Monday, July 26, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $62.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $62,223,278 undefinitized firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0511) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This order procures 190 parachutes and 56 drag chute systems required to meet both full operational capabilities and an urgent requirement in support of delivered air systems for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for non- Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in September 2025. Non-DOD funds in the amount of $25,407,691; and FMS funds in the amount of $5,703,948 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/26/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $37M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $37,007,569 modification (P00008) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001919C0074). This modification adds scope to procure special tooling and test equipment for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter production line in support of second source canopy tooling and other known capacity gaps for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in El Segundo Calif. (41%); Sylmar, Calif. (26%); McKinney, Texas (26%); Melbourne, Australia (5%); Montville, N.J. (1%); various locations within the continental U.S. (0.92%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (0.08%), and is expected to be completed in August 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $8,753,641; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,753,640; and non-DOD participants funds in the amount of $19,500,288 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/26/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: David Boland, $15.6M

David Boland Inc., Titusville, Fla., was awarded a $15,629,263 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a 36,700-square-foot, two-story operations facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed in Duke Field, Fla., with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2023. Fiscal 2021 military construction, defense-wide funds in the amount of $15,629,263 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-21-C-0030). (Source: DoD, 07/26/21)

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Contracts: multiple, $49M

Serrano Proano Diseno y Construccion, Quito, Ecuador (W91278-21-D-0074); Empresa de Construccion y Transporte Eterna S.A. DE, Cortes, Honduras (W91278-21-D-0075); Bonatti Ingenieros y Arquitectos Sociedad Anonima, Guatemala City, Guatemala (W91278-21-D-0076); SLSCO Ltd., Galveston, Texas (W91278-21-D-0077); DFS Construction LLC, Annapolis, Md. (W91278-21-D-0078); Futron Inc., Woodbridge, Va. (W91278-21-D-0079); and Relyant Global LLC, Maryville, Tenn. (W91278-21-D-0080), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction requirements in Central America. 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 July 14, 2026. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/22/21)

Contract: Stratus Systems, $22M

Stratus Systems Inc., Belle Chasse, La., is awarded a $22,036,558 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering, technical, administrative and programmatic management support for total life cycle management of the various aircrew escape systems managed under the Joint Program Office for Cartridge Actuated Device/Propellant Actuated Device Tri-Service Charter. Work will be performed in Belle Chasse and is expected to be completed by September 2025. Fiscal 2021 Navy working capital funding of $500 will be obligated on the first task order at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured and in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) — only limited number of responsible sources will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-21-D-0023). (Source: DoD, 07/22/21)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $19M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $19,066,327 undefinitized modification (P00005) to a previously awarded, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001920C0032). This modification adds scope to procure 16 Operational Data Integrated Network Base kits, to include software installation and integration support for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program in support of the Navy, Air Force and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,051,967; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,929,986; and non-DoD participants funds in the amount of $2,551,229 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/21/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Lease signed for MAF land

NEW ORLEANS - Industrial Realty Group, LLC (IRG) announced Tuesday that it signed a long-term ground lease with NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). The agreement is for a 50-acre development parcel within MAF, one of the largest production facilities in the nation. IRG's future development is expected to be up to 1,000,000 square feet of buildings developed in phases. The target users include light assembly, manufacturing, distribution, and office space. "When we look at property, we are always searching for creative solutions that benefit all parties," said Stuart Lichter, President of IRG. "In this instance, IRG can provide NASA an excellent long-term plan for its underutilized land in Orleans Parish, while developing a dynamic project resulting in job creation and economic growth." According to Robert Champion, director of MAF, "The agreement with IRG allows MAF to offset some production costs and gives new purpose to this part of the installation." The first phase of development is expected to produce a 400,000 square foot warehouse building. A project timeline will be based on market demand. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/20/21) Additional background can be found in cover story of the June 2021 Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $231.4M

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Md., is awarded a $231,400,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-5310 to definitize the initial award, and procure an additional 70 MK41 Vertical Launching System modules and ancillary equipment for DDG 51-class destroyers and FFG 62-class frigates. This contract modification combines purchases for the U.S. government (80%); the Commonwealth of Australia (13%); and Spain (7%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Baltimore (46%); Indianapolis, Ind. (27%) Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (15%); Farmingdale, N.Y. (5%); Saginaw, Mich. (3%); Waverly, Iowa (2%); Thomaston, Conn. (1%); and St. Peters, Mo. (1%), and is expected to be completed by July 2025. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $91,645,715 (40%); fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $91,645,715 (40%); FMS Australia funds in the amount of $30,691,427 (13%); and FMS Spain funds in the amount of $17,417,143 (7%) will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 07/20/21)

Monday, July 19, 2021

Contract: Alabama Shipyard, $16.5M

Alabama Shipyard LLC, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $16,478,585 firm, fixed-price contract for a 76-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul/dry docking on the USNS William Mclean (T-AKE 12). The contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $16,478,585. Work will be performed in Mobile and is expected to be completed by Nov. 24, 2021. Contract funds in the amount of $16,194,215 are obligated in fiscal 2021 using working capital funds (Navy). This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited via the SAM.gov website and three offers were received. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N3220521C4024). (Source: DoD, 07/19/21)

Friday, July 16, 2021

Contract: Raytheon Missiles, $67.7M

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Marlborough, Mass., was awarded a $67,723,503 cost-plus fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-19-C-5501 for AN/SPY-6(V) integration and production support efforts. This modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this modification to $781,000,000. Work will be performed in Marlborough (54%); Pascagoula, Miss. (11%); Moorestown, N.J. (10%); Newport News, Va. (6%)’ Kauai, Hawaii (5%); Wallops Island, Va. (4%); Fair Lakes, Va. (4%); Chesapeake, Va. (2%); Bath, Maine (2%); Portsmouth, R.I. (1%); and San Diego, Calif. (1%), and is expected to be completed by December 2021. If all options are exercised, work will continue through November 2024. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $16,126,410 (44%); fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,941,141 (19%); fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,147,355 (17%); fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,885,854 (10%); fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,325,767 (6%); and fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversions (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,390,814 (4%) will be obligated at time of award, of which funds in the amount of $3,885,854 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity. (Awarded July 13, 2021)  (Source: DoD, 07/16/21)

Defense contractor courted

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Bay Economic Development Alliance is working to attract a defense contractor that could bring 35 jobs to the county. The name of the company has not been revealed due to a non-disclosur agreement. The contractor is looking to move its headquarters, manufacturing and research and development operations to Bay County. The project will involve a capital investment of $18.5 million. One step in the process was getting the support of the Bay County Commission, which approved sending a letter of support to the Triumph Gulf Coast, the organization that distributes money from the 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill settlement. The hope is to get a grant for "Project Beacon." (Source: Panama City News Herald, 07/16/21)

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Fifth test of RS-25

RS-25 test. NASA photo
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a fifth RS-25 single-engine hot fire test July 14 in its seven-part test series, supporting development and production of engines for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Operators fired the engine for more than eight minutes (500 seconds) on the A-1 Test Stand, providing data to Aerojet Rocketdyne, lead contractor for the SLS engines, as it produces engines for use after the first four SLS flights. Four RS-25 engines, along with a pair of solid rocket boosters, will help power SLS, firing simultaneously to generate a combined 1.6 million pounds of thrust at launch and 2 million pounds during ascent. Testing of RS-25 engines for the first four Artemis program missions to the Moon have been completed, and operators are now focused on collecting data to evaluate new engine components manufactured with cutting-edge technologies. During the July 14 test, the team fired the engine at 111% of its original power level for a set time, the same level that RS-25 engines are required to operate during launch, as well as 113%, which allowed operators to test a margin of safety. (Source: NASA/SSC, 07/14/21) Previous

New hangar officially opens

MILTON, Fla. - The new aviation customer service hangar at the Peter Prince Airport in East Milton was officially opened Wednesday. Leonardo Helicopters will be the Santa Rosa County hangar's first occupant for the next two years as the company builds its 80,000-square-foot permanent maintenance facility at the Whiting Aviation Park next to Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Leonardo last year was selected by the Navy to replace the Navy's training helicopter fleet of TH-57s with TH-73A aircraft during the next four years, a contract worth $648.1 million. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/15/21) Previous

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $23M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $23,018,589 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract provides for the integration of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) country into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and provides country-specific program support for F-35 aircraft production, modifications, logistics, and sustainment efforts. Work will be performed in Ft Worth (58%); Nagoya, Japan (26%); Orlando, Fla. (11%); Redondo Beach, Calif. (3%); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (2%), and is expected to be completed in March 2025. FMS customer funds in the amount of $23,018,589 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(C)(4). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N0001921C0037). (Source: DoD, 07/13/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Friday, July 9, 2021

SLS science mission role delayed

A limited supply chain and the demands of the Artemis program will prevent the use of the Space Launch System for alternative roles, such as launching science missions, until at least late this decade. In a briefing about the SLS to the steering committee of the planetary science decadal survey July 7, Robert Stough of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center said that if scientists are contemplating missions that require the use of the SLS, they should be talking with NASA now to secure manifest slots no earlier than the late 2020s or early 2030s. While NASA has a goal of being able to launch three SLS missions in a 24-month period, and two in 12 months, the supply chain is currently limited to one SLS per year. That will change by the early 2030s, he said, growing to two per year and thus creating opportunities for additional SLS missions beyond the Artemis program. That will be enabled by changes to at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., to increase core stage production and a “block upgrade” to the RS-25 engine used on that core stage that will be cheaper and faster to produce. (Source: SpaceNews, 07/08/21)

Airbus Mobile to start hiring again

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile’s Airbus plant plans to start hiring again following United Airlines' jet purchase. The air carrier wants 70 Airbus A320s, many of which will be built in Mobile. As COVID-19 numbers drop, air travel is on the rise and aircraft plants are ramping up. “The U.S. airlines appear to be in a relatively healthy condition, certainly on the domestic side and keen to re-enter into picking up their aircraft, especially out of Mobile. That’s the good news,” said Airbus Vice President Daryl Taylor, who directs the company’s assembly line in Mobile. “The great news is we got through 2020 without a reduction of workforce,” Taylor said. “So, we had reached right around 1,000 direct employees at the beginning of 2020. While we didn’t hire during 2020 except for a very few, very critical positions that we had to backfill, we also didn’t actively reduce workforce. This year, we plan to recruit about 150 employees here in Mobile. We’ll pass 1,100 active head counts here during 2021 and if you look at our total head count that’s onsite, when you add our suppliers, we outsource several of our work packages, logistics, maintenance and things like that, we’re probably closer to 1,350, 1,400 and I would expect that to be closer to 1,500 by the end of the year.” (Source: Alabama Public Radio, 07/08/21)

Eglin detonates hypersonic weapon

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 780th Test Squadron successfully detonated an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon warhead for the first time. The first-of-its-kind test for the air-to-ground, rocket-powered, high-altitude, hypersonic missile collected data on the lethality of the unique weapon. The nature and shape of the warhead required a lot of firsts, according to the test’s manager, David Spiker 780th TS. Some of the firsts were the new and unorthodox design and construction of the test arena, the test procedures and equipment, the warhead’s fragmentation data collecting and the post-test data processing to ensure the warhead’s effects have been accurately characterized. It was not clear from the Air Force press release where the successful warhead detonation occurred. Eglin has a number of test facilities, including the Gulf Test Range covering 120,000 square miles of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but previous tests of the ARRW have been conducted at California's Edwards Air Force Base and over the Point Mugu Sea Range off the California coast. (Sources: Eglin Air Force Base, Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/07/21)

Contract: Vanguard Pacific, $16.5M

Vanguard Pacific LLC, Foley, Ala., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $16,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for facility enhancement and maintenance. The contractor will provide personnel, equipment, tools, materials, and supervision to accomplish all work required to complete protective coating, floor covering and miscellaneous maintenance and repairs. Work will be performed at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; Goose Creek, S.C.; Moncks Corner, S.C.; North, S.C.; and Charleston, S.C. Work is expected to be completed July 7, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received. The 628th Contracting Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (FA4418-21-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 07/08/21)

Contract: HII, $8.6M

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded an $8,622,638 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-2307 to exercise an option for accomplishment of post-delivery availability work items for DDG 123. Work will be performed in Pascagoula and is expected to complete by December 2022. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,963,344 (92.4%); and fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $659,294 (7.6%) will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 07/08/21)

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Contract: LightDeck, $35M

LightDeck Diagnostics, Boulder, Colo., has been awarded a $35,089,000 firm-fixed-price contract for LightDeck point-of-care COVID-19 testing production expansion initiative. Work will be performed in Boulder and is expected to be completed Oct. 2, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Funding is authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act in the amount of $35,089,000, which is being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-21-C-0013). (Source: DoD, 07/06/21) 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

MAE marks 30 years in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. - ST Engineering announced on Thursday the 30th anniversary of the company’s commercial aircraft maintenance operations at the Mobile Aeroplex. The Mobile facility, Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE), was established in 1990 and obtained its Federal Aviation Administration 145 Repair Station Approval for airframe maintenance on Jan. 17, 1991, and operations began the same year. “We are proud of the longstanding success MAE has cultivated with the Mobile community over the last three decades," said Tom Vecchiolla, president and CEO of ST Engineering North America. MAE helps stimulate economic activities in airport logistics, education and training, housing, transport and other areas. The facility performs heavy maintenance and repair work on nearly all aircraft types for its leading airline long-term customers. MAE is also a center for aircraft modifications, including converting passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft. The celebratory anniversary event also marked MAE’s 6,000th aircraft redelivery milestone. (Source: ExecutiveBiz, 07/01/21) ST Aerospace Engineering also has an MRO campus in Pensacola, Fla. Previous related

Friday, July 2, 2021

Contract: L3, $60.5M

L3 Technologies Inc., Camden, N.J., is awarded a $60,480,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-6312 for engineering and technical support for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle program. Work will be performed in Morgan City, La. (73%); Arlington, Va. (10%); Jeanerette, La. (8 percent); New Orleans, La. (6%); Worthington, Ohio (2%); Lafayette, La. (1%), and is expected to be completed by December, 2022. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $1,672,203 will be 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. (Source: DoD, 07/02/21)

Contract: R&D Maintenance, $40M

R&D Maintenance Services Inc., Tulsa, Okla., was awarded a $39,987,597 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for the maintenance, repairs and minor construction of government-owned facilities and equipment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Tusacaloosa, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2021 civil operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,125,708 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-21-C-0018). (Source: DoD, 07/02/21) 

Officials mark start of second hangar

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Officials gathered in front of ST Engineering's hangar Thursday to mark the beginning of construction for a second maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar. The $210 million project at Pensacola International Airport eventually will bring three additional hangars for ST Engineering's MRO campus. The project also will add administrative office space to two of the new hangars. Expected to begin last year, the project was delayed due to the pandemic. Jeffery Lam, president of commercial aerospace at ST Engineering, told the crowd of about 50 people that when the buildings are complete in 2024, they will make up ST Engineering's largest facility and will be able to service 500 aircraft a year. The project will add 1,325 jobs to ST Engineering's campus on top of the 400 jobs that are part of the first hangar that opened in 2018. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/02/21)

Munitions squadron activated

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force activated the 325th Munitions Squadron within the 325th Fighter Wing, effective June 29, 2021. Maj. Justin Cassidy assumed command of the 325th MUNS, along with more than 80 personnel and $275 million in munitions. The creation of the squadron is in line with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s action order “Accelerate Change or Lose” in order to better support the mission of projecting unrivaled combat airpower. The 325th MUNS provides the 325th Maintenance Group with the maintenance, accountability, and serviceability of the wing’s munition stockpile. This is done in support of all aircraft at Tyndall during its several exercises, such as Checkered Flag, Agile Flag, and Weapons Systems Evaluation Program. (Source: Tyndall Air Force Base, 07/01/21)

ATC Mobile to use OLF

MOBILE, Ala. — The commander of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile signed a letter of agreement with the Navy Tuesday for use of a training field at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton. Capt. Christopher Husler, commanding officer of ATC Mobile, signed a Letter of Agreement with U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Flores, Naval Air Station Whiting Field Commanding Officer, to establish the first Coast Guard Outlying Landing Field to be used for daytime rotary-wing operations for aviation student training flights. The partnership allows Coast Guard aviators to exclusively train in a non-congested airspace at OLF Silver Hill in central Baldwin County. (Source: WKRG-TV, 06/30/21)

Contract: Raytheon Missiles, $2B

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an approximately $2,000,000,000 (to include all options) cost-plus-fixed-fee with performance incentives contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) Weapon System. During the EMD phase, manufacturing processes will continue to mature and the manufacturing environment will be demonstrated and transitioned to a pilot line readiness state. The objective at the end of EMD is to demonstrate full production readiness. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed February 2027. This contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/21)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $1.8B

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,803,683,878 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and fixed-price-incentive-firm undefinitized contract action. This contract provides for the procurement of recurring logistics services for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities, action request resolution, depot activation activities, automatic logistics information system operations and maintenance, reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support, supply chain management and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (61%); Orlando, Fla. (24%); Greenville, S.C. (8%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (4%); and El Segundo, Calif. (3%), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Air Force) funds in the amount of $91,083,695; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Air National Guard) funds in the amount of $40,478,232; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $56,922,784; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $27,192,677; non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $76,946,111; and FMS funds in the amount of $41,266,703 will be obligated at the time of the award, $215,677,388 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N0001921C0020). (Source: DoD, 06/30/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and

reprogramming lab.  

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Contract: CH2M, $15M

CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., Englewood, Colo., is awarded a $14,994,600 firm-fixed-price task order N69450-21-F-0418 at $14,994,600 under a multiple award construction contract for Hurricane Sally recovery work at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The task order also contains two unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $24,337,800.  The work to be performed provides for interior and exterior repairs for Bldg. 3901, Bldg. 623, Bldg. 601 and Bldg. 1080. The options, if exercised, provide for interior and exterior repairs for Bldg. 3902 and Bldg. 3903. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed by June 2023. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $14,994,600 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N62470-19-D-8024). (Source: DoD, 06/29/21)

United places huge order

United Airlines announced Tuesday its largest-ever aircraft order of 270 narrow-body jetliners from Boeing and Airbus, an affirmation of the expected post-pandemic growth. The order includes 200 Boeing Max jets. Of those planes, 150 are Max 10s, the largest in the family. The remaining 50 Boeing planes are the manufacturer's most-popular model, the Max 8. United also plans to buy 70 Airbus 321neos. In a news release, Airbus said that a "significant number of the newly-ordered aircraft will be produced at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala." Airbus said the new order complements existing orders from United for 50 A321XLR aircraft, bringing the total commitment from the airline to 120 A321 aircraft. United also announced a hiring spree that it expects to total about 25,000 employees for the new planes, including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. The carrier now has about 500 narrow-body aircraft arriving starting next year. (Sources: multiple, including Airbus, CNBC, WKRG-TV, 06/29/21)

Monday, June 28, 2021

Contract: Global Business, $19M

Global Business Solutions Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded an $18,957,323 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract for Purchase Agents for the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (AF COOL) program. This contract provides for purchasing of approved civilian/industry credentialing exams, course materials, exam preparation materials and exam preparation courses/boot camps through various credentialing agencies and vendors for the Air Force’s Credentialing Program Office. Work will be performed at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,753,474 are being obligated at the time of award.  The 42nd Contracting Squadron, Maxwell Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA3300-21-C-0031). (Source: DoD, 06/28/21)

Contract: LMR Technical, $17.9M

LMR Technical Group LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $17,903,881 firm-fixed-price modification (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA4890-20-C-0005 for the A3 Optimizing Human Weapon System Services. This contract modification exercises Option Period One which provides continued support services to increase the physical capacity of fighter aircrew, decrease the rate of injuries and accelerate 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. The location of performance is at multiple bases across the Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Force Europe. The work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2021, for Option Period One and by March 22, 2025, if all options are exercised. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,762,276 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $35,929,196. Headquarters Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/21)

Contract: Radiance Tech, $9.6M

Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $9,597,653 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the modeling simulation and analysis (MS&A) of an advanced weapon designs effort. This contract provides for research and development to evaluate system capabilities in a real-world environment as opposed to traditional MS&A efforts resulting in providing a robust understanding of the intricacies of both the threat models as well as the simulation frameworks used. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala., and at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed July 1, 2026. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $250,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity (FA8651-21-C-0054). (Source: DoD, 06/28/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, N.J., is awarded a $7,869,505 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-5602 to exercise options for combat system ship integration and testing on FFG 62 class ships. Work will be performed in Moorestown (85%); Marinette, Wisc. (10%); Bath, Maine (3%); and Pascagoula, Miss. (2%), and is expected to be completed by June 2022. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,336,192 will be 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. (Source: DoD, 06/28/21)

Contract: Great Lakes Dredge, $24.3M

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC, Houston, Texas, was awarded a $24,292,116 firm-fixed-price contract for furnishing one fully crewed and equipped self-propelled trailing suction type hopper dredge on a rental basis. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Plaquemines, La., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 29, 2022. Fiscal 2021 civil operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $24,292,116 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-21-C-0029). (Source: DoD, 06/28/21)

Commandos awarded for saving lives

Nine air commandos who received five Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals Tuesday are credited with saving the lives of 88 American and Afghan special forces troops over nearly two hours of combat in September 2019. The AC-130J Ghostrider crew from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., was tasked to provide air cover for special forces in Afghanistan, firing at an enemy who ambushed the American and Afghan team. (Source: Military Times, 06/25/21, SOFREP, 06/26/21)

Eglin has one-of-kind wing

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Eglin Air Force Base is the home for now of a first-of-its-kind Air Force wing working in the electromagnetic spectrum, which stretches from radio waves to visible light and affects everything from cell phones to personal computers to advanced military technology. According to a Friday news release from the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing (350th SWW) was stood up Friday in recognition of a need for the U.S. military “to dominate the electromagnetic spectrum.” The wing is being temporarily located at Eglin while the Air Force conducts a mandated environmental review for a permanent location. The Air Combat Command news release did not indicate what specific locations are under consideration as a permanent home for the wing, or whether Eglin is on that list of potential locations. (Sources: Stars and Stripes, 06/26/21, Air Combat Command, 06/25/21)

F-22 training moving again

The Air Force is permanently moving its its F-22 fighter jet training operation from Florida to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. The squadron originally was located at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla., before Hurricane Michael heavily damaged the base in 2018. It has been temporarily located at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, Fla., to the west of Tyndall and also in the Florida Panhandle. The unit has 31 F-22 fighters and 16 T-38 training aircraft. Bruce Sturk, Hampton’s director of federal facilities support, estimates the squadron’s move will bring a total of 2,100 to 2,200 people to the region. The Air Force has not yet determined when the unit will move. (Sources: AP via Washington Post, WKRG-TV, WTVR-TV, 06/26/21, Stars and Stripes, 06/25/21) The move was expected. In 2019 the Air Force said its preferred base was Langley, though Tyndall and Eglin were still in the running. Previous

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Contract: Aktarius, $65M

Aktarius LLC, Panama City, Fla., is awarded a $65,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide expertise for all activities associated with the development, production, fielding, sustainment and disposal of shore, expeditionary and oceans systems across the lifecycle for Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense and other expeditionary customers. An initial task order is being awarded at $150,000 to support test and evaluation, data management and analysis and research and development in Panama City. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by June 2022. The work to be performed is for engineering, integrated product support and technical services. All work on this contract will be performed in Panama City and various locations as indicated by each task order. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with a six-month option with an expected completion date of January 2027. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $150,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); other procurement (Navy); and operation and maintenance (Navy). This contract was procured directly to an 8(a) Hawaiian Native-owned company under the solicitation number N39430-21-R-2311. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity (N39430-21-D-2206). (Source: DoD, 06/22/21)

Contract: Austal USA, $44.4M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $44,384,296 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2301 to exercise an option for Littoral Combat Ship Class design services and integrated data and product model environment support. Work will be performed in Mobile (60%); and Pittsfield, Mass. (40%), and is expected to be completed by June 2022. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,783,147 will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 06/22/21)

Monday, June 21, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $472.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $472,469,642 undefinitized contract modification (P00041) to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract N00019-19-C-0010. This modification adds scope to further develop and integrate three unique weapons capabilities through system functional review to development test complete on the F-35A and F-35B aircraft for the governments of the United Kingdom and Italy. Work will be performed in Fort Worths (39%); Stevenage, United Kingdom (36%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (12%); El Segundo, Calif. (4%); Baltimore, Md. (3%); Harlow, United Kingdom (2%); Tucson, Ariz. (2%); Orlando, Fla. (1%); and Amityville, N.Y. (1%), and is expected to be completed in March 2026. Non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $116,462,707 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. (Awarded June 18, 2021) (Source: DoD, 06/21/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $49.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $49,175,235 undefinitized cost reimbursable order (N00019-21-F-0836) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0008. This order provides engineering support to address deficiencies for production and modifications of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and delivery of associated technical data for the Navy, Marine Corps and the Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March 2024. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount $4,901,961; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17,195,771; and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement funds (Air Force) in the amount of $2,489,885, will be obligated at the time of award, $19,685,656 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Awarded June 18, 2021) (Source: DoD, 06/21/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Aechelon, $24M

Aechelon Technology, San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded a $24,069,170, firm-fixed price, C-type option contract for Image Generation Systems. Image Generators are required to support high fidelity F-35 and F-22 JSE Flight Simulation Visual Display Systems in Joint Simulation Environment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base and Nellis AFB, and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2023, if option is exercised. This award is the result of a non-competitive, sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,252,904 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Training Center, Edwards AFB, is the contracting activity (FA9302-21-C-0011). (Awarded June 18, 2021) (Source: DoD, 06/21/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

New tanker competition looms

Boeing and Airbus end up in another tanker war as early as next year to provide aerial refueling aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force on Tuesday released a sources sought notice for a non developmental tanker aircraft known as KC-Y that would bridge the gap between Boeing KC-46 and the next-generation KC-Z tanker. The Air Force is looking for companies that could deliver as many as 15 commercial derivative tankers a year, with the new bridge tanker operational in 2029, the year the last KC-46 is due to be delivered. The plan is to buy 140 to 160 KC-Ys to continue the replacement of the KC-135 fleet. The competition could start as early as 2022, when the service issues a final request for proposals. The Air Force provided few details on how KC-Y would differ from KC-46, only saying that it is still finalizing its requirements. (Sources: DefenseNews, 06/17/21, aldotcom, 06/18/21) Airbus, then known as EADS, and Boeing competed for the right to build the current KC-135 replacement. Airbus won initially and the plan was to build them in Mobile, Ala., which at that time had no aircraft manufacturing plant. But following a Boeing protest the contract was awarded to Boeing in 2011. Since then, Airbus has built two assembly lines in Mobile, one for the A320 and one for the A220. The new battle is likely to pit a modified KC-46 with the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport.  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Contract: Austal USA, $10.6M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $10,605,201 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2301 to exercise an option for littoral combat ship industrial post-delivery availability support for USS Canberra (LCS 30). Work will be performed in Mobile (80%); and Pittsfield, Mass. (20%), and is expected to be completed by May 2022. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 06/17/21)


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Truce on aircraft subsidies fight

The United States and European Union have agreed to suspend their 17-year-long trade dispute over government aircraft subsidies, agreeing to suspend World Trade Organization-authorized tariffs for five years stemming from the Boeing-Airbus dispute. Those tariffs had been temporarily suspended in March. The move eases trade tensions amid a broader effort to improve trans-Atlantic relations and the growing economic competition from China. As part of the deal, the EU and the U.S. agreed to provide research and development funding through an open and transparent process as well as to not give specific support to their own producers that would harm the other side. They will also each release statements spelling out "acceptable support" for aircraft manufacturers. The truce was struck during a summit in Brussels. Since 2004, the U.S. and the EU have accused each other of unfairly subsidizing their aircraft-building giants, America’s Boeing and Europe’s Airbus. Over the past two years, the WTO, which adjudicates such disputes, declared both sides guilty. It allowed the United States to impose up to $7.5 billion in tariffs and the EU up to $4 billion’ worth. (Sources: Multiple, including CNBC, CNN, Wall Street Journal, AP, 06/15/21) Gulf Coast note: Airbus has two aircraft assembly lines in Mobile, Ala., one for the A320 and one for the A220. Additional tariffs were never imposed on aircraft parts sent to Mobile for assembly. Previous related

After delay, work starts on hangar

PENSACOLA, Fla. - After a nearly year-long delay because of the pandemic, the second phase of the ST Engineering aircraft, maintenance and repair (MRO) facility at the Pensacola International Airport is getting off the ground. David Penzone, a business consultant for the city on the ST Engineering project, told the City Council on Monday that construction on a second 177,000-square-foot hangar is getting underway and is expected to be completed by September 2022. The city also has changed to a design-build contract for Hangars 3 and 4, which will include a new administrative office for ST Engineering. Work on Hangars 3 and 4 is expected to begin in October 2022 and be completed in June 2024. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/15/21)

Eglin gets second F-35A squadron

Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be the location for a second F-35A Squadron, doubling the number of F-35 fighter jets at the base from 24 to 48, according to a release from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). It was back on May 9, 2019, that the Air Force announced Eglin as a preferred location for a second F-35 squadron. Now it's a done deal. “Today’s announcement is a big win for Northwest Florida and our nation’s military readiness,” Rubio said in the statement. (Source: Sen. Marco Rubio, 06/14/21) Previous

June newsletter available

The June 2021 edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter has been published. The cover story is about the virtual briefing last month updating activities at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It was a particularly rough time thanks to the pandemic and difficult hurricane season, but there were wins and losses. There's also a profile on Verdell Hawkins, who heads up economic development efforts for Gulf Power. Working with economic development leaders from the region, Gulf Power has played a role in some high profile wins. Finally, there's a column about aerospace items you may have missed. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League, June 2021 newsletter, 06/15/21)

Monday, June 14, 2021

Contract: Perimeter, $8.5M

Perimeter Security Partners LLC, Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded an $8,475,984 modification (P00003) to contract W912DY-20-F-0664 to maintain identified physical security equipment. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, Ala.; Huntsville, Ala.; Augusta, Fort Benning, Fort Gillem, Fort Stewart and Savannah, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Columbia, S.C.; and Kingsport, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of June 14, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $1,738,723 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/14/21)


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Tyndall getting back wall money

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Tyndall Air Force Base is set to get money back to build a fire/crash rescue station that was taken almost two years ago to fund the Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico border wall plan. In total, more than $2.2 billion is being returned to the military. Of that, more than $25 million will be redirected from construction of the now-defunct wall to Tyndall for the facility. The station is designed to support up to 15 firefighting vehicles and provide space for physical fitness, training and living quarters for military personnel. In a press release from the Office of Management and Budget Friday, the Biden administration said funds from the wall will be redirected to the military. In September 2019, Tyndall lost $17 million in funding for the station after the Department of Defense reshuffled $3.6 billion for the U.S.-Mexico wall. (Sources: Panama City News Herald, Department of Defense, 06/11/21)

Contracts: Multiple, $121M

Amentum Services Inc., Germantown, Md. (N62649-21-D-0007); American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc., Parsippany, N.J. (N62649-21-D-0008); Bahrain Fujairah Marine Services W.L.L., Adliya, Bahrain (N62649-21-D-0009); Crowley Government Services Inc., Jacksonville, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0010); DaeKee Global Co. Ltd., Busan, Republic of Korea (N62649-21-D-0011); DFS Technical Services LLC, Annapolis, Md. (N62649-21-D-0012); Disaster Management Group LLC, Indiantown, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0013); Downie Jones Ship Stores, Bulimba, Queensland, Australia (N62649-21-D-0014); Downie Jones Ship Stores Limited, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong (N62649-21-D-0015); Global Defense Logistics SRL, Constanta, Romania (N62649-21-D-0016); Global Maritime Logistics Support Inc., Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines (N62649-21-D-0017); Horizon Strategies LLC, Winston Salem, N.C. (N62649-21-D-0018); JT Square Pte. Ltd., Singapore (N62649-21-D-0019); KVG LLC, Gettysburg, Pa. (N62649-21-D-0020); Meridian Global Consulting LLC, Mobile, Ala. (N62649-21-D-0021); Multinational Logistic Services Limited, Gziza, Malta (N62649-21-D-0022); OPS Corp., Busan, Republic of Korea (N62649-21-D-0023); Qube Ports Pty. Ltd. (dba Qube Government Services), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (N62649-21-D-0024); Relyant Global LLC, Maryville, Tenn. (N62649-21-D-0025); Shipping Consultants Associated Ltd., Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom (N62649-21-D-0026); Seabulk Logistics Services, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0027); Stirling Advanced Logistical Services, Amman, Jordan (N62649-21-D-0038); TechTrans Intl., Houston, Texas (N62649-21-D-0028); Toll Remote Logistics Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (N62649-21-D-0029); TranLogistics LLC, Miami, Fla (N62649-21-D-0030); US21, Inc., Fairfax, Va. (N62649-21-D-0031); Vantage International Partners LCC, Destin, Fla. (N62649-21-D-0032); Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo. (N62649-21-D-0033); and Waypoint LLC, Brookings, S.D. (N62649-21-D-0034), are awarded a ceiling priced $121,000,000 multiple award of firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide worldwide expeditionary supplies and services to support humanitarian and disaster relief, military exercises, and contingencies. The contracts will run concurrently and will include a five-year base performance period, with one five-year option, with individual requirements performed under task orders when specific dates and locations are identified. If the option period is exercised, the total estimated value of the contracts combined will have a ceiling value of $242,000,000. The base period will begin July 2021 and is expected to be completed by June 2026; if all options are exercised, the performance period will be completed by June 2031. Work will be performed in 22 geographic regions: North America; Caribbean and Bermuda; Central America; South America; Middle East; Bahrain; United Arab Emirates; Africa; Eastern Europe and Western Asia; Western Europe; Mainland Asia; Japan; Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka; Australia and Oceania; Pacific Islands; Philippines; Indonesia; Malaysia and Singapore; Thailand; Vietnam; and Southeastern Asia. Due to the fact that the specific requirements cannot be predicted at this time, more specific information about the percentage and where the work will be performed cannot be currently provided. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,500 will be obligated ($500 on each of the 29 contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts), and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Additional funds will be obligated at the task order level with the appropriate fiscal year operation and maintenance (Navy) funding as issued by the customers for each area of responsibility. The requirement was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts with the solicitation posted on beta.sam.gov, Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO), and AsiaNECO with 35 offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, Japan, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: Leidos, $26.9M

Leidos Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., is awarded an $26,913,657 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for ship-installation, integrated logistic support, fleet support, and life-cycle-sustainment of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $61,729,316. The contract combines purchases for the Navy (97.6%); and the governments of Japan (2%) and Australia (0.4%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Va. (26%); Everett, Wash. (23%); Norfolk, Va. (19%); Yokosuka, Japan (14%); San Diego, Calif. (13%); Bath, Maine (1%); Manassas, Va. (1%); Mayport, Fla. (1%); Pascagoula, Miss. (1%); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1%), and is expected to be completed by June 2022. If all options are exercised, work will continue through June 2023. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,234,914 (43%); fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,892,808 (24%); fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,270,505 (11%); fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $974,554 (8%); fiscal 2021 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $591,246 (5%); fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $498,393 (4%); fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $291,038 (2%); Foreign Military Sales Japan funds in the amount of $205,855 (1%); fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $68,850 (1%); and Foreign Military Sales Australia funds in the amount of $38,730 (1%) will be obligated at time of award, of which funds in the amount of $591,246 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured 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 Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-5202). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: International Marine, $13.8M

International Marine & Industrial Applicators LLC, Spanish Fort, Ala., is awarded a $13,762,373 firm-fixed-price contract for preservation work onboard USS Toledo (SSN-769). The services under this contract include blasting, preservation, and surface preparation; touch-up, blasting, and painting of high solid coatings and non-high solid coatings; cleaning of sanitary and other tanks; construction of scaffolding required to accomplish taskings; general shipboard cleaning; containment/blast protection; preparation and preservation of dampening tiles; zinc replacement; lead ballast removal and installation; and special hull treatment removal, preparation, preservation, and installation. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $16,997,778. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 2022. If all options are exercised work will continue through September 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $8,000,000 will be obligated at the 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 three offers received. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, is the contracting activity (N4215821CS001). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

Contract: ThomCo, $45M

ThomCo Enterprises Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rapid-response temporary roofing projects in the continental U.S. coastal regions in the event of an emergency. 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 May 31, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-21-D-0044). (Source: DoD, 06/11/21)

SSC, MAF ease restrictions

Both Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans have or soon will transition from Stage 3 to Stage 2 levels in NASA's COVID response framework. SSC transitioned May 17. MAF will transition June 14, according to a June 10 statement by Robert Champion, Michoud's director. Most restrictions will remain in place, but more work can be authorized to return to site, according to Champion. Telework is still expected of most team members. (Source: GCAC, 06/11/21)

Special Tactics gets new leader

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - The 24th Special Operations Wing got a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony. Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), recognized outgoing commander Col. Matt Allen and introduced Col. Jason Daniels as the sixth commander of the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force. At the ceremony, Allen was presented the Legion of Merit, conferred on armed forces personnel who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious performance, for his time as the wing commander. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/11/21)

First TH-73A trainer delivered

Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first of an eventual 130 TH-73A trainers to the US Navy at a ceremony at the AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. (Leonardo) plant in Philadelphia. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., following final DoD inspections. Leonardo has so far received 68 orders via two fixed-price contracts worth $177 million and $171 million, placed in January and November 2020, respectively. Deliveries of all 130 trainers are due to conclude in 2024, with the total programme of record worth $648 million. The TH-73A is replacing the current fleet of Bell TH-57B/C Sea Rangers. Leonardo Helicopters plans to construct a new support center at Whiting Aviation Park, adjacent to NAS Whiting Field.(Source: Multiple, including FlightGlobal, 06/10/21, Mirage News, 06/11/21)

Fort Rucker marks a first

FORT RUCKER, Ala. - For the first time, the 1st Aviation Brigade, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, has women in command of the brigade and its three battalions. Col. Tammy Baugh serves as commander of the 1st Aviation Brigade, whose primary mission is to train and develop future Army Aviation leaders. Lt. Col. Erica Witty commands 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment; and Lt. Col. Katie Slingerland commands 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, both at Fort Rucker. Lt. Col. Alissa McKaig serves as commander of the 2d Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, which trains Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators and maintainers at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.(Source: WTVY, 06/10/21)

Delta picks up 50th A220

MOBILE, Ala. - Delta staff came to the Mobile Aeroplex June 9 to to pick up the airline’s 50th A220 jet. Most of those Delta A220s were built at the plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, but now Mobile is a key production site for the planes. The first Mobile-built A220 had its first maiden flight in June 2020. An Airbus spokesman said Wednesday that the current rate of production is around four A220s per month from the Canadian line and one per month from the new Alabama line. Projections call for the production rate in Mobile to increase to around two per month by early next year. (Source: aldotcom, 06/09/21)

Two projects awarded money

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis announced June 9 that $324,277 has been awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF) grant program to two projects to strengthen veteran suicide prevention and to fund the Bay County Tyndall Air Force Base Rebuild and Community Partnership Support. The awards were given to the Northeast Florida Firewatch Council and the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. This grant award combined with the previous awards in 2020 result in a $1,574,277 commitment by the FDSTF to Florida’s defense communities. Florida’s military and defense industry contributes more than $95 billion in economic impact and the industry supports more than 914,000 jobs in Florida, the second largest economic sector in the state. (Source: Office of the Governor, 06.09/21)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Contract: Multiple, $109.8M

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z067); CACI, Inc. – Federal, Chantilly, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z068); Science Application International Corp., Reston, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z069); Capstone Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z070); and Serco Inc., Herndon, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z071), are awarded an estimated $109,814,821 via modification (P00004) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract program that included terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide technical support services for functions such as chief information officer strategic support; data and information management; engineering support; information technology system support; network support; information assurance/cyber security; enterprise business intelligence/enterprise business analytics; software analysis; hardware maintenance and development; and business process reengineering in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. This modification exercises the three-year option ordering period that will bring the estimated contract ceiling price to $213,170,626. The contracts run concurrently and the ordering period is expected to begin in September 2021 and be completed by September 2024. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (45%); Pensacola, Fla. (27%); Arlington, Va. (10%); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (16%); and various contractor facilities (2%). No funding will be obligated at time of award. Operation and maintenance (Navy) funds will fund individual task orders with appropriate fiscal year appropriations at the time of their issuance. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504, with 15 offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/09/21)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $137.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $137,680,806 modification (P00112) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001915C0003). This modification adds scope to provide continued support services, including program management, non-recurring unique requirements, and training in support of increment five integration of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers into the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (60%); and an undisclosed locations outside the continental U.S. (40%), and is expected to be completed in July 2021. FMS funds in the amount of $137,680,806 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, 06/08/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home to an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Yerkes South, $45M

Yerkes South Inc., Crestview, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rapid-response temporary roofing projects in the event of an emergency. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2028. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb., is the contracting activity (W9128F-21-D-0046). (Source: DoD, 06/08/21)

Shipyard working on landing pad

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - SpaceX is converting two oil rigs into floating launch pads for Elon Musk's SpaceX program. Work on one of the rigs is being done in Mississippi. ST Engineering Halter Marine and Offshore in Pascagoula is involved in a six-month project to remove drilling equipment from the semi-submersible rig, Phobus. It will be used as a launching and landing pad for Starship, a SpaceX vehicle that Musk plans to send to Mars. Jeffrey Gehrmann, ST Engineering’s vice president of operations, said the rig was towed in from Galveston, Texas. ST Engineering already had the staff to do the work, which should be wrapping up soon. SpaceX is using reusable boosters that land back on earth after launching a spacecraft. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/03/21)

Monday, June 7, 2021

Contract: Austal USA, $44M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $44,000,000 fixed-price incentive firm-target, undefinitized contract modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-2227 for the detail design, procurement, production implementation, and demonstration of autonomous capability in Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 13. Work will be performed in Mobile (60%); Reston, Va. (35%); and Fairfax, Va. (5%), and is expected to complete by July 2022. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) cost-to-complete funding in the amount of $22,000,000 will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 06/07/21)

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Contract: Halter Marine, $149M

Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $149,053,160 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification to definitize contract number N00024-19-C-2208 for the detail design and construction of one oceanographic survey ship (T-AGS 67). Work will be performed in Pascagoula (76%); Harahan, La. (8%); Belle Chase, La. (4.5%); Alpharetta, Ga. (4.5%); Mathews, La. (2.3%); Axis, Ala. (2%); Houston, Texas (1.5%); and Sherwood, Ore. (1.2%). Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $149,053,160 will be obligated at 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. (Source: DoD, 06/04/21)

Contract: U-SMC DeMaria, $9.3M

U-SMC DeMaria JV1, LLC, Jacksonville, Fla., is awarded a $9,337,198 firm-fixed-price task order N6945021F0360 under a multiple award construction contract for Building 544 repairs and alterations at Naval Support Activity, Panama City, Fla. The task order also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase the cumulative task order value to $12,935,828. The work to be performed includes demolition of interior partitions; removal and disposal of acoustical panel ceiling; removal and replacement of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; sprinkler system modifications; removal and replacement of exterior doors and storefront entrances; drywall replacement; lighting installation; and installation of a new fire alarm system. The option, if exercised, provides for furniture, fixtures and equipment. Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be completed by September 2022. Fiscal 2021 defense working capital funds in the amount of $9,337,198 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity (N69450-19-D-0921). (Source: DoD, 06/04/21) 

Contract: Tyonek, $25M

Tyonek  Services Overhaul Facility, Kiln, Miss., has been awarded a ceiling $24,988,351 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Excess Defense Article (EDA) Regeneration for the Philippines Air Force. The estimated value of the first order is $4,700,000. The contractor will provide the Philippines Air Force with full C-130 EDA Regeneration to include program depot maintenance. Work will be performed in Waco, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and is 100% Foreign Military Sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8553-21-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 06/04/21)

Contract: NWF, $20M

NWF Contractors, Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a ceiling $20,000,000 requirements contract for the construction of concrete targets. The contract provides for furnishing all plant, labor, materials and equipment and all operations in connection with the construction of various reinforced concrete test targets on specified test areas. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed June 2, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and seven offers were received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. FA2823-21-D-0025. (Source: DoD, 06/04/21)

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $53.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $53,166,166 modification (P00001) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized order (N0001920F0078) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This modification increases the scope for procurement of various material and software required for the 30P06 capability upgrade to all fielded pilot and maintenance training systems in support of the F-35 program for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (95%); and Fort Worth (5%), and is expected to be completed in May 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $16,553,212; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,144,533; and non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $29,468,421 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, 06/03/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Multiple, $41.7M

AMP United LLC, Dover, N.H. (N42158-21-D-S001); International Marine and Industrial Applicators LLC, Spanish Fort, Ala. (N42158-21-D-S002); and Q.E.D. Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Va. (N42158-21-D-S003), are awarded a combined $41,745,389 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the preservation and maintenance of Navy submarines. Typical work under the scope of this multiple award contract effort includes but is not limited to: blasting, preservation, and surface preparation; touch-up, blasting, and painting of high solid coatings and non-high solid coatings; cleaning of sanitary and other tanks; construction of scaffolding required to accomplish taskings; general shipboard cleaning; containment/blast protection; preparation and preservation of dampening tiles; zinc replacement; lead ballast removal and installation; and special hull treatment removal, preparation, preservation, and installation. Each awardee will be awarded $10,000 (minimum contract guarantee per awardee) at the time of award. The contracts have a base one-year ordering period with four additional optional one-year ordering periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $248,692,224 over a five-year period to the three vendors combined. Work will be performed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, Va. (80%); and other locations under the cognizance of NNSY (80%), as well as at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Kittery, Maine, and other locations under the cognizance of PNSY (20%). If all options are exercised, work will continue through June 2026. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $30,000 ($10,000 minimum guarantee per contract) will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/03/21)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Contract: Lockheed, $21.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $21,482,967 modification (P00016) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001920F0571) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This modification increases the scope for nine engineering change proposals comprised of material kits and special test/tooling equipment necessary to support retrofit and modification efforts on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in February 2026. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,532,654; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $12,015,883; non-DoD participants funds in the amount of $4,872,175; and FMS funds in the amount of $3,062,255 will be obligated on this 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, 06/02/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: L3Harris, $7.9M

L3Harris Technologies Inc., Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a $7,917,536 contract for support of the Joint Terminal Control (JTC) Training and Rehearsal System (TRS) program to continue to procure, field and support upgradeable mission simulation systems that have joint applicability for training personnel in all services. JTC TRS and Joint Theater Air Ground Simulation System devices will be procured as production-ready systems or transitioned into the program to support Joint Terminal Attack Controller training needs. Work will be performed at Kadena Air Base, Japan; Osan AB, Korea; Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany; Vilseck, Germany; Mildenhall AB, United Kingdom; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ark.; Ft. Wainwright, Ark.; JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Ft. Irwin, Calif.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; Ft. Bliss, Texas; Ft. Hood, Texas; Cannon AFB, N.M.; Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Okla.; Ft. Polk, La.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Ft. Benning, Ga.; Ft. Stewart, Ga.; Pope AAF, N.C.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Drum, N.Y.; Ft. Riley, Kan.; Ft. Carson, Colo.; Kirtland AFB, N.M.; and Ft. Irwin, Calif.. Work is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,012,285; fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $440,398; and fiscal 2021 other procurement funds in the amount of $1,464,853 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management System, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8621-21-C-0033). (Source: DoD, 06/02/21)

Friday, May 28, 2021

Contract: HII, $302.6M

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $302,642,828 hybrid cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee with a special performance incentive, and cost-only-type contract for planning yard support for LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ships, LHD 1/LHA 6 amphibious assault ships, LSD 41/49 dock landing ships and LCC 19 amphibious command ship. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $724,273,053. Work will be performed in Pascagoula with as needed on-site technical support for Chief of Naval Operations availabilities at Mayport, Fla.; Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; and Sasebo, Japan. Work is expected to be completed by May 2028. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $4,156,961 (85%); and fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $733,581 (15%) will be obligated at time of award, of which funds in the amount of $4,156,961 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with two offers received via the Federal Business Opportunities website. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-4205). (Source: DoD, 05/28/21)

Contract: Multiple, $74.5M

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z042); CACI, Inc. – Federal, Chantilly, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z043); Deloitte & Touche LLP, Arlington, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z044); Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z045); and Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z046), are awarded an estimated $74,464,554 for modification P00004 under previously awarded multiple award cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with fixed-price provisions to exercise the first 36-month option period to provide contractor support of strategic assessment and planning; manpower assessment; planning and programming analysis support; financial program management; manpower, personnel, training and education program and policy assessment and management; and quantitative analysis, forecasting, performance assessment, and research, development, test and evaluation program management support in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education domain comprised of the DCNO, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. The contracts run concurrently and if all options are exercised, the total value of this contract is estimated to be $249,987,356. The exercise of this option is expected to begin August 2021 and be completed by August 2024; if all options are exercised, the ordering period will be completed by August 2027. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (50%); Arlington, Va. (30%); Pensacola, Fla. (10%); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (8%); and various contractor facilities (2%). Appropriate annual fiscal operation and maintenance (Navy) funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued, and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504. The requirement was solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website, with eleven offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/28/21)

Contract: Leidos, $38M

Leidos Inc., Reston, Va., is awarded a $38,047,689 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract action for engineering support services for planning, design, specification, development, fabrication, installation, integration and support of the British Undersea Test and Evaluation Center High Gain Measurement System. This contract includes purchases to the government of the United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Long Beach, Miss. (53%); Poulsbo, Wash. (43%); Lynnwood, Wash. (1%); Bayview, Idaho (1%); Vandalia, Ohio (1%); and Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1%), and is expected to be completed in May 2026. FMS United Kingdom funding in the amount of $3,159,887 will be obligated at time of award and not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) — written directions of a foreign government reimbursing the agency for the cost of the procurement of the property or services for such government, have the effect of requiring the use of procedures other than competitive procedures. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, West Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity (N0016721D0006). (Source: DoD, 05/28/21)
 

Contract: Lockheed, $24.3M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $24,295,051 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract provides non-recurring engineering and logistics and sustainment program support for F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft in support of the government of Poland. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (72%); Orlando, Fla. (19%); El Segundo, Calif. (5%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (2%); Baltimore, Md. (1%); and Redondo, Calif. (1%), and is expected to be completed in April 2024. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $24,295,051 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N0001921C0024). (Source: DoD, 05/28/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Contract: Stephenson Stellar, $22.7M

Stephenson Stellar Corp., Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a $22,738,300 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Stellar Space Cyber Range Software/Hardware prototype. This contract provides the Air Force with tools and techniques to facilitate defensive cyber operations for space through the research and development of a land and space-based cyber experimentation platform entitled the “Stellar Space Cyber Range.” Work will be performed in Baton Rouge and Ann Arbor, Mich., and is expected to be completed May 28, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-21-C-1503). (Source: DoD, 05/27/21)

Contract: Vectrus Systems, $16.4M

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $16,376,364 firm-fixed-price modification (A00095) to contract FA3002-17-C-0001 for base operations support services. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be completed May 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $16,358,575 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $102,722,760. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/21)

Contract: Whiting-Turner, $20.3M

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Greenbelt, Md., is awarded a $20,236,813 firm-fixed-price contract for design-bid-build of a vertical lift fan test facility located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C., and is expected to be completed by January 2023. The work includes the construction of a vertical lift fan test facility, which is integral in operation of the F-35B aircraft. The project also requires fire protection, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, lighting, site improvements, and supporting utilities. Fiscal 2018 military construction contract funds in the amount of $20,236,813 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website with four proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-21-C-0035). (Source: DoD, 05/27/21) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Mountain Horse, $7.9M

Mountain Horse LLC, doing business as Mountain Horse Solutions, Union City, Tenn., is awarded a $7,911,552 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract N61331-20-D-0014 for maritime buoyant plates, to support the antiterrorism afloat equipage program. This modification will increase the contract value up to a maximum of $20,599,334. Work will be performed in Union City and is expected to be completed by June 2022. No funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/21) 

Contract: Atlantic Diving, $8.8M

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is awarded an $8,836,885 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract N61331-20-D-0015 for maritime buoyant plates to support the antiterrorism afloat equipage program. This modification will increase the contract value up to a maximum of $22,824,762. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach and is expected to be completed by June 2022. No funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/21)

Santa Rosa eyes aviation program

Growth of the aviation sector is prompting Santa Rosa County School Disrict and Locklin Technial College to look at ways to expand, including creating an aviation maintenance program. Locklin, which has 19 career training programs, has run out of space at its facility on Berryhill Road, and local advocates and a group of stakeholders are working to find a solution that would allow the school and its programs to grow. The aviation maintenance program would accommodate growth in the field, particularly with Leonardo Helicopters bringing a new support facility to the Whiting Aviation Park in Milton. That facility promises to bring up to 50 jobs to the community with more growth expected. Typically, Locklin can hold about 24 students in its day programs at a time, but Charlin Knight, the workforce education director, said the school is looking into offering an evening aviation maintenance program as well. Local advocates with the Stewart Street Project, a grassroots group in Milton, first proposed moving Locklin to a 62,000-square-foot vacant facility on that street. The possible move is still in the exploratory phase. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/27/21)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

No rent for Leonardo temp hangar

MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to allow Leonardo Helicopters to move into the $2 million Helo-Hangar - just built at the Peter Prince Airport and was funded with the economic development franchise fee. The 24-month lease at the hangar will help Leonardo establish its official presence in Santa Rosa County while it begins construction on its 100,000-square-foot support center at Whiting Aviation Park. The county is not charging Leonardo rent at the hangar, contingent upon the company's $25 million capital investment at the industrial park. When Leonardo moves to the new facility, the county will market the facility at Peter Prince to other aviation companies. The county broke ground at Whiting Aviation Park in August 2020, and recently finished a $9.8 million infrastructure project that laid the groundwork for Leonardo and other future buildings to be constructed at the park. Leonardo, awarded a $176 million contract to supply new training helicopters for the Navy, said it hopes to open at the park in the first quarter of 2023. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/26/21) Previous

Airport swap moves forward

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile’s move to swap commercial flights from Mobile Regional Airport to the downtown airport at the Mobile Aeroplex is on track to be completed by 2024 with the building of a new terminal and parking garage. The Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) on Monday took a step toward assigning the project’s lead to Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management (HPM). The firm scored the highest among competitors for the project management job for the design and construction of a proposed $160 million terminal complex southeast of downtown Mobile. The final selection of a project manager comes less than two months after the Federal Aviation Administration approved the MAA’s 20-year master plan for swapping commercial aviation operations from west Mobile to downtown. The airport has a three-year goal to open the new terminal, an eight-gate building that will be around 130,000 square feet. The new terminal will be close to six times larger than the existing two-gate, 22,800-square-foot Downtown Mobile Airport terminal. That terminal was retrofitted in a warehouse as part of an $8 million project completed in May 2019 to accommodate low-cost carriers. (Source: aldotcom, 05/24/21) Previous

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Contract: Multiple, $9.8M

Accurate Machine & Tool Corp., Madison, Ala. (FA2487-21-D0008); Greene Machine & Manufacturing Inc., Macon, Ga. (FA2487-21-D-0018); Zitec Inc., Niceville, Fla. (FA2487-21-D-0028; and Willerding Acquisition Corp., O’Fallon, Mo. (FA2487-21-D-0038), have each been awarded a ceiling $9,800,000 multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for munitions material handling equipment (MMHE). This contract provides for manufacturing and refurbishing in support of MMHE. Work will be performed at each contractor’s facilities and is expected to be completed May 25, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used and each contractor proposed a different amount for the first delivery order at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/25/21)

PNS looking to expand

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola city officials will start looking into expanding the terminal at the Pensacola International Airport (PNS). The airport's daily travel numbers have moved above pre-pandemic level in the past month. "I think we're going to need a second terminal," Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said during his weekly press conference Monday. Robinson said the airport is beginning to struggle with housing planes that land, and the airport is coming close to capacity. Spirit Airlines will begin operating at the airport in June, and United Airlines is adding four more routes to Milwaukee, Pittsburg, Cincinnati and Cleveland next week. Last week, the number of passengers was 10 percent above the same week in 2019. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/24/21)