,150,805; 7.41%); Marine Corps ($9,630,405; 6.40%); non-U.S. DoD Participants ($80,050,789; 53.17%); and FMS customers ($25,536,659; 16.96%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Contract: Global Connections, $12.1M

Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is awarded $12,147,228 for modification P00013 to extend the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-17-C-0005) to exercise Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.217-9 for option period three for full food and mess attendant services in support of Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Elgin Air Force Base (AFB), Fla., and mess attendant services in support of Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss. The contract includes a one-month base period, two 12-month option periods, one 11-month option period, and a six-month extension option under Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.217-8, which if all options are exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $45,737,677. Work will be performed in Pensacola (60%); Elgin AFB (20%); and Gulfport (20%), and work is expected to be completed by August 2020. If all options on the contract are exercised, work will be completed by February 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,532,017 will be incrementally funded throughout the period of performance, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole-source procurement under the Ability One Program (Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 8.704), with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $9,000,000 modification (P00008) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001919C1022) in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. This modification provides for additional Air System Software Sustainment Updates/Delivery to include Deficiency Report (DR) resolution services for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps and one training course for the Government of the Netherlands. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (81.7%); Samlesbury, Preston, United Kingdom (5.5%); Linthicum, Md. (3.9%); Nashua, N.H. (3.7 percent); Orlando, Fla. (2.9%); El Segundo, Calif. (2.3%). Work is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $9,000,000 are being obligated at time of award, $7,397,640 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($3,698,820; 41 %); U.S. Marine Corps ($3,698,820; 41%); and Non-U.S. DoD Participants ($1,602,360; 18%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Contract: Vertex, $180.4M

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded a $180,418,553 modification (P00037) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011). This modification exercises an option for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment. Support to be provided includes services, equipment, tools, direct material, and indirect material required to support and maintain all to support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (45.7%); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7%); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (10.1%), and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (2.5%), and is expected to be completed in September 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Contract: Jacobs, $93M

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is awarded a $92,995,855 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for in-air and underwater launch testing/capability for a new weapons system. This contract provides for engineering and design services to upgrade, redesign, fabricate, and operate the air launch testing capability at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) China Lake, and for the conceptual design support and initial operation of an underwater launch test capability at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, Ind.. Work will be performed at NAWCWD China Lake, Calif. (50%); and NSWC Crane (50%), and is expected to be completed in September 2024. Fiscal 2019 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $100,000 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 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)1. The NAWCWD, China Lake, is the contracting activity (N68936-19-D-0049). (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Contract: UTC, $7.5M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $7,485,199 modification (P00066) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-17-C-0010). This modification provides for testing of software changes to allow for emergency thrust bump operations in support of F-35B short takeoff and landing aircraft for Marine Corps and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in November 2019. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of $5,900,340 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($5,900,340, 79%); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($1,584,859; 21%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Boeing, $280M

The Boeing Co. Defense, Space, and Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $280,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB) integration and engineering support for the fielded SDB I weapon system. This contract provides for SDB weapon integration on selected weapon platforms and support of the fielded weapon system. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by September 2024. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $813,921.00 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-19-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/27/19)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Contract: Northrop, $375.8M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a maximum $375,792,189 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-19-F-E31N) against a five year basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for Multi Function Active Sensor Radar Systems for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a six-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California, with a Dec. 31, 2025, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2025 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa. (Source: DoD, 09/23/19) Gulf Coast note: Tritons are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Crane Elect., $9.3M

Crane Electronics Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an estimated $9,283,185 fixed-price, requirements contract for AN/ALR-56C radar warning receiver low voltage power supplies in support of the F-15 aircraft. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a Sept. 18, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is the Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2024 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Warner Robins, Ga. (SPRWA1-19-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/23/19)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Contract: COLSA, $69.6M

COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $69,618,375 modification (P00050) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-0031 for technical and management advisory services command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance/cyber support. The contractor will provide additional research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.; Gunter Annex, Ala.; Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. This modification involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $183,437,730. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research and development; and operations and maintenance funds will be used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/19)

Contract: Quantitech, $54.7M

Quantitech Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $54,726,755 modification (P00106) to exercise an option on previously awarded FA2486-16-F-0034 for technical and management advisory services range support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $175,192,346. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $20,267 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/19)

Contract: Torch, $47.5M

Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $47,489,349 modification (P00089) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-0030 for technical and management advisory services armament support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, technical, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirkland Air Force Base, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $186,317,225. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $5,576,841 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/19)

Contract: Bevilacqua, $37.2M

Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $37,229,216 modification (P00081) to exercise an option on previously awarded FA2486-16-F-0033 for technical and management advisory services platforms support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Duke Field, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $130,820,507. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,127,142 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/19)

Contract: DCS, $28.2M

DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., has been awarded a $28,154,855 modification (P00062) to exercise an option on previously awarded FA2486-16-F-0032 for technical and management advisory services electronic warfare support. The contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. This modification involves foreign military sales to Australia, Bahrain, Japan, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $58,541,910. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research and development; and operations and maintenance funds will be used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/20/19)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Contract: Dawson, $50M

Dawson Enterprises LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, has been awarded an maximum value $50,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity construction requirements contract vehicle for Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The maximum dollar value for the five-year ordering period is $50,000,000. SABER is a program that expedites contract execution of base civil engineering (BCE) requirements by reducing design work and acquisition lead times. It is particularly well-suited for reducing the BCE work order backlogs and accomplishing construction, maintenance, and repair requirements on real property that require less than a 35% design effort. Work will be performed on Eglin Air Force Base and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20, 2024. The first task order will be for $1,000 for a post award conference. This award was the result of an 8(a) Direct, Small Business Set Aside to a Native Hawaiian Corporation. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; and operation and maintenance funds will be utilized for work under this contract award and will be obligated appropriately under each task order. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/19)

Contract: Vertex, $19M

Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $19,062,362 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N61340-17-D-0005). This is modification exercises an option for Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department support for Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft, tenant activities, and transient aircraft at these locations. Support to be provided includes intermediate-level maintenance, repair, and logistics support services, as well as tools and equipment. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (50 %); Corpus Christi, Texas (45 %); and Whiting Field, Fla. (5 %), and is expected to be completed no later than September 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/19)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $23.7M

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $23,746,128 task order (N6134019F0166) against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirement contract (N6134019D0004). This order procures high pressure compressor stator vane assemblies to support T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be performed in Kingsville, Texas (45 %); Meridian, Miss. (44 %); Pensacola, Fla. (10 %); and Patuxent River, Md. (1 %), and is expected to be completed no later than February 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $23,746,128 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/19)

TH-57 replacement step closer

The Navy has determined that replacing the TH-57 training helicopters with a more advanced helicopter and new ground based training system will have no significant impact on the quality of the human environment. A finding of no significant impact has been issued and the preparation of an environmental impact statement is not required. The Navy is modernizingv its rotary-wing and tilt-rotor integrated pilot production training program at Training Air Wing Five at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, near Milton, Fla., and its respective helicopter training Navy Outlying Landing Fields in Florida. The replacement helicopter has not yet been chosen, but the Advanced Helicopter Training System will replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters and simulators, and the training tempo will also increase. There will also be changes in operational tactics based on a new curriculum, construction of temporary and permanent supporting facilities, and an increase in personnel. The Navy has made available the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which evaluates the potential environmental effects of the replacement program. The Draft EA was made available for public review and comment from June 28 through July 19, 2019. All comments received were considered in preparing the Final EA. (Source: U.S. Fleet Forces Command, 09/19/19). NoteFinal EA and FONSI

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Contract: L3Harris, $12.9M

L3Harris Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $12,880,167 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification (P01000) to a previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for fiscal 2020 Eglin sustainment support. This modification provides sustainment support for the Eglin AN/FPS (Army, Navy/Fixed Ground Detecting/Range and Bearing Search)-85 Radar. The Eglin AN/FPS-85 Radar is a computer-controlled, phased-array radar set operating as a functional entity in the Air Force Space Command Space Surveillance Network. The radar set concurrently performs the functions of detection, target recognition, acquisition and track of many space objects. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020. Total cumulative face value is $12,880,167. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are being used and no funds are being obligated at time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/19)

Contract: M1 Support, $12.4M

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $12,366,227 modification (A00038) to contract FA3002-15-C-0006 for Trainer Maintenance Services. This action is to exercise Option Period Five. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and satellite site at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $76,725,152. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds will be used and no funds are being obligated at the time of the award. The 82d Contracting Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/19)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Contract: Major Tool, $9.3M

Major Tool and Machine Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $9,339,200 firm-fixed-price contract for low rate initial production modification (PZ0001) to previously awarded contract FA8681-19-C-0013 for the BLU-111 warhead. This modification provides for the definitization for a quantity of BLU-111 warheads produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $9,339,200 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, 09/17/19)

Contract: General Dynamics, $9.7M

General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $9,691,384 firm-fixed-price contract for low rate initial production modification (PZ0001) to previously awarded contract FA8681-19-C-0015 for the BLU-111 warhead. This modification provides for the definitization for a quantity of BLU-111 warheads produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Garland, Texas, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $9,691,384 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, 09/17/19)

Contract: Alliant Tech, $8.8M

Alliant TechSystems Operations LLC – ATK Tactical Propulsion and Control, Rocket Center, W.Va., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $8,762,690 firm-fixed-price contract for low rate initial production modification (PZ0001) to previously awarded contract FA8681-19-C-0016 for the BLU-111 warhead. This modification provides for the definitization for a quantity of BLU-111 warheads produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Rocket Center, West Virginia, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $8,762,690 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, 09/17/19)

Contract: Enfield, $7.2M

Enfield Enterprises Inc., Springfield, Mass., has been awarded a $7,221,081 requirements contract for the replacement of Halon and electrical at Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility. This contract consists of furnishing all plant, labor, materials and equipment, and performing all operations in connection with the replacement of Halon and electrical at Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in accordance with the specifications and drawings. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base and is expected to be completed by May 26, 2020. This award was the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2019 3600 research, development, test and evaluation funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-19-C-A044). (Source: DoD, 09/17/19)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Contract: Kratos, $35M

Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a $35,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Air Force Subscale Aerial Target peculiar spares. Work will be performed at Sacramento and is expected to be complete by March 30, 2024. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $185,606; and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $35,255 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-19-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 09/16/19)

Contract: Harper, $95.4M

Harper Construction Company Inc., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $95,355,749 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of the P-284 F-35C maintenance hangar at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif. The project includes construction of a two-module Type I aircraft maintenance hangar, associated airfield pavements, operational and munitions storage, renovation of an existing battery shop, and building a new tool room. Project provides temporary facilities. Work will be performed in Lemoore and is expected to be completed by November 2021. Fiscal 2019 military construction (Navy) contract funds for $95,621,143 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, is the contracting activity (N62473-19-C-2455). (Source: DoD, 09/16/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: L3 Doss, $9.4M

L3 Doss Aviation, Colorado Springs, Colo., was awarded a $9,424,653 firm-fixed-price contract for advanced helicopter flight training support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $7,643 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W9124G-19-C-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/16/19)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

WTO ruling may impact Mobile

In a World Trade Organization ruling that may impact the Airbus operation in Mobile, Ala., Politico is reporting that the WTO ruled in favor of the U.S. in the dispute over Airbus subsidies. The confidential decision was sent to Brussels and Washington on Friday. It gives the United States the go-ahead to impose billions in punitive tariffs on EU products in retaliation for illegal subsidies granted to Europe's Airbus. President Trump will likely soon announce tariffs on European products ranging from cheeses to Airbus planes in an amount close to $10 billion, Politico reports. The U.S. can choose products from a previously compiled list and tax them at different rates to claw back the total amount of damage resulting from the EU subsidies. The list contains EU aircraft parts, a move that EU officials said was designed explicitly to disrupt the company's supply and manufacturing chain by depriving the company of the parts it needs for the final assembly of its A320 series in Mobile, Ala. The ruling is the culmination of a decades-long dispute on whether EU countries have illegally supported Airbus by granting subsidized loans known as “launch aid” for the development of the A350 and A380 models. The U.S. first filed the complaint in 2006. A parallel complaint by the EU, alleging illegal U.S. subsidies for Boeing, is also being examined by the WTO and a ruling is expected in about eight months.  (Source: Politico, 09/14/19)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Tyndall progress report

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Tyndall Air Force Base is undertaking most of its missions again and is planning repairs - designing and demolition work - 11 months after Category 5 Hurricane Michael. During the third Industry Day event at Florida State University-Panama City, Tyndall officials gave updates on rebuilding. Col. Brian Laidlow, commander of the 325th Fighter Wing, said airmen have implemented temporary fixes to bring missions back online. "Today at Tyndall we’re doing nearly all of our pre-storm missions. We’re doing it with about 80 percent of our people and we’re doing it at only half of our facilities because that’s all that survived.” Permanent repairs, planning and pre-design, demolition and design work are underway, according to a presented timeline. Permanent construction is expected to go into fiscal year 2024. Tyndall will get up to three squadrons of F-35s starting in 2023 and remains the “preferred alternative” as the future home of 24 MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, Laidlaw said. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 09/12/19)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $266.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $266,203,768 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract special tooling and special test equipment in support of F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50.30 percent); San Diego, Calif. (13.18 percent); Orlando, Fla. (7.30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (5.45 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (5.23 percent); Papendrecht, Netherlands (3.90 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom, (2.49 percent); Rochester, United Kingdom (2.29 percent); Nashua, N.H. (1.95 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (1.66 percent); Williston, Vt. (1.47 percent); Marietta, Ga. (1 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (0.73 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (0.59 percent); Endicott, N.Y. (0.55 percent); Kongsberg, Norway (0.43 percent); Marion, Va. (0.34 percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (0.30 percent); Boulder, Colo. (0.24 percent); Owego, N.Y. (0.23 percent); Sylmar, Calif. (0.22 percent); Mississauga, Canada (0.06 percent); Avon, Mass. (0.04 percent); Montmorency, Australia (0.02 percent); Garden Grove, Calif. (0.02 percent); and Ontario, Calif. (0.01 percent). Work is expected to be completed by July 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of $266,203,768 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 ($117,424,737; 44 percent); Navy ($80,246,876; 30 percent); Marine Corps ($36,674,989; 14 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($31,857,166; 12 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N0001919C0074). (Source: DoD, 09/06/19)

Contract: Bowhead, $19.7M

Bowhead Cybersecurity Solutions & Services LLC, Alexandria, Va., has been awarded a $19,689,460 firm-fixed-price contract for the Air Force National Tactical Integration Program. This contract provides for real-time, two-way interactive information exchange among the combined/joint force air component commander, other joint and Air Force customers, and the national intelligence community. Work will be performed at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Fort Meade, Md.; Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Fort Gordon, Ga.; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The performance period includes four option periods with expected completion by Jan. 30, 2024. This award is the result of a sole source set-aside acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $1,446,615 are being obligated at time of the award. The Acquisition Management & Integration Center-Detachment 2, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA7037-19-C-A009). (Source: DoD, 09/06/19)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Contract: DynCorp Int, $88.7M

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $88,730,512 modification (P00052) to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0003). This modification provides organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for 16 T-34, 54 T-44, and 287 T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas (47%); Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. (42%); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (9%); and various locations through the continental U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/05/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $8.4M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $8,422,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00032) to previously awarded contract FA8675-16-C-0067 for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development test mission support including, test planning, test operations, test reporting and telemetry analysis. This contract modification provides for exercise of the third option for an additional 12 months of services to support ground tests, captive flight tests and live fire tests conducted for developmental purposes up to and including operational test readiness reviews. The effort also encompasses management and maintenance of AMRAAM separation test vehicles and other assets used for the test programs. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $46,807,656. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 5, 2020. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition and only one source was solicited and received. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,000,000; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $99,600 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, 09/04/19)

Friday, August 30, 2019

$6.7M granted to improve runway

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been awarded a grant of $6,727,759 for the Trent Lott International Airport Runway Improvements project. It's part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), which provides funding for Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. MDEQ will subaward the project to the Jackson County Airport Authority to support engineering and design, surveying, permitting, and construction. The improvements will allow the airport to accommodate medium and large cargo planes used by local industries. "Trent Lott International Airport already is home to world class manufacturing at Northrop Grumman’s manned and unmanned systems facility," said George Freeland, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, "but Jackson County remains focused on strategic improvements that position this community for continued growth in the aviation sector.” (Source: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 08/30/19) The airport is in Moss Point, Miss.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Contract: PRIDE, $17.4M

PRIDE Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded a $17,421,355 modification (P00015) to contract W9124G-18-C-0005 for base operation support. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $2,877,369 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/19)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

McClellan to chair airport group

Parker McClellan Jr., Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), has been elected Chairman of the Florida Airports Council (FAC) – the official association of the publicly-owned and operated airports in Florida – effective October 1, 2019. McClellan will be transitioning from his previous position on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman and will serve as Chairman for one year. The Council is composed of members representing all 20 Florida commercial service airports and 79 of the state’s general aviation airports, one Spaceport (Cecil Airport) and more than 250 corporate, educational, affiliate, student chapters and student members. McClellan will continue in his role at ECP. (Source: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, 08/28/19)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $25.3M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $25,252,703 for modification P00052 to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-16-C-0004. This modification is for an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter regional maintenance repair and upgrade facility for the Government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Nagoya, Japan (65%); Ft Worth, Texas (26%); Greenville, S.C. (7%); Orlando, Fla. (2%); and El Segundo, Calif. (1%), and is expected to be completed no later than September 2022. FMS funds in the amount of $25,252,703 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, 08/27/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Contract: PAE Aviation, $19.2M

PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $19,156,738 modification to previously awarded contract FA4890-15-C0018 for the Aerial Targets Program. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional year of service under the multiple year contract, which directly supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group to perform developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles for the F-15, F-16, F-22, and F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are being used and no funds were obligated at the time of award. The Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley Air Force Base, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/26/19)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

SLS engine section completed

NEW ORLEANS - NASA and prime contractor Boeing formally signed off on the first assembly of the most complicated element of the space agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. After a review of data from two months of functional testing at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans, the engine section element of the first SLS Core Stage is complete and is now cleared to be mated to the rest of the vehicle. The next step is to move the engine section and boattail to another building, rotate them from vertical to horizontal, and then come back for bolting to the aft end of the stage in the last “major join” in its assembly. Boeing continues to aim to complete the full stage in December and barge it to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for a full, integrated checkout and acceptance firing as part of the Green Run test campaign. (Source: NASAspaceflight, 08/25/19)

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)