Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Contract: Webco. $15.2M

Web LLC, doing business as WEBCO, Springfield, Va., is awarded a $15,154,358 firm-fixed-price task order (N6945021F0280) under previously-awarded multiple-award construction contract N69450-19-D-1085 for the P253 air traffic control tower at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed by May 2024. Fiscal 2021 military construction (Navy) funds in the amount of $15,154,358 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/12/21)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Contract: Western Metal, $9.4M

Western Metal Supply Co. Inc., Escondido, Calif., has been awarded a $9,399,778 contract for the design and build of F-35A aircraft shelters. This contract provides for design, manufacture, and installation of F-35A aircraft shelters. Work will be performed at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath, U.K., and is expected to be completed June 30, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 other procurement funds in the full amount of are being obligated at the time of award. The 48th Contracting Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, U.K., is the contracting activity (FA5587-21-F-0119). (Source: DoD, 05/04/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: General Dynamics, $17.4M

General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pittsfield, Mass., was awarded a $17,367,349 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, for engineering and technical services to support combat systems and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C5I); and hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) equipment, components, software, training and equipment for the Austal Independence variant of the Littoral Combat Ship program. Work under this contract will be performed in Pittsfield (80%); San Diego, Calif. (5%); Philadelphia, Pa. (5%); Mobile, Ala. (5%); Singapore (5%), and is expected to be completed by May 2026. Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,300,000 ($500 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract minimum guarantee) will be obligated at time of award via an individual task order and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. All other funding will be made available at the task order level as contracting actions occur. This contract was not competitively procured via beta.sam.gov. This contract was procured on a sole source basis in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) — only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N6449821D4021). (Awarded May 3, 2021) (Source: DoD, 05/04/21)

Monday, May 3, 2021

Contract: Serco, $37.6M

Serco - IPS Corp., Herndon, Va., is awarded a $37,644,745 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00174-18-C-0015 for professional support services in the areas of program management, administrative support, surface ship modernization, inactive ships, surface ships readiness, surface training systems, business and financial management, records management, and information technology support for Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Warfare (SEA 21). Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (55%); Norfolk, Va. (19%); San Diego, Calif. (18%); Mayport, Fla. (2%); Yokosuka, Japan (2%); Sasebo, Japan (1%); Manama, Bahrain (1%); Pascagoula, Miss. (1%); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1%), and is expected to be complete by April 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $80,128; fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,457,333; and fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $21,380,463 will be obligated at time of award, of which $21,460,591 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/03/21)

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Spacecraft lands off Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Four astronauts in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule safely splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico off the Panama City coast early Sunday, wrapping up their six-month mission to the International Space Station. After departing the night before, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Soichi Noguchi and Shannon Walker descemded into the Gulf of Mexico under four main parachutes at 1:57 a.m. CDT. The capsule slowed from 17,000 mph in orbit to 16 mph at splashdown. SpaceX boats stationed near Panama City swarmed the capsule Resilience for recovery. It was the first night landing since 1968, when three astronauts of Apollo 8, the first to orbit the moon, returned to Earth. The astronauts' safe return marks the end to NASA and SpaceX's landmark mission, Crew-1, which set a record as the longest time in space, over 5 months, by a crew that launched aboard an American-built spacecraft. After transport to Panama City via helicopter, Crew-1 will fly to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for a short quarantine period and more detailed medical checkouts. (Sources: multiple, including USA Today, CNN, New York Times, 05/02/21) Previous related

Friday, April 30, 2021

Contract: Multiple, $750M

ABBA Construction Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. (FA2521-21-D-0004); Alen Construction Group, Davie, Fla. (FA2521-21-D-0005); APC Construction, Harvey, La. (FA2521-21-D-0006); CORE Engineering & Construction Inc., Winter Park, Fla. (FA2521-21-D-0007); Doyon Management Services LLC, Federal Way, Wash. (FA2521-21-D-0008); General Mechanical Corp (Oneida), Daytona Beach, Fla. (FA2521-21-D-0009); Healtheon Inc., New Orleans, La. (FA2521-21-D-0010); Ivey’s Construction Inc., Merritt Island, Fla.  (FA2521-21-D-0011); Justin J. Reeves LLC, Houma, La. (FA2521-21-D-0012); and Klutina Rivers Construction/AHTNA-CDM JV, Irvine, Calif. (FA2521-21-D-0013), have each been awarded a ceiling $750,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for installation infrastructure repair and/or construction. These contracts provide for a full range of design, construction and engineering activities necessary to meet Space Force and other customer requirements. Work will be performed at Patrick Space Force Base (SFB), Fla.; Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; and other 45th Space Wing units geographically separated throughout Florida. Work is expected to be completed May 2, 2031. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 59 offers were received. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,000 per contract are being obligated at the time of award. The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick SFB, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/21)

Contract: Raytheon, $212.7M

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $212,701,232 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for StormBreaker® (SDBII, GBU-53/B) production Lot 7. This contract provides for all up rounds and containers. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed Feb. 28, 2025. This contract involves classified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $129,698,826; fiscal 2021 Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of $43,508,956; and FMS funding in the amount of $39,493,450 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-21-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 04/30/21)

Contract: Systima, $45M

Systima Technologies Inc., Kirkland, Wash., has been awarded a $45,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Standoff Precision Guided Munitions and Precision Strike Capability products and support. This contract provides for Precision Strike Capability products and services in support of integration, test, training, and operational efforts for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force units through USSOCOM Detachment-1. Work will be performed in Kirkland, Wash., and is expected to be completed April 30, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $841,981 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-21-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 04/30/21)

Contract: Multiple, $10M

Aecom Technical Services Inc., Los Angeles, Calif. (W91278-21-D-0048); HDR Engineering Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo. (W91278-21-D-0049); and WSP USA Solutions Inc., Washington, D.C. (W91278-21-D-0050), will compete for each order of the $9,999,999 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2026. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $57.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $57,364,337 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001919C0010). This modification adds scope to provide for the integration, testing and initial certification of the Norwegian Joint Strike Missile on the F-35A aircraft. Additionally, this modification provides early software development efforts to implement universal armament interface revision-five architecture in support of the United Kingdom’s Select Precision Effects At-Range Capability Three on the F-35B aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in July 2024. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $57,364,337 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, 04/30/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: ACE Engineering, $20M

ACE Engineering Inc., Ontario, Calif. is awarded a maximum-value $20,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for paving projects located within the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast area of operations. An initial task order is being awarded at $59,631 for repairs to Davis Road at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by June 2021. All work on this contract will be performed in Pensacola (50%); Milton, Fla. (20%); naval operational support centers and naval outlying landing fields located in Florida and Alabama (20%); and Panama City, Fla. (10%), and is expected to be completed by April 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $59,631 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website, with two proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-21-D-0028). (Source: DoD, 04/30/21)

10th U.S.-made A220 delivered

Airbus this week delivered its 10th U.S-made A220 from its assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., this one an A220-300 to JetBlue. The plane (registration: N3023J) is the second A220 in JetBlue’s fleet after the carrier received its first U.S-made A220 in December. The first U.S-made A220 delivery went to Delta Air Lines in October 2020, which also received the next four A220s. The Mobile Airbus campus, which also builds A320 passenger jets, started producing the A220 in August 2019. (Source: SimpleFlying, 04/29/21) Previous

ECP sees third busiest month

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Business is picking up at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). According to the latest information released by ECP officials, March was the third-busiest month in the airport's history, boasting a more than 100 percent increase in passengers compared to March 2020. It also was a 12 percent increase from March 2019 and an almost 42 percent increase from March 2018, before Hurricane Michael devastated the Panhandle and the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the nation. ECP officials said March's total passenger count was 129,066, compared to 64,398 in March 2020; 115,215 in March 2019; and 90,896 in March 2018. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/30/21)

Bill Nelson to head of NASA

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida was confirmed as the new head of NASA in a unanimous Senate vote Thursday. Nelson faced questions and bipartisan support last week in a meeting of the Senate commerce, science and transportation committee in which he discussed continuing the Artemis program to send humans back to the moon as well as reinvigorate Earth science missions. Nelson, who once flew on the space shuttle when he was in the U.S. House, takes over for interim administrator Steve Jurczyk, who has been leading NASA since Jim Bridenstine stepped down when President Biden was inaugurated in January. Nelson, 78, lost out in his re-election bid to the Senate in 2018 to then Gov. Rick Scott. Nelson first won his Senate seat in 2000. (Source: Orlando Sentinel, 04/29/21) Gulf Coast note: NASA has operations in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and New Orleans.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Contract: Raytheon, $16.5M

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $16,457,008 firm-fixed-price modification (P00013) to contract FA8675-20-C-0033 for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program for Gordian Knot (GK) application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) life-of-type buy. This effort provides for a life-of-type procurement of GK ASIC in support of production and sustainment through the AMRAAM program of record. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed May 31, 2023. This contract involves unclassified Foreign Military Sales to Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Poland, and Qatar. Air Force fiscal 2020 missile procurement funds in the amount of $4,007,037; Navy fiscal 2020 weapons procurement funds in the amount of $4,248,005; and FMS funds in the amount of $8,201,966 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, 04/29/21)

RS-25 testing continues

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a long-duration RS-25 single-engine test Wednesday, continuing its seven-part test series to support development and production of engines for future missions of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Operators fired the Aerojet Rocketdyne engine for almost 11 minutes on the A-1 Test Stand. RS-25 tests at Stennis Space Center are conducted by an integrated team, including NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Syncom Space Services, the prime contractor of Stennis facilities and operations. (Source: NASA/SSC, 04/28/21)

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Mobile-built A220 enters service

JetBlue Airways’ first Airbus A220-300 has entered service. The new jet officially started scheduled operations with a revenue flight from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Tampa International Airport (TPA). JetBlue’s outfits the A220 with 140 seats in a three-class configuration. The aircraft is set to operate between the U.S. Northeast and Florida for the next several weeks. The first Airbus A220 jet for JetBlue, built in Mobile, Ala., was handed over in December 2020. Ultimately, the aircraft type will replace the existing regional jet fleet of 60 Embraer E190. Once complete, it will make JetBlue an all-Airbus operator. The rest of its fleet consists of the A320 family. (Sources: multiple, including New York Business Journal, International Flight Network, 04/27/21) Previous

Fire Scout crashes into LCS

PACIFIC OCEAN - An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle crashed into the side of the San Diego-based Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18) after taking off from the ship during a routine training mission, the Navy said. The rotary-wing UAV was operating from the ship around 9:40 a.m. when the collision happened in the western Pacific, according to a U.S. 3rd Fleet news release. The UAV fell into the sea and was not recovered. The incident damaged a safety net on the ship and struck the hull. Damage appears limited to an area above the waterline. Nobody was injured and the LCS continued to safely operate after the incident. The cause is under investigation. (Source: multiple, including USNI, Associated Press, 04/27/21) Gulf Coast note: The USS Charleston was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.; The Fire Scout is built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: BAE, $19.4M

BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minn., is awarded a $19,395,557 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract (N00024-21-C-5393) for MK 41 Vertical Launching System mechanical design agent services to provide design and system engineering support, logistics, and ship/missile integration services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $164,527,911. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (86%); and the governments of Japan (11%); Finland (1%); Germany (1%); and the Republic of Korea (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Minneapolis (42%); Norfolk, Va. (18%); San Diego, Calif., (18%); Aberdeen, S.D. (9%); Bath, Maine (6%); Pascagoula, Miss. (6%); and Redzikowo, Poland (1%), and is expected to be completed by April 2022. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2026. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,088,275 (39%); fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,000,000 (37%); Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Japan funds in the amount $773,665 (14%); and fiscal 2021 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $500,000 (10%), will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities beta.sam.gov website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/21)

Contract: Bell Textron, $8M

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $7,999,391 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides engineering and technical field services for the H-1 aircraft to include airframes, avionics, electrical power plant systems and associated equipment, on and off-site proficiency training, technical and unusually complex technical guidance in support of the Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Center. Work will be performed at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. (50%); New Orleans, La. (25%); and Kaneohe, Hawaii (25%), and is expected to be completed in April 2026. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N6893621D0012). (Source: DoD, 04/28/21)