Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2015

Contract: Georgia Tech, $24.5M
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, has been
awarded a $24,500,000 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity cost contract. Contractor will
provide research, analysis, integration, systems engineering, development, flyable and non-
flyable technology demonstrators, prototypes, test and evaluation, and rapid delivery of cutting-
edge weapon solutions. Work will be performed at Atlanta and is expected to be complete by
Dec. 21, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $350,000 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (FA8651-16-D-0049) (Source: DoD, 12/28/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $47.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $47,514,822
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract
(N00019-15-C-0114) for modification management and unit level augmentation for Lot 9 F-
35A, including technical, administrative, and financial data. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (55 percent); Hill Air Force Base, Utah (19 percent); the Marine Corps Air Station
Cherry Point, N.C. (12 percent); MCAS Yuma, Ariz. (4 percent); Eglin AFB, Fla. (2 percent);
Nellis AFB, Nev. (2 percent); MCAS Beaufort, S.C. (2 percent); Edwards AFB, Calif. (2
percent); and Luke AFB, Ariz. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2016.
This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (51 percent); U.S. Marine Corps (32
percent); the U.S. Navy (10 percent); international partners (6 percent) and FMS customers (1
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/28/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $60.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $60,412,726
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031) for
recurring logistics services support for delivered Air Systems for the F-35 for the U.S. Air
Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, international partners, and foreign military sales
customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities; action request
resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and
maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support;
supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial
training in support of delivered Air Systems. Work will be performed in Ft. Worth, Texas (35
percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla.
(10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent). Work is expected to be
completed in January 2016. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (47
percent), the U.S. Marine Corps (27 percent); U.S. Navy (17 percent); and international
partners (9 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 integrated training center.

Fallen airmen identified
An officer assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was among six airmen who died Monday of
wounds when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air
Base in Afghanistan. Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minn., was assigned
to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron at Eglin.
The other dead airmen were identified as Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub,
Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride, Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, and Staff Sgt. Louis M.
Bonacasa. (Source: DoD, 12/22/15)

Contract: SURVICE, $11.9M
SURVICE Engineering Co., Belcamp, Md., has been awarded an $11,926,329 cost-plus-fixed-
fee with a performance incentive contract for SEEK EAGLE modeling, analysis, and tools
support. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete
by Sept. 22, 2016. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2016
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,716,062.00 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting
activity (FA2486-16-C-0051).

Falcon 9 successfully lands
SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket Monday for the first time, a major milestone in
the drive to cut costs and waste by making rockets as reusable as airplanes. The Falcon 9
made a graceful arc back to Earth and touched down upright at Cape Canaveral, Fla., minutes
after launching a payload of satellites to orbit, video images showed. SpaceX, headed by
Internet tycoon Elon Musk, is striving to revolutionize the rocket industry, which currently loses
many millions of dollars in jettisoned machinery and sophisticated rocket components after
each launch. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos's rocket company Blue Origin announced last month
it had successfully landed its New Shepard rocket after a suborbital flight. (Source: Space
Daily, 12/21/15)

150 kW laser test planned
General Atomics next month will begin testing a 150-kilowatt class laser. Several other
companies are developing laser weapons and “we’re looking at all of them,” said Lt. Gen.
Bradley Heithold, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, in an interview with
Breaking Defense. “The technology is ripe for application on an AC-130.” General Atomics
hopes to see AFSOC install a version of the weapon on the AC-130 gunship in the next few
years. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) will run the live-fire tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Source:
Breaking Defense, 12/21/15) Gulf Coast note: AFSOC headquarters is at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Contract: Lockheed, $1.2B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $1,171,206,489
advance acquisition contract for the advance procurement of long lead time materials, parts,
components and effort to maintain the planned production schedule for F-35 low rate initial
production lot 11 aircraft. The advance acquisition effort includes 80 F-35A aircraft (28 for the
U.S. Air Force; 6 for the government of Norway; 4 for the government of Turkey; 8 for the
government of the Netherlands; 8 for the government of Australia; 10 for the government of
Israel; 6 for the government of Japan; and 10 for the government of South Korea); 7 F-35B
aircraft (6 for the U.S. Marine Corps; and 1 for the United Kingdom); and 4 F-35C aircraft for
the U.S. Navy. This contract also includes an undefinitized contract action for production of 2 F-
35A aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and F-35C aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed
in Fort Worth (55 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (15 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (10
percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and
Nagoya, Japan (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019. This contract
combines purchase for the Air Force (34.3 percent); Navy (21.9 percent); Marine Corps (9.1
percent); non-U.S. DoD partners (17.7 percent) and foreign military sales (17 percent) under
the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity (N00019-16-C-0033). (Source: DoD, 12/21/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $84.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $84,434,012 cost-
plus-fixed-fee modification to the previously awarded Lot 9 F-35 advance acquisition contract
(N00019-14-C-0002) for the procurement of production non-recurring items. These items
include special tooling and special test equipment items that are critical to meeting current and
future production rates for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy , U.S. Marine Corps; and non-U.S.
DoD participants. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (98 percent) and Fort Worth (2
percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. This modification combines
purchase for the Air Force (46.42 percent); Navy (23.21 percent); Marine Corps (23.21
percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (7.16 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/21/15)

Contract: BAE, $278.5M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been
awarded a $278,500,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-reimbursable contract
for the Instrumentation Radar Support Program. Contractor will provide serviceable
components and subsystems to include radar, telemetry, and optics systems for 28 test ranges
across the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, and seven foreign
governments. Work will be performed at Fort Walton Beach and is expected to be complete by
Dec. 31, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received.
The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA2521-15-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 12/17/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $8,203,917 cost contract.
Contractor will provide development, design, and integration and demonstration of a low SWaP-
C (size-weight-power and cost) seeker prototype capable of providing day and night navigation
and precision terminal homing to a weapon platform which may engage moving, locatable and
stationary targets in a contested environment where the Global Positioning System may not be
reliably available. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to be complete by Dec.
18, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 17 offers received. Fiscal
2015 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,500,000 are
being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions
Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-16-C-0331).
(Source: DoD, 12/17/15)

Airbus wants mechanics
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking aircraft cabin interior, aircraft mechanics structures
and aircraft electrical mechanics for the Airbus Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex.
Among other qualifications, successful candidates must have minimum of a high school
diploma or GED and more than one year of experience with aircraft maintenance or
comparable industry experience. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama
Industrial Development Training website. (Source: Airbus, 12/16/15)

Contract: Boeing, $55.5M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $55,533,609 undefinitized contract action
delivery order (RH01) to previously awarded contract FA8213-15-D-0002 for 2,192 Joint Direct
Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits. Contractor will provide JDAM strap-on inertial guidance kits
with capability to receive guidance updates from global positioning systemsto increase weapon
accuracy for conventional inventory bombs. Work will be performed at St. Louis and is
expected to be complete by Dec. 15, 2017. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/15/15)

Airbus lists more job openings
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking three quality conformance specialists for the Airbus
U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. The quality conformance specialists are
responsible for maintaining the production quality system and associated organization
approvals for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Among other qualifications, successful
candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in aircraft manufacturing/lean
management/quality inspection of entire aircraft or aircraft installation; and a degree in
aerospace/industrial engineering or business/quality management is preferred. For a complete
list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website.
(Source: Airbus, 12/15/15)

Hurlburt unit wins Phoenix award
The 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (801 SOAMXS) of Hurlburt Field,
Fla., is this year’s winner of the Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence. It was announced
at the secretary of defense awards ceremony Dec. 8. The Phoenix Award is presented to the
single best maintenance unit out of that year's six field-level maintenance award winners. In FY
2014, the 801 SOAMXS’s maintenance actions produced over 1,200 sorties and 3,500 flying
hours, more than 28 percent of the 1st Special Operations Wing's mission. Heavily engaged in
Overseas Contingency Operations, the unit facilitated safe transportation and recovery of
three battle damaged CV-22 aircraft valued at $267 million dollars for subsequent depot
repair. In addition, the unit achieved a deployed mission capable rate that exceeded the
command standard by 24 percent. Vigilant in innovation, the 801 SOAXMS authored 328
engineer requests resulting in modifications that saved over $8 million dollars and 2,000 man-
hours. (Source: DoD, 12/10/15)

Contract: Rockhill Group, $13.2M
The Rockhill Group Inc., Molino, Fla., has been awarded a $13,166,915 firm-fixed-price
contract for Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center aircrew instruction support
services. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and
is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2016. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition with 11 offers received. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Wright Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA0021-16-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 12/10/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $21.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $21,500,000
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0008) to
purchase, manufacture, and install various components to update the configuration of four
conventional takeoff and landing variant F-35 aircraft for the government of Japan under the
Foreign Military Sales program. In addition, this modification provides for updates to
associated systems engineering products. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Maryland, is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 12/10/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Multiple, $157M
Segers Aero Corp., Fairhope, Ala. (N68335-16-D-0002); Standard Aero Inc., San Antonio,
Texas (N68335-16-D-0001); and Turbopower LLC, Hialeah, Fla. (N68335-16-D-0003), are
each being awarded fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts
for T56 Series III engine depot-level repair. The aggregate, not-to-exceed amount for these
multiple award contracts is $157,075,454. This contract is for the receipt, inspection,
disassembly, repair and/or modification, assembly, testing, and preservation of the T56 Series
III propulsion system, modules, quick engine change kit, and components. The three major
modules of the engine to be maintained and repaired under this contract will be power
sections, reduction gear assemblies, and torquemeters, with a maximum quantity of 252 power
sections, 285 reduction gear assemblies, and 231 torquemeters. Work will be performed in
San Antonio, Fairhope and Hialeah. Work is expected to be completed in December 2020. The
Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/09/15)

New summer flights added
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola International Airport announced that June 10 and extending
through July 31, Southwest Airlines will offer a non-stop Saturday flight to Dallas and a non-
stop Saturday flight to Kansas City. Southwest also has daily non-stop flights to Houston and
Nashville. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/08/15)

Contract: Kaman, $20.3M
Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $20,285,171 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00038) to previously awarded contract FA8681-13-C-0029 for Lot 12
production of Joint Programmable Fuze systems. Contractor will provide an additional quantity
of 7,733 state-of-the-art fuze systems being produced under the basic contract. Work will be
performed at Orlando and is expected to be complete by Sept. 29, 2017. This contract
involves foreign military sales to the United Kingdom, Singapore, Spain, United Arab Emirates,
and Saudi Arabia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/08/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $17.5M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $17,472,496
fixed price modification (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8682-16-C-0005 for the
Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile program (JASSM). Contractor will provide labor, material,
management, technical, and logistical support for the JASSM Lot 14 tooling effort. Work will be
performed at Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 30, 2018. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 12/04/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $302.2M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $302,222,015
fixed-price incentive firm target modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8682-
16-C-0005 for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program. Contractor will
provide JASSM production, system upgrades, integration, sustainment, management and
logistical support. Work will be performed at Troy, Ala., and is expected to be complete by June
29, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to Poland and Finland. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/03/15)

MQ-8C wraps up assessment
The Navy and Northrop Grumman have completed a three-week operational assessment of
the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif. It included 11 flights
for a total of 83.4 flight hours, in which the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter was assessed for
its performance, endurance and reliability against maritime and surveyed land targets. The C
model is an upgraded, larger version of the MQ-8B Fire Scout, which is currently deployed on
the USS Fort Worth. The smaller Fire Scout has flown more than 16,000 hours and has also
demonstrated the ability to operate alongside the MH-60 manned helicopter during ship-based
operations. (Source: Naval Technology, 12/02/15) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly of the Fire
Scout is done by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

Whiting wins installation award
Naval Air Station Whiting Field won first place in the small installation category in a Navy
competition. The Navy's annual Installation Excellence Award winners were announced today
by the Navy Installations Command. The program recognizes the Navy's top three large and
small installations. The top large installation is Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (Source: NNS,
12/02/15)

Pilots linked via simulators
ORLANDO, Fla. -- F-35A pilots are now training with four Full Mission Simulators linked
together at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Lockheed Martin said, moving the 34th Fighter
Squadron closer to meeting its goal to be combat ready by August 2016. The squadron will be
the first Air Force F-35A unit to reach initial operational capability. The ability to link four pilots
together during training using virtual technology not only gives them a chance to hone their
individual skills but to develop tactics as a unit against ground and airborne threats in a high
fidelity environment. According to Lockheed Martin, more than 190 F-35 pilots and 1,000
maintenance personnel for the Air Force will be mission ready by August 2016. The Marine
Corps was the first to declare initial operational capability last summer. The Navy plans to
reach IOC in 2018. (Source: Defense News, 12/01/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Hurlburt officer promoted
Air Force Col. Sean M. Farrell has been nominated by the president for appointment to the
grade of brigadier general, according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s office. Farrell is
currently serving as commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations
Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 12/01/15)


NOVEMBER 2015

Contract: UTC, $214.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $214,597,057 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-
plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004) for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 10
annualized sustainment in support of the F-35 for the U.S Navy, U.S Air Force, U.S. Marine
Corps, Non -U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales
customers. This effort includes support services for LRIP 10 propulsion systems as well as
hardware and training course material and equipment. Work will be performed in East Hartford
(76 percent); Oklahoma City, Okla. (18 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (2 percent);
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (1 percent); Hill Air Force Base, Utah (1 percent); Luke Air
Force Base, Ariz. (1 percent); and Beaufort, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed
in April 2019. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (47 percent); U.S.
Marine Corps (27 percent); the U.S. Navy (11 percent); international partners (12 percent);
and foreign military sales customers (3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
11/25/15)

History made by Blue Origin
VAN HORN, Texas -- Blue Origin today announced that its New Shepard space vehicle
successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet, before a historic
upright landing back at the launch site in West Texas. “Now safely tucked away at our launch
site in West Texas is the rarest of beasts, a used rocket,” said Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue
Origin. Like something from an old science fiction movie, the launch vehicle came in for a
controlled landing just over four feet from the center of the pad. The spacecraft, powered by a
single BE-3 liquid hydrogen, liquid oxygen engine, is named in honor of the first American in
space, Alan Shepard. (Source: Business Wire, 11/24/15) Gulf Coast note: Blue Origin has
used Stennis Space Center, Miss., to test engine components.

Keesler officer tapped for promotion
Air Force Col. Daniel J. Heires has been nominated by the president for appointment to the
rank of brigadier general, according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s office. Heires is
currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, 2nd Air Force, Air Education
and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (Source: DoD, 11/23/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $13M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,972,450
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract
(N00019-15-C-0114) to provide interim contractor support for F-35A aircraft located at Luke
Air Force Base, Glendale, Ariz. Work will be performed in Glendale and is expected to be
completed in November 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/23/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract awarded for engine
NASA selected Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, Calif., to restart production of the RS-25
engine for the agency's Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world. SLS will
use four RS-25 engines to carry the agency's Orion spacecraft and launch explorers on deep
space missions. The first four missions will be flown using 16 existing, upgraded engines that
were used in the Space Shuttle program. Under the $1.16 billion contract, the shuttle heritage
engine will be made more affordable and expendable for SLS. The new engines will have fewer
parts and welds and will be certified to a higher operational thrust level. The new engines will
benefit from improvements in materials and manufacturing techniques, such as five-axis milling
machines, 3D manufacturing and digital X-rays. The contract runs November 2015 and
continues through Sept. 30, 2024. Engine testing will be done at Stennis Space Center, in
South Mississippi. (Source: Space Daily, 11/24/15)

Leap-1A gets FAA-EASA OK
The CFM Leap-1A turbofan has gained joint certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, clearing the engine to power the Airbus
A320neo in revenue service in mid-2016. Airbus expects to gain certification of the Pratt &
Whitney PW1100G-powered A320neo by the end of this year. With the Leap-1A’s
simultaneous FAA and EASA approval, CFM stands as the only engine manufacturer to gain
dual original certification from both agencies, it said. Typically, a lead agency issues type
certification and the second agency validates it. The Leap-1A flew for the first time on the
Airbus A320neo on May 19, 2015. A second aircraft was added to the test program in
September and, to date, the two airplanes have logged a combined total of more than 140
flights and 360 hours of flight testing. CFM International is a joint project of Snecma (Safran) of
France and GE of the United States. (Source: AIN, 11/20/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building the A320 series of jetliners in Mobile, Ala.

SpaceX gets nod
SpaceX received orders Friday from NASA to send astronauts to the International Space
Station in the coming years, helping restore U.S. access to space, NASA said. The
announcement was a formal step in a process that began earlier this year when Boeing was
given the nod by NASA to send crew to the orbiting outpost by late 2017. Both Boeing and
SpaceX have received billions in seed money from NASA to restore American access to the
ISS, after the US space shuttle program was retired in 2011. The announcement of $4.2 billion
for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX was made in September 2014. (Source: Space Daily,
11/20/15) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis Space Center, Miss., for research into its
next generation of rocket engines.

Drone sale to Japan OKd
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale
(FMS) to Japan for RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft and associated
equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. Japan has
requested a possible sale of three aircraft. (Source: Australian Defense, 11/23/15) Gulf Coast
note: Fuselage work on all variants of the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk is done in Moss
Point, Miss.

Luxion named associate director
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Stephen “Lux” Luxion, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has been named
associate director of the Alliance for System Safety of Unmanned Aerial Systems through
Research Excellence center, according to a Mississippi State University news release. The
ASSURE center is based at MSU, but involves numerous universities, government agencies
and private firms. Drone testing in Mississippi is conducted at Stennis Space Center on the
Gulf Coast, over farms in the Delta, and at the Raspet Flight Research Lab in Starkville.
Luxion, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, retired from the military in 2014. He established
the Air Force's first armed drone squadron after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; helped
NATO establish its first “ aerospace center of excellence;” and as his final military assignment
taught aerospace studies and tested drones at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. (Source:
Starkville Daily News, 11/20/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $18M
Raytheon Co. - Missile Systems Div., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $18,082,165
modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0004 for contractor
logistics support. Contractor will provide CLS High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting
System depot repairs and sustainment activities. Work will be performed at Tucson and is
expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2016. Fiscal year 2016 operations and maintenance
funds in the amount of $10,157,324 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (FA8675-15-
C-0004) (Source: DoD, 11/19/15)

NASA, Loyola partner
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s Stennis Space Center and Loyola University in
New Orleans have announced a partnership agreement to educate young entrepreneurs and
tomorrow's industry leaders about the benefits of NASA research and development and the
use of NASA intellectual property in commercial applications. Under a recently-signed Space
Act Agreement, students in the Loyola College of Business will select a Stennis-developed
technology and build a business plan for its commercial use. The effort is part of NASA’s
Technology Transfer University (T2U) initiative, which seeks to engage business students to
use NASA intellectual property and spur economic development and growth. The Loyola
College of Business has embraced the initiative as part of its Master of Business
Administration (MBA) program. (Source: NASA, 11/19/20)

Northrop lease extended
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- Jackson County has reached an agreement with Northrop Grumman to
extend the lease for the Moss Point Unmanned Systems Center for eight years. The plant at
Trent Lott International Airport does finishing work on the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter and
fuselage work on all variants of the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft. The plant's
lease will extend to 2023, according to a press release from the office of Sen. Thad Cochran.
The center opened in 2006 and employs 70 workers. (Source: Sun Herald, 11/18/15)

New position opens at Airbus
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a manufacturing engineer-flightline for the Airbus U.
S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. The engineer manages non-
conformities/design deviation and late changes to support production. He or she answers
technical questions, prepares new modifications for country-specific constraints and explains
work orders and drawings, especially for aircraft cabin, electrical, mechanical or systems
related items. Among other qualifications, successful candidates must have at least two years
of experience as a technician or foreman with a focus on cabin, electrical, mechanical or
systems installation with an aviation company and/or have a degree in aerospace, industrial or
mechanical engineering. For more information, visit the AIDT website. (Source: Airbus,
11/17/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $25.7M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $25,713,978 firm-fixed-price contract
modification (P00017) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022 for the Advanced
Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile production lots 28-30 contract. Contractor work will include
special tooling and special test equipment in support of form, fit, function, refresh (F3R)
transition to full-rate production, testing of F3R test software, fixtures and equipment
modification. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31,
2018. This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-15-C-0022 P00017). (Source:
DoD, 11/17/15)

Crack in F-35C wing spar
Inspectors found a crack in one of the 13 wing “spars” of an F-35C Navy variant test aircraft,
according to the F-35 Joint Program Office. The discovery will not impact current F-35
operations. The jet was undergoing cyclic loadings to the airframe in order to simulate
operational flying durability, and to identify potential problems. During durability tests, aircraft
are tested to 16,000 flight hours. The F-35C with the crack had more than 13,700 test hours,
equivalent to 6,850 flight hours. One potential modification-fix may include adding about a half-
pound to the weight of the aircraft. Any fixes will be incorporated to the remainder of the F-35
fleet. (Source: Defense News 11/16/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center.

Airbus job opens
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas is seeking a manager of health, safety and environment for
the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile. The position is responsible for all aspects of
health, safety and environmental impact in and around the plant and property. Among other
qualifications, candidates must have extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local
environmental, health and safety laws, experience with ISO 14001, a minimum of five years of
experience in industrial and/or environmental, health and safety engineering, and at least five
years of supervisory experience. For a full job description, visit the AIDT site. (Source: Airbus,
11/13/15)

Contract: BAE, $22.4M
BAE, Nashua, N.H., has been awarded a $22,391,886 C-type contract for AC/MC-130J radio
frequency countermeasures. Contractor will improve AC-130J and MC-130J aircraft system
survivability and the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat
threat systems in operational environments applicable to the AC- and MC-130J missions. Work
will be performed at Nashua and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2016. This award is
the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. Fiscal 2015 research and
development funds in the amount of $4,654,401 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity
on behalf of U.S. Special Operations Command. Options are also being awarded but not
exercised at this time, and the award amount above does not account for these options
(FA8540-16-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 11/13/15)

Airbus seeks flight dispatcher
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas and its hiring partner AIDT are seeking a flight dispatcher for
the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The flight dispatcher is responsible for the preparation
and dispatch of production and delivery flights. This role is also responsible for the preparation
of customer ferry flights and monitoring of these flights in progress. Candidates must have a U.
S. Flight Dispatcher license and five or more years of experience as an aviation flight
dispatcher. A minimum of two to three months training abroad is required. (Source: Airbus,
11/12/15)

Contract: Boeing, $130.1M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $130,125,899 modification (P00006) to
previously awarded contract FA8681-10-D-0071 increase the contract ceiling for foreign
military sales Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) production. This modification increases the
contract's ceiling from $98,000,000 to $228,125,899 to meet current and future foreign military
sales procurements under this contract. Work will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to
be complete by April 15, 2019. This contract is 95 percent foreign military sales. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 11/10/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $112.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $112,779,000
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003) for the
procurement of additional long-lead time items necessary for the manufacture and delivery of
low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force and Lot 11 F-35A aircraft for
the government of the Netherlands. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent);
El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10
percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and Cameri, Italy (5 percent),
and is expected to be completed in December 2019. This contract combines purchase for the
Air Force (88 percent) and non-U.S. DoD participants (12 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/09/15) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

AC-130J accident report released
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – An AC-130J conducting a medium risk flying
qualities test over the Gulf of Mexico in April was “over G’d” and exceeded its design limit load,
nullifying its airworthiness and rendering it a total loss of $115 million. Air Force Materiel
Command released an Accident Investigation Board report for the mishap involving the
Ghostrider that occurred on April 21 during a test sortie 40 miles south of Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. There were no injuries and the aircraft returned to base. The incident occurred
while the crew from the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin was performing steady heading
sideslips at an altitude of 15,000 feet. The aircraft exceeded the targeted angle of sideslip until
it departed controlled flight and momentarily inverted before being recovered after losing
about 5,000 feet of altitude. The accident was caused by a bad decision on the pilot’s part by
applying “excessive rudder input during the test point followed by inadequate rudder input to
initiate a timely recovery.” The report also points out there were four contributing factors:
instrumentation and warning system issues, spatial disorientation, confusion, and inadequate
provision of procedural guidance or publications to the team. (Source: Air Force Materiel
Command, 11/06/2015)

Aerospace an economy hotspot
MOSS POINT, Miss. -- The U.S. economy is nowhere near as bad off as many fear, Tulane
University economics professor Peter Ricchiuti told more than 100 community leaders during
the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation's investors meeting Thursday. "The
economy is doing a lot better than you're hearing in the media," he said. "I see some very
positive numbers. The stock market has tripled in the last six years." According to stock index
performance for the year ending Sept. 30, the aerospace/defense index is up 3.2 percent, he
said. That's especially good for Jackson County because of its existing businesses and
potential to draw in more aerospace-related companies. "You are really in the sweet spot," he
said. (Source: gulflive, 11/04/15) Moss Point is home of the Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center, which builds portions of the unmanned Global Hawk and Fire Scout. It's also
close to Mobile County, Ala., which is building Airbus jetliners.

Base part of solar project
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Plans have been approved for construction of a 10-megawatt solar
power project at Fort Rucker, one of two major solar projects approved for the state Tuesday
by the Alabama Public Service Commission. The facility is known as a Photovoltaic Solar Array
System, and supports the Defense Department’s plan calling for 25 percent of energy used at
Army facilities to come from renewable sources by 2025. The Army is expected to consume a
minimum of 51 percent of the power through an existing area contract with Alabama Power,
which will own and operate the facility. The series of networked solar arrays will be located on
about 110 acres within a former trailer park near an electrical substation that will be used for
connectivity. The Public Service Commission approved a similar project Tuesday for the
Anniston Army Depot. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 11/04/15)

County to spend money to lure carrier
Okaloosa County Commissioners have unanimously backed a plan to spend $3 million over
the next three years to bring a new airline to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The money
come from the county bed tax reserves. Airport officials have shared no details about the
airline being courted, citing concerns over confidentiality. What is known is the airline would
bring new areas of service to the airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/04/15)

Blue Angels slate command change
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Navy's Blue Angels demonstration squadron
will hold a change of command ceremony Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the National Naval Aviation
Museum. Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi will relieve Capt. Tom Frosch. Bernacchi joined the Blue
Angels in November. Prior to selection as commander, he served as a Federal Executive
Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Frosch joined the Blue Angels in
November 2012 and led the team through more than 130 air shows and flyovers. His next
assignment will remain in Pensacola at the Naval Education Training Command headquarters.
(Source: Blue Angels, 11/04/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $5.3B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an undefinitized
contractual action not-to-exceed $5,370,955,495 to the previously awarded low-rate initial
production Lot IX F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-
14-C-0002). This modification provides for the procurement of 41 F-35A aircraft, including 26
F-35As for the Air Force; six F-35As for Norway; seven F-35As for Israel; two F-35As for
Japan; 12 F-35Bs, including six for the Marine Corps and six for the British Royal Navy; and
two F-35Cs for the Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif.
(25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H.
(5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/03/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

County eyes flexible lease
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Okaloosa County plans to ask Eglin Air Force Base for significantly more
flexibility in its lease and operation of Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. County commissioners
are set to discuss the proposal at their meeting Tuesday. The 130-acre airport is at the base
on land owned by the Air Force. Three months ago the county said it could no longer afford
the annual lease payment. Under the new agreement, the county would pay Eglin a flat fee of
$400,000 year, and 50 cents per departing passenger for every passenger above the 400,000
mark. The county also plans to ask Eglin to allow the construction of a gas station or
convenience store on airport property. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/01/15)


OCTOBER 2015

Contract: Lockheed, $120.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $120,555,991
modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot IX F-35 Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002) to procure the non-recurring
engineering effort necessary to develop build-to-print packages by variant (F-35A, F-35B, F-
35C), to provide Group A and Group A enabler provisions to support future Band 2/5
capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and
is expected to be completed in June 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $64.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $64,500,000
modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003) for
long lead materials and efforts associated with the production of the low-rate initial production
11 Japanese F-35A air systems for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales
program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in February
2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 10/30/15)

Contract: UTC, $104.3M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a $104,290,158 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0004) for low-rate initial
production (LRIP) Lot IX non-annualized sustainment in support of the F-135
propulsions systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non -U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants
and foreign military sales customers. This effort includes support equipment and
depot activation services and supplies for LRIP 9 propulsion systems. Work will be
performed in East Hartford (88 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (12 percent), and is
expected to be completed in September 2018. This contract combines purchases for
the Air Force (31 percent); the Navy (31 percent); the Marine Corps (11 percent); non-
U.S. DoD participants (26 percent); and foreign military sales (1 percent) under the
Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/15)

Contract: Multiple, $75M
2H&V Construction Services, Bonifay, Fla. (N69450-16-D-0601); Birmingham Industrial
Construction LLC, Alabaster, Ala. (N69450-16-D-0602); ESA South Inc., Cantonment,
Fla., (N69450-16-D-0603); Firewatch Contracting of Florida LLC, Tampa, Fla. (N69450-
16-D-0604); J.A.M. Construction Services, Merritt Island, Fla. (N69450-16-D-0605); and
York-Brawley JV, Hampton, Va. (N69450-16-D-0607), are each being awarded an
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award design-bid-build construction
contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). The
maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all six
contracts combined is $75,000,000. The work to be performed provides for, but is not
limited to, general building type projects (new construction, renovation, alteration,
demolition, and repair work) including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft
traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community
support facilities. Firewatch Contracting of Florida LLC is being awarded task order
0001 at $1,136,022 for Buildings 38, 40 and 223 window replacement and repair, at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to be
completed by January 2017. All work on this contract will be performed primarily
within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR including Pensacola (50 percent); Panama City,
Fla. (20 percent); Whiting Field, Fla. (20 percent); and the remainder of NAVFAC
Southeast AOR (10 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months,
with an expected completion date of October 2020. These six contractors may
compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/15)

New hike in A320 production?
Airbus is poised to increase production of its best-selling A320 jet after reaching a
compromise with suppliers over the capacity of the supply chain, people familiar with
the matter said. The decision could be announced as early as Friday. It would push
output of the jet beyond its latest target of 50 a month, but fall short of recent
expectations of a new goal of as high as 63.
Airbus declined to comment. (Source: Reuters, 10/29/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
now building A320 family jetliners at its manufacturing center in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Raytheon, $11.2M
Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an
$11,200,000 undefinitized contract action for 225 Enhanced Paveway II /Guided Bomb
Unit-49 kits. Contractor will provide 225 each Enhanced Paveway II munitions, also
referred to as GBU-49 kits. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be
complete by Aug. 30, 2016. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to
Canada. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (F
A8681-16-C-0059). (Source: DoD, 10/29/15)

Big Navy UAVs set for service
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy expects to begin operations of its unmanned fixed-wing
Triton and the larger version of the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter in 2018.
Speaking Oct. 29 at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
symposium, Pat Buckley, the Navy’s deputy program executive officer for unmanned
aerial systems, said the MQ-4C Triton, the maritime version of the Global Hawk, and
the MQ-8C version of the Fire Scout would reach initial operational capability in 2018.
He said the operational assessment of the MQ-8C would begin “in a couple of
months.” He also said a surface-search radar and possibly a weapons capability
would be added to the MQ-8C in 2019. (Source: Seapower magazine, 10/29/15) Gulf
Coast note: Fuselage work on Global Hawk variants and finishing work on Fire
Scouts is done by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

Whiting hosts fly-in
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – This base in Northwest Florida’s Milton
hosted the 26th annual Naval Helicopter Association Fleet Fly-In, which included
more than two dozen Navy, Marine and Coast Guard helicopters. The four-day event,
which began Tuesday, is designed to show students the aircraft they will fly when
they go out in the fleet. Aerospace companies, including Lockheed Martin, Airbus,
Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky, have displays at the event. (Sources: Whiting Tower,
10/26/15, Pensacola News Journal, 10/29/15)

Airbus seeks quality inspectors
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas and its hiring partner AIDT are seeking four quality
inspectors for its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala. The quality inspectors-
final assembly line are responsible for the execution and confirmation of quality
inspections in the production process in the Final Assembly Line Hangar. Among
other qualifications, candidates should have five years of experience, preferably
with quality inspection of aircraft installations in an international aviation company,
and experience as a technician with a focus on quality inspection in structure and/or
system manufacturing in the aviation industry with a high school diploma. For a full
job description of the positions, a full list of qualifications and to apply, go to the
AIDT site. (Source: Airbus, 10/26/15)

NASA forum slated
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will host a NASA Business
Forum at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4.
The cost is $75 per person, includes breakfast and lunch, and is open to all area and
regional businesses. Featured at the forum will be senior procurement experts from
four NASA centers in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, as well as representatives
from major aerospace prime contractors.
Topics on the agenda include NASA’s acquisition process, upcoming business
opportunities, best practices to win a direct contract or subcontract, and marketing
tools and advice. Following the presentation, attendees will also meet face-to-face
with the representatives in a trade-show style forum. Reservations are required.
Contact Brenda Rembert at 251-431-8607 to register or for more information. (Source:
Mobile Chamber of Commerce, 10/22/15)

SLS completes design review
NASA’s Space Launch System program has completed its Critical Design Review, and
major subsystems such as Orion’s launch abort system and the SLS RS-25 engines
have recently completed successful testing. These accomplishments bring America
one step closer to deep space – preserving the nation’s leadership in human space
exploration. This is the first time since the 1970s that NASA has completed CDR on a
major new launch vehicle. Experts from NASA and industry validated that the SLS, as
designed, meets all system requirements and is within cost and schedule
constraints. It’s a ‘go’ for production, assembly, integration and testing of the
vehicle as a whole. Boeing, Orbital ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Lockheed Martin
are building the SLS and Orion spacecraft for NASA’s crewed exploration missions
that will travel beyond the moon and into deep space. Boeing and Lockheed are
using Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, and Aerojet Rocketdyne is using
engine test facilities at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Sources: Business Wire,
10/22/15, Space Daily, 10/23/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $13M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$13,080,225 modification (P00653) to exercise the option on previously awarded
contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for F-22 air vehicle sustainment. Contractor will provide
depot touch labor services. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and
is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/22/15)
Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

Whiting nominee for award
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field has been
named one of two Navy Region Southeast nominees for Commander Navy Installation
Command’s national “Installation Excellence Award” in the small base category for
2015. The Santa Rosa base, along with NAS Pensacola, was CNIC’s “excellence”
award winner last year.
The second base selected was Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. (Source: NAS
Whiting Facebook page, 10/21/15)

South Korean RQ-4Bs on track
Northrop Grumman will deliver the first pair of South Korea’s four RQ-4B Block 30
Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in 2018, and the second pair in 2019. Speaking with
Flightglobal at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX),
Global Hawk vice-president Michael Jaggers said the first of Seoul's aircraft is
already under construction. South Korea’s $657 million acquisition of the Global
Hawks was announced in December 2014. (Source: Flightglobal, 10/20/15) Gulf Coast
note: Fuselage work on all variants of the Global Hawk is done by Northrop Grumman
in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $7.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $7,566,978
modification (P00567) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897. Contractor
will provide F-22 sustainment for Reliability and Maintainability Maturation Program
Project SE21, Stores Management System wrap around tester cable sets (quantity of
20) and self testers (quantity of 2). Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and
is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/15)
Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is home of F-22 training and an
operational squadron.

Contract: L-3, $12M
L-3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., has been
awarded an estimated $12,000,000 modification (P00035) to exercise the option on
previously awarded contract FA8106-11-D-0002 for C-12 contractor logistics support.
Contractor will provide maintenance, repair and support functions. Work will be
performed Accra, Ghana; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Ankara, Turkey; Bangkok,
Thailand; Bogota, Columbia; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary; Buenos Aires,
Argentina; Cairo, Egypt; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force Base,
Alaska; Gaborone, Botswana; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Islamabad, Pakistan;
Manila, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Rabat, Morocco; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; San
Angelo, Texas; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Yokota Air Base, Japan, and is expected
to be complete by March 31, 2016. This contract involves foreign military sales. No
funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Lifecycle Management
Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/20/15)

Contract: Jacobs, $45M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $45,000,000
modification (0003) to contract W52P1J-13-D-0041 for global logistics and support
services to the Army Sustainment Command Logistics Civil Augmentation Program
(LOGCAP) and Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC- RI) LOGCAP and
Reachback Divisions. Funding and work location will be determined with each order
with an estimated completion date of Oct. 20, 2016. Army Contracting Command, Rock
Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/21)

Contract: Lockheed, $17.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $17,599,996 not-to-exceed delivery order (550302) against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides
for the procurement of retrofit modification kits and associated engineering
installation services in support of the Block 3F upgrade of two F-35A aircraft for non-
Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas (90 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed
in September 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/14/15)

Mayor: Airbus likely to hike output
Airbus is likely to increase aircraft output at its Mobile, Ala., plant beyond its current four-a-
month target. That’s according to Mayor Sandy Stimpson. Airbus has said it could produce up
to eight single-aisle jetliners a month at the plant that had its inaugural opening last month.
Stimpson said in an interview that he based his view on public statements by Airbus and
conversations with Airbus officials, not special knowledge of Airbus plans. An Airbus
spokeswoman said the company plans to build four A320-family aircraft a month at the factory
by 2017, and there were "currently no plans to change that rate." Airbus has a backlog of
5,502 orders for A320-family planes, or nearly 11 years of production. (Source: Reuters,
10/13/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $305.5M
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $305,457,460
firm-fixed-price and fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract for the Joint Air-to-Surface
Standoff Missile production. Contractor will provide Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
production, system upgrades, integration, sustainment, management, and logistical support.
Work will be performed at Troy, Ala., and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2018. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-16-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 10/13/15)

Contract: Boeing, $11.8M
The Boeing Co., Defense, Space & Security Missile and Unmanned Airborne Systems,
St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $11,806,383 modification (P00049) to the
previously awarded contract FA2103-13-C-0006 for engineering and manufacturing
development of the B61-12 tailkit assembly. Contractor will provide additional test
assets, materials, and hardware to enable the demonstration of the reliability of the
B61-12 tailkit assembly. Work will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be
complete by July 31, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/13/15)

Southeast aero hotspot topic at symposium
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. -- A combination of factors, including increasing labor costs
overseas and new technologies, has made the United States, and particularly the
Southeast, the hot spot for aerospace manufacturing. That was the message Monday
from Kevin Michaels, vice president of ICF International, during the 19th annual Gulf
Power Symposium at Sandestin resort. Michael's talk was called "Rightshoring: The
New Aerospace Supply Chain Imperative." He said the offshoring trend that began in
2000 has changed, and in 2012 something he calls rightshoring began. That occurred
when labor costs outside the United States went up and labor became a smaller
portion of the cost of manufacturing. He said one issue that may impact the
Southeast is Airbus' request to suppliers to cut costs by 10 percent. He said that
might prompt some European suppliers to take another look at the United States as
an option. Airbus recently opened its A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., a move that
has helped reinforce the Southeast as an aerospace hotspot. The symposium
continues Tuesday. (Source: GCAC, 10/11/15)

Airport growth a Katrina silver lining
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Since Hurricane Katrina, the airport in Gulfport has undergone
$200 million in renovation work to improve, including a terminal twice as big as it was
before the
devastating storm. A feature story about the growth of the Mississippi airport.
(Source: GCRL aerospace newsletter story, October issue, 10/06/15) Full newsletter

Space Grant a key STEM program
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The states with a piece of the Interstate 10 aerospace corridor
have four NASA consortiums that can help the region prepare the next generation
for exciting careers in the final frontier. A feature story about the NASA program.
(Source: GCRL aerospace newsletter story, October issue, 10/06/15) Full newsletter

A giant leap for robotkind
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- When humanoid robots one day build habitats on Mars for
astronauts, it’s likely they’ll owe much of their capabilities to cutting-edge computer
programs developed by
scientists from Pensacola’s Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. A feature
story. (Source: GCRL aerospace newsletter story, October issue, 10/06/15) Full
newsletter

No. 6512 marks start of a new era
MOBILE, Ala. -- It’s still months from delivery to JetBlue, but the first Airbus made in the USA is
beginning to look like the world class passenger jet that will make aviation history and launch a
new era. A feature story. (Source: GCRL aerospace newsletter story, October issue, 10/06/15)
Full newsletter.

Contract: Jacobs, $85.4M
Jacobs Technology, Tullahoma, Tenn., has been awarded an estimated $85,429,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (P00023) to exercise the option on previously
awarded contract FA9200-12-D-0085 for additional technical and engineering acquisition
support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be
complete by Oct. 18, 2016. This contract involves foreign military sales. Fiscal 2015 and 2016
research, development, test, and evaluation; operations and maintenance; and procurement
funds in the amount of $17,218,166 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/05/15)

A320neo engine has setback
An engine on one of the revamped Airbus A320neo jets was found to have suffered damage
following flight trials in hot-weather conditions, the latest setback for the Pratt & Whitney-made
turbine. The issue was found in one of the test aircraft’s two engines, Airbus said Wednesday
in an e-mailed statement that didn’t specify the source of the trouble. Deliveries of the single-
aisle plane should still begin as scheduled later this year, Airbus said. The first A320neo,
going to Qatar Airways, will be powered by PW1100G engines from PW. A competing turbine is
offered by CFM International, a joint venture of GE Aviation and Safran. (Source: Bloomberg,
09/30/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building A320 family jetliners in Mobile, Ala., and will
eventually build neo variants.

Esri gets NASA agreement
NASA has awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to Esri in Redlands, Calif., to provide
geospatial software licenses and maintenance. This BPA offers provisions for issuance of firm-
fixed calls, with a one-year base ordering period, four one-year option ordering periods, and a
potential contract value of $9.5 million. The period of performance begins Oct. 1 and, if all
options are exercised, the last ordering period will end Sept. 30, 2020. The contract will be
administered by the Enterprise License Management Team at the NASA Shared Services
Center (NSSC) at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The NSSC performs select business activities
for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 10/01/15)

T-2 ends Navy career
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- The Navy's last flying T-2C Buckeye made its final flight at Naval Air
Station Patuxent River Sept. 25, capping 56 years of the aircraft type's service to the fleet.
Although the T-2s were officially retired from service in 2008 with a "sundown" ceremony, Air
Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 at NAS Patuxent River continued to use three
Buckeyes as safety chase aircraft during test and evaluation flights of the E-2D Hawkeye, P-8A
Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system. (Source: NNS, 10/01/15) The sundown
ceremony was at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Global Hawk contract won
Northrop Grumman has won a contract worth up to $3.2 billion for continued development,
modernization and maintenance of Air Force variants of the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.
The contract will allow the Air Force to order parts and services as needed through Sept. 30,
2020, with all work to be completed by Sept. 30, 2025. Northrop builds several variants of
Global Hawk, including Triton, the maritime variant for the Navy. (Source: Reuters, 09/30/15)
Gulf Coast note: Global Hawk fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.


SEPTEMBER 2015

NASA awards contract
NASA has awarded a contract to National Instruments Corporation of Austin, Texas, to provide
system design software and measurement and control systems hardware while consolidating
the procurement of agency end-user software licenses. This contract is an indefinite-delivery,
indefinite-quantity contract with provisions for firm-fixed delivery/task orders, which consists of
a one-year base period and four one-year options. The period of performance will begin Sept.
30, 2015 with a potential end date of Sept. 27, 2020 and total value of $37.7 million. The
contract will be administered by the Enterprise License Management Team at the NASA
Shared Services Center (NSSC) at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss. The NSSC
performs select business activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 09/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $28.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $28,777,974
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031) to
upgrade the low-rate initial production Autonomic Logistics Operating Unit and all fielded
Autonomic Logistics Design Development (ALIS) systems to ALIS software release 2.0.2 in
support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (50 percent); Fort Worth,
Texas (10 percent); Portsmouth, United Kingdom (5 percent); Willliamtown, Australia (5
percent); Nevatim, Israel (5 percent); Glendale, Ariz. (4 percent); Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. (3 percent); Cameri Air Base, Italy (2.5 percent); Amendola Air Base, Italy (2.5 percent);
Yuma, Ariz. (2 percent); Ogden, Utah (2 percent); Valparaiso, Fla. (2 percent); Beaufort, S.C.
(1.5 percent); Las Vegas, Nev. ( 1.5 percent); Havelock, N.C. (1 percent); Norfolk, Va. (1
percent); San Diego, Calif. (1 percent), and Salt Lake City, Utah (1 percent), and is expected
to be completed in December 2017. This order combines purchases for the Air Force
($12,164,704); Marine Corps ($6,236,157); Navy ($3,365,675); non-U.S. Department of
Defense participants ($5,874,056); and foreign military sales customers ($1,137,382). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/30/15)

Contract: Pettibone Concrete, $48.9M
Pettibone Concrete Construction Inc., Panama City, Fla., has been awarded a $48,885,013
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Tyndall Air Force Base airfield civil works.
Contractor will provide all management, supervision, labor, materials, equipment, and
incidentals required for maintenance, repair and minor construction of airfield pavement and
asphalt, including but not limited to grading of subgrade and base course; and resurfacing, full
depth reconstruction. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected
to be complete by Sept. 29, 2020. The 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, is
the contracting activity (FA4819-15-D-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/30/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $50M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $50,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for support to the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air
Missile AIM-120D system improvement program. Contractor will provide candidate
studies/analyses and risk reduction efforts, laboratory and modeling and simulation
improvements, and delivery of performance capability assessments as needed in support of
the AMRAAM AIM-120D SIP. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete
by Sept. 30, 2022. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8675-15-D-0135). (Source: DoD, 09/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,646,148
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0004) to
provide additional funding for concurrency related changes to the F-35 aircraft and the
supporting subsystems for the Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas (95 percent); Marietta, Ga. (3 percent); and Palmdale, Calif. (2 percent),
and is expected to be completed in December 2018. This modification combines purchase for
the Navy/Marine Corps (75 percent), and the Air Force (25 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/29/15)

Contract: Flight Safety, $35M
Flight Safety International Inc., Marine Air Terminal, LaGuardia Airport, Flushing, N.Y., was
awarded a $35,094,752 modification (P00157) to contract W9124G-04-C-0037 for an
extension of the existing contract for fixed-wing flight training services. Work will be performed
at Ft. Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015
operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $35,094,752 were obligated at the
time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/29/15)

Airbus still has tanker dream
Could military tankers for the U.S. Air Force eventually be built in Mobile, Ala.? Allan McArtor,
Airbus Group CEO, told National Defense magazine that if a future competition required that
military tankers be built domestically, Airbus would expand its facilities in Alabama to compete.
“That is our industrial home. If we had an opportunity to bid on a tanker program, that is where
it would be.” Airbus competed against Boeing to supply tankers to the Air Force. Airbus won
initially, but Boeing protested and eventually won. McArtor is convinced the Air Force would
consider buying an Airbus tanker to supplement the Boeing 767-based KC-46A fleet. The
opening of a U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama is a milestone, McArtor says, and while the
plant is for commercial planes, it’s still a boost to Airbus’ marketing efforts at the Pentagon.
(Source: National Defense Magazine, 09/26/15)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $57.2M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$57,231,214 (P00104) firm-fixed-price contract for logistics support of the T-1A
aircraft. Contractor will provide contractor-operated maintained supply, over and
above, on-equipment maintenance, and data and field service representatives. Work
will be performed at Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.;
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; and
Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received.
No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8106-09-C-0001).
(Source: DoD, 09/28/15)

Airbus tells suppliers to cut prices
Airbus is telling suppliers of its A320 family of jetliners to cut prices by at least 10
percent by 2019 in order to make the company's main cash cow more competitive,
three people familiar with the matter said. The demand echoes rival Boeing's cost-
cutting Partner for Success initiative, which has redrawn the relationship between
suppliers and Boeing as the industry gears up for record output. Airbus has told
suppliers that the prospect of increased volumes and a longer lifespan for its best-
selling jet means it is time to review all options in its supply chain. (Source: Reuters,
09/25/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus this month opened its newest A320 assembly line in
Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Boeing, $36.3M
The Boeing Corp., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $36,350,863
modification (P00003) on previously awarded contract FA8681-15-C-0050. Contractor
will provide research and development leading to the procurement of 60 long delay
fuzes and development of an embedded fuze system. Work will be performed at St.
Louis, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research,
development, test and evaluation, and ammunition procurement funds in the amount
of $13,188,088 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/25/15)

Module for Orion built
Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for NASA's Orion space vehicle's
European Service Module (ESM), has completed four large titanium tanks for the
module that will be delivered for initial testing. The tanks are the first hardware to be
supplied for the Orion space vehicle. The tanks will be first transported to Italy,
where the structural test model will be assembled before being tested in the United
States. The primary goal of these initial tests is to verify whether the structural
components can withstand the enormous loads. The next step is to build the
engineering model that will be assembled and tested at Airbus Defence and Space in
Bremen, Germany. (Source: Space Daily, 09/25/15) Gulf Coast note: The Orion is
assembled at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans; engines for the Space
Launch Vehicle are tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airbus tackles supplier issue
Delivery of the first A321 jetliner produced at the company’s plant in Mobile, Ala., is
several weeks behind schedule due to problems with a supplier. Still, Airbus said it
expects to deliver it on time to JetBlue in the second quarter of 2016. Allan McArtor,
chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, said there were issues with jigs and tools,
referring to the large structures that hold parts in place, as well as the tools used to
join parts. But McArtor notes Airbus has enough flexibility to catch up. A second
A321 for American Airlines will be delivered later in 2016. (Source: Global Trade Daily,
09/24/15) The plant, which began production in July, had its inaugural opening Sept.
14. Previous

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $160M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$160,238,440 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for the organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance and logistics services in support of
approximately 200 T-45 aircraft based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss.; NAS
Kingsville, Texas; NAS Pensacola, Fla.; and NAS Patuxent River, Md. Logistics
services to be provided include sustaining engineering, supply and government
property management, and procurement of associated parts and materials. Work will
be performed in Kingsville (48 percent); Meridian (44 percent); Pensacola (7
percent); and Patuxent River (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2016. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are
issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/22/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $180M
Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an
$180,000,000 fixed-price-incentive, firm target, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile program support and annual
sustainment. Contractor will provide program support, service life prediction
program, and contractor logistics support services. Work will be performed at
Tucson and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. This contract involves
foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8675-15-D-0062). (Source: DoD, 09/21/15)

Contract: UTC, $10.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford,
Connecticut, is being awarded a $10,642,496 modification to a previously awarded
cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0026) to retrofit the F-35B F-135
propulsion system for the Navy/Marine Corps and the international partners,
including the installation of a redesigned lift fan inter-stage vane. Work will be
performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in December
2016. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) and international partner funds in the
amount of $10,642,496 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the
Navy/Marine Corps ($10,447,740; 98 percent) and the international partners
($194,756; 2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/15)

MAAS gets tax abatements
MOBILE, Ala. -- MAAS Aviation received tax abatements totaling nearly $2.2 million
Wednesday for construction of a proposed $13 million second paint facility at Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley. Announced during the Paris Air Show in June 2015, the paint
facility would target third-party original equipment manufacturers; maintenance,
repair and overhaul providers; and potential military clients. (Source: Alabama Power’
s Alabama News Center, 09/17/15) Ireland-based MAAS said in April 2014 that it was
building a $13 million paint facility at the Mobile Aeroplex to service Airbus jets. In
June at the 2015 Paris Air Show it said it would build a two-bay $39 million facility.
That figure included several long-term investment proposals.

Contract: Summit, $6.9M
Summit Construction Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is being awarded a firm-fixed-
price contract (HDEC03-15-C-0001) for the architectural and refrigeration upgrade to
the commissary at Fort Myer, Va. The award amount is $6,902,588. The contract is for
a 379-day period based on the issuance of the notice to proceed which is expected
in October 2015. The contracting activity is the Defense Commissary Agency,
Enterprise Acquisition Division, Construction and Design Branch, Joint Base San
Antionio Lackland, Texas. (Source: DoD, 09/17/15)

Contract: Noble Supply, $9M
Noble Supply and Logistics, Rockland, Mass., has been awarded a $9,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a contractor operated civil
engineer supply store. Contractor will provide a simplified method for authorized
civil engineer personnel and self-help customers to purchase materials, equipment
and supplies including, but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, welding,
landscaping, heating/air conditioning/refrigeration/ventilation, pipe fitting and
carpentry. These items shall be used for work orders, construction, recurring
maintenance and repair and self-help type work. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-16-D-4007). (Source:
DoD, 09/17/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.8M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,793,422
contract modification (P00018) for the repair of legacy control sections for the High-
Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) missile (AGM-88). Contractor will provide repair
of government-furnished parts reused in HARM control section modification
production that failed during the acceptance testing. Work will be performed at
Tucson and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-10-
C-0011). (Source: DoD, 09/17/15)

Contract: RoboTeam, $25M
RoboTeam, Gaithersburg, Md., has been awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for an explosive ordnance disposal
small robot. Contractor will deliver a robot system with logistics and maintenance
support. Work will be performed worldwide as necessary and is expected to be
complete by Sept. 16, 2022. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8051-15-D-0009). (Source: DoD,
09/17/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $100M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $100,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD)
production support. Contractor will provide MALD system upgrades, integration,
sustainment, management, and logistical support. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. Air Force Lifecycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-15-D-0082).
(Source: DoD, 09/17/15)

Contract: KTU+A, $7.5M
KTU+A, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a maximum amount $7,500,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for professional planning
and engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). Task order 0001 is being awarded at $106,190
for developing basic facility requirements and Department of Defense 1391s (DD
Form 1391s) for the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. The work to be performed provides for plans, studies, and project and
facility planning documents. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by
September 2016. All work on this contract will be performed primarily at various
activities within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR, but may also be used for professional
planning services within the entire NAVFAC AOR (worldwide). The term of the
contract is not to exceed 36 months with an expected completion date of September
2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity (N69450-15-D-0131). (Source: DoD, 09/16/15)

Contract: Scientific Systems, $6.6M
Scientific Systems Co. Inc., Woburn, Mass., has been awarded a $6,600,242 firm-fixed-
price Small Business Innovation Research III contract for advanced navigation
common capability (ANCC). Contractor will expand upon ANCC previous work by
generalizing the process of integrating the technology into weapon systems. Work
will be performed at Woburn and is expected to be complete by Sept. 14, 2017. Fiscal
2015 research and development funds in the amount of $6,600,242 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-15-C-0124). (Source: DoD,
09/16/15)

Contract: M1, $20M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $20,029,841 fixed-price,
cost-reimbursable modification (P00097) to exercise the option on previously
awarded contract FA4890-11-C-0005. Contractor will provide program support of the
Air Combat Command’s T-38 companion trainer program. Work will be performed at
Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Beale Air Force Base,
Calif.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and is
expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-
Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/16/15)

Airport director resigns
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Sunil Harman has resigned as the director of Okaloosa
County’s airports. His impending departure was announced by Okaloosa County
Administrator John Hofstad at Tuesday’s commission meeting in Fort Walton Beach.
The only reason cited was that Harman is pursuing other opportunities. Harman,
whose resignation is effective Sept. 30, was not at the meeting. He was hired in July
2013 to oversee the county’s airports. During his tenure, the county launched a
rebranding of its airport facilities. The name of county’s primary airport was changed
to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport while the Destin facility was renamed Destin
Executive Airport. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 09/15/15) Prior to taking the
Okaloosa job, Harman was director of the airport in Tallahassee.

Airbus plant officially opens
MOBILE, Ala. – Hundreds of dignitaries, from corporate officials and three
ambassadors, were on hand today for the formal opening of the $600 million Airbus
A320 assembly plant at the Mobile Aeroplex. With partially built A321 jetliners flanking
the assembled dignitaries and media representatives from around world, the crowd
applauded when a sign was placed on one of the plane sections that said “This
aircraft proudly made in the USA…” The event closed with the sound of “Sweet Home
Alabama” playing in the background. The first jetliner being built at the plant is an
A321 for JetBlue, which will take delivery in 2016. (Source: GCAC, 09/14/15)

Contract: Rehab Svcs, $7M
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., was awarded on
Sept. 3 a $7,023,720 modification (P00036) to exercise an option on previously
awarded contract FA3010-13-C-005 for full food services. Work will be performed at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2017. The
81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/11/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.7M
Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., has been awarded a
$10,667,190 modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract FA8672-13-C-0199
for engineering, manufacturing and development for Joint Miniature Munitions
Bomb Rack Unit development. Contractor will provide development, design
verification, design qualification, initial aircraft integration, fabrication of flight test
assets and demonstration of production processes. Work will be performed at
Indianapolis and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2018. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/11/15)

RR wins Airbus cargo jet deal
Rolls-Royce won a $700 million deal to supply and maintain engines for Airbus’s new
fleet of Beluga cargo jets used to transport large sections of new planes, such as
entire wings. Rolls-Royce is being awarded the contract to power the five new
aircraft with its bestselling Trent 700 engine. The current Beluga fleet use engines
made by GE. (Source: Telegraph, 09/11/15) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests Trent
engines at its outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Airbus is formally
opening its A320 manufacturing plant in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 14.

Public celebration set
MOBILE, Ala. -- A public celebration will be held Saturday at the Mobile Aeroplex
ahead of Monday's invitation-only inauguration ceremonies for the $600 million
Airbus manufacturing plant. The celebration starts at 3 p.m. with the opening of the
Kid Zone followed by the 5:30 p.m. start of a one-mile fun run. The Airbus 5K on the
Runway race is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The celebration is free and open to the public. Festivities take place on the green
space at the Mobile Aeroplex on Broad Street between 5th and 6th Streets. (Source:
al.com, 09/10/15)

Italian-made F-35A takes flight
CAMERI AIR BASE, Italy -- Italy’s first F-35A Lightning II, assembled at the Cameri Final
Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, flew for the first time Monday. The flight was
an hour and 22 minutes. The Cameri FACO is owned by the Italian government and
operated by Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi in association with Lockheed Martin. F-
35 production began in July 2013 and rolled out of Italy’s first F-35A, AL-1, was in
March. AL-1’s official delivery to Italy is expected by the end of the year. The facility
will assemble Italy’s F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant and the F-35B
short takeoff/vertical landing variant, and is planned to assemble the Royal
Netherlands Air Force’s F-35A aircraft. The F-35A and F-35B will replace Italian Air
Force and Italian Navy AV-8 Harriers, Panavia Tornados and AMX fighters. (Source:
Lockheed, 09/07/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: DynCorp Int., $100M
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $100,018,444
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery,
requirements contract (N00019-15-D-0003) to exercise an option to provide
organizational, intermediate, depot-level maintenance and logistics services for the
T-44, and organizational maintenance for T-6 aircraft, in support of the Chief of Naval
Air Training. Provided support includes labor, services, facilities, equipment, tools,
related support equipment, direct and indirect material. Work will be performed in
Corpus Christi, Texas (51 percent); Whiting Field, Fla. (34 percent); and Pensacola,
Fla. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/09/15)

Pieces come together for Orion
NEW ORLEANS – Engineers at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility on Saturday welded
together the first two segments of the Orion crew module that will fly atop NASA's
Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on a mission beyond the far side of the moon. The
primary structure of Orion's crew module is made of seven large aluminum pieces
that must be welded together. The first weld connects the tunnel to the forward
bulkhead, which is at the top of the spacecraft and houses many of Orion's critical
systems, such as the parachutes that deploy during re-entry. Orion's tunnel, with a
docking hatch, will allow crews to move between the crew module and other
spacecraft. NASA's prime contractor for the spacecraft, Lockheed Martin, is doing
the production of the crew module at Michoud. (Source: PRNewswire, 09/08/15)

Contract: UTC, $249.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a not-to-exceed $249,830,014 undefinitized modification to a
previously awarded fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract (N00019-14-C-0004) to
procure low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 9 propulsion system initial spares for
the global spares pool to include initial spare engines, initial spare modules, and
initial spare parts required in support of the LRIP Lot 9 F-135 propulsions systems for
the F-35 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, international partners, and
foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford, (93
percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (6 percent); and Bristol, UK (1 percent). Work is expected
to be completed in July 2018. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (49
percent); Navy (23 percent); international partners (25 percent); and foreign military
sales (3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/04/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: American Systems, $6.8M
American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $6,826,190 modification
(02) to the previously awarded contracts FA7046-11-D-0001/0003 for F-35 operational
test and evaluation verification and validation. Contractor will provide for the
rescope of work to be performed for verification and validation for the F-35
verification simulation environment for operational test and evaluation. Work will be
performed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be complete by Dec.
31, 2017. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.
M., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/04/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $12M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$12,009,064 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-12-D-0016) to exercise an option for maintenance, repair, and
logistics support for the Chief of Naval Air Training Aircraft's intermediate
maintenance departments located at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., and
NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. Support to be provided includes labor, equipment, tools,
services, and direct and indirect material. Work will be performed at NAS Pensacola
(60 percent) and NAS Corpus Christi (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/03/15)

Fourth MUOS launched
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – The Navy's fourth Mobile User
Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched Wednesday at 6:18 a.m. EDT from Space
Launch Complex 41. MUOS-4, whose signal was acquired approximately three hours
after launch, completes the initial operational constellation and provides near global
network coverage for warfighters and combatant commanders. This array allows
mobile forces, including submarines, surface ships and aircraft, to communicate
around the world via the narrowband spectrum. User communities that will primarily
benefit include ground forces at the individual soldier level but also include
members of all services and special forces. (Source: NNS, 09/02/15) Gulf Coast note:
Work on the core propulsion system for the A2100 satellite-based spacecraft is done
by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Previous

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $19.8M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $19,828,419 for
cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to delivery order 0096 previously issued against a
basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22. This
modification provides for the procurement of additional nonrecurring engineering in
support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) universal
urgent needs effort as well as 24 MV-22 IASE A-kits. Work will be performed at Ridley
Park, Pa. (64 percent); Menlo Park, Calif. (5 percent); Anaheim, Calif. (4 percent);
Corona, Calif. (3 percent); Huntington Beach, Calif. (2 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (2
percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (1 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (1 percent); and
various locations throughout the U.S. (18 percent), and is expected to be completed
in February 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/02/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $311.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $311,399,980 contract for undefinitized delivery order 5503 against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the F-35 Lighting
II Block 3F upgrade for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and the government of the
United Kingdom. This order procures retrofit modification hardware necessary for
the Block 3F upgrades, as well as engineering tasks supporting modification kit
installation. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (90 percent); and Baltimore, Md.
(10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2021. This contract
combines purchase for the Air Force (46 percent); Marine Corps (27 percent); Navy
(20 percent); and the government of the United Kingdom (7 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/01/15)


AUGUST 2015

Contract: Lockheed, $430.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $430,878,490 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-
incentive-firm contract for non-air vehicle spares, support
equipment, Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and
software upgrades, supply chain management, full mission
simulators and non-recurring engineering services in support of low-
rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine
Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense participants, and foreign
military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Orlando,
Fla. (70 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (17 percent); El Segundo, Calif.
(7 percent); Owego, N.Y. (4 percent); Greenville, S.C. (1 percent);
and Samlesbury, UK (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
January 2022. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force
(32 percent); Navy (7 percent); Marine Corps (8 percent); non-
Department of Defense participants (44 percent); and FMS
customers (10 percent) under the FMS program. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity
(N00019-15-C-0114). (Source: DoD, 08/31/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Retired F-15 joins Haney Tech Center
LYNN HAVEN, Fla. – A retired F-15C Eagle fighter has been
transferred from Tyndall Air Force Base to Haney Technical Center
on Sunday. The jet was towed from Tyndall, beginning at 5 a.m., and
arrived at the school at 9 a.m. Haney’s aviation program is certified
by the Federal Aviation Administration, and an FAA-approved
curriculum will be designed around the jet. (Source: News Herald,
08/30/15)

Tyndall F-22s deploy
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Four Tyndall F-22 Raptors and
some 60 airmen assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing arrived at
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, today to train with allied air
forces and U.S. services through mid-September. This first-ever F-
22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the European
Reassurance Initiative, and provides support to bolster the security
of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe. The training will prove
that 5th generation fighters can deploy successfully to European
bases and other NATO installations while also affording the chance
for familiarization flight training within the European theater. It will
also give them the chance to conduct combat air training with
different aircraft like U.S. F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.
(Source: 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 08/28/15)

First RS-25 test series done
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A former Space Shuttle Main
Engine, 0525, that never pushed a Space Shuttle into orbit
completed its seventh static fire Thursday in South Mississippi and
will now be replaced by flight engine 2059 on the A-1 Test Stand for
the next test series. NASA’s Space Launch System program will
continue high-tempo testing of Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines
at SSC through next year in preparation for the SLS vehicles first
flight planned for 2018. (Source: NASA, NASASpaceFlight, 08/27/15)

MQ-8C endurance demonstrated
POINT MUGU, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy
demonstrated endurance capabilities with the MQ-8C Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter. On a planned 10-plus hour flight and range
out to 150 nautical miles flight from Naval Base Ventura County,
Point Mugu, the MQ-8C Fire Scout achieved 11 hours with over an
hour of fuel in reserve. The long range, long endurance flight was
part of a series of capability based tests used by the Navy to
validate their concept of operations and previously tested
performance parameters. The MQ-8C Fire Scout completed its
developmental flight test program earlier this year and has
operational assessment planned for later this year. The MQ-8C Fire
Scout has accumulated over 513 flight hours and flown 353 sorties.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 08/25/15) Gulf Coast note: The MQ-8C
is built in part in Moss Point, Miss. It’s a larger version of the MQ-8B,
also built in part in Moss Point.

Bell assembly center formally opens
LAFAYETTE, La. – Bell Helicopter announced today the Bell
Helicopter Lafayette Assembly Center is officially open for
business. The company will assemble the new commercial
helicopter, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at the new facility. Louisiana
Economic Development Secretary Steven Grissom and other state,
regional and local officials joined Bell Helicopter’s president and
CEO, John Garrison, to commemorate the occasion Thursday at the
Lafayette Regional Airport. Bell Helicopter is a Textron company.
(Source: Bell Helicopter, 08/27/15) Bell Helicopter, headquartered in
Fort Worth, Texas, broke ground on the 82,300 square-foot
helicopter assembly plant in August 2014. Lafayette is about 135
miles west of New Orleans.

Contract: Lakeview Center, $7.7M
Lakeview Center Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $7,737,646
firm-fixed-price contract with options for dining facility attendants
and contingency cook support at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.,
with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. Bids were
solicited via the Internet with one received. Funding will be
determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Joint
Base Lewis-McChord, is the contracting activity (W911S8-15-D-
0005). (Source: DoD, 08/27/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $89.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $89,265,000 modification to a previously
awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0070). This
modification provides for the system development and
demonstration Phase I Increment 2, for the first aircraft arrival and
initial operations in support of the F-35A conventional take-off and
landing (CTOL) air system for the government of Israel under the
Foreign Military Sales program. This modification includes the
development and demonstration, integration and sustainment
planning for the Israel F-35A CTOL Air System. Work will be
performed at Fort Worth (67 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (12
percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Samlesbury, U.K. (7 percent);
and Newtown, Pa. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in
March 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/27/15) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

Site in Jackson County certified
The Marianna/Jackson County Distribution/Construction Services
Park has become the second certified site in Jackson County, Fla.,
through Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites program. The combined
industrial park is 460 acres and is currently home to companies
such as Family Dollar Distribution Center, Arizona Chemical and
Hanson Precast Concrete. It is adjacent to Interstate 10 with 213
developable acres available. Florida First Sites was created in 2013
to help communities prepare locations to attract new industries and
new jobs to the region. Fourteen sites were initially submitted from
public and private landowners. Of those 14 sites, eight have been
certified in Northwest Florida under the program. The seven other
Northwest Florida sites that have obtained certification include one
more in Jackson County, two in Bay and Santa Rosa counties and
one each in Okaloosa and Walton counties. (Source: Gulf Power,
08/27/15)

Historic hangar getting facelift
GULFPORT, Miss. – A hangar at Gulfport International Airport that
was used during World War II is receiving a $2 million-plus facelift
that will allow it to be used by the Air National Guard's Combat
Readiness Training Center. State and local officials unveiled a
conceptual drawing Wednesday during a ceremony in front of the
hangar. The hangar, built in 1944, was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 2011. Airport Executive Director Clay
Williams said construction will start in a few weeks and it should be
completed in April. The project is funded by a $2 million grant from
the Mississippi Development Authority and $400,000 from the
airport. (Source: Sun Herald, 08/26/15)

NASA meets with small businesses
NEW ORLEANS -- NASA officials held a networking event
Wednesday for small business owners who are interested in doing
business with the federal space agency or its contractors. The
event,  held in conjunction with the New Orleans Chamber of
Commerce at the Michoud Assembly Facility, drew a crowd of more
than 100 people. The forum’s schedule included a series of panel
discussions with NASA representatives. NASA contractors were
also on hand to field questions from businesses and discuss
opportunities to work together. (Source: The Advocate, 08/26/15)

Airbus taps GKN exec to head plant
Airbus has named GKN Aerospace executive Daryl Taylor to head
its U.S. manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. Taylor will replace
Ulrich Weber as VP and GM of the $600 million A320 plant. Its first
plane will be an A321 for JetBlue, slated for delivery in the spring of
2016. Taylor will oversee all systems and support staff at the Mobile
facility, reporting directly to Airbus Americas president Barry
Eccleston. Eccleston said in a statement that Airbus conducted an
“extensive and demanding search” before choosing Taylor, who
has been VP and GM of GKN Aerospace facilities in Kansas and
California, and previously worked for Bombardier. He’ll train for his
new role at Airbus facilities in Europe before assuming leadership
in Mobile in coming months. (Source: ATWonline, 08/25/15)

Test stand steel tower finished
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Work has been completed on a
steel tower for tests of the world’s most powerful rocket, the Space
Launch System. Engineers completed the addition of about 1
million pounds of structural steel work on the SLS core stage test
frame on the B-2 test stand at SSC. The addition of the structural
framework to the historic test stand is needed to support the height
and weight of the massive rocket’s core stage while allowing test
teams access and providing for thrust takeout, which will hold the
core stage in place during testing. NASA has been renovating the B-
2 Test Stand for more than two years in preparation for the SLS test
series. The historic test stand was built in the 1960s and previously
used to test both the Saturn V and the space shuttle propulsion
system. (Source: NASA/SSC, 08/25/15)

More F-35 training systems ordered
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Cubic Global Defense is to produce and
enhance the Air Combat Training System in the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, the company announced. Included in the work contracted
by Lockheed Martin Aerospace is the addition of an internally
mounted subsystem of the P5 Combat Training System, or P5CTS,
that enables the F-35 to maintain its stealth characteristics while
training. The P5 training system is an encrypted system
interoperable with the P5CTS/Tactical Combat Training System
used by the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy, Marines and
international partners. (Source: UPI, 08/20/15) Gulf Coast note: The
training systems are used throughout the Gulf Coast region; Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Potomac River Grp, $35.3M
Potomac River Group LLC, Ashburn, Va., is being awarded a
$35,300,000 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract to obtain certified contractor support to administer
polygraph examinations for Naval Criminal Investigative Service
counterintelligence scope polygraph examinations in support of the
Navy Insider Threat program. This contract includes a 60-month
ordering period. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (27
percent); San Diego, Calif. (22 percent); Virginia Beach, Va. (14
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (11 percent); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (8
percent); Fort Meade, Md. (7 percent); San Antonio, Texas (7
percent); and Hanover, Md. (4 percent). Work is expected to be
completed by August 2020. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet
Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia
Office, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00189-15-D-Z025). (Source:
DoD, 08/20/15)

Contracts: Multiple, $490M
AeroJet Rocketdyne Inc., Rancho Cordova, Calif. (FA8656-15-D-
0260); BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration
Inc., Nashua, N.H. (FA8656-15-D-0261); The Boeing Co., St. Louis,
Mo. (FA8656-15-D-0262); General Dynamics Inc., Niceville, Fla.
(FA8656-15-D-0263); L-3 National Security Solutions Inc., Reston, Va.
(FA8656-15-D-0264); Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla. (FA8656-
15-D-0265); MBDA Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA8656-15-D-0266); Northrop
Grumman Systems Corp., El Segundo, Calif. (FA8656-15-D-0267);
Alliant TechSystems Operations LLC, Rocket Center, W.Va. (FA8656-
15-D-0268); Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz. (FA8656-15-D-0269);
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa (FA8656-15-D-0270); Sierra
Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev. (FA8656-15-D-0271); Textron Systems
Corp., Wilmington, Mass. (FA8656-15-D-0272); Applied Research
Associates Inc., Albuquerque, N.M. (FA8656-15-D-0273); Cummings
Aerospace, Huntsville, Ala. (FA8656-15-D-0274); Dynetics Inc.,
Huntsville, Ala. (FA8656-15-D-0275); HART Technologies, Manassas,
Va. (FA8656-15-D-0276); Integrated Solutions for Systems,
Huntsville, Ala. (FA8656-15-D-0277); Intuitive Research and
Technology Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (FA8656-15-D-0278); SURVICE,
Belcamp, Md. (FA8656-15-D-0279); Systima Inc., Kirkland, Wash.
(FA8656-15-D-0280); and Yulista Aviation, Anchorage, Alaska
(FA8656-15-D-0281), have been awarded a ceiling $490,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Agile
Acquisition program. Contractors will provide for pre-program
activities, technology development activities, engineering and
manufacturing activities, and production activities for development
of new systems or modification of existing systems. The location of
performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The work is expected to
be completed by Aug. 30, 2020. Air Force Lifecycle Management
Center, Rapid Acquisition Cell, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity. (Source: 08/20/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $82.8M
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc., Bethesda, Md., was
awarded an $82,751,404 cost-plus-fixed-fee incrementally funded
contract for next generation technical services. Work will be
performed in Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Aberdeen
Proving Ground, Md.; Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Vicksburg,
Miss.; Lorton, Va.; and Bethesda with an estimated completion date
of June 19, 2016. Fiscal 2014/2015 research, development, testing
and evaluation funds in the amount of $14,400,505 were obligated at
the time of the award. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is
the contracting activity (W912DY-15-F-0164). (Source: DoD, 08/19/15)

Airbus gets huge order
India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo, firmed up
last year’s commitment and ordered 250 A320neo family aircraft.
The agreement was signed Aug. 15, the 69th Independence Day of
India. With this order the A320neo order backlog is catapulted to
over 4,100 aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 08/17/15) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus has a new A320 family assembly plant in Mobile, Ala. The
$600 million plant, which will help Airbus fill its huge list of orders
for the popular aircraft, will have its official opening Sept. 14.

Survival squadron inactivated
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The multi-service
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape aircrew program here
was inactivated Monday and will be consolidated with water
survival at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The 66th Training
Squadron’s Detachment 2 was inactivated in a ceremony at the
National Naval Aviation Museum. The survival school has prepared
aircrews from the Air Force, Army, Navy and NASA with training on
how to prepare for survival after bailing out of an aircraft. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 08/17/15)

Contract: Roy Anderson, $38.3M
Roy Anderson Corp., Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded a $38,343,900
firm-fixed-price contract for construction of the Bolden Elementary-
Middle School at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The work to be
performed provides for demolition of the existing Bolden school
and construction of a new two-story elementary-middle school for
grades three through eight. The contract also contains one planned
modification, which if issued, would increase the cumulative
contract value to $40,097,400. Work will be performed in Beaufort, S.
C., and is expected to be completed by June 2018. The Naval
Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the
contracting activity (N40085-15-C-5006). (Source: DoD, 08/18/15)

Concourse gets name
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Regional Airport's concourse on Monday
was dedicated to Matthew S. "Matt" Metcalfe, who served for 35
years at the Mobile Airport Authority. Metcalfe's service began at its
1970s inception and continued until his 2014 retirement. He now
serves as director emeritus. Among other things, Metcalfe played
key roles in developing the Mobile Regional Airport and with the
redevelopment of the former U.S. Air Force Base at Brookley Field in downtown
Mobile into a general aviation facility and industrial park. Roger Wehner, the
authority's executive director, said there is not a single aspect of the organization
Metcalfe has not helped shape. (Source: al.com, 08/17/15)

RS-25 has another test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An RS-25 rocket engine had a 535-second test firing
today at NASA’s South Mississippi rocket engine test facility. More than 1,200 people
viewed the test. One final test of this RS-25 developmental engine is planned in this
series; testing of flight engines begins later this fall. Four RS-25 engines along with
boosters will power the first stage of NASA’s Space Launch System, which will launch
the Orion crew vehicle and astronauts on deep space missions. The RS-25 is a
modified version of the engines that powered the Space Shuttle. (Source: NASA/SSC,
08/13/15)

Contract: Multiple, $45M
SA Technical Services Inc., Niceville, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0001); Advanced Concepts
Enterprises Inc., Shalimar, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0002); and Streamline Defense LLC,
Tampa, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0003), have been awarded a combined not-to-exceed
$45,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract for
Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command. Contractor will provide
systems engineering and technical assistance services. Work will be performed at
multiple locations both in the U.S. and overseas, and is expected to be complete by
Aug. 11, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 13 offers were
received. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,500 are
being obligated at the time of award, with additional funding obligated on individual
task orders. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency and 765 Special Contracting
Flight, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/12/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $26M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $26,069,178
modification (P00611) to previously awarded cost-plus, firm-fixed-price contract
FA8611-08-C-2897 for the F-22 sustainment system. Contractor will provide for the
integrated maintenance information system of execution. Work will be performed at
Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017. This award is the result
of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $26,069,178 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/12/15) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

First Gen III F-35 helmet delivered
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Sen. Joni Ernst, Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins
executives Tuesday commemorated the delivery of the first Gen III F-35 Helmet
Mounted Display System (HMDS). Rockwell Collins, through its joint venture,
Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, is providing the HMDS, which includes an
improved night vision camera, improved liquid-crystal displays, automated alignment
and software improvements is to be introduced to the fleet in low rate initial
production Lot 7 in 2016. It also developed the Gen 2 helmet currently in use.
Overall, Rockwell Collins has built and fit more than 200 helmets for F-35 pilots who
are being trained for the program. (Source: Business Wire, 08/11/15) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and
reprogramming lab.

SSC gets new deputy director
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Randy Galloway was named Deputy Director of
Stennis Space Center, succeeding Jerry Cook, who will return to Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Galloway has served at several other NASA centers
in key leadership roles. “Randy demonstrates the leadership and managerial skills
found in senior level executives to ensure technical excellence and alignment with
the agency’s vision,” said Stennis Space Center Director Richard Gilbrech. In his
previous position, Galloway was director of the Engineering and Test Directorate at
SSC, NASA’s premier rocket engine test facility, beginning in 2007. His successor
there is John Bailey. Cook will serve in Huntsville as the Exploration Systems
Development chief engineer and director of Cross-Program Systems Integration.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 08/10/15)

Ford using Eglin for cold tests
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Ford vehicles and Ford employees are spending three
week at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, testing the
vehicles in extreme cold conditions. Testing will involve the smallest Fiestas and
biggest Super Duty trucks. The lab, the largest facility of its kind, is being used to
test the vehicles in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the
size of the lab that appealed to Ford, which can put up to 72 vehicles in the lab. Ford
has been coming to the lab for at least a decade. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 08/07/15)

Italian tanker refuels F-35
An Italian KC-767A tanker has refueled an F-35A for the first time in a test in
California. The milestone comes as Italy prepares to flight test its first domestically-
assembled F-35A, which rolled off the Cameri assembly line in March and will
eventually be flown to the United States to support pilot training at Luke Air Force
Base, Ariz. The joint strike fighter top-up took place 29 July over Edwards AFB, with
25 boom contacts and 16,000 pounds of fuel offloaded to the F-35 (AF-4). (Source:
Flightglobal, 08/06/15)

Vartan opening facility in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. -- Interior cabin specialists Vartan Product Support will open a 3,300-
square-foot facility at the Mobile Aeroplex in October. The mix of office space,
workshop and spare part housing will allow Vartan to provide on-site cabin interiors
support to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Aeroplex. It was not
immediately clear how many people the Vartan operation will employ in Mobile.
Vartan also has operations in Charleston, S.C., and Seattle to support Boeing
facilities and in Toulouse, France, and Tianjin, China, to support Airbus final
assembly lines. (Source: al.com, 08/05/15)

Two airman die in jump
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Two airmen from the 24th Special Operations Wing died
during a free-fall parachute training accident Monday at Eglin. The two were
identified as Tech. Sgt. Timothy A. Officer, 32, and Tech. Sgt. Marty B. Bettelyoun, 35.
The accident happened about midday on the Eglin’s range near Camp James E.
Rudder. The airmen were assigned to the 720th Operations Support Squadron, part
of the 24th SOW at Hurlburt Field. The cause is being investigated. The airmen were
taking part in routine training to help prepare them to be inserted into hostile
environments where aircraft can’t land. Special tactics airmen are the Air Force’s
ground special operations forces who often embed with Navy SEALs and Army
Special Forces to integrate air power for the special operations ground force.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/04/15)

Boeing operations special for region
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Boeing 100 years ago supplied planes for fledgling
Navy fliers, and today its Northwest Florida operation is expanding its role of
keeping U.S. warplanes the most up-to-date in the world. For 20 years now, Boeing
has been a part of the Panhandle’s Fort Walton Beach. And its footprint in Fort
Walton Beach is growing with the opening of a second building. (Source: Gulf Coast
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Selex Galileo in right place to grow
KILN, Miss. -- For a company that works on large, loud, multi-engine military aircraft, it’
s helpful to be in a place where engines can be run at any time day or night without
any complaints from neighbors. But that’s precisely what Selex Galileo can do at its
two-hangar South Mississippi operation located within the massive acoustical buffer
zone of NASA’s Stennis Space Center. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League
aerospace newsletter, August issue, 08/04/15) Full newsletter

Contract: Lockheed, $431.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$431,322,997 modification to the previously awarded Lot IX F-35 Lightening II Joint
Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002) for the procurement
of production non-recurring items. These items include special tooling and special
test equipment items that are critical to meeting current and future production rates
for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; non-U.S. Department of Defense participants;
and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35
percent); Palmdale, Calif. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8 percent); Preston, U.K. (7
percent); San Diego, Calif. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4 percent); Marietta, Ga. (4
percent); Torino, Italy (4 percent); Merrimack, N.H. (4 percent); Eagan, Minn. (4
percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2 percent); Alpharetta, Ga. (2
percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (2 percent); Cheltenham, U.K. (2 percent); Grenaa,
Denmark (1 percent); Hoogeveen, Netherlands (1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (1
percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (1 percent); and Garden Grove, Calif. (1 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2018. This modification combines purchase
for the Air Force (34.81 percent); Navy (17.40 percent); Marine Corps (17.40 percent);
non-U.S. Department of Defense participants (17.48 percent); and foreign military
sales customers (12.91 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/04/15)

Cluster engineering Mobile’s future
MOBILE, Ala. -- Phil Gurvitz doesn’t hedge when asked why France’s AKKA
Technologies decided to set up shop not far from where Airbus will assemble U.S.-
built jetliners. While AKKA’s initial staffing will be small, Gurvitz sees a bright future
for aerospace engineering at the Mobile Aeroplex, which he sees as being in the
“perfect position” for growth. “I believe this will really develop exponentially,”
Gurvitz said. “We have the rails, we have the interstates, we’re right on the sea. I
believe there’s nothing holding it back.” (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League
aerospace newsletter, August issue, 08/04/15) Full newsletter

Growth in cards for VT MAE
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The president of VT MAE, Bill Hafner, will tell you he’s “bullish”
about the Gulf Coast I-10 aerospace region, which he sees as primed for growth.
Indeed, his company has had a maintenance, repair and overhaul operation in
Mobile, Ala., since 1991, and is in the midst of expanding into Pensacola with a 300-
500 worker “ninth hangar.” And as if that’s not significant enough, Hafner said there’
s already talk about a “Phase II” that would double the footprint with a second
hangar at Pensacola International Airport. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters League
aerospace newsletter, August issue, 08/04/15) Full newsletter

Singapore ambassador visits site
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the United
States, toured the site at Pensacola International Airport where VT MAE plans to
build a $37 million maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. He was joined on the
tour by Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and other city and Singapore officials. VT
MAE, owned by Singapore Technologies Engineering, is using the site in Pensacola
to expand its work currently done in Mobile, Ala. The company has been in Mobile
since 1991. The Pensacola’s 160,000-square-
foot operation is expected to open in 2017.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 08/03/15)

Sea Knight’s final flight
For more than 25 years, the Marines have flown into battle aboard CH-46 Sea Knight
helicopters. On Aug. 1, the Corps made its final flight in a Sea Knight during a ceremony
outside Washington D.C.. An aircrew with the reserve Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774
made the final flight. The MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft has replaced the Sea Knight.
(Source: Time-Picayune 08/02/15) Gulf Coast note: HHM 774 is a unit under Marine Air Group
49 and the parent command of reserve Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773,
Detachment A, at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, La.


JULY 2015

Contract: General Dynamics, $7.2M
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Aerospace, Bothell, Wash., has
been awarded a $7,238,385 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for heated and mobile
munitions employing rockets. Contractor will provide phase 1A prototype design,
development and subsystem tests. Work will be performed at Orlando, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by April 29, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8681-C-15-0020). (Source:
DoD, 07/31/15)

County gets another AdvantageSite
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park is Baldwin County's
eighth Alabama AdvantageSite. Adjacent to the Jack Edwards National Airport, the
78.6-acre industrial park is within the Gulf Shores city limits, some 15 miles from
Interstate 10. It can be accessed from four-lane Alabama Highway 59. The site is
owned by the Gulf Sores Airport Authority. The site preparedness program,
coordinated by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, is sponsored by
the Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama Gas Corp., Alabama Power Co., the
North Alabama Industrial Development Association and PowerSouth Energy
Cooperative. The program recognized locations in the state that meet guidelines
such as utility and environmental standards, size, zoning and accessibility. (Source:
al.com, 07/31/15)

Marines declares F-35 operational
The U.S. Marine Corps has declared the F-35 operational, according to government
releases. The B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, which can take off from short
runways and land vertically, achieved Initial Operational Capability, marking a
milestone in the evolution of the fighter. The decision was made following an
Operational Readiness Inspection that assessed the Marine Corps' ability to employ
the complex weapon system in an operational environment. In a statement, Frank
Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said
the achievement is an affirmation that the F-35 program is on track to deliver
essential 5th generation warfighting capabilities to the U.S. and international
partners. (Sources: DoD, Marine Corps, 07/31/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and F-35 reprogramming lab.

NASA work being done at airport
ANDALUSIA, Ala. – A NASA-owned C-130 is almost halfway through some modification
work being done at South Alabama Regional Airport. The Kearns Group of Daleville
and Pinnacle Solutions of Huntsville are doing electrical and structural work on the
plane, which got to the airport in June. A team of eight has been installing an
emergency communications system and routine maintenance is also being
performed on the four engines. It’s being modified for NASA’s Atmospheric Carbon
and Transport-America mission, which will measure atmospheric carbon dioxide and
methane over the central and eastern U.S. during all four seasons. (Source:
Andalusia Star News, 07/30/15)

Ghostrider arrives at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Hundreds turned out Wednesday for the arrival of the Air
Force Special Operations Command’s new AC-130J “Ghostrider” gunship. The plane,
a heavily modified Lockheed Martin C-130, combines the firepower capabilities of the
AC-130W and AC-130U gunships. It spent the last few months at nearby Eglin Air
Force Base where it went through an array of tests. Four pilots assigned to the new
2nd Detachment of the 1st Special Operations Group will put the aircraft through
operational testing. A second Ghostrider is currently undergoing testing at Eglin.
(Source: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Northwest Florida Daily News,
07/29/15) The gunships are most notable for circling a target and firing down with
pinpoint accuracy.

Contract: Lockheed, $37.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $37,538,800 undefinitized contract action modification for a delivery order
(5507) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020).
This modification authorizes engineering change proposals for air vehicle retrofit
modifications to be incorporated into designated aircraft and supporting subsystems
in support of the F-35 aircraft Block 3F requirements. This modification also includes
retrofit modification kits, installation, and labor to incorporate the modification kits.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth (90 percent); Marietta, Ga. (9 percent); and
Palmdale, Calif. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2018. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/28/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center and reprogramming office.

Contract: L-3, $274.6M
L-3 Communications Corp., Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$274,596,000 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 for continued
contractor logistic support for approximately 235 government aircraft (40 RC-12s, 167
C-12s, 28 UC-35s). Work will be performed in Madison with an estimated completion
date of July 31, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the
amount of $134,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
07/27/15)

Aeroplex gets another company
MOBILE, Ala. – The REEL Group of France is establishing its first U.S. facility with
4,500-square-feet of office, warehouse, and workshop space at Mobile Aeroplex. The
announcement is in direct response to REEL Service Division being awarded the jigs
and tools maintenance service provider contract for the Airbus A320 plant also
located at the Aeroplex. The newly formed subsidiary, REEL USA Corp., is expected
to create more than 20 full-time positions. The lease allows for expansion. (Source: al.
com, 07/27/15)

Baldwin gets new AdvantageSite
The Segers Aerospace Site has become Baldwin County's seventh designated
Alabama Advantage Site. The 39.5-acre site, originally part of the Fairhope Industrial
Park, is now owned by Aviation Industrial Group Inc. The industrial site preparedness
program is coordinated by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
Sponsored jointly by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama Gas Corp.,
Alabama Power Co., the North Alabama Industrial Development Association and
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, the program has recognized 49 AdvantageSite
locations in the state after meeting guidelines such as utility and environmental
standards, size, zoning and accessibility. (Source: al.com, 07/24/15)

Last QF-4 leaves Tyndall
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The last QF-4 from the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron
(ATS) left Tyndall Air Force Base Friday. Piloted by Lt. Col. Todd Houchins,
commander of the 53rd Test Support Squadron, the QF-4 is flying cross-country to
Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., where the jet will remain for its final missions. The F-4
originally was used as a fighter aircraft during the Vietnam War, but it began serving
Tyndall as a QF-4 aerial target in 1997. The departure of the QF-4 marks the full
transition for the 82nd ATS to the QF-16. Like the QF-4, the QF-16 is a full-scale aerial
target that can be flown manned or unmanned. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
07/24/15)

Crestview gets gunship work
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Lockheed Martin will perform a series of modifications to an
existing MC-130J to convert it to an AC-130J. The work, which will cost around $20
million, will be done at Bob Sikes Airport near Crestview. Right now, two aircraft are
scheduled to be converted at Bob Sikes. The Air Force Special Operations Command
plans to modify 33 of the aircraft in the coming years. The AC-130J is designed to
provide close air support for ground troops and air interdiction roles such as strike
coordination and reconnaissance. It’s being developed to replace the AC-130H, AC-
130U and AC-130W gunships. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/22/15)

Contract: PAE, $115.9M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded an
$115,885,628 firm-fixed-price, incentive and award fee contract with cost-
reimbursable line items for aerial targets operations and maintenance services. The
aerial targets mission provides for conducting lethality testing of major weapons
systems and munitions programs. The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group evaluates all
Air Force fighter, air-to-air missile, and conventional precision guided munitions
supporting Department of Defense and foreign military customers. It also hosts live-
fire Weapons Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP) exercises. Work will be performed
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to
be complete by Sept. 30, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition
with three offers received. Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-
Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-15-C-0018). (Source: DoD, 07/22/15)

Machinists open Mobile office
MOBILE, Ala. -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
(IAM) has opened an organizing office in Mobile to provide support for Airbus
workers interested in forming a union at the company's assembly line. The office will
be staffed by full-time IAM organizers and supported by community allies and
volunteers from IAM and AFL-CIO-affiliated unions in the Mobile and Gulf Coast area.
(Source: Business Wire, 07/21/15) The $600 million A320 assembly line will employ
about 1,000 workers and produce four to five passenger jets each month when in
fully operational. The first plane, an A321, will be delivered to JetBlue in 2016.

Boeing sees tech need increasing
Boeing today released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for
commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world's airlines add
38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years. Boeing's 2015 Pilot and
Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require
558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new commercial airline
maintenance technicians. The largest demand for pilots and technicians will be in
the Asia Pacific region, but North America will need 95,000 pilots and 113,000
technicians. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/20/15)

LM buying Sikorsky
Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft, maker of the Black Hawk
helicopters, from United Technologies for $9 billion, UTC and Lockheed Martin
announced today. Reuters, citing two unnamed sources, first reported the sale
Sunday. Lockheed Martin is already the largest military contractor, and this would
further distance it from No. 2 Boeing. Lockheed Martin also builds the F-35. It will be
Lockheed's largest acquisition since it bought Martin Marietta Corp for about $10
billion two decades ago. (Source: Reuters, 07/19/15, Hartford Courant, New York
Times, 07/20/15)

Pilot lauded for heroics
NEW ORLEANS, La. – A pilot with the Navy Reserve’s Strike Fighter Squadron 204 was
awarded the Air Medal earlier this month for a frightening incident that occurred last
year over the Gulf of Mexico. It was July 18, 2014 that Navy Cmdr. Abaxes “Chili”
Williams’ F/A-18s out of Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base was hit by lightning at
23,000 feet. He felt it, and struggled for 25 minutes to wear off the effect and control
the fighter until he could return to the Belle Chasse base. The award was for saving
the $70 million jet, his life and the lives of those on the ground. (Source: Times-
Picayune 07/17/15)

Fort Walton Machining expanding
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Fort Walton Machining announced an expansion that
will result in 30 new jobs and more than $1.5 million in new manufacturing equipment
purchases. The company was the first to apply for the city of Fort Walton Beach’s
Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption, an incentive for new and
expanding businesses approved by voters in August. Fort Walton Beach City Council
voted unanimously to support this project at their meetings in June. Okaloosa
County approved a similar exemption in July. Greg Britton, CEO of Fort Walton
Machining, said the additional equipment will give the company greater capabilities
in aerospace manufacturing. The new jobs are expected to have average annual pay
of more than $41,000. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/17/15)

RS-25 puts pedal to the metal
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Fla. – A Space Launch System RS-25 engine had a 535-
second test today at NASA’s South Mississippi test facility. During the test, operators
ran the engine through a series of power levels, including a period of firing at 109
percent of the engine’s rated power. Data collected at various power levels will aid
in adapting the former space shuttle engines to the new SLS vehicle, including
development of an all-new engine controller and software. Four RS-25 engines will
power the SLS core stage during launch. The SLS will take astronauts further into
space than ever before. (Source: NASA, 07/17/15)

City OKs airport projects
PENSACOLA, Fla. – An $8 million contract was awarded Thursday to Phoenix
Construction Services to expand Pensacola International Airport’s cargo apron,
needed as part of the project to bring an aircraft MRO to the airport. Another
contract for $2.5 million was awarded to Atkins North America for architectural and
engineering design for the VT MAE maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. Local
company Greenhut Construction was awarded construction manager privileges
when it comes time to build the facility, slated for Jan. 2016. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 07/16/15) VT MAE, which has a 1,000-employee MRO operation in
Mobile, Ala., chose Pensacola for an expansion project. The two-hangar facility will
employ some 300 workers when it opens.

Contract: Onvoi, $9.2M
Onvoi LLC, Newbury Park, Calif., has been awarded a $9,236,896 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for contracted training flight services.
Contractor will provide commercial services for contracted flight training hours in
support of the Air Force Undergraduate Air Battle Manager Training Course. Training
services will include ground-controlled intercept target training, basic airmanship
training, live-fire training, weapons system evaluations, and major command-
directed development test and evaluations. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2019. This award is the
result of a 100 percent small business set-aside competitive acquisition. The 325th
Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA4819-15-
C-0013). (Source: DoD, 07/15/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $718.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$718,299,821 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(N00019-15-C-0031) for non-air vehicle spares, support equipment, Autonomic
Logistics Information System hardware and software upgrades, supply chain
management, full mission simulators and non-recurring engineering services in
support of low-rate initial production Lot 8 F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine
Corps, Navy, international partner, and foreign military sales customers. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Fla. (70 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (17 percent); El Segundo,
Calif. (7 percent); Owego, N.Y. (4 percent); Greenville, S.C. (1 percent); and
Samlesbury, U.K. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2020. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (12 percent); Navy (5 percent); Marine
Corps (16 percent); international partners (39 percent); and FMS customers (28
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.. is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $101.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $101,304,341
modification to the previously awarded Lot IX F-35 advance acquisition contract
(N00019-14-C-0002) for the procurement of helmet mounted display systems (HMDS)
(383) for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; international partners; and the
governments of Japan and Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. The
HMDS is a bi-ocular helmet display system that provides the pilot with
aircraft/mission data on the visor display. Data consists of flight, navigation, and
weapons symbology and video from onboard sensors. Work will be performed in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (65 percent); and Fort Worth (35 percent) and is expected to be
completed in June 2018. This modification combines purchase for the Air Force (46.5
percent); Marine Corps (22.4 percent); Navy (14.9 percent); international partners (12
percent); and the governments of Japan (0.45 percent) and Israel (3.75 percent)
under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/15)

JAGM goes two for two in test
Lockheed Martin demonstrated its multi-mode Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM),
engaging two laser-designated stationary targets during recent tests at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. In the first test, the missile flew four kilometers, engaged its
precision-strike, semi-active laser and hit the stationary target. During the second
flight, the missile flew four kilometers, acquired the target using its precision strike,
semi-active laser while simultaneously tracking the target with its millimeter wave
radar, and hit the stationary target. (Source: PRNewswire, 07/13/15) Eglin is the home
of Air Force aerial weapons development.

Command change scheduled
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -- The 177th Combined Arms Training Brigade is scheduled to
conduct a change of command ceremony July 15 at 9 a.m. on the Camp Shelby Joint
Forces Training Center parade field. Col. William Chlebowski will relinquish command
to Col. Brandon Robbins
during the ceremony. Robbins previously served as operations officer for the U.S.
Army 101st Air Assault Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. Chlebowski has commanded the
177th CATB since July 2013. Camp Shelby is the nation’s largest state-owned training
site. (Source: Camp Shelby, 07/13/15)

Ft. Rucker faces cuts
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – The home of Army aviation training will lose 186 soldiers and an
unspecified number of civilians by Sept. 30, 2018 due to an Army-wide reduction of
40,000 soldiers and 17,000 civilians. The Aviation Center of Excellence itself is
expected to lose about 68 percent of the 186 soldiers, according to a Fort Rucker
news release. (Source: Dothan Eagle 07/11/15)

Fort Rucker gets new commander
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Col. Shannon Miller became the garrison commander at Fort
Rucker in a change of command ceremony July 10. In that roll Miller has
responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations at the base in South
Alabama. She replaced Col. Stuart McRae, who becomes deputy of the Installation
Management Command Pacific Region at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Fort Rucker, near
Dothan, is the home of Army aviation training. (Source: Dothan Eagle, 07/10/15)

Squadron gets new commander
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Cmdr. Rigel "Pep" Pirrone, who began his career as a Navy pilot
after he graduated from Tulane University 16 years ago, took command July 11 of
Strike Fighter
Squadron 204, a reserve unit known as the "River Rattlers" at the Belle
Chasse air station. The squadron, at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base since 1978, plays
the role of the enemy in training exercise. (Source: Times-Picayune 07/11/15)

Airbus e-plane crosses channel
Airbus completed its first flight of an electric plane across the English Channel on Friday. The
two-seat E-Fan demonstrator is powered by lithium batteries and took 36 minutes to fly from
Lydd in southern England to Calais, France. Airbus is not the first. A private named Hugues
Duval thwarted Airbus's aim to be the first to cross the Channel in a battery-powered aircraft
by making the flight the evening prior in his home-built single-seat plane. Airbus subsidiary
VoltAir SAS aims to have two-seat E-Fan 2.0 planes flying in 2017, an evolution of today's
prototype. Construction of a new factory in Pau in southwest France begins in 2016. A four-
seat hybrid model with a range extender powered by traditional fuel will follow in 2019. (Source:
Wall Street Journal, 07/10/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus has an A320 assembly line and
engineering center in Mobile, Ala.

Blue Angels perform at home
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team performs this
weekend before a hometown crowd at Pensacola Beach. It’s one of two shows the
team, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, performs at home. The other show is at
the end of the season. The team today also announced the officers selected for the
2016 team. The squadron selected two F/A-18 demonstration pilots, one C-130
demonstration pilot, a maintenance officer and public affairs officer. The Blue Angels
will celebrate 70 years as a flight demonstration team during the 2016 season. Since
1946, the team has performed for more than 484 million fans. (Source: NNS, 07/10/15)

Airport celebrates new concession area
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport and OHM Concessions Group
today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the airport’s
renovated and expanded food and beverage concession areas. The new
concessions include Pensacola Beach House bar and restaurant, Einstein Bros.
Bagels, Freshens and Chick-Fil-A, all operated by OHM Concessions Group. The City’
s contract with OHM is expected to generate more than $1 million over ten years in
additional non-airline revenue for airport. (Source: City of Pensacola, 07/07/15)

NAS Pensacola wins honor
Naval Air Station Pensacola is among the winners of the 2015 Commander in Chief’s
Annual Award for Installation Excellence. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
announced the winners today, which also includes U.S. Army Garrison Fort Stewart
and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Joint Base
Andrews, Md.; and DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa. The award recognizes
outstanding and innovative efforts to operate and maintain U.S. military installations.
Each winning installation will receive a commemorative commander in chief’s award
trophy and flag and a congratulatory letter from the president. (Source: DoD, 07/06/15)

Boeing expands in FWB
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Boeing has expanded its local presence by taking over
the former Edwin Watts Golf facility. The facility has 83,000 square feet of space
dedicated to laboratories and an expanded repair center. Boeing’s Fort Walton
Beach location is home to the Boeing Special Operations Forces Programs group
that modifies, tests, repairs and services aircraft used by U.S. Air Force Special
Operations, as well as foreign military modifications to partner nations. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 07/03/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $36.8M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $36,800,000 cost-plus-
incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and a fixed-price contract for System Improvement
Program II- Engineering Manufacturing, Development. Contractor will provide an
incremental software solution for AIM-120D to improve missile performance against
rapidly advancing threats. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be
complete by Feb. 3, 2019. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8675-15-C-0061). (Source: DoD, 07/02/15)

Airbus picks AAA Aerospace
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus has selected AAA Aerospace USA to provide various services
for its plant at Mobile Aeroplex, according to the Mobile Airport Authority. The
Montgomery-based on-site manufacturing company offers subcontracting services
for aircrafts and aircraft elements and is part of the larger AAA Group, servicing the
United States, Asia and Europe. It will provide engine installation, wheel assembly,
and test and battery management services among others for the A320 assembly line.
(Source: al.com, 07/01/15)

F-16 shows up F-35
A high-tech F-35 was recently outperformed by an F-16 during an air combat test,
according to the military blog War Is Boring. It was beaten in nearly all aerial
maneuvering in a January test near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The site obtained
a five-page report by the joint strike fighter test pilot. But Maj. Gen. Jeffrey
Harrigian, director of the F-35 Integration Office of the Air Force, said the report was
misleading. He said the F-35 involved in the test was a variation designed for flight
sciences testing and was not equipped with newer features, weapons and software
that allow the F-35 pilot to turn, aim a weapon with the helmet and fire “without
having to point the aircraft at its target,” Harrigian said in a statement. (Source: Stars
and Stripes, 07/01/15)

Contract: Alliant Tech, $6.6M
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC., Rocket Center, West Virginia, has been
awarded a $6,623,123 firm fixed price modification (P00041) to previously awarded
contract FA8681-11-C-0039 for Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze system. Contractor will
provide 226 HTVSF systems, eight D-1 Inert Bomb Fuzes, 35 D-2 Dummy Load Trainer
and Dummy Initiators, 13 D-5/B Classroom Trainers, and 325 Retaining Ring Torque
Adapters (Spanner Wrenches) under the contract. Work will be performed at Rocket
Center, West Virginia, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 30, 2017. Fiscal year
2015 procurement funds in the amount of $6,623,123 are being obligated at the time
of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/01/15)

Defense grants awarded
Northwest Florida will get more than $900,000 in defense grants, Gov. Rick Scott
announced Tuesday. Santa Rosa County will get $360,000 through Florida’s Defense
Reinvestment and Infrastructure Grant Programs and $41,310 from the Florida
Defense Support Task Force for Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Okaloosa County will
get $300,000 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure Grant
Programs for Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. Escambia County will get
$170,000 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure Grant Programs
for Naval Air Station Pensacola, and Walton County will get $38,000 through Florida’s
Defense Reinvestment Grant Program to support Eglin AFB. (Sources: Pensacola
News Journal, Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/30/15)


JUNE 2015

Contract: Lockheed, $14.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $14,426,483
firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-13-C-0008) to provide the Reprogramming Center -West, at Naval Air Station
Point Mugu, Calif., with the primary mission equipment (hardware) required for the
laboratory to meet Partner and Foreign Military Sales Mission Data File requirements
in support of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program. This contract combines purchases
for the governments of Japan (33.4 percent); South Korea (33.3 percent); and Israel
(33.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth and expected to be completed in October 2017. Foreign military sales
funds in the amount of $14,426,483 are being obligated at time of award, none of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 06/30/15)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., already has one reprogramming lab and
will get two more. Background story

Contract: Lockheed, $19.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $19,641,417
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-
3002) for requirements development and maturation efforts for the F-35 Lightening II
Joint Strike Fighter Air System. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected
to be completed in March 2016. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy
(28.7 percent); U.S. Air Force (27.54 percent); U.S. Marine Corps. (19.7 percent); and
the governments of Australia (3.61 percent); Canada (1.7 percent); Italy (2.38
percent); Netherlands (1.1 percent); Norway (3.62 percent); Turkey (6.92 percent);
and United Kingdom (4.73 percent) under a Cooperative Agreement. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/30/15)

Contract: UTC, $269.4M
United Technologies Corp., doing business as Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford,
Conn., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $269,362,223 modification (P00145) to
previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2896 for F119 Engine Sustainment. Work
will be performed at East Hartford; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf AFB,
Alaska; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Hill AFB, Utah; Langley AFB, Va.; Nellis AFB, Nev.;
Sheppard AFB, Texas; Tinker AFB, Okla., and Tyndall AFB, Fla. and is expected to be
complete by Dec. 31, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/15)

AF carbon-fiber bomb OKd for export
The United States plans to export an advanced, tungsten-laden bomb designed to
cause less collateral damage than its predecessors. The 500-pound BLU-129/B was
originally produced by Aerojet Rocketdyne as a quick reaction capability for the war
in Afghanistan as a way of reducing civilian deaths by using a carbon-fiber-wound
composite shell casing to limit the blast radius. The bomb entered service in 2011,
and an initial production run of up to 800 units ended earlier this year. Now, the Air
Force says it’s interested in restarting production for both domestic and
international consumption, with the government approving exports to any nation
that already purchases joint direct attack munition (JDAM) guidance assemblies.
“The BLU-129/B continues to be an operational success story in multiple theatres of
operation, providing a very low collateral damage weapon to reduce unintended
fratricide,” says Jasmine Porterfield, a spokeswoman for the air force armament
directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: Flightglobal, 06/29/15)

SAIC wins contract modification
NASA awarded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of McLean, Va.,
a modification to the NASA Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract,
which provides and manages the vast majority of NASA’s information technology
communications infrastructure services. This $11.5 million contract modification
adds telephone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) support for NASA’s Kennedy
Space Flight Center, Fla. The NICS contract consists of a three-year base period, one
two-year option, one three-year option and one two-year option. The period of
performance runs through May 31, 2021, if all options are exercised. The NICS
contract is administered by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at Stennis
Space Center, Miss. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 06/29/15)

Falcon 9 fails after launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to
the International Space Station aboard a Dragon cargo ship broke apart Sunday after
liftoff. It happened about 2 1/2 minutes into the flight. More than 5,000 pounds of
cargo was on board, including the first docking port designed for future commercial
crew capsules. The Falcon 9 appeared to break apart while traveling at 2,900 mph,
about 27 miles up. The failure was SpaceX's first by a Falcon 9 after seven previous
supply mission. It's the 19th Falcon 9 launch since 2010. SpaceX's Falcon 9 is
expected to eventually be used to launch crew missions. (Source: multiple, including
AP via Yahoo, USA Today, CBSNews, 06/28/15) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is developing
its next generation of rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $237.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded not-to-exceed
$237,765,479 for delivery order 0031 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for initial spares in support of low-rate initial
production Lot 9 F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales customers. Spares to be
procured include F-35 common spares; F-35A, B, and C variant unique spares; and
aloft spares packages and deployment spare packages. Work will be performed in
Texas, New York, California, Maryland, Florida, New Hampshire, United Kingdom,
Iowa, Georgia, and Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in June 2017. This
order combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent); Navy (14 percent); non-U.S.
DoD participants (37 percent); and Foreign Military Sales customers (8 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/25/15)

Contracts: multiple, $5B
CH2MHILL, Englewood, Colo., (FA8051-15-D-0001); Fluor-Amec II, Greenville, S.C.
(FA8051-15-D-0002); Exelis Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo. (FA8051-15-D-
0003); KBR, Houston, Texas (FA8051-15-D-0004); RMS, Panama City, Fla. (FA8051-15-D-
0005); PAE-Perini, Arlington, Va. (FA8051-15-D-0006); URS, Cleveland, Ohio (FA8051-15-
D-0007); and DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas (FA8051-15-D-0008), have been
awarded a combined not-to-exceed $5,000,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP IV).
The contractors will provide a full range of base life and operating support and
logistical support on an as-required basis to support all programs with disciplines
consistent with the AFCAP description of services. Requirements shall focus on
contingency skills and resources to support the Air Force, any Department of
Defense component, or any U.S. federal government entity operating in support of
missions which could include National Command Authority, joint or combined U.S.
military forces acting as part of or in concert with the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization, or multinational forces utilizing U.S. government appropriations. Work
will be performed at locations worldwide determined by individual needs effective
Oct. 1, 2015, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2021. Funds will be
obligated on individual task orders. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Air
Force Installation Contracting Agency, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/25/15)

Whiting TH-57 lands hard
MILTON, Fla. -- A Navy TH-57 helicopter assigned to Training Air Wing 5 at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field was involved in a “training mishap” hard landing about 3:10 p.
m. today. The incident occurred at Navy Outlying Landing Field Santa Rosa near
Milton, according to a base media release. The landing was on the grass near the
edge of the runway. The two pilots were able to exit the helicopter on their own.
They were taken to a local hospital for precautionary evaluations. The incident is
under investigation. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 06/25/15)

RS-25 has longest test yet
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA today conducted the longest test firing yet of
a Space Launch System RS-25 engine. Engineers conducted a 650-second test of a
RS-25 developmental engine. Four RS-25 engines, modified versions of the engines
used to power the nation’s space shuttles, will power the core stage of the SLS. The
rocket will lift the Orion crew vehicle into deep space. The main goal of the series is
to test the engine under simulated temperature, pressure and other changes
required by the SLS design. The series also supports the development of a new
controller, or “brain,” for the engine. The first test in the series was in January. This
was the fourth. Three more tests are scheduled for July and August. (Source: NASA,
06/25/15)

Jets fixed after loss of wing parts
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Following two incidents of wing parts falling off two Blue Angels
F-18 Hornets, the aircraft have been repaired and passed a recent safety inspection.
The first incident was at the May 23 air show in Rochester, N.Y. The upper leading
edge flap on the right wing fell off during a practice. The second incident was June 6
in Rockford, Ill., when the part that moves the leading edge up or down was lost on
the left wing. (Sources: Pensacola News Journal, 06/24/15. Related story, Daily Mail,
06/10/15)

Aero projects among those axed
Florida Gov. Rick Scott cut three of Northwest Florida’s aviation-related projects
from the state budget. Scott used his line-item veto power to cut $461.4 million from
the $78 billion budget for projects across the state. It includes $3 million for
Pensacola International Airport to complete the purchase of parcels needed for the
Airport Commerce Park, $1.5 million for development of Whiting Aviation Park in
Milton and $1 million for expansion of the National Flight Academy at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/24/15)

Contract: SURVICE, $7.9M
SURVICE Engineering, Belcamp, Md., has been awarded a $7,937,256 modification
(P00016) to previously awarded contract FA9201-10-D-0196 for SEEK EAGLE modeling,
analysis, and tools support. The modification is to increase the ceiling price of the
basic contract in order to award Task Order 0011. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 22, 2015. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/22/15)

Airbus sections now at plant
MOBILE, Ala. – Major sections of the first Airbus jetliner that will be built in the
United States were moved from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus plant at the Mobile
Aeroplex in a fashion familiar to this region – via a Mardi Gras-style parade.
Thousands of onlookers lined the streets to watch as the parts were trucked to the
facility Sunday. (Sources: al.com, WALA-TV, WEAR-TV, 06/21/15) The first plane, an
A321, is being built for JetBlue and will be delivered next year.

53rd gets new commander
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Col. Adrian Spain took over as commander of the 53rd
Wing in a change of command ceremony Thursday. Spain, most recently commandant
of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., took over from
Col. Alexus Grynkewich. There will be a change of command Friday for the 33rd
Fighter Wing. Col. Lansing Pilch will assume command from Col. Todd Canterbury.
(Sources: Eglin, 06/12/15, Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/18/15)

Airbus wins $57B in orders
Airbus won $57 billion worth of business for a total of 421 aircraft during the Paris Air
Show, the company said. The deals comprise firm orders for 124 aircraft worth $16.3
billion and commitments for 297 aircraft worth $40.7 billion. In the single-aisle sector,
the A320 family got 103 firm orders and 263 commitments worth $41.4 billion. Of
these, 323 are the new engine option, taking total orders and commitments for the
A320neo family beyond 4,000 since launch in December 2010. (Source: Airbus,
06/18/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus’ newest A320 family assembly line, its fourth, is in
Mobile, Ala.

Balloons being tested at Eglin
High-flying balloons that promise to one-day bring affordable internet to those with
no access are being tested at McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., according to several press reports. Two years ago Google launched 30 balloons
into the stratosphere from New Zealand in Project Loon. They traveled twice around
the world more than 15 miles up. Balloons were inflated to 49 feet in diameter and
are being subjected to extreme temperatures at McKinley. The balloons have stayed
aloft so long because they have managed to reduce leaks. The tests are McKinley
are designed to engineers can get an up-close look at how the balloons behave in
extreme cold. (Sources: multiple, including Wired, Daily Mail, Gazette Review,
06/17/15)

Airbus components arrive in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – A cargo ship carrying major aircraft sections for the first U.S.-built
Airbus jetliner arrived in Mobile Bay Wednesday evening, according to WALA-TV. It
being docked at the APM Terminal along the Mobile River. The components will be
stored at the docks and moved to the Airbus assembly line Sunday. (Source: WALA-
TV, 06/17/15) The BBC Fuji left Hamburg, Germany, with wings, fuselage and other
major components May 29. The vertical tail assembly was already painted with the
colors of the first customer for the Mobile assembly line, JetBlue.

Aeroplex lands another company
Safran company Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will set up shop at the Mobile Aeroplex,
according to the Mobile Airport Authority. The company provides aircraft landing and
braking systems and will open an office and workshop at the Aeroplex at the end of
the month. The announcement was made at the Paris Air Show currently underway. A
Safran building at the Aeroplex slated to open in the next few years eventually will
house Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and several sister companies, officials said. (Source:
al.com, 06/17/15)

Aerojet to test AR1 at SSC
Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., signed an agreement
for test services and test stand support of the AR1 multi-element pre-burner and
main injector. Currently in development, the AR1 engine is a replacement for the
Russian-made RD-180 engines that power the Atlas V launch vehicle. This agreement
builds on the current assembly and testing of the company's RS-68 and RS-25
engines at NASA Stennis. Under the agreement, the company will pay NASA Stennis
to modify the E-1 complex, cell 1 test stand over a period of six months. The test
stand will be configured to conduct AR1 staged combustion testing. (Source: Aerojet
Rocketdyne, 06/16/15)

Suppliers to meet in Birmingham
Birmingham will be the site of an airline aviation industry conference this fall, Mayor
William Bell announced from the Paris Air Show Tuesday. Bell told AL.com that the
city was selected for a conference of Airbus suppliers. Bell said the conference will
bring hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers from around the world to
Birmingham. The city will partner with the Birmingham Business Alliance to present
the conference. (Source: al.com, 06/16/15) Airbus has a new A320 final assembly line
in Mobile, Ala., that will open this summer.

Army conducts TALON test
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., -- Raytheon Co., working with the U.S. Army,
successfully completed a series of TALON Laser Guided Rocket shots during recent
tests. Firing 25 rockets from both Apache D and E models, the series will help define
the Army's small guided munitions requirement and acquisition strategy while also
developing combat tactics, techniques and procedures for use with guided Hydra-70
rockets. In April 2014, TALON received Apache D/E model Air Worthiness
Certification. (Source: Raytheon, 06/16/15)

MAAS expanding Mobile presence
MAAS Aviation will build a $39 million twin-bay paint facility at Mobile Aeroplex
expected to create 80 jobs and focus on the commercial maintenance, repair and
overhaul market in the Americas. The Mobile Airport Authority announced Tuesday
that the new facility will complement MAAS' soon-to-be completed facility on the
Airbus manufacturing plant and will be situated on some two acres between Airbus
and the VT MAE's maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar complex. Dublin, Ireland-
based MAAS also operates paint shops in Hamburg, Germany, and the Netherlands,
and secured a long-term contract to be the exclusive paint service provider to
Airbus Americas Inc. to paint all Airbus A320 family aircraft to be manufactured at the
Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile. (Source: al.com, 06/16/15)

Korea wants 50 A321neos
Korean Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to buy up to 50
A321neo aircraft, a new customer for the single aisle A320 family. The agreement,
covering 30 aircraft plus 20 options, was announced at the Paris Air Show by Korean
Air Group Chairman Cho Yang Ho and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.
(Source: Airbus, 06/16/15)

Contract: Lagan, $14.5M
Lagan Construction LLC, Woodbridge, Va., is being awarded a $14,472,698 firm-fixed-
price contract for repairs to South Field runways 5/23 and 14/32 at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Fla. The work to be performed provides for repairs of asphalt
pavement and shoulder surfaces, and various drainage ditches at the runways.
Repairs also include sweeping and preparing pavement surfaces; milling cold in-
place asphalt or comparable process; variable depth overlay and airfield markings,
saw cutting, barricades, construction fencing, surveying; repair of existing airfield
shoulder surfaces, construction of new shoulder surfaces; grading, earthwork,
compaction and sodding at runway and shoulder edges; drainage ditch repair and/or
reconstruction; and new airfield markings. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and
is expected to be completed by June 2016. Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance
(Navy) contract funds in the amount of $14,472,698 are being obligated on this award
and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively
procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals
received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla. is
the contracting activity (N69450-15-C-0604). (Source: DoD, 06/15/15)

Contract: Sikorsky, $38.8M
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $38,838,189 modification
to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) for the
procurement of critical parts and associated support for two CH-53K system
demonstration test article aircraft. The critical parts include forgings, castings,
cores, beams, blocks for assemblies, frames, skins, spars and fitting assemblies.
Work will be performed in Stratford (16 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (12 percent);
Bridgeport, W.Va. (12 percent); Wichita, Kan. (9 percent); Longueil, Quebec, Canada
(8 percent); Cudahy, Wisc. (8 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (6 percent); Redmond, Wash. (5
percent); Irvine, Calif. (4 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (3 percent); Windsor Locks,
Conn. (3 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (2 percent); Jackson, Miss. (2 percent);
Titchfield, Hampshire, United Kingdom (1 percent); Creston, Iowa (1 percent); San
Diego, Calif. (1 percent); Downers Grove, Ill., (1 percent); Paramount, Calif. (1
percent); South Gate, Calif. (1 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (1 percent); Cheshire, Conn. (1
percent); and various locations within the continental U.S. (2 percent). The work is
expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $68.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has
been awarded a $68,612,500 unpriced change order modification (P00594) to
previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for increased F-22 flying hours in
2015. Work will be performed at Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by Dec.
31, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $68,612,500
are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/15)
Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is home to F-22 training and an
operational squadron.

Mobile gains another company
Hutchinson of France announced during the opening day of the Paris International
Air Show that it will open an operation in Mobile, Ala. The company will create about
100 jobs over the next three years. Hutchinson employs more than 35,000 personnel
in 25 countries and 96 sites worldwide. It design, qualify and provide vibration
control systems, fluid management systems, and sealing solution technologies with a
special focus on energy savings.. The Hutchinson center of excellence will service
the region’s aerospace industry, including the Airbus final assembly line at the
Mobile Aeroplex. (Source: Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, 06/15/15)

Third test of RS-25 conducted
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An RS-25 engine fired up for 500 seconds Thursday
in the third test of the engines that will power the Space Launch System. The
developmental engine was tested on the A-1 test stand. Four more tests are planned
for the current developmental engine. A cluster of four RS-25 engines will power SLS
at speeds of 17,500 mph, 73 times faster than the top speeds of an Indianapolis 500
race car -- to send astronauts on future missions beyond Earth’s orbit, including to
an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. (Source: NASA, 06/11/15)

NASA awards contract to CSC
NASA has awarded a contract to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Huntsville,
Ala., to provide business, administrative and technical support services to the NASA
Shared Services Center (NSSC). The NSSC Next Generation (NSSC NEX-GEN) contract
is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a period of performance of
eight years, consisting of a two-year base, three one-year options, three one-year
award term options, and a maximum ordering value of $480 million. The contract will
be administered at the NSSC, located at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The
NSSC performs select business activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC,
06/12/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $31M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $30,947,228 fixed-
price incentive firm contract FA8672-15-C-0136 to exercise an option to previously
awarded contract FA8672-10-C-0002 for Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II). Contractor
will provide low-rate initial production for 144 SDB II Lot 1 munitions, 156 SDB II Lot 1
single weapon containers, eight SDB II weapon load crew trainers and conventional
munitions maintenance trainers, four SDB II Lot 1 practical explosive ordnance
disposal system trainers, and data. Work will be performed at Tucson and is
expected to be complete by May 30, 2017. Fiscal 2015 missile procurement funds in
the amount of $30,947,228 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 06/12/15)

Star Aviation expanding
MOBILE, Ala. -- Star Aviation announced it will expand its facility at Mobile Aeroplex
at Brookley and hire between 20 and 50 additional employees over the next two
years to keep up with its growing workload. The company expects to break ground in
the next few weeks on a new 24,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the company’s
principal office. The estimated completion date is year-end 2015. Currently, the
company has 18,000 square feet, but double digit growth over the last five years is
being driven by the data explosion. The company currently employs 130 people with
85 in Mobile and 45 in Seattle. The privately held company specializes in aircraft
engineering, certification, manufacturing and technical services, primarily
supporting commercial passenger aircraft modifications that consist of components
needed for aftermarket systems and equipment. (Source: Mobile Chamber of
Commerce, 06/12/15) Background story

Safran: Too early to commit
France’s aerospace group Safran said on Thursday it would focus on meeting a
steep ramp-up in jet engine production before deciding whether to stretch its
already record commitments further. Rivals Airbus and Boeing have plans with
engine makers to raise production of their most popular models by some 20 percent
to 50-52 planes a month by 2017-2018. They’ve also begun exploring further
increases to lessen a backlog fueled by more efficient engine options such as the
LEAP, co-produced by Safran and General Electric joint venture CFM International.
"Concerning LEAP, we think we are at the maximum commitment we can make for the
short term," Safran Chief Executive Philippe Petitcolin said. "We are facing a
production increase that has never been done in the aerospace industry. Airbus
said last month it was leaning towards a new A320 jet output hike, mentioning figures
as high as 63 planes a month. (Source: Reuters, 06/11/15) Gulf Coast note: The new
A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will play a role in reducing the backlog.

Azzano nominated for promotion
Air Force Col. Christopher P. Azzano, who became commander of the 96th Test Wing
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., last week, has been nominated to the rank of brigadier
general. The nomination was announced today by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.
Azzano took over the 96th at a change of command ceremony June 4. (Source: DoD,
06/11/15) Previous

Mardi Gras type welcome planned
MOBILE, Ala. – There will be a Mardi Gras-style event when the first components for
the very first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner are brought from the port to the Airbus
assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex. The four-mile parade from the port to the
Aeroplex is scheduled for June 21. The parade will be led by Mobile’s Excelsior
Band, and there will be floats but no throws. The components, including fuselage,
wings and more, left Hamburg, Germany, May 29. (Source: al.com, 06/08/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $10.6M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $10,647,581 not-to-
exceed letter contract for Small Diameter Bomb II. Contractor will provide Small
Diameter Bomb II aircraft integration test assets, to include jettison test vehicles,
and instrumented measurement vehicles on the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be
performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by Aug. 10, 2016. This award is
the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $5,000,000 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8672-15-C-0185). (Source: DoD, 06/08/15)

IHMC 2nd in robotics challenge
A team from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) finished
second in the DARPA Robotics Challenge held in Pomona, Calif., second only to a
team from South Korea. IHMC won the $1 million prize for the second-place finish.
“Running Man” from IHMC was the top team from the United States and the best of
the competitors who used an Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics. The competition was
to create a robot that could perform human-like challenges, including driving a
vehicle, cutting a hole in a wall and overcoming obstacles. There were 23 teams in
the challenge. In the two competitions leading up to this event IHMC earned a 1st
and a 2nd place. (Sources: multiple, including BBC, VB, 06/06/15)

Catastrophic engine failure cited
Last year’s fire that destroyed an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and grounded
the fleet of the fifth generation fighter jet for nearly a month was caused by
“catastrophic engine failure.” According to an Air Force investigation released
Friday, the June 23 fire as the pilot was beginning to take off was caused by a
fractured engine rotor. The jet, assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, caused the
Pentagon to cancel the F-35's appearance at the 2014 Farnborough air show in
England. According to the Air Education and Training Command Accident
Investigation Board, the third-stage forward integral arm of a rotor fractured and
broke free during the takeoff roll. Pieces cut through the engine's fan case, engine
bay, internal fuel tank and hydraulic and fuel lines before leaving through the
aircraft's upper fuselage. Leaked fuel and hydraulic fluid ignited the fire, which
burned the rear two-thirds of the aircraft, according to the report. Total damage is
estimated to be more than $50 million, according to AETC. (Sources: Air Force Times,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/05/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $920.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$920,350,132 advance acquisition contract for long lead time, materials, parts,
components, and effort for the manufacture and delivery of 94 F-35 Lightning II low
rate initial production aircraft. This contract provides for 78 F-35A aircraft for the Air
Force (44), Italy (2), Turkey (2), Australia (8), Norway (6), and for various foreign
military sales customers (16). In addition, this contract provides for the procurement
of 14 F-35B aircraft for the Marine Corps (9), Britain (3) and Italy (2), as well as 2 F-35C
aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas
(55 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (15 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (10 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and
Cameri, Italy (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2019. This contract
combines purchase for Foreign Military Sales program customers (38 percent); the
Air Force (25 percent); non-U.S. Department of Defense participants (22 percent);
and the Navy/Marine Corps (15 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 06/04/15)

Disorientation caused crash
The March 10 crash of Louisiana National Guard UH-60 helicopters in the water near
Navarre, Fla., was due to the “spatial disorientation” of the pilot. That happens when
a person’s sense of where he or she is relative to the surroundings is lost due to
fog or other conditions. The helicopter crash killed seven Marines and four National
Guardsmen. Another helicopter that was training at the time returned to Eglin Air
Force Base because of the conditions. (Sources: multiple, including Washington
Post, 06/04/15)

Contract: CAE USA, $29.3M
CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $29,298,278 firm-fixed-price contract that is
zero-funded subject to availability of funds in accordance with federal acquisition
regulation 52.232-18 as long-lead time is required for preparation to perform by the
contractor. This contract is for fixed-wing flight training services. The contractor
must have the plane for single-engine and upset-recovery training, flight simulators,
hangar space and training space within a 50-mile radius of Fort Rucker, Ala., in order
to perform the training services. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an
estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
three received. Army Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting
activity (W911S0-15-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 06/03/15)

Change of command slated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 96th Test Wing will hold a change of command
ceremony June 4 at 10 a.m. Col. Christopher Azzano will assume command of the
wing from Brig. Gen. David Harris. Azzano was the commander of the 72nd Air Base
Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Harris will receive his second star prior to the
ceremony and depart to become the Air Force Test Center commander at Edwards
Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: Eglin AFB, 06/01/15)

Frontier orders more A320s
Frontier Airlines has placed a firm order for 10 A321 and two A320 aircraft with the
current engine option. This is the second time in less than a year that the Denver-
based airline has ordered the A321. Including this order, Frontier has a backlog of
101 Airbus single-aisle aircraft. The company’s current in-service fleet consists of 34
A319s and 21 A320s. Frontier took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001. (Source:
Airbus, 06/02/15) Gulf Coast note: A new A320 family assembly line is opening in
Mobile, Ala., this summer. It will be the fourth A320 assembly line operated by Airbus.

Annual book available
The fifth edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor, an update on aerospace
activities in the Gulf Coast I-10 region, is now available at
gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com. You can download the 96-page book for free, or
you can purchase a printed version, either in full color or black and white, at cost
from our print-on-demand service. (Source: GCAC, 06/01/15)


MAY 2015

Contract: Odyssey, $212.4M
Odyssey Systems Consulting Group LTD, Wakefield, Mass., has been awarded a
$212,402,709 cost reimbursable contract for advisory and assistance services
(A&AS). Contractor will provide A&AS for the Armament Munitions Directorate in
support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Work will be performed at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2020. This
contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a competitive
small business set-aside acquisition with six offers received. Fiscal 2015 missile
procurement, other procurement, operations and maintenance and Foreign Military
Sales funds in the amount of $7,239,242 are being obligated at the time of award. The
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity (FA8622-15-F-8120). (Source: 05/29/15)

First shipment leaves Hamburg
The historic shipment of the first major aircraft sections that will be assembled into
the first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner has left Hamburg, Germany. The ship, BBC Fuji, left
today and it will take about 20 days for the voyage to the Port of Mobile. The major
parts include fuselage sections, wings and other sections that were built at plants in
the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain made from parts from an
international supply chain. They'll be assembled into an A321 jetliner at the Airbus
plant that will open soon at the Mobile Aeroplex. The A321ceo will be delivered to
customer JetBlue in 2016. "This is a day of celebration as we reach another
important milestone in aircraft production in the U.S.," said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus
president and CEO. About 200 employees, including some from Mobile who are
training in Hamburg, celebrated the milestone. (Source: GCAC, 05/29/15)

Boeing picks MSU
The Boeing Co. chose Mississippi State University as the host for a research center
that will lead development on composites the company will eventually use to build
aircraft. The Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center will be housed
within MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory. The school in Starkville was
selected through a competition with other universities. Boeing would provide $3
million on equipment and fund two full-time engineers. The University of Southern
Mississippi in Hattiesburg will serve as a technology incubator of next-generation
composite material systems. As a technology incubator for Boeing, Southern Miss
has entered into a new master agreement with the company to accelerate research
and development of next generation materials, including polymers and polymer
matrix composites. The new agreement builds on an existing relationship between
Southern Miss and Boeing, which currently has a research contract to utilize the
assets of the Accelerator, the university's business incubator. (Sources: Jackson
Clarion Ledger, WMC-5, 05/28/15)

Airbus hints at production hike
BLAGNAC, France -- Airbus may be producing as many as 60 A320 family passenger
jets per month as early as 2018, an increase of some 26 percent. Airbus sales chief
John Leahy said "we aren't committed to anything yet," but said the company’s
backlog of more than 6,000 A320-family orders could be the driver for such a large
increase in production. Currently, Airbus produces 42 of the single-aisle A320s per
month. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Tom Williams said Airbus could ramp up to 60
planes per month as soon as 2018. A formal decision by the company is expected by
the year's end. The remarks came during an annual press conference at the
company's Toulouse-Blagnac headquarters in southwestern France on Thursday.
(Source: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, 05/28/15)

NASA conducts RS-25 test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An RS-25 rocket engine had a successful 450-
second test Thursday at NASA's Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The
hotfire test was at the A-1 test stand, where Apollo rocket stages and Space Shuttle
main engines, also RS-25s, also were tested. One of the objectives being evaluated
in this test is the new engine controller, or “brain” of the engine. The controller
monitors the engine conditions and communicates the performance needs. RS-25
engines tested on the stand will power the core stage of NASA’s new rocket, the
Space Launch System (SLS), which is being developed to carry humans deeper into
space than ever before. A cluster of four RS-25s will power each SLS. NASA
engineers conducted an initial RS-25 engine test on the A-1 stand Jan. 9. RS-25
testing now is set to continue through the summer. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/28/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $12M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $11,999,540 firm-
fixed-price contract to procure Griffin missiles. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2016. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-15-C-0101). (Source: DoD, 05/28/15)

Contract: Sunshine Aero, $12.4M
Sunshine Aero Industries Inc., Florala, Ala., has been awarded a maximum
$12,354,139 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for jet-A with
additives fuel. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This
is a four-year base contract. Location of performance is Alabama with a March 31,
2019, performance completion date. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine
Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense
Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-15-D-0102). (Source: DoD, 05/27/15)

Contract: Multiple, $45M
MES Group Inc., Tampa, Fla. (W91278-15-D-0034); Tetra Tech/Mason & Hanger JV,
Michigan (W91278-15-D-0035); Patriot Design LLC, Montgomery, Ala. (W91278-15-D-
0037); Prime AE Group Inc., Owings Mills, Md. (W91278-15-D-0039); CH2M Hill Inc.,
Englewood, Colo. (W91278-15-D-0042); Knight Architects Inc., Atlanta (W91278-15-D-
0041); Hernandez Calhoun Design International P.A., Pensacola, Fla. (W91278-15-D-
0043); BTA-TLC JV LLC, Pensacola, Fla. (W91278-15-D-0044); Burns & McDonnell Inc.,
Kansas City, Mo. (W91278-15-D-0040); and Bullock Tice Associates Inc., Pensacola,
Fla. (W91278-15-D-0038), were awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite-
delivery contract for architect and engineering design services with the Army Corps
of Engineers, Mobile District, South Atlantic Division, to support the Mobile District
and South Atlantic Division military construction design program. Funding and work
location will be determined with each order with a completion date of May 26, 2020.
Bids were solicited via the Internet with 81 received. Army Corps of Engineers,
Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/27/15)

SpaceX OK’d for military
The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX to launch military satellites, opening the door
to a lucrative market previously held solely by a Lockheed and Boeing joint venture.
With the clearance, SpaceX can compete for military space contracts valued at $9.5
billion over the next five years. Founded in 2002, SpaceX has become a leader in
commercial space launches. SpaceX has made cargo flights to resupply the
International Space Station and is preparing for a manned flight. (Source: Space
Daily, 05/27/15) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using facilities at Stennis Space Center,
Miss., for R&D on its next generation rocket engine.

QF-4 drones fly final mission
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall Air Force Base’s QF-4 aerial target drone
operations came to an end in mid-May following Combat Archer, an air-to-air
targeting mission for the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard.
The unmanned QF-4 provided full-scale targets for the pilots. The 82nd Aerial Target
Squadron (ATRS) is transitioning to the QF-16 Viper. Six Vipers are scheduled for
delivery to Tyndall by the close of 2015. (Source: Eglin, 05/25/15)

Space Florida, UWF sign pact
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Space Florida and the University of West Florida signed a three-
year memorandum of understanding to further develop cybersecurity technologies.
Space Florida, the state’s aerospace development authority, and UWF’s Center for
Research and Economic Opportunity will work together to determine opportunities
to further develop and cybersecurity technologies to the commercial sector.
Pensacola’s Corry Station is home to the Navy’s Center for Information Dominance
and a Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
(Source: UWF, 05/26/15) Air Force cybersecurity personnel receive initial training at
Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Hurlburt Field, Fla., provides advanced
training in cybersecurity.

Byrne: A321 sections arrive June 21
MOBILE, Ala. – The first large sections from Europe for the very first Airbus jetliner to
be built in Alabama will arrive June 21. That’s what U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said at a
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast today. But a spokeswoman from Airbus
could not confirm the exact date, only that the shipment will arrive in June. (Source:
al.com, 05/26/15) Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter reported in April that the
sections would arrive in June, but did not specify a date. The first plane that will be
delivered in 2016 will be for JetBlue.

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $56.2M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$56,182,753 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics and depot level
services for 119 TH-57 aircraft in support of the Naval Air Training Command's
Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training Program. Work will be performed at the
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in May
2016. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/26/15)

Engineering cluster forming
MOBILE, Ala. -- Three new engineering companies set up shop recently at the Mobile
Aeroplex, joining Safran Engineering and Airbus Engineering to form a new
engineering cluster. Sonovision, Inter-Informatics and AKKA Technologies currently
share some 3,500 square feet of space. They have a total of five people between
them, but are expected to grow over time and might move to a larger location at the
complex. The 14,000 square-foot buildings other two tenants are Hoar Program
Management and Dunn Building Co. All of this is occurring because of the Airbus
assembly line that is nearing its opening. The assembly line will build A320 family
aircraft beginning this summer. (Source: al.com, 05/22/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $735.5M
Lockheed Martin Space System Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$735,514,938 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for satellite sustainment. Contractor
will provide sustainment of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF), Milstar,
and Defense Satellite Communications System III. Work will be performed at
Sunnyvale, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., and
is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2015. This award is the result of a sole-source
acquisition. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado,
is the contracting activity (FA8823-15-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 05/21/15) Gulf Coast
note: Core propulsion subsystem work on A2100-based systems like the AEHF is
done by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $12.5M
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc., Bethesda, Md., was awarded a $12,506,746
modification (P00018) to contract W912DY-14-F-0423 for an extension of the Next
Generation Technical Services (NGTS) III requirement. The scope of this effort
contains the management and technical support necessary to advance high
performance computing services, capabilities, infrastructure, and technology. Work
will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Aberdeen Proving
Ground, Md.; Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Lorton, Va., with an
estimated completion date of July 19, 2015. Fiscal 2013, 2014 and 2015 research,
development, testing, and evaluation, operations and maintenance (Army) and other
procurement funds in the amount of $8,586,123 were obligated at the time of the
award. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 05/20/15)

Work underway at B-2 stand
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA began work a week ago in preparation for
testing the core stage of its new Space Launch System (SLS). One million pounds of
structural steel is being added to the B-2 stand to handle the large SLS stage. A
major step in the modification involves repositioning and extension of the test
stand's Main Propulsion Test Article (MPTA) framework, which supports the rocket
stage for testing. It was repositioned last summer, now it’s being heightened. The
existing MPTA is 61 feet high and has 1.2 million pounds of fabricated steel. Three
sections of structural steel will be hoisted in upcoming weeks and the MPTA will
extend 100 feet higher – a new look to the SSC skyline. When testing begins, all four
RS-25 will be tested simultaneously. NASA’s SLS is being developed to return
humans to deep-space missions. (Source: Space Daily, 05/20/15) Boeing is building
the core stage at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

F-35Bs aboard Wasp for tests
Six Marine Corps F-35B fighters landed aboard the amphibious warship USS Wasp off
the East Coast Monday for two weeks of operational tests. The tests are required
before the Marines can declare its first squadron of 10 F-35s ready for combat in
July. The ability of the jets to integrate with flight and deck operations will be closely
monitored. (Source: Reuters, 05/18/15) Gulf Coast Note: The jets are assigned to
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 of Beaufort, S.C. That unit transferred to
Beaufort last year from Eglin Air Force Base, where initial F-35 maintenance and pilot
training is conducted.

SSC looking for interest in stands
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA is looking for companies interested in using
underutilized federal facilities at its rocket engine test site in South Mississippi,
including the never-used, 300-foot tall, $350 million A-3 test stand. NASA issued a
request for information May 13. In addition to four test stands, NASA is looking for
parties interested in utilizing portions of the Mississippi Army Ammunition Plant,
which occupies a large tract in the north of Stennis Space Center. SSC will make all
facilities available during the week of June 22-26 for site visits. (Source: GCAC,
05/16/15)

NASA, Louisiana note partnership
BATON ROUGE, La. -- NASA, Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and the State
of Louisiana honored their long partnership in support of the nation’s space goals
during the 2015 NASA Louisiana Aerospace Day Thursday at the Capitol in Baton
Rouge. Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Ala., which manages Michoud, astronaut Rick Mastracchio and other
NASA and Michoud officials met with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and other state
leaders and lawmakers. NASA's economic, educational and cultural contributions to
the state were recognized by proclamations in the House and Senate, while displays
in the rotunda and on the lawn gave Capitol visitors a vivid look at work underway
on the Space Launch System, Orion and other NASA projects. (Source: SpaceRef,
05/15/15)

CV-22s get more armor
It was 18 months ago that four Navy SEALS were wounded when their CV-22 was hit
with rounds of AK-47 and .50 caliber fire. It happened when three CV-22s tried to land
in South Sudan to evacuate U.S. citizens from a civil war. That incident prompted the
military to seek a solution. Now a Florida company is providing composite armor that
can be installed in the back cabin to protect passengers. The Protective Group came
up with a kit of 66 armor plates sized to fit along the Osprey’s interior bulkheads and
deck. The kits, developed in 179 days, can be installed or taken out of the aircraft as
needed. The plates add 800 pounds to the weight of the aircraft. Sixteen of the
$270,000 Advanced Ballistic Stopping System kits have been delivered to the Air
Force. (Source: Breaking Defense, 05/15/15)

Contract: Leebcor, $7.8M
Leebcor Services LLC, Williamsburg, Va., is being awarded $7,100,622 for firm-fixed-
price task order 0002 under a previously awarded multiple award construction
contract (N69450-14-D-0759) for renovation and repairs to buildings 3701 and 3706 at
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. Building 3701 is an existing three story bachelor
enlisted quarters (BEQ) structure and 3706 is an existing one story laundry facility
and mechanical room. The renovations will provide the 2+0 Unit configuration to
building 3701 to allow 49 units for a total of 98 berths and will upgrade the laundry
facility in Building 3706 to a commercial laundry facility for BEQ housekeeping staff.
The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would
increase cumulative contract value to $7,788,880. Work will be performed in
Pensacola and is expected to be completed by May 2017. Three proposals were
received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/15)

Contract: M7 Aerospace, $13.4M
M7 Aerospace LLC, San Antonio, Texas, is being awarded a $13,354,491 modification
to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-11-D-
0002) to exercise an option for logistics support for 12 Navy/Marine Corps UC-35
aircraft and seven Navy C-26 aircraft at nine global locations. Services to be
provided include organizational and depot level maintenance, parts, support
equipment maintenance, and engineering support. Work will be performed at the
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Hawaii (15 percent); Marine Corp Air
Station (MCAS) Futenma, Japan (15 percent); Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (10
percent); Fleet Marine Reserve Detachment, Belle Chase, La. (10 percent); Naval Air
Station Sigonella, Italy (10 percent); Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy (10 percent);
MCAS Miramar, Calif. (10 percent); MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. (5 percent); San Antonio,
Texas (5 percent); Al Udeid, Qatar (5 percent); and Moron, Spain (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed by February 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/15)

Contract: Multiple, $634M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill. (W56HZV-15-D-RD01); Booz Allen
Hamilton, McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-RD02); DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-
RD03); Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W56HZV-15-D-RD04);
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas (W56HZV-15-D-RD05); SAIC, McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-
D-RD06); VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-RD07); CDQ JV, Goleta, Calif.
(W56HZV-15-D-RD08); FEDITC LLC, Rockville, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-RD09); Hodges
Transportation Inc., Silver Springs, Nev. (W56HZV-15-D-RD10); Loc Performance
Products Inc., Plymouth, Mich. (W56HZV-15-D-RD11); Middle Bay Solutions LLC,
Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-RD12); Northwind-Jacobs JV, Shelocta, Pa., (W56HZV-15-
D-RD13); PD Systems Inc., Alexandria, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-RD14); Quantum Research
International Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-RD15); Select Engineering Services,
doing business as Mark. G. Miller Inc., Layton, Utah (W56HZV-15-D-RD16); The Service
Engineering Co. LLC, Belcamp, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-RD17); Waltonen Engineering Inc.,
Warren, Mich. (W56HZV-15-D-RD18); WestWind Aerospace Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
(W56HZV-15-D-RD19) were awarded a $634,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
research and development services to include services for the purpose of creating
and developing new processes or products. Only for task order requirements to
directly perform work that is an integral part of R&D services for the creation of new
processes or products. Funding and work location will be determined with each
order with an estimated completion date of May 13, 2023. Bids were solicited via the
Internet with 22 received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/15)

Contract: Multiple, $1.1B
Army Fleet Support LLC, Fort Rucker, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-ER01); BAE Systems Land &
Armaments LP, York, Pa. (W56HZV-15-D-ER02); Baum, Romstedt Technology Research
Corp., Vienna, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-ER03); Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services
LLC, Linthicum, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-ER04); DUCOM Inc., Silver Spring, Md. (W56HZV-15-
D-ER05); DynCorp International LLC, McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-ER06); Vectrus
Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo. (W56HZV-15-D-ER07); Honeywell Technology
Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-ER08); Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. (W56HZV-15-D-ER09); Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla.
(W56HZV-15-D-ER10); Mantech Advanced Systems International Inc., Fairfax, Va.
(W56HZV-15-D-ER11); PD Systems Inc., Alexandria, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-ER12); Qualis
Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-ER13); SAIC, McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-ER14);
Strategic Resources Inc., McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-ER15); Systems Products and
Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-ER16URS Federal Services Inc.
Germantown, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-ER17); VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-
ER18); Integrated Logistics Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-ER19); and
SFS Global/Tiburon JV, Susanville, Calif. (W56HZV-15-D-ER20) were awarded a
$1,100,000,000 order-dependent multiple award task order contract indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for equipment related services. Funding and
work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date
of May 13, 2023. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 24 received. Army
Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/14/15)

Contract: Multiple, $1.8B
BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pa. (W56HZV-15-D-KB01); Baum, Romstedt
Technology Research Corp., Vienna, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB02); Booz Allen Hamilton
Inc., McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB03); CALIBRE Systems Inc., Alexandria, Va.
(W56HZV-15-D-KB04); Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-KB05); D & S
Consultants Inc., Eatontown, N.J. (W56HZV-15-D-KB06); DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va.
(W56HZV-15-D-KB07); IBM, Reston, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB09); Jacobs Technology Inc.,
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W56HZV-15-D-KB10); Mantech Advanced Systems
International Inc., Fairfax, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB11); PD Systems Inc., Alexandria, Va.
(W56HZV-15-D-KB12); SAIC, McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB13); Strategic Resources
Inc., McLean, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-KB14); URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md.
(W56HZV-15-D-KB15); Vencore Services and Solutions Inc., Reston, Va. (W56HZV-15-D-
KB16); Wyle Laboratories Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-KB17); Accent Controls
Inc., Riverside, Mo. (W56HZV-15-D-KB18); C2D JV, Goleta, Calif. (W56HZV-15-D-KB19);
DS3 Solutions LLC, Layton, Utah (W56HZV-15-D-KB20); DUCOM Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
(W56HZV-15-D-KB21); FEDITC LLC, Rockville, Md. (W56HZV-15-D-KB22); Middle Bay
Solutions LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-KB23); Northwind-Jacobs JV, Shelocta,
Pa. (W56HZV-15-D-KB24); Tecmasters Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W56HZV-15-D-KB25);
United Support Services LLC, Lawrence, Mass. (W56HZV-15-D-KB26); and WS3 LLC,
Warren, Mich. (W56HZV-15-D-KB27) were awarded a $1,800,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity, order dependent contract for knowledge based service-
type requirements. Funding and work location will be determined with each order
with an estimated completion date of May 13, 2023. Bids were solicited via the
Internet with 35 received. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/15)

Welding begins on Orion pathfinder
NEW ORLEANS -- Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility began welding
together the first pieces of the structure of the Orion crew module pathfinder. This
pathfinder is a full-scale version of the current spacecraft design. It’s used to
demonstrate the manufacturing and assembly procedures that will be used to
produce the actual flight hardware. Using a pathfinder allows engineers to make
sure those procedures work correctly and to improve the process before producing
the flight article. This pathfinder will help NASA prepare for Orion's next mission to
deep space atop the agency's Space Launch System rocket. (Source: SpaceDaily,
05/12/15)

Hurricane Hunters make early run
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
Hurricane Hunters flew its WC-130J Hercules to check out the first storm of the 2015
hurricane season, Tropical Storm Ana. Ana made landfall May 11 near Myrtle Beach, S.
C., and was quickly downgraded to a tropical depression. The Hurricane Hunters flew
six sorties into the storm. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. It’s
not uncommon for a storm to form before the season begins, according to Maj.
Douglas Gautrau, a 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer. (Source: AFNS,
05/11/15)

NASA picks proposals
NASA has selected research and technology proposals from 254 small businesses
and 39 research institutions in the United States for grants to develop new
technologies that will further NASA's journey to Mars. Proposals were solicited
through NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Proposals that lead to the successful
development of ideas and products could result in contracts with a combined
approximate value of $47.7 million. NASA is funding proposals that will enable space
transportation for human and robotic missions, new ways to protect astronauts in
space, and innovative ways to keep spacecraft systems operational. A dozen
selected proposals involve technology being administered by the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., each worth up to $125,000 in the
Phase 1 period. (Source: NASA, 05/08/15)

Contract: General Atomics, $38M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-
exceed $37,962,062 undefinitized contract action modification (0140) to previously
awarded contract FA8620-10-G-3038. Contractor will provide 64 MQ-9 Electrical Safety
Improvement Program retrofit kits on 64 Air Force Special Operations Command, Air
Combat Command, and Air National Guard Block 1 aircraft. Work will be performed at
Poway and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2017. Air Force Lifecycle
Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/08/15)

MSU team the new COE UAS
The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Mississippi State University as the
FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The center
will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to integration of
unmanned systems into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the
nation’s leading UAS and aviation universities. The research areas will include
detect and avoid technology, low-altitude operations safety, control and
communications, spectrum management, human factors, compatibility with air traffic
control operations, and training and certification. In addition to MSU, other team
members are Drexel University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Kansas State
University, Kansas University, Montana State University, New Mexico State
University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of
Alabama in Huntsville, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of North Dakota, and
Wichita State University. The COE will be able to begin research by September 2015
and be fully operational and engaged in a robust research agenda by January 2016.
Once the team develops detailed research plans, the FAA will determine the
relationship between the new COE and the six UAS sites the FAA announced last
year. The FAA expects COE flight testing to occur at one or more of the existing test
sites. (Source: FAA, 05/07/15) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast region is heavily
involved in unmanned systems.

Contract: Airbus D&S, $24M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $24,012,980
modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission
equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of
the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed
in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 05/07/15)

Female F-35 pilot begins training
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The first female F-35 pilot has started training. Lt. Col.
Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, completed
her first training flight in the single-seat fifth-generation fighter following 14 virtual
training missions in the full mission simulator at the F-35 Academic Training Center.
She’s formerly an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot. She joins 87 other F-35A pilots trained
over the last four years here. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing, 05/06/15)

Contract: UTC, $7.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded a $7,643,131 fixed-price-incentive firm target modification to a
previously awarded F135 advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0016) for long-
lead items for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot X. The long-lead items include
group hardware supporting the LRIP Lot X delivery of conventional take off and
landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the Air Force, group hardware supporting the
LRIP Lot X delivery of CTOL, carrier variant propulsion systems for the Navy/Marine
Corps, and group hardware supporting the LRIP Lot X delivery of short take-off and
vertical landing propulsion systems for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in
East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United
Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2017. This
contract combines purchases for the Navy (97.4 percent), and the Air Force (2.6
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/06/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Emerald Warrior concludes
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - More than 2,100 personnel from across the Gulf Cost and
New Mexico on May 1 completed the two-week-long Air Force Special Operations
Command training exercise Emerald Warrior 2015. The exercise was designed to
provide realistic and relevant pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint
operating areas. Among the training sites were Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base
and Apalachicola in Florida; Camp Shelby and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi;
Pelham Range in Alabama; and Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. (Source: Air
Force Special Operations Command, 05/05/15)

Contract: Applied Research, $18.8M
Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., has been awarded an
$18,845,422 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide research and development for
the Air Force Civil Engineer Center in the development and evaluation of enhanced
and emerging technologies under robotics and automation. Work will be performed
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. This
award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received. Fiscal
2015 research and development funds in the amount of $450,000 are being obligated
at the time of award. The 325th Contracting Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA4819-15-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 05/05/15)

Blue Angels name new CO
The Navy’s Blue Angels’ announced a new commanding officer for the demonstration
squadron’s 2016-17 season. Navy Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, a California native and
experience F/A-18 pilot with operational experience in support of operations
Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, will begin command of the
Blue Angels after early November’s final show of the 2014-15 season at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. Bernacchi will succeed Capt. Tom Frosch. A change-of-command
is scheduled for November 8 at the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard NAS
Pensacola. (Source: NNS, 05/04/15)

Aero academy ribbon cut
FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Educators, politicians, students and residents gathered here
Saturday to dedicate a new aviation training academy at H.L. “Sonny” Callahan
Airport. Gov. Robert Bentley was joined by officials with the Fairhope Airport
Authority, Baldwin County Public Schools, the two-year college system and others to
cut the ribbon outside the academy. It first opened to students in January and
teaches aviation, industrial maintenance and welding to adult and high school
students for college credit. (Source: al.com, 05/02/15)

Walton County industrial park certified
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport has become the first
certified industrial park in Walton County through Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites
program. Florida First Sites was created in 2013 to help communities prepare sites to
attract new industries and new jobs to the region. This is the seventh site to be
certified in Northwest Florida under the program. This industrial park, owned by the
city of DeFuniak Springs, has two parcels within the airport property that have
become certified – one 22.32 acres and one 34 acres. (Source: Gulf Power, 05/01/15)

Aero workers furloughed
CANTONMENT, Fla. – Defense company Marianna Airmotive on Friday furloughed a
large part of its workforce because of a slowdown in work for the government. The
company, which overhauls and fabricates parts for Air Force C-5 aircraft, has not
closed and expects to bring workers back when the situation changes. The company,
established in 1968 in Marianna, moved to its current location in 1989. (Source: North
Escambia.com, 05/01/15) In the most recent figures available, the company had 125
workers. Background story.

Union OKs agreement
MILTON, Fla. -- Union members of local 2777 of the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a three-year agreement with L-3
Vertex Aerospace at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The agreement includes a three
percent general wage increase for each year of the contract, increases employer
pension contributions and raises safety standards. L-3 Vertex Aerospace in May 2014
was awarded a modified $55 million logistics and maintenance support contract for
TH-57 aircraft at Whiting Field. (Source: IAM release, 04/30/15)


APRIL 2015

TAI gets new contract
Airbus awarded Turkish Aerospace Industries a new contract to supply its A320
aircraft with fuselage panels, the company announced Wednesday. Turkish
Aerospace Industries has been the sole supplier for the Section 18 fuselage panels
for the A320 since 2014. The new contract gives the Turkish company responsibility
to manufacture another section of the Airbus A320 aircraft called Section 19. (Source:
Anadolu Agency, 04/29/15) Gulf Coast note: An A320 final assembly line will open in
Mobile, Ala., this year.

Contract: Systima, $12.5M
Systima Technologies Inc., Kirkland, Wash., has been awarded a $12,500,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for stand-off precision guided
munitions (SOPGM) precision strike capability. Contractor will provide support of the
munition system carriage and release with products for employing SOPGMs and
precision strike packages; installation, test, and operation of SOPGMs and precision
strike capability on government specified platforms, assets (including aircraft) to
support test of and training with SOPGMs and precision strike capability. Work will
be performed at Kirkland and is expected to be complete by May 3, 2020. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8656-15-D-0033). (Source: DoD, 04/30/15)

Contract: UTC, $157M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded a $156,955,110 fixed-price-incentive-firm target advance
acquisition contract to procure long lead-time components, parts, materials and
effort in support of 90 low-rate initial production Lot X F-135 propulsions systems for
the F-35. These systems include (44) F-135-PW-100 for the Air Force; (9) F-135-PW-600
for the Marine Corps; and (2) F-135-PW-100 for the Navy. In addition, this contract
provides for the procurement of (30) F-135-PW-100 and (5) F135-PW-600 systems for
international partners and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed
in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United
Kingdom (6.5 percent); and is expected to be completed in September 2017. Fiscal
2015 aircraft procurement, (Air Force and Navy) funds, as well as international
partner and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $156,955,110 are being
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent); the Navy (20
percent); international partners (28 percent); and foreign military sales (11 percent).
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity
(N00019-15-C-0004). (Contract: DoD, 04/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$14,652,084 modification (P00602) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897
for F-22 Sustainment contract for Reliability and Maintainability Maturation Program
(RAMMP) annual support. Contractor will provide RAMMP retrofit efforts for
execution of Air Cycle Machine Redesign and Mighty Tough Boot. Work will be
performed at Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2018. Fiscal year
2014 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $14,587,420 are being obligated at
the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base Utah,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/29/15)

Contract: Northrop, $31.7M
Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a
$31,653,045 firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity requirements contract for depot level repair, maintenance, and
modifications of the AN/AQS-24 Mine Detecting System to support the Navy for the
currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. This follow-on
contract includes the technical support, analysis, repair, modification, interface
equipment, and engineering support and all depot repairs and incorporation of
engineering change proposals, including the updates of all integrated logistics
support documentation to support the conversions and sustainment. The AN/AQS-24
is currently fielded for use by the Navy to conduct quick response, high-speed
airborne mine countermeasures. This contract includes options which, if exercised,
would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $84,520,065. Work will be
performed in Annapolis and is expected to be completed by April 2016. Naval Surface
Warfare Center - Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity
(N61331-15-D-0011). (Source: DoD, 04/28/15)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $142.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $142,683,533
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-
3002) to continue development of the Joint Strike Fighter Autonomics Logistics
Information System Standard Operating Unit Version 2 capability development effort.
This modification includes the incorporation of sub-squadron reporting, dynamic
routing, and decentralized maintenance capabilities. Work will be performed in
Orlando, Fla. (80 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (20 percent), and is expected to be
completed in July 2017. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation
(Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force) funds in the amount of $18,576,713 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/15)

F-35s to shift runways
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force said Tuesday that work on a runway will
cause the temporary shift of F-35 operations to another runway, which may lead to a
slight increase in noise over Valparaiso for a few months. Most F-35 flight operations
use Runway 12/30, but starting on Friday that runway will be closed for upgrades. The
F-35 traffic will shift to Runway 01/19, the base’s main north/south runway. The Air
Force also said that starting in May, Eglin will become a temporary host to 15 F-35Cs
that are part of the Navy’s backup aircraft inventory. The 15 planes will relocate to
Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., when required construction there is completed in
about three years. (Source: GCAC, 04/28/15)

Audit slams F-35 engine reliability
A federal report has slammed the reliability of Pratt & Whitney's F-35 engine as being
“very poor,” less than half of where it should be according to the Government
Accountability Office. Federal auditors warned lawmakers that the engine "has a long
way to go to meet program goals" and that "more technical problems are likely."
Company executives said they were surprised by the strong language in a
conference call Monday with reporters. Pratt & Whitney's head of military engines
Bennett Croswell said the data is accurate but “fails to tell the rest of the story." He
said the company has updated its latest production engines to fix prior reliability
issues, and those engines are meeting current government reliability marks.
According to company numbers that account for additional hours that engines are
running on the ground, the conventional variant performs at 147 percent of required
reliability levels and the short-takeoff and vertical landing variant performs at 119
percent of required levels. The company is producing the F135 engines in
Middletown, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla. The military plans to spend $391.1
billion for a fleet of 2,443 planes from prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corp.
(Sources: Hartford Courant, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal,
04/27/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Regiment gets new leader
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Army Aviation's 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment (Airfield
Operations) has a new commanding officer. Lt. Col. James Ashburn assumed
command April 15 during a change of command ceremony. Ashburn returns to Fort
Rucker from an assignment with the joint plans office, and executive officer, for the
U.S. Central Command headquarters in south Florida. He attended the Officer Basic
Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training at Fort Rucker after graduating from the
U.S. Military Academy. (Source: Army Flier, 04/23/15)

F-35’s ALIS draws fire
Subpar performance of the F-35 logistics information system has drawn the attention
of key lawmakers who got an earful from F-35 maintenance crews during a recent
visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The autonomic logistics information system, or ALIS,
is hooked up to each F-35 to monitor every component of the aircraft and to alert
operators of any breakdowns. The complaints heard by members of Congress range
from the user-unfriendliness and slow response to queries to the high frequency of
false alarms. Military aviation experts said some of these issues are temporary and
should be expected in new programs. Other shortcomings might take years to fix.
Program Executive Officer Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan traveled to Eglin
this week to personally investigate the issues raised by the committee. (Source:
National Defense Magazine, 04/24/15)

Florida No. 1 in attractiveness
Florida is ranked No. 1 when it comes to aerospace manufacturing attractiveness,
according to the latest study by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 2015 Aerospace
Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings has the United States ranked No. 1 of 142
countries, and within the United States Florida tops the list. The analysis looks at
how countries and states in the U.S. compare in terms of their attractiveness as
locations for commercial aircraft manufacturing. It’s the second year in a row Florida
has topped the list. The 2015 report ranked states on tax rates, industry size,
operating cost and education. The study used a weighted average of variables such
as costs, workforce and number of aerospace companies in each state. Florida is
home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies that employ more than
82,000 with an annual payroll impact of more than $5 billion. Alabama was ranked No.
22, Mississippi No. 30 and Louisiana No. 36. (Source: GCAC, 04/24/15)

Airbus contracts for metrology service
Airbus awarded ATT Metrology Services Inc. the metrology contract for its $600
million facility it’s building in Mobile, Ala. The company, of Issaquah, Wash., provides
precision measurement and alignment services. It will build out an existing structure
to house a 5,000-square-foot laboratory that should be operational when the aircraft
manufacturer begins production this summer. The company’s clients in the
aerospace sector include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Bombardier,
Bell Helicopters and others. The Mobile Aeroplex facility represents a capital
investment of between $200,000 and $300,000, said Joan Ihlenfeldt, ATT’s chief
operating officer. It will have four to eight employees. (Source: al.com, 04/23/15)

X-47B finishes test
The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR)
of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's
Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program. While flying off the coast of
Maryland and Virginia, the X-47B connected to a K-707 tanker aircraft and received
over 4,000 pounds of fuel using the Navy's probe-and-drogue method. Earlier in the
month, the X-47B successfully hooked up with the tanker with no fuel transferred.
(Source: NNS, 04/22/15) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $14M
Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,050,549 cost plus, firm-
fixed-price modification (P00580) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897
for F-22 sustainment. Contractor will provide trainer hardware modifications, training
system development, and distributed mission operations federation and integration.
Work will be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Elmendorf Air Force Base,
Alaska; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Sheppard Air
Force Base, Texas; and St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31,
2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the
contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897). (Source: DoD, 04/21/15)

Key radar tests begin on Triton
The Navy has launched flight tests on the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton of one of
the first active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars with 360-degree coverage
developed exclusively for the maritime patrol mission. The multifunction active
sensor (MFAS) completed first flight onboard the unmanned MQ-4C on April 18
following risk reduction phase testing on a Gulfstream GII. "We're very confident the
radar is going to work," said Sean Burke, the Navy MQ-4C program manager. Burke
cited the 42 test flights on the GII as the source of the Navy’s confidence. The tests
on the MQ-4C are critical to a Navy decision at the end of this year on whether to
launch low-rate initial production of a Triton fleet, expected to number 70 aircraft.
The unmanned Triton, the Navy's variant of a Global Hawk, is designed to augment
the Navy's manned fleet of P-8A maritime patrol aircraft in broad area maritime
surveillance missions. (Source: Flightglobal, 04/21/15) Gulf Coast note: Triton
fuselage work is done by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: HX5, $24.2M
HX5, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $24,162,581 cost reimbursable
contract for advisory and assistance services (A&AS). Contractor will provide A&AS
for the Munitions Division and the Range Systems Branch to support of the Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah,
and is expected to be complete by May 30, 2020. Two 8(a) owned small businesses
were solicited within Pool 6 of the General Services Administration One Acquisition
Solution for Integrated Services contract. Fiscal 2015 ammunition, other
procurement, operations and maintenance and research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $2,886,912 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8622-15-F-8111). (Source: DoD, 04/20/15)

Rail gun to be tested near Eglin
The Naval Sea Systems Command will conduct the first at-sea test of its
Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) in the summer of 2016 near Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. The BAE Systems designed test gun will be mounted on the USNS Trenton (JHSV-
5), built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., and taken to Eglin’s maritime test range. Navy
officials said last week at a U.S. Navy League Sea-Air-Space symposium that the
EMRG will fire a series of hypervelocity projectiles fitted with GPS electronics at a
barge floating in the Gulf of Mexico. The Florida over-the-horizon test will place a
static floating target at a range of 25 to 50 nautical miles from the test ship and fire
five GPS guided hyper velocity projectiles (HVP) at the target as the final part of 20
planned firings for the rail gun at the Eglin range. The rail gun uses high powered
electromagnetic pulses instead of chemical propellants to fire projectiles that can
move at seven times the speed of sound. The kinetic energy can accelerate a 45-
pound  projectile from zero to 5,000 mph in less than a second. (Sources: multiple,
including USNI, Janes, Seapower Magazine, 04/14/15)

Mobile chosen C212 support center
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Defense and Space selected Airbus DS Military Aircraft Inc. at
Mobile Regional Airport as the new worldwide support center for the C212 aircraft
series. The C212 transport aircraft was designed to operate in austere environments
for extended periods of time, without the need for ground support equipment. It is
able to carry up to 25 people or a 6,200 pound payload. With a large customer base
both in military and civil operations, North and South America are collectively home
to the largest C212 fleet in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in Mobile,
Airbus DS Military Aircraft continues to increase its service and support capabilities
in repair and overhaul of various Airbus aircraft and components. Airbus DS Military
Aircraft Inc. offers complete maintenance, repair and overhaul services, extensive
material services, professional engineering, and technical support for transport
aircraft. The 50-worker Mobile operation provides operators of the C212 and CN235
tactical transports with the capabilities of a certified FAA and European Aviation
Safety Agency repair station. Last year, the company opened a new 7,500-square-foot
component repair facility, expanding on its 30,000-square-foot maintenance, repair
and overhaul (MRO) delivery center. (Source: Marketwired, 04/17/15) Airbus is also
building an A320 assembly line at Mobile Aeroplex, where it also has an engineering
center.

Contract: Applied Research, $11.7M
Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., has been awarded an
$11,728,919 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for airfield operating surfaces and airfield
damage repair technology development. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force
Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by April 14, 2020. This award is the result
of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. Fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,350,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8051-15-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 04/17/15)

SSC-born company hits big time
A technology company founded in South Mississippi to help coordinate resources
and teams after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 now is the exclusive partner to provide
technical support for all Google Geo Products, including Google Maps Engine,
Google Maps API and Google Earth Enterprise. Navigas, started at Stennis Space
Center, was co-founded by Ben Hubbard and David Moore, both Mississippi State
graduates. The company is now headquartered in San Francisco. "In a very short
period of time, Navagis grew from a small Mississippi tech startup to a global
corporation chosen by Google, the most-recognized company in geospatial
technology," said Craig Harvey, president of the Enterprise for Innovative
Geospatial Solutions, a cluster of geospatial industries, universities and state and
federal agencies along the northern Gulf Coast from Texas to Pensacola, Fla.
"Navagis exemplifies the goals of the EIGS cluster that was started by the state of
Mississippi and NASA 16 years ago to grow a geospatial industry which includes
thought leaders and front-runner companies," Harvey said. (Source: Sun Herald,
04/16/15)

NASA awards software contract
NASA has awarded a contract to The MathWorks Inc., of Natick, Mass., to provide new
software licenses, maintenance and product training for mathematical computing
software to be used by NASA engineers and scientists. The MathWorks contract is an
indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with provisions for firm-fixed
delivery/task orders, which consists of a one-year base period and four one-year
options. The period of performance will begin May 1 with a potential end date of Apr.
30, 2020, and total value of $30 million. The contract will be administered by the
Enterprise License Management Team at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC)
located at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The NSSC performs select business activities
for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 04/17/15)

Union withdraws petition
There will be no union vote in North Charleston, S.C., next week afterall. Boeing was
notified today that the International Association of Machinists (IAM) has withdrawn its
petition to unionize the company’s North Charleston facilities. As a result, no
election will be held on April 22, and the union will not be able to file for a new
election for at least six months. (Source: Boeing, 04/17/15)

X-47B  has first aerial refueling
An X-47B unmanned aerial vehicle had a first-ever aerial refueling off the coast of
Maryland this week. The Daily Mail reported the drone’s refueling probe plugged
into the hose of an Omega Air KC-707. The X-47B used optical sensors and a camera
to monitor its approach. (Source: Daily Mail, 04/16/15) Gulf Coast note: Two other
Northrop Grumman drones, the Global Hawk and Fire Scout, are made in part in Moss
Point, Miss.; naval aviators are trained in part in Northwest Florida.

NASA selects research projects
NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small
businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the
solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy
right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for
contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency's Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. The selected
aerospace technology and innovation projects have a total value of some $118.1
million, supporting 117 U.S. firms and research institutions in 26 states. Five
selected proposals involve technology being administered by the Office of the Chief
Technologist at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. (Source: NASA/Stennis Space Center,
04/16/15)

Contract: Geocent, $10M
Geocent LLC, Metairie, La., is being awarded a $10,131,795 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract for software
and systems engineering, development and support services to assist in the
delivery and maintenance of business applications, systems, and enabling
technologies. This is one of three contracts awarded: each awardee will have the
opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year
contract includes one two-year option period which, if exercised, would bring the
potential value of this contract to $17,377,458. Work will be performed in San Diego,
Calif. (90 percent); and Metairie (10 percent), and work is expected to be completed
April 15, 2018. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will
be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Task orders will be obligated using
research, development, test and evaluation; operations and management (Navy,
Navy Reserve, and Air Force); other procurement (Navy); procurement (Defense
agency); and working capital fund (Navy) funds. This contract was competitively
procured via 100 percent Small Business Set-Aside solicitation via publication on the
Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command e-Commerce Central website, with five proposals received and three
selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific San Diego
is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0142). (Source: DoD, 04/16/15)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.9M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $9,938,568 modification (P00007) to
previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022 for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-
Air Missile (AMRAAM) production lots 28 and 29. This modification provides for the
purchase of an additional 24 Captive Air Training Missile AIM-120D guidance section
spares. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by March
31, 2017. Fiscal 2013 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $8,282,140
and fiscal 2015 Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of $1,656,428 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/16/15)

IHMC exec joins Doolittle Institute
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- John "Row" Rogacki, associate director at the Florida Institute for
Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), has been named deputy director of the
Doolitte Institute of Fort Walton Beach, a not-for-profit organization designed to
support the Air Force Research Laboratory and facilitate transfer of technology to
and from the private sector. Rogacki, former head of the University of Florida
Research and Education Facility outside Eglin Air Force Base, has been with IHMC
since 2010 and will continue working with IHMC. "The arrangement between IHMC
and the Doolittle Institute allows us to form a mutually beneficial relationship for
collaborations in research programs related to science, technology, engineering,
math, and medicine," Rogacki said. "It really builds upon the strengths of both
organizations.” (Source: IHMC, 04/16/15)

Silver Airways adds new service
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced that Silver Airways will begin daily
service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport (MSY) starting on June 16, 2015. With the addition of
the New Orleans service, Pensacola International Airport will offer non-stop service
to 13 destinations. New Orleans becomes the fourth destination served by Silver
from Pensacola International Airport, which also flies non-stop from Pensacola to
Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, with connecting service to Fort Lauderdale.
(Source: City of Pensacola, 04/16/15)

DI a top veteran employer
DynCorp International has been recognized as a top veteran employer by Military
Times for the fourth year in a row. “Many of our hires are former military personnel,
almost 70 percent in 2014,” said Jim Geisler, DynCorp International chief executive
officer. “Veterans are critical to our success. They bring skills, dedication, and
values that give our company a competitive advantage.” Companies from across the
U.S. were invited to complete survey about their efforts to recruit employees
connected to the military, their company policies related to veterans, reservists and
their families and the organization's culture. Not all companies that completed the
survey were included in the rankings. (Source: Business Wire, 04/14/15) Gulf Coast
note: DynCorp International has employees in the Pensacola metro area.

C-130Js to stay at Keesler
The Air Force has abandoned plans to transfer C-130Js from Keesler Air Force Base,
Miss., and deactivate the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron. That’s according to a
release from Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss. Palazzo said that since he first learned of
the plan three years ago to move the 10 C-130Js, he has worked with Sens. Thad
Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., to ensure that would not happen. He
said in the release that "today the Air Force made the right decision" to keep the C-
130Js at Keesler. (Source: U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, 04/14/15) Previous

Air Methods cited by FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $1.54 million civil penalty against
Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating Eurocopter EC-130
helicopters on dozens of flights around Pensacola, Fla., when they were not in
compliance with FAA regulations. The FAA alleges Air Methods operated two
helicopters on 70 passenger-carrying flights for compensation or hire, over water
and beyond power-off gliding distance from shore, when they lacked required
helicopter flotation devices and flotation gear for each occupant. The agency alleges
the company operated another helicopter on 13 such flights when it lacked required
flotation gear for each occupant. All 83 flights by the emergency medical transport
company occurred around Pensacola. Air Methods has 30 days from the receipt of
the FAA's civil penalty letter to respond. (Source: FAA, 04/14/15) Air Methods
acquired the four bases of Baptist LifeFlight, owned by Baptist Health Care of
Pensacola, in June 2014.

Larger Fire Scout a great fit
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The larger version of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned
helicopter has completed 297 test sorties and is scheduled to begin initial
operational testing and evaluation in 2016, the Navy program manager said. The
Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout is larger and faster and can fly longer than the
MQ-8B and will reduce the burden of manned aircraft, Capt. Jeff Dodge told a
briefing at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition. "For us it's a great fit,"
Dodge told Seapower after the briefing, “we were looking for greater range and
endurance” than the MQ-8B, based on Schweizer 333 manned helicopter. The MQ-8C
uses the Bell 407 airframe. The Navy has 23 MQ-8Bs and 19 MQ-8Cs. "We plan to put
five more [MQ-8Cs] on contract this year," Dodge said, with long-term production
plans of two air vehicles per year between fiscal 2016 and 2023 for a total of 40 MQ-
8Cs. (Source: Seapower, 04/13/15) Gulf Coast note: Finishing work on both variants
of the Fire Scout is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Navy’s Whiting Field buffer grows
MILTON, Fla. -- With more than 1,300 acres acquired around Whiting Field Naval Air
Station since 2001, Santa Rosa County has no plans to slow down its quest for land to
protect operations at the base. On Thursday the county approved adding about 330
acres of conservation easements adjacent to the base, a $650,000, 249-acre parcel
and a $200,000, 80-acre parcel, funded through Florida Defense Infrastructure
Grants. Another 2,000 or so acres are also being sought pending negotiations with
landowners. And with up to 10,000 available acres surrounding the Milton complex,
there's no end in sight for increasing the land buffer to safeguard one of the
county's greatest assets, which brings in about a $1.1. billion economic impact
annually. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/10/15)

GCSC to offer UAV degree
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Gulf Coast State College plans to offer a two-year degree in
unmanned vehicle systems. The Gulf Coast Unmanned Vehicle Systems Program
launches this summer with student enrollment planned for the 2015-2016 school year
and full implementation expected for next year’s spring season. The two-year degree
would be credited toward a four-year degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University. Embry-Riddle, headquartered in Daytona Beach, offers classes at Tyndall
Air Force Base. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/09/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $150.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$150,609,953 fixed-price-incentive contract to provide an integrated reprogramming
capability to build, test, modify, and field F-35 mission data files for Australia and the
United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be
completed in December 2018. International partner funds in the amount of
$150,609,953 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the
Governments of Australia (55 percent) and United Kingdom (45 percent). This
contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority (N00019-15-C-
0105). (Source: DoD, 04/09/15) Gulf Coast note: Groundbreaking for the Australia,
Canada, United Kingdom Reprogramming Lab (ACURL) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
will be this summer. Details

New service launched
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Silver Airways has launched new service between Pensacola
International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. The non-stop flights will
operate Monday through Friday. With the addition of the Jacksonville service,
Pensacola International Airport now offers non-stop service to 12 international hubs.
(Source: City of Pensacola, 04/09/15)

Tyndall hosts weekend air show
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – After a four-year absence, the Gulf Coast Salute Air
Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Tyndall Air Force Base. The last show was
in 2011, and was dropped because of budget issues. There will be air performances
by the Air Force Thunderbirds and the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, as well as
the Army Golden Knights jump team. There will also be static displays. The show is
free. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/07/15)

Flights to Love Field now daily
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Southwest Airlines, which in early March started offering
Saturday service between Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and
Dallas Love Field, is now offering daily flights to that destination. The more frequent
schedule began Wednesday. The airport is in West Bay, northwest of Panama City.
(Source: Panama City News Herald, 04/07/15)

NWF team head to Miami Beach
Northwest Florida will be represented at the upcoming MRO Americas 2015 event
taking place this year at the Miami Beach Convention Center April 14-16. The aviation
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) conference attracts airlines, manufacturers
and service providers who are involved in a range of MRO activities. Florida’s Great
Northwest is coordinating a regional marketing effort that includes Pensacola
International Airport, Okaloosa County Airports and Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport, along with the Pensacola Chamber’s Community Economic
Development Association; Santa Rosa County Economic Development, the Economic
Development Council of Okaloosa County, Bay County Economic Development and
PowerSouth. There will be close to 1,000 exhibitors at the three-day event. (Source:
Florida’s Great Northwest, 04/07/15)

SSC gives SpaceX’s Mars plans a boost
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- SSC plays a key role in a highly successful,
innovative commercial space company, testing parts of the powerful engine that will
one day boost the company’s massive Mars Colonial Transporter. (Source: GCRL
article, GCRL Newsletter, 04/07/15)

The mentor of Coast Guard aviation
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Coast Guard aviation center at Mobile Regional wears many hats,
and a full-motion simulator developed for the HC-144 Ocean Sentry has attracted a
good deal
of international attention. (Source: GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter, 04/07/15)

Keeping ’em flying still big business
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- It’s a far cry from the days when the Naval Aviation Depot had
thousands of workers, but aircraft maintenance continues to be a multimillion-dollar
business in the
Pensacola metropolitan area. (Source: GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter, 04/07/15)

Putting the fight in the F-35
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Eglin’s $300 million reprogramming lab provides the F-
35 with mission data to give it combat smarts, and now two more multimillion-dollar
labs will be built at the base to customize data for F-35 partner nations. (Source:
GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter, 04/07/15)

Contract: Crew, $9.2M
Crew MW LLC, Goldsboro, N.C., has been awarded a $9,200,000
indefinitedelivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Simplified Acquisition of Base
Engineering Requirements (SABER). Contractor will provide all plant, labor, materials
and equipment, and perform all operations in connection with SABER. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by April 6,
2016. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 10 offers received.
Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and evaluation and operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $6,005 are being obligated for task order 0001 at
the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting
activity (FA2823-15-D-4005). (Source: DoD, 04/07/15)

Contract: Airbus D&S, $9.4M
Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price
foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware,
and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an
estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one
received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,360,135 are being
obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0027). (Source: DoD, 04/03/15)

Okaloosa County park certified
The Okaloosa Industrial Air Park has become the first certified park in Okaloosa
County through Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites program. Florida First Sites was
created in 2013 to help communities prepare locations to attract new industries and
new jobs to the region. Fourteen sites were initially submitted from public and
private landowners. Of those 14 sites, six have been certified and four are still
working toward their certification. The Okaloosa County certified park is 134.7 acres
owned by the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners. It’s adjacent to Bob
Sikes Airport with an 8,005-foot runway. The previously certified sites include two
each in Santa Rosa and Bay counties and one in Jackson County. Four remaining
sites are working toward certification, two in Jackson County and one each in Santa
Rosa and Walton counties. (Source: Okaloosa County, Gulf Power, 04/02/15)

Airbus orders firmed up
ANA Holdings has firmed up an order for seven more A321 aircraft, following the
previous announcement in January this year. This firm order brings ANA’s total order
for the A320 family to 37 aircraft (26 A321neo, four A321ceo with sharklet, and seven
A320neo). (Source: Airbus, 04/02/15) In addition, CIY Group Inc. has placed a firm
order for five more A321ceo aircraft, in effect doubling its most recent commitment
for five A321 ceo aircraft signed at the 2014 Farnbourough International Airshow and
firmed up in November 2014. This latest agreement brings CIT’s total order for the
A320 Family to 205 aircraft, comprising 155 CEO and 50 NEO aircraft. (Source: Airbus,
04/02/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 family assembly line in Mobile,
Ala., that will open this year.

Contract: Ampex Data, $10M
Ampex Data Systems Corp., Redwood City, Calif., has been awarded a $9,991,101
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment of the current
Airborne Data Recorder fleet. Contractor will provide spare parts, technical support,
repair services, and upgrade support to the existing Airborne Data Recorder fleet.
Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete
by March 31, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year
2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $119,241 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin, is the contracting
activity (FA2487-15-D-0090). (Source: DoD, 04/01/15)


MARCH 2015

Contract: Avarint, $83.7M
Avarint LLC, Buffalo, N.Y., has been awarded an $83,740,389
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost
reimbursement contract for Virtual Integrated Electronic Warfare
Simulations (VIEWS) II. Contractor will provide an integrated, multi-
spectral, virtual battlespace environment suitable for the test and
evaluation of advanced sensor, fused system performance.
Continuous advancements in survivability technologies necessitate
improvements to ground and open-air test capabilities, with
particular focus on the areas of sensors and avionics architectures
that fuse information from multiple sources including the F-22 and F-
35. The electronic warfare test and evaluation infrastructure must
keep pace with advances in technology and new employment
concepts. Work will primarily be performed at Buffalo and at
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be complete by
March 26, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation, operations
and maintenance and procurement funds in the amount of $180,000
are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center,
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA9302-
15-D-0004). (Source: DoD, 03/31/15)

Logistics support contract awarded
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mobile-based Page & Jones Inc. has been awarded
the import clearance and export services contract with Airbus
related to its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile
Aeroplex. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately
available. Page & Jones is an international logistics company with
branch offices at 12 ports and airports in a six-state area. It offers U.
S. Customs clearance, export forwarding and ship agency services
between ports and airports worldwide. Airbus is building an A320
final assembly line that will open this year. Its first shipments of
major sections will arrive from Europe in June. (Source: al.com,
03/31/15)

Contract: HX5 LLC, $9.9M
HX5 LLC of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $9,875,000
contract for continuing research and development services.
Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with
an estimated completion date of March 29, 2017. One bid was
solicited with one received. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg,
Miss., is the contracting activity (W912HZ-15-D-0004). (Source: DoD,
03/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $6.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $6,808,493 modification to a previously awarded cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031) to provide interim
contractor sustainment services in support of the F-35 Lightening II
low rate initial production lot aircraft for the Air Force. Work will be
performed at Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Ariz., and is expected
to be completed in November 2015. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/30/15)

Contract: Lockheed Martin, $10.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been
awarded a $10,805,585 modification (P00599) to previously awarded
contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for the F-22 sustainment contract for the
Reliability and Maintainability Maturation Program (RAMMP).
Contractor will provide RAMMP solution identification for various
RAMMP projects. Work will be performed at Fort Worth and is
expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting
activity (FA8611-08-C-2897). Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are trained
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., which is also home to an operational
F-22 squadron.

Two die in helicopter crash
SAUCIER, Miss. -- Two people in a helicopter working a controlled
burn in the DeSoto National Forest have died after their helicopter
crashed Monday afternoon. A third person was airlifted by Life
Flight to a hospital. The accident occurred about 3 p.m. Eddie
Baggett, prescribed fire specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, said
the three on the helicopter were contract workers. The controlled
burn today involved 800 acres right at the Harrison and Stone
county lines. (Source: Sun Herald, 03/30/15)

Thousand turn out for airshow
BILOXI, Miss. -- About 155,000 people attended the air show at
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., over the weekend. The show
featured the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team. About
96,000 people attended Saturday and 59,000 were on hand Sunday.
About 140,000 people turned out in 2009 to see the Thunderbirds,
and 160,000 came to watch the Navy's Blue Angels in 2011. (Source:
Sun Herald 03/30/15)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $93.6M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $93,553,851
modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery,
requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0016) to exercise an option to
provide intermediate, depot level maintenance and related logistics
support for approximately 223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour
engines and MKII gas turbine starters. Work will be performed at the
Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Miss. (47 percent); NAS Kingsville,
Texas (46 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (6 percent); and NAS
Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in
March 2016. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will
be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/27/15)

Contract: Boeing, $28.5M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $28,460,408
modification (P00078) to exercise the option on contract FA8678-10-
C-0100 for purchase of QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) Lot 3.
This option is for the purchase of 25 QF-16 FSATs and 25 four-year
warranties of the QF-16 drone-peculiar equipment. Work will be
performed at Cecil Field, Florida, and is expected to be complete by
Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 procurement funds in the amount
of $28,460,408 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/27/15)

NASA awards purchase agreement
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA has selected IT Federal
Sales of Windham, N.H., to provide SAP software and maintenance
support services to all NASA centers and associated facilities with a
Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) estimated at $23.1 million. The
firm-fixed price BPA has a performance period of three years,
including a one year base period with two-year option periods. The
BPA is available for use by all NASA centers and associated
facilities through March 31, 2018. The SAP agreement is
administered by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at
Stennis Space Center. The NSSC performs selected business
activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 03/27/15)

Two metros among fastest growing
Two metro areas in the Gulf Coast I-10 aerospace region were
among the 20 fastest growing in the nation from 2013 to 2014,
according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau released
Thursday. Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Ala., with a growth of 2.4
percent, was ranked 14th fastest growing, while Panama City, Fla.,
with a growth of 2.2 percent, was ranked 19th. Other metro areas in
the region also grew: Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Fla.,
ranked 37, had a growth rate of 1.9 percent; Pensacola-Ferry Pass-
Brent, Fla., ranked 87, had a rate of 1.2 percent; Gulfport-Biloxi-
Pascagoula, Miss., ranked 124, had a growth rate of 1 percent; New
Orleans, ranked 142, had a growth rate of .8 percent; and Mobile,
Ala., ranked 267, had a rate of .1 percent. (Source: GCAC, 03/26/15)
Census Bureau release

Co-pilot intentionally crashed A320
Authorities say the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the French
Alps, killing 150 people, was intentionally flown into the mountain
by the co-pilot. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the pilot out of the
cockpit and refused to open the door despite frantic pounding. The
plane, on a flight between Barcelona, Spain, and Duesseldorf,
Germany, went into a sudden, steep descent that lasted eight
minutes before it crashed in rugged terrain some 65 miles north of
the French Riviera city of Nice. Germanwings is a low-cost
subsidiary of Lufthansa. (Sources: ABCNews, New York Times,
03/26/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus will open an A320 assembly line in
Mobile, Ala., this year.

Contract: Kaman, $58M
Kaman Precision Products Inc., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded
a $58,057,125 firm-fixed-price modification (P00028) to previously
awarded contract FA8681-13-C-0029 for Lot 12 production of Joint
Programmable Fuze systems. Contractor will provide an additional
quantity of 15,742 state-of-the-art fuze systems being produced
under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Orlando, Florida,
and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2017. Fiscal 2013, 2014
and 2015 ammunition procurement funds in in the amount of
$45,635,806 and fiscal 2015 overseas contingency operations funds
in the amount of $12,421,319 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/26/15)

Military ops up at airport
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- A spike in military aviation operations kept
activity at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport from
taking a dip in February. Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan
told the Airport Authority on Wednesday that there were 3,665
aircraft operations in February 2015 compared to 3,703 in 2014.
Airline operations were down 2.86 percent, general aviation
operations dropped 18.63 percent and military operations increased
58.75 percent. (Source: News Herald, 03/26/15)

NLRB OKs union Boeing S.C. vote
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Workers at the Boeing plant in North
Charleston will vote April 22 on union representation. The National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Tuesday approved an agreement
between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM) and Boeing that established the date, time, duration
and eligible voters for a union representation election among more
than 3,000 workers at Boeing's 787 plant in South Carolina. Voting
will take place at five separate locations on the Boeing campus.
(Source: IAM via BusinessWire, 03/24/15) Gulf Coast note: Boeing
rival Airbus will begin assembling A320 family jetliners in Mobile,
Ala., beginning this year; Boeing has non-commercial aviation
operations in
New Orleans and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Previous; related

Contract: Raytheon, $529M
Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a
$528,797,459 fixed-price incentive firm contract modification (P00004) to exercise the
option on previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will provide
Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Lot 29 production and other
AMRAAM system items. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be
complete by Jan. 31, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales. Fiscal year
2015 Air Force and Navy production funds in the amount of $294,661,588 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/24/15)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $15.1M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., has been awarded a $15,117,867 modification to
exercise and option (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA8509-14-C-0001. The
modification provides for contractor logistics services in support of the AC-130W
and AC-130J precision strike package. Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force
Base, N.M.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and various deployment locations, and is expected to
be complete by March 31, 2016. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance funds
in the amount of $15,117,867 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/24/15)

A320 crash in Alps claims 150
An A320 operated by the airline Germanwings with 144 passengers and a crew of six
crashed near Prads-Haute-Bleone in the French Alps with no survivors. Among the
dead were 16 school children. Authorities said the plane, on a flight between
Barcelona, Spain, and Duesseldorf, Germany, went into a sudden, steep descent
before crashing in rugged terrain. The crash site is between Digne and
Barcelonnette, 65 miles north of the French Riviera city of Nice. A black box has
been recovered. Germanwings is a low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa. Airbus
confirmed the plane is 24 years old and was first delivered to Lufthansa in 1991. It
was powered by CFM International engines. Routine maintenance was done by
Lufthansa on Monday. (Sources: USA Today, BBC News, Reuters, Airbus, 03/24/15)

Airbus delivers 9000th plane
Airbus has delivered its 9000th aircraft, an A321 for Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir. It
will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific
network.
Airbus delivered its first A300 in 1974. Its lineup today includes the popular A320
family and the world’s largest aircraft, the double deck A380. The 9000th delivery
comes less than two years after Airbus reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft-
delivered in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to
reach over 600 aircraft a year today. (Source: Airbus, 03/23/15) Gulf Coast note:
Airbus will open a new A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., later this year.

Australian pilot has first F-35A flight
Australia’s first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, took his first flight in
an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on March 17. He flew a U.S. Air Force F-
35A because Australian F-35A aircraft are currently located at Luke Air Force Base,
Ariz., in anticipation of the opening of a pilot training center there in mid-2015.
Jackson will continue his training program over the coming months. Australia’s first
F-35A flew in October 2014. (Source: Australian Defence Magazine, 03/23/15) Previous

Delta IV heavy gets solar mission
NASA last week selected United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy vehicle to launch
the Solar Probe Plus mission to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere. The mission is
scheduled to launch in July 2018 from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, Fla. The Delta IV Heavy vehicle features a center common booster
core along with two strap-on common booster cores, each powered by the RS-68
engine. An RL10 engine will power the second stage and a third stage will be
provided by Orbital ATK. The Delta IV Heavy also was used in December to launch the
Orion capsule in Exploration Flight Test 1. (Sources: multiple, including ULA, 03/18/15,
Spaceflight Insider, 03/20/15) Gulf Coast note: The Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 is
assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

SSC, MAF contract awarded
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA has awarded a $23.6 million, five-year
Laboratory Services Contract (LSC) to AAR, JV, known as A2R, from Huntsville, Ala.
A2R will be responsible for providing technical services for laboratory operations at
NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Laboratory operations for Stennis include, Measurement Standards and Calibration,
Gas and Material Science, Environmental, and Institutional Geographic Information
System Laboratories; and MAF operations include, Metrology and Test Services
Laboratories. (Source: NASA, 03/20/15)

Active recovery operations end
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Officials at Eglin Air Force Base will conclude active
recovery efforts Saturday related to the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter accident March
10. Eleven servicemen died when the helicopter went down during training over
Santa Rosa Sound, just east of Navarre, Fla. The Safety Investigation Board from the
Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Ala., has convened. Eglin will transfer
responsibility of the accident site to the investigation board Saturday. All recovered
human remains have been transferred to Dover AFB, Del. (Source: Eglin Air Force
Base, 03/19/15)

First production QF-16 here
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The first Air Force Lot 1 production QF-16 arrived at
Tyndall Air Force Base March 11. It’s the first of 13 deliveries to the 82nd Aerial
Targets Squadron. This is the first production QF-16 aircraft to be delivered off of
the Drone Peculiar Equipment production line. The QF-16 will replace the legacy QF-
4 as the next generation representative aerial target, with missions that encompass
manned combat training profiles and unmanned live-fire threat scenarios at Tyndall
and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 82nd ATRS is a geographically separated unit
of the 53rd Wing, headquartered at Eglin AFB. (Source: 96th Test Wing Public Affairs,
03/19/15) The first QF-16 for developmental testing arrived at Tyndall in November
2012. Background article

Contract: Raytheon, $91.6M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $91,562,375
modification (P00012) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8682-
14-C-0004 for Lot 8 of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile.
Contractor will provide 250 MALD-J missiles. Work will be performed at Tucson and is
expected to be complete by June 30, 2017. Fiscal year 2014 and 2015 procurement
funds in the amount of $91,562,375 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/18/15)

Airbus: Unions will target A320 FAL
Airbus already has developed a strategy to counter an internally expected move by
unions to organize the A320 final assembly line that will open this year in Mobile, Ala.
“I don’t think there’s any question that organised labour will want to try to approach
our employees there,” Alan McArtor, chairman and chief executive of the Airbus
Group, told Flightglobal in an interview. The Airbus business case for the Mobile
plant does not rely on whether workers decide to organize, McArtor said, but the
company will seek to avoid a union presence. “I think unions are unnecessary if you
have the right kind of rapport and communications and fair treatment of your
employees,” McArtor said. (Source: Flightglobal, 03/18/15)

Reaper makes history at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft fired a
Hellfire missile at a sea-going target for the first time in a maritime test at Eglin Air
Force Base. The test was during Eglin’s Weapons Systems Evaluation Program over
the Gulf of Mexico on March 16. The missile hit a boat that was being towed by
another remotely-controlled vessel. According to Lt. Col. Scott Logan, commander of
the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron, no other test range has the capacity to do this
type of maritime testing. Throughout the week, tests will be done on A-10s, F-16s, F-
15Es, MQ-9s, and some F-35s. Operations will continue through March 19. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News 03/17/15)

Tyndall hosts air show
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Tyndall Air Force Base will host the Gulf Coast
Salute 2015 air show and open house April 11-12. The show will feature the Air Force’
s Thunderbirds flying demonstration team and the Army’s Golden Knights parachute
team. Admission and parking for the show is free. Shuttle bus transportation is to be
provided from the parking area to the flight line. (Source: Gulf Coast Salute, 03/10/15)

Union seeks election in South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers today filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to
hold an election for more than 2,400 production employees at the Boeing plant here.
Both the union and Boeing issued press releases. The plant, which opened in late
2011, is one of two final assembly and delivery points for the 787. Boeing last month
opened a new propulsion plant in North Charleston and now employs about 7,500
people in South Carolina. (Source: IAM via BusinessWire, Boeing, 03/16/15) Gulf
Coast note: Boeing rival Airbus will begin assembly of A320 family jetliners in Mobile,
Ala., beginning this year.

ANG crash victims named
The Louisiana Army National Guard released the names of the four guardsmen killed
March 10 when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed into Santa Rosa Sound near
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., during training. The Guardsmen killed: Chief Warrant
Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr., 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother,
44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26. The four aircrew
members were part of the Guard’s 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion based at the
Hammond airport. The seven Marines were from Camp Lejeune and their identities
were released Friday. (Source: The Advocate, 03/16/15)

Fire Scout in Korean exercise
A Fire Scout and a Littoral Combat Ship are both making a showing for the first time
in an annual war game in South Korea. The "Key Resolve/Foal Eagle" exercises
began March 2 and will continue through April 24. The exercises involve thousands
of U.S. troops working alongside a massive mobilization of their South Korean
counterparts on land, at sea and in the air. They are among the largest and longest-
standing maneuvers conducted each year by the U.S. and its allies. According to AP,
the North has taken special umbrage this year at the participation of the USS Fort
Worth (LCS 3), one of two LCS designs intended to fight in areas closer to shore than
larger ships can enter and to counter attacks by swarms of smaller vessels, which is
believed to be one of the strong points of North Korea's far less sophisticated navy.
The Fort Worth deployed to South Korea and to northeast Asia for the first time to
participate in the maneuvers. In another first, it’s carrying the MQ-8B Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter. (Source: AP via U-T San Diego, 03/14/15) Gulf Coast note: Fire
Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.; Austal USA builds the second LCS
variant in Mobile, Ala.

Marine UH-60 fatalities identified
The Marines killed in the Tuesday crash of a UH-60 helicopter during a training
mission have been identified. All were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of
the Marine Corps Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They were
identified as: Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III, 31, Basking Ridge, N.J.; Master Sgt. Thomas
A. Saunders, 33, of Camp Lejeune; Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33, Queens, N.Y.; Staff Sgt.
Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Mich.; Staff Sgt. Kerry M. Kemp, 27, of Port
Washington, Wisc.; Staff Sgt. Andrew C. Seif of Holland, Michigan; and Staff Sgt.
Marcus S. Bawol, 27, of Warren, Mich. Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers also
died in the crash. Their names have yet been released. (Sources: multiple, 03/13/15)

Contract: UTC, $33.9M
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $33,928,095 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract (N00019-14-C-0026). This modification provides for retrofit modifications to
the production thrust recovery, lift systems, and controller systems for low rate
initial production VII F135/600 and F135/100 propulsion systems. Work will be
performed in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is expected to be completed in December
2016. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force); fiscal 2014
aircraft procurement (Navy/Marine Corps); and international partner funds in the
amount of $33,928,095 will be obligated at time of award, $19,920,721 of which will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the
U.S. Navy/Marine Corps (89.22 percent); the U.S. Air Force (24 percent); and the
international partners (10.54 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/13/15)

Contract: Airbus D&S, $$24M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $23,954,200
modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure
Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal
2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were
obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016.Work
will be performed at in Columbus, Miss. Army Contracting Command, Redstone
Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/13/15)

First F-35 built outside U.S. rolls out
CAMERI, Italy -- The first F-35 assembled outside the United States rolled off an
assembly line in Italy on Thursday. The fighter, an F-35A conventional takeoff and
landing variant designated AL-1, is being assembled at the final assembly and check
out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. The first of eight now in
production, AL-1 is due to fly for the first time later this year. Cameri will assemble 90
F-35s for Italy, as well as for the Netherlands. The facility is also being used to build
wing sets under contract to Lockheed Martin. The first wing section has been
completed and is due to be shipped to Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas, F-35
production line for final assembly. Owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense, Cameri
is operated by Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi and Lockheed Martin, with 750 staff
now based at the 101-acre facility, which includes 22 buildings and over a million
square feet of covered workspace. Last December, the site was chosen by the DoD
as Europe's F-35 airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade center, which
should guarantee work for Cameri after Italy's jets have been assembled. (Source:
Lockheed Martin, 03/12/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Training exercise slated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron will conduct flight
and boat operations in the Gulf of Mexico eight to 20 miles south of Destin and in
Choctawhatchee Bay March 16-19. The operations are part of the 53rd Wing's
weapon system evaluation program. Fighter aircraft will release munitions in the
morning between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. about eight to 20 nautical miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico. Around 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bay, about 30 boats will be used as visual
targets by fighter aircraft and helicopters flying mid to low level. The boats traveling
in formation will transverse between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge
and also eight to 20 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. No munitions will be
involved, but some boat operators will be dressed in various uniforms and costumes
and may carry rubber rifles painted in highly visible colors. Some boats will have
simulated, fake deck guns and rocket launcher tubes. The boats may use marine
flares as visual markers. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 03/13/15)

Helicopter recovery begins
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Resolve Marine Group out of Mobile, Ala., has been
contracted to complete the recovery of the UH-60 aircraft from the Santa Rosa
Sound. The helicopter went down Tuesday during a training mission in heavy fog.
Seven Marines and four Army crewmen died. The salvage barge was expected to be
on site at noon today. The operation is expected to take eight hours, weather
pending. An Army and Coast Guard dive team will also be on site to assist in the
recovery. Once the aircraft has been removed from the water, the recovery
operations are expected to be turned over to the Safety Investigation Board who is
already on site. That effort is being headed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness
Center out of Fort Rucker, Ala. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 03/13/15)

Army UH-60 found
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The UH-60 that crashed in Northwest Florida’s Santa
Rosa Sound has been found and the search and rescue is now a recovery effort.
Eleven servicemen, seven Marines and four Army were onboard. “At this point, we
are not hopeful of any survivors and therefore our efforts have shifted to recovery
operations," said Col. Monte Cannon, 96th Test Wing vice-commander. “Our
thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family members and the units where
our soldiers and Marines call home.” The names of the victims have not yet been
released. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 03/12/15)

Rucker team to lead crash probe
Personnel from the U.S. Army’s Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) at Fort Rucker,
Ala., will take lead of the investigation into the crash of a Louisiana Air National
Guard helicopter near Eglin Air Force Base on March 10. Fort Rucker is dispatching a
centralized accident investigation team to the scene of the accident, about 50 miles
east of Pensacola, according to Mike Negard, director of public affairs with the Army
readiness center. The team will consist of four investigators from Fort Rucker, one
from the Aviation Center's directorate of evaluation and standards, two from the
Navy and Marine Corps, and two from the National Guard. (Source: Dothan Eagle
03/11/15)

Contract: Atlas NA, $14M
Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $14,085,779 firm-
fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot
level repair, maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for
the AN/SLQ-60 Surface Mine Neutralization System (SMNS) to support the Navy for
the currently deployed mine countermeasures legacy systems. The SMNS provides
neutralization of shallow and deep-water mines located by the AN/AQS-24A Mine
Detecting Set, and/or other mine countermeasures assets. The system is used by
Navy ships and helicopters. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would
bring the cumulative value of this contract to $76,469,768. Work will be performed in
Panama City Beach, Fla. (60 percent); Bahrain (25 percent); Virginia Beach, Va. (10
percent); South Korea (2.5 percent); Japan (2.5 percent), and is expected to be
completed by March 2016. No funding is being obligated at time of award. No funds
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively
procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1 (a)
(2) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy
agency requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama
City, is the contracting activity (N61331-15-D-0012). (Source: DoD, 03/11/15)

Helicopter down near Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Seven Marines and four helicopter crew members are
missing after a UH-60 helicopter crashed during a routine night training exercise
near a secluded portion of the military-owned beach between Pensacola and Destin.
The Black Hawk from the Louisiana Army National Guard was reported missing
around 8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday. Search-and-rescue crews found debris around 2 a.m.
today at Eglin Range A-17, east of the Navarre Bridge. The Marines are assigned to a
Marine Special Operations Regiment from Camp Lajuene, N.C. A second helicopter
participating in the exercise returned. Both helicopters are assigned to the 1-244th
Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, La. (Source: GCAC, 03/11/15)

Turkish Airlines picks Trent 700
Turkish Airlines selected Rolls-Royce to supply Trent 700 engines and long-term
service support, worth $300 million, to power four Airbus A330 freighter aircraft. The
airline already operates 11 A330ceo passenger and five A330 freighter aircraft
powered by the Trent 700.
In the A330 freighter market, the Trent 700 now accounts for 90 per cent of aircraft in
service and on order. More than 1,500 Trent 700s are now in service or on firm
order, making it the largest in-service Trent engine. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 03/09/15)
Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests the Trent family of engines at its outdoor test
facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airbus could hike output again
Airbus could commit to a new hike in production of its A320 family of jetliners before
the end of the year, Reuters reports, but a final decision depends in large part on
the health of the supply chain. Sales chief John Leahy made the prediction days after
the European plane maker announced plans to raise production from 42 planes a
month now to 50 a month in 2017, almost matching a monthly rate of 52 targeted by
Boeing for the following year. (Source: Reuters, 03/09/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus this
year will open an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Global Hawk flight hour cost down
The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system has seen a significant
decrease in cost per flight hour coupled with a sharp increase in flight hours,
officials said. The Global Hawk program has brought the system's cost per flight hour
down to the point of being half the cost of the manned alternative. It also saw close
to a 40 percent increase in flight hours from 2013 to 2014. Global Hawk variants have
flown more than 140,000 flight hours in support of diverse surveillance missions.
(Source: Northrop Grumman, 03/04/15) Meanwhile, An RQ-4B Global Hawk, A2019,
embarked on a mission March 7 that sent the aircraft past the 10,000 flying-hour
milestone at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The aircraft has been
providing support to warfighters by relaying communications between people and
aircraft as well as enabling airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL). (Source: AFNS, 03/10/15) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work for all Global Hawk
variants is done in Moss Point, Miss.

F-16 radar urgently requested
The Air Force's F-16s used for homeland protection need radar upgrades urgently,
according to the commander of the First Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
These are upgrades the service put off due to funding restrictions. The First Air
Force, the numbered Air Force with sole responsibility of ensuring air superiority
and air sovereignty of the U.S., recently filed the urgent operational need request
with the Air Force Requirements Council for fiscal 2015 funding for its Aerospace
Control Alert mission, Air Force Times has learned. The request now being
considered, specifically for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Block 30 F-16s,
seeks the installation of the Northrop Grumman APG-83 SABR active electronically
scanned array radar. The radar was part of the combat avionics program extension
suite that the Air Force dropped from its fiscal 2015 and 2016 budget requests both
because of budget shortfalls. The First Air Force, part of the Air Combat Command,
has subordinate units throughout the United States. (Source: Air Force Times,
03/05/15)

Aviation career fair slated
MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama Aviation Center will hold its second Aviation Career Fair and
Open House March 13. It’s the center’s second career fair in five months. Ten
employers and recruiters from the Air National Guard and Air Force will be on hand.
The career fair is coordinated by the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development
Council and the aviation center of Enterprise State Community College. The Alabama
Aviation Center is at 1975 Avenue C at the Mobile Aeroplex. (Source: al.com, 03/05/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $8,225,563
modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-12-
C-0004) for the procurement and delivery of electronic components to support low-
rate initial production Lot VII F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy
and international partners. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to
be completed in March 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2013
aircraft procurement (Marine Corps and Navy) and international partner funds in the
amount of $8,225,563 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire this
fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (59.4 percent);
the U.S. Navy (18.7 percent); U.S. Marine Corps (12.5 percent); and international
partners (9.4 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/04/15)

Aero Sekur picks Pensacola
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Aero Sekur, specialist in helicopter lift-raft and flotation systems,
is relocating its U.S. subsidiary from Parsippany, N.J., to a Pensacola location that's
three times larger. The move provides the company with an 8,000 square-foot facility
for its administrative offices, maintenance repair and overhaul operations and spare
parts buildings. The site on Herman Street is west of Interstate 110 and north of
Town and Country Plaza. There was no indication of how many jobs will be involved.
Aero Sekur specializes in safety systems and advanced flexible structures for the
global aerospace and defense markets. Aero Sekur is headquartered in Italy.
(Sources: multiple, including Aero Sekur via AviationPros, 03/27/15, Rick's Blog,
Pensacola News Journal, Community Economic Development Association of
Pensacola and Escambia County, 03/04/15)

Contract: UTC, $7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a $7,067,175 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-
fee contract (N00019-14-C-0026) for retrofit modifications to the F-135 propulsion
system, including production thrust recovery and integrated power package
manifold. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is expected to be
completed in December 2016. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in
the amount of $3,568,757 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Air
Force (50 percent); the U.S. Navy (49 percent); and the international partners (1
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 03/03/15) Gulf Coast note: The F135 is used in the F-35. Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 Integrated Training Center.

Contract: Bell Helicopter, $8.4M
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,431,030
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0022) to
exercise an option for delivery of one Bell 407 Analog Helicopter, and preservation
and storage of seven aircraft in support of the endurance upgrade of the MQ-8C Fire
Scout. Work will be performed in Ozark, Ala., and is expected to be completed in
September 2015. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$8,431,030 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of
the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/03/15) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly is done
at Moss Point, Miss.

Passenger counts up
Three airports in Northwest Florida had increases in their passenger counts in
January 2015 compared to January 2014. The newly renamed Destin-Fort Walton
Beach Airport at Eglin Air Force Base had an 8.56 percent increase. Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City had a 5.83 percent increase
and Pensacola International Airport had an increase of 4.5 percent. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/02/15)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $8.8M
L-3 Communications, Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$8,819,740 modification for F-16 aircraft maintenance for Taiwan. Work will be
performed at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and is expected to be complete by Feb. 29,
2016. This contract involves foreign military sales. The 338th Specialized Contracting
Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity
(FA3002-09-C-0006). (Source: DoD, 03/02/15)

Two airlines set to begin service
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Agreements have been finalized with United Airlines and Silver
Airways to begin service at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in the
coming weeks. Starting Thursday, United Express will begin daily service to George
Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Silver Airways is set to kick off service to
Orlando and Tampa March 19. The airport is in West Bay, northwest of Panama City.
(Source: News Herald, 03/01/15)

Eglin demo leads to HIT
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The F-35 Joint Program Office has
asked Air Force Research Lab to start an initial low-rate production of a new hand-
held imaging tool (HIT) that will be able to check the surface of a plane to check its
health. The Air Force currently uses a 1,200-pound piece of equipment and needs
two operators and three hours. To find a more efficient system, the Air Force
Research Laboratory through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
contracted managed as an Advanced Technology Demonstration Program  
developed HIT, a portable, non-destructive method to inspect an aircraft. It consists
of a handheld unit weighing less than seven pounds and an 11-pound backpack that
can image 100 percent of an aircraft’s surface in 15 minutes. An on-crafter test and
demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in late 2014 led to the culmination of a
five-year research effort. (Source: Air Force Research Lab Materials and
Manufacturing Directorate, 03/01/15)


FEBRUARY 2015

Contract: Northrop, $63.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $63,700,156
advance acquisition contract for the procurement of long-lead components, material,
parts and associated efforts required to maintain the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned
Aircraft System planned production schedule. Work will be performed in Salt Lake
City, Utah; Baltimore, Md.; Red Oak, Texas; Bridgeport, W.V.; Palmdale, Calif.;
Indianapolis, Ind.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Montreal Quebec, Canada; Vandalia, Ohio; and
various locations in and outside the continental United States. Work is expected to
be completed in February 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 02/26/15) Gulf Coast
note: Fuselage work on the Triton is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: PRIDE, $14M
PRIDE Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded a $14,058,910 modification (P00024)
to contract W9124G-13-C-0002 for Department of Public Works-Base Operations, Ft.
Rucker, Ala. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of
$4,353,504 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Feb.
28, 2016. Army Contracting Command, Ft. Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 02/26/15)

Community shows support
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- More than 1,600 people turned out to show an Army team their
support for the aviation base in light of planned reorganizations. Before it makes a
decision on how to implement cuts, the Army is sending teams to 30 installations. In a
worse-case scenario, Fort Rucker could lose nearly 2,500 military and civilian
personnel and take $600 million in budget reductions that may reduce from 900 to
600 the number of aviators trained at Rucker. The Army expects to have its final
recommendation completed by summer. (Source: Army Flier, 02/25/15)

Ski-jump next for F-35
The F-35 will start "ski-jump testing" at a Maryland air base this week. Two UK pilots
will test the ability of the new warplane to take off from upward-sloping ski-jump
ramps used on aircraft carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps
launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed. Meanwhile,
another F-35 is also finishing six months of tests at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It's a key milestone before the Marine Corps declares
the jet ready for initial combat use in July. At McKinley, the jet has been subjected to
temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 120 F. The F-35
climate testing has been closely watched by the U.S. military and nine other
countries that have placed orders: Britain, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Norway, Japan,
South Korea, the Netherlands and Israel. (Source: Reuters, 02/24/15) Previous

Contract: Multiple, $800M
AMEC Environmental & Infrastructure Inc., Blue Bell, Pa. (N39430-15-D-1629); Bristol
Engineering Services Corp., Anchorage, Alaska (N39430-15-D-1630); Cape-Burns &
McDonnell JV, Kansas City, Mo. (N39430-15-D-1631); CB&I Federal Services, Baton
Rouge, La. (N39430-15-D-1632); Dawson-Pond Joint Venture LLC, San Antonio, Texas
(N39430-15-D-1633); Gilbane Federal, Walnut Creek, Calif. (N39430-15-D-1634);
Truston Technologies Inc., Annapolis, Md. (N39430-15-D-1635); and Weston Solutions
Inc., West Chester, Pa. (N39430-15-D-1636), are each being awarded an indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity global petroleum, oil and lubricant multiple award
construction contract to provide sustainment, restoration and modernization and
clean, inspect and repair for petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) systems at various
locations worldwide. The maximum dollar value including the base period and four
option years for all eight contracts combined is $800,000,000. These eight
contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the
awarded contract. AMEC Environmental & Infrastructure Inc. is being awarded task
order 0001 at $3,107,222 for the cleaning, inspecting and repair of POL facilities at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to be
completed by December 2017. All work on this contract will be performed worldwide,
dependent upon needs of the Navy and direction of the Defense Logistics Agency.
Based on current trends, work will be distributed to the Far East (35 percent),
Continental United States (CONUS) (35 percent), Hawaii (15 percent), Europe (10
percent) and Marianas (5 percent). For the CONUS estimate the 35 percent is
estimated to be distributed to California (10.5 percent), Virginia (10.5 percent),
Florida (5.25 percent), Washington (5.25 percent), Texas (1.75 percent), Georgia (0.35
percent), Louisiana (0.35 percent), Maryland (0.35 percent), Nevada (0.35 percent)
and North Carolina (0.35 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60
months, with an expected completion date of February 2020. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/25/15)

SSC won’t test AJ-26 replacement
Orbital Sciences does not plan to do acceptance tests of the RD-181 engines at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. That's according to a story in Aviation Week about the
engines Orbital Sciences chose to replace the Russian-built NK-33 engines. Those
engines, modified by Aerojet as the AJ-26, had been tested at SSC before being used
to power Orbital's Antares rocket on resupply missions to the International Space
Station. The switch to Russian-built RD-181s followed the October 2014 failure of an
Antares launch vehicle seconds after lifting off from Wallops Island, Va. The first
shipment of the engines to Orbital ATK will be this summer. (Source: Aviation Week,
02/24/15)

Bell 505 has successful flight
Fort Worth, Texas -- Bell Helicopter said today that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s
second flight test vehicle has successfully achieved its first flight. The Bell 505’s
flight test vehicle one completed its first flight in November of last year. Bell
Helicopter unveiled the Jet Ranger X at HELI-Expo 2014 in February and has already
received more than 300 letters of intent for the new model. Bell Helicopter is a
Textron company. (Source: Bell Helicopter, 02/25/15)
Gulf Coast note: Bell in August 2014 broke ground on an 82,300 square-foot
helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette, La., about 135 miles west of New Orleans, that
will assemble Bell 505 Short Light Single helicopters. Previous

Airbus mulls output hike
Airbus is talking to suppliers about the possibility of raising production of the A320
family of aircraft to 50 a month as early as 2017. That’s what a senior industry source
told Reuters on Tuesday. Airbus has asked suppliers to be ready to adjust to
production of 48 aircraft a month during 2016, rising to 50 a month in 2017. The
increase would stretch an existing target that calls for 46 of the single-aisle jets a
month by the second quarter of 2016, up from a current rate of 42. A spokesman
declined to comment ahead of Airbus Group’s annual results due to be released on
Friday. (Source: Reuters, 02/24/15) Gulf Coast note: The Airbus A320 FAL in Mobile is
scheduled to open this year. The first major shipment of sections from Europe will
arrive in June.

Rolls-Royce NA getting new leader
Marion Blakey is leaving the Aerospace Industries Association to become the CEO
and president of Rolls-Royce North America, both organizations announced Tuesday.
She's replacing James Guyette, who retires from Rolls-Royce May 31. Blakey, an
Alabama native, has been with AIA, an industry organization, for eight years. Rolls-
Royce North America has more than 8,000 workers in 26 U.S. states, six Canadian
provinces and three Mexican states. Major operations are at NASA’s Stennis Space
Center, Miss., where it has an outdoor engine testing facility; Indianapolis; Prince
George County, Va.; Walpole, Mass.; Oakland, Calif.; and Montreal. (Source: multiple,
including Aviation Week, Rolls-Royce, Aerospace Industries Association, 02/24/15)

Contract: Airbus D&S, $28.3M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $28,320,933
modification (P00883) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for contractor logistic support
for 2015, which entails flying hours for various contract line item numbers within and
outside of the continental United States, mission equipment packages and direct
labor support. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of
$28,320,933 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is
Dec. 31, 2015. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss. Army Contracting
Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/24/15)

Airport concessions open
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- After extensive renovations, the main post-security food and
beverage concessions area at Pensacola International Airport has reopened.
Einstein Bros. Bagels, Freshens, and the Pensacola Beach House bar and restaurant
began serving customers Tuesday morning. Construction also is progressing on the
planned post-security Chick-Fil-A, which is expected to open within 90 days. The city’
s contract with OHM Concessions Group is expected to generate more than $1
million in additional revenue for Pensacola International Airport. (Source: City of
Pensacola, 02/24/15)

County seeks money for air park
MILTON, Fla. -- The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners hosted a legislative
delegation tour Monday as part of a funding request to develop Whiting Aviation
Park. The commission is requesting some $4.9 million for two years in special
legislative appropriations for phase one and partial phase two construction of the
park. With 269 acres available, Whiting Aviation Park would offer access to 6,000 feet
of Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s runway through the first of its kind limited use
agreement between the U.S. Navy and the county. With runway access, monitored
airspace, VFR flight conditions over 300 days each year, and with the six county area
having the highest concentration of military retirees in the U.S. creating an available
workforce, the future of Whiting Aviation Park offers a unique opportunity for
aviation related companies in Santa Rosa County. (Source: Santa Rosa County,
02/23/15)

Israel to buy more F-35 jets
Israel has signed a contract to buy 14 additional F-35 fighter jets from the United
States for about $3 billion, the defense ministry said on Sunday. The deal follows
Israel's purchase in 2010 of 19 of the Lockheed Martin-built fighters. The ministry
said an agreement to buy the 14 additional aircraft was signed over the weekend and
included an option for another 17 of the planes. Israel's first two F-35s will arrive by
the end of 2016. (Source: multiple, including Reuters, AFP via DefenseNews,
02/22/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

EDC gets grant for drone center
FORT WALTON BEACH — The Okaloosa County Economic Development Council has
been awarded a state grant that will partially be used to fund further study of the
proposed unmanned vehicle test center. The EDC has partnered with the University
of Florida for the past five years to develop the Autonomous Vehicle Center test
facility south of the college’s Research and Engineering Education Facility just
outside Eglin Air Force Base. The EDC was recently awarded a $285,000 Florida
Defense Support Taskforce grant, which will used to help fund three major initiatives
the EDC is undertaking, including the Advanced Energy Technology Center. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/23/15)

Contract: Airport authority, $13.4M
South Alabama Regional Airport Authority, Andalusia, Ala., has been awarded a
maximum $13,358,124 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for jet
fuel. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a four-year contract.
Location of performance is Alabama, with a March 31, 2019 performance completion
date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal
civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital
funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir,
Va. (SP0600-15-D-0007). (Source: DoD, 02/23/15)

AF nominates new AFMC commander
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force officials announced the
President’s nomination of Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowsi to the rank of general with
assignment as the commander of Air Force Materiel Command. Officials also
announced the retirement of current AFMC Commander Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger.
No date was announced for the retirement and change of command. Pawlikowski is
currently the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for
Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. (Source: Air Force Materiel
Command, 02/19/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is an AFMC base.

Software won’t stop F-35
Lockheed Martin may need to update its F-35 software after issues arose during
testing, but it should not delay Marines Corps plans to declare its variant ready for
combat use in July. That's according to company executive Orlando Carvalho. The
executive vice president of Lockheed-Aeronautics said there had been some issues
that came up during radar tracking tests in the jet's mission systems software, but
that they were manageable. He did not view the software challenge as a
showstopper for the Marines. The F-35 has been dogged by software issues, but
most of the problems have been worked out. (Source: Reuters 02/18/15) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and
the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory.

Ship laser weapons move forward
Boeing been awarded a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control
system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy
warships. Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control
Subsystem (HP BCSS) that’s compatible with High Energy Lasers (HEL) based on
solid-state laser (SSL) technology. Boeing’s solution will be compatible with systems
other companies are designing for the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Solid State
Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program. The resulting beam control system
will focus and hold a laser on a moving aim point long enough to disable the target.
Doing that with a ship-based laser is particularly challenging, given the maritime
environment and constant movement of an at-sea vessel. The Boeing beam control
system capitalizes on the company’s work with the U.S. Army’s High Energy Laser
Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD). In demonstrations at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida
in 2014, in which Navy program team members participated, HEL MD acquired,
tracked and destroyed targets in windy and foggy conditions. (Source: Boeing,
02/17/15)

Airport changing name
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – The Okaloosa County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday
night to change the name of Northwest Florida Regional Airport to Destin-Ft. Walton
Beach Airport. Much of the discussion centered on the pros and cons of using
“international” in the new name rather than “regional.” as part of the moniker.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/17/15)

Jackson County site certified
MARIANNA, Fla. -- Marianna Airport Commerce Park has become the first certified
site in Jackson County through Gulf Power’s Florida First Sites program. Florida First
Sites program was created in 2013 to help communities prepare locations to attract
new industries and new jobs to the region. Fourteen sites were initially submitted
from public and private landowners. Of those 14 sites, five have been certified and
five are still working toward their certification. The 237-acre Jackson County
industrial site is owned by the City of Marianna and adjacent to the Marianna
Municipal Airport. The airport has two 5,000-foot runways and features 214
developable, contiguous acres. (Source: Gulf Power, 02/17/15)

Army aviation targets future
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Army Aviation leaders gathered for the annual Aviation Senior
Leaders Forum at Fort Rucker to chart its future course. About 150 senior leaders
attended the Feb. 3-6 event. Key aviation topics include manned-unmanned teaming,
modernization strategy, training and leader development, lessons learned from
recently deployed combat aviation brigades, combined arms air-ground maneuver
and enlisted training. Fort Rucker is the home to Army Aviation training. (Fort Rucker
02/13/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $39.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $39,608,596
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for
procurement of electronic components in support of F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air
Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, International Partners and the governments of
Israel and Japan. These components are in support of production, sustainment and
operations and maintenance requirements resulting from diminishing manufacturing
sources. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be
completed in September 2015. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement, Navy and Air Force,
international partner and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $28,894,731
are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (43
percent), the U.S. Marine Corps (15 percent), U.S. Navy (9.4 percent), international
partners (26.5 percent) and the governments of Israel (3.1 percent) and Japan (3
percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 02/13/15)

NASA awards company for barge work
MORGAN CITY, La. -- Conrad Industries Inc. has received the NASA Space Flight
Awareness Supplier Award based on its work with the conversion of the NASA
Pegasus barge. This annual award honors outstanding performance by hardware,
software, or service suppliers who support NASA human space flight programs.
Awardees are chosen based on their production of high-quality products, excellent
technical and cost performance, and adherence to schedules. The barge, long used
to transport shuttle external tanks for the Space Shuttle program, has been
lengthened from 260 to 310 feet to accommodate components for the Space Launch
System program. (Source: PRNewswire, 02/12/15) Previous

Eglin reaches out to industry
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Military airborne weapons experts are reaching out to
the defense industry for help in developing an affordable guidance system for a
future air-to-air munition. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate
at Eglin released a solicitation for the Miniature Self Defense Munition Seeker
Conceptual Design project. The initiative seeks to develop a conceptual design for
the optics and algorithms of an affordable seeker front end for a defensive air-to-air
weapon. Researchers tentatively plan to award two separate six-month contracts in
April. For details, visit the solicitation at FedBizOpps. (Sources: Military and
Aerospace Electronics, 02/12/15; FedBizOpps, 02/04/15)

Navy helo mishap near Pace, Fla.
MILTON, Fla. -- A Training Air Wing 5 helicopter from Naval Air Station Whiting Field,
Fla., made a hard landing about 5:10 p.m. today at Spencer Navy Outlying Landing
Field in Pace. Initial reports indicate the helicopter rolled onto its right side while
landing. The two pilots exited the helicopter on their own. Both were transported to
Santa Rosa Medical Center for evaluation. The incident is still being investigated,
according to the release. (Source: NAS Whiting Field public affairs 02/12/15)

U.S. a hotspot for aerospace
SEATTLE -- The aerospace industry is shifting more manufacturing to the United
States after a decade in which production jobs went to China and other emerging
economies. That’s according to a new study by ICF International. It analyzed more
than 2,000 investment transactions made since 2000 and found 28 manufacturing
investments in the United States from 2012 to 2013, compared with eight each in
China and Mexico, and four in Brazil. A decade earlier, Mexico led the pack with 10
investments. The study was mentioned at the annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace
Alliance conference this week. This year, for the first time, a northwest Florida
economic development group is the primary sponsor of the conference. Jennifer
Conoley, economic development representative for Gulf Power, said the $15,000
sponsorship by Florida’s Great Northwest economic development group was a great
way to get in front of the audience. (Source: Reuters, 02/11/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $16.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $16,492,000 undefinitized delivery order against a previously issued Basic
Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the procurement and installation of
vehicle management computer retrofit modification kits into designated aircraft that
are critical to meeting F-35 requirements. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas (45 percent); Ogden, Utah (20 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (20 percent); Yuma,
Ariz. (5 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (5 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2016. Fiscal 2013 and
2015 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force), fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds (Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) and
International Partner funds in the amount of $8,246,000 are being obligated on this
award, $4,051,934 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
02/12/15)

Contract: OASIS, $23.7M
OASIS System LLC, Lexington, Mass., has been awarded a $23,748,310 indefinite-
delivery/ indefinite quantity modification (P00025) to exercise the option on
previously awarded contract FA9200-10-D-0173. Contractor will provide additional
diverse non-engineering, technical and acquisition management support services
already being provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2015. This contract
involves foreign military sales. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/15)

Contract: COLSA, $23.8M
COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $23,748,310 modification (P00023)
to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA9200-10-D-0166. Contractor
will provide additional diverse non-engineering, technical and acquisition
management support services already being provided under the basic contract.
Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by July 31, 2015. This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force
Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/15)

Contract: Airbus, $220.6M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $220,564,993
modification (P00882) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure forty-one 72A Lakota
Helicopters to include forty-one Airborne Radio Communications 231 Radios. Fiscal
2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $220,564,993 were obligated at the
time of the award. Estimated completion date is July 31, 2017. Work will be performed
Columbus, Miss. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/15)

Asiana plans to buy 25 A321s
South Korea’s Asiana Airlines signed a Letter of Intent with Airbus for the purchase
of 25 A321neo single aisle aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernization program.
Seating 180 passengers in a two class layout, the new aircraft will be operated on the
carrier’s regional services, as well as on selected domestic routes. Asiana will make
a decision on its engine of choice for the aircraft at a later date. (Source: Airbus,
02/11/15) Gulf Coast note: The A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will open this year.
Its first aircraft to be delivered in 2016 will be an A321ceo.

Contract: UT, $9.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
being awarded a $9,365,128 modification to the previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee contract, N00019-13-C-0016. This modification is for common recurring
sustainment and annualized and non-annualized common depot activation services
in support of Low Rate Initial Production Lot VIII F135 propulsion systems. Work will
be performed in Hartford and is expected to be completed in April 2017. Fiscal 2013
aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) funds and international
partner funds in the amount of $9,365,128 will be obligated at time of award, all of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines
purchase for the U.S. Air Force (49 percent); the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps (42
percent); and the international partners (9 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $14,488,097
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-
3002) to incorporate Block 3i requirements into the F-35 United States
Reprogramming Laboratory, including software upgrade, hardware refresh, end-to-
end demonstration and certification and accreditation. Work will be performed at
Fort Worth, Texas (88 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (12 percent), and is expected to be
completed in June 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation
(Navy) funds in the amount of $8,806,815 are being obligated on this award, none of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/10/15)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center and the F-35 U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory.

Eglin space satellite launch
The Pentagon’s research agency plans its first in-air test to launch satellites from the
underside of an F-15 fighter jet from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., later this year. The
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to begin the initial flight-
test phase of its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) in a series of
12 orbital flights that would start in early 2016. The first three orbital launches are
engineering checkout payloads, said Bradford Tousley, director of DARPA’s Tactical
Technology Office. Under the ALASA military space project, once the F-15 gets to a
designated altitude, the rocket releases over the Atlantic Ocean and ignites,
carrying its payload into orbit. ALASA’s goal is to make launching small payloads less
expensive and more efficient. (Source: Space.com 02/10/15)

Mobile poised for historic cargo
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first American-built Airbus, an A321 for JetBlue, won’t roll out
until 2016, but the gears are in motion to bring the European-built sections to
Mobile, marking the start of a new era in U.S. aviation history. Feature story. (Source:
GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter, 02/10/15)

Avalex innovating in key security field
GULF BREEZE, Fla. -- Avalex Technologies is a player in the high-growth surveillance
sector, and while most of its customers are in the United States, international sales
are picking up. Is a tech park with Avalex as the anchor in the future? Feature story.
(Source: GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter, 02/10/15)

At 57, company still on the cutting edge
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- It's a grand-daddy of Okaloosa County's defense
contractors, born the same year the Russians launched Sputnik, a time when
computers took up entire rooms. Fast forward. Space flight is routine, powerful
computers fit in your hand and grand-dad is still around, working on cutting edge
electronics for the F-35. Feature story. (Source: GCRL article, GCRL Newsletter,
02/10/15)

Putting their money where their mouth is
ANDALUSIA, Ala. -- Rural South Alabama’s efforts to lure aerospace operations pre-
dates Airbus’ decision to set up an assembly line in Mobile, but those plans and a
willingness to spend money kicked it in high gear. Feature story. (Source: GCRL
article, GCRL Newsletter, 02/10/15)

Duke adding C-146A
DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- Duke Field’s 5th Special Operations Squadron has added another
airframe to its list of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) aircraft to train
aircrews. The reserve squadron began C-146A Wolfhound formal training unit flights
in December at Cannon AFB, N.M. To date the squadron has trained six pilots and
four loadmasters. The aircraft will be a new addition to Duke Field in 2015, said 919th
SOS commander Col. Jim Phillips. The 49th SOS, a reserve operational squadron, is
scheduled to stand up at Duke Field in the fall and concentrate exclusively with the
C-146. (Source: 919th Special Operations Wing, 02/09/15)

Avianca wants 100 A320neos
Avianca Holdings S.A. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for
100 A320neo family aircraft. Avianca, headquartered in Bogota, Colombia will base its
fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo family, according to Airbus. To date, the
A320neo program has 245 firm orders from seven customers in Latin America:
Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LAN, TAM, VivaAerobus and Volaris. (Source: Airbus, 02/05/15)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus will open an A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., later this
year. Other A320 FALs are in Germany, France and China.

Contract: Lockheed, $36.8M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$36,819,781 modification (P00082) to previously awarded contract FA8810-08-C-0002
for Space Based Infra-Red Systems (SBIRS) follow-on production. The contract is
being modified to change the initial launch capability dates for SBIRS
Geosynchronous Earth Orbit 3-4 space vehicles in order to support new launch
manifest dates and also procure storage for the GEO-3 space vehicle. Work will be
performed at Sunnyvale and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2018. Fiscal year
2015 missile procurement funds in the amount of $25,504,071 are being obligated at
the time of award. Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,
Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/05/15) Gulf Coast note: SBIRS is an
A2100 satellite-based spacecraft. Work on the A2100 core's propulsion system, which
positions the spacecraft in orbit, is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $35.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $35,600,000
cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering
Agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) to complete a Joint Strike Missile (JSM) risk
reduction and integration study of the F-35 Air System for the Government of
Norway. The objectives of the study are to further mature JSM weapon design and to
ensure compatibility of the weapon with the F-35. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (50 percent) and Kongsberg, Norway (50 percent), and is expected to
be completed in March 2018. International partner funds in the amount of $10,000,000
are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/05/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center.

Pegasus being supersized
The Pegasus barge, originally designed to transport Space Shuttle external tanks
from New Orleans to Florida, is well on its way to being supersized. Its new role will
be to transport the huge Space Launch System stages. The upgraded Pegasus is set
to transport the first major SLS hardware from New Orleans to NASA's Stennis Space
Center, Miss., for testing as early as next year. The barge's final role in shuttle
program was when it shipped Space Shuttle Main Engine ground support equipment
to Stennis from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The barge was mothballed at
Stennis in 2011, and is now being modified by Conrad Shipyard LLC in Amelia, La.
(Source: NASA Spaceflight.com, 02/04/15)

Airport eyes security improvements
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The city is considering beefing up security at Pensacola
International Airport with a high-tech electronic system that will cost $533,000 to
install. That system will use cameras and motion detection software to stop people
from entering the concourse area through the exit lane, which could allow
passengers to bypass security. A visible or audible warning will alert airport
personnel and automatically close doors to prevent access to the concourse area if
someone enters the area through the exit lane. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
02/04/15)

Contract: Northrop, $16.6M
Northrop Grumman, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $16,552,553 delivery order to
previously awarded contract (N61331-10-D-0009) for the procurement of field
upgradeable kits and fleet support for conversion of the AN/AQS-24A mine detecting
sensor systems to the AN/AQS-24B configuration in support of the Airborne Mine
Countermeasure Systems Program. Work will be performed in Annapolis and is
expected to be completed by July 2016. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama
City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/04/15)

Military operations set for bay, Gulf
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron will conduct flight
and boat operations Feb. 9-12 in the Gulf of Mexico some eight to 20 miles south of
Destin and in Choctawhatchee Bay. The operations are part of the 53rd Wing's
Weapon System Evaluation Program. Fighter aircraft will release munitions in the
morning between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Gulf of Mexico within a cordoned, cleared
surface range safety corridor. In the afternoon, around 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
approximately 30 boats will be used as visual targets by fighter aircraft and
helicopters flying mid to low level altitudes. No weapons or ammunition will be
involved in the flights in the Choctawhatchee Bay. Some boat operators will be
dressed in various military uniforms and white costumes. They may carry rubber
rifles, painted in highly visible colors. Some boats will have simulated, fake deck
guns and rocket launcher tubes. The boats may use marine flares as visual markers.
Notices to mariners will be issued prior to the missions and flyers will be handed out
at the local marina. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 02/04/15)

Work to begin on drones for Korea
Northrop Grumman will begin production of four RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned
aircraft systems for the Republic of Korea's air force. The systems will provide wide-
area intelligence gathering capabilities to military commanders. Under a contract
awarded Dec. 16, the company will work with the U.S. Air Force to deliver the systems
starting in 2018. The contract is for four aircraft, two ground stations and supporting
equipment. It's the first time Global Hawk has been sold to an allied nation in the Asia-
Pacific region under the Foreign Military Sales process. (Source: Northrop Grumman
via Globe Newswire, 02/02/15) Gulf Coast note: Central fuselage work on Global
Hawks is done in Moss Point, Miss.


JANUARY 2015

F-35B gets extreme weather tests
For the past four months a Marine Corps short take off vertical
landing variant of the F-35 has undergone extreme weather testing
at McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-
35B is from the Patuxent River Integrated Test Force in Maryland,
and the tests are being done by the 96th Test Wing. The testing is
designed to validate the capability of the plane to operate in
weather conditions anywhere in the world. With 13 countries
currently involved with the program, the F-35 must be tested in
meteorological conditions representative of those locations from
which it will operate, ranging from the heat of the Outback of
Australia to the cold of the Arctic Circle above Canada and Norway.
The F-35B arrived at Eglin in September and is expected to remain
at there until March in a six-month assessment. The laboratory
supports all-weather testing of weapon systems to ensure they
function regardless of climatic conditions. (Source: multiple,
including The Aviationist, Intelligent Aerospace, NAS Patuxent
River, 01/29/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $10M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $10,000,000 ceiling priced modification to a previously
awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002) to
redesign, test and certify the F-35 Ground Based Data Security
Assembly Receptacle. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas
(51 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (49 percent), and is expected to be
completed in April 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test
and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $4,900,000 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/30/15)

SEALS use Choctaw
MILTON, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field personnel from Navy
Outlying Field Choctaw host¬ed a short-notice Naval Special
Warfare Group training exercise Jan. 23 when weather conditions
left the East Coast SEAL team without a drop zone. After
coordination with the NAS Whiting Field Air Opera¬tions, NOLF
Choctaw, used primarily for naval aviation training, was transformed
for four multiple air drops from a Dobbins, Ga., Air Reserve Base C-
130 that circled the field at about 10,000 feet. Choctaw air ops were
halted for the four-hour training evolution. NOLF Choctaw is near
Navarre, Fla., one of 13 outlying fields assigned to Whiting. (Source:
Whiting Field, 01/28/15)

Airport now intergalactic, sort of
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Pensacola International Airport on Thursday
unveiled a campaign designed to welcome sci-fi convention
participants to town next month. The airport has put up signs that
call the facility "Pensacola Intergalactic Airport" in advance of the
Feb. 27 to March 1 Pensacon 2015. The welcoming campaign, which
will last until March 3, was done in partnership with Pensacon.
There are also banners with pop culture icons and gates that have
been renamed "stargates." The convention includes fans of
multiple comic genres, including anime, sci-fi, fantasy and more. It's
the second year for the convention, which drew 17,000 last year.
(Source: GCAC, 01/29/15)

Contract: L-3, $52M
L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$52,081,320 modification (P00144) to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 to
acquire maintenance/modifications for the Army's fleet of C-12/RC-
12/UC-35 fixed wing aircraft. Fiscal 2015 operations and
maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $52,081,320 were
obligated at the time of the award. The estimated completion date is
July 31, 2015. The work will be performed in Madison. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 01/29/15)

Contract: Multiple, $486M
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va. (FA8730-15-D-0001), L-3 National Security
Solutions Inc., Reston, (FA8730-15-D-0002), Northrop Grumman
Systems Corp., Herndon, Va. (FA8730-15-D-0003), and Xator Corp.,
Destin, Fla. (FA8730-15-D-0005), have each been awarded an
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for force protection
site security systems. The total not-to-exceed combined amount for
these multiple contracts is $486,000,000. The contractors will
worldwide acquisition, upgrade and sustainment of a family of
Integrated Base Defense Security Systems. The location of
performance will be determined in each delivery and all are
expected to be complete by Jan. 28, 2022. Fiscal year 2015
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,000 are
being obligated to each company at the time of award. Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/29/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $10,581,620 modification to the previously awarded cost-
plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-11-C-0083) in support of the F-35
Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VI for the government of Italy.
This modification provides for the F-35 Italian National Database,
including a Database Generation System to support delivery of the
first Italian full mission simulator. Work will be performed in Turin,
Italy (80 percent) and Orlando, Fla. (20 percent), and is expected to
be completed in April 2017. International Partner funds in the
amount of $10,581,620 will be obligated at time of award, none of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/29/15) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Thunderbirds to fly at Biloxi show
BILOXI, Miss. -- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at an
air show at Keesler Air Force Base March 28-29. It will be Keesler’s
first air show and open house in four years. The Thunderbirds last
performed their precision aerial maneuvers at Keesler in 2009, and
the Navy’s Pensacola, Fla.-based Blue Angels performed at Keesler
in 2011. This year's air show also features the U.S. Army Golden
Knights parachute team and is expected to draw between 180,000
and 200,000 spectators. (Source: Sun Herald, 01/27/15)

Contract: Crane, $9.8M
Crane Electronics Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been
awarded a maximum $9,766,566 firm-fixed-price contract for high
voltage power supplies. This contract was a sole-source acquisition.
This contract has a five-year base with no option periods. The
location of performance is Florida, with a Jan. 28, 2020 performance
completion date. The using military service is Air Force. The type of
appropriation is fiscal year 2015 Air Force working capital funds. The
contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation,
Warner Robbins Air Force Base, Warner Robbins, Georgia (SPRWA1-
15-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 01/28/15)

Contract: Airbus, $25M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a
$24,989,250 modification (P00876) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to
procure program year 10 contractor logistic support for the UH-72A
Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army)
funds in the amount of $24,989,250 were obligated at the time of the
award. The estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015. The work
will be performed in Columbus, Miss. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/28/15)

Orbital, ATK merger OKd
DULLES, Va.--Orbital Sciences Corp. today announced stockholders
voted to approve the proposed merger with the Aerospace and
Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc. About 99 percent of the
votes cast at a special meeting voted in favor, representing some
85 percent of the total of outstanding shares of Orbital common
stock. Subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining
conditions to closing, the merger is expected to close on Monday,
February 9, 2015. At closing of the merger, ATK will be renamed
Orbital ATK Inc. (Source: Business Wire, 01/27/15) Gulf Coast note:
Orbital Sciences tests rocket engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: PAE, $31M
PAE Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been
awarded a $31,044,959 modification (P00063) to exercise the option
to previously awarded contract FA3010-13-C-0007 for base
operations support services. Work will be performed at Keesler Air
Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2015.
The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA3010-13-C-0007). (Source: DoD, 01/26/15)

First Aussie to train on F-35
The first Royal Australian Air Force pilot will start training this week
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to fly the F-35A. Squadron leader
Andrew Jackson’s first flight will be months from now, and may not
be in either of Australia’s two F-35A jets. Australia’s second F-35A
pilot, David Bell, will start training in mid-2015. Jackson will
eventually serve as an instructor pilot for Australian F-35 pilots and
other partner-nations. Australia plans to buy 72 of the planes, with
the first arriving in Australia in late 2018. The first jet rolled off the
production line in 2014. (Source: Australian Associated Press via
The Guardian, 01/24/15)

More openings posted
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus posted two positions Friday for the A320 final
assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. One opening is for
a deliver transactions manager, the other for sales contract
manager. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the
Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source: al.com,
01/23/15)

Marines get first F-35C
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The first F-35C for the U.S. Marine
Corps touched-down on the flight line earlier this month from the
Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin training in
support of carrier-based operations. Lt. Col. J.T. “Tank” Ryan,
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 detachment commander and F-
35 pilot, delivered the new F-35C to Strike Fighter Squadron 101, the
Navy’s only F-35 fleet replacement squadron. This aircraft is the
first of five Marine Corps F-35Cs that will be delivered to VFA-101 on
Eglin. Marine F-35 pilots primarily fly F-35Bs, the short take-off
vertical landing variant. The F-35C is the carrier variant, designed to
catapult from a carrier. It has a longer range and a larger weapons
bay. The first operational Marine Corps F-35C fleet squadron, VMFA-
115, is scheduled to stand up at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort,
South Carolina, in 2019. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing via DVIDS,
01/23/15)

Contract: L-3, $15.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was
awarded a $15,634,434 modification (P00001) to contract W912NW-15-
F-0002 for a six month extension of the current bridge contract at
Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas, to provide highly
specialized aircraft production indirect labor services augmenting
the civilian workforce. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the
amount of $15,634,434 were obligated at the time of the award. The
estimated completion date is July 28, 2015. Army Contracting
Command, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/23/15)

Union rates released
The percent of wage and salary workers who were members of
unions in 2014 was 11.1 percent, down 0.2 percent from 2013, the U.
S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of union
members, 14.6 million, was little different from 2013. But the drop
from 1983, the first year for which comparable union data are
available, was significant. In that year the union membership rate
was 20.1 percent, and there were 17.7 million union workers. In the
four states that are part of the I-10 aerospace corridor, the rate went
up slightly in three of the four and remained the same in the other.
Mississippi had the lowest union membership with a rate of 3.7
percent, same as in 2013. Louisiana had a union membership rate of
5.2 percent in 2014, up from 4.3 in 2013, and Florida had a union
membership rate of 5.7 percent, up from 5.4 in 2013. Alabama's
union membership rate was 10.8 percent in 2014, up from 10.7 in
2013. (Source: GCAC, 01/23/15)

Bases to host three solar farms
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Gulf Power is partnering with the Air Force and
Navy at three military bases in Northwest Florida to build large-
scale solar energy farms. Tentative plans call for the farms to be
located at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach (30
megawatts), Holley Outlying Field in Navarre (40 megawatts) and
Saufley Field in Pensacola (50 megawatts). As an intermittent
engery resource, the solar farms will not replace Gulf Power's
generation plants, but will be able to provde energy that will
diversify the power supply and provide a cost-effective alternative
during peak energy usage. If approved by the Florida Public Service
Commission, HelioSage Energy of Virginia would begin
construction in February 2016 and the solar farms could be in
service by December 2016. (Source: Gulf Power, 01/22/15)
According to Eglin officials, the base has entered into negotiations
to lease 240 acres adjacent to Northwest Florida Regional Airport for
the Gulf Power/HelioSage project.

Contract: L-3, $16.4M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi,
was awarded a $16,445,946 modification (P00001) to contract
W912NW-15-F-0001 for a six month extension of the current bridge
contract at Corpus Christi Army Depot to provide highly specialized
aircraft production direct labor services, which augment the CCAD
civilian workforce. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the
amount of $16,445,946 were obligated at the time of the award. The
estimated completion date is July 28, 2015. Work will be performed
at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas. Army
Contracting Command, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/22/15)

Praxair gets SSC-related contract
DANBURY, Conn. -- Praxair Inc. has been awarded a NASA a
contract valued at $53 million over five years for acquisition of
liquid hydrogen. Praxair's hydrogen supply network will provide
liquid hydrogen to Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Kennedy Space
Center, Fla.; Marshall Space Flight Center, Ala.; and Glenn Research
Center, Ohio. NASA uses liquid hydrogen as fuel for rocket engine
development, testing and the launching of spacecraft. NASA also
awarded Praxair a five-year liquid oxygen supply agreement for
Kennedy. Previously, the Department of Defense awarded Praxair a
five-year liquid hydrogen supply agreement for missions launched
from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Source: Business Wire,
01/22/15)

Japan to host Marine F-35Bs
The U.S. Marine Corps is moving forward with plans to base its fleet
of F-35B's in Japan and the United States. In 2017, Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron 121, the "Green Knights," will permanently
relocate from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., to Marine Corps
Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. Marine F-35 squadrons will also routinely
deploy to Japan on six month rotations as part of the service's unit
deployment program. F-35Bs at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where
pilots and maintainers are trained, will be included in the rotation.
(Source: Marine Corps Times, 01/21/15) Previous related

Airport name change delayed
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Okaloosa County commissioners
voted Tuesday to rename Destin Airport by adding “Executive” to
the middle of its name. But they delayed changing the name of
Northwest Florida Regional Airport to Destin-Ft. Walton Beach
International Airport. The commission decided to delay any decision
on the larger, commercial airport because two commissioners
wanted more time and there was also a technical issue with the
documents. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 01/20/15)
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Contract: Lockheed, $37.6M
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc., Bethesda, Md., was
awarded a $37,556,621 modification (P00008) to contract W912DY-14-
F-0423 to exercise the first option for the Next Generation Technical
Services (NGTS) III requirement. The scope of this effort contains
the management and technical support necessary to advance high
performance computing services, capabilities, infrastructure and
technologies. It includes the development of new techniques,
analytical methods and computational approaches to solve
particular high performance computing problems or to generally
advance the state of the art in high performance computing
effectiveness and efficiency. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 research,
development, testing and evaluation, other procurement (Army) and
operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of
$20,400,771 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated
completion date is May 19, 2015. Work will be performed at Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.;
Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Lorton, Va.
Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 01/21/15)

IHMC expansion moves ahead
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Florida Institute for Human and Machine
Cognition is back on track with an expansion of its research facility
following a nearly year-long delay caused by flooding in April 2014.
Completion is scheduled for February 2016. The three-story, 30,000-
square-foot building will consolidate work done at several buildings,
increase IHMC’s footprint and allow for future growth. The building’s
facade will be reminiscent of the historic old brick warehouses that
dominate the area. IHMC is a research institute investigating a broad
range of topics related to building technological systems aimed at
amplifying and extending human cognitive, perceptual, and
physical capacities. Some of its work is in aerospace. (Source:
IHMC, 01/20/15)

MUOS has successful launch
The third Navy Mobile User Objective System satellite launched
from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Tuesday night atop
a United Launch Alliance Atlas V. The MUOS satellite is designed to
improve secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces.
Five of the Lockheed Martin MUOS satellites will eventually be
launched to form the constellation. Two MUOS satellites launched in
2012 and 2013 are already providing communications capability
from their orbits 22,000 miles above Earth. Ultimately, the
constellation and network will extend narrowband communications
availability past 2025. Work on the core propulsion system for the
A2100 satellite-based spacecraft is done by Lockheed Martin at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: GCAC, 01/20/15)

Milton lands Aerosync
MILTON, Fla. – Aerosync Support, which specializes in helicopter
repair, modifications and upgrades, will set up shop at the Santa
Rosa Industrial Park. The company bought the former West Coat
Metal Roofing building and is making a capital investment in excess
of $1.75 million. The company will create 25 jobs. Aerosync
qualified for a performance-based incentive program aimed at
increasing high-skilled, high-wage jobs in Florida. Aerosync
provides support for Bell and Sikorsky helicopters for both the
commercial and military markets. Greg Bartlett, president of
Aerosync, said the company decided on Santa Rosa County
because of the large aerospace market in both commercial and
military sectors, and the Santa Rosa Industrial Park offers the
opportunity for expansion. The company also has operations in
Wichita, Kan., and Bogota, Colombia. (Source: GCAC, 01/20/15)

Airport name change weighed
Okaloosa County Airports Director Sunil Harman will ask
commissioners on Tuesday to rename Northwest Florida Regional
Airport the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach International Airport. The
proposal also calls for renaming the Destin airport the Destin
Executive Airport. Officials began considering the changes after an
initial study in October 2013 indicated that passengers saw the
Northwest Florida Regional name as “too vague, generic and
wordy.” Harman has budgeted $40,000 to rebrand the airports if the
change is approved. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
01/19/15)

Silver to PNS, ECP
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Silver Airways announced today that it
will serve both Pensacola and Panama City with new routes
beginning March 19. On that date Silver Airways is launching
nonstop service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), as well as daily flights
between Panama City’s Northwest Florida Beaches International
Airport (ECP) and Orlando and Tampa. Silver Airways uses 34-seat
Saab 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft for all its flights. (Sources:
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Silver Airways,
01/19/15)

UTC splits propulsion, aero systems
United Technologies Corp. on Thursday announced it will eliminate
UTC Propulsion and Aerospace Systems and create two stand-alone
business units: engine-maker Pratt and Whitney and UTC
Aerospace Systems. Alain Bellemare, president and chief executive
officer of UTC Propulsion and Aerospace Systems, elected to leave
the company at the end of the month, but continue serving as a
consultant. The company said creation of the two stand-alone
business units is the result of Bellemare’s decision along with the
successful integration of Goodrich Corp., purchased a few years
ago. UT Aerospace Systems has 160 locations in 26 countries and
has nearly 42,000 employees. United Technologies Corp., based in
Hartford, Conn., provides high technology products and services to
the building and aerospace industries.  (Sources: multiple, 01/15/15)
Gulf Coast note: UTC’s Foley, Ala., aerostructures unit designs,
builds and supports nacelle systems for both civilian and military
aircraft and operates the Alabama Service Center, a maintenance,
repair and overhaul site dedicated to nacelle components.

Contract: L-3, $60.3M
L-3 Communications Corp., Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$60,320,578 modification (P00143) to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 to
support maintenance for the Army's fleet of C-12/RC-12/UC-35 fixed
wing aircraft. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $60,320,578 were obligated at the time of the award.
Estimated completion date is July 31, 2015. Work will be performed
in Madison. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/15/15)

Air Europa selects Trent 1000
Spanish carrier Air Europa has selected Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
engines and long term service support, worth $1.1 billion, for 14
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Air Europa already has eight Trent
1000-powered 787-8s on order that will enter service in 2016. Rolls-
Royce powered the very first Boeing 787 test flight in December
2009, the first 787-8 to enter service in October 2011, and the first
787-9 to enter service last year. (Source: Rolls-Royce, 01/15/15) Gulf
Coast note: Rolls-Royce Trent engines are tested at the company’s
outdoor test facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airbus to juggle jet production
Airbus moved closer towards raising production of its best-selling
A320 on Tuesday, declaring the supply chain stable and hinting at a
decision to produce more of the A320 cash cow in coming months.
But it also conceded it may have to reduce production of its wide-
body A330 further than previously anticipated, amid waning demand
for the current version of the jet which faces competition from
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Airbus produces 42 A320-family jets a
month and is targeting 46 a month. Boeing has set plans for 52 a
month and industry sources say it has started sounding out
suppliers on whether they could support as many as 58. Airbus
produces 10 A330s a month and plans to trim this to nine. Analysts
believe it could have to cut to as few as six a month. (Source:
Reuters, 01/14/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is building an A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will open in the fall of this year.

Swoope leaving post next month
Florida's top jobs recruiter is stepping down from his post. Gray
Swoope, the state's secretary of commerce and head of Enterprise
Florida, is resigning at the end of February. Swoope, who came to
Florida after leading Mississippi’s economic development team,
served during the entire first term of Gov. Rick Scott. The 53-year-
old Swoope said he plans to remain in Florida but did not say what
he plans to do next. (Sources: multiple, including Enterprise Florida,
AP via Orlando Sentinel, Tamp Bay Business Journal, 01/14/15)

Contract: HX5, $3M
HX5 LLC, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $3,074,596
(corrected by DoD 01/16/15) cost-reimbursement incentive contract
for advisory and assistance services. The contractor will provide
combat rescue helicopter program support. Work will be performed
at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be
complete by Feb. 29, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition via the General Services Administration's One
Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) utilizing the
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business segment with five
offers received. Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and
evaluation funds in the amount of $3,500,000 are being obligated at
the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8622-15-F-
8105). (Source: DoD, 01/14/15)

China firms up order
China Aircraft Leasing Co. (CALC) firmed up its contract in
December 2014 with Airbus for 100 A320 family aircraft. The order
comprises 74 A320neo, 16 A320ceo and 10 A321ceo. Including this
new order, CALC’s total backlog with Airbus stands at 140 A320
family aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 01/12/15) Gulf Coast note: The
Airbus A320 final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., will open in the fall
of this year.

Two Airbus jobs listed
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus posted notices Monday for a final assembly
line planner and delivery planner for its new A320 final assembly
line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. Both require at least nine
months' training abroad, and both require at least an associate's
degree with a bachelor's degree preferred and at least two years'
experience, preferably with an international aviation company as an
aviation planner/scheduler. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in
Mobile, visit the Alabama Industrial Development Training website.
(Source: al.com, 01/12/15)

Source: Lockheed, $7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort
Worth, Texas, is being awarded $7,085,000 for modification to a
previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5500 issued
against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-
G-0020). This modification authorizes two additional Engineering
Change Proposals for air vehicle retrofit modifications to be
incorporated into designated F-35 aircraft, and includes retrofit
modification kits, installation, and labor. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas (45 percent); Ogden, Utah (20 percent); Cherry
Point, North Carolina (20 percent); Yuma, Arizona (5 percent); Eglin
Air Force Base, Florida (5 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base,
California (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March
2018. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps), 2015 aircraft
procurement (Marine Corps and Air Force) and fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds (Navy, Marine Corps, and
Air Force) in the amount of $3,542,500 are being obligated on this
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/12/15)

Contract: Multiple, $2.5B
Eaton Corp., Raleigh, N.C. (W912DY-15-D-0003); Honeywell
Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md. (W912DY-15-D-0004);
Schneider Electric Buildings Americas Inc., Carrollton, Texas
(W912DY-15-D-0005); Siemens Government Technologies Inc.,
Arlington, Va. (W912DY-15-D-0006); Secure Mission Solutions LLC,
Fairfax, Va. (W912DY-15-D-0007); Williams Electric Company Inc.,
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W912DY-15-D-0008); EPC Service Inc.,
Waipahu, Hawaii (W912DY-15-D-0009); Infotec Systems Corp.,
Summerville, S.C. (W912DY-15-D-0010); SEI Group Inc., Huntsville,
Ala. (W912DY-15-D-0011); Spectrum Solutions Inc., Madison, Ala.
(W912DY-15-D-0012) have all been added as awardees to previously
announced (Aug. 25, 2014) $2,500,000,000, multiple-award, firm-fixed-
price contract capacity for services necessary to perform the
procurement and installation of utility monitoring and control
systems, and similar services such as heating, ventilating, and air
conditioning systems, building automation systems, supervisory
control and data acquisition systems and other automated control
systems and electronic security systems and/or force protection
measures worldwide. Funding and work location will be determined
with each order with an estimated completion date of Jan. 11, 2020.
Bids were solicited via the Internet with fourteen received. Army
Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/12/15)

RS-25 has successful test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The engine that will power
America's next great rocket to deep space had its first successful
test Friday at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis,
Miss. The RS-25, formerly the space shuttle main engine, fired up
for 500 seconds on the A-1 test stand, providing NASA engineers
critical data on the engine controller unit and inlet pressure
conditions. This is the first hot fire of an RS-25 engine since the end
of space shuttle main engine testing in 2009. Four RS-25 engines
will power Space Launch System on future missions. (Source:
PRNewswire, NASASpaceflight, 01/09/15)

SpaceX launch successful
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX had a successful launch of its
Falcon 9 rocket this morning, but a planned attempt to vertically
land the booster on a barge failed. The Dragon capsule is bringing
5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station and its
six astronauts. The company’s founder, Elon Musk, said the 14-story
tall first stage of the rocket made it to the platform floating east of
Jacksonville, Fla., but the booster came down too hard and broke
apart. The company is trying the soft landing so the rocket can be re-
used. (Sources: multiple, including AP via Yahoo News, CBSNews,
NBCNews, National Geographic, 01/10/14) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX
plans to test its newest rocket engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Airbus posts opening
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus posted its first available position of 2015 for
its A320 final assembly line being built at the Mobile Aeroplex. It’s
for a quality services technician, responsible for
implementing and monitoring quality management processes and
procedures. For a complete list of Airbus jobs in Mobile, visit the
Alabama Industrial Development Training website. (Source: al.com,
01/09/15)

Turkey to order four more F-35s
Turkey plans to buy four more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the
United States, in addition to the two it had already ordered,
according to the country’s defense ministry. Turkey has long
planned to purchase 100 jets to replace its F-4 and F-16 fleet, but
increasing costs have hampered the acquisitions. (Source: AFP via
SpaceDaily, 01/08/15) Turkey is one of the nine partner nations that
helped fund development of the Lockheed Martin F-35. Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Tyndall exercise to last several days
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 325th Fighter Wing early this
morning initiated a wing-wide deployment exercise that will
continue for several days. Designed to test the wing's ability to
deliver combat air power, the exercise will evaluate the wing’s
ability to prepare personnel, aircraft and support equipment for a
simulated departure. Stage two of the exercise will measures the
wing’s ability to receive and operate the equipment and aircraft
prepared during the deployment phase. The wing typically
exercises a variety of situations six times a year ranging from
hurricane preparations to emergency responses. (Source: 325th
Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 01/09/15) The 325th Fighter Wing's
primary mission is to train and project combat power for F-22 Raptor
pilots and maintenance personnel.

Two sites certified
Two industrial parks in Santa Rosa County, Fla., have been added to
Gulf Power’s “Florida First Sites” program. Northwest Florida
Industrial Park at Interstate 10 and Santa Rosa County Industrial
Park both were certified. Certification in the program means the
sites have proper zoning, service to utilities and meet other
qualifications that make them ready for development. Both sites are
targeting aerospace along with other types of businesses. Another
site, VentureCrossing in Bay County, Fla., was the first industrial
site to complete the Gulf Power program. (Sources: Florida First
Sites, Pensacola News Journal, Santa Rosa Gazette, 01/06/15)

Orcutt picked for promotion
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced
today that the president has nominated Air Force Col. Daniel J.
Orcutt for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Orcutt is
currently serving as commander, 505th Command and Control
Wing, Air Combat Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Orcutt’s nomination
was among 31 Air Force general officer promotions announced
today. (Source: DoD, 01/08/15)

F-35 site, base changes announced
The Pentagon announced today the consolidation of some U.S.
infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to host
nations. These actions from the European Reassurance Initiative,
will save the U.S. government some $500 million annually and will
result in a slight decrease in U.S. force levels. Changes will impact
the U.K., Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.
The DoD also announced the first F-35 basing in Europe at RAF
Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. The first aircraft are scheduled
to arrive at Lakenheath in 2020. (Source: DoD, 01/08/15) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Global Hawks set record
SAN DIEGO – Northrop Grumman Global Hawks unmanned
systrems in all its variants have flown more intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance mission hours in one week than
ever before. Global Hawks flew 781 hours from Sept. 10-16. The Air
Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk flew 87 percent of the missions, while the
Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstration aircraft and
NASA's Global Hawk hurricane research assets flew the rest.
According to Mick Jaggers, Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk
program director, there are at least two Global Hawks in the air at all
times providing ISR. The company's previous weekly flight record
was 665 hours set in February. (Source: Northrop Grumman via
GlobeNewswire, 01/07/15) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are
manufactured at Northrop Grumman facilities in Moss Point, Miss.,
and Palmdale, Calif.

NAS Whiting wins award
MILTON, Fla. -- Commander Naval Installations Command selected
Naval Air Station Whiting Field as the top shore installation in the
Navy in its respective category Jan. 5. The award lauds the top
Navy commands at shore for their installation management,
program excellence and community outreach. CNIC oversees 11
regions comprising 69 installations worldwide, and the award
recognizes a base's ability to meet CNIC and Department of
Defense strategic initiatives. NAS Whiting Field competed in the
less than 500 personnel category. The award comes with $170,000
award which the base can use to improve existing facilities. The
award completes a sweep of the Navy-wide awards for Pensacola
area Navy bases. NAS Pensacola earned top honors for entry in the
category for more than 500 personnel. (Source: NNS, 01/07/15)
Whiting Field is one of the Navy's two primary pilot training bases.
The other is in Corpus Christi, Texas. It provides training for Navy,
Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force pilots, as well as those of allied
nations. It's the busiest air station in the world.

Airbus, Boeing have record deliveries
Airbus increased its deliveries in 2014, setting a new company
record, a source at the European planemaker told Reuters on
Tuesday. The Airbus Group subsidiary beat its 2013 peak of 626
deliveries. An Airbus spokesman would not comment on orders or
deliveries ahead of the annual news conference Jan. 13. (Source:
Reuters, 01/06/15) Meanwhile, Boeing set a record in 2014 for
commercial airplane deliveries and orders, the company said
Tuesday. Boeing delivered 723 commercial airplanes last year,
breaking a company record for the second consecutive year.
(Source: Chicago Tribune, 01/06/15) Gulf Coast note: Airbus is
building an A320 family final assembly line in Mobile, Ala., that will
open this year.

Contract: Exelis, $8.4M
Exelis, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an
$8,446,234 modification (P00580) to previously awarded contract
F19628-02-C-0010 for system sustainment. Contractor will sustain
the infrastructure of the C-6 radar to include the weapon system
management & engineering; field service team; radome
maintenance; and requirements definition, analysis, and modeling.
Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations
and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,446,234 are being
obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Center, Peterson
Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity. (Awarded Dec. 29,
2014) (Source: DoD, 01/06/15)

SpaceX delays launch
SpaceX canceled its early morning rocket launch of a Falcon 9 and
its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, citing a last
minute malfunction. NASA said the SpaceX team at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station, Fla., had detected an "actuator drift," causing the
launch to be scrubbed. The next possible launch time is Friday. The
launch included a plan to have the launch vehicle land vertically on
a platform on a barge-like vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, east of
Jacksonville, Fla. The problem was with the second stage, not the
stage that will land on the platform. (Source: multiple, including Los
Angeles Times, CNN, 01/06/15)

Army tests safer hoist rescue
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army
Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker recently tested a
device that may make hoist rescues less risky. The Enroute Care
and Airworthiness Division, using an HH-60M, Army medic, rescue
basket and crach dummy, tested an anti-rotational device designed
to reduce the potential for an uncontrolled spin of a stretcher being
lifted to the helicopter. After data collection and analyses, a
decision is to be made to verify whether the anti-rotational device
allows for a safer and more efficient hoist mission. (Source: U.S.
Army, 12/18/14)

SpaceX rocket launches Tuesday
SpaceX and NASA are scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Tuesday to bring supplies and
equipment to the International Space Station. It's the first such
mission to the ISS since Orbital Sciences rocket blew up in Virginia
Oct. 28. If all goes according to plan, the Dragon capsule will dock
with the ISS later this week. SpaceX will use this mission to test a
procedures to salvage and reuse rockets. This mission has an
intriguing twist. After the Falcon 9's first stage is jettisoned, SpaceX
will relight the booster rocket's engines for a series of burns,
attempting to land it upright on a 300-foot by 170-foot bargelike
vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, some 200 miles east of Jacksonville,
Fla. The landing test has no impact on the resupply mission.
(Source: Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, 01/04/15) Gulf Coast
note: SpaceX plans to test its next generation engines at Stennis
Space Center, Miss. SSC is also where the AJ-26 engines used in
the failed October launch of an Orbital Sciences rocket were tested.

Third MUOS to launch Jan. 20
The third Mobile User Objective System satellite is scheduled to
launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Jan. 20. The
MUOS satellite is designed to improve secure satellite
communications for mobile U.S. forces. Five of the Lockheed Martin
MUOS satellites will eventually be launched to form the
constellation. Two MUOS satellites launched in 2012 and 2013 are
already providing communications capability from their orbits
22,000 miles above Earth. Ultimately, the constellation and network
will extend narrowband communications availability past 2025.
(Sources: ExecutiveGov, 01/05/15, Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command Public Affairs, 12/30/14) Gulf Coast note: Work
on the propulsion system for the A2100 satellite-based spacecraft is
done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.