DECEMBER 2009

Election a referendum on F-35?
VALPARAISO, Fla. – The 2010 mayor’s race may shape up as a referendum on the city’s
face-off with the Air Force over the F-35. The March 9 ballot so far pits Valparaiso Mayor
Bruce Arnold against challenger Brent Smith. Arnold was a driving force behind the city’s
lawsuit against the Air Force, while Smith opposed the litigation. The Air Force is building the
F-35 joint training center at Eglin, but some residents have been concerned over the noise.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/30/09)

Contract: Vertex, $11.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$11,406,910 modification to a previously awarded contract to provide specialized technical
services in support of depot level maintenance work performed at the Fleet Readiness
Center, Southwest on aircraft and rework of associated components and materials. Services
to be provided include modifications, in-service repairs and all other categories of service
associated with aircraft depot level maintenance and its planning. Work will be performed in
California, Washington, Hawaii and Arizona and is expected to be completed in April 2010.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/30/09)

Second F-35B arrives
The second Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing arrived Tuesday at Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The aircraft flew nonstop from Fort Worth, Texas, and
completed an aerial refueling en route. Over the next year a team will ramp up the plane for
flight testing. (Source: PRNewswire, 12/29/09) In another F-35-related development, the
United States may let Japan take part the multinational team developing the F-35, according
to a Kyodo News report. (Source: Japan Times, 12/30/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base is scheduled to be the JSF training center.

Pensacola airport gets director
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Melinda Crawford will be appointed Wednesday as the new director of
Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. Crawford has been the interim director since May 15,
when former director Frank Miller left the position for a job in San Antonio, Texas. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 12/29/09)

Contract: General Dynamics, $33.6M
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt., was awarded a
$33,638,976 firm-fixed-price contract for 144 Bradley reactive armor tile sets for the Bradley
Fighting Vehicle systems. Most of the work will be done in Haifa, Israel; Burlington and
Lyndonville, Vt., but McHenry, Miss., will do 1.7 percent of the work. Estimated completion
date is Nov. 30, 2010. Army Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality, Contracting
Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/29/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $12.4M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $12,427,000 contract, with a task order from an
existing requirements contract, to purchase 43 range safety systems necessary for decoy
operational testings and miniature air launched decoy and jammer initial operational test and
evaluation. 692 ARSS/PK Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/29/09)

Rapiscan may get more work
The attempted attack of an airliner by a man wearing explosives under his clothing may mean
more business for Rapiscan Systems of Torrance, Calif., and its 10,000 square-foot
production facility in Ocean Springs, Miss. Louis Peters, general manager of Rapiscan
Mississippi, said Rapiscan has a contract with the Transportation Security Administration to
provide 150 systems for airports across the United States. The plant recently hired 25
additional workers. TSA in May awarded Rapiscan a follow-on order of about $3 million for its
Rapiscan 620DV Advanced Technology X-Ray system to screen baggage and parcels. A
year ago Rapiscan was named the 2008 North American Homeland Security Inspection and
Screening Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan for its ability to develop and deploy
products that enhance security at airports, seaports and border crossings worldwide.
(Sources: WLOX-TV, Sun Herald, Tcp, 12/28/09)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $98M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $98,000,000
modification to the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for special tooling and
special test equipment required for the manufacture of Joint Strike Fighter Air System low rate
initial production aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be
completed in November 2011. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will
become home to the JSF training center.

JSF center construction funded
More than $84 million for F-35 structures and a 96-room dormitory at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is part of the $13.5 billion fiscal 2010 military construction budget. It’s part of the $2.4
billion headed to the Air Force for new or better dorms, fitness centers, training centers,
control towers and runways. Final approval of the funds came Dec. 13, when the Senate
passed the 2010 consolidated appropriations bill. President Barack Obama also must sign off
on the measure. (Source: Air Force Times, 12/27/09)

Teledyne Continental eyes new markets
MOBILE, Ala. – Teledyne Continental Motors is making a push into diesel-powered engines to
enter new markets worldwide – including small unmanned aerial vehicles. Teledyne
Continental is hiring engineers and has bought diesel-related technology, licenses and
hardware from an outside source. Teledyne plans to announce details in January. Teledyne
Continental is a unit of Teledyne Technologies of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has about 450
workers in Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/27/09)

Developer picked for Eglin resort
A developer has been chosen for the new Emerald Breeze Resort on Air Force Gulf-front
property in Okaloosa County. Eglin chose Innisfree Hotels and Innisfree Development for the
operation and development of a $24 million hotel and multi-use resort next to the Four Points
Sheraton, a dozen miles south of Eglin's west gate. The 17-acre property with 600 feet of Gulf
frontage will continue its military function as a radar installation, but the resort will be open to
military and civilian visitors. Innisfree beat out more than 100 potential developers to create
the resort. (Sources: WEAR-TV 12/24/09, Hotels, 12/22/09)

UK announces third JSF buy
The United Kingdom has received financial approval to buy its third Lockheed Martin F-35B
Lightning II operational test aircraft. The approval follows recent F-35 down-select or
procurement commitments by Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States.
The U.K. has invested $2 billion in the F-35's development. More than 100 British companies
are involved in the program. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 12/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., will become home of the JSF training center.

Hurricane Hunters fly winter storm mission
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance
Squadron have been tasked by National Weather Service officials to fly their first winter storm
of the season on the East Coast starting Dec. 25. The Air Force Reserve's "Hurricane
Hunters," assigned to the 403rd Wing, normally collect weather data during tropical storms,
enabling forecasters to make more accurate predictions. Between hurricane seasons, they
have a lesser known role of collecting weather data during winter storms. The Hurricane
Hunters fly WC-130Js at high altitudes and drop small weather canisters, or dropsondes,
designed to collect weather data in key locations of high-weather activity. (Source: AFNS,
12/21/09)

Shuttle tank leaves Michoud
A 15-story shuttle external tank left Sunday from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans for its roughly 900-mile trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The trip usually
takes six days, meaning it should arrive on or around Christmas day. The tank, manufactured
by Lockheed Martin, will boost shuttle Discovery into orbit in March. (Source: Florida Today,
12/21/09)

Ravens to get upgrade from analog
AeroVironment of Monrovia, Calif., has received a $23.9 million firm fixed-price order under
an existing contract to upgrade existing analog Raven systems being used by the Army and
Marine Corps. The potential value is $66.6 million. The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-
pound, hand-launched sensor platform that provides real-time video imagery for
reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units. (Source:
BusinessWire, 12/21/09) Gulf Coast note: AeroVironment has an operation in Navarre, Fla.

Missile two for two in testing
An F-15C fired Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder advanced, infrared-guided air-to-air
missile as part of the missile's developmental testing program. The weapon successfully
passed within lethal range of a BQM-74 target drone, meeting all primary test objectives. The
Nov. 20 test occurred at the test range at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and marks the second
time the missile has been fired. (Source: Raytheon, 12/21/09)

ST Mobile gets contract extension
MOBILE, Ala. - ST Aerospace Mobile said Friday that it has won a three-year extension of a
contract to maintain/overhaul Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s, Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s for
US Airways. No terms were announced. It’s the second big contract announced this month for
the company at Brookley Field Industrial Complex. It earlier won a three-year $90 million
contract to maintain Airbus A320s and Boeing 767s for an unnamed airline. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 12/18/09)

Composite joining method passes test
An innovative method for joining composite structures has passed a series of structural tests.
Gene Fraser, vice president of Advanced Programs and Technology for Northrop Grumman
Aerospace Systems, said it’s a major step towards using composites in future space missions.
The joint design was used to mate two segments of NASA’s composite crew module
demonstrator. The test article represents the inner pressurized shell for the Orion crew
module, part of the Constellation Program to return astronauts to the moon and beyond. Test
results proved the mating process retains compartment pressure and withstands external
loads at twice the level normally experienced in flight. Tests were done at NASA Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Va. (Source: Globe Newswire, 12/17/09) Gulf Coast note:
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are involved in
the Constellation program.

Jacobs acquires FWB’s Tybrin
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif., announced Friday that it has acquired
Tybrin Corp., a 1,500-person professional services firm headquartered in Fort Walton Beach,
Fla. Jacobs did not disclose the terms of the transaction. Founded in 1972, Tybrin is a
supplier of mission planning solutions, systems engineering, software development, modeling
and combat environment simulation, engineering and testing, range safety, and other
services to the Department of Defense, NASA, and other government clients. (Source: Jacobs
via PRNewswire, 12/18/09)

Star Aviation gets military work
MOBILE, Ala. – Ten-year-old Star Aviation has won its first military subcontract. MacAulay-
Brown Inc., an engineering firm based in Dayton, Ohio, awarded the Mobile company a deal
to work on combat survivor locator systems for Air Force C-130s. Star will do structural and
electrical engineering work, make wiring harnesses and structural parts, and support
installation work. Star did not disclose the value of the work. The company is based at
Brookley Field Industrial Complex, where it has about 55 workers. (Source: Mobile Press
Register, 12/16/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $19.8M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $19,763,454 contract which will provide the
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Production Lot 23 contract. At this time, the entire
amount has been obligated. 695 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/17/09)

Rocketdyne wins contractor award
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne received the 2009 Large Business Prime Contractor Excellence
Award from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. The company was recognized
for exemplary support of the center’s subcontracting programs under the J-2X upper stage
engine and space shuttle main engine contracts. The J-2X engine will power the nation’s next
generation space launch vehicles, Ares I and V. The space shuttle main engine – all tested at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. – is a reusable rocket engine that has powered the shuttles
since 1981. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 12/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
also has an operation at Stennis Space Center.

AirTran returns to airport
GULFPORT, Miss. – AirTran Airways flights will resume at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
on Jan. 8. The non-stop flights will initially be three days a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays
and Sundays, aboard a 117-seat Boeing 717. Jeremiah Gerald, director of air service and
business development at the airport, said it’s been almost a year since AirTran pulled out of
the market. AirTran returned under a partnership between the IP Casino Resort, Grand Biloxi
Casino and Aviation Advantage. (Source: Sun Herald, 12/16/09)

Donley: Change in tanker request unlikely
The Pentagon is unlikely to change its list of requirements for a fleet of aerial tankers, despite
objections from one of the bidders, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said. Northrop
Grumman and partner EADS said the terms favor Boeing. Northrop said it would not compete
without significant changes. (Source: Reuters, 12/14/09) U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R.-Ala., said
Tuesday that he’s unsure what Congress will do if the Northrop makes good on its threat. “I
don't think Congress is going to want to be drawn into this, although it could very well
happen," he said. (Source: Defense News, 12/15/09) Meanwhile, the war of words continues.
A comment on NPR by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., saying she’s never seen anyone
standing in line to build anything in Alabama, elicited a host of responses pointing out that
Alabama is home to automakers, shipbuilders, aerospace workers and more. (Multiple,
sample McClatchy, 12/15/09)

Contract: McDonnell, $114.6M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $114,558,014 contract which will
provide support for small diameter bomb Increment 1 production for munitions, carriages and
technical supports. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 681 ARSS/PK, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/15/09)

New park likely to target aerospace
BILOXI, Miss. – Harrison County is on its way to buying some 600 acres for an industrial park
north of Interstate 10 that likely will be marketed to aerospace companies. Harrison County
supervisors on Monday gave the OK to buy land in Saucier for the North Harrison County
Industrial Park. Larry Barnett, executive director of the Harrison County Development
Commission, estimates the park will be ready for tenants in 2013. Plans call for one site of
250 to 300 acres, along with four smaller lots of 50 acres each. Barnett expects
manufacturing that would be appropriate for the aerospace corridor that runs along Interstate
10 from New Orleans to Florida. (Source: Sun Herald, 12/14/09)

Rocketdyne opens facility at university
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the opening of the new PoWeR Innovations Research
facility on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville last week. The facility is part of a
collaborative effort designed to develop new technologies and business strategies for both
company and the Alabama university. UAH will provide offices, laboratories and support so
Rocketdyne personnel can collaborate on planning, research and development activities.
Rocketdyne will provide access to its technical and business personnel co-located at the
university. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will help develop new technologies of interest to both
parties. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 12/11/09) Gulf Coast note: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
has activities at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

EADS details $247M helo contract
The Army awarded the fifth year contract for the Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to EADS North
America for $247.2 million. This contract increases the company’s supply of 45 additional
Lakotas along with hardware to equip the rotary-wing aircraft for medical evacuation,
personnel transport and multi-mission applications. The contract funds fiscal year 2010
production of UH-72A Lakotas to be delivered through June 2011, and brings the total
number of Light Utility Helicopters ordered by the U.S. Army to 178. The contract ensures
continuity of UH-72A deliveries from the state-of-the-art facility in Columbus, Miss., operated
by EADS North America’s American Eurocopter business unit. (Source: EADS North America,
12/10/09)

Eglin to host air show
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin officials confirmed that the base will host an air show in
2010. "75 Years of Eglin Pride" is the theme for the air show scheduled for April 10-11. A wide
variety of aerial performers, including the Thunderbirds, will headline the show, which will
include static displays. Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis, Air Armament Center commander, said air
shows allow the public to better understand the military mission. (Source: Eglin, 12/10/09)

RS-68 boosts DoD satellite
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped boost into orbit the third in a series of Wideband Global
SATCOM satellites designed to increase communications capabilities for the Department of
Defense. The mission launched Dec. 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a
United Launch Alliance Delta IV with Rocketdyne RS-68 and RL10 engines providing the
booster and upper stage propulsion, respectively. It was the 11th launch of a Delta IV vehicle
powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 12/07/09) Gulf
Coast connection: RS-68 engines are assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

United selects Trent XWB engines
Rolls-Royce has been selected by United Airlines to power its new fleet of Airbus A350 XWB
aircraft. The contract for 25 Airbus A350 XWB plus long-term service support is worth $2
billion. The aircraft are due to be delivered between 2016 and 2019. In addition, the airline
has also announced future purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft. Firm orders for the Trent
XWB engine total more than 1,000 from 33 customers. The engine will enter into service in
2013. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 12/08/09) Gulf Coast connections: ATK will produce composite
structures and tooling for the A350 XWB in Iuka, Miss.; XWB engines are scheduled to be
tested the Rolls-Royce test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss., beginning in 2010 or 2011.

Keesler air show wins award
BILOXI, Miss. – Keesler Air Force Base’s “Thunder on the Bay” air show held in April has
been named the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Best Military Show Site 2009. Lt. Col. Gregory
Thomas, Thunderbird commander/leader, presented the award at the annual International
Council of Air Shows in Las Vegas. Thunder on the Bay was held April 4 and 5 and drew an
estimated crowd of 142,000. Keesler's next air show will be March 19-20, 2011, showcased
with a performance by the Navy Blue Angels, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
(Source: Keesler, 12/08/09)

Block 40 Global Hawk takes to air
PALMDALE, Calif. - The first Block 40 configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
aerial system successfully completed its first flight last month. Designated AF-18, the Global
Hawk flew about two hours from Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing facility in Palmdale to
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Global Hawk production acceptance activities will transition in
the near future from Edwards to Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The company performs
Global Hawk subassembly work at its Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., and
final assembly at its Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 12/08/09)

ST Aerospace lands contract
MOBILE, Ala. - ST Aerospace Mobile won a new airplane maintenance contract and could hire
as many as 200 new employees. The contract calls for the company to maintain Airbus A320
and Boeing 767 planes belonging to an unnamed airline. The contract is worth $90 million for
the first three years, and has an option for another two years worth another $80 million. The
company has close to 1,300 employees and contractors. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
12/05/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $329.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $329,400,000
modification to the previously awarded Joint Strike Fighter air system low rate initial
production Lot III cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract for special tooling and special
test equipment.  Work will be performed in Texas, California, Florida, New Hampshire,
Maryland, and the United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed in November 2011. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/04/09)

Contract: Composite Engineering, $29.3M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., was awarded a $29,342,315 contract which
will provide Lot 7 option to procure a quantity of 36 additional BQM-167As, also known as the
Air Force Subscale Aerial Target. 691 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/04/09)

Senators: Move forward on tankers
Two senators say the Air Force should move forward with plan to buy aerial tankers even if
Boeing is the only bidder. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Kent Conrad, D-S.D., said in a joint
statement that there have already been too many delays. Northrop, which wants to assemble
the planes in Mobile, Ala., said Tuesday it would not bid on the contract unless the Pentagon
makes big changes to its request for proposals. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/04/09)

Airbus’ Trent named chamber chair
MOBILE, Ala. - David Trent, head of the Airbus Engineering Center at Brookley Industrial
Complex, has been named 2010 chairman of the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of
Commerce. Opened in 2007, the Airbus center has 145 employees who do interior design
work on several Airbus commercial aircraft. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 12/03/09)

Contract: EADS, $247.2M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $247,242,722 firm-fixed-price
contract for the funding of program year 2005 of the Army's Light Utility Helicopter program
for 45 light utility helicopters, 30 medical evacuation mission equipment packages, 30
MEDEVAC B-kits, 30 hoist B-kits, four personnel mission equipment packages, 11 engine inlet
barrier filters, 34 environmental control units, and 45 airborne radio communication 231s.
Work is to be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of June 30,
2011. U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, CCAM-BH-C, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/03/09)

Hearing becomes Constellation rally
WASHINGTON - A congressional hearing on astronaut safety turned into a pep rally for NASA’
s Constellation program, with lawmakers and witnesses endorsing it as the best replacement
for the shuttle. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who heads the House
subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, organized the hearing as a counter to a
presidential panel that raised questions about the value of Constellation's Ares I rocket in
favor of commercial launchers. (Source: Orlando Sentinel, 12/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are involved in the
Constellation program.

Fire Scout may play CG role
The Coast Guard is actively pursuing a vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aerial vehicle
to satisfy requirements for its National Security Cutter. In October, the service used Northrop
Grumman's company-owned Fire Scout, P6, for land-based tests from Webster Field at NAS
Patuxent River, Md. The UAV was equipped with off-the-shelf imaging surveillance radar.
Northrop used its own money to integrate the radar on the aircraft and has been pouring R&D
funds into the Fire Scout to reduce risk. (Source: Aviation Week, 12/01/09) Gulf Coast note:
Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: GCC, CCI, $10M each
GCC/Thomco LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and CCI Group, LLC, Shalimar, Fla., were each
awarded a $10,000,000 contract which provides acquisition of base engineering
requirements, maintenance, repair and minor construction efforts. 96 CONS/PKAC, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/01/09)

Northrop threatens not to bid on tanker
Northrop Grumman won’t bid for the Air Force refueling tanker program unless changes are
made to the draft request for proposals. In a letter to the Pentagon, Northrop notes the draft
request shows a clear preference for a smaller tanker than the A330 the Northrop and
teammate EADS are offering. The letter said competing would be a financial burden. Northrop
and EADS won the contract in February 2008 over Boeing, which offered the smaller 767.
The decision was overturned following a Boeing protest, and restarted in September.
Northrop/EAD planned to build the tanker in Mobile, Ala. (Sources: Multiple, including
Bloomberg, Reuters, Mobile Press-Register, 12/01/09)

GATR test successful
Alliant Techsystems and Elbit Systems Ltd. have successfully conducted flight tests of the
Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) fired from an Army OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. The
recent tests took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. GATR can be used in urban areas and
against targets where a low collateral damage solution is required. GATR uses advanced
acquisition, tracking and guidance algorithms to achieve one-meter accuracy against
stationary and moving targets. The GATR system fills the gap between larger, more
expensive guided missiles and the current family of unguided rockets. (Source: PRNewswire,
12/01/09)


NOVEMBER 2009

Contract: Raytheon, $19M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $19,078,537 modification to a
previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for AIM-9X Sidewinder (Block II) missile
obsolescence and engineering technical support for the Navy and Air Force. Work to be
provided include missile obsolescence tasks, engineering technical support and software
development.  Five percent of the work will be done at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., but the
majority, 90 percent, will be done in Tucson, Ariz. Another 5 percent will be done at China
Lake, Calif. Work is expected to be completed in November 2010. This contract combines
purchases for the Air Force and Navy. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/30/09)

NATO to fund spy system
NAPLES, Italy - Fifteen NATO nations will fund an air surveillance command and control
system to be located at Naval Air Station Sigonella, a shared Italian-U.S. Navy base in Sicily.
The Air Ground Surveillance system consists of eight Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk
unmanned aerial vehicles. The ground portion will be developed by Canadian and European
industry, according to a NATO news release. The NATO surveillance project is expected to
cost between $1.5 billion to $2.3 billion. Plans are for the project to be in place by 2012.
(Source: Stars and Stripes, 12/01/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

Airport embarks on renovation
NEW ORLEANS – Louis Armstrong International Airport has begun $755 million worth of
projects to modernize its facilities. It includes construction of a new concourse and the
eventual abandonment of two old ones. The airport has identified 16 projects, including new
signs and lighting at the terminal curbside and rescue station. (Source: New Orleans Times
Picayune, 11/29/09)

Contract: Composite Engineering, $37.6M
Composite Engineering Inc. was awarded a $37,551,848 contract which procures additional
subscale aerial targets. At this time, $37,551,848 has been obligated. 691 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/25/09)

U.S. to withhold F-35 code
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., could wind up with another F-35-related mission in addition to
being the primary Joint Strike Fighter training center. Reuters is reporting that the United
States plans to keep to itself sensitive software code that controls the F-35 fighter, despite
requests from nations that have helped fund the JSF. The code is key to the plane's
electronic brains, Jon Schreiber, who heads the program's international affairs, told Reuters.
Instead, the United States plans to set up a "reprogramming facility," probably at Eglin, to
further develop F-35-related software and distribute upgrades, he said. Software changes will
be integrated there "and new operational flight programs will be disseminated out to
everybody who's flying the jet," Schreiber told Reuters. (Source: Reuters, 11/25/09)

Teledyne recalling parts
MOBILE, Ala. - Teledyne Continental Motors is recalling and replacing an engine part in
several hundred airplane engines after the part began to wear out more rapidly than normal.
The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all the planes containing the hydraulic lifters
until the parts are replaced. Rhett Ross, president of Teledyne Continental, said about 450
engines and parts sets were in question, and more than two-thirds have already been
replaced. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/25/09)

NASA honors Haise
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will present astronaut Fred Haise Jr. with NASA's
Ambassador of Exploration Award during a Dec. 2 ceremony at the Gorenflo Elementary
School in Biloxi, Miss. Haise will present the award, consisting of a moon rock encased in
Lucite for display, to Paul Tisdale, superintendent of the Biloxi Public School System, and
Tina Thompson, the school's principal. Haise attended Gorenflo. NASA is giving the award to
the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs for
realizing America's goal of going to the moon. The moon rock is part of the 842 pounds of
lunar samples collected during six Apollo expeditions from 1969 to 1972. (Source: NASA,
11/24/09)

Tanker does simultaneous refueling
An Australian A330 tanker has performed the first simultaneous fuel transfer with its all-digital
hose-and-drogue system, fueling two fighter aircraft at the same time, according to EADS.
The hose-and-drogue fuel transfers occurred Nov. 18 during a flight test sortie that utilized
both the A330 MRTT's left and right under-wing pods. The plane conducted 11 simultaneous
airborne refueling contacts with two NATO F/A-18 fighters and transferred more than 25,000
lbs of fuel. (Source: EADS, 11/23/09) Gulf Coast note: The tanker is the same type being
offered by the Northrop Grumman/EADS team to the Air Force.

First Fire Scout production deliveries made
SAN DIEGO - Northrop Grumman completed the first three MQ-8B Fire Scout production
deliveries to the Navy, which completes the first year of Low Rate Initial Production for the
UAV helicopter. Two of the three Fire Scouts were deployed aboard the USS McInerney for
use on a scheduled operational deployment. Fire Scouts have been aboard the USS
McInerney four times since December 2008, completing 110 ship takeoffs and landings and
45 landings with the harpoon grid, accumulating over 47 hours of flight time. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 11/24/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are made in part in Moss Point,
Miss.

NASA picks small biz projects to develop
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA has selected for development 368 small business
innovation projects that include research to minimize aging of aircraft, new techniques for
suppressing fires on spacecraft and advanced transmitters for deep space communications.
Chosen from more than 1,600 proposals, the awards are part of NASA's Small Business
Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Six of the awards
will develop technologies for the Innovative Partnership Program at Stennis Space Center.
(Source: NASA, 11/23/09)

Goodrich to lay off nearly 80
FOLEY, Ala. – Goodrich in Foley will lay off 78 people in January. The layoffs are from the
maintenance, repair, and overhaul division. A representative from the company blamed it on
slow demand and the global recession. Company leaders say employees will be offered
severance packages and will be eligible to keep their health insurance for six months.
Goodrich employs about 800 people in Foley. (Source: WALA-TV, 11/23/09)

Arms buyer spurns calls to include WTO ruling
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's chief arms buyer spurned pressure from Boeing allies in
Congress to factor a World Trade Organization ruling against Airbus into the competition to
build aerial tankers to the Air Force. Ashton Carter told reporters the Pentagon addressed
the trade issue when it put out draft bidding rules in September for a tanker rematch between
Boeing and the team of Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent EADS. The Pentagon said the
WTO findings were preliminary. (Source: Reuters, 11/23/09)

Passenger count up in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Passenger levels were up nearly 9 percent last month at Louis
Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. Figures show there were 704,686
passengers, compared to 648,544 in October 2008. It’s attributed to concert-goers,
conventioners and football fans. (Source: AP via Times-Picayune, 11/22/09)

Navy seeks UAV anti-collision system
ARLINGTON, Va. - Navy researchers are asking industry to develop a collision avoidance
system to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to operate in civil airspace. The Office of Naval
Research issued a broad agency announcement for the Unmanned Air System Autonomous
Collision Avoidance System to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft while operating
in the National Air Space System. Initial research to develop a UAV collision-avoidance system
will focus on the Navy Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and Army Tier 2 Shadow fixed-wing
UAV. Air Force researchers are pursuing a similar initiative. (Source: Military and Aerospace
Electronics, 11/20/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $9.1M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colo., was awarded a $9,103,824 contract which will
provide aircraft weapon integration. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated.
AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/20/09)

Contract: DTS, $13.9M
DTS Aviation Services Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $13,893,827 contract which will
provide aircraft backshop maintenance, munitions and equipment support services for the Air
Armament Center and for their command and control, communications, computers and
intelligence systems testing for a 12 month period. 96 CONS/PKB, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/20/09)

Global Hawk gets airworthiness certificate
SAN DIEGO - Northrop Grumman said the Air Force has granted the RQ-4 Global Hawk
unmanned aerial vehicle a military Airworthiness Certification, a step on the path to routine
unmanned flight within the United States. The AWC process verifies an aircraft design has
met performance requirements within the mission profile to safely fly in national airspace and
assures operators and mission managers that the production articles conform to the design.
The certification process evaluated more than 600 airworthiness criteria. (Source: Globe
Newswire, 11/20/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Politicking continues on tanker
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones, in the wake of a lobbying trip to Washington this
week, expressed hope that lawmakers are open to the possibility of buying new aerial
refueling tankers from both Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team. Jones said the
Mobile group met with nine lawmakers Wednesday and Thursday. Earlier this week, a group
of more than a dozen lawmakers who are Boeing supporters began a push to have the
Pentagon factor a World Trade Organization dispute over aircraft subsidies into the tanker
competition. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 11/20/09, 11/19/09)

Global Hawk contract awarded
SAN DIEGO – The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $302.9 million fixed price
incentive fee contract for five RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems. Under the Lot 7
production contract, the company will build two Block 30 systems and three Block 40 systems
for the 303d Aeronautical Systems Group at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. The
award includes a ground station consisting of a launch and recovery element and a mission
control element, plus two additional sensor suites that will be retrofitted into previous
production aircraft. The contract runs through 2011. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 11/20/09)
Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Boeing laser downs UAVs
Unmanned aerial systems may be the rage, but Boeing has just announced the successful
test of a mobile laser system to bring them down. The just-announced test was conducted in
May, and demonstrated the ability of mobile laser weapon systems to track and destroy small
UAVs. During the tests at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., the Mobile Active
Targeting Resource for Integrated eXperiments (MATRIX) used a single, high-brightness laser
beam to shoot down five UAVs at various ranges. (Source: Boeing, 11/18/09) Gulf Coast
note: Boeing has operations in the Gulf Coast; the Gulf Coast has several unmanned systems
operations.

Eglin team wins award
The secretary of the Air Force presented the 2008 and 2009 Small Business Programs
Special Achievement Awards at the Air Force Office of Small Business Programs Conference
Nov. 17 in Arlington, Va. Among the eight recipients of the fiscal 2009 awards: the 693rd
Armament Systems Squadron, Lethal Suppression of Enemy Air Defense Harm Targeting
System Team at Eglin AFB, Fla., which won the team award. The awards were presented in
the opening session of the 2009 Air Force Small Business Fall Training Conference. The
conference ends Nov. 19. (Source: AFNS, 11/18/09)

Ares I named best invention
NASA’s Ares I rocket got top honors in TIME magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2009” special
edition. The magazine calls the rocket the "best and coolest and smartest thing built in 2009."
The magazine’s Paul Kluger noted that in 2004 the nation committed itself to sending
astronauts back to the moon and beyond, and Ares I’s first flight last month "dazzled even the
skeptics." Alliant Techsystems is the prime contractor for the solid rocket motor first stage of
the Ares I. The company’s air-burst munitions system, XM25, was No. 46 in the best
inventions list. (Source: ATK, 11/17/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are both involved in NASA's program to return
astronauts to space.; ATK has an operation in Northwest Florida.

F-35 STOVL in Maryland for testing
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – A Lockheed Martin F-35B short
takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighter arrived here Sunday, where it will conduct its first
hovers and vertical landings. The ferry flight initiates a sequence of F-35 arrivals at Patuxent
River this year and next. The F-35 flew from Fort Worth, Texas, with one stop in Georgia.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners Northrop
Grumman and BAE Systems. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 11/16/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., will become home of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter training center.

Change RFP or split tanker contract?
MOBILE, Ala. - Northrop Grumman Corp. and regional political leaders called Monday for
changes to the second round of tanker bidding or for a congressional mandate to split the
contract between the Northrop Grumman/EADS team and rival Boeing. The split buy option
has been brought up before, but it’s opposed by the Pentagon. Monday, U.S. Rep. Artur
Davis, D-Ala., and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said they favored a split as a way to head off
more delays. Some 400 people gathered at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile for the tanker
briefing. Northrop and EADS want to assemble the tankers in Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 11/17/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $18.4M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $18,423,384 contract which will
provide for the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Mission Targeting System fiscal year 10 contractor
logistics support option. 693 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/16/09)

ATK gets A350 XWB work
MINNEAPOLIS  – Airbus SAS and partners Aerolia SA, Premium Aerotec GmbH and Spirit
AeroSystems Inc. selected Alliant Techsystems to produce composite structures and tooling
for its A350 XWB aircraft. Total expected revenues for ATK is about $1 billion. Combined with
the previous announcement for A350 XWB composite engine components, this new selection
makes the aircraft the largest commercial program in ATK's history. The company will produce
the components at its composite manufacturing center of excellence in Iuka, Miss. (Source:
ATK, 11/16/09) Gulf Coast note: ATK has an operation in Northwest Florida; Airbus has an
engineering center in Mobile, Ala.

30 apply for airport top spot
NEW ORLEANS – Airport officials say they hope to select a new aviation director for the Louis
Armstrong International Airport during the first quarter of 2010. Monday is the last day for
candidates to file resumes. About 30 applications have been received so far, according to
Aviation Board Chairman Dan Packer. The board began its search in mid-September.
(Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/16/09)

CV-22s return to Hurlburt Field
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The 8th Special Operations Squadron returned with their CV-22s
during the week, wrapping up their first operational deployment with the tilt-rotor aircraft. The
squadron deployed to Iraq with a Boeing contractor as part of the team. The Osprey, which
came to Hurlburt in 2007, has the vertical takeoff and landing and hover capabilities of a
helicopter and the long-range and speed of a turboprop fixed-wing airplane. The squadron
returned to Hurlburt Thursday. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/12/09)

AAC awarded for excellence
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Armament Center was recently awarded the Air
Force Organizational Excellence Award. The center manages a $52 billion portfolio of air-
launched precision attack, combat support and special project weapon applications. The
center also provided full spectrum battle space test capabilities to more than 1,000 ongoing
test programs to include aircraft, weapons, command and control and special operations for
multiple joint and non-DoD agencies. The center also provided DoD and combatant
commanders with combat-ready forces and units forward deployed in support of Operations
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. (Source: 96th Air Base Wing PAO, 11/12/09)

H-72A Navy trainer delivered
EADS North America has delivered the first of five H-72A training helicopters to the Navy. The
H-72A fleet will be based at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River Naval Air
Station, Md., where it is to be used to train test pilots from the U.S. military and allied
countries. The H-72A shares the same airframe and is manufactured on the same production
line as the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, both of which are produced in
Mississippi by EADS North America’s American Eurocopter subsidiary. (Source: EADS North
America, 11/12/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS North America has two operations in Mobile, Ala.,
and hopes to eventually assemble aerial refueling tankers and freighters there.

Vought preps for F-35C drop tests
DALLAS - Vought Aircraft Industries has taken possession of an F-35C Lightning II joint strike
fighter test article from Lockheed Martin and will perform full-scale drop testing on the aircraft
in early 2010. The tests are to verify the strength of the F-35C Navy variant landing gear and
airframe structure for carrier landing operations. Pre-test aircraft preparation includes the
installation of special drop test fixtures, test systems and instrumentation. Actual drop testing
is currently estimated to start in January and continue through April at the Vought Structures
Test Lab in Dallas. (Source: Vought, 11/11/09) Gulf Coast note: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Training Center is located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Pilots for all variants will be trained
there.

NASA teams with students
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center has announced
plans to team with students at four Mississippi high schools to develop prototype hardware for
the next-generation rockets being built to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit. During the
next few months, students at East Central High School in Hurley, Gulfport High School, New
Albany School of Career and Technical Education and Petal High School will participate in the
High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) initiative. They’ll partner with
NASA engineers and mentors and use materials provided by the space agency to develop
prototype models for the next generation J-2X engine and the Ares I rocket. Both are being
built as part of NASA’s Constellation Program plan to transport astronauts to the International
Space Station after the space shuttle is retired and to explore destinations beyond low-Earth
orbit. (Source: NASA, 11/12/09)

PC airport name changed again
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The new airport being built near Panama City is getting yet another
name change. The airport authority voted Tuesday to change the name to Northwest Florida
Beaches International Airport. It was a month ago that the authority settled on the name
Northwest Florida-Panama City International Airport. The new airport is scheduled to open in
May. (Source: WMBB-TV, Panama City Herald, 11/10/09)

McCain questions tanker rules
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John McCain, whose investigation helped derail an Air Force
plan to lease and buy 100 Boeing tankers, has raised concerns about the Pentagon's latest
attempt to replace its fleet of KC-135 tankers. In an Oct. 29 letter to Defense Secretary
Robert Gates, McCain asked detailed questions about how bids for the program would be
evaluated, how decisions were made about requirements for the new airplanes and whether
the new rules would favor mostly smaller airplanes. A copy of the letter was obtained by
Reuters. (Source: Reuters, 11/10/09) Gulf Coast note: If the Northrop Grumman/EADS team
wins the competition, the tankers will be assembled in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: W.G. Yates, $37.3M
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Biloxi, Miss., is being awarded a $37,258,000 firm-fixed-
price contract for construction of a community hospital tower at Keesler Air Force Base. Work
will be performed in Biloxi and is expected to be completed by September 2011. This contract
was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven
proposals received. The contracting activity is the Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla. (Source: DoD, 11/10/09)

Airbus tanker does night refueling
The A330 tanker achieved a new milestone with its first nighttime refueling operation using
the advanced Aerial Refueling Boom System. The Royal Australian Air Force A330
transferred more than 3,300 pounds of fuel through the ARBS during a multi-contact mission
involving two F-16 fighter aircraft. The nighttime refueling is part of final flight testing for the
A330 MRTT. (Source: EADS North America, 11/09/09) Gulf Coast note: The tanker Northrop
Grumman and EADS are proposing for the Air Force, the KC-45, is based on A330. The team
will assemble the plane in Mobile, Ala., if it wins.

JSF engine passes key test
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine powering the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter has completed altitude qualification ground testing, the final testing that
demonstrates the operability and performance required for conventional take-off and landing
and carrier variant initial service release (ISR). ISR is the government’s recognition that the
F135 engine is ready for operational use and clears Pratt & Whitney to deliver and field
production F135 engines. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 11/09/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the home base for the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

403rd evacuates planes
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - The Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing evacuated aircraft
Monday from Keesler Air Force Base to forward operating locations in Texas to avoid possible
heavy winds from the tropical system Ida. The 403rd Wing, comprising the 53rd Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron’s Hurricane Hunters and the 815th Airlift Squadron's Flying
Jennies typically evacuate the aircraft when winds are expected to exceed about 30 miles per
hour. (Source: AFNS, 11/09/09)

SSC gets formal Project Ready designation
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center was officially
designated a “Project Ready” site in a formal event Friday. It’s the first site to earn
certification in the “technology park” category of the Mississippi Power program. The Project
Ready designation indicates a site is “shovel-ready” for new businesses that come calling.
The 14,000-acre SSC has about 4,000 acres of developable space. (Source: Tcp, 11/06/09)

Boom trainer delivered, freighter airborne
In the tanker competition pitting Boeing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team, no “first”
goes unnoticed. Boeing said it delivered the first Remote Aerial Refueling Operator Trainer to
the Japan Air Self Defense Force last month to support the Boeing KC-767J tanker. It
simulates the system that allows boom operators to refuel aircraft while sitting near the tanker
cockpit at a console using an array of cameras and remote controls. Meanwhile, in Toulouse,
France, the Airbus A330-200 freighter flew Thursday, a milestone for a plane that could
eventually be assembled in Mobile, Ala. The Northrop/EADS team wants to assemble the
A330-based tanker and the freighter in Mobile, Ala., if the team wins the Air Force
competition. (Sources: Boeing, Mobile Press Register, 11/06/09)

Whiting Field gets new commander
MILTON, Fla. – Capt. Pete Hall has been installed as the new commanding officer of Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, replacing Capt. Enrique Sadsad. More than 2,000 people were at the
change of command ceremony Thursday. Hall said he looked forward to becoming part of the
Whiting family. Sadsad is being assigned to Bahrain. Whiting Field provides initial training for
naval aviators. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 11/05/09)

AFSOC vice commander named
Brig. Gen. O.G. Mannon, 82nd Training Wing commander at Sheppard Air Force Base in
Texas, has been named the next vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command
at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The announcement was made by the Defense Department Nov. 2.
Mannon, who has spent most of his career in the special operations community, said he looks
forward to working with old friends. (Source: 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs, DoD, 11/02/09)

SBIRS on track
The first Space Based Infrared System missile warning satellite bound for geosynchronous
orbit is on track for delivery to the Air Force by the fourth quarter of calendar year 2010,
according to Lockheed Martin. It will be a milestone for the $10.4 billion program, which has
undergone  restructuring, overruns and delays. (Source: Military.com, 11/04/09) Gulf Coast
note: Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space & Technology Center at Stennis Space Center,
Miss., builds subsystems for the SBIRS program.

Airbus freighter to fly this week
Airbus said Tuesday that the maiden flight for its A330-200 freighter is scheduled Thursday at
its headquarters in Toulouse, France. The flight marks an important milestone for a plane that
eventually could be assembled in Mobile. Airbus, a subsidiary of the European Aeronautic
Defence and Space Co., is part of a team led by Northrop Grumman Corp. that is competing
for a contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 11/04/09)

Admiral: Speedup unmanned programs
WASHINGTON - The Navy's top admiral said he hoped to speed up work on unmanned
weapons systems, including underwater vehicles and an unmanned combat plane. Chief of
Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead cited the Navy's earlier-than-planned deployment last
month of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, which he said is performing
“wonderfully.” Roughead also said he’s pressing to accelerate development of the Unmanned
Combat Aerial System. The Fire Scout and UCAV are both Northrop Grumman products.
(Source: Reuters, 11/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Fire Scout finishing work is
done in Moss Point, Miss.


OCTOBER 2009

Contract: W.R. Systems, $26.9M
W R Systems Ltd., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $26,946,956 contract for in-service
engineering technical support services for various navigation systems. This contract
combines purchases for the Navy, and foreign governments under the Foreign Military Sales
Program. Three percent of the work will be done in Pascagoula, Miss., and 75 percent in
Hampton Roads, Va. Other sites are in Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Florida, Texas,
Washington and foreign military sites and is expected to be completed by October 2010. The
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/30/09)

Contract: L-3, $24.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $24,605,198
modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for organizational,
selected intermediate and limited depot level maintenance for F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C
aircraft operated by the adversary squadrons based at Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev. Work
will be performed in Fallon, Nev., and is expected to be completed in October 2010. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/30/09)

Micro UAV training program launched
HOLLEY, Fla. – A new joint training program has been launched at a Navy outlying field near
Holley in Santa Rosa County, Fla. The Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems will teach special
operations personnel from all branches how to operate Battlefield Air Targeting Micro
Vehicles, unmanned aircraft now used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capt. Rick Sadsad,
commander of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, said the idea developed not even a year ago.
The training center falls under the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field.
There was a ribbon-cutting Thursday. The first class has 11 students. (Source: Fort Walton
Beach Daily News, 10/29/09)

Bases get on short list for F-35
Eleven Air Force and Air Guard bases are on the short list to gain hundreds of F-35 fighters
through 2017, the Air Force announced. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was chosen some time
back as the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center, but since then communities have launched
efforts to get the Air Force to choose them for other F-35s. The Air Force is retiring 250 F-
16s and F-15s over the next year. The Air Force proposed operating F-35s out of Hill Air
Force Base, Utah; Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; and two
Air Guard bases. F-35s could be located at five active-duty and Air Guard bases for training.
The 11 bases were selected after the Air Force evaluated 205 of its installations. (Source: Air
Force Times, 10/29/09)

Contract: Bell, $13.2M
Bell Aerospace Services Inc., Bedford, Texas, is being awarded a $13,199,152 contract to
provide up to 145,152 hours of contractor engineering technical services on-site proficiency
training for the airframe, avionics, and electrical systems of the H-1 aircraft. Nine percent of
the work will be performed in New Orleans, La., and 53 percent in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Other sites are Cherry Point, N.C., New River, N.C., Johnstown, Pa., Okinawa, Japan, and
Atlanta, and is expected to be completed in October 2012. The Naval Air Warfare Center
Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/29/09)

Boeing puts second 787 line in S.C.
Boeing has chosen its North Charleston, S.C., facility as the location for a second final
assembly site for the 787 Dreamliner program. In addition to serving as a location for final
assembly of 787 Dreamliners, the facility also will support the testing and delivery of the
airplanes. The Washington Roundtable, a group representing executives of private sector
employers in Washington state, said the decision shows the group needs to work harder to
make changes to make the state more competitive. (Sources: Boeing, Business Wire,
10/28/09) Gulf Coast note: The decision is of interest to the Gulf Coast, where Boeing is
competing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team to build tankers for the Air Force.
EADS wants to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Leaders to debate next step in space
RESTON, Va. - Aerospace industry leaders will meet on Nov. 2 to debate the future of
America’s space programs in light of the recent findings by the Augustine Commission. It’s
also occurring after the successful launch of Ares I-X on Wednesday. The half-day event will
feature panelists from leading space exploration companies as well as from NASA and
academia. It’s organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. (Source:
Business Wire, 10/27/09) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast is involved in the space program
through Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Contract: McDonnell, $72M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., of St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $72,022,275 contract to
provide 2,925 Lot 14 guided vehicle kits for joint direct attack munition purposes. At this time,
the entire amount has been obligated. 678 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/28/09)

Northrop won’t rule out tanker boycott
Reuters is reporting that Northrop Grumman left open the possibility it might boycott the
Pentagon's aerial tanker competition, faulting draft bidding rules and expanding a complaint
that rival Boeing was given an unfair edge. Northrop, partnered with Europe's EADS, said
Wednesday the proposed rules set up a cost shootout with Boeing that would spur a race to
the bottom and reduce the capabilities of the refueling tankers. (Source: Reuters, 10/28/09)
Gulf Coast note: The Northrop/EADS team wants to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala.

Ares I-X launched
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - NASA successfully launched the Ares I-X rocket
Wednesday after scrubbing the launch Tuesday due to weather. The prototype rocket was
scheduled to fly about two minutes before the first-stage booster burns out and drops in the
Atlantic for recovery. The Ares I-X is part of the Constellation Program, which is designed to
return astronauts to the moon and beyond. The rocket is 327 feet tall. (Source: NASA,
10/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Both Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi are involved in the Constellation Program.

College names scholarship for Goldman
Meridian Community College in Meridian has established an engineering scholarship in honor
of alumnus Gene Goldman, director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock
County. The first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an engineering student attending
MCC during the 2010 spring semester. As an MCC graduate, Goldman went on to earn the
Registered Professional Engineer-Civil certification and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil
engineering from Mississippi State University in Starkville. (Source: NASA, 10/23/09)

Tanker fight escalates
Lawmakers who support Boeing and those who support Northrop Grumman/EADS in the
battle over a $35 billion Air Force tanker project are concerned about the fairness of the draft
request for bids issued last month. In separate letters, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Rep.
Norman Dicks, D-Wash., expressed concerns. The battle for some times now has been less
about planes and more about jobs. Boeing wants to build them in Washington, and
Northrop/EADS want to build them in Mobile, Ala. Both sides have major lobbying efforts.
Northrop is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday to respond to the draft request.
(Source: Multiple, including AP, 10/27/09)

Ares I-X launch scrubbed
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - NASA scrubbed the launch of its Ares I-X rocket because
of the weather, but the agency will try again on Wednesday. The flight is part of the
Constellation Program, NASA’s bid to return astronauts to the moon and beyond. Should it
launch Wednesday, the test will last a matter of minutes. The rocket is a sub-orbital prototype
for a new booster for the shuttle’s replacement, Orion. (Source: Multiple, 10/27/09) Gulf Coast
note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are
both involved in the Constellation Program.

Ares I-X set to launch
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The Ares I-X is scheduled to take off Tuesday at 8 a.m.
EDT in a test launch of the brand new rocket that’s part of NASA’s Constellation Program.
The flight will last just minutes. NASA will broadcast the launch live on NASA TV, which will be
webcast simultaneously. The rocket is a sub-orbital prototype for a new booster for the shuttle’
s replacement, Orion. The rocket is 327 feet tall. (Source: Multiple, 10/26/09) Gulf Coast note:
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both
involved in the Constellation Program.

JASSM passes test
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, JASSM,
successfully completed Lot 7 Reliability Assessment Program flight tests with 15 successes
out of 16 flights Oct. 22. The tests were conducted by the Air Force at White Sands Missile
Range, N.M., using B-52 bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and F-16 fighters from
Eglin against a wide range of targets and various scenarios. The tests pave the way for
awarding the Lot 8 production contract to Lockheed Martin. JASSM is a stealthy,
conventional, precision, launch-and-leave, standoff missile that can be launched from fighters
and bombers. A 2,000-pound class weapon with a combination penetrator/blast fragmentation
warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously using an infrared seeker in addition to the anti-jam
GPS to find a specific point on the target. Eglin is home of the Air Armament Center, which
oversees the development of air weapons systems. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10/23/09)

Four-state lobbying group announced
BAY MINETTE, Ala. – The battle between two regions over the Air Force tanker project
escalated Monday when the governors of Alabama and Mississippi jointly announced
formation of the Aerospace Alliance, a four-state effort to promote the Gulf Coast region's
aerospace activities. It's first task will be to support Northrop Grumman and EADS’ effort to
win the $35 billion Air Force tanker project. EADS wants to assemble the planes in Mobile,
Ala., while competitor Boeing wants to build them in Washington state and Kansas. A large
number of people, many of them elected officials, turned out for the announcement at
Faulkner State Community College. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley was there and Mississippi Gov.
Haley Barbour spoke to the gathering via satellite. Joining them were representatives from
Northrop Grumman and EADS. Boeing has its own large lobbying effort that includes backing
from congressional delegations in Kansas and Washington, labor unions, and others.
Northrop/EADS won the contract in 2008 but a Boeing protest was upheld. The new group’s
Web site is at www.aerospacealliance.com. (Source: Tcp, 10/26/09)

Eglin group wins DoD award
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 708th Armament Systems Group has been recognized
for unprecedented acquisition management success with selection by the Department of
Defense as the winner of 2009 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. The award
singles out the group as the best acquisition team in the Air Force. The 708th delivered a new
laser-guided version of the Joint Direct Attack Munition to warfighters in 11 months. The
award will be presented Nov. 3. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10/23/09)

NASA Global Hawk returns to flight
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - NASA and Northrop Grumman Friday announced the
initial return to flight of a Global Hawk planned for environmental science research. Dryden
Flight Research Center and Northrop are returning NASA's two Global Hawks to flight under a
Space Act Agreement signed in 2008. The two aircraft were among seven Global Hawks built
and flown in the original Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. The aircraft
that flew for about four hours Friday last took to the skies in May 2003. (Source: NASA,
10/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Portions of current Global Hawks are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Boeing won’t release pricing to Northrop
Reuters reports that Boeing declined a Pentagon request to release its pricing information
from the last aerial tanker competition to Northrop Grumman. The Pentagon gave Boeing
information on the winning bidders pricing after Boeing lost the contest in 2008 to the
Northrop Grumman/EADS team. That’s common. But Boeing’s protest of the award was
upheld and the battle over the tanker contract has been renewed. That led Northrop to seek
Boeing’s pricing information. A Pentagon general counsel told Northrop in a letter Sept. 23, a
copy of which was obtained by Reuters, that the Pentagon "sought Boeing's permission to
release this information, and Boeing declined," according to the letter. (Source: Reuters,
10/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop/EADS plan to assemble the tanker in Mobile, Ala., if they
win the contract.

Frontier to restart New Orleans service
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Frontier Airlines will return to the Louis Armstrong International Airport
next year for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, offering a daily service to Denver
beginning June 15. In addition, Southwest Airlines, which trimmed New Orleans service after
the hurricane, is adding two daily trips in May. One is a direct flight to St. Louis and the other
is a second flight to Denver. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 10/23/09)

Goodyear 3Q report
Goodrich Corp. saw profit and revenue continue to fall in the third quarter. But company
leaders expressed confidence that the world economy would boost air travel next year, in turn
boosting sales. The company, which employs 800 people making and overhauling jet engine
cowlings in Foley, Ala., had a profit of $145.4 million in the third quarter, down 13 percent
from a high-water mark in the same quarter of 2008. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
10/23/09)

Teledyne 3Q report
Teledyne Technologies profit per share hit a record in the third quarter, helped by cost
cutting and a tax windfall. Total profit rose to $35.1 million, up 14 percent from $30.9 million in
the same quarter of 2008. The results were boosted by $8.2 million in research and
development tax credits. Teledyne is the parent company of Teledyne Continental Motors, a
420-worker unit that makes propeller plane engines at Mobile's Brookley Field Industrial
Complex. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/23/09)

Industry concerned over tanker rules
Industry executives are starting to raise questions about the Pentagon’s draft rules for a new
aerial tanker competition and say the bid for a "fixed-price" deal on such a big development
program is unprecedented and risky. Boeing and Northrop Grumman are not saying much,
but some executives are beginning to privately air concerns about the rules, according to
Reuters. (Source: Reuters, 10/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop and partner EADS plan to
assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., if they are awarded the contract.

Tanker passes fuel to fighter
A Royal Australian Air Force A330 tanker, the same type EADS hopes to sell to the U.S. Air
Force, marked a performance milestone with the first in-flight refueling of a fighter. The test
involved the integrated Aerial Refueling Boom System. The fuel was transferred to two F-16.
The flight lasted four hours and 30 minutes, with more than 3,300 pounds of fuel transferred
during 13 contacts. (Source: EADS North America, 10/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing is
competing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team to build tankers for the Air Force.
Northrop/EADS wants to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Governors slate aerospace briefing
The governors Mississippi and Alabama have scheduled a briefing Monday in Bay Minette,
Ala., to discuss the KC-45 tanker project and a “major announcement” impacting the future of
aerospace in the Gulf Coast. The briefing is at Faulkner State Community College. The Gulf
Coast region between New Orleans and Northwest Florida has a long history in aviation. But
the contest pitting Boeing against Northrop Grumman and partner EADS to build aerial
tankers has galvanized efforts to promote the region’s aerospace activities. EADS wants to
assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., a move that would also benefit Northwest Florida and
South Mississippi. (Source: Tcp, 10/21/09)

Panama City airport to get Southwest
Southwest Airlines plans to begin serving the new Panama City, Fla., airport, when the facility
opens in May 2010. Three Florida cities, Panama City, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, all
hoped to get the discount airliner. Mobile, Ala., also made a pitch for the airliner. The media in
Pensacola also report that doesn’t mean Pensacola is out of the running since the company
considers Pensacola and Panama City separate markets. (Source: Florida Freedom News,
Pensacola News Journal, 10/21/09)

Officials get intro on F-35 status
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Okaloosa County commissioners received an introduction and
update of the F-35 program Tuesday from J.R. McDonald, Lockheed Martin’s vice president
of corporate and business development. McDonald, who moved to Okaloosa County a few
months ago to oversee the company’s activities from Pensacola to Panama City, is the first
vice president the company has stationed at its office in Shalimar. McDonald said he
anticipated the first F-35 to arrive next summer, a few months later than the original March
goal. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/20/09)

Boeing 3Q report
The Boeing Co. posted a third-quarter loss of $1.6 billion and reduced its full-year profit
forecast, hurt by $3.5 billion in charges for the delayed 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 jumbo jet
programs. Revenues rose 9 percent to $16.7 billion. (Source: Boeing, 10/21/09) Gulf Coast
note: Boeing has multiple operations in the Gulf Coast.

Northrop Grumman 3Q report
Northrop Grumman Corp. reported that third quarter 2009 earnings from continuing
operations totaled $487 million compared with $509 million in the third quarter of 2008.  Third
quarter 2009 net pension adjustment reduced earnings from continuing operations by $47
million compared with an increase to earnings from continuing operations of $42 million in the
third quarter of 2008. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 10/21/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop
Grumman has multiple operations in the Gulf Coast.

O’Keefe named to EADS post
Former NASA leader Sean O'Keefe will become chief executive of EADS North America. Ralph
Crosby, current chief executive of EADS North America, will stay on as nonexecutive
chairman. O'Keefe is a former Navy secretary who served as administrator of NASA from
2001 to 2005. A New Orleans native, he also served as chancellor of Louisiana State
University from 2005-2008 and most recently was GE Aviation vice president. His EADS
appointment is effective Nov. 1. (Source: Multiple, 10/20/09)

Stennis gets Project Ready certification
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center next month will be
formally recognized as a “Project Ready” site, a designation that indicates it’s “shovel-ready”
for new businesses that come calling. It’s the first site to earn certification in the new
“technology park” category, a later addition to the program. The formal recognition is Nov. 6.
“Since Hurricane Katrina, we have seen a 10 percent growth in our center’s workforce in
support of NASA, other government agencies, and private technology-based companies,”
said Gene Goldman, director of Stennis. “We feel that our future is bright in South Mississippi,
and we hope this certification will reassure those looking at our center.” The certification
program by Mississippi Power uses a third party to determine when a site is ready. (Source:
NASA, 10/19/09) Note: In August, the Jackson County Aviation Technology Park in Moss
Point, Miss., was awarded Project Ready status.

Airmen complete 800-mile march
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - After walking over 800 miles through five states, 12 special tactics
airmen arrived at Hurlburt Field Friday, completing a memorial march for their fallen
comrades. The marchers, including some from Keesler Air Force Base, split up into six two-
man teams and walked day and night to honor 12 special tactics airmen killed in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Each marcher carried a 50-pound ruck sack and a baton engraved with the
name of a fallen special tactics airman. The 12 airmen reunited just outside the base and
walked the final five miles as a team. The march began at Lackland Air Force Base in San
Antonio, Texas. (Source: AFNS, 10/16/09)

Contract: Wintec, $85M
Wintec, Arrowmaker, Inc., of Fort Washington, Md., was awarded a $85,000,000 contract
which will provide advisory and assistance services to Headquarters Air Force Special
Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. HQ AFSOC/A7KZ, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/16/09)

ATK delivers composite crew module
Alliant Techsystems delivered a technological first to NASA: a full-scale, crew module
structure made of composite materials. The Composite Crew Module is designed to reduce
the overall weight of future manned launch vehicles. Full-scale structural testing will be
performed at NASA's Langley Research Center to determine the viability of the composite
structure. The structure was fabricated and assembled at ATK's facility in Iuka, Miss. (Source:
ATK, 10/14/09) Gulf Coast note: ATK has an operation in Northwest Florida; South Mississippi
has multiple companies involved in manufacturing with composites; Michoud Assembly Facility
in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are involved in the space program.

Next Biloxi air show in 2011
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – People who want to see more air shows at Keesler Air
Force Base will have to wait until the spring of 2011. Col. Chris Valle, vice commander of the
81st Training Wing, said Keesler is bidding to bring the Navy's Blue Angels to South
Mississippi for the next show. Keesler in April held its first air show since Hurricane Katrina.
Featured were the Thunderbirds, the Air Force precision flying team. Some 140,000
spectators attended the show over two days. (Source: Sun Herald, 10/15/09)

Okaloosa group going to Orlando
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - A delegation from Okaloosa County will attend an aviation business
conference in Orlando next week to try to lure companies to Bob Sikes Airport’s industrial
park. The National Business Aviation Association is holding its annual convention Oct. 20-23.
Some 30,000 people are expected to attend, among them more than a dozen county and
business leaders to promote the Crestview Air Park at Bob Sikes Airport. The airport has an
8,000-foot runway and is close to highways, the Gulf of Mexico and military bases. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/14/09)

Pensacola airport bags United Airlines
PENSACOLA, Fla. – United Airlines will be coming to Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport
beginning Feb. 11 and offering direct flights to Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The flights will
be on 50-seat Canadair regional jets. The Washington flights will be twice daily, and one
Chicago flight will be added on the weekend during the winter and spring. United will be
serving Pensacola for the first time. The airport is also trying to get Southwest Airlines.
(Sources: WEAR-TV, Pensacola News Journal, Mobile Press-Register, 10/14/09)

UAV market worth billions
Defense industry consultants predict the market for unmanned aerial vehicles will reach the
upper teens in billions of dollars worth of procurement through 2018, with related research
and development possibly doubling that. Forecast International predicts the market for UAV
procurement will be worth $18 billion or more worldwide over the next 10 years. (Source:
Aviation Week, 10/14/09) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast has several UAV-related activities,
including a Northrop Grumman UAV plant in Moss Point, Miss., Mehlcorp, which designs
payload operation modules at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and an AeroVironment operation
in Navarre, Fla.

First Lady to visit Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - First Lady Michelle Obama will address members of the
military and civil service employees working on Eglin Air Force Base Thursday, said Marie
Vanover, a spokeswoman for the base. A news release from Obama’s press office termed the
visit “part of the first lady’s ongoing outreach to military families.” This year has been
designated the U.S. Air Force's Year of the Air Force Family. The itinerary, according to the
White House news release, calls for her to meet first with base leaders. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 10/14/09)

CEOs urge second 787 line in Washington
Leaders from Washington state’s largest companies are urging Boeing to build a second 787
production line in the state. The company has one 787 production line in the state, but there’s
concern it may opt to use a recently purchased plant in South Carolina – the former Vought
Aircraft plant – for the second 787 line. The letter from members of the Washington
Roundtable points out that work remains to be done to improve Boeing’s competitive standing
in the global economy, but said the state and Boeing have a long track record of success
together. (Source: Business Wire, 10/13/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing is competing against
Northrop Grumman and EADS to build aerial tankers for the Air Force. Boeing wants to build
them in Washington, and EADS wants to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Euro Hawk could lead to more sales
Northrop Grumman hopes the Euro Hawk rolled out last week will lead to “a huge”
international market, according to Duke Dufresne, company strike and surveillance division
general manager. Aviation Week reports Dufresne as saying that aside from sales to
Germany and NATO, the Global Hawk also is being eyed by Australia, Spain, Korea and
Japan. The first international version of the UAV, which differs from previous variants in
having six wing-mounted signals intelligence pods, will start taxi tests in February. The first
flight is targeted for March. Current plans call for a direct flight along the great circle route via
Canada airspace to EADS’ Manching site in Germany. Germany is expected to buy four more
Euro Hawks. (Source: Aviation Week, 10/12/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made in
part in Moss Point, Miss.

SDB tests wrap up
The Boeing GBU-40 Small Diameter Bomb II team finished a 42-month risk reduction program
last month with a flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. In the test, the guided test vehicle
dropped from an F-15E Strike Eagle was equipped with production-ready components,
including a Harris data link, Lockheed Martin tri-mode seeker, and modified SDB Increment I
(GBU-39) assemblies. The weapon received target updates using a tactical radio
communications system processed by the seeker. The seeker successfully performed search,
detect, track and classify and the weapon fuze detonated upon impact with the intended
target. Boeing is teamed with Lockheed Martin in the SDB II program competition, and as the
prime contractor will provide the air vehicle and system integration. Lockheed Martin will
supply the sensor/seeker. (Source: Boeing, 10/12/09)

Unions back Boeing bid
Leaders of one of the nation's largest labor unions are calling on Defense Secretary Robert
Gates to select Boeing for the U.S. Air Force tanker contract. A group of 10 state presidents
representing the AFL-CIO said in a letter to Gates that Boeing is the right choice "for
investing in American workers, American knowledge, American security and America's future."
Boeing is competing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team to build the next generation
of tankers. EADS wants to assemble them in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
10/10/09)

World View-2 successfully launched
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Boeing successfully launched the WorldView-2
satellite for DigitalGlobe aboard a Delta II rocket Thursday. Liftoff was at 11:51 a.m. Pacific
Time, and the Delta II released WorldView-2 about 62 minutes after liftoff into a sun-
synchronous orbit. The satellite is designed to collect and record commercial, high-resolution
Earth imagery. DigitalGlobe now has three satellites in its constellation. (Source: Boeing,
10/08/09) Gulf Coast note: DigitalGlobe has an office at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Goodrich Foley celebrates 25 years
FOLEY, Ala. - The Goodrich plant has grown from 37 to 800 employees, showing Alabama
can be a leader in the aircraft manufacturing industry, company and state officials said
Thursday. The plant, which makes and repairs aircraft engine housings, marked its 25th
anniversary Thursday with a celebration that included local, state and federal dignitaries.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 10/08/09)

Bunker buster deployment nears
The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday what’s been clear to anyone who tracks DoD
contracts. Deployment of the massive “bunker buster” bomb, capable of penetrating deeply
buried facilities, is on a fast track. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the first 30,000-
pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator should be ready by the middle of next year. He notes
that the United States has other weapons capable of penetrating hardened facilities, but says
the technology in the MOP takes the capability to a new level and puts it in a class by itself.
The Pentagon said in August it wanted to speed up production plans. (Source: Multiple,
including Voice of America, AFP, 10/08/09) Gulf Coast note: The weapon is being developed
by Boeing and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Euro Hawk unveiled by Northrop
PALMDALE, Calif. - Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security (DS) introduced the
first Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system in an unveiling ceremony Thursday in Palmdale.
The Euro Hawk marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-
altitude, long-endurance UAV, and solidifies Northrop Grumman's first transatlantic
cooperation with Germany and DS. More than 300 employees from Northrop and DS and
officials from the German Air Force and Ministry of Defence attended. The aircraft will be
equipped with German sensors. (Source: Globe Newswire, 10/08/09) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss. EADS and Northrop are also teamed up in the
competition to build aerial tankers for the Air Force. If they win, the planes would be
assembled in Mobile, Ala.

Fire Scout goes on first deployment
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - The MQ-8B Fire Scout made naval aviation history when the fleet
deployed the rotary wing unmanned aircraft system aboard the USS McInerney this week.
Fleet introduction of the Fire Scout marks the first time a large, automated UAV has been
delivered for ship board operation by sailors. The Fire Scout departed with the 4th Fleet to
assist during a counter-narcotics trafficking deployment. It will provide situational awareness
as the fleet employs its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, said Capt.
Tim Dunigan, Fire Scout program manager. (Source: Naval Air Systems Command, 10/07/09)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Panama City airport selects name
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Bay County airport authority has voted to name the new
international airport now under construction at West Bay the Northwest Florida – Panama City
International Airport. It’s scheduled to open in May 2010. The authority solicited input from
community organizations, including the region’s Tourism Development Councils, Economic
Development Alliances, chambers and citizens. (Source: Business Wire, 10/07/09)

EADS, Army validate Lakota mobility
GULFPORT, Miss. - EADS North America and the U.S. Army successfully loaded four Army
UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters and one company-owned EC145 helicopter onto a U.
S. Air Force C-17, validating the transportability of the LUH. The demonstration was
performed at Gulfport, Miss., in preparation for a future delivery of four U.S. Army UH-72A
Lakotas to the Pacific theater for basing on the Kwajalein Atoll. The loading test confirmed
that five UH-72A helicopters can be accommodated in the C-17’s cargo bay with minimal
disassembly, and that the aircraft can rapidly be made mission-ready upon arrival with no
maintenance test flights required. The Lakotas are build in Columbus, Miss. (Source: EADS
NA, 10/05/09)

“Keel-laying” held for flight academy
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Flight Academy at Naval Air Station Pensacola hosted a
keel-laying ceremony Tuesday to celebrate construction on the 100,000-square-foot
educational facility. When completed in 2011, the academy will be a science camp for
students grades 7-12, and will use a naval-aviation-themed environment. Ground was broken
in June. The $26.5 million construction project includes a 100,000-square-foot academy and
55,000-square-foot addition to the National Naval Aviation Museum. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 10/06/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $17.5M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., of Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $17,471,784 contract to
provide 578 propulsion sections to be installed into AIM-120B air vehicles.  At this time, the
entire amount has been obligated.  695 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
Activity (Source: DoD, 10/06/09)

Student interest in engineering key to program
MOBILE, Ala. – In a bid to get more students interested in engineering, nine Mobile County
elementary and middle schools will get a $3.6 million grant from the National Science
Foundation for a program designed to do just that. U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner said it’s a pilot
program that will set the pace for educators across the nation. The program is Engaging
Youth in Engineering. Alabama needs at least 1,200 more engineers and about 24,000
technicians, said Bob Foley, assistant dean at the USA's College of Engineering. The state's
engineering colleges are only producing about 400 a year. “You can't bring Northrop
Grumman or EADS into Mobile without training workers,” Bonner said. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 10/06/09)

AirTran plans new non-stop flight
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Passengers can take a new non-stop AirTran Airways flight to
Baltimore-Washington International Airport starting Thursday, according to officials. The flight
from Louis Armstrong International Airport will depart daily at 5:04 p.m. every weekday but
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it doesn't operate. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune,
10/06/09)

Mobile wants to get Southwest
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Regional Airport and business leaders are launching a new push for
the Dallas-based discount carrier Southwest Airlines, which could include efforts to give public
money and free hotel rooms as enticements. The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is
sounding out business leaders on potential pledges, using an online survey set to end
Wednesday. The incentives would echo those offered by three Florida airports also seeking
the carrier: Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
10/06/09)

Contract: $51.9M
McDonnell Douglas Corp. of St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $51,900,000 contract to
provide Massive Ordnance Penetrator Integration on B-2 test aircraft. At this time
$32,150,000 has been obligated. 708 ARSG/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/02/09)

Sessions raises fairness issue in tanker rift
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., introduced legislation to block funding for the tanker program until
the Pentagon releases pricing data to Northrop Grumman from the first round of competition.
The Pentagon last week opened a rematch between Boeing and the Northrop/EADS team for
the contract. But Northrop says the new competition is unfair because the Air Force denied its
request to see details of Boeing's previous bid, although Boeing was allowed to see
Northrop's pricing data after the initial competition last year. Northrop/EADS plans to
assemble the tankers in Mobile if the team wins the next competition. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 10/02/09)

Fire Scout up for innovation award
The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, built in part in Moss Point, Miss., is in the running for an
innovation award from the C4ISR Journal. The awards honor outstanding innovations in
intelligence gathering and networking. Finalists were selected for five categories: sensors,
innovations, organizations, network systems and platforms. A “top five award” will be
presented to one winner from each category at a banquet later this month in Arlington, Va. In
addition to Fire Scout, the other products in the innovations category are QinetiQ’s solar-
electric powered Zephyr, Sierra Nevada’s sensor pod for tactical level ISR, the Naval Air
Systems Command’s digital close air support system and Raytheon’s ARTEMIS imaging
spectrometer. (Source: PRNewswire, 10/01/09)

Northrop wins KC-10 service award
Northrop Grumman beat rival Boeing for a $3.8 billion contract to maintain and service Air
Force KC-10 refueling tankers. Boeing’s current contract expires in January. It’s been
servicing the planes for more than a decade. Northrop and partner EADS are also competing
against Boeing to build tankers to the Air Force. (Source: Reuters, 10/01/09) Gulf Coast note:
If Northrop/EADS wins the tanker competition, planes would be assembled in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Tybrin, $6.2M
Tybrin Corp. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $6,191,927 contract which will
provide for non-personal advisory and assistance services to fully support aerospace
research, development, test and evaluation activities at the Air Force Flight Test Center. At
this time, no money has been obligated. AFFTC/PKTJ, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/09)

Tanks installed at new rocket stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Construction of the A-3 test stand at NASA’s John C.
Stennis Space Center is approaching another milestone with delivery and installation of 14
water, isopropyl alcohol and liquid oxygen tanks. Nine of the tanks already have been
installed, with the remaining five to arrive on-site in upcoming weeks. The A-3 stand will
provide high-altitude testing on the J-2X engine in development for the Constellation Program,
NASA’s bid to return humans to the moon and beyond. (Source: NASA, 10/01/09)

New F-35 wing leader feels privileged
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The new commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing said training
the first generation of F- 35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers is the “privilege of a
lifetime.” Col. David Hlatky said he’s eager and excited by the challenge. The wing, which for
years flew F-15s on air dominance missions, now falls under Air Education and Training
Command’s 19th Air Force. It’s the Department of Defense’s first joint strike fighter
organization. “We are building a magnificent joint strike fighter training campus that will house
Marines, sailors, airmen and at least eight coalition partners," Hlatky said. (Source: Eglin Air
Force Base, 10/01/09)

New EADS facility has grand opening
MOBILE, Ala. – EADS North America held a grand opening Thursday for a new maintenance,
repair and overhaul delivery center at the Mobile Regional Airport. The 30,000 square-foot
facility will provide North American operators of the C-212 and CN-235 tactical transports with
a certified FAA repair station as well as direct manufacturer support. The C-212 and CN-235
are used by a variety of military and civil operators, including the U.S. Coast Guard, which is
building a fleet of HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft based on the CN-235. The
new facility expands upon an already-existing EADS CASA North America facility that’s
provided training, spares and customer support since 2005. (Source: EADS NA, 10/01/09)

Teledyne trims schedule
MOBILE, Ala. - Teledyne Continental Motors workers face more unpaid down time in the
future. The entire 420-worker plant, which makes aircraft engines, will shut down next week
and most of the 160 salaried employees will work only four days a week for the remainder of
the year. Hourly employees will work a normal schedule, officials said. Holiday schedules are
also trimmed back. All this is being caused by a downturn of business. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 10/01/09)


SEPTEMBER 2009

Contract: Raytheon, $16M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $16,130,000 contract for 155mm
Excalibur Block 1A-1 projectiles. Six percent of the work will be performed in Niceville, Fla.
Other works sites are in Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico., California, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia,
Missouri, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with an estimated
completion date of Oct. 31, 2011. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Joint Munitions &
Lethality Contracting Center, CCJM-CA, Combat Ammo Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/30/09)

Contract: Kaman, $6.4M
Kaman Precision Products Inc of Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $6,448,592 contract which will
provide for joint programmable fuze systems. At this time, the entire amount has been
obligated.  679 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/30/09)

Contract: Cubic, $8.6M
Cubic Defense Application Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded an $8,581,782 contract which
will provide for 20 P5 combat training system pods, four display and debrief stations and two
control display units, as well as contractor logistical support to be placed at two locations in
Egypt. 675 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/30/09)

Contract: McDonnell, $17M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., of St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $17,000,000 contract which
will provide for miniature weapon demonstration research and development for a 5-year
ordering period. AFRL/RWK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/30/09)

AF welcomes T-1A
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Air Force officials with a new flight training group at Naval Air Station
Pensacola marked the arrival of their first jet at the base Wednesday. The T-1A Jayhawk,
given the ceremonial name “The Spirit of Pensacola,” is the first jet assigned to the Air Force
479th Flight Training Group, which is officially activating at NAS Pensacola Friday. Last year
construction began on the $45 million training facility for navigators and combat systems
officers at the base. The group will train about 360 students each year. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 09/30/09)

Eglin range tests B-1 tactics
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Members of the 53rd Wing tested the capabilities of B-1s
recently in an effort to better defend the aircraft and prove the strength of new software
systems. "The main purpose of our deployment out here is to conduct defensive threat
reaction test to basically validate our defensive tactics against threats," said Lt. Col. Jeff
Aldridge, 337th Test Evaluation Squadron commander. The squadron, located at Dyess AFB,
Texas, flew two B-1s to Eglin for a week and was able to complete extensive testing. Aldridge
said that normally they fly two missions a week but at Eglin they are flying every day. The B-1,
a long-range bomber, can track, target and engaging moving land vehicles. The tests
revealed more information about the aircraft's software. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
09/28/09)

National Guard to bid farewell to UH-1
GULFPORT, Miss. – A workhorse of the military will be given a ceremonial goodbye during an
event at the Army National Guard’s Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot in Gulfport
Saturday. The 9 a.m. event commemorates the UH-1 Iroquois "Huey," which retires from the
Army inventory this month. The event will also pay tribute to the pilots and crew chiefs from
Mississippi who flew the UH-1 during its tenure with the Army National Guard. The ceremony,
at the South end of the AVCRAD hangar, will include two UH-1s on static display and a “fly-in”
of a Huey. The AVCRAD is at the Trent Lott National Guard Training Center on the east side
of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. It does repair work on helicopters from a nine-state
region, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I. (Source: Tcp, 09/30/09)

Northrop says rival given unfair advantage
Grounds for a potential protest are already appearing even as the new contest for an aerial
refueling tanker gets underway. Northrop Grumman said it’s unfair that its rival, Boeing, had
access to its pricing information from the previous competition, yet Northrop has been denied
similar access to Boeing’s information. Said Paul Meyer, Northrop’s president and general
manager: “With predominant emphasis placed on price in this tanker re-competition and
Northrop Grumman again proposing its KC-45 refueling tanker, such competitive pricing
information takes on even greater importance. It is fundamentally unfair, and distorts any new
competition, to provide such critical information to only one of the bidders.” (Source: Northrop
Grumman, MarketWatch, Reuters, 09/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop and partner EADS
plan to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., if the team wins the competition.

Contract: L-3, $47.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $47,447,684
modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for total aircraft
maintenance and logistics life cycle support for 54 Navy and 11 Marine Corps C-12 aircraft.
Work will be performed at a variety of naval air stations inside and outside the United States,
including in this region Naval Air Station New Orleans, and is expected to be completed in
June 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/28/09)

Contract: L-3, $17.8M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $17,766,702
modification to a previously awarded contract  to provide for additional logistics services and
materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance of 14 T39N and 6 T-
39G aircraft located at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. This modification provides for
aircraft intermediate maintenance services in support of Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft
and transient aircraft at NAS Pensacola and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. The work, 99
percent, will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed in March 2010. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/28/09)

Contract: L-3, $6.9M
L-3 Vertex Aerospace of Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $6,960,600 aircraft lease service
contract for four helicopters for pilot training in support of U. S. Special Operations
Command's Air Force Special Operations Command. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field,
Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2010. (Source: DoD, 09/28/09)

Contract: Sikorsky, $133.5M
Sikorsky Support Services Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $133,542,526
modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for maintenance and
logistics services in support of 374 T-34, T-44, and T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed at the
NAS Corpus Christi, Texas,; NAS Whiting Field, Fla.,; NAS Pensacola, Fla.,; NAS Oceana,
Va.,; NAS Lemoore, Calif.,; Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.,; Fort Rucker, Ala.,;
Naval Air Facility, El Centro, Calif.,; Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River,
Md.,; Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, N.C.,; National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,; NASA Cleveland, Ohio,; and Fort Eustis, Va.,
and is expected to be completed in September 2010.  The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/09)

Contract: L-3, $112.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$112,650,548 modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for logistics
services and materials for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance required
to support 49 T-45A and 151 T-45C aircraft based at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss.; NAS
Kingsville, Texas; and NAS Pensacola, Fla. This requirement also includes the organizational
level maintenance for the engine. Work is expected to be completed in September 2010.  The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/25/09)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $90.7M
Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $90,674,394
modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for intermediate and depot
level maintenance and related support for in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work
will be performed at the Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas; NAS Meridian, Miss.; NAS
Pensacola, Fla.; and NAS Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in September
2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/25/09)

Contract: Jacobs, $18.1M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded $18,134,187 under a
previously awarded contract. The scope of this effort is to provide support of the transition
from the NMCI environment to the next generation USMC IT environment. Work will be
performed in Quantico, Va., and work is expected to be completed in September 2010. The
Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/25/09)

Contract: BAE Systems, $5.9M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a
$5,881,774 modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise option year three for
ammunition handling and management services for Navy Munitions Command, East Asia
Division Detachment Pearl Harbor. Work will be performed in Hawaii, and is expected to be
completed by September 2010.  The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/25/09)

Avalex sets sights on UK
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Avalex Technologies is moving into the United Kingdom’s law
enforcement market. The company is teaming with the United Kingdom’s Police Aviation
Services. Currently, Avalex and PAS, which provides aviation support to various UK police
forces, are working together to provide displays and digital video recorders to the Dorset,
England, police department and other UK law enforcement agencies. (Source: Avalex,
09/22/09)

Contract: InDyne, $14M
InDyne Incorp., of Reston, Va., was awarded a $14,095,664 contract which will provide Eglin
Test and Training Complex range operations and maintenance of test and training areas and
technical facilities to include test and training mission support, engineering support for range
system design/modification/range configuration and range support services to accomplish
authorized range activities. AAC/PKET, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/24/09)

Contract: Del-Jen, $23.1M
Del-Jen, Inc., Gardena, Calif., is being awarded $23,127,300 modification under a previously
awarded contract to exercise the second option period for base operations support services
at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and surrounding areas (Saufley Field, Corry Station, and
Bronson Field). The current total contract amount after exercise of this option will be
$69,728,751. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed Sept. 30,
2010.  The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/09)

Contract: L-3, $44.5M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $44,489,426
modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for logistics support for
126 TH-57B/TH-57C aircraft. The work, 99 percent, will be performed at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. and is expected to be completed in September 2010. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/24/09)

Pentagon launches tanker competition
The Pentagon is relaunching a competition for the $35 billion fleet of aerial tankers. Boeing is
vying for the contract against a team made up of Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent
EADS. The contract for 179 plans is the first of three acquisition stages. Lawmakers will be
briefed on the draft request for proposal at 11 a.m. Thursday, and reporters will be briefed at
4 p.m. It will be made public Friday. (Sources: Reuters via New York Times, Mobile Press-
Register, 09/24/09) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop/EADS team wants to assemble the planes
in Mobile, Ala.

Tanker guidelines to be released this week
The Air Force is expected to release its requirements for the aerial refueling tankers this
week. Some news reports are saying it will be Friday, some say Thursday. The team of
Northrop Grumman and EADS, parent of Airbus, won the $40 million contract in February
2008, but a Boeing protest was upheld on grounds the selection process was flawed. Boeing
wants to build the tankers in Washington and Kansas, and Northrop/EADS want to assemble
them in Mobile, Ala. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said last week that he expects the
contract to be awarded in 2010. (Source: Multiple, 09/23/09)

NASA targets date for Ares I-X flight test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is targeting Oct. 27 for the flight test of the Ares I-X rocket.
Senior managers made the decision after a meeting Monday at NASA Headquarters in
Washington. There is another launch opportunity on Oct. 28. The date will be finalized at a
Flight Test Readiness Review scheduled for Oct. 23 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. The launch will provide NASA with an opportunity to test and prove hardware,
facilities and ground operations, while gathering critical data for the Ares I rocket and future
launch vehicles. (Source: NASA, 09/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are both involved in the NASA’s space program.

Airport to seek privatization bids
NEW ORLEANS - Local officials intend to find out whether investors are interested in making
Louis Armstrong International Airport the nation's first privately operated airport. The Federal
Aviation Administration this month accepted the local airport's preliminary application to
participate in a pilot privatization program that the FAA authorized for U.S. airports in 1997.
Airport officials now can begin a bidding process. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune,
09/23/09)

Surgical training accredited for joint training
BILOXI, Miss. – Keesler Air Force Base’s 81st Medical Group has received full accreditation
as a joint training platform. The program was evaluated by the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education in April and can proceed with training four general surgeons
each year for five years of general surgery residency. The surgical residency was closed
after Katrina in 2005, re-established in 2007 and restructured in 2008 to include integration
with the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., 96th Medical Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
and the Biloxi Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (Source: Sun Herald, 09/20/09)

LM satellite operating successfully
A next-generation satellite designed and built by Lockheed Martin is performing as required
following its successful launch from Cape Canaveral earlier this month. The program,
designated PAN, consists of a turnkey commercial-based satellite, ground and launch system
developed to meet the U.S. government's future needs. The satellite is based on Lockheed
Martin's A2100 spacecraft series. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 09/22/09) Gulf Coast note:
Some of the work on the satellite was done at Lockheed Martin Space and Technology
Center, Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Harkin, $7.5M
Harkins Development Corp., Sanford, Fla., was awarded a $7,460,948 contract for the
design/build of a concrete block facility at Hurlburt Field, Fla., with an estimated completion
date of June 3, 2011. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile, Regional Contracting Center,
Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/17/09)

Contract: Hanco, $8.1M
Hanco Corp., Hattiesburg, Miss., was awarded an $8,174,000 contract for construction of a
barracks, warehouse, and houses. Work is to be performed at Camp Shelby, Miss., with an
estimated completion date of March 2011. U.S. National Guard Bureau, United States
Property & Fiscal Office, Jackson, Miss., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/09)

Contract: Greenhut, $10.6M
Greenhut Construction Co. Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $10,598,586 contract for
the design, repair and modernization of Administrative Building 1500 at Naval Air Station
Pensacola. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed by April
2011. Funds are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/09)

New non-stop announced
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A major airline serving Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport has
announced new nonstop service to two cities. American Airlines said it will offer two nonstop
daily flights to Miami on its American Eagle regional jet service by the end of this year. In
August, US Airways announced nonstop service between Pensacola and Washington, D.C.'s
Reagan National early next year. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/18/09)

Criteria released for basing JSF
Air Force officials released the criteria to determine where F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be
based. Airspace, flight training ranges, weather, support facilities, runways, taxi ramps,
environmental concerns and cost are factors. More than 200 sites will be evaluated. Other
factors, including maintenance and logistics and integration with the Air National Guard and
Reserve, will also be considered. The result will be two candidate basing lists, one for
operations and the other for training for the 250 to 300 aircraft scheduled for delivery through
2017. The lists will be announced in the spring of 2010. (Source: AFNS, 09/17/09) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base is the home of the F-35 training center.

Northrop’s Sugar sets retirement
LOS ANGELES – Ronald D. Sugar, chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman since 2003, has
announced he'll retire in June 2010. Sugar will step down from his chairman and CEO
positions and the company's board of directors at the end of the year. He’ll continue as an
employee officer advising the company until his retirement date. Wesley G. Bush, president
and chief operating officer, will become CEO and president Jan. 1, 2010. Bush was also
elected to the Northrop Grumman board of directors, effective immediately. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 09/16/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman has a number of operations in the
Gulf Coast region.

AF to take lead in tanker award
The Air Force will be in charge of awarding a $40 billion contract for aerial tankers, according
to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The authority had been removed earlier when two
previous attempts to award a contract were botched. Boeing and the Northrop
Grumman/EADS team are competing for the contract. (Source: New York Times, 09/16/09)
Gulf Coast note: EADS plans to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., if it wins.

Contract: Rehabilitation Svc., $19.5M
Rehabilitation Services of Madison, Miss., was awarded a $19,547,353 contract to provide a
full food service contract at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. At this time $11,581,103 has been
obligated. 81 CONS, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/15/09)

Contract: BAE Systems, $39.6M
BAE Systems Technical Services of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $39,553,260
contract to manage, operate, maintain, and logistically support the solid state phased array
radar system at Beale, Air Force Base, Calif., Thule Air Base, Greenland, Clear Air Force
Station, Alaska, and Royal Air Force Flyingdales, United Kingdom. 21 CONS/LGCZG,
Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/15/09)

Survey: A&D workplace woes continue
Expected increases in retirement rates of existing workers and increases in attrition of
younger workers, along with weak demand for future contracts, has aerospace and defense
companies facing the most challenging business environment in recent history, according to a
new workforce survey by Aviation Week and sponsored by Hitachi Consulting. (Source:
Business Wire, 09/15/09)

Eglin’s 308th gets director
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 308th Armament Systems Wing appointed a new
director, Randy Brown, during a ceremony last week. The wing is transitioning to a directorate
as part of the realignment plan. The 308th ARSW is a joint Air Force and Navy organization
responsible for management of air dominance weapon system programs. (Source: Eglin Air
Force Base, 09/15/09)

WTO ruling won’t play role in tanker
WASHINGTON – The Air Force sees no need to add language about the World Trade
Organization ruling over subsidies to the request for proposal in the multibillion-dollar tanker
project. In a case brought by the U.S., the WTO ruled subsidies from European governments
to EADS’ Airbus were illegal, andBoeing supporters want that considered when awarding the
tanker project. Reuters reports that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley called the WTO ruling
preliminary, and noted that another case brought by the European Union is pending. Boeing
and the EADS/Northrop Grumman team are competing to build tankers. (Source: Reuters,
09/14/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS wants to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala.

Boeing talks tanker at AF expo
WASHINGTON - Boeing unveiled additional details of the company's potential offering in the
Air Force aerial tanker competition. In a briefing Monday at the Air Force Association's 2009
Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Rick Lemaster, Boeing KC-X director
and program manager, said Boeing is prepared to offer either the 767 or larger 777. The
company also launched a new Web site for information on the KC-7A7. (Source: Boeing,
09/14/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing is competing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team to
build the tankers. EADS wants to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Eglin gets plaque as historic site
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A bronze plaque was mounted on a granite pedestal and
placed in front of the Air Armament Museum last week to commemorate Eglin Air Force Base
as a historic aerospace site. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named
Eglin as one of four sites to receive the honor for 2009. The other sites: NASA Ames
Research Center; North American/Rockwell Downey Industrial site; Igor Sikorsky Airport and
Vought-Sikorsky plant; and Honeysuckle Creek/Tidbinbilla/Orroral Valley Tracking Station in
Australia. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 09/14/09)

Alabama gov rides Airbus tanker
Alabama Gov. Bob Riley flew over Spain for an hour Friday in an aerial tanker built by EADS
company Airbus. Riley also toured EADS aircraft-assembly bays in Madrid. Riley, Neal Wade,
director of the Alabama Development Office, and a security officer spent Wednesday and
Thursday in Germany before going to Spain. They’ll return to Alabama Sunday. EADS plans
to build a tanker assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., if it wins the competition against Boeing.
(Source: Birmingham News, 09/12/09)

Contract: BAE Systems, $7.4M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded
a $7,382,503 modification under previously awarded contract to exercise option two for
operation and maintenance support for facilities operating under Naval Computer &
Telecommunications Area Master Station Hawaii. Work will be performed in Hawaii, and work
is to be completed by September 2011. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/09)

Ares first stage motor tested
PROMONTORY, Utah – NASA and ATK conducted the first test of the Ares I first stage five-
segment development solid rocket motor Thursday. The solid rocket booster is planned for
NASA's Ares I and Ares V rockets. The Ares I is a crew launch vehicle in development for
NASA's Constellation Program. ATK is the prime contractor for the Ares I first stage. (Source:
NASA, 09/10/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, and Stennis
Space Center, Miss., are key NASA facilities on the Gulf Coast.

2nd AF gets new commander
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog has assumed command of
the 2nd Air Force from Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. The 2nd Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base
is the Air Education and Training Command organization that oversees technical and combat
training for 250,000 students annually. The change of command ceremony was Wednesday.
(Source: Keesler, 09/09/09)

Contract: Defense Support Services, $86.4M
Defense Support Services LLC of Mount Laurel, N.J., was awarded an $86.4 million contract
for acquisition of aircraft maintenance support services for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. At this
time, $16.9 million has been obligated. AETC CONS/LGCK, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/09/09)

EADS suggests settling with Boeing
PARIS – EADS chief Louis Gallois says Airbus did nothing wrong in a trade dispute with the U.
S. over subsidies, and called for a negotiated settlement with Boeing. In an interview
published Wednesday in La Tribune, a French business daily, Gallois defended the system of
government launch aid, calling it more transparent than "opaque subsidies" he said Boeing
receives. The World Trade Organization ruled last week that Airbus, owned by EADS,
received illegal subsidies. (Source: The Associated Press, 09/09/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing
is competing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS to build Air Force tankers. EADS wants to
assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Jacobs gets $98M Eglin option
PASADENA, Calif. - Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. received the third of four one-year options
on a contract for the U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and
other locations. The option year, which begins October 1, has a potential value of $98.1
million. Jacobs provides technical and engineering acquisition support for weapons systems
development and testing for the AAC. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/08/09)

Panel wants NASA to reset goals
A panel recommends NASA shelve the idea of rapidly returning to the moon and instead
focus on nurturing a robust commercial space industry that can handle short-term objectives.
The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee was convened by the Obama
administration to assess NASA’s goals. The White House received the findings Tuesday,
which stop short of explicitly rejecting the goal of launching a mission back to the moon.
(Source: Wall Street Journal, 09/09/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are key NASA centers on the Gulf Coast.

F-15s depart from Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 33rd Fighter Wing ended a 30-year history at Eglin Air
Force Base when the wing’s last three F-15s left the base Tuesday for Arizona. The wing that
was once the home of 54 F-15s soon will host the Joint Strike Fighter Training School. The
official transition is Oct. 1. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/08/09)

Ares I motor test scheduled
NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. have rescheduled the test of the new first-stage solid
rocket motor for the Ares I rocket. The static firing of the five-segment solid motor, designated
development motor -1, is scheduled for Thursday at the ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah.
The first firing attempt on Aug. 27 was scrubbed because of an anomaly with the ground test
controller. (Source: NASA, 09/04/09)

QinetiQ subsidiary honored
FAIRFAX, Va. - A QinetiQ North America subsidiary, Analex Corp., has been honored as large
business prime contractor of 2009 by NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The award recognizes
outstanding engineering and technical management services to NASA on the Expendable
Launch Vehicle Integrated Support (ELVIS) contract to the NASA Launch Services Program
(LSP). (Source: PRNewswire, 09/08/09) Gulf Coast note: QinetiQ has an operation in Long
Beach, Miss.

Sides reviewing WTO ruling
The World Trade Organization today issued a confidential ruling about Airbus subsidies, and
both sides are now reviewing the 1,000-page document. One news organization, the Wall
Street Journal, is reporting that the panel ruled the subsidies by European governments were
illegal. The U.S. filed a complaint in 2004, citing the aid as unfair to U.S.-based Boeing. A
parallel complaint alleging illegal government subsidies have been given to Boeing is also
before the WTO. (Source: Dow Jones, 09/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing is competing
against Airbus parent, EADS, to build tankers for the U.S. Air Force. EADS and partner
Northrop Grumman want to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala.

UAV sense-and-avoid system planned
Northrop Grumman is developing a common autonomous airborne sense-and-avoid system
for both the Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk and the Navy RQ-4N Broad Area Maritime
Surveillance derivative. The services were pursuing separate solutions for operating the
aircraft in national airspace, but the Navy announced its intention to award Northrop
Grumman a sole-source contract to develop a common system. (Source: Aviation Week,
09/03/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Orion passes design milestone
HOUSTON - NASA has taken another step toward building the next crew exploration vehicle
by completing the Orion Project's preliminary design review. Orion is being designed to carry
astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations as part of the
Constellation Program. The preliminary design review is one of a series of checkpoints that
occurs in the design life cycle before hardware manufacturing can begin. (Source: NASA,
09/01/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space
Center, Miss., are both involved in the Constellation Program.

Stennis holds industry day
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Industry Day will be held Wednesday at NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center to inform contractors and small businesses about upcoming contracting
opportunities. The event is hosted by the Office of Procurement. (Source: NASA, 09/01/09)

Gates gives strong support to F-35
FORT WORTH, Texas – Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited the Lockheed Martin F-35
factory Monday, saying the importance of the aircraft can’t be overstated. He held up the Joint
Strike Fighter as an example of new, innovative and more cost-effective ways to meet the
country's current and future defense needs. It’s being developed to meet the needs of three
services. The $300 billion program is a partnership of the U.S. and allied nations. Gates said
he’s particularly excited that the F-35 appears to be on schedule to equip the first training
squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., by 2011. (Source: American Forces Press Service,
09/01/09)

Augustine panel report delayed
The independent Augustine Commission will release its report on the future of U.S. manned
spaceflight in mid-September. It had been expected to release the report Monday. The 10-
member panel plans to send a draft of its executive summary to NASA and the White House
this week. The panel is headed by retired Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine. (Sources:
Huntsville Times, Orlando Sentinel, 09/01/09)


AUGUST 2009

Contract: InDyne, $168.1M
InDyne, Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded a $168,100,565 contract for Eglin Test and Training
Complex Range operation and maintenance. It includes mission and engineering support of
range system design/modification/configuration and range support service. Air Armament
Center (AAC/PKE), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/31/09)

Contract: DTS, $43.6M
DTS Aviation Services Inc., Forth Worth, Texas, was awarded a $43,556,472 contract for
maintenance of T-38C, T-6, and T-1A aircraft at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. 14 CPTS-
CONS/LGC, Columbus AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/09)

Contract: Tybrin, $37.4M
Tybrin Corp., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $37,382,944 contract for software
engineering support of guided weapons systems evaluations, simulations, and other services
supporting research and development for the principals and customers of the Air Armament
Center. AAC/PKET, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/31/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a
$7,250,000 contract to provide for software and hardware updates as required for the F-16
avionics test station located at the 46TH Test Squadron's Data Links Test Facility at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. Air Armament Center (AAC/PKE), Eglin, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/31/09)

WTO ruling expected this week
The World Trade Organization is expected release a ruling this week on aircraft subsidies that
could light a political fire under the multibillion dollar Air Force aerial tanker contract. The U.S.
accuses European Union countries of providing illegal subsidies to Airbus, and the European
Union in turn claims Boeing receives subsidies and tax breaks from Washington state plus
non-repayable benefits from military and space contracts. (Source: The Hill, 08/31/09)

Three cities hope to snag Southwest
Three Panhandle cities, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, are competing to
land low-cost, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. Panama City hopes to get the service at a
new airport it plans to open in 2010, while Fort Walton Beach would like to have Southwest to
make up for losing AirTran to Pensacola nine years ago. For Pensacola, landing the carrier
would coincide with a $78 million expansion. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/30/09)

Contract: Atlantic Electric, $14.9M
Atlantic Electric, LLC, N. Charleston, S.C., is being awarded a $14,909,128 firm-fixed-price
contract for construction to repair and replace airfield lighting at Naval Air Station Joint
Reserve Base New Orleans. The work provides for the demolition and replacement of a range
of runway lights, and repaving shoulders of runways and taxiways. Work will be performed in
New Orleans, La., and is expected to be completed by April 2011. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/28/09)

Contract: Anderson Drace, $14.5M
Anderson Drace Joint Venture, Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded a $14,453,279 construction
contract for construction of a dormitory at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work will be
performed in Biloxi, Miss., and is expected to be completed by June 2011. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/28/09)

Contract: Northrop, $13.4M
Northrop Grumman, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $13,423,877 modified contract for
Global Hawk engineering, manufacturing and development activities to develop replacement
of the current engine turbine with its commercial variant. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/28/09)

Web site planned to lure F-35s to Tyndall
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County supporters of Tyndall Air Force Base plan a new Web site
that promotes the base’s capabilities in a bid to get new F-35s and other missions at the
base. At the request of the Bay Defense Alliance, Applied Research Associates is donating its
services to develop the site. Eglin is the initial home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training
Center, but other bases are also looking to get F-35s that are not currently scheduled for
Eglin. (Source: Panama City Herald, 08/27/09)

Replacement trainer at Whiting
WHITING FIELD, Fla. – The first two of new T-6B Texan II training aircraft that will replace the
T-34C Turbo Mentor arrived at Naval Air Station Whiting Field Thursday. The T-34s have
been used at Whiting since 1978, but the T-6 is bigger, stronger and has a digital cockpit –
more in keeping with the advanced aircraft used by the nation’s military today. The T-34 will
be phased out as 156 T-6s are brought in to Whiting. Students will begin using the new
planes in April and all aircraft will arrive by 2015. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-
TV, Santa Rosa Press Gazette, 08/27/09)

Ares I test delayed
The test firing of the Ares I solid rocket motor was canceled Thursday just 20 seconds before
the test at contractor ATK’s facility in Utah. A broken valve of an auxiliar power unit appears to
have been at fault. Ares I, part of NASA’s Constellation Program, faces an uncertain future. A
commission named to review the manned space program is supposed to present its findings
on Aug. 31, but has already indicated NASA does not have ample funding to return
astronauts to the moon by 2020. (Sources: Multiple, 08/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are both involved
in the Constellation Program.

Second tanker has successful “power on”
The second A330 tanker transport aircraft for Australia has completed its mission equipment
outfitting with a successful “power on” and is being readied for pre-delivery flight testing. The
aircraft underwent conversion to military configuration in Australia, and the power on verifies
successful operation of more than 400 installed wiring harnesses that go into the plane as
part of its military modifications. The aircraft is the same basic configurate as the KC-45
Northrop Grumman and EADS are offering to the United States for its tanker. (Source: EADS,
08/26/09)

Boeing to seek permit for 787 line
Boeing says it is ready to take the first steps to make it easier to build a second 787 final
assembly line in North Charleston, S.C., should it chose to do so. The former Vought plant
already makes part of the airplane's fuselage. The company said no decision has been made,
and that Boeing simply intends to take the procedural step of filing the necessary permits.
(Source: Aviation Week, 08/26/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing and Northrop Grumman are
competing to build aerial tankers for the Air Force. Northrop and partner EADS hope to
assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., and Boeing plans to build them in Washington state.

Alternative field for F-35 discussed
NAVARRE, Fla. – Eglin Air Force Base officials hosted a meeting Tuesday to discuss an
alternative that would use Eglin's Choctaw Field in south Santa Rosa County for the Joint
Strike Fighter training mission. The meeting introduced three alternatives being considered in
the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the bed-down of the F-35 Joint Strike
Training Center. The Air Force is looking at alternative runways because of noise complaints
from residents of the city of Valparaiso. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/25/09)

Keesler to dedicate facility
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing will dedicate
the Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Friday. The
140,000 square-foot complex was built in honor of retired Roberts, who flew with the
Tuskegee Airmen and made Biloxi his home until his death in 2004. The two-story, $22.6
million facility will be used to maintain the new C-130J six bladed composite propeller, and
many other significant aircraft maintenance capabilities. (Source: Keesler Air Force Base,
08/24/09)

Eglin hospital tower named for doctor
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Eglin hospital’s inpatient tower was named for Col.
Adanto D’Amore in a ceremony Monday. D’Amore served as the 96th Medical Group
commander from the hospital’s inception to its completion. He died April 28 after more than 70
years of active medical practice. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/24/09)

Stennis A-2 goes on “standby” status
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The A-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center is being
deactivated and placed on “standby” status now that the last space shuttle main engine test
has been done. Engine No. 0525 was tested July 29, and the shuttle program is set to end in
2010. The new A-3 test stand is still being built and will be used for high-altitude testing of the
J-2X engine that will be used in Ares I and Ares V rockets. Activation on the A-3 stand is
scheduled to begin in early 2011. (Source: NASA, 08/20/09)

Aviation park holds certification event
MOSS POINT, Miss. – The Jackson County Aviation Technology Park was designated as
“shovel-ready” during a certification ceremony today. The designation means all the work to
prepare a site for construction has already been done by the time a potential tenant comes
calling. The 300-acre park already has one tenant, the Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center, which builds portions of the Global Hawk and Fire Scout. (Source: Tcp,
08/20/09)

Stennis engineers part of leadership class
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Two Stennis Space Center engineers were among the
inaugural class of graduates from NASA's Systems Engineering Leadership Development
Program. Dawn Davis of New Orleans and Bryon Maynard of Lacombe, La., were among 15
program participants recognized during a leadership workshop and graduation ceremony at
NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Both are completing development assignments
related to NASA's Constellation Program, the agency's plan to return Americans to the moon
and possibly beyond. (Source: NASA, 08/17/09)

Add another to split buy backers
Add John Lehman to the list of defense experts who see buying tankers from both Boeing and
Northrop Grumman as a solution to the Air Force's dilemma over replacing refueling tankers.
Lehman, an investment banker and former Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan,
has long been an advocate of "competitive acquisition" in government contracting. It's good
business, he told the Mobile Press-Register. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/19/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $21M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $20,975,816 contract for the
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile system improvement program. 696 ARSS, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/09)

Contract: McDonnell, $12.5M
McDonnell Douglass Corp., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $12,500,000 contract with
performance incentives to provide for three Massive Ordnance Penetrator separation test
vehicles, associated aircraft and handling equipment and technical support for one single and
one dual release separation and de-conflict test on the B-52 aircraft. AAC/708 ARSG PK,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/09)

Contract: BTS, $13.4M
Business Technology and Solutions, Beavercreek, Ohio, was awarded a $13,377,733.89
contract for the technical and acquisition management support program that provides a wide
range of non-engineering, technical and acquisition management support required in the
acquisition, development, production, and support of various equipment and weapon systems
within the Air Armament Center and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
AAC/PKES, Eglin, is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 08/18/09)

Contract: Colsa, $10.8M
Colsa Corp., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $10,838,796.97 contract for the technical and
acquisition management support program that provides for a wide range of non-engineering,
technical and acquisition management support required in the acquisition, development,
production, and support of various equipment and weapon systems within the Air Armament
Center and other organizations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. AAC/PKES, Eglin, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/09)

Lockheed to trim space jobs
Lockheed Martin plans to cut about 800 jobs at its space systems division by the end of the
year due to anticipated flat space program budgets. The company will offer a voluntary
buyout plan this month to space systems employees. The cuts will include technical,
managerial and administrative positions at facilities in Denver and Sunnyvale, Calif. (Source:
Washington Post, 08/18/09) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin has a space and technology
operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: McDonnell, $98M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $98,000,000 contract to provide
integration and production of the laser joint direct attack munitions system on various Foreign
Military Sales aircraft platforms throughout the life of the contract. 680 ARSSG/PK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/17/09)

F-35 does aerial refueling test
A short takeoff/vertical landing variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter
has become the first F-35 to complete an aerial refueling test using the Navy- and Marine
Corps-style probe-and-drogue refueling system. It’s the first in a series of tests that will clear
the STOVL F-35B variant for extended-range flights, particularly to its primary test site at
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 08/14/09) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be the home of the F-35 training center.

New op for Navy enlisted – Fire Scout pilot
When the Navy opens a preliminary training pipeline for the unmanned Fire Scout helicopter,
enlisted sailors will be at the controls. The Navy will begin with a senior chief aviation
electronics technician and an air traffic controller fresh out of “A” school. The Navy plans to
scrutinize their performance and consider whether to open the door for more sailors to join
the field. Starting in October, the sailors will undergo the same Fire Scout training provided
earlier to a cadre of rated helicopter pilots. By early next year, they will join a detachment from
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 on a counter-drug deployment to South
America on the frigate USS McInerney. (Source: Navy Times, 08/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire
Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Pensacola expects nonstop DC service
PENSACOLA, Fla. – US Airways said Friday it will begin nonstop service to Reagan National
Airport in Washington, D.C. early next year from Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport. The
proposed new service is the result of a US Airways deal with Delta to swap slots at New York's
LaGuardia Airport and Reagan National, airport spokeswoman Belinda Zephir said. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 08/15/09)

Training command gets new leader
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rear Adm. Joseph F. Kilkenny has taken over from Rear Adm. Gary R.
Jones as commander of the Naval Education and Training Command. The change of
command was Thursday at the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station
Pensacola. The training command, headquartered in Pensacola, is the largest in the Navy.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/14/09)

AF gets new surgeon general
The new Air Force surgeon general has ties to the Gulf Coast. Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Charles B.
Green became the Air Force's 20th surgeon general during a ceremony at the Pentagon this
week. He replaced Lt. Gen. (Dr.) James G. Roudebush, who retired. Green completed
residency training in family practice in 1981 at Eglin Regional Hospital at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. (Source: AFNS, 08/12/09)

Contract: Jacobs, $98.1M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tenn., was awarded a $98,143,337 indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide technical, engineering and acquisition support
program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and various other tenant organizations. AAC/PKES,
Eglin AFB is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/13/09)

Contract: Utilis, $6.2M
Utilis USA, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded $6,213,975 under a previously
awarded contract for general purpose medium shelters. Work will be performed in Fort Walton
Beach; Celina, Ohio; and Destin, Fla. and is expected to be completed in February 2010.
Marine Corps Systems Command (M67854), Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/13/09)

Mobile gets new air service
MOBILE, Ala. – A new charter air service is now available in Mobile. Springdale Travel and
Charter Services launched their “Mobile Direct” with a demonstration flight from Mobile
Regional Airport to Birmingham. They use an eight-seat Cessna Citation jet that will serve
airports within 1,500 miles of Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/12/09)

Seattle wonders as Boeing eyes South
SEATTLE - The possibility of a second Boeing assembly site for the 787 outside Washington
has spread concern in the state's aerospace industry. Boeing is looking at sites in
Washington and South Carolina to house a new final assembly plant for its 787 because the
aircraft is two years behind schedule. Industry observers say the company is also looking at
sites in Texas and elsewhere in the South. (Source: Wall Street Journal, 08/11/09)

Fire Scout featured on computer game
SAN DIEGO – Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter is featured in the latest
version of the U.S. Army's America's Army 3 computer game. America's Army 3 includes Fire
Scout as part of an introduction to the game's Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration.
America's Army is one of the most popular computer game franchises. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 08/11/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Fire Scout completes flight tests
SAN DIEGO - The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter recently completed flight tests aboard the
USS McInerney, part of a series of evaluations leading to operational evaluation this fall. The
tests took place last month off the coast of Mayport, Fla., and the total number of shipboard
landings was pushed to 88 under a variety of conditions. The Fire Scout is slated to deploy
aboard McInerney during its next counter-narcotics trafficking deployment later this year.
(Source: Northrop via Globe Newswire, 08/10/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part
in Moss Point, Miss.

Orion to visit Pensacola, Stennis
A full scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle will be moved from Florida to
Texas to continue its testing. But on the way it will make several stops so the public can see
the Constellation Program vehicle. After a stop in Tallahassee Monday, the mockup will be at
Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., then at John C. Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It goes on to Jackson,
Miss., Thursday and arrives at Houston Friday. The mockup is used to study the environment
for astronauts and recovery crews after an Orion ocean splashdown. (Source: NASA,
08/07/09)

Hurricane Hunters in Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Five Air Force Reserve WC-130Js from Mississippi arrived at Hickam Air
Force Base Friday to track Hurricane Felicia. The planes are with the 53rd Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, and are known as
Hurricane Hunters. The planes fly into the eye of a hurricane to make critical measurements
about the storm. (Source: AP via Sun Herald, 08/08/09)

Avalex sees growth in ground vehicle biz
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Avalex Technologies, known for aircraft display systems, is getting more
involved in supplying displays and digital recorders for military ground vehicles. Company
officials, who say 92 percent of their work is in aerospace, see continued growth in the military
ground vehicle market. It’s projected to reach 25 percent of Avalex’s gross sales. The
company plans to attend the Aug. 10-12 Military Vehicles Exhibition & Conference in Detroit.
Avalex has products for land, air and sea vehicles. (Source: Avalex, 08/06/09)

Global Hawk marks milestone
SAN DIEGO - Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system recently
reached the milestone of 25,000 combat hours during a sortie in July from a deployed
location. It was first flown in 1998 and has logged 1,229 missions, many of them non-combat.
It can reach more than 60,000 feet in altitude for more than 32 hours. (Source: Northrop
Grumman via Globe Newswire, 08/05/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk central fuselage work
is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Singapore Technologies 2Q report
Singapore Technologies Engineering reported its profit fell 9 percent for the second quarter
of 2009 to $75.91 million from the second quarter 2008. It is the parent company of ST Mobile
Aerospace Engineering, which has about 1,200 workers at Brookley Field Industrial Complex
in Mobile, Ala., and VT Halter Marine, which has 1,500 employees at shipyards in Pascagoula,
Moss Point and Escatawpa, Miss. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 08/05/09)

AF focuses on info protection
Cyber attacks on government systems have gotten the attention of the Defense Department.
In a recent directive memorandum, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz wrote that
the ability to protect information is essential to the success of the Air Force mission and
warrants special attention. The Information Protection directorate, established in 2007, hosted
a workshop at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in June to exchange ideas about guarding
information. Attending were more than 130 IP team members from major commands and
installations. The workshop's objective was for attendees to return to their duty locations with
the same knowledge base to impart to their colleagues. (Source: AFNS, 08/03/09)

Pentagon eyes bunker buster speedup
Reuters reports that the Pentagon wants to speed deployment of its 30,000-pound "bunker-
buster" bomb to place on radar-evading Northrop Grumman B-2s soon as July 2010. The non-
nuclear Massive Ordnance Penetrator, still being tested, is designed to destroy deeply buried
bunkers beyond the reach of existing bombs. The 20-foot long bomb built by Boeing is a third
heavier than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Burst Bomb, which was tested twice at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., in 2003. The MOP program is handled by Eglin. (Source: Reuters,
08/02/09)

Race for 2nd F-35 training heats up
The Arizona Republic is reporting that the Air Force is re-evaluating secondary bases that will
be used for F-35 training, adding more criteria. All bases are again in the running. The paper
says the Air Force secretary and the Air Force chief of staff have asked that additional
factors, such as housing, medical access and child care, be considered. Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the primary training site, and Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Mountain Home Air
Force Base in Idaho were top runners for the secondary location. (Source: Arizona Republic,
08/01/09) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., has been lobbying to become a site
for the F-35s.

Euro Hawk structural assembly complete
SAN DIEGO - Northrop Grumman has finished assembling the first Euro Hawk unmanned
aircraft system for the German Ministry of Defence. The Euro Hawk, a derivative of the Block
20 Global Hawk, will serve as the German Air Force's high-altitude, long-endurance signals
intelligence system. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 07/31/09) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage
work for Global Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss.


JULY 2009

Ex-officer guilty in scheme
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A retired Air Force officer was convicted of destroying records and lying
to a grand jury in connection with contracts awarded by a research lab at Eglin Air Force
Base. Richard Schaller was accused of helping another retired Air Force officer who worked
at the Air Force Research Laboratory on Eglin steer contracts to Schaller's company.
(Source: AP, 07/31/09)

Aviation museum gets new exhibit
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Naval Aviation Museum this week got a new aircraft for
display – an SH-60B Seahawk that has been in continuous duty with the Navy since 1986. It
flew in Wednesday and was officially unveiled Thursday. The helicopter flew more than 8,700
hours. Missions included training, counter-submarine and counter-narcotics. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 07/31/09)

Boeing completes SC plant purchase
Boeing completed acquisition of the business and operations of Vought Aircraft Industries’
South Carolina facility, where a structure for the 787 Dreamliner is built. The purchase was
originally announced July 7. The plant in North Charleston will be called Boeing Charleston,
which will be managed by the 787 program, and will continue to perform fabrication, assembly
and systems installation for 787 aft fuselage sections. (Source: Boeing, 07/30/09) Gulf Coast
note: Boeing is competing against Northrop Grumman/EADS to build an aerial tanker for the
Air Force. EADS wants to build the plane assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.

White House resists split tanker buy
The White House budget office complained this week about Congressional pressure to split
the aerial refueling tanker buy between Boeing and Northrop Grumman. A statement said the
administration supports taking advantage of efficiencies associated with an award to a single
contractor. If the Northrop Grumman/EADS team wins it will assemble the planes in Mobile,
Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/30/09)

X-47B passes structural test
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A series of static and dynamic proof load tests were recently completed
to validate the design and structural integrity of the Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned
Combat Air System. It was done under the UCAS Carrier Demonstration program. The X-47B,
now designated with Navy Bureau Number 168063, will undergo engine integration and taxi
tests through the fall in preparation for first flight and carrier trials. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 07/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds portions of the Global Hawk
and Fire Scout UAVs in Moss Point, Miss.

Stennis conducts last shuttle engine test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The last Space Shuttle Main Engine test was conducted
this afternoon at this South Mississippi NASA center. The testmarked the end of 34 years of
testing space shuttle main engines at Stennis. The center’s new mission is helping NASA
prepare for the next era of human spaceflight, the Constellation Program. Last year and the
year before Stennis did component tests for the J-2X engine that will be used in the program.
A new test stand is being built at Stennis for future J-2X testing. (Source: Tcp, 07/29/09)

General Dynamics 2Q report
FALLS CHURCH, Va. –General Dynamics reported second-quarter 2009 earnings from
continuing operations of $621 million compared to 2008 second-quarter earnings from
continuing operations of $641 million. Revenues in the most-recent quarter grew to $8.1
billion, increasing 10.9 percent over second-quarter 2008 revenues of $7.3 billion. (Source:
GD via PRNewswire, 07/29/09) Gulf Coast note: General Dynamics has operations along the
Gulf Coast.

GBU-53/B completes captive flight testing
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Raytheon Co. completed a series of captive carry flight tests
of its entry in the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II competition. Engineers tested the
weapon's integration and guidance receiver navigator on an Air Force F-15E and also
conducted seeker-performance evaluations on an Army UH-1 helicopter. (Source: Raytheon
via PRNewswire, 07/29/09)

JSF engine marks milestone
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – The engine that will power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
surpassed 12,000 engine test hours as part of the system development and demonstration
phase. Added to hours during the concept demonstration program, the F135 engine has
more than 15,600 test hours. Pratt & Whitney will deliver the first seven production engines
later this year. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 07/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is
scheduled to host the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has
an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

EADS 2Q report
PARIS - EADS NV, parent company of Airbus, reported second-quarter net profit rose close to
70 percent. Earnings before interest, taxes and other items rose to $936 million. That’s up
from last year but below analysts’ forecasts. The company also warned it may take hits on
future profits from the delayed A400M military transport program. (Sources: multiple, including
AP via Google, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, 07/28/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS plans to build a
tanker assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., if it and partner Northrop Grumman win an Air Force
contract.

UAVs now in academy in curriculum
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – U.S. Air Force Academy officials have integrated unmanned
aircraft systems into the school's curriculum. Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould, the academy
superintendent, said the service has made UAVs a priority, and their value is evidenced every
day in Iraq and Afghanistan. Training on the two Viking 300 UAS' is being held Camp Red
Devil at Fort Carson, Colo. The program opened July 12. (Source: AFNS, 07/27/09) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop Grumman UAVs are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

EADS sells more tankers
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. said Saudi Arabia will buy three more of
the company's A330 refueling tankers. The company said the Royal Saudi Air Force will take
delivery of the first of six A330 tankers in 2011. EADS is part of a team led by Northrop
Grumman Corp. competing against Boeing for a contract to build tankers for the Air Force. If
Northrop/EADS wins, the planes will be assembled in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 07/28/09)

Eglin VA clinic popular in first year
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Since the Community Based Outpatient Clinic opened 14
months ago, veterans in the first year have made 15,982 visits, said the facility’s chief medical
officer. The clinic, near Eglin Air Force Base’s west gate, offers primary medical care, mental
health services, lab work, a small pharmacy and nutrition assistance to about 4,500 veterans
in Okaloosa County. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/26/09)

AF accepts HEO-2 for operations
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Lockheed Martin-led team developing the Space Based Infrared
System said the second Highly Elliptical Orbit payload and ground system modifications have
been accepted for operations by the U.S. Air Force, paving the way for U.S. Strategic
Command's formal certification of the HEO-2 system next month. SBIRS is designed to
provide early warning of missile launches and support other missions. (Source: Lockheed
Martin via PRNewswire, 07/24/09) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS subsystems are built at the
Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Teledyne 2Q report
Teledyne Technologies' Continental Motors unit saw a $700,000 operating profit in the
second quarter after losing $4.3 million in the first quarter of 2009 and $2.8 million in the
fourth quarter of 2008. Sales for Teledyne Continental Motors, based in Mobile, Ala., were
down 38 percent in the second quarter from a year ago. The overall company, based in
Thousand Oaks, Calif., had a profit of $25.2 million in the second quarter, down 23 percent
from the second quarter of 2008. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 07/24/09)

One F-35 suit dismissed
VALPARAISO, Fla. – A federal judge dismissed the city’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit
against the Air Force. It was prompted by an Air Force agreement to provide the F-35 noise
data to the city. In addition to the FOIA suit, Valparaiso has sued the Air Force over its
decision to bring 59 F-35s to Eglin Air Force Base and use its runway nearest Valparaiso.
Negotiations continue in that case. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/23/09)

Gates backed in corner?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates thought he punted the aerial tanker problem to someone
else, but since he opted to stay on in his post, it’s right back in his hands. Gates has insisted
on a winner-take-all in the competition between Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS
team, but the House Appropriations Committee says it must review terms of the competition.
The increases the chance of politicking. Analysts say the review could lead Gates to agree to
a splitting the contract. (Source: Politico, 07/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop/EADS plan to
assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win. Boeing will build them in Washington if it wins.

Goodrich 2Q report
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Goodrich Corp. reported second quarter sales of $1,700 million, a
decrease of 8 percent compared to the second quarter 2008 sales of $1,849 million, including
sales reductions of $91 million related to foreign currency exchange rate impacts and for
lowered sales resulting from the formation of the engine controls joint venture with Rolls-
Royce. (Source: Goodrich via PRNewswire, 07/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich has an
aerospace service center in Foley, Ala.

Raytheon 2Q report
WALTHAM, Mass. - Raytheon Co. reported second quarter 2009 income from continuing
operations of $504 million, up 17 percent compared to $432 million in the second quarter
2008. Net sales for the second quarter 2009 were $6.1 billion, up from $5.9 billion in the
second quarter 2008. (Source: Raytheon via PRNewswire, 07/23/09) Gulf Coast note:
Raytheon has operations along the Gulf Coast.

Northrop Grumman 2Q report
LOS ANGELES - Northrop Grumman Corp. reported that second quarter 2009 earnings from
continuing operations totaled $394 million compared with $483 million in the second quarter
of 2008. Second quarter 2009 earnings included a net $64 million pre-tax gain for legal
matters as well as a $105 million pre-tax charge for cost increases in the estimates to
complete several ships under construction at the company's Gulf Coast shipyards. (Source:
Northrop via PRNewswire, 07/23/09)

Pentagon orders more M777s
The Pentagon has ordered 62 more M777 howitzers from BAE Systems in a deal worth $117
million. The additional work for the company’s Barrow, UK, and Hattiesburg, Miss., facilities
pushes manufacturing on current sales well into 2012. The Hattiesburg facility, which opened
in 2003, is responsible for final integration and test of the weapon system. (Source: BAE
Systems, 07/20/09) Gulf Coast note: BAE Systems also has operations in Gautier, Miss., and
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Test wing gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 46th Test Wing welcomed a new leader in a ceremony
this week. Col. Michael Brewer accepted the helm of the wing from Maj. Gen. Charles Davis,
program executive officer for weapons and Air Armament Center commander. Brewer was
previously vice commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Det. 3, Edwards AFB, Calif.
(Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 07/21/09)

Boeing 2Q report
CHICAGO - The Boeing Company's second-quarter revenues rose 1 percent to $17.2 billion,
while earnings per share rose 22 percent to $1.41. Operating cash flow increased to $1
billion. The company also reported a backlog of $328 billion, nearly five times current annual
revenues. (Source: Boeing via PRNewswire, 07/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
operations along the Gulf Coast.

Last shuttle engine test slated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The last planned Space Shuttle Main Engine test will be
July 29 at 2 p.m. CDT at this South Mississippi NASA center. The 520-second test ends a 34-
year era of space shuttle main engine testing at Stennis. The first shuttle mission was in 1981
and there have been 126 since then, with all the main engines tested at Stennis. Seven flights
remain before the space shuttle fleet is retired. The center is now helping NASA prepare for
the next era of human spaceflight. Between 2007 and 2008, Stennis conducted component
testing as part of early development of the J-2X engine for the Constellation Program. The J-
2X will be tested at simulated altitudes up to 100,000 feet on the 300-foot A-3 test stand
currently under construction at the center. (Source: Stennis Space Center, 07/21/09)

County, Navy reach agreement on runway
MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County and the Navy reached an agreement to let businesses in
a planned aviation park use a Whiting Field Naval Air Station runway. Whiting Aviation Park
will be built on 267 acres of land adjacent to the base. The land was purchased as part of
Santa Rosa County's ongoing encroachment-prevention efforts. The agreement allows up to
75 flights a day. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/21/09) Previous story, June 2009

County in running for service center
MILTON, Fla. - Santa Rosa County officials say the county is in the running for a military-
related service center that could employ 800 people. The executive director of TEAM Santa
Rosa Economic Development Council told the board of directors Monday that she could find
out next week if East Milton has been chosen as one of three sites in Florida to compete with
four other states for the facility. The company has not been named. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 07/21/09)

Lockheed Martin 2Q report
BETHESDA, Md. - Lockheed Martin Corp. today reported second quarter 2009 net earnings
of $734 million compared to $882 million in 2008. Net sales for the second quarter of 2009
were $11.2 billion, compared to $11.0 billion in 2008. Cash from operations for the second
quarter of 2009 was $1.1 billion, compared to $1.5 billion in 2008. (Source: Lockheed Martin
via PRNewswire, 07/21/09) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin has operations along the Gulf
Coast.

Feds could anchor proposed complex
MOBILE, Ala. - The government wants to lease 24,000 square feet of office space downtown
or at the Brookley Field Industrial Complex for Department of Homeland Security agencies.
Mobile Airport Authority officials said they've offered the first building in a proposed office
park that the authority would like to build on South Broad Street, south of Fort Whiting and
across the street from the Airbus engineering center. (Source: Mobile Press Register,
07/21/09) Brookley is also the site chosen by EADS to assemble an aerial refueling tanker if
the company wins an Air Force contract.

Airborne tool would aid in ASW training
Antisubmarine warfare training may get a new airborne tool to detect marine mammals that
sometimes limit training exercises. Advanced Coherent Technologies LLC of San Diego,
Calif., was awarded a $7.7 million contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research
project called “Living Marine Resources Imaging Sensor.” The contract provides for the
continued development of a flight ready prototype sensor. Sixty percent of the work will be
done in Mobile, Ala., and 20 percent in San Diego, and is expected to be completed in July
2014. The Phase I solicitation requested development of a radar system and associated
algorithms to detect breaching whales in various sea states. (Source: DoD, 07/20/09)

Second contractor pleads guilty
A former government employee at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pleaded guilty Monday and
agreed to cooperate with an investigation of appropriations members of Congress steer to
defense contractors. Mark O’Hair pleaded guilty to a false statement and conflict-of-interest
charge. He’s the second defendant now cooperating with federal prosecutors looking onto
allegations of wrongdoing by contractors with ties to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. Last week
Richard Ianieri, former chief executive of a defense contractor with ties to Murtha pleaded
guilty to soliciting kickbacks from a subcontractor in Pennsylvania. (Sources: multiple,
including AP, The Hill, Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/20/09)

Lakotas bound for Puerto Rico
The first two EADS North America-built UH-72A Lakota helicopters to be based outside of the
continental United States have been delivered to the Army for operations in Puerto Rico. The
helicopters are made in Columbus, Miss., by American Eurocopter, an EADS North America
company. (Source: EADS North America, 07/20/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS also hopes to
build a tanker assembly facility in Mobile, Ala. Another EADS company, EADS-CASA, has a
maintenance facility in Mobile.

UAVs integrated into AF plans
Air Force leaders last month approved the Air Force Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan.
The plan outlines a coordinated strategy for UAV integration across all Air Force functions.
While the vision does not advocate replacement of manned missions, it does identify UAS
alternatives for some manned missions. The plan highlights capabilities that will revolutionize
UAV operations, including multi-aircraft control. The UAS Flight Plan is a long-range vision to
2047. (Source: AFNS, 07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman builds two unmanned
systems, Global Hawk and Fire Scout, in Moss Point, Miss.; UAV-maker AeroVironment has a
training operation in Navarre, Fla.

Contract: McDonnell, $12.1M
McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $12,100,000 contract to provide
massive ordnance penetrator on B-2 platform. At this time $6,000,000 has been obligated.
AAC/708th, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/16/09)

More work done on Stennis stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Work on a pair of transfer docks for the new rocket test
stand at John C. Stennis Space Center has been completed. The docks allow barges to
deliver fuels to the A-3 Test Stand via Stennis’ seven-and-one-half-mile canal system that
connects the site to the Pearl River. From the docks, liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen will be
loaded into run tanks and used to conduct engine tests. The docks also are outfitted to allow
for direct liquid transfer during a test. The A-3 stand will be used to test the J-2X engine for
the Constellation Program. (Source: Stennis Space Center, 07/17/09)

Keesler chosen for cyber training
BILOXI, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base was chosen as the site for the new Undergraduate
Cyberspace Training Unit, a program that will teach its students how to protect
communications networks. The new unit will mean more students and teachers at Keesler.
The first class begins in the fall of 2010. The training will include how to design, secure,
assess, exploit, attack and defend various communication networks, including telephones,
Internet protocol, satellite, land mobile radio, industrial control systems, integrated air defense
and tactical data link. (Source: The Sun Herald, 07/17/09)

60-year Keesler program ends
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – A course that’s been taught for six decades at Keesler
is ending and being merged with other career fields. The last radio communications
operations class in the 336th Training Squadron graduates next week. Radio operators
deploy radio transmitters, receivers and ancillary equipment for line-of-sight, air-to-ground
and satellite communications in fixed and tactical environments. The training in the
reconfigured career fields will continue to be done at Keesler. (Source: Keesler Air Force
Base, 07/15/09)

City’s FOIA suit accord reached
VALPARAISO, Fla. - City commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a settlement in their
Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Air Force. Most of the meeting with
attorneys was held in executive session. As a part of the settlement, the Air Force agreed to
give Valparaiso all of the noise data within 30 days of the settlement’s signing by both parties.
The suit is connected to the establishment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.
Valparaiso has been concerned over the noise associated with the aircraft. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/15/09)

Contract: Pratt & Whitney, $571.1M
Pratt & Whitney of East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $571,114,320 modification to the
previously awarded Joint Strike Fighter F-135 (engine) low rate initial production Lot III
advance acquisition contract to a cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract. It sets the final
price and fully funds the procurement of seven Air Force conventional take off and landing
propulsion systems, one spare main engine, initial spare modules and spare parts; one Royal
Netherlands Air Force CTOL propulsion system, one spare main engine, and spare parts;
seven Marine Corps short take off and vertical landing propulsion systems; initial spare
modules and spare parts; two United Kingdom Royal Navy STOVL propulsion systems, one
spare main engine, initial spare modules and spare parts. The contract also provides for
associated special tooling, test equipment and more. Work will be performed in Connecticut,
Indiana and the United Kingdom and is expected to be completed in February 2012. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is schedule to become home of the
Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

Contract: Bell Boeing, $24.5M
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $24,500,000 contract for
the development and delivery of safety corrective actions, reliability and maintainability
improvements, and quick reaction capability improvements in support of V-22 Osprey
missions for the Air Force Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps. Work will be
performed in Pennsylvania and Texas and is expected to be completed in December 2010.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Ospreys are used by the Air Force Special Operations
Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Contract: Northrop, $26.6M
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $26,640,000
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for additional operations and
maintenance support for the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Program. Work will be
performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in August 2010. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Fire Scout shows off real-time vid
A Northrop Grumman Fire Scout unmanned helicopter testing in the United States provided
real-time video feed of electro-optical/ infrared sensor imagery to participants at the Paris Air
Show last month. The video was of selected areas of Chesapeake Bay and the shoreline of
Southern Maryland. The Navy Fire Scout will complete operational evaluation this summer.
(Source: Globe Newswire, 07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

UK A330 ready to tanker conversion
The first Airbus A330 slated for the United Kingdom’s strategic tanker program has arrived
ahead of schedule at the Airbus facility in Madrid, Spain, to begin its conversion into a multi-
role tanker transport. The Royal Air Force tanker uses the same airframe as Northrop
Grumman’s KC-45, which is proposed for the U.S. Air Force’s tanker fleet. (Source: EADS
North America, 07/15/09) Gulf Coast note: If EADS and partner Northrop Grumman win the Air
Force contract, the KC-45 will be assembled in Mobile, Ala. If Boeing wins it will be assembled
in Washington.

L-3 Crestview Aerospace cuts jobs
CRESTVIEW, Fla. - L-3 Crestview Aerospace cut 28 jobs this week. That’s the same number
of positions that were cut in May. The company blamed the cuts on the decrease in demand
in the commercial aviation sector. The company, one of the largest employers in Okaloosa
County, is a subsidiary of L-3 Integrated Systems and does aircraft modification and
aerostructure fabrication. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/15/09)

Stennis projects among 20 picked
Two Stennis Space Center projects are among the 20 selected for NASA's Innovative
Partnerships Program. The NASA Innovation Fund was established to advance work from
NASA innovators on novel technologies and concepts that have the potential to revolutionize
the way NASA performs its missions. More than 230 proposals were submitted. Each project is
funded for a maximum of $50,000, with work to be completed by the end of September. The
two Stennis projects are titled “Harvesting Vibrational Energy to Power Wireless
Instrumentation Systems” and “Coanda Rocket Plume Deflectors for Large-Scale Test
Facilities.” (Source: NASA, 07/10/09)

Waveland incubator study funded
WAVELAND, Miss. - The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration
is providing a $24,000 grant to Waveland to develop a feasibility study on establishing a
business incubator in the city. Sandra Walters, EDA chief financial officer and chief
administrative officer, said the grant will determine the viability of a business incubator to
nurture technology and engineering-based businesses and help Waveland capitalize on its
proximity to Stennis Space Center. (Source: Times Picayune, 07/13/09)

F-15 to be displayed at airport
VALPARAISO, Fla. – An F-15 from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base will go on
permanent display at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. The plane was transported
Monday and will be part of a display, expected to be completed in August, honoring the
military. Another Eglin F-15 was sent to Mobile, Ala., where it will be part of the USS Alabama
Battleship Memorial Park. The F-15s are being phased out at Eglin and replaced by F-35s.
(Source: Multiple, 07/13/09)

Okaloosa airport plans upgrades
VALPARAISO, Fla. - An upcoming project at Northwest Florida Regional Airport will improve
the electrical system, security and parking. Construction is expected to begin in November on
a number of improvements, including a realignment of the road leading to the airport’s
terminal. A pre-bid meeting for construction companies to get more details about the project is
scheduled for Tuesday. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/11/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $262.5M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., was awarded a $262,500,000
contract for the long lead parts and material procurement for the 4th Space Based Infrared
Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite and the 4th Highly Elliptical Orbit Payload.
Space Based Infrared Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/09) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin Mississippi Space and
Technology Center, Stennis Space Center, Miss., builds subsystems for SBIRS.

First JSF leadership now at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The future 33rd Operations Group deputy commander is
now at Eglin Air Force Base preparing for his role at the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.
Navy Capt. Mike Saunders arrived at Eglin a few weeks ago and is working with the F-35 Joint
Site Activation Task Force and shadowing current operations at the 33rd Fighter Wing. He’s
the first senior staff member of the future F-35 wing. Saunders background includes leading
the Navy Fighter Weapons School and Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. Air Force Col.
James Ravella, future group commander, arrives next month. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
07/08/09)

Contract: Sauer, $7M
Sauer Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded $7,021,100 under a previously awarded
multiple award construction contract for the design and construction to renovate three
facilities at Stennis Space Center, Miss. It includes work on building 3205 and a new buoy
blast & paint facility for the National Data Buoy Center. Work is expected to be completed by
January 2011. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/09/09)

Paris: Mississippi, partner make splash
The recent Paris Air Show let aerospace companies show off their products to military and
commercial buyers. But it also let South Mississippi and its partners Alabama and Florida strut
their stuff on a world stage, make contacts and build relationships they hope will pay off down
the road. (Source: Alliance Insight, 07/07/09)

Inouye: Split tanker buy too costly
The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee now opposes directing the Pentagon
to buy tankers from both Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Sen. Daniel Inouye said in an
interview today that his view has evolved since last month when he hadn’t ruled it out and said
he needed more data from the Pentagon. Now he said it may be “much more expensive,” but
he provided no figures. (Source: Bloomberg, 07/09/09)

Boom does night test
The EADS advanced aerial refueling boom system, featured on Northrop Grumman’s KC-45
offering for the U.S. Air Force, demonstrated nighttime operational capabilities during a multi-
contact mission with an F-16 fighter aircraft. The boom’s system features laser infrared
lighting and high-definition digital stereoscopic viewing. The boom was installed on EADS’
A310 test bed, and involved a Portuguese F-16AM. (Source: EADS, 07/08/09) Gulf Coast
note: EADS and partner Northrop Grumman plan to establish a tanker assembly plant in
Mobile, Ala., if they win the Air Force tanker contest against Boeing.

Boeing buying Vought plant
Boeing has agreed to acquire for some $580 million the business and operations of Vought
Aircraft Industries at its South Carolina facility. The Vought facility in North Charleston does
fabrication and assembly of structures and systems installation of 787 aft fuselage sections,
made primarily of composite materials. Boeing will acquire the assets and inventory and
assume operation of the site. This transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter.
Once acquired, the North Charleston facility will be managed by the 787 program. Vought will
continue its work on many Boeing programs, including other components of the 787, as well
as structures and components on the 737, 747, 767, 777, C-17 and V-22 through operations
located elsewhere. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/07/09)

Jacobs takes over Michoud
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been certified by NASA ready to
assume operational management of the Michoud Assembly Facility. Jacobs was awarded the
manufacturing support and facility operations contract May 1, and officially took over from
Lockheed Martin July 1. It will employ about 450 workers. Jacobs president and CEO Craig
Martin said Michoud will be central to the success of human missions to the moon and Mars.
Michoud, manufacturer of Space Shuttle external tanks, has been selected as the site to
manufacture several major components for the Constellation Program. (Source: PRNewswire,
07/07/09)

Opinion: Solving two aero dilemmas
A Bloomberg news columnist in Paris has an interesting way to resolve two problems faced by
the aerospace industry. Airbus should drop its troubled A400 troop transport so European
nations can buy proven transports from the United States. And in return, the United States
should buy the already flying Airbus A330 aerial tanker. It would help aerospace companies
on both continents, who in the future will face challenges from China’s and India’s aerospace
industries. (Source: Bloomberg, New York Times, 07/07/09)

Ares I moves forward
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Though the fate of Ares I is uncertain pending a review by a special
panel, the new crew launch vehicle is moving from the computer-aided design workstations to
various fabrication facilities. To hold down costs, NASA is developing Ares I in-house before
farming out production to industry. Experts in friction stir-welding have produced their first
tank dome using the same robotic tool that Boeing will use in upper stage production at the
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Development of the J-2X, which will power the Ares
I upper stage and the earth departure stage, is moving along. Power-pack trials were done at
Stennis Space Center, and the A2 test stand will be modified for the J-2X after the last space
shuttle main engine test in September. (Source: Aviation Week, 07/05/09)

Restored Electra unveiled
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A restored Lockheed Electra, the type of plane Amelia Earhart was flying
when she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, was unveiled Thursday at the National Naval
Aviation Museum. July 2 was the 72nd anniversary of Earhart's disappearance during an
attempt to circle the globe. The musem's Electra is painted in Navy colors with dark blue
wings, but is otherwise outfitted the same as Earhart's plane. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 07/03/09)

Justice joins suit against SAIC
The Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit over a $3.2 billion contract to
provide support services at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The suit claims Science Applications
International Corp. conspired with federal officials to rig the technology contract awarded in
2004. The suit claims three former or current federal employees conspired to steer a
computer project to SAIC. A company started by one of those former employees had teamed
up with SAIC to bid on the contract. The suit was filed by David McGee, a former employee at
the center. (Source: Washington Post, Reuters, 07/03/09)

Boeing 2nd assembly line the buzz
Boeing may buy supplier Vought Aircraft Industries’ plant in North Charleston, S.C., and
establish a second 787 assembly plant there. The plant makes fuselage sections for the 787,
but the purchase would put more of the troubled 787 program directly under Boeing’s control.
Analysts say it would make sense as a way to cope with the backlog of orders for the
program, already two years behind schedule. Washington state wants to keep any second
line in Puget Sound, but South Carolina is a right to work state and was in the running in 2003
when Boeing was looking to build the 787 outside of Washington. (Sources: Multiple, including
Charlotte Business Journal, Dallas News, Seattle Times, 07/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Mobile,
Ala., and Hancock County, Miss., were both among the finalists for the 787 plant in 2003.

Contract: Lockheed, $441.9M
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $441,938,182 modification to definitize the previously
awarded Joint Strike Fighter Air System Low Rate Initial Production Lot III advance acquisition
contract to a cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract. This modification provides for
common and unique performance based logistics support and hardware for the sustainment
of seven U.S. Air Force and one Government of the Netherlands conventional take-off and
landing aircraft; seven U.S. Marine Corps and two United Kingdom short take-off vertical-
landing aircraft; material necessary to support activation of JSF bases; two aircraft systems
maintenance trainers; one weapons loader trainer; two full mission simulators; one USMC and
one UK deployable mission rehearsal trainer; sixteen LM-STAR avionics test stations;
hardware and software for the integrated training center; CVN autonomic logistics information
system shipboard certification and deployment; ALIS depot trade study; and associated
technical and financial data. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the JSF Training Center.

City eyes annexing part of Hurlburt
MARY ESTHER, Fla. – A proposal to annex a 3-mile stretch of Hurlburt Field is designed to
make his city larger and increase state revenue-sharing dollars. The annexation would add
2,000 residents who live in base housing and barracks on the land. The city would not
assume any new services or maintenance duties, but residents of the annexed area would be
able to vote in local elections and run for office. Mary Esther's population is about 4,500 now.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/01/09)

Hurricane Hunters prep for missions
ST. CROIX, U.S.V.I. - Members of the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron deployed to their detachment here to fly training missions over
the Caribbean in preparation for the 2009 hurricane season. Unit Airmen are part of the
403rd Wing located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and are the only Department of
Defense unit flying into tropical storms and hurricanes collecting critical data. During the next
months until Nov. 30, the Hurricane Hunters will be honing their skills in special WC-130J
Hercules aircraft. (Source: AFNS, 07/02/09)

Gulfport adds Dallas flight
GULFPORT, Miss. – Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is adding a fourth daily flight to
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. The expanded service starts Aug. 25 on American
Airlines/American Eagle. The additional flights will leave Gulfport at 10:55 a.m. daily and leave
Dallas for the Coast at 11:10 a.m. (Source: Sun Herald, 07/01/09)

Keesler’s wins, losses
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Keesler will see a decrease of 31 military positions and
an increase of 15 civilian positions as a result of the Air Force's proposed force structure
realignment for fiscal 2010. The 81st Training Wing will have an increase of 14 civilian
positions, while the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron and the 19th Operational Group
Detachment 6 each will get an additional position. The 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron's
aeromedical staging flight will see a decrease of 31 military positions due to mission transfer
earlier this year. Other miscellaneous actions resulted in a decrease of one civilian position.
(Source: AFNS, 07/01/09)

Boeing picks ATK for motors
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Boeing chose Alliant Techsystems to make the upper stage ullage
motors for the Ares I launch vehicle. The Ares I is NASA's two-stage rocket that will launch
astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft on missions to the International Space Station, the
moon and beyond. The ullage motor is similar to the Space Shuttle booster separation motor.
(Source: ATK, 07/01/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and
Stennis Space Center, Miss., are both involved in the Constellation Program; Boeing has an
operation at Michoud and ATK an office in Northwest Florida.


JUNE 2009

Contract: Kaman, $53M
Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $52,970,557 firm-fixed
contract for joint programmable fuze systems, including the FMU-152 fuze and FZU-55
initiator, of five FMS countries for a quantity of 458 and the Air Force for a quantity of 14,601
each. 679th Armament Systems Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/09)

Land-configured Fire Scout tested
SAN DIEGO - A Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully completed first flight
operations at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz. Unlike current Navy configured Fire Scouts, this
one, designated P7, was built for land-based operations and is the first MQ-8B to fly without
flight test instrumentation usually installed for developmental flights. The P7's tests will
continue throughout the summer. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 06/30/09) Gulf Coast note:
Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Taxiway nears completion
MOSS POINT, Miss. – A taxiway linking the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center to
the Trent Lott International Airport should be operational soon. Right now is just needs
lighting. Northrop Grumman does finishing work on the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at the
center, and wants to do product flight testing in South Mississippi. Jackson County Economic
Development Director George Freeland said the addition of the taxiway could create at least
16 more jobs at the center. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/28/09)

GE, USM to study composite engine parts
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A $2.4 million state grant will be used by a GE Aviation and the
University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials for
research on composite materials for an GEnx engine to power the Boeing 787 and 747-8
aircraft. The grant is from the Mississippi Development Authority. GE Aviation, which has a
plant in Batesville producing composite-material parts for jet engines, will spend $2.5 million
on the research. About 15 to 20 USM students and faculty will work on the one-year project.
(Source: Hattiesburg American, 06/30/09)

Goodrich opens new China facility
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Goodrich Corp. opened a new facility in China’s Tianjin Airport Industrial
Park to support nacelle and thrust reverser original equipment as well as maintenance, repair
and overhaul activities. Part of Goodrich's Aerostructures business, the 50,000 square foot
facility will perform work for customers in the region. It also will support engine buildup and
podding work for the new Airbus A320 family aircraft final assembly line in Tianjin. (Source:
Goodrich, 06/25/09) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich's Aerostructures business runs the Alabama
Service Center in Foley, Ala., which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services on
nacelles, doors, fairings, flight controls, pneumatic ducting and wire harnesses.

Northwest region assesses Paris
EVERETT, Wash. – Companies and organizations are taking inventory of leads developed at
the Paris Air Show. The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, Washington Department of
Community, Trade and Economic Development and Aerospace Futures Alliance organized a
state aerospace pavilion at the show. Eleven Northwest aerospace companies participated.
Organizers estimate there were about 80 meetings. (Source: Everett Herald, 06/29/09) Gulf
Coast note: The Gulf Coast region also had representatives at the show. A common tie
between the Northwest and Gulf Coast is competition between Boeing and Northrop Grumman
for the Air Force tanker project. Boeing wants to build the planes in Washington, and
Northrop and partner EADS want to build them in Mobile, Ala.

Rolls-Royce BR725 EASA certified
Rolls-Royce received type certification for the new BR725 engine that will power the first flight
of the Gulfstream G650 business jet later in the year. Type certification was from the
European Aviation Safety Agency. Testing was done at various Rolls-Royce locations in
Europe and the United States, including the outdoor jet engine testing facility at NASA’s John
C Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: Rolls Royce, 06/24/09)

Hurlburt unit transfers to Cannon
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Officials from the 16th Special Operations Squadron held
a squadron flag-transfer ceremony last week to mark the official transfer of the squadron from
Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 16th SOS flies the AC-130H gunship and conducts missions such as
close-air support, air interdiction and force protection. The AC-130H is armed with 40 mm and
105 mm cannons. Det. 1 of the 16th SOS stood up at Cannon in July 2008 to prepare the way
for the arrival of eight aircraft and nearly 500 people. (Source: AFNS, 06/26/09)

Tyndall faces cut of 600 positions
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Force plans to cut nearly 600 military positions
and four civilian positions from Tyndall Air Force Base as part of the 2010 restructuring. The
base is home to about 3,500 active-duty military and 2,000 civilian jobs. By contrast, Hurlburt
Field will see an increase of 435 military positions and 79 civilian positions, and Eglin Air
Force Base will see an increase of 123 military and 302 civilian positions. The changes, if
approved by Congress, would take effect Oct. 1. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
06/26/09)

Aviation board consolidating parcels
NEW ORLEANS, La. – To make dozens of scattered acres of vacant airport-buyout land more
attractive to developers, the New Orleans Aviation Board has consolidated it into eight
parcels. Officials from Kenner, where most of the land is located, and Louis Armstrong
International Airport are drafting a request for proposals for potential developers. The airport
bought the land and razed houses beginning in the mid-1990s as part of a noise-mitigation
lawsuit, but it has remained vacant. Now the Federal Aviation Administration, which paid for
the property, has directed the airport to submit a plan by October for using the land. (Source:
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 06/26/09)

Mexico flight will encourage ties
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The AeroMexico nonstop flight between New Orleans and Mexico City
that begins next month will encourage business ties between Louisiana and Mexico, experts
said at a forum sponsored by the World Trade Center. The direct flight lasts two hours and 20
minutes and begins service from New Orleans on July 7. (Source: New Orleans Times-
Picayune, 06/27/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.7M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,734,960 modification to a
firm-fixed-price contract providing a follow-on test and evaluation and captive carry reliability
program and will provide support in the performance of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air
Missile Intercept Missile (AIM)-120D program. 695 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (Source: DoD, 06/26/09)

Munitions gets new chief
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Kenneth Echternacht was installed Thursday as the new
chief of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate. He’ll be in charge of more
than 500 personnel. The directorate performs research on precision guidance, missile
guidance and control, computational mechanics, smart sub-munitions, warheads and
explosives. Echternacht, who worked at the lab from 1996 to 2000, was most recently chief of
the Air Force Science and Technology Division under the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
for Acquisition. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/09)

Hubble astronauts visit Stennis
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Astronauts from the STS-125 mission to repair the Hubble
Space Telescope shared accounts of their mission during a visit Wednesday to the
StenniSphere, the visitor center at John C. Stennis Space Center. The crewmembers thanked
Stennis employees for their contributions to the mission. The astronauts spent five days
conducting five spacewalks to provide upgrades to the telescope as part of their 14-day
mission aboard space shuttle Atlantis. (Source: NASA, 06/24/09)

Latest Global Hawk rolls out
PALMDALE, Calif. - Northrop Grumman and the Air Force unveiled the next-generation Global
Hawk Thursday. The RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk uses the MP-RTIP sensor, the first time the
active electronic scanned array technology has been used on a high-altitude unmanned
aircraft. AESA technology provides all-weather, day-night synthetic aperture radar mapping
and ground moving target indicator capability. Designated AF-18, it’s scheduled to begin flight
testing next month. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 06/25/09) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work
on AF-18 was done in Moss Point, Miss.

Airport takes on project backlog
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has launched the
first of what will be $350 million in improvements to modernize the facility and create about
7,000 construction jobs. Construction should be mostly finished before Super Bowl 2013. The
most expensive project is a $114 million rental-car facility with 1,800 parking spaces. The
aviation board is using tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds for the garage. (Source: New
Orleans Times Picayune, 06/25/09)

53rd gets new commander
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Col. Michael Gantt on Wednesday assumed command of the
53rd Wing from Brig. Gen. (select) Steve DePalmer, who became vice commander of the 14th
Air Force in May. Gantt previously served as vice commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at
Aviano Air Base, Italy. The 53rd reports to the Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force
Base, Nev. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/09)

American Eagle adds Mobile flight
MOBILE, Ala. - American Eagle will resume a fourth daily round trip between Mobile and
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting Aug. 1. Traffic has picked up in Mobile. May
saw 2 percent more passengers through the airport than in May 2008, the first time since
February 2008 that traffic grew year over year. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 06/25/09)

Contract: Northrop, $276.3M
The Air Force awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman for $276,281,235 to provide the
rapid fielding and support of a communications network for military drones – the Battlefield
Airborne Communications Node System. The system will be installed on three Bombardier BD-
700 Global Express and two Global Hawk Block 20 aircraft. 653d ELSG/PK, Hanscom Air
Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/09) Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Jacobs, $17.3M
The Air Force is modifying an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to Jacobs
Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., for $17,280,405.89. This action will provide technical,
engineering and acquisition support at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and various other tenant
organizations. This contract increases the work requirement. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force
Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/24/09)

Panel to visit Michoud
The commission reviewing NASA’s human space flight plans is visiting Huntsville’s Marshall
Space Flight Center and Decatur’s United Launch Alliance rocket plant in Alabama this week.
The commission also plans to visit Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which has been
chosen to manufacture the Constellation Program’s Ares I upper stage. (Source: Huntsville
Times, 06/19/09)

Murtha: Pentagon weighing split tanker
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon may yet consider buying aerial tankers from both Boeing and
Northrop Grumman, according to Rep. John Murtha. The head of the House Defense
Appropriations Subcommittee said new acquisition chief Ashton Carter said the Pentagon is
examining data on a split buy. "He said, 'We're looking at it. We're going to see what can be
done,'" Murtha told reporters Wednesday. Murtha remains convinced a split is the only way to
avoid protests or delays. (Source: Reuters, 06/24/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman
and partner EADS plan to build the tanker in Mobile, Ala., if they win.

Contract: BAE, $9.8M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$9,763,980 modification to a previously awarded contract for the procurement and installation
of a 55 civil global positioning system with electronic flight bag for the C-130T aircraft. This
modification also provides for the procurement of 45 install kits, 23 instrument display systems
and 45 engine instrument display systems. Ninety percent of the work will be performed in
Crestview, Fla., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. The Naval Air Warfare
Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/23/09)

High-powered laser fired in flight
KIRKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - A high-powered laser was successfully fired for the first
time from the Advanced Tactical Laser aircraft during a test conducted by the 413th Flight
Test Squadron of Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Boeing. The ATL is the 46th Test Wing's modified
NC-130H. The laser was fired over White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and hit a ground target.
ATL is equipped with a chemical laser, a beam control system, sensors and weapon-system
consoles. The system is designed to damage, disable or destroy targets with little to no
collateral damage. It’s intended for use on the battlefield and in urban operations. The ATL
program is managed by the 687th Armament Systems Squadron, part of the 308th Armament
Systems Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: AFNS, 06/19/09)

Contract: Jacobs, $25M
The Air Force is modifying an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to Jacobs
Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., for $25,083,864. This contract will provide technical,
engineering and acquisition support at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and various other tenant
organizations. This modification is to increase work requirement. AAC/PKES, Eglin Air Force
Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/19/09)

Tanker contest structure decision soon
Reuters reports that the Pentagon will decide in a few days how to structure the multi-billion-
dollar contest to replace the Air Force's tanker fleet. Said Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “I’
m probably within a few days of making a decision on the structure … and who will be the
acquisition authority.” He hopes to get a request for proposal out by mid-summer. Boeing and
the Northrop Grumman/EADS team will compete for the contract. (Source: Reuters, 06/18/09)
Gulf Coast note: If it wins, EADS wants to assemble the tankers, based on the A330, in
Mobile, Ala. Boeing, which may offer the 777 or the 767, will build them in Washington state.

Technology sees tunnels
Three companies are marketing an airborne system designed to detect underground tunnels
and caves. The INSITE VI system resulted from a partnership between AeroTec, NVision
Solutions and EnTech Engineering. The system uses a helicopter fitted with a sensor able to
detect changes in terrain and ground temperature. Experts can see up to 80 feet deep into
the earth to find caves, tunnels, pipes, and leaks in levees not visible from the ground.
NVision is based in Bay St. Louis, Miss., AeroTec in Birmingham, Ala., and EnTech in St.
Louis, Mo. AeroTec also has an office in Picayune, Miss. (Source: Enterprise for Innovative
Geospatial Solutions, 06/17/09)

DRS FWB to build pods
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - DRS Technologies announced the receipt of follow-on orders of $43.9
million for the P5 Combat Training System/Tactical Combat Training System. DRS will be
responsible for the production, testing, and fielding of the pods flown on a variety of aircraft.
Under contracts were awarded by the 689th Armament Systems Squadron at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. The pods will be manufactured at the DRS Technologies facility in Ft. Walton
Beach, Fla., and deliveries will begin in mid-2010. (Source: MarketWatch, 06/17/09)

New Global Hawk rollout next week
The newest version of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk will be unveiled during a rollout
next week in California. The Block 40 RQ-4 version of the unmanned jet has improved
sensors and radar for tracking ground targets. The roll-out of AF-18, the 27th Global Hawk
built, is June 25 at the Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale, Calif. The Northrop
Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., did fuselage work on AF-18.
(Source: Tcp, 06/16/09)

F-35, Eglin projects get funding
Rockwell Collins and Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems said their joint venture, Vision
Systems International LLC, received several contracts from Lockheed Martin totaling more
than $54.1 million for 52 helmet-mounted displays for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and 30
additional systems. Rockwell Collins also received initial financing for the pilot facility standup
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the displays. The joint venture will start delivering the items
this year, with deliveries running through 2012. (Sources: Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters,
06/16/09)

Northrop, EADS affirm commitment
PARIS - Ronald D. Sugar, chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman, and Louis Gallois, CEO
of EADS, issued a joint statement today at the Paris Air Show affirming their commitment to
the Air Force tanker project. They said the KC-45 was previously selected and they look
forward to working the with Department of Defense. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/16/09) Gulf
Coast note: The Northrop/EADS team plans to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they
win the $40 billion contract. Boeing hopes to win and build them in Washington.

Nelson: Drilling threat to military mission
Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is opposing a measure now in Congress, fearing it threatens the
military mission in Northwest Florida. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
approved a proposal to change a 2006 law that opened 8.3 million new acres for drilling lease
in exchange for a prohibition of drilling in the eastern gulf’s military testing range. Nelson says
it’s not worth the sacrifice to national security. The military uses the Gulf of Mexico for pilot
and weapons training. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/15/09)

Lockheed starts labor loan program
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Lockheed Martin Space Systems' New Orleans facility will begin a
loaned labor program to keep workers employed as NASA shuts down its space shuttle
program. Lockheed, which has about 2,000 workers in its eastern New Orleans facility, has
built external fuel tanks for the space shuttle. By loaning out its employees, the company
hopes to hang on to them until they are needed when new space projects ramp up. (Source:
New Orleans Times Picayune, 06/14/09)

Boeing to pitch 777 for tanker
Boeing will offer a 777 as well as a 767 in the competition against the Northrop
Grumman/EADS team to provide aerial tankers for the Air Force. Jim Albaugh, Boeing’s
defense chief, made the comment in a briefing at the Paris Air Show. The larger aircraft would
offer maximum fuel capacity and the 767’s selling point is its flexibility, he said.
(Source: Bloomberg, 06/15/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop/EADS plan to build the tanker in
Mobile, Ala., if it wins the competition.

Airbus: Win would mean U.S. jobs
PARIS – The U.S. industrial base will be increased if the Airbus A330 beats Boeing's 767 for
the U.S. Air Force tanker contract, top executives of Airbus parent company EADS said in
Paris Saturday. EADS chief executive Louis Gallois said Boeing outsources much of its parts
manufacturing overseas, while the tanker proposed by Airbus and Northrop Grumman would
create jobs at a new assembly line in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Seattle Times, 06/14/09)

Davis sure F-35 accord will be found
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The head of the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., had a wide ranging discussion with the editorial board of the Northwest Florida Daily
News Friday. Among other things, Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis discussed the noise
controversy over establishing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Training Center at Eglin. He says
he feels confident all 107 F-35s will eventually be placed within the Eglin range. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/13/09)

Flight academy groundbreak set
PENSACOLA, Fla. - There will be a groundbreaking Tuesday for the National Flight Academy,
a $26.5 million construction project at the national Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. The academy will be a weeklong educational camp for seventh to 12th grad
students. The academy will teach science, math and technology, with a focus on naval
aviation. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/14/09)

Governors plan Paris airshow visit
Political heavyweights from Mississippi and Alabama will be attending the Paris Air Show that
begins Monday. Gov. Haley Barbour and Sen. Thad Cochran from Mississippi will be going,
as will Gov. Bob Riley, Sen. Richard Shelby and Rep. Joe Bonner of Alabama. Barbour told
the AP he and Riley will meet with officials from EADS, which with Northrop Grumman is
competing against Boeing to build tankers for the Air Force. EADS wants to assemble the
planes in Mobile, Ala. Representatives from the Gulf Coast aerospace region, which includes
Mobile, also plan to attend the show and meet with prospects they hope to lure to the Gulf
Coast region. (Source: Tcp, 06/12/09)

Group to push for Boeing tanker
The state of Washington has a group designed to attract aerospace jobs to the state and
push for Boeing to win the Air Force tanker contract. The group, Washington Aerospace
Partnership, plans to work with the Council on Aerospace and Aerospace Futures Alliance.
Boeing is competing against Northrop/EADS for the contract. Boeing would build them in
Washington and Northrop/EADS would build them in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Seattle Post-
Intelligencer) Gulf Coast note: Mobile, Ala., has a group called Keep Our Tanker that
promotes the Northrop/EADS effort.

Paris air show set to begin
Organizers of the Paris Air Show expect 300,000 visitors during the multi-day event that
begins Monday. There will be 2,000 big and small exhibitors at Le Bourget, traditional home
for the show. The event takes place on the eve of a restart of the competition pitting Boeing
against Northrop Grumman and European teammate EADS to build tankers for the U.S. Air
Force. EADS hopes to build the planes in Mobile, Ala., at the center of the Gulf Coast
aerospace corridor. Also expected to be a big topic at the show is the emergence of
unmanned aerial vehicles, a hot field still filled with small players. That’s a topic of high
interest to South Mississippi, a build sites for Global Hawk and Fire Scout unmanned systems.
Representatives from the Gulf Coast aerospace region plan to attend the show and hold a
series of meetings with prospects they hope to lure to the Gulf Coast region. (Source: Tcp,
06/11/09)

Lockheed moves forward on GEO-2
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Lockheed Martin team developing the Air Force's Space-Based
Infrared System mated the spacecraft bus with the infrared sensor payload for the second
geosynchronous (GEO-2) SBIRS spacecraft. The SBIRS satellite and ground system will
provide early warning of ballistic missile launches and support other operations. (Source:
Lockheed Martin via PRNewswire, 06/10/09) Gulf Coast note: Lockheed Martin Mississippi
Space & Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss., makes the integrated propulsion
system for the SBIRS.

Eglin buying big Boeing bombs
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., said
it will buy 20 massive bombs designed to destroy hard targets or targets deep underground.
The 30,000-pound bombs - Massive Ordnance Penetrator – were developed by the Air Force
and Boeing. Five bombs will be used for tests. (Source: Air Force Times, 06/10/09)

Eglin named historic site
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
named Eglin Air Force Base a historic aerospace site for 2009. It was among four
international locations getting the honor. The selection is to recognize noteworthy cultural and
technological contributions made in both aeronautics and astronautics. A bronze plaque will
be mounted at the Air Force Armament Museum at a ceremony in September. (Source: Eglin
Air Force Base, 06/09/2009)

Whiting gets larger buffer
Nearly 1,400 acres near Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., are now protected from further
development. Florida's Cabinet on Tuesday approved the $5.1 million acquisition of the land
in Santa Rosa County. It's part of a larger Florida Forever project to fill in protected land
between Whiting and the Blackwater River State Forest. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
06/10/09)

Fisherman hooks live missile
MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – A commercial fisherman caught an 8-foot-long missile while out in
the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base late last month. He kept it on
his boat for the 14-day trip until he returned to Madeira Beach, near Tampa. That’s when he
learned it was a live air-to-air missile. The Gulf Coast region where he found the missile is
used by the military for training. (Source: St. Petersburg Times, 06/09/09) Note: Later reports
indicated the bomb was not live and contained no explosives.

Inouye keeps split tanker buy option
The chairman of the Appropriations Committee hasn’t ruled out directing the Pentagon to buy
tankers from both Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Sen. Daniel Inouyo, D-Hawaii, said he’s
received industry reports suggesting a split contract would achieve savings of as much as
$42 billion when buying at least 360 aircraft over 30 years. He says he can’t ignore that.
(Source: Bloomberg via Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 06/08/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing plans
to build the planes in Washington State and Northrop and partner EADS want to build them in
Mobile, Ala.

Commentaries push split buy
Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida and former Navy secretary John Lehmann wrote separate
commentaries in Politico and Defense News, respectively, pointing out that buying tankers
from Northrop Grumman and Boeing may be less expensive. Lehmann argues that annual
competition used to be the norm. He cites examples that show making companies compete
every year tends to drive down prices. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates strongly opposes
a split tanker buy. If Boeing wins it will build the planes in Washington State, and if Northrop
wins the planes will be built in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Politico, 06/07/09; Defense News,
06/08/09)

Park’s use of runway moves forward
MILTON, Fla. – A proposed aviation park’s hope to get access to a military base’s taxiway and
runway has moved a step closer. The Office of the Assistant Under Secretary of the Navy
gave approval to Naval Air Station Whiting Field to negotiate with Santa Rosa County for a
limited use agreement. It would allow tenants of the proposed Whiting Aviation Park to use a
6,000 foot runway to bring in aircraft requiring maintenance. Crestview’s Bob Sikes Industrial
Air Park has a similar joint use agreement with the Air Force. (Source: Santa Rosa County,
06/04/09)

Datalink for GBU-53/B ready to fly
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Raytheon completed a series of hardware-in-the-loop lab
tests on the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II's datalink, a crucial step to clearing the
datalink for flight tests later this month. Engineers verified the Rockwell Collins datalink
worked as anticipated. Raytheon is competing for a GBU-53/B engineering and manufacturing
development contract, scheduled to be awarded in late 2009 with delivery of production
rounds beginning in late 2013. (Source: Raytheon, 06/05/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin is home
of the Air Armament Center, where the Air Force develops and tests aerial weaponry.

Northrop: Split tanker buy less costly
A report prepared by Northrop Grumman says buying aerial tankers from Boeing and
Northrop could offer significant long-term savings. That’s different than what Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates says. He says a split buy would add $7 billion to $14 billion to the price
tag. Northrop points out that it’s not advocating a split buy, just providing the information.
(Source: Reuters, 06/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop and partner EADS want to build the
tankers in Mobile, Ala. Boeing wants to build its planes in Washington State.

Resolution possible in F-35 fight
VALPARAISO, Fla. – A break may be looming in the dispute between the city of Valparaiso
and the Air Force over the F-35. WEAR-TV reports the city and Air Force filed a joint motion
to put Valparaiso's suit against the Air Force on hold for 90 days so they can work towards a
settlement. The suit seeks to prevent the Air Force from establishing the Joint Strike Fighter
Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base. Valparaiso, concerned about the noise, also has a
suit over public records. (Source: WEAR-TV, 06/04/09)

ACCA a game changer for plane makers?
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory and
Lockheed Martin had a demonstration flight of the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft June 2
at Palmdale, Calif. The ACCA is a modified Dornier 328J with the fuselage aft of the crew
station and the vertical tail removed and replaced with new structural designs made of
advanced composite materials fabricated using out-of-autoclave curing. The ACCA program
manager said the program has the potential of changing aircraft manufacturing. (Source:
AFNS, 06/03/09) Gulf Coast note: South Mississippi has a national known advanced materials
research program; the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing is located in New
Orleans; unmanned aerial systems are built in Moss Point, Miss.; EADS hopes to assemble
tankers and cargo planes in Mobile, Ala.

Tanker tests underwing pods
The aircraft Northrop Grumman and partner EADS hope to use as an Air Force tanker, the
A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, conducted successful in-flight contacts using its new
generation hose and drogue refueling pod. The tests of the underwing pods were performed
with a Royal Australian Air Force A330 and F/A-18A fighter. The tanker also has a fuselage
hose and drogue. (Source: EADS, 06/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing and Northrop Grumman
are competing for the Air Force contract. Northrop and partner EADS will assemble the
planes, called a KC-45, in Mobile, Ala., if they win.

Lockheed awarded $1.5B for SBIRS
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5 billion contract for the
third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload, the third geosynchronous orbit (GEO-3) satellite
and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
constellation. A contract to include a fourth HEO payload and possible fourth GEO satellite is
expected to be awarded later this year. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early
warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile
defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. (Source: PRNewswire, 06/02/09)
Gulf Coast note: SBIRS work locations include the SBIRS Wing at Los Angeles Air Force
Base, Sunnyvale, and Azusa, Calif.; Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs, Colo.;
Gaithersburg, Md.; Valley Forge, Pa.; and Lockheed Martin Space & Technology Center at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airbus not expecting big sales at show
Tom Enders, the chief executive of Airbus, says he doesn’t expect big orders at this month’s
Paris Air Show. Enders said Airbus must keep expanding abroad to stay competitive and
leave national sentiment behind. “Airbus will only remain competitive in the long term if it
develops resources and markets globally and becomes a genuinely international company,
with development and production also in the U.S., China, India and elsewhere.” Airbus has
already set up an aircraft assembly line in China, and India has pressed Airbus for a
production line there as well. But Airbus has been busy in domestic restructuring, aircraft
production delays and union opposition to offshoring. (Source: Liverpool Daily Post,
06/03/09) Gulf Coast note: Airbus parent EADS hopes to win an Air Force contract for tankers
and assemble them in Mobile, Ala. It also plans to build cargo aircraft in Mobile if it wins.

Contracts: Lockeed Martin, $2.1B
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $2,106,525,040 modification of a previously awarded
Joint Strike Fighter air system low rate initial production Lot III advance acquisition contract to
a cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract. This modification provides for the procurement
of seven Air Force conventional take off and landing and one for the Netherlands; seven
Marine Corps short take-off and vertical landing and two for the United Kingdom. Work will be
performed in Texas, California, Florida, New Hampshire, Maryland and the United Kingdom
and is expected to be completed in December 2011. This contract combines purchases for
the Air Force, Marine Corps, and the governments of the Netherlands and United Kingdom.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will become home of the Joint
Strike Fighter Training Center.

Space review panel named
An independent 10-member panel that will review the nation’s human space flight program will
hold its first meeting June 17 in Washington. Recommendations will be made by the end of
August. The administration last month announced formation of the panel and named former
Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine to head the panel. The remaining nine members
were announced Monday. (Source: New York Times, 06/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are involved in the
space program.

Gulfport gets another new flight
BILOXI, Miss. - Grand Casino Biloxi and IP Casino Resort teamed with Southern Skyways to
offer nonstop flights between Atlanta and Gulfport three days a week at Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport. Flights on a 117-seat Boeing 717 operated by AirTran Airways will begin
July 8. This is the third announcement of new service to Gulfport in the past three months.
(Source: Sun Herald, 06/01/09)

Bonner, Davis weigh in on tanker fight
The Washington Times published a commentary by Reps. Jo Bonner and Artur Davis of
Alabama, urging the Pentagon to build on the original Request for Proposal rather than go
back to square one in the tanker competition. Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team
are competing for the $40 billion contract to replace the fleet of KC-135s. Northrop won the
contract but it was overturned following a Boeing protest. The competition is scheduled to get
underway again this summer. (Source: Washington Times, 06/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing
wants to build the tankers in Washington State and Northrop wants to build them in Mobile,
Ala.

Contract: AeroVironment, $7M
Aerovironment Inc. of Monrovia, Calif., is being awarded a $7,000,000 modification to an
existing contract increasing the contract maximum to $10,000,000 for updated DDL compliant
Raven B Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle spares and retrofit kits in support of the U.S. Special
Operations Command Program Executive Office - Fixed Wing. The work will be performed in
Simi Valley, Calif., and is expected to be completed by August 2011. (Source: DoD, 06/01/09)
Gulf Coast note: AeroVironment has an operation in Navarre, Fla.

Rockwell buys DataPath
Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has completed the acquisition of satellite-based communication
network developer DataPath Inc. Rockwell Collins acquired all outstanding shares of
DataPath in a cash transaction worth some $130 million. (Source: Business Wire, 06/01/09)
Gulf Coast note: Rockwell Collins has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.


MAY 2009

NASA awards LN2, LOX contracts
NASA picked three companies to provide liquid nitrogen (LN2) and liquid oxygen (LOX) to six
NASA facilities. Linde LLC of Murray Hill, N.J., will supply 256,500 tons of LN2 and 173,000
tons of LOX to Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
and Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The three-year base period has two one-year
options with a maximum value of $28.8 million. The contract begins July 1. LN2 is used for
pneumatic actuation, purging, cooling and pressurization of equipment and LOX is an oxidizer
in cryogenic rocket engines. Companies chosen to supply other NASA facilities are Air
Products and Chemicals of Allentown, Pa., and Air Liquide Industrial of Houston. (Source:
NASA, 05/29/09)

Push on for Tyndall fighters
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The news that the Air Force will speed up the drawdown of F-15s at
Tyndall Air Force Base is firing up efforts to find a replacement. Rep. Jimmy Patronis wrote to
the Secretary of the Air Force asking that F-35s be considered for Tyndall. He pointed out
that the community is supportive of the Air Force mission. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
05/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will become home of the F-35 training
center, but all branches of the military are considering additional bases for the joint-service
fighter.

Test stand rises over Stennis
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Structural work has been finished on the A-3 test stand
that will be used to test engines for the Constellation Program. Work has now begun on
general construction. When completed, the A-3 stand will test J-2X engines that will propel the
Ares I crew launch vehicle and the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. The A-3 can simulate
altitudes up to 100,000 feet and can withstand a million pounds of thrust. The stand has a
completion date for May 2011. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/28/09)

Early Fire Scout test for Army planned
Northrop Grumman plans to test-fly for the Army its own Fire Scout unmanned helicopter next
month in Yuma, Ariz. The Fire Scout, called an XM157 Class IV UAV by the Army, is part of
the embattled Future Combat Systems program. The test is coming far earlier than the one
the Army plans in 2011. The Fire Scout is already being test-flown by the Navy. (Source:
Aviation Week, 05/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

AMRAAM completes test
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Raytheon’s newest variant of the Advanced Medium-Range
Air-to-Air Missile completed its seventh test flight March 19 when an AIM-120D AMRAAM was
fired from an F-15D fighter. Initial analysis shows the missile achieved all primary test
objectives. The Navy and Air Force have tested AIM-120D on the F/A-18 E/F and F-15C/D
fighters. (Source: Raytheon, 05/29/09)

Blue Angels trim practice sessions
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Because of budget constraints, the Navy is cutting one day of practice
for the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The F/A-18 Hornets will no longer practice on
Tuesday, but will continue Wednesday sessions. None of the remaining air show
appearances are being canceled. The team is based at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
(Sources: Pensacola News Journal, AP via Miami Herald, 05/27/09) Note: Two Tuesday
practices were cut before the team returned to a full schedule, according to later reports.

Contract: Far East Const., $13.8M
Far East Construction Corp., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $13,750,756 contract for
construction of parking lots and infrastructure. Buildings to be constructed include the group
support battalion logistics, tactical equipment maintenance facility, organization equipment
storage facility and more. Work is to be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an
estimated completion date of May 22, 2010. Corps of Engineers Mobile Regional Contracting
Center, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/09)

Contract: Broadmoor, $5.9M
Broadmoor LLC, Metairie, La., is being awarded $5,950,000 contract under a previously
awarded contract for design and construction of a jet engine maintenance shop addition and
an aircraft test cell foundation at Naval Air Station - Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. Work
will be performed in Belle Chase, La., and is expected to be completed by June 2010. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/09)

Tanker now in active wing
Boeing says three KC-767J aerial tankers have achieved initial operational capability and are
now in an active air wing in the Japanese air force. The tankers were designated operational
after a yearlong technical evaluation. A fourth plane will be delivered in the first quarter of
2010. (Source: Boeing, 05/26/09) Gulf Coast note: The KC-767 is expected to compete
against the Northrop Grumman/EADS KC-45 for a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker contract.
Northrop hopes to build its planes in Mobile, Ala.

Airports get FAA funds
Mississippi airports will share $4.7 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration,
according to Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker. Among them, Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport will get $2.2 million for a covered walkway from the parking area to
terminal building. (Source: AP via Sun Herald, 05/27/09)

Eglin fuzed weapon test successful
WILMINGTON, Mass. - Textron Defense Systems said its Sensor Fuzed Weapon smart
munition system completed three successful flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The tests
used SFW units assembled at the new McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in Oklahoma. The
Textron SFW, a cluster munition, has a redundant system - three modes - that cause
warheads to self-destruct if they fail to find a target or are rendered inactive through the
depletion of electrical firing energy after hitting the ground. (Source: Business Wire, 05/26/09)

Bolden nominated as NASA chief
Veteran space shuttle commander Charles F. Bolden Jr. has been nominated by President
Obama to serve as NASA’s administrator. It's been four months since the departure of former
administrator Mike Griffin, a rocket scientist appointed by the Bush administration to oversee
the shuttle’s 2010 retirement and development of the Constellation Program, designed to
return astronauts to the moon and beyond. (Source: Multiple, 05/23/09) Gulf Coast note:
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility and the National Center
for Advanced Manufacturing, both in New Orleans, are involved in NASA programs.

Eglin impact study draft ready
The first draft of a study on the compatibility between Eglin Air Force Base and the
surrounding communities has been released and a series of public meetings has been
scheduled. The study reviews the impact Eglin's mission and the base's projected growth
stemming from the Base Realignment and Closure act. Comments from the meetings will be
incorporated in the final version expected to be completed by July. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 05/22/09. The study can be accessed at the Daily News web site.)

StenniSphere sports new exhibit
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The visitor center at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space
Center, StenniSphere, has unveiled its latest permanent exhibit: Science on a Sphere, a 68-
inch global presentation of planetary data of the past, present and future. StenniSphere is the
third NASA visitor center to offer Science on a Sphere, a computer system that uses four
projectors to show dynamic, revolving, animated views of Earth’s and other planets’
atmosphere, geography and more. Science on a Sphere was developed by NOAA about five
years ago. Stennis is the 36th site to house the exhibit. (Source: NASA, 05/23/09)

Jet noise topic of meeting
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Sixty residents attended Eglin Air Force Base’s second town hall meeting to
discuss the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center. About a third of Maj. Gen. C. R. Davis'
presentation addressed plans to bed down the F-35s at Eglin and the options for noise
mitigation. Davis assured the audience that the Air Force was doing all it could to consider
ways to decrease noise. He said locating the center at other areas “begging for the airplane”
is not an option. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/21/09)

Low-flying jet tests radar system
MOBILE, Ala. - A Coast Guard jet made six low passes – 300 to 500 feet – over the Mobile
River near Austal USA Thursday, allowing radar tests aboard the littoral combat ship
Independence. Austal is part of a General Dynamics Corp.-led team competing to build
dozens of the warships. The Independence and a second LCS on order have aluminum
trimaran hulls. A team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. delivered the first of its steel-hulled ships
to the Navy in the fall and is working on a second vessel. (Source: Mobile Press Register,
05/22/09)

Airport dumps taxi deal
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Just before a federal court was to finish hearing a claim that the New
Orleans Aviation Board rigged a competition for curbside taxicab management, airport
officials killed the deal and promised to revise their procurement process. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 05/21/09)

AF likely to keep tanker oversight
A Pentagon official said the Air Force is expected to resume control over the aerial tanker
competition between Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team, according to Reuters.
The Pentagon chief weapons buyer was given control over the program last summer after
auditors faulted the Air Force's handling of the competition. Early this week, Aviation Week
reported that the Pentagon had decided if the Air Force or Pentagon’s acquisition chief would
manage the upcoming competition. (Source: Reuters, 05/21/09) Gulf Coast note:
Northrop/EADS plan to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., if they win the contract.

TSA gets more Rapiscan scanners
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded Rapiscan Systems a follow-on order
of about $3 million for its Rapiscan 620DV Advanced Technology X-Ray scanning systems.
The award for the baggage and parcel screening system for airports is one of the first made
by TSA that uses economic stimulus funds. Rapiscan, of Torrance, Calif., is a global supplier
of security inspection systems. (Source: Business Wire, 05/20/09) Gulf Coast note: Rapiscan
has a manufacturing operation – Ferson Technologies/Rapiscan – in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Ares I parachutes tested
The first test of the Ares I rocket’s three main parachutes was completed Wednesday at the
Yuma Proving Ground near Yuma, Ariz. The largest rocket parachutes ever manufactured –
150 feet in diameter and weighing 2,000 pounds each – they slow the descent of the rocket's
spent first-stage motor, permitting recovery for use on future flights. Ares I, the first rocket in
NASA's Constellation Program, is designed to launch explorers aboard the Orion crew
capsule on journeys to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond. (Source:
NASA, 05/20/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans, are involved in the Constellation program.

AF retiring 250 fighters
The Air Force announced plans to eliminate some 250 fighter jets – including some from Eglin
and Tyndall air force bases in Florida - from its inventory to free up money for next-
generation aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a news release. The move
would save $355 million in fiscal 2010 and $3.5 billion over the next five years. The service
would retire 112 F-15s, 134 F-16s and three A-10s. Five additional fighter aircraft already
had been designated to go out of service in the next fiscal year. Under the proposal, Tyndall
Air Force Base would lose 48 F-15s but retain 28 F-22s. Eglin Air Force Base, which is
scheduled to become the home of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Training Center, would lose
two F-15s and retain five. (Source: Stars & Stripes, European edition, 05/20/09. AF press
release)

EADS edges out Boeing
Europe’s multi-country EADS edged out U.S.-based Boeing as the biggest aerospace and
defense company in the world in 2008, based on revenues. A study from Deloitte released
Tuesday said Boeing had led EADS in 2007, but a strike of machinists in Boeing's commercial
division last fall allowed EADS to move ahead. Deloitte's study of 67 aerospace and defense
companies or divisions of companies found that European companies grew faster at 9.56
percent in revenue than U.S. firms, which grew at 6.3 percent. (Source: PRNewswire, Inside
Defense, 05/19/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS and Boeing are competing to build the next
generation of aerial tanker. Boeing wants to build them in Washington State and EADS wants
to assemble them in Mobile, Ala.

Combat controller gets Bronze Stars
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - A combat controller was presented with two Bronze Stars with valor
during a recent ceremony at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Master Sgt. Ken Huhman, a
special tactics recruiter in San Antonio, received the medals for his actions during a 2007
deployment to Afghanistan while assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt
Field, Fla. (Source: AFNS, 05/19/09)

F-35 engine completes test
The Pratt & Whitney F135 short takeoff/vertical landing propulsion system exceeded thrust
performance expectations in recently completed tests, providing more vertical power than
required by the F-35 Lightning II STOVL aircraft. The testing was conducted at a hover pit at
Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. There are three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, including the vertical takeoff and landing version. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 05/18/09)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is to be the home of the Joint Strike Fighter
Training Center.

Niceville unit achieves rating
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Niceville Operations in Florida has
achieved CMMI Maturity Level 3 for systems engineering. The Niceville Operation specializes
in the design, development and production of warheads for tactical missiles, rockets,
ammunition and bombs. The designation means the operation incorporates CMMI best
practices into its system engineering processes throughout product life cycles. GD Ordnance
and Tactical Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics of Falls Church, Va. (Source:
General Dynamics, 05/19/09)

AF could lose tanker oversight
Pentagon officials have not decided whether an upcoming tanker competition between Boeing
and a Northrop Grumman/EADS North America will be managed by the Air Force or the
Defense Department’s acquisition chief, according to David Van Buren, acting assistant
secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. (Source: Aviation Week, 05/18/09) Gulf Coast note:
If Boeing wins the planes would be built in Washington State; if Northrop/EADS wins planes
would be assembled in Mobile, Ala.

China Airbus completes flight
The first A320 aircraft assembled outside Europe completed a four-hour, 14-minute flight
Monday. It was assembled at the Final Assembly Line China, a joint venture between Airbus,
a 51 percent stakeholder, and a Chinese consortium that includes Tianjin Free Trade Zone
and China Aviation Industry Corp. The aircraft, which will be operated by Sichuan Airlines,
took off from Tianjin International Airport. An Airbus official said the plane has the same
quality as those assembled in Hamburg and Toulouse. (Source: Airbus, 05/18/09) Gulf Coast
note: Airbus parent EADS plans to build an assembly facility in Mobile, Ala., if it wins all or a
part of an Air Force contest to build tankers.

Tanker fleet shows age
WICHITA, Kan. - McConnell Air Force Base is the largest tanker base in the world, and
personnel know the problems keeping airborne a fleet built in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Metal fatigue, corrosion, and replacing parts never intended to be replaced are common. As
the debate continues in Washington over the Boeing vs Northrop Grumman contract to
replace the fleet, those in the field struggle to keep aloft aircraft so critical for the nation’s
defense. (Source: Wichita Eagle, 05/17/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop and partner EADS plan
to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win all or part of the contract.

Hunter UAV hits milestone
HERNDON, Va. - Northrop Grumman’s Hunter unmanned aircraft, used by the Army since
1996, has surpassed 75,000 flight hours in service - 50,000 flown in combat. The MQ-5B
Hunter is used for reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition, weapons delivery and
communications relay. The model designated RQ-5A was the Army’s first fielded UAV.
(Source: Northrop Grumman via Globe Newswire, 05/15/09) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop
Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., has done refurbishing work on the
Hunter.

Panel to get split buy data
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will provide data to Congress on the
cost of buying tankers from both Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team. Senate
Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye planned to insert language requiring the
data in the fiscal 2009 war spending bill, but dropped the plan after talking to Gates.
Pentagon officials oppose splitting the contract, saying it would be too costly. Some in
Congress say a split buy would prevent a losing side from filing a protest and delaying the
important procurement. (Source: Reuters via Forbes, 05/14/09) Gulf Coast note:
Northrop/EADS will assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win all or part of the contract.

Contract: Raytheon, $53.9M
The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to Raytheon Missile Systems Co. of
Tucson, Ariz., for $53,919,693. This action will provide miniature air launched decoy Low Rate
Production for 25 month production effort to include all 162 up rounds, 81 containers,
warranty rotable spares and a 12-month Interim Contractor Support. 692 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/09)

Eglin to get AFOTEC personnel
KIRKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
will begin realigning manpower to improve mission effectiveness pending completion of an
environmental impact assessment. The realignment will shift 33 percent of the personnel from
AFOTEC’s Kirtland Air Force Base headquarters to four AFOTEC detachments at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., Edwards AFB, Calif., Nellis AFB, Nev., and Peterson AFB, Colo. The
change affects 20 civilian and 71 military billets. (Source: AFNS, 05/12/09)

General wants to improve synergy
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The new commander of the Air Armament Center plans to
improve the synergy between weapons and aircraft. Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis, who
previously was program executive officer of the Joint Strike Fighter, has managed other
aircraft programs as well and wants to incorporate that knowledge into Eglin’s weapons
programs. "We at the AAC can do a better job trying to help build a strategic plan on how we
produce more synergy between the weapons and the airframe," Davis said. The "levels of
technology and capability between the two have always been out-of-sync and mismatched,”
and he wants to “rebalance the equation.” Eglin is scheduled to become home to the Joint
Striker Fighter Training Center and the 7th Special Forces Group. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 05/12/09)

Tanker boom tested
An Airbus A330 tanker transport completed a test of the in-flight handling characteristics of its
refueling boom system. The flutter testing of the first A330 built for Australia was done under
a variety of conditions. In a different test last month, the A330 was refueled by a French C-
135. Northrop Grumman plans to use the A330 platform for its KC-45, which is competing
against the Boeing KC-767 for a $40 billion Air Force contract. (Source: EADS, 05/12/09) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop/EADS plans to build the KC-45 in Mobile, Ala., if it wins the contract.

Boeing moves MDS to Huntsville
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Boeing Co. will relocate headquarters for its Missile Defense
Systems division from Arlington, Va., to Huntsville, starting immediately. Boeing initially will
shift division management and support functions to Huntsville, and will evaluate moving other
MDS employees. Between 40 and 50 positions may be transferred by the end of this year.
Boeing says customers have been locating more operations to Huntsville and it wants to
remain close to them. Boeing Huntsville operations include the defense work and work with
the space program. (Source: Boeing, 05/12/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing also has operations
in New Orleans and Northwest Florida.

Loud jet noise played at meeting
VALPARAISO, Fla. – A Valparaiso resident recorded the sounds of an F-35, F-15 and F-16
last month and played them Monday at a Valparaiso City Council meeting to show the
differences. Bob Webb, an audio professional, played the 45-second clip during an hour-long
presentation attended by about 50 people. According to his estimates, the average person
would find the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter two to three times louder than the F-16. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/11/09) Gulf Coast note: The Air Force plans to locate the
JSF training center at Eglin Air Force Base.

Coast Guard pondering UAVs
The U.S. Coast Guard is still in the market for an unmanned aerial system to extend the
surveillance reach of the new National Security Cutter fleet, the head of acquisition for the
service said May 11. The Coast Guard ended its planned vertical takeoff UAV program, and
has been monitoring other UAV programs, said Rear Adm. Gary Blore, assistant commandant
for acquisition. He said the Navy’s Fire Scout appears to be the farthest along but "we’re still
waiting for [maritime] radar to be integrated on Fire Scout." (Source: Aviation Week, 05/12/09)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss., and the first National
Security Cutter was built in Pascagoula, Miss.

EADS: Plans still on track
The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. on Monday refuted a published report that
indicated the slumping economy may force it to scrap plans to build cargo aircraft in Mobile,
Ala. Aerospace Daily quoted Airbus executive Domingo Urena as saying the company was re-
evaluating the plan to assemble a cargo version of the A330 in Mobile because of slack
demand for the planes. EADS and teammate Northrop Grumman are competing for the Air
Force contract to build aerial tankers in Mobile, Ala. The company had previously said it
would build the cargo planes in Mobile as well if it wins all or part of the tanker contract.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/12/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $521.2M
The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed price contract to Raytheon Co., of Tucson, Ariz., for
$521,236,837 for 105 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air, Missile Air Intercept Missile All-Up-
Round missiles, 11 AIM-120 D air vehicles instrumented, two AIM-120D Integrated test
vehicles, 72 AIM-120D captive air training missiles, 495 AIM-120C7 FMS and more. 695ARSS,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/11/09)

Former LM chief named to panel
The long-term plan for human spaceflight will have to wait until the end of the summer at the
earliest while a panel headed by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine reviews it at
the request of the White House. The panel will include NASA insiders and outside experts to
review the Bush-era “Vision for Space Exploration.” Among topics to be covered will be
narrowing the post-shuttle gap in delivering crews to the International Space Station on U.S.
vehicles; pushing human exploration beyond low Earth orbit to the moon and beyond, and
boosting commercial human spaceflight, according to John Holdren, Obama's science
adviser. (Source: Aviation Week, 05/08/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are both involved in the space
program.

Drone washes ashore
OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. – A target drone that had been shot down Feb. 25 over the Gulf of
Mexico was found washed ashore over the weekend. The BQM-167 subscale drone had been
shot down as part of a weapons evaluation test by the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. It washed up on Air Force property a quarter mile west of El
Matador Condominiums. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/11/09)

BAE Systems marks milestone
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – BAE Systems employees gathered at Lake Terrace Convention
Center Friday to celebrate the 500th M777 howitzer made in Hattiesburg. The plant is the only
supplier of the M777 howitzer, producing 14 of the lightweight howitzers each month. The
company is under contract for 737 howitzers by January 2011. The Hattiesburg facility
opened in 2003. (Source: Hattiesburg American, 05/09/09) Gulf Coast note: BAE Systems
also has operations in Gautier, Miss., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Board OKs flight academy construction
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation's board of directors
voted this week to begin construction on the National Flight Academy at Pensacola Naval Air
Station. The foundation approved plans for the $26.5 million construction project, which
includes a 100,000-square-foot academy facility, and a 55,000-square-foot addition to the
National Naval Aviation Museum. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/09/09)

Program aims to inspire students
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - High school students in communities near Stennis Space
Center can participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating
Research Experience, or Inspire. Selectees will participate in an online learning community in
which students and parents have the opportunity to interact with peers and NASA engineers
and scientists. Inspire is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and math. For information, visit www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.
(Source: NASA, 05/08/09)

NASA budget, planned study unveiled
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Along with the unveiling of NASA’s fiscal year 2010 budget on
Thursday, the White House announced the launch of an independent review of NASA's
human spaceflight activities. The review will examine NASA programs and possible
alternatives. As for the budget, NASA is requesting an $18.69 billion budget to advance Earth
science, complete the International Space Station, explore the solar system and conduct
aeronautics research. All totaled, an additional $2 billion has been added to NASA's 2009 and
2010 budgets under the Obama administration and funds a program of space exploration
involving humans and robots with the goal of returning Americans to the moon and exploring
other destinations. (Source: NASA, 05/07/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are both involved in NASA programs.

Pentagon big on UAVs
The fiscal 2010 Pentagon budget released Thursday held no surprises since Defense
Secretary Robert Gates in early April previewed what it would include. As expected, the
budget provides a good deal of money for unmanned aerial systems. It includes $1.45 billion
for five Air Force Global Hawks high-altitude UAVs, as well as funding for five Fire Scout
unmanned helicopters for the Navy. The Pentagon also plans on buy Ravens for the Army
and Shadows for the Marines. The Predator will be giving way to the more advanced Reaper.
The budget also includes $400 million to restart the competition between Boeing and
Northrop Grumman/EADS for the aerial tanker project. (Source: Multiple, 05/07/09) Gulf
Coast note: Global Hawks and Fire Scouts are made in part at the Unmanned Systems Center
in Moss Point, Miss.; Northrop/EADS plan to build the tanker in Mobile, Ala., if they win the
competition.

Pentagon: Kill alternative F-35 engine
The Pentagon is killing the alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the
fiscal 2010 defense budget request. The move ends funding for the F136 General
Electric/Rolls-Royce engine, leaving funding only for Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine. But
lawmakers have restored funding every time the Pentagon has sought to cut it in the past.
(Source: Aviation Week, 05/07/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will become
home to the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

Runway work begins
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Work has begun on a new taxiway linking Northrop Grumman
Unmanned Systems Center to Trent Lott International Airport's runway. The 419-foot-long
project should be finished within two weeks, said Carol Snapp, the airport's executive director.
With Taxiway C3 in place, Northrop can begin product flight tests of Fire Scout unmanned
helicopters, said site manager Bryan Mahoney. (Source: Mississippi Press, 05/07/07)

Northrop awards suppliers
A Pensacola company was among 130 suppliers nationwide honored by Northrop Grumman
this week. The suppliers provide Northrop’s Aerospace Systems sector with products ranging
from aircraft parts to electronics for spacecraft, as well as everyday services. Johnson Supply
Co., which supplies coatings and sealants, was among 62 platinum award winners for 2008.
The company also recognized 11 top suppliers and 56 gold award winner. (Source: Globe
Newswire, 05/06/09)

EADS appoints tanker program chief
EADS North America appointed Michael Cosentino as vice president and program manager,
tanker programs. He’ll work closely with Northrop Grumman on the KC-45 tanker and oversee
the company’s tanker program and engineering efforts in the United States. EADS North
America and Northrop Grumman are competing against Boeing to replace the aging Air Force
tanker fleet. The KC-45 will be built in Mobile, Ala., if the Northrop/EADS team wins. (Source:
EADS North America, 05/05/09)

Constellation review expected
The Obama administration this week may order a review of the spacecraft program NASA
hoped would replace the space shuttle, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The review would
examine whether the Ares I rocket and Orion capsule are the best options to send astronauts
into orbit by 2015. The review of the Constellation program could be finished by fall. (Source:
Los Angeles Times, 05/06/09) Gulf Coast note: Any changes in NASA programs are crucial
for Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Court won’t block airport
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A court has nixed a bid to block a new airport from being built. The U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a pending petition for review of the Federal
Aviation Administration's Record of Decision approving relocation of the Panama City - Bay
County International Airport to a new site. The National Resources Defense Council,
Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of PFN argued against the FAA and airport on Jan. 23,
2008. The new airport is under construction with an expected opening of May 2010. It’s being
built on 4,000 acres donated by The St. Joe Company. (Source: Business Wire, 05/05/09)

Moss Point UAV plant takes added role
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - A Navy contract will establish the Unmanned Systems Center in Moss
Point as a service center for Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Navy awarded Northrop
Grumman a contractor logistics support contract valued at $5 million the first year, with
options for three more years that will total $19 million. It’s the first step to a long term MQ-8B
Fire Scout maintenance program. The center, which also builds portions of the Fire Scout and
Global Hawk, will provide maintenance and periodic upgrades for the MQ-8B. The contract
also includes operational and maintenance training. (Source: Globe Newswire, 05/05/09)

Shuttle tank heads to Florida
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The space shuttle's latest external fuel tank built by Lockheed Martin at
the Michoud Assembly Facility is heading for Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The tank,
constructed by using friction stir welding, will be used in the August launch of Discovery. The
15-story tall tank left New Orleans by barge on Friday. (Source: New Orleans Times-
Picayune, 05/05/09)

Osprey facing reliability issues
The Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation told Aerospace Daily that the MV-22
Osprey is facing reliability issues due to inaccurate predictive modeling. Lt. Gen. George
Trautman said reliability and maintainability are “not meeting my full expectations yet.” He said
it has become evident that early predictions of mean time between failures on certain parts
were inaccurate. But he praised Bell Boeing for being engaged in working on the issues.
(Source: Aviation Week, 05/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Air Force Special Operations at Hurlburt
Field, Fla., uses the CV-22 variant.

Austal, Baldwin honored
Site Selection, a magazine that tracks economic development projects, recognized Austal USA
and the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance in its May issue. Shipbuilder Austal
received an honorable mention in the top North American deals category, and the Baldwin
alliance received an honorable mention among Top Economic Development Groups of 2008.
Recent accomplishments include Segers Aero Corp., a $7 million project that created 100
new jobs. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/05/09)

Fire Scout completes key test
An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter successfully completed fully autonomous flight
operations onboard the USS McInerney. This follows at-sea operations aboard the USS
Nashville, which included the first autonomous ship landings by a Navy unmanned aerial
vehicle. The Fire Scout, which eventually will be deployed on littoral combat ships, is
scheduled to deploy on the McInerney for its next counter-narcotics trafficking deployment
later this year. The ship is based at Mayport Naval Station, Fla. (Source: Northrop Grumman,
05/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA builds a version of the LCS in Mobile, Ala.

Small-boat threat system tested
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon and
Lockheed Martin, conducted the second captive flight test of the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch
System Precision Attack Missile. The system is also one of the key Littoral Combat Ship
mission modules to combat small-boat threats. The LCS Mission Module can fire as many as
45 PAM missiles from three container launch units. With a range greater than 25 miles, the
PAM missile gives the LCS an increased surface warfare weapon capability. (Source:
Raytheon, 05/04/09) Gulf Coast note: The Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., is building
LCS ships for the Navy.

EADS, Lockheed team on new helo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - EADS North America said today that American Eurocopter is teaming
with Lockheed Martin to offer a new armed scout helicopter to the U.S. Army, the Armed Scout
645. The announcement was made at the Army Aviation Association of America’s 2009
Annual Convention. The Armed Scout 645 is based on the Eurocopter EC145 commercial
airframe, the platform for the UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter. The Armed Scout 645 will be
produced at EADS’ American Eurocopter’s Columbus, Miss., facility, which also builds the UH-
72A Lakota. (Source: EADS North America, 05/04/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS operates an
engineering center and maintenance center in Mobile, Ala., where it also hopes to assemble
aerial tankers for the Air Force.

F-15 team marks final demo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The ACC’s Eglin-based “West Coast” F-15 demo team
performed its last demonstration here Friday at the 33rd Fighter Wing Nomad reunion.
Vintage P-51 Mustangs also performed. The 33rd has been one of the ACC's demonstration
teams since the 1990s. The demonstration team originated from Holloman Air Force Base, N.
M., and moved to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., before settling at Eglin. "West Coast" was
retained for heritage purposes. In addition to ending its demonstration team work, the
Nomads are ending 30 years at Eglin in September to make way for the F-35 Joint Strike
fighter training complex. ACC now has six demonstration teams left to showcase America's air
power. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 05/02/09)

NASA begins layoffs
NASA is laying off 160 people in New Orleans and Utah, the first of 900 jobs that will be
eliminated over the next months at NASA centers. NASA is preparing to retire its space shuttle
fleet in 2010. The first notices went out Friday, primarily to contractors producing the space
shuttle fuel tanks outside New Orleans and the shuttle solid rocket boosters in Utah. (Source:
Multiple, 05/02/09)

AAC gets new commander
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis assumed command of the Air
Armament Center from Maj. Gen. David Eidsaune in a ceremony Friday. Davis most recently
was executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Program Office, in charge of developing and
acquiring the F-35. The initial F-35 training school will be based at Eglin. Eidsaune will
become director of operations of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base in Ohio. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/01/09)

Contract for Michoud awarded
NEW ORLEANS, La. - NASA selected Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tenn., to receive the
manufacturing support and facilities operations contract at the Michoud Assembly Facility.
The contract value is $120.49 million for the base period, $40.11 million for option year one
and $42.16 million for option year two. Jacobs Technology will manage the Michoud facility
and provide support to its multiple NASA projects and other tenants. Michoud, a NASA-owned
facility, is one of the world's largest manufacturing plants. (Source: PRNewswire, 05/01/09)

Murtha won’t propose split just now
The Mobile Press-Register is reporting that language to force the Pentagon to buy tankers
from both Boeing and Northrop Grumman won’t be included in this year's supplemental war
spending bill. The newspaper says Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said he was abandoning his
push to add language, but that he intends to make another push for the dual buy later this
year. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 05/01/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman and its
partner, EADS, plan to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win the contract.

Raytheon buys right to KillerBee
TUCSON, Ariz. - Raytheon has purchased rights to the technology and name of the KillerBee
unmanned aircraft system from Northrop Grumman. Under the agreement, Raytheon will
submit the KillerBee for the Navy and Marine Corps' Small Tactical UAS and Tier II
competition. The KillerBee UAS features a blended-wing aircraft body design. It also has
common systems for land or sea launch, recovery and ground control. The design of
KillerBee enables growth for future payloads and additional mission capabilities. (Source:
Raytheon, 05/01/09)


APRIL 2009

First production F-35 fuselage delivered
Northrop Grumman has delivered to Lockheed Martin the center fuselage for the first
production F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, designated AF-6, a conventional takeoff and landing
variant for the Air Force. Northrop, a partner of Lockheed Martin on the F-35 program,
designs and produces the center fuselages for all three F-35 variants – conventional, short-
takeoff and carrier-compatible. (Source: Globe Newswire, 04/30/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., will be home of the JSF training center.

Lifeline thrown to shuttle
House and Senate leaders authorized $2.5 billion to keep the space shuttle flying through
2011, if it’s necessary to complete planned missions to the international space station.
Funding to maintain shuttle operations past the current deadline of December 2010 is part of
the nonbinding $3.4 trillion budget blueprint passed by the House and Senate Wednesday.
(Source: Wall Street Journal, 04/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are both involved in the shuttle program.

Outlook bright for Coast
BILOXI, Miss. - Representatives from six airlines and about 150 South Mississippi executives
expressed optimism for the Coast at Wednesday’s Airline and Tourism Development Summit
at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. Bruce Frallic, executive director of Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport, said airlines are making money serving Gulfport and are considering
adding flights. Jeremiah Gerald, director of air service and business development for the
airport, said Gulfport is outpacing U.S. growth, with passenger volume up 230 percent since
1998. (Source: The Sun Herald, 04/29/09)

General Dynamics 1Q report
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - General Dynamics first-quarter earnings rose 3 percent as sales of
warships and other military equipment made up for lower profits from business jets. The Falls
Church, Va.-based defense contractor reported first-quarter net income of $590 million, up
from profit of $572 million in the same quarter last year. (Source: GD, 04/29/09)

Northrop adds to UAV lineup
Northrop Grumman, a major unmanned aerial vehicle maker with its Global Hawk and Fire
Scout, has acquired Swift Engineering of San Clemente, Calif. The purchase gives Northrop
the KillerBee line of unmanned aircraft, renamed the Bat. The blended wing-body UAV will be
offered in sizes with wingspans ranging from 6.5 feet to 33.2 feet. (Source: Aviation Week,
04/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Systems Center is in Moss Point,
Miss., where the company builds portions of the Fire Scout and Global Hawk.

Control system for multi-UAVs gets nod
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Raytheon Co. received a $16.5 million Navy contract to migrate the
current Tactical Control System to a Linux-based operating system and add upgrades to the
system software. The Navy’s vision is to develop a common unmanned aircraft ground system
for multiple platforms, allowing operators to run on one system simultaneously multiple
unmanned aircraft and payloads. Among other things, the contract provides for integration
and testing leading to operational evaluation on the Fire Scout. The Navy plans to conduct
operational evaluations of the Fire Scout this summer. (Source: Raytheon, 04/29/09) Gulf
Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part at the Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.

Sides forming in tanker deal
Despite a movement towards buying aerial tankers from both Boeing and Northrop
Grumman/EADS, there’s still plenty of opposition and fence-sitting. The Mobile Press-Register
reports that Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., blasted the split buy in an interview Monday.
Meanwhile, Aviation Week reports that several key senators are not persuaded about the
split. It says Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., as well as
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and E. Benjamin Nelson, D-Neb., are not taking a position yet.
(Sources: Mobile Press Register, Aviation Week, 04/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop/EADS
plan to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win the contract.

Contract: Multiple, $48M
The Air Force is awarding an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to multiple
contractors, including Tybrin Corp., of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for a maximum $48,000,000.
Other contractors are Mark G. Miller Inc. of Layton, Utah, SoBran Inc. of Dayton, Ohio,, White
Dot Solutions Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gauss Management Research and Engineering
of Ogden, Utah. This action will provide engineering and related services in the development
and sustainment of software engineering support for the 309th Software Maintenance Group.
OO-ALC/PKES, Hill Air Force Base, Utah is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/09)

Tanker marks refueling milestone
The Airbus A330 tanker transport marked a new development milestone when it was refueled
by a French Air Force C-135, according to EADS. In two sorties, the C-135 made 20 contacts
with a Royal Australian Air Force A330. The A330 is the platform that Northrop Grumman
plans to use for the KC-45, which is competing against the Boeing KC-767 to provide tankers
for the U.S. Air Force. (Source: EADS, 04/28/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS North America and
Northrop Grumman plan to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if they win the contract.

GBU-53/B completes CTV test
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Raytheon launched its first GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II
as a control test vehicle flight from an F-15E. After safely separating from the aircraft, the
weapon deployed its wings, performed a series of preprogrammed maneuvers and flew to a
predesignated position. The mission met all primary test objectives. It’s designed to take out
moving targets in adverse weather conditions. (Source: Raytheon, 04/28/09)

33rd provided summit cover
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Fla. - Ten F-15s and 125 personnel from the 33rd Fighter Wing returned
last week from a 15-day deployment providing aerial security support for Summit of the
Americas conference. Wing members operated from Port Salines International Airport,
Grenada, where a Joint Task Force set up a bare base. The airport had no taxiways or
equipment to support fighter operations before the team arrived with four tons of equipment
needed to establish 24-hour security protection. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/24/09)

Fire Scout payload gets nod
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Northrop Grumman received Milestone "C" approval from the Defense
Department for its Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system,
designed to support Marine Corps amphibious assault operations. The system now moves
toward low-rate initial production. COBRA is designed to detect and localize minefields
patterns and other obstacles in the littoral zone prior to amphibious assaults. It will be carried
aboard MQ-8B Fire Scout UAVs. (Source: Global Newswire, 04/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Fire
Scouts are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.; two COBRA team members are Arete
Associates of Niceville, Fla., and QinetiQ North America, which owns PSI of Long Beach, Miss.

F-35 in UK for testing
The first structural test airframe for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter arrived in the United Kingdom
to undergo tests in the Structural and Dynamic Test facility at BAE Systems’ site in Brough,
East Yorkshire, England. The F-35A, designated AG-1, is the conventional takeoff and
landing variant. BAE Systems is a principal subcontractor to Lockheed Martin. AG-1 left Fort
Worth, Texas, March 27. It took three weeks to make the ocean voyage. (Source: BAE
Systems, 04/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to become the
home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

Museum to restore ditched plane
A vintage dive bomber pulled from Lake Michigan will be restored at the National Museum of
Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Fla., and go on display at the National World War II Museum in
New Orleans. The Douglas SBD Dauntless was on a training mission in 1944 when it was
ditched and found in the mid-1990s 20 miles from shore. It was brought to shore Friday.
(Source: AP, 04/25/09)

Hurlburt top AF installation
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - For the second time in six years, Hurlburt Field received the
Commander In Chief's 2009 Installation Excellence Award. The first time was in 2003. The
award includes a $1 million prize to be used to improve quality of life on the base. The award
was established in 1984. Hurlburt is home of the Air Force Special Operations Command.
(Source: Florida Freedom Newspapers, 04/24/09)

2008 big for bird strikes in N.O.
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Bird strikes at Louis Armstrong International Airport showed a six-fold
increase between 2007 and 2008, but the number of serious strikes remained steady over
the past 18 years, according to Federal Aviation Administration data released Friday. Officials
said the jump indicates the airport is doing a better job reporting strikes.. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/24/09)

Gulf Breeze vies for aviation company
GULF BREEZE, Fla. - Gulf Breeze is competing with Georgia to bring in a new avionics
manufacturer that may mean 37 or more jobs. The Santa Rosa County Commission voted
Thursday to designate “Project Broken Arrow” as a “Qualified Target Industry” to receive
state tax discounts. The project would be a headquarters and manufacturing facility. The
company manufactures and designs aviation-related components, said Shannon Ogletree,
industry recruiter for TEAM Santa Rosa. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/24/09)

Teledyne Continental to cut hours
MOBILE, Ala. - Teledyne Continental Motors will cut the hours of its employees as the maker
of piston airplane engines struggles with low demand. The company, which employs 400
people at Brookley Field Industrial Complex, will put employees on four-day weeks, and could
close entirely for five weeks during the rest of the year. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
04/24/09)

Senators lift hold on Carter
After meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and
Jeff Sessions said they will lift their hold on Ashton Carter, the nominee for Under Secretary of
Defense and Acquisition. The two senators met with Gates to discuss the controversial Air
Force tanker contract, which pits Boeing against the Northrop Grumman/EADS team. Shelby,
who said he wants to contract to go to the best value rather than based on price alone, said
Gates echoed the desire to deliver the best airplane to troops. (Source: WKRG-TV, 04/23/09)
Gulf Coast note: EADS will assemble the plane in Mobile, Ala., if it wins the contract.

Contract: Lockheed, $5.6M
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $5,553,093 contract for engineering and technical
support in the integration of Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) Systems into
a MH-60S helicopter. The systems to be incorporated in the MH-60S are the Advanced Sonar
System; Airborne Mine Neutralization System; Airborne Laser Mine Detection System; Rapid
Airborne Mine Clearance System; and Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep. Half
the work will be done in Panama City, Fla., and half in Oswego, N.Y. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/09)

Contract: Northrop, $8.7M
Northrop Grumman is being awarded an $8,743,239 modification to a previously awarded
contract to provide additional operations and maintenance support for the Global Hawk
Maritime Demonstration. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. and San Diego, Calif.,
and is expected to be completed in November 2009. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/09). Gulf Coast note:
Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Goodrich 1Q report
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Goodrich Corp. reported an increase in first-quarter net income to $170
million, up from earnings of $158 million a year ago. Sales fell 2.8 percent to nearly $1.7
billion in the latest quarter. Goodrich attributes the lower revenue to economic conditions and
the residual impact of the 2008 Boeing machinists’ strike on the company’s major market
channels. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich operates a
maintenance center in Foley, Ala.

Raytheon 1Q report
WALTHAM, Mass. - Raytheon Co. reported first quarter 2009 income from continuing
operations of $457 million compared to $401 million in the first quarter 2008. Net sales for the
first quarter 2009 were $5.9 billion, up 10 percent from $5.4 billion in the first quarter 2008,
with growth across all of the company's businesses. (Source: PRNewswire, 04/23/09). Gulf
Coast note: Raytheon has operations along the Gulf Coast.

Boeing OK with tanker split
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Boeing's top defense executive said Wednesday the company will
support splitting the aerial tanker deal with the Northrop Grumman/EADS team if the
Pentagon chooses that approach. Boeing had been mum up to now, though both Northrop
and EADS had OKd a split. Defense Secretary Robert Gates opposes buying two different
tankers, but a movement has grown in Congress to split the deal because it may be the best
way to move the process forward. The Air Force considers replacing the tanker fleet a high
priority. (Source: AP via Seattle Times, 04/23/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS plans to assemble
the planes in Mobile, Ala., if it wins all or part of the contract.

Events overtake NASA study
Delays in establishing a clear space policy may have rendered NASA plans to narrow the post-
shuttle "gap" in U.S. human access to space out of date before implementation. A
Constellation Program Acceleration Study released April 20 finds the U.S. space agency $1.9
billion short of the funds it needs to meet an internal initial operational capability target date of
September 2014. (Source: Aviation Week, 04/22/09) Gulf Coast note: The Michoud Assembly
Facility and National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, both in New Orleans, and Stennis
Space Center, Miss., are all involved in the Constellation Program.

Long-time airport chief leaving
PENSACOLA, Fla. – After 22 years as director of Pensacola Regional Airport, Frank Miller is
leaving to become San Antonio’s aviation director. Miller, whose new position becomes
effective May 18, will oversee the day-to-day operations at the San Antonio International
Airport and its $500 million expansion project. (Source: San Antonio Business Journal,
04/22/09)

F-35 lands at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – After a one-day delay, a Joint Strike Fighter designated AA-1
landed at Eglin for the first time Wednesday afternoon. It will remain until Friday, giving local
mayors, county commissioners and school board members an opportunity to see the plane
that has been the focal point of several lawsuits. The city of Valparaiso wants to stop the Air
Force from establishing a JSF training center at the base, but the county is suing the city to
get it to drop its suit. (Source: Tcp, 04/22/09)

F-35 critical data not taken
The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin suggested that cyber-attacks had not caused any
serious security breaches in the Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Defense and
corporate officials said attacks on the Pentagon as well as the F-35 program are constant.
The comments came in response to a Wall Street Journal story Monday reporting that cyber-
attackers copied and siphoned off data related to design and electronics systems. (Source:
Washington Post, 04/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will become home to
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

Inouye to consider split tanker buy
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii,
signaled he’s giving serious consideration to a proposal that would split the contract to build
the next fleet of aerial refueling tankers between Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS
team. Defense Secretary Robert Gates opposes a split buy, but some congressional leaders
think it may be the only way to get the purchase moving forward. (Source: Government
Executive.com, 04/22/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS plans to assemble the tankers in Mobile,
Ala., if it wins all or part of the contract.

Northrop Grumman 1Q report
LOS ANGELES - Northrop Grumman Corp. reported that first quarter 2009 earnings from
continuing operations increased 48 percent to $389 million compared with $263 million in the
first quarter of 2008. First quarter 2008 earnings were reduced by a pre-tax charge of $326
million in the company's Shipbuilding sector. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 04/22/09) Gulf
Coast note: Northrop Grumman has multiple operations along the Gulf Coast.

Teledyne Technologies 1Q report
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Teledyne Technologies Inc. reported first quarter 2009 sales of
$440.3 million, compared with sales of $451.8 million for the same period of 2008. Net income
for the first quarter of 2009 was $20.8 million compared with net income of $27.9 million in the
first quarter of 2008. (Source: Business Wire, 04/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Teledyne
Continental in Mobile, Ala., is part of Teledyne Technologies.

Boeing 1Q report
CHICAGO - Boeing Co. reported first quarter net income of $0.6 billion with earnings per
share of $0.86 which includes the previously announced $0.38 per share reduction from
revised twin-aisle commercial airplane production rates and lower price escalation forecasts.
Revenue rose 3 percent to $16.5 billion on higher commercial airplane deliveries and higher
volume in defense. (Source: Boeing, 04/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has operations in
New Orleans and Northwest Florida.

Contract: Northrop, $21.6M
The Air Force is awarding a fixed price incentive firm contract to Northrop Grumman Systems
Corp., of San Diego, Calif., for $21,600,000. This contract will provide advance procurement
of LRIP Lot nine selected long lead items required to meet the production schedule of two
Global Hawk Block 30 and three Global Hawk Block 40 Air Vehicles as well as the selected
long lead items for the ASIP sensors. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/21/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are made
in part in Moss Point, Miss.

F-35 visit delayed
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The F-35 that was supposed to arrive here today has been
delayed until Wednesday. A Lockheed official said the aircraft experienced an anomaly with a
system during engine startup. The plane is making its inaugural visit to Eglin, which is
scheduled to be the home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 04/21/09)

Lockheed Martin 1Q report
Lockheed Martin Corp. reported first quarter 2009 net earnings of $666 million  compared to
$730 million in 2008. Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $10.4 billion, compared to
$10.0 billion in 2008. Cash from operations for the first quarter of 2009 was $1.2 billion,
compared to $880 million in 2008. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 04/21/09) Gulf Coast note:
Lockheed Martin has multiple operations in the Gulf Coast region

Northwest fades in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. - Northwest Airlines will begin fading from view next month at Mobile Regional
Airport as Pinnacle Airlines Corp. stops providing ground services for its three daily round
trips to Memphis. Beginning May 12 passengers on Northwest will check in at the Delta Air
Lines ticketing desk and board at one of Delta's two gates at the airport. (Source: Mobile
Press-Register, 04/21/09)

Friction stir weld underway on Orion
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Lockheed Martin has begun its first friction stir weld process on an
Orion crew module ground test article at the Michoud Assembly Facility. This ground test
article will help validate the process, which will be used for all crew module welds. The weld
system is part of the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, managed by the University
of New Orleans Foundation in partnership with NASA and Louisiana. Weld operations on the
test article will continue for three months. The structure will then undergo mechanical
assembly, integration and testing in New Orleans and Denver. Lockheed Martin is the prime
contractor for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, slated to make its first crewed flight in 2015.
(Source: PRNewswire, 04/20/09)

City can proceed with F-35 suits
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The city of Valparaiso will be able to proceed with two suits against the
Air Force over the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base. In Pensacola
federal court, a judge rejected a motion by the Air Force to dismiss the city’s Freedom of
Information suit. Earlier in Valparaiso, a circuit judge denied a temporary injunction requested
by Okaloosa County which would have halted two Valparaiso suits. Valparaiso fears the noise
of the F-35 will drive down property values. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/17/09)

City violated records law in F-35 fight
VALPARAISO, Fla. - An Okaloosa County circuit judge ruled Valparaiso officials violated state
public records law in their fight over the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center at Eglin Air Force
Base. Valparaiso has 10 days to turn over documents. Okaloosa County’s request for a
temporary injunction to halt Valparaiso’s federal suit against the Air Force was denied until
the state suit between the county and city is resolved. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
04/17/09)

EADS chief OK with split tanker buy
The chief executive of EADS, Louis Gallois, said his company and partner Northrop Grumman
would probably bid on a $35 billion tankers project even if the Pentagon decided to buy from
both Northrop/EADS and Boeing. His condition is his company would have to be able to build
at least 12 planes a year. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates opposes a split buy, but there’s
a move underway in Congress to buy from both aerospace giants. (Source: New York Times,
04/16/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS NA plans to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala., at Brookley
Industrial Complex. Northrop Grumman also plans to build a site next to EADS’ plant should
the team win the contract. EADS has also expressed interest in building cargo planes at the
site.

Land buy helps protect Whiting
MILTON, Fla. - The Navy has partnered with Santa Rosa County to buy nearly 600 acres near
Naval Air Station Whiting Field to help prevent encroachment at the base in Milton. In the last
eight years the county has been using state money to buy up land to keep development
away. The Navy contributed $2.8 million, 75 percent of the cost. (Source: WEAR-TV,
04/16/09)

Center to provide new service
FOLEY, Ala. - Goodrich Corp.'s Alabama Service Center received approval from Boeing to
provide overheat service bulletin inspections and modifications for Boeing Next-Generation
737 aircraft. The bulletin outlines instructions for inspection of the aircraft's CFM-56-7 engine
thrust reverser inner walls as well as insulation blankets. In 2007, the Alabama Service Center
became the third facility in Goodrich's worldwide maintenance, repair and overhaul network
authorized to participate in Boeing's Network Service Center program to repair and overhaul
Next-Generation 737 and 777 thrust reversers. (Source: Goodrich, 04/16/09)

Gulfport hosts airline summit
GULFPORT, Miss. – The Mississippi Gulf Coast Airline and Tourism Development Summit will
be held at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino with a dinner April 28, followed by a day of
presentations and tour of the Coast. The first Airline Summit was held soon after Hurricane
Katrina and the fourth summit this year will give airline executives a look at the progress on
the Coast and plans for more development. (Source: The Sun Herald, 04/16/09)

Lakota program chief wins award
The Huntsville, Ala.-based program manager for EADS North America’s Light Utility Helicopter,
John Burke, will receive the 2009 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Defense
Industrial Association’s Tennessee Valley Chapter. Through March 2009, the company has
delivered 62 of the Columbus, Miss.-built UH-72As to active Army and National Guard units
nationwide. The Army plans to buy 345 Lakotas through 2016, and the Navy wants five.
(Source: EADS North America, 04/15/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS also has an engineering
center and maintenance operation in Mobile, Ala.

NASA picks 16 STTR projects
Mississippi State University and a company in Winona, Miss., think they’ve come up with a way
to ensure the purity of hydrogen fuel that’s important for engine testing at Stennis Space
Center, Miss. The proposed is among 16 selected by NASA for negotiation of Phase 2
contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer program. Mississippi Ethanol LLC
and MSU want to develop a technique and sensor to measure simultaneously concentrations
of several contaminants in hydrogen gas storage tanks and supply lines. The purity of
hydrogen fuel is important in NASA engine testing. The proposed sensor may also be used
for quality control in pharmaceutical, chemical and food processing industries. (Source:
NASA, 04/15/09)

Director steps down
GULF BREEZE, Fla. – Brice Harris, director of the Andrews Institute's space-tourism program,
resigned Tuesday in the wake of accusations he used his state job to get the position. Gov.
Charlie Crist is seeking an Ethics Commission inquiry into Harris' role in developing the
institute's contract for Project Odyssey, designed to get tourists ready to launch into orbit.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/15/09)

Goodrich Alabama center wins award
FOLEY, Ala. - Goodrich Corp's Alabama Service Center in Foley and Customer Services
campus in Monroe, N.C. received Corporate Diamond Certificate of Excellence awards from
the Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Maintenance Technician program. The Corporate
Diamond award is the highest award presented in the AMT program. The awards have now
been presented eight times to the Alabama center. (Source: Goodrich, 04/15/09)

F-35 to visit Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will make its inaugural landing
at Eglin April 21 and will remain at the base for four days. Base officials invited local mayors,
county commissioners and school board members to visit the base and see the plane that
has been the focal point of several lawsuits. The city of Valparaiso wants to stop the Air Force
from establishing a JSF training center at the base, but the county is suing the city to get it to
drop its suit. No pubic events are scheduled. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/15/09)

More money for pro-tanker Web site
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mobile County Commission approved paying a Pensacola, Fla., company
$63,500 to train county workers to run a Web site that encourages the Air Force to select
Mobile as the site for construction of new refueling tankers. Birdwell Photography &
Multimedia Inc. has previously been paid nearly $450,000 by the county to build and maintain
the Web site. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/14/09)

Stennis center wins award
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - The NASA Shared Services Center won the Best New
Captive Services Delivery award from the Shared Services Outsourcing Network. The award
recognizes the most successful shared services organization launched within the last three
years. About 30 public and private sector organizations applied for the award. The center is a
public-private partnership between NASA, CSC, Mississippi and Louisiana. CSC provides
administrative, financial, human resources and procurement support services to about 20,000
NASA employees, applicants, contractors and university partners. The center combined the
services that were once done at NASA headquarters and 10 NASA centers. (Source:
PRNewswire, 04/13/09)

Navy won’t expand Wolf OLF
MOBILE, Ala. – Wolf Field in Lillian was removed from consideration for expansion to meet the
needs of a new Navy training aircraft. The Navy is replacing the T-34C trainer with the T-6B,
which requires longer runways. Three other fields in Baldwin County are still being
considered. The planes will be operating out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.
Outlying fields, or OLFs, are used to practice takeoffs and landings. (Source: Mobile Press
Register, 04/13/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $41.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $41,200,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for
long lead materials and effort associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Air System Low
Rate Initial Production Lot IV procurement of three additional Navy Carrier Variant Air Systems
and one United Kingdom Short Take Off Vertical Landing Air System. Work is expected to be
completed in January 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/09/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
scheduled to become home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center.

Civic leaders briefed on security issues
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Civic leaders from 20 states got an in-depth view of Eglin and
Hurlburt Field's national security programs during the National Security Forum Alumni Tour
March 31 to April 3. More than 50 community leaders looked at the McKinley Climatic Lab, the
Air Force Research Lab's Taconi Room and Air Force Special Operations Command's
Special Tactics Training Squadron at Hurlburt. The program is hosted by the Air War College
at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/08/09)

GE chief backs split tanker buy
The head of General Electric is supporting a move to split the Air Force tanker contract
between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Jeff Immelt, GE's chairman and chief
executive officer, said the compromise proposed by Rep. John Murtha may be the best way to
get the troubled program back on track. "I think Murtha has created a path to break the
deadlock," Immelt told The Enquirer newspaper in Cincinnati in an interview published
Wednesday. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/09/09) Gulf Coast note: The Northrop
Grumman/EADS North America team wants to build the tankers in Mobile, Ala.

County sues city over F-35
VALPARAISO, Fla. – Okaloosa County filed suit Wednesday in circuit court against the city of
Valparaiso, seeking to torpedo the city’s suit against the Air Force over the Joint Strike
Fighter Training Center. Valparaiso sued the Air Force because of concerns over the noise of
the F-35, claiming the Air Force did not consider alternate sites at Eglin Air Force Base that
would mitigate the noise. But some are concerned Valparaiso’s suit is jeopardizing the center,
which will have a $350 million impact through construction alone. (Sources: Northwest Florida
Daily News, WEAR-TV, 04/08/09)

International flights to resume
NEW ORLEANS, La. - International air service will return to Louis Armstrong International
Airport in July. AeroMexico will begin offering nonstop flights to Mexico City from New Orleans
July 6. The flights will operate six times a week. AeroMexico will be the first foreign line to
operate out of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. (Source: New Orleans Times Picayune,
04/07/09)

Contract: BAE, $22.4M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a
$22,427,138 modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for
maintenance, logistics, and life cycle services in support of communication-electronic
equipment/systems and subsystems for various Navy, Army, Air Force, Special Operations
Forces and other federal agencies. Two percent of the work will be done in Fort Walton
Beach, Fla. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/07/09)

FWB company honored by Boeing
A Fort Walton Beach, Fla., company is among nine named by Boeing as 2008 Suppliers of
the Year. Fort Walton Machining Inc. was chosen in the diversity/veteran owned small
business category. The winners are from among the company's 10,800 active suppliers
worldwide. Winners were judged on quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental
initiatives, customer service and technical expertise. (Source: Boeing, 04/06/09)

Louisiana aviation market stable
NEW ORLEANS, La. - New Orleans and Louisiana in general have stable aviation business,
aviation consultant Mike Boyd said during the Louisiana Airport Managers & Associates
conference. Part of the reason is a higher demand in Louisiana for air service. Nationwide,
about 41 million fewer passengers flew in 2008 than 2007, a 7 percent decline. (Source: New
Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/07/09)

Fire Scout preps for final exam
Fire Scout unmanned helicopters will be ready for their first deployment later this year, paving
the way to full-rate production, possibly before 2010. A story in the April issue of Seapower
said two Fire Scouts will be aboard the guided missile frigate USS McInerney when it deploys
with the Fourth Fleet to the Southern Command’s area of operations. The Fire Scout was
designed for use on Littoral Combat Ships, but delays in that program prompted the Navy to
test the system on a frigate. The Fire Scout, MQ-8B, provides intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance using electro-optical sensors, UHF radios and a data link to relay videos to a
receiver station on a ship. The Navy plans to buy 168 of the aircraft, built in part in Moss
Point, Miss. (Source: Seapower, April 2009)

Tanker rebid in summer; more F-35 funds
The Pentagon plans to reopen the competition this summer to replace the Air Force’s fleet of
aerial tankers, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates still wants to go with one supplier –
either Boeing or the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America team. Gates, who announced
his proposed fiscal 2010 budget today, also wants to put more money into the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter project. Both projects are important to the Gulf Coast region. The tankers would
be assembled in Mobile, Ala., if the Northrop/EADS team wins. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the designated home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center. (Source: Multiple, 04/06/09)

Flight academy aims for equipment funds
PENSACOLA, Fla. - A foundation that wants to build a flight academy at the National Museum
of Naval Aviation has raised $17.5 million for the four-story building. Now it’s trying to raise the
$8.8 million for equipment. The National Flight Academy is designed as a five-day camp that
teaches middle and high school students science and technology in a Navy-themed setting.
Some of the most expensive equipment for the carrier-themed facility will be flight simulators.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/05/09) Gulf Coast note: A group in South Mississippi is
also raising funds to build a science center, called Infinity, near Stennis Space Center.

Airport eyes new taxi system
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The New Orleans Aviation Board has recruited Dulles Airport Taxi of
Virginia to overhaul the taxicab system at Louis Armstrong International Airport. The board
has not yet signed a contract. The airport's disorganized network of taxicabs has long been a
sore point for the bureau, which often hears complaints from meeting planners and tourists
that many of the vehicles are dirty and inconvenient for travel. (Source: New Orleans Times
Picayune, 04/04/09)

Murtha, Gates meet to discuss tanker
Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, met with
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday in an effort to secure Pentagon backing for
dividing the $35 billion aerial tanker contract between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman
Corp. (Source: New York Times, 04/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop teammate EADS North
America plans to assemble the tankers in Mobile, Ala., if it wins the contract.

Contractors fret over budget
Defense contractors have converged on Capitol Hill in recent weeks to shore up
congressional support for projects, according to Politico. They’re concerned by the pledge by
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to reduce military spending. While details of the $534 billion
defense budget remain unknown, the ax could fall on some as early as next week. (Source:
Politico, 04/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Numerous defense programs impact on the Gulf Coast,
which has multiple military bases and defense contractor operations.

Constellation Program cost rises
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The cost of the Constellation Program has gone up, and is likely to
keep rising, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The cost and delays may force some
rethinking in Washington of America's lunar ambitions and could doom the project as the
nation faces an economic crisis and record deficits. (Source: Orlando Sentinel, 04/02/09) Gulf
Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi are both involved in the Constellation program.

Airport decision expected in May
BATON ROUGE, La. - State leaders will decide by May 1 whether to continue efforts to build a
$4.4 billion airport near Donaldsonville. Critics claim the state has spent too much on a 17-
year project that has failed to attract private investors. Backers envision an airport with links
to water, rail and highways built on a 25,000-acre site. Supporters contend the airport, called
the Louisiana Transportation Center, would be the biggest economic development project in
state history. Donaldsonville is between Baton Rouge and New Orleans along Interstate 10.
(Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 04/02/09)

EADS launches ad campaign
EADS North America launched an advertising campaign to underscore the company’s role in
America’s economy as the largest international commercial customer for U.S. aerospace
products. The campaign highlights the $11 billion spent in the U.S. by EADS and its business
units in 2008, supporting more than 200,000 American jobs. The initial ad features members
of the Mississippi-based American Eurocopter team that produces UH-72A Lakotas. A total of
345 UH-72As are expected to be acquired by the Army through 2016, with nearly 60 of these
rotary-wing aircraft already delivered. (Source: EADS North America, 03/31/09) Gulf Coast
note: EADS also has an Airbus engineering center and an EADS CASA maintenance center
in Mobile, Ala.

Delta adds flights in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. - Delta Air Lines will add two more flights to Mobile Regional Airport beginning
June 5, bringing its total to nine on weekdays and returning mainline jet service to Mobile for
the first time since November. The carrier's total number of seats will increase by just 1.7
percent because Delta will substitute 50-seat regional jets for some of the 70-seat regional
jets it is flying. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 04/01/09)


MARCH 2009

County moves against city over F-35
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Officials in the county where the Air Force plans to locate the
Joint Strike Fighter Training Center are taking legal steps to force a city opposed to the
center to drop its fight with the Air Force. Okaloosa County commissioners voted Tuesday to
initiate the dispute resolution process, the first step for one government agency to sue
another in Florida. At issue is Valparaiso’s suit filed Monday against the Air Force seeking to
stop the center from being built at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 03/31/09)

City files suit to block F-35
VALPARAISO, Fla. – The Valparaiso City Commission filed suit in U.S. District Court Monday
seeking an injunction blocking the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Training Center from coming to
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. It asks the courts to halt all ground breakings, movement of aircraft
and personnel, and claims the Air Force violated federal rules by not considering other
locations on Eglin that would have less noise impact on Valparaiso. In two related matters, a
lawyer told WEAR-TV that a suit will be filed in state court against Valparaiso, claiming a
violation of sunshine laws. And Florida Freedom Newspapers reports that the Bay County
commission has sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley offering Tyndall Air Force
Base near Panama City, Fla., as a good location for the training center. That base is losing
two F-15s squadrons by the end of 2010. (Sources: Florida Freedom Newspapers, WEAR-
TV, WJHG-TV, 03/30/09)

Air show expects 70,000
BILOXI, Miss. – Officials expect as many as 70,000 spectators Saturday and Sunday for the
first air show at Keesler Air Force Base since Hurricane Katrina. Thunder on the Bay will
include the Thunderbirds, the Air Force flight demonstration team, returning to the Coast for
the first time in 15 years. Other military aircraft and stunt flyers will perform during the two-day
show. (Source: The Sun Herald, 03/30/09)

Contract: L-3, $11M
L-3 Communications Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded an $11,069,296 time and
material contract for aircraft production support. Work is to be performed at Corpus Christie,
Texas, with an estimated completion date of January 8, 2010. Corpus Christie Army Depot,
Corpus Christie, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/27/09)

Contract: EDO, $49.5M
EDO Corp., Panama City Operations, Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $49,545,446
contract to provide services and materials for repair, modification, and overhaul of the
Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures System. This procurement is in support of depot
level repair, overhaul, and modification of the MK-105 Magnetic Minesweeping Gear,
Precision Navigation System, Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep System, and the
MH-53 Airborne Mine Neutralization System components. Work will be performed in Panama
City and is expected to be completed by March 2014. The Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/27/09)

Contract: Bates, $20M
Bates Engineers/Contractors Inc., Bainbridge, Ga., was awarded a $20,048,601 contract for
the design and build of a Joint Communications Support Element Squadron Facility at MacDill
Air Force Base, Fla. Work is to be performed at MacDill with an estimated completion date of
June 10, 2012. Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/27/09)

Lockheed, UF to develop mini satellites
Lockheed Martin has partnered with the University of Florida to develop and launch five
miniature satellites to test innovative space concepts. Lockheed will fund $450,000 of
research and development projects at the university this year. The satellites will be used to
investigate, among other things, miniaturized, space-hardened GPS electronics and state-of-
the-art intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The satellites, called
CubeSats, are cube-shaped, measuring less than four inches per side and operating on a
power output similar to a cell phone. The work will complement work of the UF-led Advanced
Space Technologies Research & Engineering Center, ASTREC. (Source: Lockheed Martin,
03/26/09) Gulf Coast note: UF has several engineering-related research programs in
Shalimar, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in
Pensacola, Fla., is a participating member of ASTREC.

Special Forces groundbreaking held
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An indoors groundbreaking was held at Eglin Air Force Base
Thursday for the Army’s 7th Special Forces Group. It was the second groundbreaking in a
week following last week’s event for the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center. The 600,000-
square-foot campus near Duke Field will include a gymnasium, dining facility and two group
headquarters on 500 acres. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/26/09)

Murtha develops own defense budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Absent a 2010 defense budget from the Pentagon, the chairman of the
House Appropriations subcommittee on defense has fashioned his own military spending
plan. Key elements of Rep. John Murtha’s plan: A new refueling tanker is the top Air Force
priority, and splitting the buy between Boeing and Northrop Grumman is his priority. Murtha
also wants a second engine option for the Joint Strike Fighter, even if the Air Force doesn’t.
(Source: Defense News, 03/25/09) Gulf Coast note: If Northrop Grumman and partner EADS
win some of the tanker competition, planes will be assembled in Mobile, Ala.; The Joint Strike
Fighter training center is being built at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Guard finds support to replace planes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate appropriators offered sympathy and support for the Air National
Guard in its effort to gain new tactical aircraft. Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye told the
director of the Air National Guard that appropriators would do their best to make sure
replacement fighters are in the budget. The Guard uses F-16s and F-15s. The Government
Accountability Office reported in January that if the planes aren’t replaced by 2020, 11 of 18
domestic air sovereignty alert sites could be without aircraft. (Source: Aviation Week,
03/25/09)

Orion crew module recovery tested
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A full-scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew module is being tested in
water under simulated and real landing weather conditions as part of the Constellation
Program designed to return astronauts to the moon and beyond. A Navy-built, 18,000-pound
Orion mockup is being tested in a pool at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock
Division in West Bethesda, Md. Ocean testing will begin April 6 off the coast of NASA's
Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Source: NASA, 03/25/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both involved
in the Constellation Program.

Bill seeks to protect bases
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state Senate is taking action to protect the Florida’s 20 military
bases and $55 billion economic impact. Legislation introduced by Sens. Don Gaetz and Durell
Peaden makes base closure and mission realignment a state issue. The bill establishes the
Florida Council on Military Base and Mission Support and work groups to focus on intrastate
activities, liaison with the Defense Department, competitive strategies, and public awareness.
(Source: WMBB, 03/25/09) Gulf Coast note: Northwest Florida is home to a half-dozen military
bases.

Contract: Lockheed, $320M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded $320,000,000 not to exceed modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract. This modification provides for long lead materials and efforts associated
with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Air System Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot III
procurement of the required Special Tooling, Special Test Equipment and Technical
Assistance. Work is expected to be completed in November 2011. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/25/09) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to become home to the JSF training
center

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $15.6M
The Air Force is awarding a firm fixed contract to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace,
Madison, Miss., for $15,563,895. This action will provide fleet maintenance and training
support on twelve Cessna 173 aircraft and five Cessna 208B trainer aircraft owned by the
Iraqi Government. 727 ACSG/PKB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/25/09)

Lakotas pass milestone
The Army’s fleet of UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters passed the 10,000 flight-hour
milestone. Fifty-eight UH-72As have been delivered by EADS North America to the Army and
Army National Guard for missions including homeland security, medical evacuation, logistics
and VIP flights. The helicopters are built in Columbus, Miss. (Source: EADS North America,
03/25/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS also has an Airbus engineering center and EADS CASA
operation in Mobile, Ala.

Contract awarded for Stennis A-3 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Roy Anderson Corp. of Gulfport, Miss., was awarded a five-
year contract to build the A-3 test stand for the Constellation Program. The 300-foot tall stand
will be used to test the J-2X engine, built by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, that will power the
upper stage of Ares I and Earth departure stage of Ares V. The contract value is not to
exceed $45 million. Contract work includes installation of the general mechanical and
electrical support for the A-3 test stand. The first test at the stand is slated for 2012. (Source:
NASA, 03/24/09)

V-22s temporarily grounded
Naval Air Systems Command temporarily grounded 84 Navy and Air Force V-22 Ospreys after
an inspection of a V-22s in Iraq revealed loose bolts damaging components in the rotor
assembly. More than 50 aircraft have now cleared inspections, though four of the 12 V-22s in
Iraq required repair. Air Force Special Operations Command, based at Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
expected all 11 of its CV-22s to be cleared. (Source: InsideDefense, 03/24/09)

Contract: Tybrin, $16.8M
Tybrin Corp., of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded by the Air Force a cost plus award fee
contract for $16, 799,185. This action provides non-personal advisory and assistance
services to fully support Aerospace Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Advisory
and Assistance Services program. It focuses on robust systems engineering and technical
assistance services. AFFTC/PKTJ, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/24/09)

Split tanker buy gaining steam
Democratic lawmakers appear determined to push a bill splitting a $35 billion contract for
aerial tankers between Boeing and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team. Rep. John Murtha, D-
Pa., and other defense appropriators think it will get the program moving again. Defense
Secretary Robert Gates sees the move as an expensive compromise, but defense analyst
Loren Thompson says the split contract could save money by more quickly retiring the
existing fleet of KC-135 tankers. (Source: Seattle Times, 03/23/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop
Grumman and EADS plan to assemble its tankers in Mobile, Ala.

Homeowners offered compensation
MOBILE, Ala. - Homeowners in the loudest places around Mobile Regional Airport are being
offered compensation. A Federal Aviation Administration grant of a little more than $1.6
million will be used for a one-time payment that could equal 10 percent of the home’s fair
market value for noise abatement. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/22/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $49.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Maritime Systems and Sensors, Integrated Defense Technologies,
Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a fixed price contract not-to-exceed $49,877,689 for FY08
MK 41 Vertical Launching System production and delivery requirements. The MK41 VLS
program is integral to the navies of nine allied and friendly foreign nations. This contract
combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Turkey and Australia under
the Foreign Military Sales Program. Fourteen percent of the work will be performed in Fort
Walton Beach, Fla., 64 percent in Baltimore, Md., 19 percent in Minneapolis, Minn., 2 percent
in Eagan, Minn., and 1 percent in Virginia Beach, Va. Work is expected to be completed by
December 2012.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/20/09)

UK announces F-35 purchase
FORT WORTH, Texas – The United Kingdom will buy three Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning
II operational test aircraft, a sign of the U.K.’s commitment to the Operational Test and
Evaluation phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program. British Defense Secretary John Hutton
made the announcement during a visit to Washington, D.C. The F-35B combines stealth with
short takeoff/ vertical landing capability and supersonic speed. It will be flown from the two
new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The U.K. plans to bring 138 F-35s to the fleet.
(Source: Lockheed Martin, 03/19/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be home
of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center

ATK delivers Ares I-X hardware
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Four Alliant Techsystems' Ares I-X motor segments have
arrived at Kennedy Space Center, bringing together all of the final hardware required for the
upcoming test flight this summer, part of NASA’s Constellation Program. The segments were
originally produced for the space shuttle and later transferred to the Ares I-X mission.
(Source: ATK, 03/19/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both involved in the Constellation program

Marine flies F-35 for first time
FORT WORTH, Texas – An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter took off Thursday for the first time with a
Marine at the controls. Maj. Joseph Bachmann, a test pilot, flew an F-35A for an hour and 20
minutes at a Lockheed Martin facility. According to Bachman, the flight “was badass.” The F-
35 he flew is not the vertical landing version the Marines will use. Bachmann will be a
government test pilot with the Harrier-type version. (Source: Wired, 03/19/09) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be home of the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center

Airport sports new parking garage
GULFPORT, Miss. – Officials gathered Wednesday for a dedication and ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the new $15 million parking structure at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.
Bruce Frallic, executive director of the airport, said the three-story, 800-car parking garage
was no small undertaking. It was 10 years in the making. (Source: The Sun Herald, 03/18/09)

F-35 center groundbreaking set
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Groundbreaking for the Joint Strike Fighter Training Center
is slated for Friday. The Washington-based assistant secretary of the Air Force for
installations, environment and logistics is scheduled to preside. Also attending will be the
director of plans and programs from the Air Education and Training Command in Texas and
the commander of the Air Armament Center at Eglin. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
03/18/09) All branches of the military will use the Eglin Air Force Base center for training in
the three variants of the F-35 Lightning II

United Space gets ATK contract
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Alliant Techsystems awarded United Space Alliance a $257 million
contract to perform subcontractor support to ATK for the NASA’s Ares I and Ares 1-X
programs through the design, development, test and engineering phase. The contract, part of
the Constellation Program to return astronauts to the moon and beyond, includes
engineering, deceleration system development and technical operations support for Stage I
activities. (Source: PRNewswire, 03/18/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are involved in the Constellation Program

Blue Angels back home
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team has returned home to
Naval Air Station Pensacola. The team had been at the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron’
s winter training grounds at El Centro, Calif. The team opened its show season Saturday in El
Centro. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/17/09)

Airport authority OKs spending
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Airport Authority approved $26.1 million in spending for the year
that began Oct. 1. That includes $8.69 million in federal funds that will go for improvements at
the agency's two airports. Projects include taxiway work and terminal work at the Mobile
Regional Airport, as well as road and drainage work at Brookley Field Industrial Complex.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/17/09)

Contract: Northrop, $59.6M
The Air Force is modifying a cost plus award fee contract with Northrop Grumman Systems
Corp., of San Diego, Calif., for $59,608,897. This action will provide engineering,
manufacturing and development infrastructure activities in support of the Global Hawk
program. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(Source: DoD, 03/13/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Tyndall’s F-15 drawdown set
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force plans to draw down Tyndall’s two F-15
Eagle squadrons by the end of 2010. The drawdown, long rumored, was confirmed in an e-
mail from the 325th Fighter Wing commander. Tyndall also has an F-22 Raptor squadron.
Bay Defense Alliance president Tom Neubauer said that event without the F-15 training
mission he’s confident about the base’s future. He says military officials have said that
something “will fill that tarmac.” (Source: Florida Freedom Newspapers, 03/13/09)

Push on for new gunships
FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Special Operations officials want to begin developing a new
gunship to replace the AC-130H/U in the fiscal 2010 budget. But in a tight budget
environment it may be hard. Replacement candidates include the L-3 Communications/Alenia
North America C-27J and Lockheed Martin’s C-130J. The topic was discussed at the Precision
Strike Association’s annual review conference here March 10. (Source: Aviation Week,
03/12/09)

Murtha presses forward on tankers
The chairman of the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee plans to use the upcoming
war emergency supplemental bill to jumpstart the aerial tanker program. Rep. John Murtha, D-
Pa., advocates splitting the purchase between Boeing, which would build them in Washington
State, and the Northrop Grumman/EADS team, which would build them in Mobile, Ala. Murtha
has been working on a proposal that would fund two tankers to be built a month, instead of
just one, as initially projected. (Source: The Hill, 03/12/09)

Lakotas delivered to D.C. Guard
Three Mississippi-built UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters were delivered by EADS North
America to the District of Columbia National Guard. The helicopters are the first of 16 Lakotas
to be operated in the region. The D.C. National Guard will get eight, as will the Military District
of Washington. All 16 will be based at Fort Belvoir, Va. The UH-72A is built at the American
Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss. (Source: EADS North America, 03/12/09) Gulf Coast
note: EADS also has a maintenance center and engineering facility in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Imedia.it, $8.4M
Imedia.it, Houston, Texas, is being awarded an $8,370,187 contract for education/training
products and support services managed by the Naval Education and Training Professional
Development and Technology Center, Pensacola, Fla. Contract includes a base year and
four option periods, which if exercised, would bring the value to $43,850,230. Five percent of
the work will be done in Pensacola, the rest in Houston. Work is expected to be completed by
September 2009. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment Philadelphia is
the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 03/12/09)
Contract: Bell-Boeing, $11M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $11,066,515
modification to a previously awarded contract for Increment II of the CV-22 aircraft Block 20
upgrade program. Efforts provided include concept definition, non-recurring engineering,
drawings, non-recurring prototype manufacturing, installation, and logistic support to integrate
and test the V-22 Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal Replacement Receiver, and
improved crew interface of broadcast data. Nine percent of the work will be done in Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. Other sites are Philadelphia, Pa., (81 percent) and Fort Worth, Texas, (10
percent). Work is expected to be completed in September 2012. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/12/09)

BAMS team wins award
HERNDON, Va. - The Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration team was recognized with the
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Commander's Award in a ceremony at Naval Air
Station Patuxent River, Md. The award is the result of the team's achievements during 2008,
which include providing support during Hurricane Ike and the California wildfires. (Source:
Globe Newswire, 03/12/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

White House denies seeking tanker delay
The Mobile Press-Register is reporting that the White House is not seeking to delay plans to
buy new aerial refueling tankers. That’s according to Ken Baer, a spokesman for the
administration. Baer said reports that the Office of Management and Budget requested a five-
year delay were “simply inaccurate.” Defense analyst Loren Thompson said the White House
budget office listed tankers among a group of items that could be cut or delayed to save
money. But Thompson said the administration gave no indication that it wanted to delay the
program. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/12/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $11.4M
The Air Force is extending a firm fixed price contract with Raytheon of Tucson, Ariz., for
$11,397,736. This action will extend the period of performance to provide contractor logistics
support for CY09. 695 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/11/09)

Contract: Lockheed, $265M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an advance acquisition contract with an estimated value of $265 million for long lead
materials and effort associated with the Joint Strike Fighter Air System Low Rate Initial
Production (LRIP) Lot IV procurement of 12 Air Force Conventional Take Off and Landing air
systems, 14 Marine Corps Short Take-off and Vertical Landing air systems, one Navy Carrier
Variant air system, and one Netherlands CTOL air system. In addition, this contract provides
for associated ancillary mission equipment, sustainment support, special tooling/special test
equipment and technical/financial data. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, El
Segundo, Calif., Warton, United Kingdom, Orlando, Fla., Nashua, N.H., and Baltimore, Md.,
and is expected to be completed in January 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/11/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to become home to the JSF training center.

Reaper to get more muscle
The armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system will be getting an additional weapon
system: the Joint Direct Attack Munition. Results of tests in California are still being evaluated,
but it appears the 500-pound GBU-38 JDAM could be certified in July. The Reaper can carry
the GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb and the AGM-114 Hellfire missile. The JDAM adds
a weapon with global positioning system guidance along with adverse weather capability.
Eglin Air Force Base’s 678th Armament Systems Squadron and 679th Armament Systems
Squadron participated in the tests. (Source: Air Force, 03/10/2009)

Ares I igniter tested
NASA completed a successful test firing of the igniter that will be used to start the Ares I
rocket first stage motor. The March 10 test paves the way for the initial ground test of the
Ares I first stage later this year. Ares I is the first launch vehicle in NASA’s Constellation
Program, which will return astronauts to the moon and beyond. The test, conducted at ATK
Launch Systems test facilities near Promontory, Utah, generated a flame almost 200 feet
long. (Source: NASA, 03/10/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
and Stennis Space Center, Miss., are involved in Constellation

Delay tanker five years?
CQPolitics reports that the White House wants to delay buying aerial refueling tankers by five
years. The recommendation is part of negotiations between the Office of Management and
Budget and the Defense Department. If the guidance survives the internal budget process,
Capitol Hill is likely to protest. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., whose state would
assemble the planes if the Northrop Grumman/EADS team wins: “For a group who has been
in the OMB for just a matter of weeks to come in and suggest the cancellation of the No. 1 Air
Force priority for procurement is stunning, and I don’t think Congress will accept that.” Boeing
is also competing to build the tankers. (Source: CQPolitics, 03/09/09)

F-35 suit topic of meeting
VALPARAISO, Fla. - Valparaiso residents packed into Monday’s city commission meeting to
discuss the city’s plan to sue the Air Force. Signatures of close to 500 residents and more
than 1,000 from those outside the city who oppose the suit were presented to the
commission. The commission took no action. The city is suing because of concerns about the
noise that will come when the Joint Strike Fighter training center is established. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/10/09)

Supporters rally for F-35
VALPARAISO, Fla. – Supporters of the plan to bring the Joint Strike Fighter training center to
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., gathered a petition Friday. The group opposes Valparaiso’s plans
to sue the Air Force, and wants to present the petition to the city commission Monday. Rally
organizer Rick Woelfl said F-35 supporters had collected more than a 1,000 signatures online
and on paper. Valparaiso officials are concerned over the noise the F-35 will bring, and claim
it will lower property values. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/06/09)

Contract: Northrop, $107.6M
The Air Force is modifying a contract with Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of San Diego,
Calif., not to exceed $107,575,999. This action will provide for long lead items associated with
Lot 8 Global Hawk Block 40 air vehicles. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/09)

Turkish company delivers F-35 parts
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. has delivered its first composite parts
for the F-35. The structural composite panels are used to form the outer surface of the
fighter. Northrop Grumman will integrate the parts into the center fuselages of the first two
production F-35s. Northrop Grumman is a founding member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35
Lightning II team, and is responsible for the design and production of center fuselages for all
three variants of F-35 aircraft. The F-35 has multiple international suppliers. (Source:
PRNewswire, 03/05/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to be home
to the F-35 joint training center

Parachute test successful
NASA successfully completed the second drop test of a drogue parachute for the Ares I
rocket. The test was Feb. 28 at the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. Ares I, part of
the Constellation Program, will send explorers to the International Space Station, the moon
and beyond in coming decades. The drogue parachute is designed to slow the descent of the
spent first-stage motor that will be jettisoned by the Ares I during its climb to space. The first-
stage solid rocket motor powers Ares I for the first two minutes of launch. (Source: NASA,
03/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space
Center in Mississippi are both involved in the Constellation Program

Teledyne cuts jobs
MOBILE, Ala. - Teledyne Continental Motors laid off about 20 workers late last month, officials
said. The airplane piston engine maker has been hit by the economic downturn. It has 400
workers at Brookley Industrial Complex location. The company is a subsidiary of Teledyne
Technologies of Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 03/03/09)

EDC launches J-35 support effort
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County has
launched a campaign in support of the Joint Strike Fighter mission at Eglin Air Force Bas.
EDC is asking residents to take an online poll on U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller's Web site. The City of
Valparaiso, right outside Eglin, voted last month to sue the Air Force over plans to bring the F-
35 training center to Eglin. The polls is designed to show how much support the basing has,
despite Valparaiso’s suit. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/01/09)

Gilbrech returning to Stennis
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA has appointed Richard Gilbrech associate director
of Stennis Space Center. He’s the former director of Stennis who served between January
2006 and August 2007, when he was appointed associate administrator for NASA’s
Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Last November Gilbrech announced his retirement
from that headquarters post. With the new appointment, Gilbrech will return to Stennis in early
May. (Source: NASA, 03/02/09)


FEBRUARY 2009

Extra flight to Charlotte will resume
GULFPORT, Miss. - Early-morning flights between Gulfport and Charlotte, N.C., on US
Airways will resume Tuesday. Fuel prices and a slow economy led the airline to suspend the
third daily flight in October. But over the past few weeks the flights are operating at near
capacity so the extra flight is returning. (Source: The Sun Herald, 02/28/09)

Northrop, EADS asked to hire Haas
MOBILE, Ala. – Northrop Grumman and EADS North America have been asked by Mobile
officials to hire Bay Haas, the retired airport authority executive director, to coordinate local
support for the effort to win the contract to assemble aerial refueling tankers in Mobile.
According to the Mobile Press-Register, the request was made in a Feb. 18 letter. A
spokesman said Northrop Grumman is giving the suggestions “active consideration.” (Source:
Mobile Press-Register, 02/28/09)

NASA picks spacesuit developer
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NASA has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering
International Inc. of Houston to begin work on the design, development and production of a
new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program. The system will protect astronauts
during voyages to the International Space Station and exploration of the moon's surface.
(Source: PRNewswire, 02/27/09) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast has space-related
operations at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $5.8M
The Air Force is modifying a contract with Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated
Systems Air Combat Systems, San Diego, Calif., for $5,857,128. This action will provide
engineering, manufacturing and development infrastructure activates in support of the Global
Hawk Program. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk fuselage work is done in part in Moss
Point, Miss.

Boeing submits Altair proposal
HOUSTON, Texas - Boeing through its Space Exploration division submitted a proposal to
NASA for Altair lunar lander design support. NASA is expected to award multiple contracts this
spring. The lunar lander, part of NASA's Constellation Program, will launch aboard the Ares V
heavy-lift rocket and provide astronauts with life support and a base for exploration missions.
Altair will also return the crew to the Orion spacecraft that will transport the astronauts back to
Earth. (Source: Boeing, 02/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans
and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both involved in the Constellation Program

Extra Ares I flight tests eyed
NASA managers are pulling together options for spending some $400 million in extra funds
that have become available for human exploration under the economic stimulus package, and
have not ruled out an extra flight-test to hasten development of the Ares I crew launch
vehicle. Also on the table is advancing development work on Ares I and the Orion crew
exploration vehicle. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both involved in the
Constellation Program

Tanker still top priority
ORLANDO, Fla. – Aerial tankers remain the Air Force's top priority and the competition could
be completed within a year, according to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. The tankers are
needed to replace KC-135s. Donley, speaking at a military conference sponsored by the Air
Force Association, said Defense Secretary Robert Gates expects to issue a new request for
bids this spring. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/27/09) Gen. Duncan McNabb,
commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, told a joint hearing of the seapower and air
and land forces subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee that the tanker is his
No. 1 modernization priority, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Boeing is
competing against a Northrop Grumman/EADS, which wants to construct an assembly plant in
Mobile, Ala., to build the planes.

County to buy more industrial acreage
MILTON, Fla. - The Santa Rosa County Commission voted to use $3.1 million in electric
franchise fees to buy 90 acres in not far from Interstate 10 to use for industrial development.
Pullum Park will join the nearby Santa Rosa County Industrial Park and the planned Whiting
Aviation Park as county-owned property available for industrial development. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 02/27/09)

Contract: Textron, $9.5M
The Air Force is modifying a contract with Textron Systems Corp., of Wilmington, Mass., for
$9,527,490. This action will provide 30 additional Sensor Fuzed Weapons, Full Rate
Production Lot 12. 683rd ARSS/SYKA, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(Source: DoD, 02/26/09)

$533.7B defense budget proposed
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department would get a baseline budget of $533.7 billion
in fiscal year 2010, up from $513.3 billion appropriated by Congress in 2009, under President
Barack Obama’s proposed budget. It’s part of the $3.55 trillion budget the White House
released Thursday. (Sources: Wall Street Journal, Aviation Week, Washington Post,
02/26/09) Gulf Coast note: The DoD budget is important to this region, which is home to
military bases as well as large and small defense contractors

Scolese: NASA funding responsible
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting NASA Administrator Christopher J. Scolese said the $18.7 billion
for NASA in the 2010 fiscal year budget is “fiscally responsible and reflects the
administration's desire for a robust and innovative agency.” Scolese said the budget ensures
NASA maintains global leadership in Earth and space research and “funds a robust program
of human and robotic space exploration.” When combined with the $1 billion provided for
NASA in the Recovery Act, the funding is more than $2.4 billion above the 2008 level.
(Source: NASA, 02/26/09) Gulf Coast note: The region is heavily involved in the space
program through Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi.

Second F-35B marks first flight
FORT WORTH, Texas - Lockheed Martin’s second short takeoff/vertical landing F-35B
Lightning II accomplished its first flight on Wednesday. The aircraft, known as BF-2, joins a
conventional takeoff and landing F-35A and another F-35B that already have logged a
combined total of 84 flights. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/25/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., will become home to the Joint Strike Fighter training center

Teledyne to buy back shares
Teledyne Technologies, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., said it will repurchase up to 1.5 million
shares of stock, or 4.2 percent of the shares that were outstanding as of Dec. 28. The
company said it would use cash on hand and money borrowed through an existing credit
agreement. Teledyne operates Continental Motors division at Brookley Field Industrial
Complex in Mobile, Ala. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/26/09)

Keesler command change slated
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill turns over command of the 81st
Training Wing to Col. Ian Dickinson in a ceremony April 6. Dickinson, who reports to Keesler
by March 31, is Joint Staff deputy chief information officer at the Pentagon. Touhill’s new
assignment is Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, U.S. Central Command, Kuwait. (Source:
Keesler Air Force Base, 02/25/09)

Airbus placing bet on freighters
Airbus is preparing to birth a new generation of freighter aircraft just as the industry is seeing
declines in demand. But Airbus is looking beyond the immediate crisis and making a long-term
bet on creating freighters that could compete with rival Boeing, which has long dominated the
freighter market. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/22/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS, parent of Airbus,
said last year that it would produce a cargo version of its A330 airliner in Mobile if it won the
Air Force tanker contract. A new competition will begin this year.

Shuttle fuel tank in Florida
NEW ORLEANS, La. – An external fuel tank made for NASA by Lockheed Martin at the
Michoud Assembly Facility is expected to arrive at Kennedy Space Center Saturday. The
tank, which is 15 stories tall and almost 28 feet in diameter, traveled by covered barge.
(Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/20/09)

Contract awarded for engine testing
WASHINGTON - NASA signed a five-year, $45 million contract Thursday with American Tank
and Vessel Inc. of Mobile, Ala., for installation of a test cell diffuser and associated systems in
the A-3 test stand at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The test stand will test the J-2X
engine that will power the upper stage of the Ares I crew exploration vehicle and the Earth
departure stage of the Ares V cargo launch vehicle. Construction began on the A-3 stand in
summer 2007, with the first test scheduled for 2012. The structure is the first large test stand
to be built since the south Mississippi site was established in the 1960s. (Source: NASA,
02/19/09)

Boeing bids for Ares V
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Boeing’ Space Exploration division submitted proposals for the Ares V
Phase 1 Design Support Contracts. The proposals are for design support of the Ares V cargo
launch vehicle’s payload shroud; the Earth-departure stage; the liquid-fueled central booster
element core state; and avionics and software. The two-stage, vertically stacked Ares V will
be NASA's primary rocket for delivery of large-scale hardware to space. The Ares V Phase 1
contracts will be managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. (Source:
Boeing, 02/18/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has an operation in New Orleans at Michoud
Assembly Facility

City votes to sue over F-35s
VALPARAISO, Fla. – The City of Valparaiso voted to sue the Air Force over the F-35 Record
of Decision. Two of the commissioners, both of whom had opposed a previous Freedom of
Information Act suit against the Air Force, were absent. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 02/18/09) The Air Force earlier this month signed a record of decision that allows
construction to begin for the Joint Strike Fighter training center. To address noise concerns,
the Air Force is limiting use of one runway.

Keesler chief gets new assignment
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill, 81st Training Wing commander,
has been selected for a new assignment as Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, U.S. Central
Command, Kuwait. Touhill came to Keesler in October 2007. Announcement of his
replacement is expected soon. (Source: Keesler Air Force Base, 02/17/09)

LCROSS heads to Florida
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as
LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to Florida’s
Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a spring launch. The satellite's mission is to search
for water ice on the moon in a permanently shadowed crater near one of the lunar poles.
LCROSS is a companion mission to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. At
Kennedy the two spacecraft will be integrated with an Atlas V launch vehicle and tested for
final flight worthiness. LCROSS and LRO are the first missions in NASA's plan to return
humans to the moon and begin establishing a lunar outpost by 2020. (Source: NASA,
02/17/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space
Center in Mississippi are involved in the Constellation Program, the return of astronauts to the
moon and beyond

Contract: Raytheon, $21.7M
The Air Force is modifying a cost plus fixed fee with performance incentive contract with
Raytheon Co., of Tucson, Ariz., for $21,695,993. This contract is for the Advanced Medium
Range Air-to-Air Missile Processor Replacement Program, Phase II. 695 ARSS, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (Source: DoD, 02/17/09)

Study expects UAV market to double
WASHINGTON - Unmanned aerial vehicles remain the most dynamic growth sector of the
aerospace industry. That’s according to Teal analysts in their latest analysis. Teal Group’s
2009 market study estimates UAV spending will almost double over the next decade. Current
worldwide UAV expenditures is $4.4 billion annually. That’s expected to go to $8.7 billion
within a decade totaling over $62 billion in the next 10 years. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/17/09)
Gulf Coast note: Fire Scout and Global Hawk UAVs are built in part at the Unmanned Systems
Center in Moss Point, Miss.

Two towers readied
PENSACOLA, Fla. – A new radar approach control facility at Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional
Airport is nearing completion. The $21 million Terminal Radar Approach Control facility is
replacing the current 31-year-old building. At Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Milton,
construction wrapped up on a new $4 million control tower replacing one built in 1972.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/17/09)

Murtha visits Boeing plants
SEATTLE, Wash. - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., toured the 767 final assembly at the
Boeing factory in Everett as part of a fact-finding mission for replacing the Air Force’s fleet of
KC-135 tankers. Murtha, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense,
was invited by Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash. Murtha also toured the 737 and P-8A Poseidon
aircraft facilities in Renton. (Source: Boeing, 02/16/09) Gulf Coast note: Last month Murtha
visited Mobile to see the site where the Northrop Grumman/EADS team hopes to build the
plane. Both teams are competing to build the tanker. At that time, Murtha said he favored
splitting the contract between the two teams.

Northrop gets piece of drone refuel program
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - Northrop Grumman's relative navigation system has been
selected by the Air Force for the Automated Aerial Refueling program follow-on contract.
Relative navigation, the ability to measure the relative motions of two vehicles, is key to the
aerial refueling of unmanned vehicles. The Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrated the
ability of the AAR system during flight tests in November 2007. It is designed to work with the
existing tanker fleet. (Source: Globe Newswire, 02/16/09) Gulf Coast note: Unmanned aerial
systems are built in part in Moss Point Miss.; Northrop Grumman and partner EADS hope to
build aerial tankers in Mobile, Ala.

AF plans realignment for centers
The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center will move about 70 personnel in the
next 18 months to support its cyber operations. Personnel from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.,
will be moved to Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachments at Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif., Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: Federal Computer World, 02/12/09)

Speaker predicts EADS plant
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Would the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. build an aircraft
plant in the region even if it loses the tanker competition? Yes, according to Donald Epley,
director of the Mitchell College of Business Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of
South Alabama. He said EADS, parent of Airbus, is being killed by the exchange rate, and he
predicts it will bring about 1,000 jobs to the region. He made the comment Thursday at the
annual Real Estate Trends Report and Forecast Conference in Pensacola at New World
Landing. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/13/09) Northrop/EADS won the competition
last year with Boeing to build the next generation of Air Force tankers and planned to build
them in Mobile, Ala. But the decision was overturned after a Boeing protest. A new
competition is expected this year.

Little progress in airport buyout idea
NEW ORLEANS, La. – A board created by the Legislature to evaluate a possible state
takeover of city-owned Louis Armstrong International Airport is unlikely to be ready to offer a
recommendation by this year’s legislative session, in part because the state has given it few
resources. The Southeast Regional Airport Authority wants to hire a consultant but until a few
days ago it had no idea where the money might come from. (Source: New Orleans Times-
Picayune, 02/12/09)

Teledyne recalls pistons
MOBILE, Ala. - Teledyne Continental Motors will recall 9,600 cylinders from piston aircraft
engines because the company found a metal-casting problem that can cause the cylinder
heads to crack. The company expects the recall to cost as much $18 million as cylinders are
replaced over the next year. The company will also destroy some unused cylinders. Teledyne
Continental employs more than 300 in Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 02/13/09)

BAMS Global Hawk operational
SOUTHWEST ASIA – The first operational Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Global Hawk is
now in Southwest Asia with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. In a concept of operations
called remote-split operations, the Navy Global Hawks’ arrival marks the culmination of more
than five months of joint effort to stand up a maritime surveillance presence in the region.
Prior to arrival here, the Navy Global Hawk has been in service for non-wartime missions
during its test and development phase, including spying on Hurricane Ike. (Source: AFNS,
02/12/09) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work on the Global Hawk is done at the Northrop
Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.

N.O. airport traffic count up
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Passenger traffic at Louis Armstrong International Airport grew
moderately in 2008 but still has not reached levels seen before Hurricane Katrina.
Airport officials reported Wednesday that 7.9 million people passed through the Kenner
airport in 2008, up 5.5 percent from 2007. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 02/12/09)

Hurlburt hosts exercise
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting a field exercise
through Feb. 13 designed to train forces in combat scenarios. Emerald Warrior is taking place
at Hurlburt Field and nearby Eglin Air Force Base, and focuses on training Air Force, Army
and allied units in missions resulting from lessons learned in operations Iraqi Freedom and
Enduring Freedom. Training includes troop insertions using a CV-22 Osprey, air-ground
support operations using A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and AC-130 gunships, and convoy active-
defense scenarios. (Source: Air Force Link, 02/11/09)

Stennis unit gets new complex
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A team that works closely with Navy SEALs will be moving
into a new, $9.7 million complex at Stennis Space Center Friday. Special Boat Team 22, which
specializes in riverine missions, has grown in the last four years. There are 400 sailors
assigned to SBT 22 and a training school for foreign sailors. (Source: Navy Times, 02/10/09)

Lunar spacecraft bound for Florida
GREENBELT, Md. - NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was loaded on a truck
Wednesday for a two-day trip to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Launch is targeted for April
24. The spacecraft recently completed a series of tests and was subjected to temperatures it
will experience as it orbits the moon. LRO will spend at least one year in a low polar orbit on
its primary exploration mission, with the possibility of three more years to collect additional
detailed scientific information about the moon and its environment. (Source: NASA, 02/11/09)
Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi are involved in the Constellation Program, the return of astronauts to the moon
and beyond

Eglin pilot chosen F-35 instructor
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A pilot from Eglin Air Force Base is among those chosen for
the initial cadre of F-35 instructors. Maj. Lee Kloos, who has nearly 2,000 flying hours, said he’
s excited he’ll be able to stay at Eglin, where he’s worked with the Joint Strike Fighter Site
Activation Task Force program. Three more cadre members are scheduled to join the major
this summer. Eglin will be the location of the Joint Strike Fighter training center. (Source: Eglin
Air Force Base, 02/10/09)

F-35C restored funds pass Congress
Four defense oversight committees in Congress approved the Navy’s reprogramming request
in fiscal 2009 for funds to secure purchases of the first Joint Strike Fighter for carrier
operations, according to defense officials and congressional staff. The reprogramming for
$40 million will pay for long lead parts for three Lockheed Martin F-35Cs, according to the F-
35 program manager. (Source: Aviation Week, 02/11/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., will be the joint training site for the F-35 program

Eglin to search for old munitions
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin officials and contractors are preparing to conduct visual
surface surveys on private property in Santa Rosa County to ensure former weapon test
ranges are clear of old munitions. Eglin sent right of entry requests to 13 private property
owners in an area that was formerly part of now defunct Range 30, where aerial gunnery
testing was conducted in the 1940s-50s. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 02/09/09)

Three indicted in contract cases
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Three Okaloosa County men were indicted on federal charges for
violations committed while working at or contracting with the Air Force Research Laboratory
on Eglin Air Force Base. The indictment claims one of the three, while employed as a senior
engineer at the federal lab, steered programs to Schaller Engineering, or SEI, in which he had
a financial interest. The three are accused of trying to cover up the financial interests.
(Source: WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/07/09)

NOAA satellite successfully launched
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket
successfully boosted a NOAA satellite into orbit Friday. The satellite will be used to track fast-
breaking storms and monitor climate changes. A Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A engine
powered the rocket, and three Alliant Techsystems GEM-40 solid propulsion strap-on
boosters ignited with the first-stage main engine. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, ATK, 02/06/09)
Gulf Coast note: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has a facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.;
ATK has an operation in Shalimar, Fla.

F-35 Eglin bed down a done deal
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force, which in November delayed the record of
decision establishing the Joint Strike Fighter school at Eglin because of noise concerns,
finally sealed the deal. The Air Force on Friday said steps will be taken to mitigate noise, in
part through limiting the use of one runway. The F-35 is twice as loud as an F-15, prompting
residents of nearby Valparaiso to express concern about the school. The Air Force used the
delay to explore its options to mitigate noise. The record of decision means construction can
now get under way in preparation for 59 F-35s that will arrive beginning March 2010. Nine
construction projects worth $170 million are in the bidding process and construction is
expected to begin before October. All branches of the military will use the Eglin training
center. A decision on additional planes for the base will be made in 2010. (Source: Tcp,
02/06/09)

Army orders five more Lakotas
COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Army awarded EADS North America a contract for five additional UH-
72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, bringing the total on contract to 128. The Army expects to
acquire a total of 345 Lakotas, built at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss.,
through 2016. More than 50 UH-72As have been delivered by EADS North America, and
some 8,000 flight hours have been logged to date. Lakotas are in operation at Fort
Indiantown Gap, Pa.; Fort Eustis, Va.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.;
Morrisville, N.C.; Pineville, La.; Tupelo, Miss.; and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.
Y. (Source: EADS North America, 02/05/09) Gulf Coast note: EADS also has an Airbus
engineering center and EADS CASA operation in Mobile, Ala.

NFOs to get more realistic radar
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Boeing received a $28.3 million contract for two Virtual Mission Training
System retrofit kits that will integrate realistic radar training into the Navy T-45 Training
System. The VMTS is designed for the training of flight officers who operate weapons and
electronic warfare systems. The work involves T-45C aircraft and ground-station systems
assigned to Training Air Wing 6, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Boeing is currently under
contract for 221 T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft. The two-seater forms the heart of the fully
integrated T-45 training system, used at NAS Kingsville, Texas, NAS Meridian, Miss., and NAS
Pensacola. (Source: Boeing, 02/05/09)

Contract: AeroVironment, $39M
AeroVironment, Simi Valley, Calif., was awarded a $39,003,452 contract for contractor
logistics support for the Raven RQ-11B Unmanned Aircraft System. Work is to be performed
in Simi Valley, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2010.  U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/03/09) Gulf Coast note: AeroVironment has an
operation in Navarre, Fla.

Goodrich 4Q report
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Goodrich announced a 31 percent increase in net income per diluted
share and a two percent increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2008. Full year 2008 sales
were $7.1 billion, an increase of 10 percent over full year 2007. Full year 2008 income per
diluted share from continuing operations was $5.33 and net income per diluted share of
$5.39, an increase of 37 percent and 43 percent, respectively, compared to 2007. (Source:
Goodrich, 02/04/09) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich has a service center in Foley, Ala.

NSF, Navy data added to Google Earth
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
and the National Science Foundation have entered agreements with Google to provide data
for the popular program. According to NSF, a feature called “Oceans in Google Earth”
enables users to dive beneath the surface of the sea and explore oceans. It includes videos,
photos, diagrams and texts that illustrate glacial, geological and ocean processes influencing
the behavior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in Antarctica. The Naval Meteorology and
Oceanography Command entered a cooperative research agreement to share with Google
Earth unclassified information about oceans. The CRADA allows Google to use unclassified
bathymetric data sets and sea surface temperatures from the Naval Oceanographic Office as
well as meteorological data from Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center,
both subordinate commands of NMOC. (Sources: NSF, NNS, 02/02/09)

Engine cleared for STOVL testing
Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine has been cleared for flight testing in the F-35B Joint Strike
Fighter. Approval follows a review of design changes made to eliminate vibration that caused
turbine blade failures in ground tests. The first redesigned engine was delivered to Lockheed
Martin last week for installation in aircraft BF-1, the first short takeoff and vertical landing F-
35B. Testing is expected to begin at Fort Worth, Texas, this month. The first vertical landing
at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., is expected in June or July. (Source: Aviation Week,
02/03/09) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be the F-35 pilot training center

Northrop 4Q report
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Northrop Grumman, hurt by a $3.06 billion charge connected to past
acquisitions says it posted a fourth-quarter loss of $2.54 billion, or $7.76 per share, in the
latest quarter. It earned $457 million, or $1.32 per share, in the same period last year.
Excluding the charge, Northrop says it earned $524 million, or $1.57 per share. (Source:
Northrop Grumman, 02/03/09)

ATK to expand in Mississippi
IUKA, Miss. – Alliant Techsystems will expand its northeast Mississippi plant to make
composite structures for commercial aircraft, Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday. The
Minneapolis-based company will keep the 176 jobs it already has in Iuka. Barbour said the
plant will have 800 jobs by 2017 with an average salary of about $53,000. (Source: Jackson
Clarion-Ledger, 02/03/09) Gulf Coast note: ATK also has a weapons-development operation
in Shalimar, Fla.

Contract: DRS, $13.9M
DRS C3 Systems Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $13,915,132 contract for new
work modification for 1,520 Driver’s Vision Enhancer TWV A-Kits for the Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected Program and 224 DVE CV A-Kits and 756 cable assemblies. Work is being
performed at Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2009.
CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
02/02/09)

Contract: Concurrent, $11.5M
Concurrent Technology Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded an $11,468,212 contract to
provide technical and engineering services for continued Carriage, Stream, Tow, and
Recovery System (CSTRS) development, test, and analysis. This procurement supports
development of the CSTRS to incorporate Airborne Mine Countermeasures capabilities and
will be utilized on the MH-60S helicopter. Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pa., (88
percent) and Panama City, Fla., (12 percent), and is expected to completed by Feb. 2012.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
02/02/09)

Boeing receives F2AST contract
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Boeing has won its first contract award under the Air Force
Future Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (F2AST) program. The award is a $19.1
million Air Force Special Operations Command contract for AC-130U Gunship operational
flight and simulation software maintenance; field service support; configuration, data and
obsolescence management; and intermediate-level repairs. The government is expected to
negotiate three annual options during the first quarter of this year. An option may be
exercised every 12 months. (Source: Boeing, 02/02/09) Gulf Coast note: Work will be
performed by Boeing SOF at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations
Command.


JANUARY 2009

Contract: L3 Communications, $6.1M
The Air Force is awarding a contract to L3 Communications Corp., Integrated Systems Joint
Operations of Lexington, Ky., for $6,156,863. This contract is to exercise the remaining option
for the production and installation of dual rails to the MC-130P. The work will be performed in
Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. WR-ALC/580th ACSSG/Contracting, Robins AFB, Ga.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/30/09)

Satellite completes key test
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The first Space-Based Infrared System geosynchronous orbit satellite,
built by Lockheed Martin for the Air Force, has completed a key test using new flight software.
The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches and support
other missions, including technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The spacecraft
will be delivered to the Air Force in fiscal year 2010 and launched aboard an Atlas V. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 01/29/09) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS work locations include the SBIRS Wing at
Los Angeles Air Force Base, Sunnyvale, and Azusa, Calif.; Boulder, Denver, and Colorado
Springs, Colo.; Gaithersburg, Md.; Valley Forge, Pa.; and Lockheed Martin Space &
Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Navy holds meeting about new trainer
SUMMERDALE, Ala. – The Navy held a public meeting in Summerdale Thursday to discuss
how the Navy’s new training aircraft may impact residents who live near outlying fields used
for touch-and-go training. About 200 people showed up at the Summerdale Community
Center. The Navy is upgrading its trainer to a more powerful T-6B, and that will require more
runway space at outlying fields. Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., which trains naval pilots,
operates 13 outlying landing fields in the region. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/30/09)

Cargo plane possibility impresses Murtha
MOBILE, Ala. - A Congressman who will play a key role in the battle between Boeing and the
Northrop Grumman/EADS over the Air Force tanker project said he was impressed to learn
cargo planes would also be built in Mobile if Northrop/EADS wins the contract. Rep. John
Murtha from Pennsylvania said after the visit to Mobile that the Pentagon is moving forward
and expects to have a request for proposals in the spring. But he added that during the
appropriations process his committee is looking at alternatives, though he did not provide
specifics. But the
Mobile Press-Register reported Friday that during a luncheon, Murtha said
the Air Force should buy aircraft from both Boeing and Northrop/EADS in order to break the
stalemate. "I'm trying to work this problem out. Because I don't think it's going to work the way
the Defense Department is trying to work it out," Murtha said. "I'm not going to say publicly a
lot more because, obviously, I have to convince a lot of other people. But I have convinced
myself." The Northrop/EADS team won the contract last February to build the tankers in
Mobile, but a Boeing protest was upheld. The Pentagon later decided to let the new
administration take on the issue. (Source: Tcp, 01/29/09)

Hurricane Hunters pull winter duty
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Keesler Air Force Base airmen and two WC-130J
Hurricane Hunter aircraft deployed to Anchorage, Alaska, earlier this month for a month-long
mission in support of the 2009 Winter Storm Reconnaissance Program. The 403rd Wing team
includes Reserve aircrews, operations, maintenance, aerial porters, and others to improve
winter storm forecast models. Operations are directed by the National Centers for
Environmental Prediction, part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration. (Source: AFNS, 01/28/09)

Split tanker buy gaining traction?
As the Pentagon attempts to craft a way forward to replace the KC-135 aerial refueling fleet,
the option of a split buy between Boeing and EADS/Northrop is gaining attention on Capitol
Hill. The idea is sure to be a topic of discussion as Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania visits
Mobile, Ala., where Northrop Grumman and EADS want to assemble the planes. Murtha is
expected to visit Boeing’s Washington state facility in the coming weeks. The Pentagon has
opposed duel-sourcing, but some are beginning to think a split buy is the only politically
palatable way to move forward. (Source: Aviation Week, 01/29/09)

Raytheon 4Q report
WALTHAM, Mass. - Raytheon Co. announced fourth quarter 2008 adjusted income from
continuing operations of $466 million or $1.13 per diluted share, compared to $420 million or
$0.96 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2007.  Reported fourth quarter
2008 income from continuing operations was $421 million or $1.02 per diluted
share compared to $634 million or $1.45 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2007.
(Source: PRNewswire, 01/29/09) Gulf Coast note: Raytheon has operations in Northwest
Florida

Airbus won’t bid on Air Force One
EADS, which still hopes to build aerial tankers in Mobile, Ala., said it will decline an invitation
to bid on a contract to replace Air Force One. The European Aeronautic Defence and Space
Co. wants to remain focused on military contracts. EADS North America spokesman Tim
Paynter said building the presidential jet won’t help the company meet its business objective
in the United States. EADS also builds helicopters for the U.S. Army in Columbus, Miss. The
decision likely makes Boeing the sole contender to build Air Force One. (Sources: multiple,
including AFP, Mobile Press-Register, 01/29/09)

Northrop gets new RQ-4 contract
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a contract valued at $276
million for operations and maintenance support of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
reconnaissance aircraft. The contract calls for training and peacetime operations support for
fiscal years 2009 and 2010. It will also provide operational assistance for new forward
operating locations in Guam and Italy. Northrop Grumman's contract teammates are L-3
Communications, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce. (Source: Globe Newswire, 01/28/09) Gulf Coast
note: Global Hawks are made in part in Moss Point, Miss.

ATK to make fan cases for XWB engine
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Alliant Techsystems has agreed to a contract valued in excess of
$200 million with Rolls-Royce to produce composite aft fan cases for the new Trent XWB
engine. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB will power the Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft. Rolls-
Royce has received orders for over 1,000 Trent XWB engines. ATK will also integrate
additional components into the cases. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/28/09) Gulf Coast note: The
Trent XWB engines will be tested at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi by 2010 or 2011;
ATK has an operation in Northwest Florida; Goodrich was selected by Airbus to supply wheels
and carbon brakes for the A350 XWB. It has a service center in Foley, Ala.

Tanker match reheating soon?
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday in Washington that he’s committed to
launching a new competition for the Air Force’s tanker contract as quickly as possible. Gates
told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that he plans to meet with top Air
Force officials in the next few weeks to begin planning for a rematch between Boeing and a
team led by Northrop Grumman and EADS North America. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
01/28/09) Gulf Coast note: All three companies have operations in the Gulf Coast. If the
Northrop Grumman/EADS team wins, it plans to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala.

Boeing 4Q report
CHICAGO – Boeing’s fourth-quarter net income declined to a loss of $56 million, or $0.08 per
share, reflecting the now-settled machinists' strike, a charge related to the 747 and a litigation-
related reserve. Revenues for the quarter declined 27 percent to $12.7 billion, due primarily
to the effects of the strike which reduced commercial airplane deliveries by about 70 units and
revenues by an estimated $4.3 billion. For the full year of 2008, net income fell 34 percent to
$2.7 billion, EPS was $3.71 per share and revenue fell 8 percent to $60.9 billion. Full-year
results were impacted by the strike, the 747 charge, the litigation-related reserve, and higher
costs for AEW&C announced in the second quarter, which reduced full-year EPS by an
estimated $2.56 per share. (Source: Boeing, 01/28/09) Gulf Coast note: Boeing has
operations in New Orleans and Northwest Florida.

General Dynamics Q4 report
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics reported that earnings from continuing operations
in the fourth quarter of 2008 were $630 million, or $1.62 per share on a fully
diluted basis, compared to 2007 fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations of $578
million, or $1.42 per share fully diluted. Revenue increased to $7.9 billion in the quarter,
compared to fourth-quarter 2007 revenue of $7.5 billion. Earnings from continuing operations
for the full year of 2008 were $2.48 billion, or $6.22 per share on a fully diluted basis, an
increase of 19.1 percent over 2007 full-year earnings from continuing operations of $2.1
billion, or $5.10 per share fully diluted. Revenue for the full year of 2008 was $29.3 billion,
compared with $27.2 billion for 2007, an increase of 7.6 percent. (Source: PRNewswire,
01/28/09)

Contract: Hensel Phelps, $121.1M
Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $121,144,000 firm fixed price
contract for construction of the FY09 Special Forces Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Work includes clearing, grubbing, earthwork and erosion control of some 350 acre
containment site and 130 acre access road, construction of road system and electrical and
communications distribution, water wells and elevated water storage tanks, water distribution,
wastewater collection and storm drain systems. Buildings include group headquarters, 4-
battalion headquarters/company operations facility, combat readiness training facility, group
support battalion headquarters/company operations facility, dining facility and audio visual
equipment purchase and installation. Estimated completion date is Aug. 1, 2011. U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers Mobile District, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/27/09)

F-16 pilots picked as F-35 instructors
Two pilots from F-16 Fighting Falcon squadrons at Luke Air Force Base, Texas, are among
the pilots tapped to form the initial cadre for the F-35 Lightning II. Both are instructor pilots for
Air Education and Training Command. They’ll be part of the initial group of 10 instructors in
the F-35 training program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and will be responsible for training
subsequent instructors. (Source: Air Force Times, 01/26/09) The Marine Corps earlier this
month selected six pilots for their version of the F-35 and will arrive at Eglin later this year or
early next.

Lunar lander engine tested
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Common Extensible Cryogenic
Engine successfully demonstrated capabilities required for NASA’s Altair lunar lander. The
engine performed with stable operation at the widest throttle range of any known high
performance cryogenic engine during its third series of ground tests at the company’s West
Palm Beach, Fla., test facility. The CECE is a variant of the RL10 upper-stage engine that has
helped place military, government and commercial satellites into orbit and powered space
probe missions to planets in the solar system. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, 01/26/09) Gulf Coast
note: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has an operation at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Link between funding, job probed
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Charlie Crist asked for an inspector general’s inquiry to see if the
director of a new space-tourism medical program at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.,
got his job after setting up the $500,000 in state grants to create it. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 01/27/09)

Airbus picks Goodrich for support
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Airbus selected Goodrich Corp.to deliver broad maintenance, repair and
overhaul as well as asset management services as part of an Airbus Total Support Package
for Singapore Airlines' fleet of 19 leased Airbus A330 aircraft. The support agreement, which
includes Goodrich evacuation, lighting, actuation, sensors, de-icing and power products,
covers the aircraft for an initial period of five years. The maintenance work will be conducted
at various Goodrich MRO facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. (Source: PRNewswire,
01/27/09) Gulf Coast note: Goodrich has its Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala.

Orion integration building readied
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The High Bay Facility of the Operations & Checkout Building at
Kennedy Space Center is ready to begin preparations to build the new Orion crew exploration
vehicle. Built in 1964, the O&C facility has been the final integration and checkout building for
manned spacecraft beginning with the Apollo program. The State of Florida, Lockheed Martin
and NASA invested $55 million renovate the facility for the Constellation Program. Flight
hardware is being fabricated at locations nationwide for final integration at the O&C facility,
including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, New
Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Virginia. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/26/09) Gulf Coast note:
Lockheed will build large structures and composite parts for Orion at the Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans

Union defends ‘Buy America’ provision
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Monday called on Congressional leaders to reject a campaign by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce to strip “Buy America” provisions from the pending $825 billion economic stimulus
package. In a recent letter to House and Senate leaders, the chamber, business roundtable
and 13 lobbying organizations warned Congressional leaders against any use or expansion of
"Buy American" provisions. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/26/09)

Base has billion-dollar impact
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Naval Air Station Pensacola had a $1.15 billion economic impact on local
communities, according to an impact report. The base employed more than 21,000 military,
civilian and contract employees in 2008. The military's economic impact was almost $39
million higher than in 2007. The report combined salaries for military, civilian and contract
personnel along with local contract spending to reach the total. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 01/26/09) Other bases in the region include NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Eglin Air
Force Base and Hurlburt Field, near Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Keesler Air Force Base in
Biloxi, Miss. The Navy is also the largest tenant at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Military secretaries to stay put
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Each U.S. military service secretary has agreed to Defense Secretary
Robert M. Gates' request to stay in office for at least several weeks to ensure the Defense
Department’s smooth transition under the President Barack Obama administration. (Source:
AFNS, 01/23/09)

Mobile airport holding its own
MOBILE, Ala. – Higher fares may not seem like such a great thing, but it apparently is the
reason Mobile Regional Airport is holding on to many of its flights - down just 4 percent in
capacity. Data compiled for the airport authority shows the average fare to fly out of Mobile
was seventh-highest among the nation’s 150 largest airports in the 12 months that ended
June 2008, and that’s likely causing airlines to stick around. (Source: Mobile Press-Register,
01/25/09)

NASA closing in on flight test of Ares I-X
HAMPTON, Va. - NASA is a step closer to the first flight test of the rocket that will send
humans towards the moon as part of the agency’s Constellation Program. Rocket hardware
was completed this week at Langley Research Center in Hampton. In late January the rocket
elements will be shipped to Kennedy Space Center in Florida and integrated into the Ares I-X,
an unpiloted test vehicle. Test lift off is scheduled for the summer of 2009. (Source: NASA,
01/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and Stennis Space
Center in Mississippi are involved in the Constellation Program.

F-35 readies for avionics test
FORT WORTH, Texas - Lockheed Martin has completed the first F-35 Lightning II equipped
with mission systems, and avionics testing is set to begin. The short takeoff/vertical landing F-
35 variant is scheduled for delivery to the flight line by the end of January with the first flight
expected this summer. Aircraft BF-4 will carry the Northrop Grumman radar and integrated
communications, navigation and identification suite and the BAE Systems electronic warfare
system. Five F-35s are already undergoing testing. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/23/09) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is scheduled to be the location for the F-35 training
center. All three companies have operations in the Gulf Coast.

Eglin partners with local business
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Engineers at Eglin’s 693rd Armament Systems Squadron
partnered with Joint Technology Engineering Inc. of Valparaiso, Fla., to improve mission
planning test and training software for the F-16CJ Fighting Falcon. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 01/22/09)

Contract: Northrop, $39.9M
Northrop Grumman, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $39,987,905 modification to a
previously awarded contract for procurement of three low rate initial production Fire Scout
vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle units. The contract also provides
for three ground control stations, three light Harpoon grids, three UCARS systems and six
portable electronic display devices. Work is expected to be completed in March 2011. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/23/09) Final work on the Fire Scout is done at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems
Center in Moss Point, Miss.

Northrop to write off $3B
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Northrop Grumman Corp. will record a fourth quarter loss of $3 billion
to $3.4 billion, due to a drop in the book value of its shipbuilding and space technology
activities. The company determined that the book value exceeded the fair value. As a result of
this charge, the company will report a net loss for the fourth quarter and 2008 when it issues
its report Feb. 3. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 01/22/09) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman
has a large presence in the Gulf Coast, including shipyards and an unmanned aerial systems
plant.

Eglin eyes beachfront resort
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin Air Force Base wants to use some of a 17-acre
beachfront test site as a military resort. The proposed Emerald Breeze Resort could provide a
revenue stream. Test Site A-5 is a mostly bare parcel next that has a small storage building
with antennae only occasionally used to support test missions. The military pictures a 250-
room resort. The Air Force will accept public comments until March 12. (Source: Northwest
Florida Daily News, 01/22/09)

Teledyne 4Q report
Teledyne Technologies profits rose 24 percent for 2008 to $122.2 million, with fourth quarter
profit up 16 percent to $30.8 million. The company's Mobile subsidiary, Teledyne Continental
Motors, lost $2.8 million in the fourth quarter compared to a $3 million profit in the same three
months of 2007. Teledyne Continental employs 440 at the Brookley Field Industrial Complex.
(Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/23/09)

Mobile airport wins project money
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $1.4 million to the Mobile Regional Airport
for upgrades, according to Sen. Richard Shelby. The money will be used to repair storm
drainage systems, replace the beacon and tower and other projects. (Source: Mobile Press-
Register, 01/23/09)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $581.4M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a contract with an
estimated value of $581,446,845 to provide Joint Performance Based Logistics support for
the Marine Corps (MV-22), Air Force, and Special Forces Operations Command (CV-22)
aircraft during the production and deployment phase of the V-22 Program. Just over 6
percent of the work will be performed in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Most work will be performed
in Ft. Worth, Texas and Philadelphia, Pa., and is expected to be completed in November
2013. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/22/09)

Contract: AeroVironment, $17M
AeroVironment Inc., Simi Valley, Calif., was awarded a $17,060,507.76 contract to procure a
digital data link upgrade for the Raven RQ-11B Unmanned Aircraft System and FY 09
engineering services and accounting for contract services. Work will be performed at Simi
Valley, Ca. with an estimated completion date of Oct 30, 2010. U.S. Army Contracting
Command, Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/22/09) AeroVironment has an operation at Navarre, Fla.

Lockheed Martin 4Q report
BETHESDA, Md. - Lockheed Martin reported fourth quarter 2008 net earnings of $823 million
- $2.05 per diluted share - compared to $799 million in 2007. Net sales were $11.1 billion,
compared to fourth quarter 2007 sales of $10.8 billion. Cash from operations for the fourth
quarter of 2008 was $997 million, compared to $425 million in 2007. (Source: Lockheed
Martin, 01/22/09)

Eurocopter seeking U.S. partners
PARIS - Eurocopter is looking for American partners on a proposed European heavy-lift
helicopter and its bid for the U.S. Army's Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH), according
to CEO Lutz Bertling. The helicopter maker, an EADS subsidiary, is in early talks with Boeing
and Sikorsky, a United Technologies company, as potential partners for a Future Transport
Helicopter. (Source: Defense News, 01/20/09) Gulf Coast note: Eurocopter operates
American Eurocopter manufacturing facility in Columbus, Miss.; Sikorsky has operations in
Northwest Florida; Boeing is the rival of Eurocopter’s parent, EADS, in the bid for the U.S. Air
Force aerial refueling tanker project.

Finalists for cyber headquarters chosen
The Air Force announced this week finalists for headquarters of 24th Air Force, a new
numbered Air Force focused on the cyber mission – protecting the nation from attacks on
computers and other communications systems. The bases are Barksdale Air Force Base, La.;
Lackland, Texas; Langley, Va.; Offutt, Neb.; Peterson, Colo.; and Scott, Ill. A final selection will
be made in June. (Source: AFNS, 01/21/09) Original plans called for a Cyberspace
Command, but last fall the Air Force opted to make it a numbered Air Force. Keesler Air
Force Base, in Biloxi, Miss., was among the candidates for the command.

Murtha to visit proposed tanker site
MOBILE, Ala. – Rep. John Murtha, who could play a key role in the battle over the Air Force
refueling tanker contract, will visit Mobile Jan. 29 and tour the proposed Northrop
Grumman/EADS site assembly site. The Pennsylvania Democrat, who chairs the House
Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, was invited by Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, and
Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/22/09) Northrop/EADS was
awarded the contract last year, but Boeing’s protest was upheld and the Pentagon later opted
to cancel the contract and let the new administration decide.

United Technologies 4Q report
HARTFORD, Conn. – Growth in the aerospace activities of Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney
boosted United Technologies’ fourth quarter 2008 income by 8 percent to $1.15 billion. That
compares with $1.1 billion a year earlier. Earnings per share were up 14 percent to $1.23.
(Source: United Technologies, 01/21/09) UTC has Sikorsky operations in Northwest Florida
and a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne operation at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Contract: EADS, $25.6M
EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $25,588,548 contract for
funding of the Army's Light Utility Helicopter contract for five UH-72A and supporting mission
kits and equipment packages. Work will be performed at Columbus, Miss., with an estimated
completion date of March 1, 2010. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone
Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/21/09) EADS North America also
has operations in Mobile, Ala.

Marines pick F-35B instructors
The Marine Corps recently selected six pilots to become some of the first instructors for the
Marine version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Marines will travel to Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., where the training detachment for the F-35B will be located, by the end of this year or
beginning of next. The three variants of the JSF are the Air Force F-35A, Navy F-35C and
Marine Corps F-35B. (Source: Desert Warrior, 01/15/09)

General sees clear skies for F-35
The officer who will become commander of Eglin Air Force Base’s Air Armament Center, Maj.
Gen. Charles Davis, said the F-35 Lightning II is on track despite an earlier budget shortfall.
At a roundtable discussion in Washington last week, the departing program chief for the F-35
Lightning II also predicted that Israel, Singapore, Spain and Japan will join eight other
international partners in the JSF program. (Source: Aviation Week, 01/16/09) At Eglin Davis is
replacing Maj. Gen. David Eidsaune, who will become director of operations at headquarters
Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

RS-68s part of spy satellite launch
A classified spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office was launched from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station Saturday onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV powered by
three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine. The
National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for operating overhead reconnaissance
missions for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. (Source:
PRNewswire, 01/18/09) Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has an RS-68 operation at Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi.

New Navy trainer will need more room
The switch to a more powerful Navy training aircraft will require an expansion of runways and
safety zones in outlying fields. Starting this year Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.,
which does preliminary training for military pilots, will begin a four-year switch from the T-34C
to the T-6B trainer. Whiting runs 13 outlying fields in the region, where pilots do touch-and-go
landings, maneuvers and other exercises. Four of those outlying fields are in Baldwin County,
Ala., between Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala. The number of training flights will also
increase. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/17/09)

Budget woes put aviation school on hold
MOBILE, Ala. – Budget cuts have grounded plans for a stand-alone aviation college with a
branch in Mobile, according to the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.
Bradley Byrne first announced plans for the Alabama Aviation College in October 2007. Byrne
said he remains committed to the idea, but wants to delay it now because of budget
considerations. (Source: Mobile Press-Register, 01/16/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $38.7M, $4.5M
The Air Force is exercising an option with Raytheon Co., Tucson Ariz., for the production of
46 R7 HARM Targeting System pods and initial spares. In separate action, the Air Force has
obligated $4,533,762 to Raytheon to provide for the High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile
Targeting Systems Software Upgrade Program. 693 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity for both. (Source: DoD, 01/15/09)

Contract: CSC, $29.2M
The Air Force is exercising an option with the CSC Applied Technologies LLC of Fort Worth,
Texas for $29,186,679. The contract provides for Base Operation Support at Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss. 81CONS Keesler Air Force Base is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/15/09)

NASA unveils earth science drone
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has unveiled
the first Global Hawk unmanned system dedicated to earth science research. NASA plans to
use them to support its Science Mission Directorate and the Earth science community that
require high-altitude, long-endurance, long-distance airborne capability. The initial mission will
be Global Hawk Pacific 2009, six long-duration missions over the Pacific and Arctic in the late
spring and early summer of 2009. Twelve NASA and NOAA scientific instruments integrated
into one of the drones will collect atmospheric data while flying through the upper troposphere
and lower stratosphere. (Source: NASA via PRNewswire, 01/15/09) John C. Stennis Space
Center in Mississippi is home to a large earth science community, including NASA’s Science
and Technology Division.

NATO Global Hawk pact seen soon
An announcement is expected soon that NATO will buy eight Global Hawks from Northrop
Grumman in a deal that would be worth more than $1.3 billion. NATO is targeting a 2012
entry-into-service date for the airborne alliance ground surveillance fleet (AGS). NATO has
wanted a capability similar to the Air Force’s E-8C JSTARS airborne round surveillance
system since the early 1990s, and originally planned a mix of Airbus manned aircraft and
Global Hawks, but opted for an all-unmanned system instead. (Sources: Florida Today,
01/14/08; FlightGlobal, 01/15/09) Portions of the Global Hawk fuselage are built at the
Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss. The program is managed in Melbourne, Fla.

Gulfport airport has record 2008
GULFPORT, Miss. - More people flew into and out of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport in
2008 than ever before, with a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year. The next best
year was in 2000, before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when 949,000 total passengers came
through Gulfport. In 2008, the airport saw 974,861 passengers, an increase of 50,000 over
2000 and 63,598 over 2007. (Source: The Sun Herald, 01/15/09)

AF eyes robot ground refueler
Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Ohio is developing an automated aircraft refueling system for the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter. Researchers at the directorate's Airbase Technologies Division at Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., received a request for an automated system to refuel the F-35 while on the
ground and developed the robot. (Source: AFNS, 01/12/09)

Shuttle crew members visit Stennis
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Two crew members of the STS-126 shuttle mission visited
staff at Stennis Space Center to share highlights of their November delivery of equipment and
supplies to the International Space Station. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/14/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $16.3M
The Air Force is awarding a cost plus fixed fee with performance incentives to Raytheon Co.,
of Tucson, Ariz. for $16,298,964. This contract will provide a High-Speed Anti-Radiation
Missile Targeting Systems Software Upgrade Program.  693 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/13/09)

Contract: Raytheon, $6.7M
The Air Force is modifying a contract with Raytheon Co., Tucson Ariz., for $6,736,211.   This
contract is a modification to the AMRAAM Production Lot 22 contract. 695ARSS, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/12/09)

Will Boeing, Airbus fight over AF1?
The Air Force last week officially launched the search for a new widebody presidential jet
when it issued a request for information. This competition could pit Boeing’s 747 against the
Airbus 380. Airbus told Flight International the company received the RFI and is “taking a
look.” Boeing, which has provided AF1 for more than 50 years, has said keeping the contract
is a top priority. Boeing has provided the presidential jet for more than 50 years. (Sources:
Flight International, Wired, 01/09/09) The other high-profile Boeing/Airbus battle is over the
Air Force tanker. The Northrop Grumman/EADS (Airbus) team won and planned to build them
in Mobile, Ala. But Boeing’s protest was upheld and the Pentagon cancelled the contest –
opting to let the new administration decide where to go from here.

Airport hopes to land WestJet
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Northwest Florida Regional Airport officials chose the eighth
annual Senior Snowbird Expo Friday to roll out plans to lure a Canadian airline to the area.
Local airport officials have set up a Web site and are asking people to show their interest.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/09/09)

Boeing trimming commercial plane workforce
SEATTLE, Wash. - Boeing said today that employment at its Commercial Airplanes business
unit is expected to decline by approximately 4,500 positions in 2009 as part of an effort to
control costs. The reduction will bring Commercial Airplanes' employment to about 63,500,
similar to the level it was at the start of 2008. Most of the cuts are expected in Washington
state in the second quarter of the year. (Source: Boeing, 01/09/09) Boeing’s operations in
New Orleans and Northwest Florida are not in the commercial airplanes sector.

Contract: Northrop, $13.4M
The Air Force is awarding a cost plus award fee contract to Northrop Grumman Systems
Corp., San Diego, Calif., for $13,474,949. This contract is for engineering, manufacturing and
development activities in support of the Global Hawk Program. 303 AESG/SYK, Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/08/09) Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Ground broken on new high-tech facility
SLIDELL, La. - Northrop Grumman’s 3001 International broke ground Wednesday on a new
facility. Northrop in October 2008 bought 3001, a provider of geospatial data production and
analysis, including airborne imaging, surveying, mapping and geographic information
systems. The new office combines the existing Slidell 3001 office with the one at Stennis
Space Center in Mississippi. The new 20,000 square-foot facility brings 85 jobs, including 50
new positions to St. Tammany Parish. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 01/07/09)

Northrop streamlines units
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Northrop Grumman has combined seven units into five to lower costs.
The Integrated Systems group was combined with Space Technology to form the Aerospace
Systems unit, led by Gary Ervin. The Information Technology and Mission Systems groups
have combined as Information Systems, led by Linda Mills. Northrop Grumman last year
streamlined its shipbuilding business. (Source: Los Angeles Times, 01/08/09) The new
aerospace unit includes Moss Point, Miss., and other facilities that build the Global Hawk and
Fire Scout unmanned aerial systems.

NASA leader plans to step down
Like the other political appointees of the Bush administration, NASA Administrator Mike Griffin
is planning to step down Jan. 20. Griffin does not expect to be offered an opportunity to stay
on after President-elect Barack Obama takes office. A small list of potential appointees has
already emerged. (Source: Florida Today, 01/07/09) NASA operates facilities at Stennis
Space Center in South Mississippi and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Boeing gets JDAM, SDB contract
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Boeing Co. received two contracts totaling $217.1 million from the
Department of Defense for continued production of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail
kits and Small Diameter Bombs (SDB). The JDAM contract includes more than 4,000 tail kits
for the Air Force and Navy. The SDB contract includes more than 2,500 weapons and
associated carriages for the Air Force. Deliveries are scheduled for 2010. (Source: Boeing,
01/07/09). Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is where the Air Force develops airborne conventional
weapons.

DAGR tested at Eglin
ORLANDO, Fla. - Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first live warhead ground
launch test of the DAGR guidance kit for the 2.75-inch rocket. Conducted at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., the test demonstrated DAGR’s vehicle penetration and time-delayed fuzing
feature. Lockheed Martin engineers fired a DAGR-equipped rocket armed with a live warhead
at a stationary vehicle. It penetrated the side of the vehicle before detonating inside. The
system is designed for rotary-wing Hellfire platforms, including the Cobra, Apache, Seahawk,
Kiowa and Tiger. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/06/09)

Eglin building renamed for engineer
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Building 22 at Eglin Air Force Base has been renamed the
Register Physical Sciences Center, in honor of the late Henry I. Register. Register spent more
than 50 years at Eglin and was one of the pioneers of laser-guided smart weapons. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/05/09)

NASA issues RFP for Ares V
WASHINGTON, D.C. - NASA issued a request for proposals for the Ares V rocket Monday.
The rocket will perform heavy lift and cargo functions as part of the next generation of
spacecraft that will return humans to the moon - the Constellation Project. Proposals are due
to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 9. Selections will be made in
the spring of 2009. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/05/09) Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi are both involved in the Constellation
Project.

Contract: Raytheon, $12.2M
The Air Force modified a contract with Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., for $12,247,290. This
contract action will provide a miniature air launched decoy jammer Block II program contract
for a 14-month concept refinement study for data link and increased effective radiated power.
692 ARSS/PK, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/05/09)

Stennis names deputy director
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA named Patrick Scheuermann as the deputy director
of John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA's primary testing ground for propulsion systems. The
promotion of Scheuermann, the center's associate director since August 2006, became
effective Dec. 21. Scheuermann previously was chief operating officer of Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. (Source: NASA, 01/05/08)

Option exercised for Deepwater aircraft
ROSSLYN, Va. - Lockheed Martin and the Coast Guard exercised contract options valued at
$13.25 million to install mission systems aboard two additional HC-130J aircraft used in the
Deepwater Program. The new system uses the technology developed for the HC-144A Ocean
Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 01/05/09) Support for the HC-
144A, based on the EADS CASA CN-235, is provided at EADS North America’s facility at
Mobile Regional Airport in Mobile, Ala.

Stennis kicks off robotics competition
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – This past weekend 27 high school teams from Mississippi,
Florida and Louisiana gathered at Stennis Space Center’s StenniSphere for the regional
kickoff of the 18th annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Robotics Competition. It’s the first step towards the national and international competition.
Teams will participate in the Bayou Regional, March 19-21 at the University of New Orleans,
to qualify for a place in April at the FIRST Championship in Atlanta. (Source: The Sun Herald,
01/03/09)

F-35 production on schedule
FORT WORTH, Texas – Lockheed Martin's F-35 production is on schedule and nearing its
goal of a 2010 delivery to Eglin Air Force Base. Last month Lockheed rolled out two more F-
35s that are ready to be tested. The AF-1 is a flight test aircraft and AG-1 a ground test unit.
Six F-35s are now complete and 17 are in production. The test aircrafts have completed 83
flights. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/04/09)

CV-22 to be fitted with all-quadrant weapon
Special Operations Command is on track to install all-quadrant 7.62mm Gatling guns
underneath seven Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 Ospreys in 2009. The
413th Flight Test Squadron is testing the turret-mounted gun at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It’s
passed a series of tests including firing from a hover in August, said Dave Adamiak, a BAE
Systems official. Critics had complained that the craft had no all-quadrant weapons, but in
2007 a contract was awarded to BAE Systems to deliver seven Remote Guardian Systems
and install them onto CV-22 Ospreys for AFSOC deployments. (Source: Air Force Times,
01/04/08)

Contract: McDonnell, $13.8M
The Air Force awarded a firm fixed-price contract to the McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis,
Mo., for $13,835,952. This will authorize McDonnell to provide various test assets in support
of The Small Diameter Bomb I program for aircraft/weapon integration for threshold and follow-
on aircraft. 681 ARSS/PK, Eglin AFB, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/02/09)

Goodrich, Rolls enter joint venture
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Goodrich and Rolls-Royce announced today that they’ve formed a joint
venture company to develop and supply engine controls for Rolls-Royce aero engines. The
joint venture company, Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Control Systems Limited, operates as
Aero Engine Controls. Each of the contributing companies owns 50 per cent of Aero Engine
Controls. Goodrich will retain the aftermarket products and services business associated with
the joint venture's products. (Source: PRNewswire, 01/02/08) Both companies have Gulf
Coast operations. Rolls-Royce has a foundry in Pascagoula and tests jet engines at Stennis
Space Center, Miss; Goodrich has a service center in Foley, Ala.
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