Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Contract: Wickr, $35M

Wickr Inc., San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded a ceiling $35,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Wickr-based recall, alert and messaging (Wickr RAM) services. Wickr RAM services require an Air Force Cloud One and Air Force Special Operations Command cloud certified fully managed service provider. This contract provides Wickr RAM is a Department of Defense (DOD)-approved/Federal Information Processing Standards certified application suite that provides end-to-end encrypted file, video, chat, text and voice services for end-users. The application suite includes servers that run in a DOD-approved cloud data center and client applications that run on government issued, personal and temporary computers and mobile devices. Work will be performed at the contractor's facility and is expected to be completed May 31, 2022. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Installation Contracting Center, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA0021-20-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 06/01/20)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

SpaceX launches astronauts

NASA astronauts are heading to space from U.S. soil for the first time in nine years aboard SpaceX's Dragon capsule, the maiden crewed flight of the innovative spacecraft. The mission, which is sending Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station, is a bold new venture for the space agency's plan to allow commercial companies to take its astronauts into low-Earth orbit. They launched from Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A at 3:22 p.m. ET as they rode SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket toward a rendezvous with the station in about 19 hours. On Wednesday, storms and a tornado warning upended a launch attempt, with the veteran space shuttle astronauts suited up and strapped into the Dragon before the mission was scrubbed. (Source: NPR, 05/30/20)

Contract: ABBA Cnstctn, $10.5M

ABBA Construction Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., has been awarded a $10,481,178 firm-fixed-price contract for the multi-phase renovation of Hangar 68 Joint-Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems (J-PRIMES) test facility. Work will be performed on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and includes updated fire suppression systems, administrative and lab spaces, HVAC, furniture, vestibule, and bathrooms. These projects are estimated to be completed by May 2021. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the full amount will be obligated at time of award. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and four offers were received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-20-R-0001). (Source: DoD, 05/29/20)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Contract: DynCorp Intnl, $8.8M

DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,774,725 modification (P00007) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61340-19-D-0905. This modification increases the flight hour capacity on base year two of this contract by 1,100 flight hours per month, increasing the total flight hours from 6,500 hours per month to 7,600 hours per month in support of the TH-57 aircraft. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be complete by May 2023. No funds are being 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, 05/28/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $393.8M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $393,846,014 modification (P00008) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015. This modification increases the ceiling to produce and deliver Ancillary Mission Equipment (AME)/Pilot Flight Equipment (PFE) and associated AME/PFE initial spares in support of F-35 Lot 14 aircraft deliveries for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants and Foreign Military Sales customer's operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by September 2023. No funds are obligated at time of award and 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, 05/27/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $16M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $15,989,488 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-20-F-0817) against a previously-issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This order procures support to manage diminishing manufacturing sources in support of the F-35 program for the Air Force, Navy and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by June 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $6,545,775; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,545,774; and non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $2,897,939 will be obligated at time of award, $6,545,775 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/25/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Base shooting terror-related

NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The dead suspect in Thursday's shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was 20-year-old Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation. Alsahli drove to an entrance at the naval station and shot a security forces member in the chest, hitting the guard in her bulletproof vest and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries. Alsahli then accelerated towards the gate entrance and crashed into a barrier. After exiting the vehicle, he began shooting, and was shot and killed by naval security forces. A preliminary investigation into the shooter identified him as a U.S. resident who was born in Syria, and likely a supporter of Salafi-jihadist ideology, according to one source. Online postings by these accounts expressed support for ISIS and Al Qaeda. FBI officials said earlier the shooting was terror-related. (Sources: multiple, including CNN, NBCNews, 05/21/20) Previous

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shooter neutralized at Navy base

NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - An active shooter incident Thursday morning at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, ended when the shooter was "neutralized." A member of the Naval Security Forces was injured but is in good condition. The shooting unfolded at about 6:15 a.m. local time when the suspect sped through a gate, activating vehicle barriers which stopped the car, according to a defense official. The driver then got out of the car and began shooting and was "neutralized," Navy officials said. The base ordered all facilities to execute lockdown procedures before 6:45 am local time. The base remained closed on Thursday morning as officials worked the scene. (Sources: multiple, including the Independent, ABCNews, NBCNews, CNN, 05/21/20) This is the second shooting incident in less than a year at a Navy base that trains aviators. In December 2019 three sailors were shot dead by a Saudi officer who was training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The gunman was killed.

Two crashes leads to safety pause

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The commander of Eglin Air Force Base said the base will take a “safety pause” on Thursday, after the crash of two fifth-generation fighter jets within days of one another. An F-22 crashed on Eglin’s test and training range Friday morning during a training flight. Four days later an F-35 crashed on the base’s air field. Both pilots safely ejected without significant injuries. Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, commander of the 96th Test Wing, said in a Facebook post Wednesday that the base needs to turn its attention to improving safety. He ordered commanders at all levels to conduct a “virtual safety day” Thursday, in reflection of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cain also asked the wing’s safety office to prepare a safety briefing to be used across the base. Cain said the investigations into both accidents are still in their early phases. (Source: Air Force Times, 05/20/20)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Contract: Rockwell, $11.9M

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded an $11,916,073 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable modification (P00101) to exercise the contractor logistics support (CLS) and contractor logistics support performance based incentive options previously awarded on contract FA8678-10-C-0058 to support the sustainment of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) for upgrading the test and evaluation instrumentation at Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges. The objective of the CRIIS CLS is to provide repairs and sustainment management for the CRIIS equipment while verifying sustainment system performance specification requirements. CLS will ensure availability and maintainability of CRIIS equipment at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md.; White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev.; Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, Calif.; and Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, Calif. The contracting action is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Work will be performed at Rockwell Collins facilities; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2025. Fiscal 2020 and 2021 Department of Defense Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,279,875 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $340,594,567. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/20/20)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.5M

Raytheon Co., Keyport, Wash., is awarded a $10,480,184 modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract N61331-17-D-0001 to exercise options for maintenance and support for the AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detecting Set. The AN/AQS-20 is a towed, mine hunting and identification system for program executive office, unmanned and small combatants. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65%); Keyport, Wash. (30%); and Panama City, Fla. (5%). This option exercise extends the period of performance and allows for continuing support including but not limited to: repair; overhauls and other scheduled maintenance; hardware and software maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence issues; technology improvements; reliability and maintainability improvements; development and incorporation of change notices and engineering change proposals; test support; engineering services; spares and repair parts; design efforts and hardware upgrades to improve system performance, sustainability, reliability, and other activities in support of the program. Work is expected to be complete by May 2021. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/20/20)

Contract: Multiple, $30M

A-VET/MGC JV LLC, Warner Robins, Ga. (N69450-20-D-0028); CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. (N69450-20-D-0029); and Pacific Tech Construction Inc., Kelso, Wash. (N69450-20-D-0030), are awarded $30,000,000 for a design-build and design-bid-build, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award roofing construction contract for projects located primarily within the Florida Panhandle area of responsibility managed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (34%); Whiting Field, Fla. (33%); and Panama City, Fla. (33%), and primarily consists of roof system replacements, repairs and maintenance of various types of existing low-slope and steep slope roofing. This includes but not be limited to: modified bitumen; built-up; metal roofing; waterproof roof coatings; asphalt shingles; roof systems flashings and drainage components; and abatement and handling of hazardous/regulated materials (including and not limited to asbestos, lead paint, mold remediation and polychlorinated biphenyl). Single ply roof systems, slate roofing systems and tile roof systems may be included. Projects can be based on design-build, modified design-build or full plans and specifications format. Work is expected to be complete by January 2021. The maximum dollar value for the five-year ordering period for all three contracts combined is $30,000,000. A-VET/MGC JV LLC is awarded the initial task order at $194,733 for Building 3748 roof replacement located at Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of April 2025. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) (O&M, N) contract funds in the amount of $196,733 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by O&M, N. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, and nine proposals were received. These three contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/20/20)

F-35 crashes, pilot OK

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - For the second time in four days a fifth-generation fighter jet has crashed at Eglin Air Force Base. An F-35A assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron on a routine night-time training sortie crashed upon landing around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a media release. The pilot ejected and was taken to the 96th Medical Group Hospital at Eglin, and was released early Wednesday morning, according to 1st Lt. Savannah Stephens, a spokeswoman for the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin. Less than a week ago, and F-22 crashed at the base and the pilot ejected. (Sources: Air Force Times, Business Insider, 05/20/20) Previous

Contract: Applied Systems, $10.6M

Applied Systems Engineering Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded a $10,600,000 modification on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order N001781-70-D-2053 for additional quantities of Advanced Tactical Navigation units as well as various upgrades, repairs and associated support. Work will be performed in Niceville and is expected to be complete by April 2022. This modification raises the contract ceiling to $22,259,073. This modification is being awarded on a sole-source basis in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2, Unusual and Compelling Urgency (see 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(2)). No funds are being obligated at the time of award, and will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/20)

Contract: Ventech, $99M

Ventech Inc., Largo, Md., has been awarded a $99,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for performance of the Base Level Software Support V contract. This contract provides for purchasing of commercial software, software maintenance and bundled maintenance, filing purchases and license information database operations and maintenance, report generation and general support to address software, documentation and licensing issues. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed May 30, 2030. The period of performance for this services contract is for a five year base period with one five year option. This award is the result of competitive acquisition and 18 offers were received. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $106,723 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Testing Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2486-20-D-0009). (Source: DoD, 05/19/20)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A220 line in Mobile opens

JetBlue A220 in new assembly line. Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has officially inaugurated production activities in a newly-built 270,000 square-foot A220 Final Assembly Line hangar at its Mobile campus. The new hangar, where both A220-100 and A220-300 aircraft can be assembled, took 18 months to build. It has five primary assembly stations where major airframe component assemblies come together for a completed aircraft in a flowline process. Airbus actually began producing its first A220 aircraft  in Mobile, that plane for Delta, in August 2019 using space in an existing A320 Final Assembly Line hangar and newly built support hangars. With the completion of the new hangar, the Airbus production site in Alabama has now officially doubled in size. Airbus also welcomed the first component assemblies destined to become an A220 for JetBlue. JetBlue is the second customer served by the Mobile team, with its first U.S.-made A220 scheduled for delivery in Q4 2020. “The team is excited to start working in their new facility and to welcome a new customer. It’s a strong endorsement from JetBlue in this challenging time,” said Paul Gaskell, president of A220 USA and head of A220 program in Mobile. Airbus paused work in Mobile in early April but brought workers back in early May. (Source: GCAC. 05/19/20) Previous

Monday, May 18, 2020

FBI gets into terrorist's phones

The Saudi trainee who killed three American sailors and wounded  others in a terror attack in December 2019 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., was in touch with al Qaeda before the attack and well before coming to Pensacola. U.S. investigators uncovered the al Qaeda connection after the FBI broke through the encryption protecting the Saudi attacker's iPhones. Attorney General William Barr discussed the new findings at a news conference Monday. The terrorist, a lieutensnt in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was training to be a pilot, was killed by law enforcement during the attack. Saudi flight students were grounded after the attack, but resumed in February. In the shooting probe, investigators had been stymied by Apple's refusal to help investigators gain access to the terrorist's phone. The government has complained that stronger encryption, without the ability of law enforcement to get court-ordered access to data, endangers the public. (Source: GCAC, 05/18/20) Previous

Friday, May 15, 2020

Contract: PAE Aviation, $158M

PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Arlington, Va., has been awarded a $157,990,274 firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursable contract for performance of the Eglin backshop maintenance services contract. This contract provides for support for repair, maintenance and modification of F-15, F-16, UH1N, C-130 and other required aircraft, including maintaining support equipment and providing crash recovery services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The period of performance includes a 30-day transition period, a one-year base year with six one-year options and an option to extend services for six months. This award is the result of a full and open competitive acquisition and six offers were received. Fiscal 2020 research, test, development and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,098,853 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-20-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 05/15/20)

Contract: Vectrus Systems, $17.4M

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $17,382,577 firm-fixed-price modification (A00072) to contract FA3002-17-C-0001 for base operations support services at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work will be performed at Keesler AFB and is expected to be completed May 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $17,365,577 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $78,311,850. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/20)

Contract: Raytheon, $17.4M

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $17,354,159 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile program. This modification provides for procurement of two new final assembly test sets and upgrade of two existing final assembly test sets. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2023. This contract involves unclassified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Qatar, Spain and Romania. Fiscal 2019 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $4,589,102; fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $9,928,382; and FMS funds in the amount of $2,836,675 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/20)

F-22 crashes at Egin, pilot ejects

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — An F-22 fighter jet with the 43rd Fighter Squadron crashed shortly after 9 a.m. Friday on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation. The pilot ejected from the aircraft and was taken to the Eglin hospital, according to Ilka Cole, chief of media operations for the Eglin host unit, 96th Test Wing. The plane went down 12 miles northeast of the main part of the base in a remote part of the Eglin reservation, according to Cole. The Eglin reservation covers hundreds of thousands of acres across Northwest Florida. The F-22 Raptor was on a routine training mission at the time, according to Cole. The plane was not part of a flyover scheduled for Friday morning to honor first responders and hospital personnel in Bay and Gulf counties for their work in the battle against COVID-19. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/15/20)

Thursday, May 14, 2020

NASA resumes SLS test work

NASA resumed Green Run testing activities this week on the first flight stage of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, with the return of limited crews to perform work at Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss. Stennis moved to Stage 4 on March 20, with only personnel needed to perform mission-essential activities related to the safety and security of the center allowed on site. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and its Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which are building SLS, also are in Stage 4. Re-establishing, or “waking up,” the SSC B-2 Test Stand systems in the days ahead includes restoring facility power and controls, as well as ensuring pressurized gas systems are at proper levels for SLS operators to proceed with testing activities. According to Julie Bassler, SLS stages project manager responsible for the core stage work at SSC, Michoud and Marshall, Marshall also is resuming critical flight software and hardware testing. SSC plans for 30 days of limited crew activity on site in anticipation of the center’s transition from Stage 4 to Stage 3. Once that transition occurs, increases to on-site work will continue slowly. The focus then will shift to preparing for the avionics power-up test – the next in a series of core stage Green Run testing milestones. According to Robinson, it’s too early to calculate a precise schedule for the various test milestones. Green Run represents the first top-to-bottom integrated test of all flight core stage systems prior to its maiden Artemis I flight. All testing will be conducted on the B-2 Test Stand in the coming months and will culminate with an eight-minute, full-duration hot fire of the core stage with its four RS-25 engines, as during an actual launch. (Source: NASA, 05/14/20)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Aviation company won't reopen

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, the former Star Aviation, is closing down and will not reopen after the COVID-19 epidemic, resulting in the loss of about 80 jobs. The company launched in Mobile, Ala., in 1999 and was acquired by Carlisle in 2016. Star specialized in in-flight entertainment and connectivity. In 2015, Star announced plans to invest $2.35 million to build a new manufacturing space at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, adding 24,000 square feet and as many as 50 jobs to the 18,000 square feet and 85 employees it already had there. At the time, the company also employed about 45 people in Seattle. Scott Selbach, general counsel for Carlisle Companies Inc., confirmed Tuesday that the company was shutting down the former Star Aviation facility in what expected to be a permanent move. The last day of manufacturing will be May 29, he said. (Source: al.com, 05/13/20)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Contract: UTC, $10.6M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $10,648,976 modification (P00022) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract N00019-17-C-0020. This modification procures one low rate initial production Lot 11 afloat spares package kit for the Marine Corps in support of the F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft program. Work will be performed in East Hartford (20%); Indianapolis, Ind. (17%); Windsor Lock, Conn. (16%); North Berwick, Maine (14%); Midland, Ga. (7%); Middleton, Conn. (7%); Rockford, Ill. (7%); Phoenix, Ariz. (6%); Bristol, United Kingdom (5%); and Santa Isabel, Israel (1%). Work is expected to be complete by September 2021. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for $10,648,976 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, 05/12/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $49.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $49,856,351 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00004) to contract FA8682-19-C-0008 to procure additional equipment and tooling needed to increase Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile production. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2023. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 missile procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/07/20)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Contract: CAE USA, $11.2M

CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded an $11,157,134 firm-fixed-price contract for advanced helicopter flight training support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2027. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $11,157,134 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W9124G-20-C-0008). (Source: DoD, 05/05/20)

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Airbus laying off 14 subcontractors

Airbus is laying off 14 subcontractors in the coming weeks at its engineering center in Mobile, Ala., a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aerospace industry. Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury had previously said Airbus plans to “right-size” business during a sharp downturn from the pandemic, which he called the “gravest crisis” in the history of the aerospace industry. Kristi Tucker, a spokeswoman for Airbus in Mobile, said the company had to assess the impact of the virus on engineering services and support. She said after the layoff there will be a staff of 185 engineers and support staff at the Mobile Engineering Center. (Source: al.com, 05/01/20) In addition to the engineering center, Airbus has an assembly line for A320 nd A220 jetliners in Mobile, and some 1,000 employees. Previous

Friday, May 1, 2020

Airbus Mobile resumes production

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has resumed production at its manufacturing facility in Mobile after a three-week pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Airbus Mobile Final Assembly Line General Manager Daryl Taylor posted on Facebook Wednesday, writing "We’re back! A great day today as Team Mobile restarted production across our work-site following a 3-week pause! We're welcoming back our Red and Blue production shifts, and it's good to see everyone dive back into production after a full 'back to work' orientation. Our Green shift will return on Friday, and of course some of our team mates will continue to work remotely to help promote physical distancing." Airbus builds the A320 and A220 jetliners at its Mobile campus. (Source: GCAC, 05/01/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $129.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $129,189,887 modification to a firm-fixed-price delivery order N00019-19-F-2512 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification procures the kits required for modification and retrofit activities of delivered Air Force and government of Norway F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (85%); Fort Worth, Texas (14%); and Baltimore, Md. (1%). Work is expected to be complete by April 2025. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $107,814,159; and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participant funds in the amount of $21,375,728 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force ($107,814,159; 83%); and non-DOD participants ($21,375,728; 17%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $89.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $89,521,608 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-20-F-0571) against basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This order provides program management, nonrecurring engineering, recurring engineering, site support and touch labor in support of modification and retrofit activities for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft air systems for the 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, Texas, and is expected to be complete by December 2020. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $33,909,821; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $23,817,018; non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $18,707,572; and FMS funds in the amount of $13,087,196 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force ($33,909,821; 37.9%); Marine Corps (16,993,891; 18.9%); the Navy ($6,823,127; 7.7%); non-DOD participants ($18,707,572; 20.9%); and FMS customers ($13,087,196; 14.6%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Raytheon, $15.6M

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $15,598,152 firm-fixed price contract modification (P00023) to contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile program obsolescence. This modification provides for a life of type procurement of known obsolete components in support of production and sustainment through the program of record. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2025. This contract involves unclassified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Qatar, Romania and Spain. Fiscal 2019 missile procurement funds (Air Force) in the amount of $4,574,526; fiscal 2019 weapons procurement funds (Navy) in the amount of $4,978,960; and FMS funds in the amount of $6,044,666 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/20)

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Contract: Raytheon, $32.8M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $32,780,869 fixed-price-incentive-fee, undefinitized contract action for StormBreaker Lot 6 Contract Line Identification Number 6001 - All Up Round (AUR); Simmonds Precision Product and multicut. This contract provides for Simmonds Precision Product and multicut material and labor for parts used in a StormBreaker AUR. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Nov. 21, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement funds in the amount of $6,612,745 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-20-C-0005). (Awarded April 28, 2020) (Source: DoD, 04/29/20)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Captain relieved of command

Navy Capt. Nate Schneider, who commanded the school that develops aviation technical training, was removed from his job Tuesday as commander of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Schneider's relief was carried out by Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, the head of Naval Education and Training Command. Following an investigation Cozad lost confidence in Schneider's ability to lead, according to Cmdr. James Stockman, a spokesman for Naval Education and Training Command. The investigation into unspecified allegations was completed a couple of weeks ago, he said. Schneider enlisted in the Navy in 1981 and later became an officer through the Enlisted Commissioning Program, his official bio says. He assumed command of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training in November 2018. Capt. Bryant Hepstall, the center’s executive officer, has now taken command. (Sources: military.com, taskandpurpose.com, 04/28/20)

Contract: Risk Mitigation, $8.9M

Risk Mitigation Consulting Inc., Destin, Fla., is awarded an $8,860,412 modification to task order N62470-20-F-4016 under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The task order is for mission assurance (MA) assessments for various locations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) area of operations worldwide. Work will be performed in Florida (15%); Virginia (11%); Georgia (10%); California (7%); Maryland (6%); and Louisiana (6%). Work will also be performed outside of the U.S. in the following locations: Bahrain (11%); Souda Bay, Greece (10%), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (9%); Sasebo and Okinawa, Japan (8%); and Deveselu, Romania (7%). The MA assessments to be performed include assessments of installation infrastructure, industrial control systems and energy/utility management control systems. Work is expected to be complete by January of 2021. The maximum dollar value for this task order as a result of this modification will increase from $5,172,574 to $8,860,412. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $3,687,838 will be obligated on a modification to the above referenced task order. The base contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with six proposals received. NAVFAC Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-19-D-2002). (Source: DoD, 04/28/20)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds joint tour

The Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels will kick off a nationwide tour honoring first responders and essential workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 28 in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The “America Strong” tour will start around noon in New York City, followed by flyovers in Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia. The teams will then move on to other cities across the countries with demonstrations occurring every one to two days, according to a Pentagon release. (Source: Air Force Magazine, 04/26/20)

Boeing ends Embraer deal

Boeing has terminated its $4.2 billion deal with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer, the company said Saturday. The deal would have given Boeing a bigger stake in the market for smaller jets. Embraer responded Saturday in a press release that it will "pursue all remedies against Boeing for the damages incurred," calling Boeing's decision a wrongful termination. The two had planned to create a joint venture by April 24, but the deadline passed without Embraer satisfying the necessary conditions, according to Boeing, but not detailing the unmet conditions. The Brazilian company said it believes it fully satisfied the deal's conditions. (Sources: multiple, including CNN, 04/25/20, AP via KOMO News, 04/26/20) The deal was in response to the Airbus-Bombardier deal, where Airbus took a majority share in a joint project to build what is now called the A220 passenger jet. A second assembly line for the jet is in Mobile, Ala.,next to the Airbus A320 assembly line. Previous

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Contract: Global Connections, $14.4M

Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (HE1254-20-C-1001), is being awarded a fixed-price contract for custodial services and labor support in the amount of $14,376,570. The place of performance will be Fort Campbell, Ky. The period of performance is one 12-month base period and four 12-month option years. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $2,844,568 will be obligated on this award. This contract was awarded as a mandatory source through the AbilityOne program in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 8.7 (Acquisition from Nonprofit Agencies Employing People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled). The contracting activity is the Department of Defense Education Activity, Alexandria, Va. (Source: DoD, 04/24/20)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

New Innovation Station established

The University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering announced establishment of its second Innovation Station, UFIS at the REEF. The new engineering extension program in Northwest Florida near Eglin Air Force Base will leverage the infrastructure and resources afforded by the UF Research and Engineering Education Facility (REEF) while providing further expansion of community outreach and workforce development to Egline and surrounding community. Established in 2016, UF Innovation Stations (UFIS) are regionally based locations dedicated to driving economic and workforce development. They are designed to meet the university’s goal of serving its land grant mission by providing measurable impact to Florida’s tech economy through access to UF talent, technology, infrastructure, and students. REEF, which opened its campus in Shalimar, Fla., in October 1995, will continue to provide support for the graduate education needs of the Eglin community in concert with UFIS. REEF will also continue to respond to Air Force research needs and opportunities through collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory. (Source: Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, 04/23/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $147.6M

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Md., was awarded a $147,639,775 undefinitized contract action modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-20-C-5310 for the procurement of MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) vertical launcher module electronic components. Work will be performed in Baltimore (44%); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (39%); Waverly, Iowa (3%); Hampstead, Md. (2%); Dover, Pa. (2%); Chaska, Minn. (1%); St. Peters, Mo. (1%); Wooddale, Ill. (1%); Plainview, N.Y. (1%); Irvine, Calif. (1%); Roebling, N.J. (1%); Forest Hill, Md. (1%); Millersville, Md. (1%); Sterling Heights, Mich. (1%); and Red Lion, Pa. (1%). This modification provides the electronic components for MK 41 VLS, which is installed onboard Navy surface combatants (CG-47 and DDG-51 class ships) and multiple allied Navy platforms. MK 41 VLS stores, selects, prepares and launches standard missiles, Tomahawk, Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles. Work is expected to be completed by March 2025. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (65%); and the governments of South Korea, Finland and Germany (35%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and FMS funding in the amount of $29,527,952 was obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Awarded April 17, 2020) (Source: DoD, 04/23/20)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Contract: UTC, $111.1M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded an $111,131,635 modification (P00019) to a previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost reimbursable contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of four Prat & Whitney (PW) F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps to be installed in F-35B short take-off and vertical landing aircraft. Work will be performed in East Hartford (51.7%); Indianapolis, Ind. (38.8%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (9.5%), and is expected to be complete by July 2022. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $111,131,635 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, 04/21/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Airbus 3D printing masks

Engineer producing more tension bands
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ production and engineering teams in Mobile have teamed up with the University of South Alabama to produce 3D-printed, reusable face masks and mask tension release bands for medical personnel on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Airbus team is making the masks and bands for medical personnel at USA Health, including University Hospital, Children’s & Women’s Hospital, the Mitchell Cancer Institute and the Physician’s Group. The team hopes to produce 500 masks, which are reusable and washable, over the next three weeks, along with approximately 75 tension release bands per day. The masks and bands will be produced on 3D printers provided from Airbus’s production and engineering facilities, Flight Works Alabama, and the University of South Alabama, using designs from the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange COVID-19 Supply Chain Response file repository. (Source: Airbus, 04/20/20)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Contract: multiple, $7.1B

Crestview Aerospace LLC, Crestview, Fla., (N00421-20-D-0095) is among a long list of companies awarded a total of $7,143,500,000 for indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division. The other companies are Aerovation, Inc., Tucson, Ariz. (N00421-20-D-0103); Ampex Data Systems Corp., Hayward, Calif. (N00421-20-D-0074); BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Md. (N00421-20-D-0075/N00421-20-D-0091); The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo. (N00421-20-D-0076/ N00421-20-D-0092); Coherent Technical Services Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N00421-20-D-0077/N00421-20-D-0093/N00421-20-D-0104); Dayton T. Brown Inc., Bohemia, N.Y. (N00421-20-D-0105); EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (N00421-20-D-0079); Erickson Inc., Portland, Oregon (N00421-20-D-0106); General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Bloomington, Minn. (N00421-20-D-0080); Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Ariz. (N00421-20-D-0081); Intellisense Systems Inc., Torrance, Calif. (N00421-20-D-0082); J.F. Taylor Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N00421-20-D-0083/N00421-20-D-0107); KIHOMAC Inc., Reston, Va. (N00421-20-D00109); L3 Aviation Products Inc., Alpharetta, Ga. (N00421-20-D-0084); L3 Communications Integrated Systems LP, Waco, Texas (N00421-20-D-0096); L3 Communication Systems - West Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah (N00421-20-D-0085); M7 Aerospace LLC, San Antonio, Texas (N00421-20-D-0097); Means Engineering Inc., Carlsbad, Calif. (N00421-20-D-0086); Physical Optics Corp., Torrance Calif. (N00421-20-D-0087); Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (N00421-20-D-0088); Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa (N00421-20-D-0078/N00421-20-D-0094); Science and Engineering Services LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (N00421-20-D-0099/N00421-20-D-0110); Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Va. (N00421-20-D-0089/N00421-20-D-0098); Sechan Electronics, Lititz, Pa. (N00421-20-D-0090); Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev. (N00421-20-D-0100); Tyonek Worldwide Services Inc., Madison, Ala. (N00421-20-D-0101/N00421-20-D-0111); and Yulista Aviation Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (N00421-20-D-0102/N00421-20-D-0112). These contracts are for three distinct lots, each with established vendor pools supporting different requirements. Work will be performed at the contractor's locations and at government facilities. Lot I provides full rate production of mission system avionics. Lot II provides full rate production of other aircraft components, production and installation of modification kits. Lot III provides full rate production of other aircraft components, production and installation of modification kits. The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $7,143,500,000, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders within their lots. Work is expected to be complete by April 2031. No funds are being obligated at the time of award, and will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. These contracts were competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals and 38 offers from 28 vendors were received. The Naval Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/15/20)

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Whiting Field wins award

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) recently named Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field the recipient of the 2019 Navy Security Force (NSF) of the Year Award for the small installation category. Naval Activity Support Naples was the recipient for the large installation category. The award recognizes installations that successfully completed the NSF shore training and certification cycle, demonstrated safety and proficiency in all assessed areas and achieved the highest scores during a Final Evaluation Problem, an installation security exercise that tests the security force response and readiness. CNIC is the naval command tasked with overseeing 71 of the Navy’s shore installations worldwide. NAS Whiting Field was selected as the winner in the small base category (less than 500 personnel) from a field of 32 installations. (Source: NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Office, 04/14/20)

Airports get CARES grants

Airports along the Gulf Coast are receiving grants from U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible U.S. airports affected by the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial airports in the region getting money are Mobile Regional Airport, $15.1 million, and Mobile Downtown Airport, $69,000, both in Alabama. In Northwest Florida, Destin-Fort Walton Beach is getting $12.4 million, Pensacola International Airport is getting $11 million, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is getting $6.3 million. In Louisiana, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International is receiving $42.8 million and Lakefront in New Orleans is getting $157,000. Gulfport Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in Mississippi is getting $21 million. (Source: GCAC, 04/14/20)

April newsletter released

The April issue of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor/Gulf Coast Reporters League Newsletter is now available. The cover story is about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the region's aerospace and aviation activities. There is also a story about Gulf Power's drone program to help it inspect power lines, and a story about the most recent economic symposium. (Source: GCAC, 04/14/20)

Monday, April 13, 2020

Frontier to say at airport

Frontier Airlines is going to stick with Mobile’s downtown airport after all, though its destination will change, according to the the Mobile Airport Authority. Frontier will offer direct flights to Orlando International Airport starting Saturday, April 18. In January decision by Frontier to end service to Mobile on April 22. Frontier opened in Mobile with direct flights to Denver and Chicago, then suspended flights to Chicago in late 2019. It means that the new mini-terminal that the Airport Authority opened at the Downtown Mobile Airport in the Brookley Aeroplex in 2019, at a cost of about $8 million, will continue to serve at least one client airline. That terminal was built in part to showcase the feasibility of eventually swapping commercial passenger service from Mobile Regional Airport in west Mobile to Brookley. (Source: al.com, 04/13/20)

Contract: United States Marine, $108M

United States Marine Inc., Gulfport, Miss., was awarded a $108,000,000 maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order contract (H92405-20-D-0002) with a five-year ordering period in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the production of Combatant Craft Assault (CCA). Fiscal 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $12,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Gulfport and is expected to be completed by April 13, 2025. The contract was awarded through a sole-source acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) and Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. USSOCOM Headquarters, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/13/20) Note: The CCA can be air transported via C-17A Globemaster III aircraft amd airdropped onto water under parachute from the C-17.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $14.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $14,883,723 modification (P00031) to a previously-awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract N00019-18-C-1048 to procure depot component repair capability for the F-35 hydraulic power generation system and land gear under low rate initial production Lot 11 for the Navy, Air Force and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (88%); and Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (12%), and is expected to be complete by April 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,156,434; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,156,431; and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $570,858 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, 04/10/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $167.5M

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $167,470,014, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for 48 long range anti-ship missiles and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed April 6, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $52,334,380; and fiscal 2019 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $115,135,634 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin, Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 04/07/20)

Monday, April 6, 2020

Airbus pauses work in Mobile

Airbus has temporarily paused production of A320 and A220 jetliners in Mobile, Ala., in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The pause begins this week and is expected to last until April 29. Certain activities will continue on site, including building and installation maintenance, aircraft maintenance, some critical product safety and customer driven operations, receipt and control of materials and components, critical administrative support and preparation of activity restart. Airbus is also making adjustments to activities in Germany at the company's facilities in Stade and Bremen. In Bremen, aircraft production and assembly activities will pause from April 6 to April 27, with key business support services continuing on the site. Airbus in Stade has already paused production and assembly and will remain on that status until April 11, with some additional pause days in the weeks that follow in selected production departments. Key business support services will also remain active on the site. During the past two weeks, Airbus paused production and assembly work in France and Spain for four days to implement the necessary health and safety measures. Production and assembly in France has resumed gradually since March 23. Commercial aircraft wing production operations in the UK and commercial aircraft production activities in Spain and Canada have been temporarily paused reflecting stock levels and latest government restrictions. Source: Airbus, 04/06/20)

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $818.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $818,210,722 firm-fixed-price contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Lot 17 and 18 production. This contract provides for 360 Lot 17 JASSM-Extended Range (ER) missiles; 40 Lot 17 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) JASSM-ER missiles; and 390 Lot 18 JASSM-ER missiles. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2024. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition, and fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds in the amount of $767,485,823; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $50,724,899 will be obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 04/01/20)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Airbus donates face masks

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has donated 40,000 face masks to Mobile and Baldwin counties to protect health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-thousand masks each have been donated to the Mobile Fire & Rescue Department in Mobile County, and the Emergency Management Agency in Baldwin County. The masks will be distributed in coordination with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Workers at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility use this type of mask during some production activities. The donated masks are part of a shipment sourced by the company and received this week. :Airbus is proud to answer the call to help the heroes in our community through the donation of masks to those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 virus,” said Daryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. (Source: Airbus, 04/03/20) Airbus assembles A320 and A220 passenger jets at its Mobile plant.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $4.7B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $4,708,927,970 modification (P00033) to previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price contract N00019-17-C-0001. This modification is for the procurement of 78 F-35 combat aircraft (48 F-35A combat aircraft for the Air Force, 14 F-35B combat aircraft for the Marine Corps, 16 F-35C fighter aircraft for the Navy) and associated aircraft red gear. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (63%); El Segundo, Calif. (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Orlando, Fla. (4%); Nashua, N.H. (3%); Baltimore, Md. (3%); San Diego, Calif. (2%); and various locations within and outside the continental U.S. (2%). Work is expected to be complete by March 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,723,463,387 will be obligated at time of award and fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,985,464,583 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, 03/31/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $202.8M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $202,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee, undefinitized contract that provides engineering, maintenance, logistics manpower and material support to continue to develop, sustain and produce software builds as well as carryout developmental flight tests in support of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (40%); Patuxent River, Md. (39%); Fort Worth, Texas (12%); and Orlando, Fla. (9%). This contract action also provides unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work is expected to be complete by September 2020. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $23,962,188; fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $23,962,189; fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,380,036; fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Air Force) funds in the amount of $11,380,036; and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $14,860,313 will be obligated at time of award, $22,760,072 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 Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0037). (Source: DoD, 03/31/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $22.9M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,902,038 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract that integrates the government of Belgium into the F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft enterprise. Work will be performed at Fort Worth (60%); Orlando, Fla. (10%); Redondo Beach, Calif. (10%); El Segundo, Calif. (10%); and Lancashire, United Kingdom (10%), and covers initial non-recurring engineering and program support for F-35 production, logistics and sustainment. This is part of the government of Belgium's $5.1 billion agreement with the U.S. government for the procurement of the F-35 air system. Work is expected to be complete by September 2023. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $22,902,038 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-4. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0048). (Source: DoD, 03/31/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Reliance Test, $243.6M

Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $234,632,069 option modification (P00071) to contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin operations and maintenance support service to exercise Option Period Two. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Fla.; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2019 Air Force research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $250,000; fiscal 2020 Air Force RDT&E funds in the amount of $25,410,000; and fiscal 2020 Army operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $867,000 will be obligated. The total cumulative face value of the contract at the time of award is $773,619,142. Air Force Text Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/20)

Contract: Boeing, $39M

The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., has been awarded a $39,049,855 Option Years Four and Five modification (P00016) to contract FA8105-16-D-0002 for KC-135 engineering sustainment services (ESS). The contract modification provides for recurring ESS of the KC-135 aircraft for two option years. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Okla.; San Antonio, Texas; Huntsville, Ala.; and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $13,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $109,951,460. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/20)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Contract: Pensacola Bay Support, $23.2M

Pensacola Bay Support Services LLC, Cape Canaveral, Fla., is awarded a $23,169,254 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) modification for the exercise of Option Two under an IDIQ contract for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola and outlying areas: Saufley Field, Corry Station and Bronson Field. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla., and provides for all management, supervision, labor, equipment, materials, supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management; facilities investment, facility maintenance services (non-family housing); utility plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water), environmental services and base support vehicles and equipment. The option period is from April 2020 through March 2021. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $67,945,867. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2020 Defense health program funds in the amount of $18,639,595 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-18-D-2013). (Source: DoD, 03/30/20)

Contract: NCS/EMS, $11.9M

NCS/EML SB JV LLC, Louisville, Ky., is awarded a $11,854,362 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) modification for the exercise of Option One under an IDIQ contract for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field and outlying areas, and Milton, Fla. Work will be performed in Milton (67%); and outlying areas (33%), to provide facility investment, swimming pools, grounds maintenance and landscaping, utilities management, pest control, electrical, wastewater, steam, water, base support vehicles and equipment, and environmental services. The option period is from April 2020 through March 2021. The total cumulative contract value will be $23,633,062 after the award of this option. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (O&M) (Navy); fiscal 2020 Defense health program; and fiscal 2020 family housing O&M (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $8,226,369 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-19-D-1740). (Source: DoD, 03/30/20)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $7.7M

Pratt and Whitney - United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $7,681,734 firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00019-20-F-0658) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-8008). This order provides for the production and delivery of seven Lift Fan Inter Stage Vane (LF ISV) kits for the Marine Corps in support of the Joint Strike Fighter program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. The new LF ISV will provide lift fan operations over an increased temperature range, improved trailing edge angle conformance and will address vibration and flutter concerns. Work is expected to be complete by July 2021. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,681,734 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, 032420) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $193.8M

Pratt and Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $193,780,323 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for the procurement of long lead materials for the production of low rate initial production of propulsion systems (Lot 15 F135) for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (56%); North Berwick, Maine (13%); Indianapolis, Ind. (10%); Jupiter, Fla. (7%); Windsor Locks, Conn. (5%); Bristol, United Kingdom (4%); Rockford, Ill. (2%); Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico (2%); and Phoenix, Ariz. (1%), and is expected to be complete by December 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $66,446,810; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $61,396,328; non-DoD participants funds in the amount of $52,153,031; and FMS funds in the amount of $13,784,154 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 ($66,446,810; 34.3%); Navy ($30,788,105; 15.9%); Marine Corps ($30,608,223; 15.8%); non-DoD participants ($52,153,031; 26.9%); and FMS customers ($13,784,154; 7.1%). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0011). (Source: DoD, 03/23/20)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pandemic halts SLS work

Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi have been elevated to "Stage 4" response level to the coronavirus pandemic, a move that halts indefinitely work on NASA's Space Launch System. The move to the highest level response was announced Thursday by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The Ames Research Center in California is also now Stage 4 and the rest of NASA's centers remain at Stage 3, where they were placed Tuesday. Stage 3 requires mandatory telework and some mission-essential work on site to continue. For Stage 4 only personnel needed to “protect life and critical infrastructure” are allowed at the center. Bridenstine said in the statement that the decision was made because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the community at both centers, and the diagnosis of one Stennis employee with the disease. The Stage 4 designation will impact work on the Space Launch System and, to a lesser extent, the Orion spacecraft. The core stage for the first SLS mission was recently completed at Michoud and shipped to SSC for testing leading up to a “Green Run” static-fire test later this summer. “The NASA and contractor teams will complete an orderly shutdown that puts all hardware in a safe condition until work can resume,” the statement said. (Sources: SpaceNews, Reuters, 03/19/20)

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Contract: CHC/SJH, $21.5M

CHC/SJH JV LLC, Miami, Fla., was awarded a $21,481,049 firm-fixed price contract for long-term riprap repair of the Walter F. George Dam. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 10, 2021. Fiscal 2019 civil works funds in the amount of $21,481,049 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-20-C-0011). (Source: DoD, 03/19/20)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

FGNW has new CEO

NICEVILLE, Fla. - Jennifer Conoley has been chosen as the new president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Great Northwest, the regional economic development organization representing 12 counties across northwest Florida. The group began its search for a new CEO at the end of 2019 with the departure of Kim Wilmes. Conoley has over a decade of experience in economic development. For the past seven years, she has served as senior economic development project manager at Gulf Power, and prior to that worked at the Bay Economic Development Alliance in Panama City, Fla. (Source: FGNW, 03/18/20)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Contract: UTC, $319.8M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $319,792,357 modification (P00018) to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 20 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy, six F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force, and six F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67%); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5%), and is expected to be complete by December 2022. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $193,331,533; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $73,835,550; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $52,625,274 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, 03/16/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Contract: General Dynamics, $26.5M

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc., Garland, Texas, has been awarded a $26,464,692 firm-fixed-price contract for warhead assemblies. This contract provides for the additional procurement of BLU 111 Engineering Change Proposal warhead assemblies. Work will be performed in Garland, Texas, and is expected to complete by June 2021. Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-C-0015). (Source: DoD, 03/13/20)

Contract: Alliant Techsystems, $24.7M

Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, doing business as Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, Rocket Center, W.V., has been awarded a $24,695,129 firm-fixed-price contract for warhead assemblies. This contract provides for the additional procurement of BLU 111 Engineering Change Proposal warhead assemblies. Work will be performed in Rocket Center, West Virginia, and is expected to complete by June 2021. Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-C-0016). (Source: DoD, 03/13/20)

Contract: Major Tool, $22.8M

Major Tool and Machine Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a $22,796,400 firm-fixed-price contract for warhead assemblies. This contract provides for the additional procurement of BLU 111 Engineering Change Proposal warhead assemblies. Work will be performed in Indianapolis and is expected to complete by June 2021. Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-C-0013). (Source: DoD, 03/13/20)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Contract: Bell Boeing, $9.5M

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,460,780 modification (P00008) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-18-F-0016) against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification provides additional funding to support non-recurring engineering for supportability analysis, interactive electronic technical manual and technical directive requirements necessary for the V-22 Nacelle (combat aircraft) Improvements Phase One Program. This modification supports Navy, Air Force and the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (84%); Ridley Park, Pa. (5%); Patuxent River, Md. (4%); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4%) and Amarillo, Texas (3%). Work is expected to be complete by May 2021. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,846,466; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $744,575; fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,311,555; fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $647,119; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $911,066 will be obligated at time of award, $1,958,674 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/10/20)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Contract: CW Roberts, $49M

C.W. Roberts Contracting Inc., Tallahassee, Fla., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for resurfacing, painting, removing, replacing/reinstallation, modifying, full depth reconstruction and new full depth construction of pavements (e.g. airfield, roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.); ramp-downs; foundation walls and footings; curbing; parking bumpers; and traffic control devices. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Duke Field, Fla., and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting activity (FA2823-20-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 03/09/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $173.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, are awarded a not-to-exceed $173,164,400 modification to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target advance acquisition contract (N00019-20-C-0009). Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30%); El Segundo, Calif. (25%); Warton, United Kingdom (20%); Orlando, Fla. (10%); Nashua, N.H. (5%); Cameri, Italy (5%); and Baltimore, Md. (5%). This modification procures long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production and delivery of Lot 15 F-35 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps and government of Italy. Work is expected to be complete by December 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $53,064,400; and non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $120,100,000 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, 03/09/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has an F-35 training center and reprogramming lbs.

Friday, March 6, 2020

AC-130U crew receive 14 medals

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - An AC-130U Spooky crew provided more than nine hours of air support to special operations forces, enabling the rescue of 15 personnel during a mass casualty evacuation as part of an April 2019 mission in Afghanistan. The 14 crew members of "Spooky 41" operating in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province, were honored with a medals ceremony at Hurlburt Field Monday. For nine hours on that day the gunship crew from the Hurlburt Field-based 4th Special Operations Squadron provided fire support that allowed U.S. and other ground forces to prevail, and also allowed for the evacuation of 15 injured ground personnel. The commander and navigator aboard Spooky 41 that day. Capt. Neils J. Abderhalden and Capt. John H. Crandall Jr., each were presented with a Distinguished Flying Cross. The 12 other crewmembers were awarded the Air Medal. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, Air Force Magazine, 03/03/20)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Contract: CAE USA-Mission, $10.6M

CAE USA-Mission Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla., has been awarded a $10,586,540 firm-fixed-price modification (P00033) to contract FA4890-17-C-0006 for the F-15E, F-16 and F-22A contract aircrew training and courseware development contract. The contract modification is for exercising Option Year Three. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $50,064,347. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated in the amount of $10,586,540 by April 1, 2020. The performance locations are as follows: Langley Air Force Base (AFB), Va.; Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Hill AFB, Utah; and Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2021, for this option period. Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley AFB, Virginia, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/03/20)

Contract: Airbus Helicopter, $122.7M

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $122,655,293 modification (P00012) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0007 for procurement of 15 UH-72 Aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $122,655,293 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/03/20)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Contract: Lockheed, $9.6M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $9,627,065 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-20-F-0532) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0008). This order procures program management support to execute the planning, procurement and delivery of initial aircraft spares in support of the F-35 Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be complete in December 2020. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $3,833,787; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,374,818; non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $2,225,726; and FMS funds in the amount of $1,192,734 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, 03/02/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Multiple, $10M

EMC Inc., Grenada, Miss. (W912HY-20-D-0013); and Florabama Geospatial Solutions LLC, Defuniak Springs, Fla. (W912HY-20-D-0014), will compete for each order of the $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services for professional surveying and mapping services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 1, 2025. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/02/20)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Reprogramming lab ribbon cut

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Representatives of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force held a ribbon-cutting last week for an F-35 reprogramming laboratory for partner nations at Eglin Air Force Base. The Australia Canada United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory (ACURL), like the United States Reprogramming Laboratory next door and the nearby Norway Italy Reprogramming Laboratory, will be involved in the ongoing development of mission data files for the F-35. Since the partnership was formed, Canada has backed away from purchasing the F-35, but the laboratory will retain that country’s name. Mission data files assist the F-35′s massive array of optical, electromagnetic and other sensors in identifying threats. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/24/20) Previous: Contract: Lockheed, $305M; F-35 partner support center activated; AF awards F-35 programmers; Partners can customize F-35 data; background, page 1, Putting the fight in the F-35

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Contract: AAI, $21.8M

AAI Corp. (doing business as Textron Systems), Hunt Valley, Md., is awarded a $21,795,236 fixed-price incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6322 for low rate initial production for the Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) Unmanned Surface Vehicle Program. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Md. (70%), and Slidell, La. (30%), and is expected to be completed by August 2021. The UISS will allow the littoral combat ship to perform its mine countermeasure sweep mission and will target acoustic, magnetic, and magnetic/acoustic combination mine types. The UISS program will satisfy the Navy's need for a rapid, wide-area coverage mine clearance capability, required to neutralize magnetic/acoustic influence mines. UISS seeks to provide a high area coverage rate in a small, lightweight package with minimal impact on the host platform. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $21,795,236 will be obligated at time of award. Funds in the amount of $7,950,616 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/28/20)

Contract: Lockheed, $141.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas is awarded a $141,655,639 modification (P00028) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-18-C-1048). This modification provides for the stand-up of organic level repair capabilities for the combat aircraft F-35 communications, navigation and information system. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (39%); Fort Worth, Texas (28%); Melbourne, Fla. (12%); Genoa, Italy (10%); White Plains, N.Y. (5%); Oslo, Norway (4%); and Beverly, Mass. (2%), and is expected to be completed by June 2024. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $70,827,820, fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $35,413,910 and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $35,413,909 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, 02/28/20) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Tyonek, $15M

Tyonek Global Services LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded a $15,060,087 contract modification (P00006) to previously awarded FA8773-19-C-A004 for cyber operations formal training support. The contract modification exercises option year one of the four year contract. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $ $3,765,021 are being obligated at the time of award. The 38th Contracting Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/28/20)

Friday, February 28, 2020

Saudi flight training resumes

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Saudi Arabian international military students resumed flight training this week on U.S. bases including Naval Air Station Pensacola, as new policies are being put in place regulating firearm ownership by all foreign military trainees on U.S. soil. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Navy said Saudi Arabian students had resumed training on Tuesday. The students, stationed at NAS Pensacola, NAS Whiting Field and NAS Mayport in Florida, were ordered to stand down just days after the Dec. 6 terrorist attack on NAS Pensacola that left three sailors dead and eight wounded. The gunman was also killed. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/27/20) Previous

Assignments announced

The chief of staff, U.S. Air Force announces the assignment of the following general officers: Brig. Gen. Kenneth P. Ekman, vice commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., to deputy commander, operations and intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command; and commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Levant, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia; Brig. Gen. David A. Harris Jr., director, strategic plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to deputy director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Integration, and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Brig. Gen. (select) Steven G. Edwards, special assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to director, strategic plans, programs, and requirements, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 02/28/20)

Economic symposium kicks off

MIRAMAR, Fla. - The 23rd Annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium got underway Thursday, and included a panel discussion on the partnership that led to the expansion of the ST Engineering repair, maintenance and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport. Amy Holloway, founder and CEO of Avalanche Consulting and moderator of a panel on economic development in action, said successful communities have one thing in common: encouraging partnerships. She said there's power in partnership, "and that’s the next generation of economic development." Scott Luth, president and CEO of FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance, in talking about the MRO campus expansion, said there were “30 to 40 different partners participate in the project.” He pointed out that it was an eight-year journey in building the relationships. Bill Hafner, chief integration officer for ST Engineering, said the project needed partners in every sector, including education. Rick Harper, economic advisor of Triumph Gulf Coast, said backers knew it would be good for the economy. The result will be four MRO hangars, an administrative building and 1,600 jobs paying in excess of 115 percent of the county average. "It was clear the economic project was going to be transformational," he said. The symposium, which has attracted more than 500 participants, continues Friday. (Source: GCAC, 02/27/20) Previous related

Contract: LMR, $7M

LMR Technical Group LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $7,053,303 contract for the Optimizing the Human Weapon System Services. The contractor provides services to increase the physical capacity of fighter aircrew, decreasing the rate of injuries and accelerating return to duty. Contractor personnel will work with active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Component fighter aircrew to optimize physical performance targeting neck and back pain prevention while monitoring, analyzing and resolving physical readiness concerns. Work will be performed at multiple bases across the Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, and United States Air Force Europe. The award provides services for the base year with a completion date of March 22, 2021. This contract is issued as a result of a competitive acquisition with ten offers received. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of the award. Headquarters Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-20-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 02/27/20)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Contract: Raytheon, $15M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $15,000,000 ceiling increase to a pre-existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) technical support. The total value of the IDIQ contract will increase from $100,000,000 to $115,000,000. This contract provides for lifecycle technical support throughout engineering and manufacturing development (EMD), production, and sustainment phases. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by July 25, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of ceiling increase. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-17-D-0019). (Source: DoD, 02/26/20)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $129M

Sierra Nevada Corp., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed (NTE) of $128,998,320 contract for light attack aircraft. This contract provides for two light attack aircraft with associated contractor support and sparing. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 23, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 production funds in the amount of $63,001,990 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8637-20-C-1000). (Source: DoD, 02/26/20)

VT-6 command changing

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Lt.Col. John “Jiggety” James, U.S. Marine Corps, former Marine One commanding officer, Training Squadron Six (VT-6), Training Air Wing Five, will relinquish command to Cmdr. David Mims, executive officer of VT-6, in a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Whiting Field Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. In 2006, James had the distinction of serving with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), and held the position of HMX-1 White House Liaison Officer. Lt.Col. Jason Dale, U.S. Marine Corps will replace Mims as the squadron’s executive officer. VT-6 is one of three fixed wing training squadrons at NAS Whiting Field that trains prospective pilots in primary aviation training. Upon successful completion, aviators receive their follow on aircraft platform assignment. Whiting Field supports approximately 60 percent of all primary fixed-wing flight training and 100 percent of all initial helicopter training for the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.(Source: NAS Whiting Field, 02/26/20)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Students get job offers

PENSACOLA, Fla. - An entire class of aviation maintenance students at George Stone Technical College received job offers from ST Engineering last week. ST Engineering, which has a maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar at Pensacol International Airport, will get three more MRO hangars in a $218 million expansion. The company expects to bring 1,700 new jobs to the area. The company has been ramping up its staffing efforts over the past few years. Last week all 24 students who are set to complete their certification process this May were offered jobs when they finish school. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/25/20) Previous

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MRO campus gets funding

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced a $4.8 million grant for the Pensacola International Airport, the final piece of the $210 million project to expand the airport's ST Engineering campus. The expansion project, which calls for building three more maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) hangars and office space for ST Engineering in addition to the one already in operation, is expected to bring more than 1,300 jobs to the airport. ST Engineering opened its first MRO hangar at the airport in June 2018. That hangar is expected to employ 400 people when operating at full capacity, putting the number of jobs at the entire facility at more than 1,700 people. In January ST Engineer had 163 employees at the airport. The announced grant is from the Florida Job Growth Fund. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/19/20) ST Engineering also has an MRO operation in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus, Baldwin to partner

Airbus and the Baldwin County Commission plan to partner to provide new training opportunities for students. Airbus is offering new technical programs through its Flight Works Alabama program. The 18,000-square-foot Flight Works Alabama at the Mobile Aeroplex is designed to be a hub for students to explore opportunities in the aerospace industry. It will house an interactive exhibition area, workshop, classrooms and more. Airbus will invite 50 10th-graders from every Baldwin County High School for a day of hands-on learning. Once in 11th grade, interested and qualified students will be able to apply for the FlightPath9 training program. Airbus in Mobile builds A320 and A220 jetliners, and has grown to nearly 1,100 employees in five years and will be adding more. Baldwin County Commissioners, who met with the head of the Airbus Mobile plant Tuesday, will vote on the partnership at the next regular meeting. Baldwin County students will be able to enter the program in the fall of 2020. (Source: FOX10, 02/18/20)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

New assignment at Hurlburt

The Chief of Staff of the Air Force announced Feb. 13, the assignment of Maj. Gen. Eric T. Hill, commanding general, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, Baghdad, Iraq, to deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD 02/13/20)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bombardier out of A220

Bombardier gives up A220. Airbus photo
Airbus, Québec. and Bombardier have agreed on a new ownership structure for the A220 programme, with Bombardier transferromg its remaining shares in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership to Airbus and the Government of Québec. The transaction is effective immediately. As sole owners, Airbus now has a 75 percent share and Quebec 25 percent. Bombardier developed the plane but was driven to the brink of bankruptcy by the spiraling costs of the program. The deal marks Bombardier’s exit from commercial aviation. Bombardier will receive $591 million, net of adjustments, for its stake in the A220 program, of which $531 million was paid at closing with $60 million to be paid in installments through 2021. Bombardier also said the deal will allow it avoid paying roughly $700 million it would have been on the hook for to fund an expansion of production of the 100- to 150-seat single aisle plane. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, Forbes, 02/13/20) Previous