Monday, May 16, 2022

Contract: multiple, $990M

CCI Energy & Construction Services LLC, Garden Ridge, Texas (FA3016-22-D-0017); Butt Construction Company Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA3016-22-D-0018); LRG Services LLC, Anchorage, Alaska (FA3016-22-D-0019); Lifecycle Construction Services LLC, Fredericksburg, Va. (FA3016-22-D-0020); SES Electrical LLC, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (FA3016-22-D-0021); HGL Construction Inc., Midwest City, Okla. (FA3016-22-D-0022); GSI-ENET JV LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii (FA3016-22-D-0023); PM Jenkins Group Professional Management Services LLC, Kalamazoo, Mo. (FA3016-22-D-0024); Dawson Enterprises LLC, McClellan, Calif. (FA3016-22-D-0025); Southeastern Industrial Barlovento JV-2 LLC, Destin, Fla. (FA3016-22-D-0026); Gideon Contracting LLC, San Antonio, Texas (FA3016-22-D-0027); Koman Construction LLC, Anchorage, Alaska (FA3016-22-D-0028); and Hasen JV, New Braunfels, Texas (FA3016-22-D-0030), have been awarded a $990,000,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract. This contract provides construction services for military facilities at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; and Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by May 15, 2032. This award is the result of a competitive small business set-aside acquisition and 35 proposals were received. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,000 per basic contract will be obligated at the time of award. The 502nd Contracting Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/22)

Contract: Raytheon, $75M

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $75,000,000 ceiling increase to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8672-19-D-0001 for StormBreaker Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II, GBU-53/B), Small Diameter Bomb II Life Cycle Support III. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $275,000,000. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2024. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of ceiling increase. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/22)

Contract: Harper, $55.3M

Harper Construction Co., Inc., San Diego, Calif., is awarded a $55,312,762 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N62473-21-C-1011. This modification provides for the second increment to the construction contract for design and construction of F-35C hangar addition to Hangar 6 at the Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $101,741,289. The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $102,104,756. Work will be performed in Lemoore and is expected to be completed by March 2024. Fiscal 2022 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $55,312,762 are obligated on this award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $30.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00066) to increase the not-to-exceed value by $30,364,791 on a previously awarded undefinitized contract (N0001919C0010). This modification adds scope for the development and delivery of F-35 pilot training device capability in support of the F-35 continuous capability development and delivery plan. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (70%); and Fort Worth, Texas (30%), and is expected to be completed in April 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $26.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas is awarded a $26,887,886 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1020) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This order provides non-recurring engineering for modification efforts to the existing F-35 pilot training device, specifically the mission rehearsal trainer, as well as and the initial production-quality deliveries. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (79%); Fort Worth, Texas (14%); and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (7%); and is expected to be completed in June 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $13,443,943 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, 05/16/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs. 

Contract: multiple, $95M

M.C. Dean, Tysons, Va. (W912DY17-D-0016); Signet Technologies Inc., Beltsville, Md. (W912DY17-D-0013); KBRWyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Md. (W912DY17-D-0014); Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (W912DY17-D-0015); InDyne Inc., Sterling, Va. (W912DY17-D-0039); Parsons Government Services Inc., Pasadena, Calif. (W912DY17-D-0017); Xator Corp., Reston, Va. (W912DY17-D-0019); and Williams Electric Company Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W912DY17-D-0040), were awarded a $95,000,000 modification (P00007) for the Electronic Security System Program. Bids were solicited via the internet with 34 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 5, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/16/22)

Friday, May 13, 2022

Hurricane Hunter crew disciplined

BILOXI, Miss. - Members of the Mississippi-based Hurricane Hunters have been disciplined after their plane made an unauthorized stop to pick up a crew member's motorcycle. The five-member crew was spotted briefly stopping in Martha's Vineyard to load a 1970 BMW R75/5 onto their plane before continuing their assignment to California, The Sun Herald reported. The motorcycle belonged to a crew member. A news release said members of the 403rd Wing aircrew responsible for the stop have faced "both administrative and aircrew qualification-related discipline for misuse of a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft.” The crew left Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi on March 24 and landed at Quonset Air National Guard Base in Rhode Island. The next day the crew made a detour to Martha’s Vineyard before continuing their assigned mission, which was to pick up equipment from Mather, Calif., the news release said. The crew was grounded in Mather and another crew picked up the aircraft and crew. The motorcycle remains in California. (Source: AP via Clarion Ledger, 05/12/22)

Big maritime evaluation executed

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group conducted the largest maritime Weapons System Evaluation Program April 7-15, 2022. This iteration included air-to-air and air-to-ground and electronic warfare operations. The 74th Fighter Squadron and the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron’s A-10s participated in the combat exercises, and were evaluated on maverick and laser guided weapon capabilities against maritime targets. During the Combat Hammer (air-to-ground) portion of WSEP the 1st Special Operations Wing’s U-28 aircraft assisted with target acquisition. The 34th Bomb Squadron’s B-1 Lancers also participated in the Combat Hammer portion. The 12th and 3rd Special Operations Squadron MQ-9 Reapers were used with the intent to deploy with minimal equipment and personnel to execute operations. All of these aircraft and mission sets used Eglin’s many water ranges, airspace and environments to execute the evaluations. The ranges are the responsibility of the 96th Test Wing’s Range Group. The program management of the event and the airspace belong to the 96th Operations Support Squadron. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 05/12/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $397.7M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $397,726,298 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00003) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N0001921D0001). This modification exercises options to procure initial spares in support of F-35 Lightning II Lot 16 deliveries, as well as procures global spares pool and afloat spares package/deployment spares packages for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers, and non-U.S. Department of Defense participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/13/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Deloitte, $12.5M

Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Va., is awarded an estimated $12,500,000 modification to a previously awarded, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00039-19-D-0007) for a training virtual environment (TVE) that will host the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) training curriculum and deliver curriculum packages for CANES baselines. The TVE is a virtualized computing environment that fully replicates the functionality of CANES that provides realistic and testable training and scenarios. The TVE provides a centrally located and integrated learning management system that allows for rapid curriculum updates and configuration changes. No funds will be placed on contract or obligated at the time of award. Other procurement, Navy funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued upon award of the contract modification. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (45%); Phoenix, Ariz. (40%); Pensacola, Fla. (14%); and Virginia Beach, Va. (1%). Work is expected to be completed by December 2023. This sole source contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) — only one responsible source (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-1). Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/13/22)
 

Contract: Consolidated, $9.8M

Consolidated Analysis Center Inc., Norfolk, Va., is awarded a $9,813,519 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract action for engineering services for amphibious and auxiliary ships. The contract is structured with an 11-month base period and a six-month option period, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $15,243,206.  Work is expected to be performed in Washington, D.C. (72%); Philadelphia, Pa. (8%); Glen Burnie, Md. (5%); Arlington, Va. (5%); Mount Laurel, N.J. (4%); Virginia Beach, Va. (4%); and Pascagoula, Miss. (2%), and is expected to be completed by October 2023. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $100,000 will be obligated at time of award, of which $100,000 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 Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, Norco, Calif., is the contracting activity (N6426722C0010). (Source: DoD, 05/13/22)

Contract: Mike Hooks, $24M

Mike Hooks LLC, Westlake, La., was awarded a $24,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rental of a cutterhead pipeline dredge. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 12, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-D-0029). (Source: DoD, 05/13/22)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Tyndall hosting large exercise

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Checkered Flag 22-2, one of the largest air-to-air exercises, has kicked off at Tyndall and will run through May 20. It focuses on the integration of the F-22 with fourth-generation aircraft, including the F-15C, F-16, Navy F/A-18E, and others,to improve the capabilities of aviators and maintainers. The twice-yearly exercise supports the Air Combat Command's training of the Immediate Response Force. This Checkered Flag brings more than 1,300 personnel from 11 squadrons to Tyndall in support of 71 aircraft, with eight additional squadrons and almost 40 additional aircraft participating from their home stations across the country. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 05/11/22)

Contract: HII, $58.4M


Huntington Ingalls Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $58,396,917 hybrid cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee with a special performance incentive, and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-21-C-4205 to exercise options 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. Work will be performed in Pascagoula with on-site technical support for Chief of Naval Operations availabilities in Mayport, Fla.; Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; and Sasebo, Japan. Work is expected to be completed by May 2023. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, Pascagoula, is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-4205). (Source: DoD, 05/12/22)

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $43.6M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $43,643,049 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F0001) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This order provides for diminishing manufacturing sources non-recurring engineering in support of a redesigned panoramic cockpit display electronic unit video mixer for F-35 Lightning II production aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-U.S Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in January 2029. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $17,882,438; fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17,882,438; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $7,878,172 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, 05/11/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Contract: Hensel Phelps, $531.7M

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $531,737,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of 11 facilities within the flightline area of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., including utilities, site improvements, pavements, detection/protection features, security enhancements and others. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed at Tyndall AFB with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2026. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $531,737,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0008). (Source: DoD, 05/10/22)

Monday, May 9, 2022

Airbus makes new line official

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus officially announced Monday that it plans to open a second A320 final assembly line in Mobile, where it also has an A220 jetliner assembly line. Groundbreaking is set for later this year or early next year with the first planes due off the new line in 2025. Airbus says it will hire a thousand additional employees, bringing its total workforce at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley to 2,500 people by 2025. “This is going to make Mobile, when we’re up and running with all the final assembly lines running, the fourth largest aviation center in the world,” said Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO Jeff Knittel. The announcement comes as the aviation industry rebounds after a two-year COVID slowdown. Airbus says the new final assembly line will help the company push out 75 aircraft a month worldwide. Mayor Sandy Stimpson believes this announcement could lead to greater things ahead. “Just the size they’ll be now you’ll really see suppliers seriously considering coming here to this region now whereas in the past maybe it wasn’t quite the production level to warrant that,” he said. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, along with Airbus, Mobile and education leaders, attended the afternoon announcement. Airbus produced the first Alabama-built A320 aircraft in 2015, and it launched production of the A220 single-aisle passenger jet in Mobile during 2019. (Sources: FOX10, Governor's Office, 05/09/22) Previous

Friday, May 6, 2022

Contract: B.L. Harbert, $36.8M

B.L. Harbert International LLC, Birmingham, Ala., was awarded a $36,777,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of two gate complexes at the main access points of Tyndall Air Force Base. Fla. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work will be performed at Tyndall AFB with an estimated completion date of July 14, 2024. Fiscal 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $36,777,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0018). (Source: DoD, 05/06/22)

SSC modifying flame deflector

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Workers at Stennis Space Center are engaged in a maintenance project to protect the flame deflector on the Fred Haise Test Stand, where RS-25 engines for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket are tested. During testing on the stand, an RS-25 engine’s combustion chamber reaches 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Its exhaust plume hits the test stand’s J-shaped flame deflector at temperatures around 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The exhaust is cooled by high-pressure water sprayed into the test stand flame deflector through thousands of 5/32-inch holes. Without the 170,000 gallons of water pumped every minute from the nearby High Pressure Industrial Water Facility, the carbon-steel flame deflector would melt under the superhot exhaust plume. The exhaust hits some parts of the flame deflector more directly and with more heat than others. To offset the effect, the pattern of holes must be precise and uniquely tailored for a particular test project. Crews are now in the process of performing critical modifications on the Fred Haise Test Stand flame deflector. A key part of the work is drilling a new, highly specialized hole pattern to improve water cooling and protect the infrastructure. The hole pattern will be uniquely tailored for the RS-25 testing program. In addition to the spray pattern effort, weld crews also are completing work on the flame deflector manifold structure. Having tested rocket engines and stages dating back to the Apollo missions, the Fred Haise Test Stand has a proven history of bearing the same temperatures and forces produced by a rocket engine during launch. However, testing RS-25 engines for SLS use has presented a new set of challenges. The engines sit at a lower point in the test stand (closer to the flame deflector) and operate at higher power levels than engines from some previous test programs. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/04/22)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $372.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas is awarded a $372,461,030 undefinitized firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to an order (N0001921F0398) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This modification adds scope to procure F-35 Lightning II Lots 15-16 ancillary mission equipment requirements for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. Additionally, this modification adds scope to procure F-35 Lightning II initial spares for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-U.S Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $116,596,160; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of  $49,860,712; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,732,939; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of  $ 90,680,424; FMS funds in the amount of $2,067,174; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $3,483,749 will be obligated at the time of award, $92,413,363 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/05/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Boeing moving HQ from Chicago

Boeing plans to move corporate headquarters from Chicago to Northern Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported and Forbes confirmed Thursday. Boeing could announce its move to Arlington County, Va., across the Potomac River from D.C., next week, the Journal and the Washington Post reported. Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security division is already headquartered in Arlington, Va. Boeing first moved its executives to Chicago in 2001, leaving the Seattle region, which had been Boeing's home for decades and is still where most of its commercial airplanes are produced. (Source: Forbes, 05/05/22) Gulf Coast note: Boeing rival Airbus has headquarters in Herndon, Va., and produces A320 and A220 passenger jets in Mobile, Ala.

Airbus eyes 2nd Mobile A320 line

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus has confirmed to FOX10 News that it plans to build a second A320 assembly line in Mobile. The company released its first quarter report for 2022 that says it plans to increase its monthly production of the A320 to 75 aircraft a month in 2025, and Mobile is expected to play a major role. “Mobile will play a key role in Airbus’ plans to significantly increase global production rates in coming years,” said James Darcy, vice president of communications for Airbus. The company is expected to announce more details on the expansion in Mobile at a meeting on Monday. (Source: WALA, 05/04/22)  Mobile currently has two aircraft production lines at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, one for the A320 and one for the A220.

Contract: multiple, $130M

Ilsi-Arcadis JV, New Orleans, La. (W912EP-22-D-0002); CDM Federal Programs, Jacksonville, Fla. (W912EP-22-D-0004); SAI-WGI KV LLC, Orlando, Fla. (W912EP-22-D-0005); Kimley-Hanson-Bergmann JV, West Palm Beach, Fla. (W912EP-22-D-0006); AECOM-B&V Civil Works JV, Roanoke, Va. (W912EP-22-D-0007); Stanley Consultants-Stantec JV, Minneapolis, Minn. (W912EP-22-D-0008); and Genterra-Freese and Nichols Small Business Mentor-Protege JV, Irvine, Calif. (W912EP-22-D-0009), will compete for each order of the $130,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for engineering and design services for civil works projects. Bids were solicited via the internet with 26 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 4, 2027. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/04/22)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Contract: Austal USA, $230.5M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $230,545,382 fixed–priced incentive (firm target) contract modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-2227 to exercise the option for the detail design and construction of Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 16. Work will be performed in Mobile (63%); Fairfax, Va. (10%); Novi, Mich. (10%); Houston, Texas (3%); Slidell, La. (2%); Franklin, Mass. (2%); Rhinelander, Wisc. (2%); and Chesapeake, Va. (1%); with other efforts performed at various locations throughout the U.S. (4%), and various locations outside the U.S. (3%). Work is expected to complete by October 2025. Fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $230,545,382 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, 05/03/22)

Monday, May 2, 2022

Contract: L3Harris, $16.5M

L3Harris Technologies Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $16,515,647 contract modification (P00100) to previously awarded contract FA8823-20-C-0004 for Space Fence sustainment services. This modification adds depot level maintenance, modification and sustainment services for the Space Fence System. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs; Moorestown, N.J.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; and Dahlgren, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2023. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,341,637 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $517,528,546. The Space Systems Center Directorate of Contracting, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Springs, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/02/22)

Contract: Vectrus Systems, $18M

Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an $18,046,899 firm-fixed-price modification (A00122) to previously awarded contract FA3002-17-C-0001 for base operations support services at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work is expected to be completed by May 31, 2023. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $16,705,668 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $125,270,284. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/02/22)

Friday, April 29, 2022

Contract: Lane Construction, $358M

The Lane Construction Corporation, Cheshire, Conn., was awarded a $357,983,153 firm-fixed-price contract for stormwater management systems, electrical distribution, telecommunications, water distribution and pump station, sanitary sewer and sewer lift stations, natural gas, landscaping, and transportation improvements. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of June 25, 2025. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $357,983,153 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0017). (Source: DoD, 04/29/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $31.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $31,508,022 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract provides maintenance and sustainment operations of the Australia, Canada and United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory facilities and systems, to include consumables and field service representative support. Additionally, this contract provides surrogate encryptions support for the Norway Italy Reprogramming Lab. These efforts are in support of the F-35 Lightning II programs non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (80%); and Fort Worth, Texas (20%), and is expected to be completed in April 2027. Non-U.S. DOD participants funds in the amount of $31,405,066 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N0001922C0046). (Source: DoD, 04/29/22)

MOU signed for Pensacola work

DALLAS, Texas – The commercial aerospace business of ST Engineering, Mobile Aerospace Engineering and United Airlines, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the MRO Americas 2022 conference that aims to have ST Engineering see part of United’s long-term airframe heavy maintenance needs move to the Pensacola International Airport in Pensacola, Fla. ST Engineering currently supports United’s Airbus A320 series out of its facility in Mobile, Ala. Under the MOU, ST Engineering will extend its heavy maintenance support to the airline by servicing additional narrowbody aircraft at the airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) complex that ST Engineering is constructing at the Pensacola International Airport. The MRO complex is an expansion to an existing two-bay widebody hangar facility currently operated by ST Engineering. Estimated to be completed by end 2024, the expansion will add three large state-of-the-art hangars and associated support shops, and around 1.5 million manhours to ST Engineering’s annual capacity in Pensacola. Besides Pensacola and Mobile, ST Engineering also operates other MRO facilities in the U.S. including San Antonio, Texas, and Middle River, Md., and offers aircraft engine washes through EcoServices in Wethersfield, Conn. (Source: ST Engineering, 04/28/22)

New weapon to sink ships tested

QUICKSINK munition. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin’s Integrated Test Team demonstrated in the Gulf of Mexico April 28 a new low-cost, air-delivered capability for defeating maritime threats. An 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle released a modified GBU-31 joint direct attack munition that successfully destroyed a full-scale stationary surface vessel. It was the second experiment in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. The QUICKSINK program, a Navy partnership, aims to provide options to neutralize surface maritime threats while demonstrating the inherent flexibility of the joint force. This JCTD uses a Joint Direct Attack Munition integrated with a new seeker to rapidly demonstrate an immediate effect on stationary or moving maritime targets at minimal costs. While torpedoes predominantly sink enemy ships via submarines, new methods explored through QUICKSINK may achieve anti-ship lethality with air-launched weapons, including modified 2,000-pound JDAM precision-guided bombs. The munition explodes below the waterline of the target vessel, much like a torpedo. (Source: Air Force Research Laboratory, 04/28/22, Naval News, 03/06/22)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Air Force museum expanding

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force Armament Museum on Eglin Air Force Base is expanding. The museum, dedicated to the collection and preservation of artifacts and memorabilia of air armaments, opened in 1986 and is getting its first major renovation. It's adding a new building that will be a replica of Eglin Air Force Base headquarters. The expansion is made possible through donations and volunteers. Plans are for the renovations to be done within the next six months. (Source: WEAR-TV, 04/27/22)

Meier visits NAS Pensacola

NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rear Adm. John Meier, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola Monday, April 25. Meier met with Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and received a brief on enlisted aviation training. The visit included tours of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC). Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. (Source: DVIDS, 04/25/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $93M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $93,012,415 undefinitized modification (P00014) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001919C0074). This modification adds scope to procure special tooling and test equipment in support of electronic warfare capabilities for F-35 Lightning II low rate initial production for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (99%); and Baltimore, Md. (1%), and is expected to be completed in November 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $12,485,390; fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,485,390; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $20,605,302 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, 04/28/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: United States Marine, $9.4M

United States Marine Inc. (USMI), Gulfport, Miss., is awarded a $9,424,173 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00024-16-D-2215 to establish fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2023 pricing for 9-meter Multi-Use Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) EOD Response Craft (MERC) and associated support efforts related to the construction and delivery for engineering and industrial effort and provisioned items orders. Work will be performed in Gulfport and boats are expected to be completed by December 2024. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/22)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Contract: Walsh Federal, $184.8M

Walsh Federal LLC, Chicago, Ill., is awarded an $184,794,000 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of an aircraft maintenance hangar at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The work provides for the construction of a two-story, low rise, two squadron maintenance hangar for the F-35B Lightning II aircraft, including a high bay space, crew and equipment space, and administrative space. The contract also contains seven unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to $206,064,819. Work will be performed in Havelock, N.C., and is expected to be completed by June 2025. Fiscal 2022 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $50,000,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $50,000,000 being allocated at the time of award. The second increment will be funded in fiscal 2023 at $99,000,000. The third increment will be funded in fiscal 2024 at $35,794,000. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website with four non-price proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-22-C-0016). (Source: DoD, 04/26/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Swiftships, $22.1M

Swiftships LLC, Morgan City, La., is awarded a $22,109,346 firm-fixed-price contract action for six 28-meter Coastal Patrol Craft material production kits, Zodiac Rigid Inflatable Boats, Forward Looking Infrared Systems, personal computer packages, associated contractor engineering technical services, and provisioned item orders. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $26,357,027. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales to Egypt. Work will be performed in Morgan City, and is expected to be completed by November 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through November 2023. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Financing Egypt funds in the amount of $22,109,346 will be obligated at time of award and will 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) — International Agreement. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-22-C-2201). (Source: DoD, 04/26/22)

Contract: multiple, $49M

Seabrook Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W91278-22-D-0019); Golden Wolf LLC, Lithia, Fla. (W91278-22-D-0020); and S&B Christ Consulting LLC, Las Vegas, Nev. (W91278-22-D-0021), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for planning, supervision, labor, subcontracts, travel and all other things necessary to perform quality assurance through on-site analysis of facilities and analysis of data contained in the Builder Sustainment Management System database. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 25, 2027. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/26/22)

Contract: EMR, $12.3M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $12,265,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct a main entry control facility for privately owned vehicles at Patrick Space Force Base. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed at Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of April 26, 2022. Fiscal 2019 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $12,265,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0016). (Source: DoD, 04/26/22)

Launcher's 3D rocket test

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Launcher’s 3D printed E-2 liquid rocket engine successfully demonstrated nominal thrust, pressure, and oxidizer/fuel mixture ratio for the first time in a test April 21 at NASA Stennis Space Center.  E-2 is a closed cycle 3D printed, high-performance liquid rocket engine in development for the Launcher Light launch vehicle, which has an inaugural launch scheduled for 2024. A single E-2 engine will boost Launcher Light to low Earth orbit with 150kg of payload. As a next step, Launcher will test again in early May. (Source: Launcher Space, 3Dprintingmedia, 04/25/22)

Monday, April 25, 2022

Contract: HII, $20.2M

Huntington-Ingalls Industries - Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $20,172,978 cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-4 313 to exercise options for the accomplishment of the planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in-service ships. Work will be performed in Hampton, Va. (17%); Pascagoula (77%); San Diego, Calif. (3%); and Jacksonville, Fla. (3%), and is expected to be completed by April 2023. Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $981,964 (5%); and fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $19,191,014 (95%) 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, 04/25/22)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

NAS Pensacola wins award

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Air Station Pensacola was recently named the Commander, Navy Installations Command’s (CNIC) Installation (Large) of the Year for 2022. The award recognizes the top Navy shore commands for installation management, program excellence and community outreach during fiscal year 2021. CNIC oversees 70 U.S. Navy installations worldwide. For the Installation Excellence Awards, bases are evaluated on a number of categories including facilities management, quality of life, environment, energy, public relations, safety and mission support. NAS Pensacola completed over 50,000 mishap-free operations, 8,000 combat training activities, 7,600 radar/instrument approaches and 12 large force exercises. NAS Pensacola’s Port Operations supported 50 port calls, 110 movements and homeporting for five U.S. Coast Guard Cutters. (Source: DVIDS, 04/22/22) 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Team tests Legion pod targeting

F-16 and F-15 ready for test. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin’s Integrated Test Team conducted the first-ever multi-platform operational test to locate a target using shared Infra-Red Search and Track sensor data. It happened April 7 when an F-15C Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, both equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod, used the IRST21 infrared sensor to detect a target. The aircraft were then able to share that sensor data over the Legion pod’s Advanced Datalink to passively triangulate target position without the use of radar or other active ranging sources. The Legion Pod’s common interface allows integration onto any aircraft with minimal to no impact on the aircraft’s core software. This versatility opens the door for integration with minimal effort onto other fighter aircraft like the Air Force’s newest fighter, F-15EX. (Source:
53rd Wing, 04/19/22)
 

The final toast

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Eighty silver goblets stood in a blue velvet-lined case, each engraved with the name of one of the famed Doolittle Raiders. All had been turned upside down, save for one with the name Richard Cole, co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle. At the time of his death in 2019, the 103-year-old Cole was the last of the Raiders who had carried out the daring bombing mission over Tokyo that marked the United States’ first counter punch during World War II. That mission forced Japan to divert forces to safeguard its own island and bolstered American morale after Pearl Harbor. For decades following the war, the surviving Raiders would gather privately once a year to toast their departed comrades with cognac and turn over the goblet for each man who had died. On Monday, the 80th anniversary of the raid, the final goblet ceremony was held to remember Dick Cole and his fellow Doolittle Raiders. (Source: Air Force Times via Yahoo, 04/19/22)

Contract: Raytheon, $482.7M

Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tewksbury, Mass., is awarded a $482,714,279 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only, and firm-fixed-price contract for DDG 1000 Class Combat System activation, sustainment and modernization support for Mission Systems and Total Ship Computing Environment infrastructure (TSCEi) hardware/equipment, in addition to non-recurring engineering services supporting combat system installation, integration, development, testing, correction, maintenance, and modernization of Zumwalt-class Mission Systems and Mission System equipment. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,675,745,280. Work will be performed in Tewksbury (37%); Portsmouth, R.I. (37%); San Diego, Calif. (22%); Nashua, N.H. (2%); Pascagoula, Miss. (1%); and Fort Wayne, Ind. (1%), and is expected to be completed by April 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2027. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $5,100,000 (34%); fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,000,000 (26%); fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of  $3,209,388 (22%); fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,610,000 (17%); and fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $216,000 (1%) will be obligated at time of award, of which $3,425,388 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 (N00024-22-C-5522). (Source: DoD, 04/20/22)

Monday, April 18, 2022

Contract: Science Applications, $49.4M

Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Va., was awarded a $49,391,633 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for various technical support elements required for the management and operation of five high-performance computing centers. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Vicksburg, Miss.; John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with an estimated completion date of April 17, 2023. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $1,753,551 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W912DY-22-F-0191). (Source: DoD, 04/18/22)

Contract: Schmidt-Prime, $10M

Schmidt-Prime Group LLC, Pensacola, Fla., is awarded a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N69450-20-D-0002). This modification provides to increase the not-to-exceed contract price for professional architectural and engineering services. This award brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $47,000,000. Work will be performed within the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southeast (SE) area of operations. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of November 2024. Task orders will be primarily funded by operation and maintenance (Navy); and military construction (Navy) funds. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. NAVFAC SE, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/18/22)

Friday, April 15, 2022

Contract: HII, $41.7M

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $41,680,732 cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2312 to exercise options for accomplishment of follow yard services for the DDG 51 Class destroyer program. Work will be performed in Pascagoula (98%); Washington, D.C. (1%); and Bath, Maine (1%), and is expected to be completed by April 2023. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) (SCN) funds in the amount of $3,747,563 (18%); fiscal 2017 SCN funds in the amount of $2,182,007 (10%); fiscal 2018 SCN funds in the amount of $14,647,996 (71%); and fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $118,071 (1%) will be obligated at time of award. The RDT&E funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/15/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $23M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,953,288 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides initial product support maintenance of the F-35 Lightning II chase aircraft necessary to support F-35 aircraft acceptance and delivery at the final assembly and check out facility, to include all pre and post-flight activities, the removal and replacement of failed components, and return the aircraft to a clean and compliant condition suitable for first-time delivery of the operational F-35 aircraft to the Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2022. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922D0024). (Source: DoD, 04/15/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Trent Lott Airport improved

MOSS POINT, Miss. - City officials and state representatives gathered Wednesday to showcase the $6.7 million runway improvements made to Trent Lott International Airport. In 2019, the state awarded the airport $6.7 million in Restore Act Funds to upgrade the capacity of runways to accommodate larger planes. With the funds, some four inches of surface asphalt was added to the runway. The runway is now 150 feet wide and capable of  accommodating aircraft up to nearly 200,000 pounds. Officials hope landing bigger aircraft could mean landing new business as well. (Sources: WXXV, WLOX, 04/13/22)

Electric rotary aircraft tested

Hexa during test. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Lift Hexa, an electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, completed its first test flight here April 4. The unmanned aircraft, piloted via remote control, used 18 motors and propellers to fly for approximately 10 minutes and reach a height of about 50 feet. The aircraft resides with Eglin’s rotary wing test squadron, the 413th Flight Test Squadron, who manages the program under its Agility Prime flight.  The unit provides the coordination, logistics and support for the Lift team’s developmental ground and flight testing operations. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/13/22)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Contract: Howard Pence Inc., $15.4M

Howard W. Pence Inc., Elizabethtown, Ky., was awarded a $15,417,048 firm-fixed-price contract to provide a fully contained indoor firing range and a combat arms training and maintenance facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with nine received. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 3, 2024. Fiscal 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $15,417,048 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0014). (Source: DoD, 04/13/22)

Austal opens steel ship facility

MOBILE, Ala. - Austal USA opened a state-of-the-art $100 million facility Tuesday for the production of steel ships for the U.S. Navy and other customers. The addition of steel capability adds to the company's aluminum shipbuilding expertise. Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh called it a game-changer. Gov. Kay Ivey joined Austal leaders and other guests, including representatives of the Navy, Coast Guard and the Embassy of Australia, at a ceremony on Tuesday to formalize the opening of the steel facility. The 117,000-square-foot manufacturing addition will house computerized and robotic steel processing equipment to handle all current and future demands of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, a 60,000-square-foot stock yard will be utilized for handling the raw steel and a 19,500-square-foot paint facility will provide the ability to paint and blast simultaneously in two separate cells, or both cells can be combined to paint super-modules. Austal’s Alabama shipyard has delivered 15 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) to the Navy while another seven total aluminum Navy ships are under construction.(Source: Made in Alabama, 04/13/22)

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Contracts: multiple, $450M

Addon Services LLC, Warren, Mich. (W912DY-22-D-0045); Ahtna Infrastructure and Technologies LLC, Anchorage, Alaska (W912DY-22-D-0046); Reliance Construction Management Co., Wake Forest, N.C. (W912DY-22-D-0047); Silver Mountain Weston JV LLC, Idaho Falls, Idaho (W912DY-22-D-0048); Bhate Environmental Associates Inc., Birmingham, Ala. (W912DY-22-D-0049); CMS Corp., Bargersville, Ind. (W912DY-22-D-0050); GSINA-Pacific JV LLC, Flemington, N.J. (W912DY-22-D-0051); Magna JV, Leesburg, Va. (W912DY-22-D-0052); MVL USA Inc., Lansing, Mich. (W912DY-22-D-0053); Sea Pac Engineering Inc., Los Angeles, Calif. (W912DY-22-D-0054); Southeastern Industrial Barlovento JV, Destin, Fla. (W912DY-22-D-0055); Environmental Chemical Corp., Burlingame, Calif. (W912DY-22-D-0056); Fluor Federal Solutions LLC, Reston, Va. (W912DY-22-D-0057); Herman Construction Group Inc., Escondido, Calif. (W912DY-22-D-0058); John C. Grimberg Co. Inc., Rockville, Md. (W912DY-22-D-0059); M.C. Dean Inc., Tysons, Va. (W912DY-22-D-0060); Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Reston, Va. (W912DY-22-D-0061); Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions Inc., Blue Bell, Pa. (W912DY-22-D-0062); EXP Federal Inc., Chicago, Ill. (W912DY-22-D-0068); Perini Management Services Inc., Framingham, Mass. (W912DY-22-D-0069); and Weston Solutions, West Chester, Pa. (W912DY-22-D-0070), will compete for each order of the $450,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for design-build capabilities in support of the Facility Repair and Renewal program. Bids were solicited via the internet with 80 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 12, 2027. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/12/22)

Monday, April 11, 2022

Contract: Bollinger, $33.7M

Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La., is awarded a $33,704,757 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the multi-mission dry dock caissons at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The work to be performed provides for two graving dock caissons at PNSY for Dry Dock #1N and Dry Dock #1W. Caisson construction includes steel fabrication, installation of mechanical and electrical systems, and a full testing program of the caissons and its interface with the newly constructed dry dock seats. The contract contains two unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase cumulative contract value to $33,747,000. The contract is incrementally funded with the first increment of $7,000,000 being allocated at the time of award. The second increment will be funded later in fiscal 2022 at $26,704,757. Work will be performed in Kittery, Maine, and is expected to be completed by September 2025. Fiscal 2021 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $7,000,000 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was solicited via the beta.sam.gov website with two non-price proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-22-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 04/11/22)

Contract: Atlantic Diving, $11.2M

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is awarded an $11,159,678 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N61331-20-D-0006 for maritime armor systems, to support the Antiterrorism Afloat Equipage Program. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach and is expected to be completed by May 2023. If all options are exercised, then performance will be completed May 2025 and not exceed $19,329,230. 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, 04/11/22)

Contract: Point Blank, $10.7M

Point Blank Enterprises Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., is awarded a $10,748,799 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N61331-20-D-0008 for maritime armor systems, to support the Antiterrorism Afloat Equipage Program. Work will be performed in Pompano Beach and is expected to be completed by May 2023. If all options are exercised, performance will be completed May 2025 and not exceed $18,130,269. 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, 04/11/22)

Contract: Slate Solutions, $10M

Slate Solutions LLC, Davie, Fla., is awarded a $10,017,191 firm-fixed-priced modification to previously awarded contract (N61331-20-D-0009) for maritime armor systems, to support the Antiterrorism Afloat Equipage Program. Work will be performed in Pompano Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by May 2023. If all options are exercised, performance will be completed May 2025 and not exceed $17,348,059. 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, 04/11/22)

Friday, April 8, 2022

Contract: Bollinger, $13.7M

Bollinger Shipyards Lockport LLC, Lockport, La., is awarded a $13,725,953 fixed-price incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-type contract for the production of the Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCM USV), engineering services and other direct costs. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $122,908,682. Work will be performed in Lockport (65%); Portsmouth, Va. (22%); Atlanta, Ga. (10%); and Orrville, Ohio (3%), and is expected to be completed by April 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2027. Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,725,953 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website, with three offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-22-C-6305). (Source: DoD, 04/08/22)

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $261.4M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $261,425,000 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification (P00010) to a previously awarded contract (N0001920C0009). This modification increases scope for the procurement of long lead-time materials, parts, components, and efforts for the production of nine Lot 17 F-35C aircraft for the Navy, 13 Lot 17 F-35A aircraft and two Lot 17 F-35B aircraft for non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (57%); El Segundo, Calif. (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Cameri, Italy (4%); Orlando, Fla. (4%); Nashua, N.H. (3%); Baltimore, Md. (3%); San Diego, Calif. (2%); Nagoya, Japan (2%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed in May 2026. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $75,425,000; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $186,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/07/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Tar, $8.6M

Tar LLC, Houma, La., was awarded an $8,584,182 firm-fixed-price contract for inspection, maintenance, and repairs to electrical and electronic dredging equipment, propulsion system and auxiliary systems aboard the Wheeler dredge. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 3, 2027. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-22-D-0012). (Source: DoD, 04/07/22)

A-10 bomb configuration tested

A-10 test. Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force tested its new 16-bomb-carrying configuration of the A-10C Thunderbolt II back in early February, and photos were released late last month. Eglin announced the test in a tweet on March 31. The photo released says the new configuration tested by the 96th Test Wing at Eglin improves the A-10s capability to carry precision guided and unguided munitions. (Sources: American Military News, 04/05/22, Eglin Air Force Base, 03/29/22)

Eglin looking for ideas

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Munitions Directorate is set to spend the next five years harvesting ideas from industry, academia and other sources for new bomb and missile technologies. Late last month, the Munitions Directorate issued a Broad Agency Announcement setting up what will become a five-year review and selection of proposed research proposals. The BAA issued by the Munitions Directorate seeks research in 20 areas under the broad title of "Air Delivered Effects." The directorate, part of the of the Air Force Research Laboratory, works to discover, develop and deliver weapons and other technologies to the military. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/06/22)

Contract: Pine Bluff Sand, $9.6M

Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co., White Hall, Ark., was awarded a $9,630,900 firm-fixed-price contract for stone paving and stone repairs along the banks of the Mississippi River. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-22-F-0066). (Source: DoD, 04/06/22)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Airport traffic up 40 percent

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola International Airport has seen an uptick in passengers, with 40 percent more passengers taking flight in March than in the same time in 2021. The numbers attest to the strong tourism in the area, increased population and the continuation of a pent-up travel demand brought on by the pandemic, according to Pensacola International Airport Air Service Development Manager Erica Grancagnolo. "Last year, we had a record number of passengers with 2.3 million, and we're on track this year to exceed that," she said. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/05/22)

Friday, April 1, 2022

Testing of RS-25 completed

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA completed developmental engine testing March 30 with a full-duration RS-25 hot fire, to support future engines that will launch Space Launch System (SLS) astronauts deeper into space than ever. Operators fired RS-25 engine No. 0525 for about eight-and-a-half minutes (500 seconds) and up to 111% power level on the Fred Haise Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC). The March 30 hot fire completed the fourth developmental test series and sets Aerojet Rocketdyne, lead contractor for NASA’s SLS engines, on pace to produce new RS-25s for future use. (Source: NASA/SSC, 03/30/22) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $23M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $23,033,323 fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00053) to a previously awarded contract (N0001918C1048). This modification adds scope for the development and stand up of the initial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter depot repair capability for the Weapon Bay Door Drive System and Hydraulic Power Generation System, as well as provides increased repair capacity for the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System. Work will be performed in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (59.91%); El Segundo, Calif. (22.11%); Fort Worth, Texas (12.49%); and Rolling Meadows, Ill. (5.49%), and is expected to be completed in April 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $11,948,190; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,202.510; and non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $882,623 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/01/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: C&C Marine, $49M

C & C Marine LLC, Mobile, Ala., was awarded a $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for rental of construction equipment with operators. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2027. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-D-0025). (Source: DoD, 13/31/22)

Contract: EMR, $19M

EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $19,032,100 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of a civil engineer maintenance shop and storage area. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 29, 2024. Fiscal 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $19,032,100 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 13/31/22)

Contract: HII, $28.4M

Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., is awarded a $28,374,837 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2427 for the Joint Strike Fighter, and ship’s mast and superstructure engineering change proposals in support of one Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose) Replacement (LHA(R)) Flight 1 Ship (LHA 8). Work will be performed in Pascagoula (72%); Chesapeake, Va. (25%); and Philadelphia, Pa. (3%). Work is expected to be completed by July 2025. Fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $28,374,837 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, 13/31/22)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Contract: Pensacola Bay, $24.1M

Pensacola Bay Support Services LLC, Cape Canaveral, Fla., is awarded a $24,133,485 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract N69450-18-D-2013. The contract modification provides for the exercise of Option Period 4 for base operating support services under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. This option period is from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. This award brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $123,620,117. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2022 Defense Health Program funds in the amount of $19,174,873 for recurring work will be obligated on an individual task order issued during the option period. No funds will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/30/22)

F-22s and the boneyard

The Air Force plans to retire nearly three dozen of Tyndall Air Force Base’s F-22 fighter jets in fiscal 2023, ending plans to move them to Virginia that have been on hold for more than three years. The Raptors have been flying out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., since a hurricane destroyed Tyndall AFB, Fla., in October 2018. Officials want to divest 33 of the service’s oldest F-22s and use that money to research cutting-edge combat jet designs under the “Next-Generation Air Dominance” program. If Congress approves the idea, it would send all but three Block 20 Raptors to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz., and shrink the overall fleet from 186 to 153 fighters. (Source: DefenseNews via Yahoo, 03/28/22)

F-35 PIO supporting future mission

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 325th Fighter Wing is scheduled to receive F-35A Lightning II aircraft beginning in September 2023. As the “Installation of the Future” readies for its new mission set, Tyndall personnel and contractors are making tailored considerations to the flight line and facilities. Leading that effort is the 325 FW F-35 Program Integration Office. The PIO’s mission is to identify current and future requirements in support of the F-35A bed-down at Tyndall. Before breaking ground on F-35A facilities, the PIO coordinated with engineers from the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron to design a blueprint that optimized operational and combat readiness. (Source: 325th Fight Wing Public Affairs, 03/28/22)

Downtown airport 80 percent funded

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile County Commissioners on Monday dedicated $15 million toward a new international airport project near downtown Mobile that is over 80 percent funded before construction begins. The money will mostly go toward road work near the new terminal. Of the $15 million, $5 million will go directly toward the terminal project. The balance is expected to pay for improving several roads within the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley where the new terminal will be built within the next two years. (source: aldotcom, 03/28/22)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Contract: NCS/EML, $12.3M

NCS/EML SB JV LLC, Louisville, Ky., is awarded a $12,253,380 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to previously awarded contract N69450-19-D-1740. The contract modification provides for the exercise of Option Period Three for base operating support services at installations under the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE) area of operations. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla. (67%); and outlying areas (33%). This option period is from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023. This award brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $48,280,469. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2022 Defense Health Program funds; fiscal 2022 family housing funds; fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds; and fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Air Force) contract funds in the amount of $8,591,890 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. No funds will be obligated at time of award. NAVFAC SE, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/22)

Contract: Booz Allen, $8.9M

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is awarded an $8,934,726 modification (P00011) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0042117D0021). This modification exercises an option to extend the services with additional ceiling to provide continued support of the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s mission to sustain required current readiness and advance future warfighting capabilities at the best possible cost. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va. (25.89%); North Island, Calif. (19.98%); Patuxent River, Md. (12.71%); Arlington, Va. (10.58%); Cherry Point, N.C. (3.63%); New River, N.C. (3.63%); Millington, Tenn. (2.73%); Fort Worth, Texas (2.73%); Miramar, Calif. (2.73%); Yuma, Ariz. (1.82%); Camp Pendleton, Calif. (1.82%); Pensacola, Fla. (1.82%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (9.93%), and is expected to be completed in October 2022. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/22)

Contract: Reliance Test, $228.3M

Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $228,340,941 option modification (P00139) to previously awarded contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin Operations & Maintenance Services to exercise Award Term Option Period One. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Air Force research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,185,000; and fiscal 2022 Army operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $405,000 will be obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,026,881,161. The Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/29/22)

Monday, March 28, 2022

Contract: Environmental Chemical, $86.9M

Environmental Chemical Corp., Burlingame, Calif., is awarded an $86,927,066 firm-fixed-price task order (N6945022F0358) for design-build for Hurricane Sally recovery work at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The work to be performed provides for interior and exterior storm repairs for 41 facilities. The maximum dollar value, including the base year and five options, is $97,126,576. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed by March 2024. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $86,927,066 will be obligated at time of award, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under a multiple award construction contract with two offers received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (N62470-19-D-8025) (Source: DoD, 03/28/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $13.6M

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $13,602,004 modification (P00012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001919C0074). This modification increases scope to procure special tooling and special test equipment in support of next generation capabilities for F-35 air vehicle full rate production Lots 15 and beyond for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Goleta, Calif. (82%); and McKinney, Texas (18%), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,217,264; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $3,217,262; FMS customer funds in the amount of $5,750,100; and non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $1,417,378 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, 03/28/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: Lockheed, $10.2M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $10,157,493 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price modification (P00021) to an order (N0001920F0571) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0008). This modification adds scope and exercises options to procure various material modification kits and special test/tooling equipment necessary to support various modifications and retrofit efforts on F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in October 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $87,858; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,743,810; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $2,518,940; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $45,785; non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $4,082,549; and FMS funds in the amount of $678,551 will be obligated at the time of award, $45,785 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/28/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Command change at Training Air Wing 5

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Capt. Jade Lepke relieved Col. Jeffrey Pavelko as Commodore of Training Air Wing 5 in a ceremony March 18. The ceremony’s guest speaker was Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff. Pavelko graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned his commission in 1994. He attended flight school in Pensacola, Fla., and designated as a naval aviator in September 1997. Lepke enlisted with the South Dakota Air National Guard as an aircraft armament systems specialist and earned a degree from the University of South Dakota in 1996 and attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, earning his commission in 1997. (Source: Whiting Field Public Affairs, 03/28/22)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $16.6M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $16,645,723 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00004) to a previously awarded contract (N0001921C0040). This modification adds scope to provide for the development, integration, and testing of the Israel unique software data load in support of integration of Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) onto the F-35 Lot 15 Israel production aircraft. The integration efforts will include reverification of a select subset of the 3F+ software capability captured in the Israel System Development and Demonstration TR-3 reverification systems requirements document, airworthiness related flight testing of 3F+ software on TR-3 enabled aircraft, and weapons certification updates for use with TR-3 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (71.91%); Redondo Beach, Calif. (14.15%); St. Charles, Mo. (6.33%); Tucson, Ariz. (4.73%); Palm Bay, Fla. (1.99%); and Nevatim, Israel (0.89%), and is expected to be completed in March 2024. Foreign Military Sales customer funds in the amount of $16,645,723 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, 03/23/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

F-22 has landing mishap

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — An F-22 from the 325th Fighter Wing "experienced a mishap on landing" at Eglin Air Force Base shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release from the public affairs office. Emergency crews responded to the scene and the pilot was transported for evaluation. Later the pilot was reported to be in good condition and was released from the 96th Medical Group. An investigation of the circumstances surrounding the mishap was underway, according to the Eglin announcement. The 325th Fighter Wing is based at Tyndall Air Force Base in nearby Panama City, but the wing's flying operations moved to Eglin after of 2018's Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, made a direct hit on Tyndall AFB. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/23/22)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Eglin lab gets female director

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Melissa Tate, currently the lead engineer and deputy of the Propulsion Test Branch in the Test Division of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Tennessee's Arnold Air Force Base, will take on a new role as McKinley Climatic Laboratory site director beginning next month. Tate will become the first female director in the 75-year history of the lab. Tate will oversee climatic testing of various military and commercial systems in the facility. Five test chambers are used to prove the operational reliability of systems under test in the climatic extremes found around the world. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/18/22)

Contract: Lockheed, $318.9M

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $318,933,722 firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8682-21-C-0001 for the exercise of an option to add 308 Lot 20 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range missiles with containers. Work will be performed in Orlando; and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2026. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2022 missile procurement funds in the amount of $318,933,722 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $988,545,063. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded March 17, 2022) (Source: DoD, 03/21/22)


Friday, March 18, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $17.6M

Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $17,551,020 firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00012) to previously awarded contract FA8682-21-C-0004. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for six additional Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Lot 6 missiles with containers. Work will be performed in Orlando; and Troy, Ala., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2025. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2022 Navy weapon procurement funds are being obligated at the time of award, and the total cumulative face value of the contract is $555,893,761. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded March 16, 2022) (Source: DoD, 03/18/22)

Contract: Northrop, $17.2M

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., is awarded a $17,246,905 firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot level repair. This follow-on contract includes: maintenance, modifications, repairs, alteration, upgrades of systems and spares for the AN/AQS-24 Sonar Detecting Set (all variants), Common Post Mission Analysis and Intermediate Level Test Equipment to support the Navy for the currently deployed airborne mine countermeasures legacy systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $77,590,973. Work will be performed in Annapolis and is expected to be completed by October 2026. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. The contract was not competitively procured in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(ii) and (iii) – circumstances permitting other than full and open competition when only one responsible source and no supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-22-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 03/18/22)

County to decide on airport funds

MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile County Commissioners will decide March 28 whether to dedicate up to $30 million to a new international airport project in downtown Mobile. The vote occurs ahead of a Mobile Airport Authority meeting on April 6, in which authority members are set to rename the airport, according to Airport Authority President Chris Curry. This comes in the wake of an overall $162 million in federal money dedicated to the $252 million airport terminal project at the Mobile Aeroplex, south of downtown Mobile. (Source: aldotcom, 03/16/22) Mobile Regional Airport in west Mobile is the current commercial airport.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

VT-2 changes leadership

NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Cmdr. Joshua Seamount, U.S. Navy, relieved Cmdr. Edward Ahlstrand, U.S. Coast Guard, as the 58th commanding officer of the “Doerbirds,” Training Squadron Two (VT-2), in a ceremony at Naval Air Station Whiting Field on Mar. 4. VT-2 is one of three fixed-wing aircraft training squadrons at Whiting Field under Training Air Wing Five (TRAWING FIVE), which conducts 60 percent of all Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps primary training for aviation students. Ahlstrand and Seamount conducted their change of command in an airborne ceremony while family, friends, distinguished guests and squadron personnel watched below. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 03/15/22)

The drones of SSC

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Unmanned aircraft are becoming a go-to resource for use on difficult and potentially dangerous jobs at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC). With modern lightweight cameras and other sensors, drones are being used for a variety of tasks, including aerial imagery, inspections, and mapping. Recent drone flights at SSC recorded imagery of the RS-25’s latest test on February 24. The drone captured live stream video of the test event and the liquid oxygen ground disbursement. Drones at SSC also track construction progress and record data for historical purposes. Drones at SSC and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans also captured imagery of damaged roofs after Hurricanes Zeta and Ida. (Source: WJTV, 03/14/22)

Friday, March 11, 2022

Contract: Serco, $15.8M

Serco Inc., Herndon, Va., is awarded a $15,788,396 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N61331-18-D-0007 to exercise options for the development, integration, testing, and evaluation of prototype systems into existing or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons, and unmanned weapons control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare, diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. Work will be performed at locations which will be determined with each delivery order and is expected to be completed by March 2023. No funding will be obligated at time of award. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/11/22)

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $52.5M

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is awarded a $52,507,515 firm-fixed-price modification (P00010) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N6134019D0004). This modification establishes an option to extend services and adds flight hours for intermediate and depot level maintenance, logistics and engineering support for approximately 210 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be performed in Meridian, Miss. (47%); Kingsville, Texas (46%); Pensacola, Fla. (6%); and  Patuxent River, Md. (1%), and is expected to be completed in June 2022. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/10/22)

Contract: Bell Boeing, $24.8M

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $24,811,785 cost-plus-fixed-fee, level of effort modification (P00004) to an order (N0001921F0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises an option to provide continued flight test support for the V-22 aircraft in support of the Navy, Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70%); Philadelphia, Pa. (15%); Fort Worth, Texas (10%); and Hurlburt Field, Fla. (5%), and is expected to be completed in March 2023. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,827,687; fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,288,422; fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $1,474,722; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $1,566,301 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, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/10/22)

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Two die in plane crash

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Two people died when a small plane crashed two miles from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, federal officials said. The single-engine Cessna 182 crashed Tuesday night in a wooded area, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Bay County Sheriff’s officials said the plane was approaching the airport around 7 p.m. when it disappeared from radar. "The plane was flying originally from Michigan and had stopped at McMinnville, Tenn., before taking off for the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport," BCSO said in a release. Deputies identify the victims as husband and wife Donald and Diane Slattery. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.(Source: AP via WEAR-TV, 03/09/22)

Contract: Austal, $12.3M

Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is awarded a $12,341,187 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2301 to exercise an option for littoral combat ship (LCS) industrial post-delivery availability support for USS Santa Barbara (LCS 32). Work will be performed in Mobile (90%); and Pittsfield, Mass. (10%), and is expected to be completed by December 2022. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,200,000 (55%); and fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,800,000 (45%) 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, 03/09/22)

Monday, March 7, 2022

Contracts: multiple, $300M

Healtheon Inc., New Orleans, La. (FA9101-22-D-B001); Turner Construction Co., Huntsville, Ala. (FA9101-22-D-B002); Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc., Kansas City, Mo. (FA9101-22-D-B003); and Federal Inc., Chicago, Ill. (FA9101-22-D-B004), have been awarded a $300,000,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for Facilities Acquisitions for Restoration and Modernization II. These provide for mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, data systems, and controls and/or design-build projects for military ground testing facilities. Work will be performed at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and several geographically separated units, and is expected to be completed by March 7, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and eight offers were received. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,514,195 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/07/22)

Friday, March 4, 2022

Contract: Lockheed, $869.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $869,864,564 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-award-fee, undefinitized modification (P00062) to a previously awarded contract (N0001919C0010). This modification adds scope for integrating mission and weapon systems capability development, including flight-test hardware, through system functional review to development test complete on the F-35A, F-35B, F-35C aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (54%); Nashua, N.H. (15%); Orlando, Fla. (14%); Baltimore, Md. (6%); San Diego, Calif. (5%); Northridge, Calif. (3%); St. Charles, Mo. (1%); Tucson, Ariz. (1%); and Torrance, Calif. (1%), and is expected to be completed in December 2026. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $20,142,000; fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $19,342,000; and non-U.S. Department of Defense partner funds in the amount of $3,747,331 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, 03/04/22) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: multiple. $249.7M

AEVEX Flight Operations, Solana Beach, Calif. (N0042122D0006); Alion Science and Technology Corp., McLean, Va. (N0042122D0007); Altus Technical Solutions LLC, Hanover, Md. (N0042122D0008); American Electronics Inc., California, Md. (N0042122D0009); AV3 Inc., Hanover, Md. (N0042122D0010); BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md. (N0042122D0011); Berry Aviation Inc., San Marcos, Texas (N0042122D0012); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N0042122D0013); CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc., Tampa, Fla. (N0042122D0014); CaVu Consulting Inc., San Diego, Calif. (N0042122D0015); Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, Tulsa, Okla. (N0042122D0016); CRL Technologies Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N0042122D0017); Coherent Technical Services Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N0042122D0018); DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N0042122D0019); Entrust Government Solutions, New Orleans, La. (N0042122D0020); FGS LLC, La Plata, Md. (N0042122D0021); George Consulting LTD, Charleston, S.C. (N0042122D0022); Gryphon Technologies LLC, Washington, D.C. (N0042122D0023); Innovative People and Technology Corp., California, Md. (N0042122D0024); IOMAXIS, Lorton, Va. (N0042122D0025); J.F. Taylor Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N0042122D0026); Jacobs Technology Inc., Severn, Md. (N0042122D0027); Kairos Inc., California, Md. (N0042122D0028); KBR Wyle Services LLC, Lexington Park, Md. (N0042122D0029); KIHOMAC, Reston, Va. (N0042122D0030); La Jolla Logic Inc., San Diego, Calif. (N0042122D0031); Long Wave Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla. (N0042122D0032); MAG Aerospace, Fairfax, Va. (N0042122D0033); ManTech Advanced Systems International Inc., Herndon, Va. (N0042122D0034); National Technologies Associates Inc., a VTG Co., California, Md. (N0042122D0035); Naval Systems Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N0042122D0036); Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa. (N0042122D0037); Nexagen Networks Inc., Morganville, N.J. (N0042122D0038); NikSoft Systems Corp., Reston, Va. (N0042122D0039); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., McLean, Va. (N0042122D0040); ORBIS Sibro Inc., doing business as ORBIS, Charleston, S.C. (N0042122D0041); Mercury Systems LLC, Torrance, Calif. (N0042122D0042); Precision LLC, McMinnville, Ore. (N0042122D0043); Prescient Edge Corp., McLean, Va. (N0042122D0044); PSI Pax Inc., California, Md. (N0042122D0045); Resource Management Concepts Inc., Lexington Park, Md. (N0042122D0046); Ricardo Defense Inc., Goleta, Calif. (N0042122D0047); RPI Group, Fredericksburg, Va. (N0042122D0048); RTL Networks Inc., Denver, Colo. (N0042122D0049); Sabre-Avian-ASEC-Platform JV, Warrington, Pa. (N0042122D0050); Sentek Global, San Diego, Calif. (N0042122D0051); Serco Inc., Herndon, Va. (N0042122D0052); Smartronix LLC, Hollywood, Md. (N0042122D0053); Solutions Through Innovative Technologies Inc., Fairborn, Ohio (N0042122D0054); Specialty Systems Inc., Toms River, N.J. (N0042122D0055); System Dynamics International, Huntsville, Ala. (N0042122D0056); TestPros Inc., Sterling, Va. (N0042122D0057); The Columbia Group, Inc., Washington, D.C. (N0042122D0058); The MIL Corp., Bowie, Md. (N0042122D0059); Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (N0042122D0060); TQI Solutions Inc., Norfolk, Va. (N0042122D0061); Trabus Technologies, San Diego, Calif. (N0042122D0062); Valkyrie Enterprises, Virginia Beach, Va. (N0042122D0063); VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N0042122D0064); Watershed Security LLC, Chesapeake, Va. (N0042122D0065); WGS Systems LLC, Frederick, Md. (N0042122D0066); YKJV LLC, Syracuse, Utah (N0042122D0067); and Zenetex LLC, Herndon, Va/ (N0042122D0068), are awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides support for new and emerging requirements, as well as growth across the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Webster Out Lying Field services portfolio. This will be accomplished by using a strategic sourcing vehicle that complements or adds to, but will not duplicate, the current services, that include application of rapid development, rapid prototyping, and systems integration in the development of product-based solutions in the following six functional areas: combat integration and identification systems, ship and air integrated warfare systems, special communications mission solutions, air traffic control and landing systems, airborne systems integration, and integrated command and control and intelligence. The estimated aggregate ceiling for all contracts is $249,720,634, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders.  Work will be performed at St. Inigoes, Md. (5%); and various contractor locations within the continental U.S. (95%), and is expected to be completed in March 2027. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, 107 proposals were received from 69 vendors. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/04/22)