Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2016

Contract: Lockheed, $450M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $450,042,458
firm-fixed-price modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-
35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification
continues the integration work to implement the development and delivery of the F-35A Air
System to the Republic of Korea under the Foreign Military Sales program. This effort will
also provide for non-recurring engineering work. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in August 2019. Foreign military sales funding in
the amount of $450,042,458 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 activity. (Source: DoD, 12/29/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $308.3M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $308,343, 387 for modification P00004 to
a previously awarded cost reimbursement contract (N00019-16-C-0032) to provide for the
engineering change proposal (ECP) 6472 integration of Next Generation Jammer (NGJ)
Pod onto the EA-18G aircraft. This effort is in support of the engineering and
manufacturing development phase of the NGJ program and will include the design and
manufacturing of 12 ECP 6472 A kits, and the integration, demonstration, and test of NGJ
pods on the EA-18G aircraft and equipment needed for System Integration Laboratories.
Work will be performed in St. Louis (89.43 percent); Bethpage, N.Y. (8.47 percent);
Oklahoma City, Okla. (1.16 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (0.54 percent); Mesa, Ariz. (0.20
percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (0.10 percent); and Annapolis-Junction, Md. (0.10
percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2017 research,
development, testing and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,000,000 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 12/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $19,320,000 for modification
P00010 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) to
procure, deliver, and install a deployable mission rehearsal trainer in support of F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (92
percent); Owego, N.Y. (7 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (1 percent), and is expected to
be completed April 2019. Non-Department of Defense funding in the amount of $3,000,000
is 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 activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/29/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: CAE, $50M
CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $50,079,091 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for
rotary wing flight training instructor support services. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
three received. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion
date of March 31, 2026. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the
amount of $3,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting
Command, Fort Rucker, is the contracting activity (W9124G-17-C-0001). (Source: DoD,
12/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $20M
Lockheed Martin Corp. - Rotary and Mission Systems, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$19,992,388 modification (P00086) to previously awarded contract FA8621-11-C-6288 for
training system support center services. Contractor will provide software and hardware
support, monitor modification work, obsolescence monitoring and identification, and overall
system operation reporting. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.;
Kessler AFB, Miss.; Dyess AFB, Texas; Kirtland AFB, N.M.; Cannon AFB, N.M; Moody AFB,
Ga.; Hurlburt AFB, Fla.; Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Mildenhall Air Base, United Kingdom;
Kadena Air Base, Japan; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.; Marine Corps Air
Station Miramar, Calif.; Marine Corps Station Iwakuni, Japan; and Ramstein Air Base,
Germany. Work is expected to be complete by Dec. 29, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $4,564,670 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/16)

Contract: UTC, $313.9M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
$313,879,396 modification (P00180) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2896 for
sustainment of F119-PW-100 engines. Contractor will provide parts necessary for engine
sustainment. Work will be performed at East Hartford; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.;
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Hill AFB, Utah; Holloman AFB, N.M.; 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, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and
maintenance; and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of
$51,380,834 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2896).
(Source: DoD, 12/23/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,903,066
modification (P00712) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for F-22
sustainment trainer requirements. Contractor will provide training system sustainment,
system hardware modifications, and distributed mission operations federation management
and integration. Work will be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Elmendorf AFB,
Alaska; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and St. Louis, Mo.,
and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance
funds in the amount of $1,571,582 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/23/16)

Triton to take on EP-3 role
The Navy will field low- and high-band signals receivers on the MQ-4C Triton starting in
fiscal year 2021, adding to the Triton's Northrop-designed maritime patrol radar, says Sean
Burke NAVAIR's Triton program manager. That multi-intelligence suite of sensors will
enable the Navy to proceed with plans to retire the Lockheed Martin EP-3E ARIES II, the
subset of the P-3C fleet tasked with eavesdropping on communications and other
transmissions. (Source: FlightGlobal, 12/22/16) Gulf Coast note: The Triton is a Navy
variant of the Global Hawk. Fuselage work for all variants of the unmanned system is done
by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point, Miss.

Kickoff planned for museum
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The City of Pensacola and the Community Redevelopment Agency will
host a kickoff ceremony Jan. 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. for the General “Chappie” James Jr.
Museum and Flight Academy Project, a public and private partnership in the Eastside
Redevelopment Area. This city-owned site is the historic home of America’s first African-
American four-star general and was donated to the city by the James family. The
residence, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1909 by Daniel
James Sr., Chappie James’ father, and is located at 1608 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) tutoring and youth flight
academy workshops will be provided by the Chappie James Youth Flight Academy
organization to help prepare community youth for potential careers in the field of aviation.
(Source: City of Pensacola, 12/23/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $30.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $30,602,218
modification (P00766) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2897 for F-22
sustainment. Contractor will support the F-22 Reliability and Maintainability Maturation
Program. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Conn.; 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, 2020. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance; research,
development, test, and evaluation; and aircraft procurement funds in the amount of
$27,660,093 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/22/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $90.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $90,318,983 firm-
fixed-price modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35
Lightning II advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification provides
for the procurement of 249 Generation 3, Lightweight Helmet Mounted Display systems,
oxygen masks, and initial spares for the Air Force (110), Navy (30), Marine Corps (35),
international partners (49), and foreign military sales (FMS) customers (25). Work will be
performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in November 2018. Fiscal 2015
and 2016 aircraft procurement and sustainment (Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force);
international partner; and FMS funding in the amount of $28,293,024 are being obligated
at time of award, $1,375,140 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (45 percent); Navy/Marine Corps (25
percent); non-DoD participants (20 percent); and FMS customers (10 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/22/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $20,641,849
modification P00595 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-02-
C-3002) for the critical safety items program plan in support of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2017.
No funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/22/16)

Contract: UTC, $68.7M
United Technologies Corp. - Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
$68,678,727 modification (P00178) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-2896 for
F119 engine sustainment. Contractor will provide necessary labor for engine sustainment.
Work will be performed at East Hartford; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air
Force Base, Alaska; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Holloman Air
Force Base, N.M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Sheppard Air
Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2896).
(Source: DoD, 12/21/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $8.6M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,604,775 cost-plus-incentive-fee
modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8675-16-C-0044 for missile
support. Contractor will provide additional required application-specific-integrated-circuit
(ASIC) work in support of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Form, Fit,
Function, Refresh Phase 4a. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be
complete by June 30, 2017. This contract involves foreign military sales to Norway, Turkey,
Japan, Romania and Australia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/20/16)

Contract: Head/Diaz, $37.3M
Head Inc./Diaz JV, Columbus, Ohio, is being awarded a $37,315,434 firm-fixed-price
contract for repair to Sherman Field runway pavement and lighting at the Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. The work to be performed provides for major electrical vault repair,
electrical infrastructure work, grade correction, pavement mill and overlay, airfield lighting,
signage and marking for one runway and up to two taxiways, and reconfiguration of the
main airfield apron. Clearing, demolition and all other associated work necessary to
accomplish the project are to be included. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is
expected to be completed by June 2018. This contract was competitively procured via the
Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with two proposals received. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N69450-17-
C-0503). (Source: DoD, 12/19/16)

Companies supply STEM monies
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors said it’s joining other members of the Mobile Aeroplex
and the Mobile Airport Authority Foundation to contribute to a STEM initiative that will
sponsor 36 students to attend the National Flight Academy’s six-day Deployment program
in June 2017. The program at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., begins on a landlocked, virtual aircraft carrier, AMBITION. Students live
aboard the carrier surrounded by advanced technologies and virtual reality missions that
encourage learning. On board they participate in activities that demonstrate the practical
uses of STEM skills. (Source: Continental Motors Group via AviationPros, 12/15/16)

300th A320 delivered in Tianjin
BEIJING – The 300th A320 to come off the assembly line at the Airbus Tianjin Delivery
Center was delivered to China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd.  Thursday. It
was then turned over to Sichuan Airlines, according to Airbus China. Inaugurated in 2008,
the Tianjin assembly line has reached its phase I production target of four aircraft per
month. The assembly line is a joint venture between Airbus, Tianjin Airport Economic Area
Zone and Tianjin Port Free Trade Administrative Committee, and the state-owned Aviation
Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The partners have agreed to extend the joint venture
until 2025 for phase II. It was the third A320 final assembly line in the world and the first
outside Europe. It delivered its first aircraft in June 2009. (Source: China Daily, 12/16/16)
The fourth A320 family assembly line was established in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed, $181.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded $181,168,994 for modification P00060 to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0114) recurring logistics services of F-35 aircraft in
support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Sustainment services to be
provided include ground maintenance; action request resolution; depot activation;
Automatic Logistics Information System; operations and maintenance; reliability,
maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain
management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46 percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton,
United Kingdom (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C., and is
expected to be completed in February 2017. This contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (44 percent); Marine Corps (26 percent); Navy (14 percent); non-DoD participants
(13 percent); and FMS customers (3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 12/15/16)

Contract: Primus, $12.6M
Primus Solutions, LLC, Beltsville, Md., was awarded a $12,628,303 modification (P00053)
to contract W91247-12-C-0023 for refuel and defuel services contract. Work will be
performed at Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 16, 2017. Army
Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/15/16)

Trump and the aerospace corridor
President-elect Donald Trump’s stated views bode well for military aerospace and defense
in the Gulf Coast region, but there is more uncertainty when it comes to commercial
aviation, private space companies and NASA. (Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League
Aerospace Newsletter, 12/13/16)

Summit sees good news for region
GULFPORT, Miss. – If there was one overall message that resonated during the fifth
aerospace summit held last month in Gulfport, it was that aerospace growth is in the cards
for all four member states of the Aerospace Alliance. One participant things the longevity of
the alliance provides a lesson in other cooperative marketing ventures for the region.
(Source: Gulf Coast Reporters’ League Aerospace Newsletter, 12/13/16)

The collaboration card
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The new $46 million VT MAE maintenance, repair and overhaul
operation being built in Pensacola could wind up being for more important for the growth of
the aerospace sector than some might think. A hint about what might be in store for the
Pensacola operation can be found in Mobile, Ala., where VT MAE is working with MAAS
Aviation. In the arrangement, paint experts MAAS Aviation provides services to VT MAE
customers and VT MAE provides services to MAAS customers. (Source: Gulf Coast
Reporters’ League Aerospace Newsletter, 12/13/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $102M
Raytheon Co., Goleta, Calif., is being awarded a $101,967,288 performance-based
logistics, firm-fixed-price requirements contract for repair support of 10 weapon replaceable
assemblies for the AN/ALR-67(V)3 for F/A-18 A/B/C/D/E/F aircraft. The contractor is also
responsible for managing technical and configuration changes, and obsolescence. This is
a four-year base period contract with a one one-year option period, which if exercised,
brings the total estimated value to $128,175,612. Work will be performed in Goleta (44.9
percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (13.3 percent); Port Mugu, Calif. (8.7 percent); Lansdale, Pa.
(8.6 percent); Forest, Miss. (7 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (7 percent); Chatsworth, Calif. (5.2
percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.5 percent); and Hudson, N.H. (1.8 percent). Work is expected
to be completed by December 2020. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems
Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00383-17-D-A001). (Source: DoD,
12/09/16)

Contract: Multiple, $45.8M
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean Va. (N00189-17-R-Z011); Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington,
Va. (N00189-17-D-Z012); Reef Point Group LLC, Edgewater, Md. (N00189-17-D-Z013);
and Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Va. (N00189-17-D-Z014), are being awarded
an estimated $45,804,991 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-
fixed-fee contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-plus-
fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders for performance and process improvement
support services in support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of Falls Church, Va., for
the Military Health System at its headquarters, medical treatment facilities, the Defense
Health Agency, and the health systems for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Each contract
will run concurrently and includes a 60-month ordering period. Work will be performed in
Falls Church (25.5 percent); Portsmouth, Va. (13 percent); San Diego, Calif. (11 percent);
Bremerton, Wash. (4 percent); Camp Lejeune, N.C. (4 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (4
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (4 percent); Camp Pendleton, Calif. (4 percent); Twenty-nine
Palms, Calif. (4 percent); Lemoore, Calif. (4 percent); Japan (4.5 percent); Guam (4.5
percent); Europe (2.5 percent); and 10 percent in contractor facilities in response to
awarded task orders which cannot be reasonably estimated at the time of contract award.
The ordering period of the contract is expected to be completed by January 2022. This
contract was competitively procured with the solicitation posted to the Federal Business
Opportunities website, with eight offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet
Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Pa., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/08/16)

Tyndall hosts exercise
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 50 aircraft from six installations are at
Tyndall for concurrent large-scale air integration exercises Checkered Flag and Combat
Archer. The Air Combat Command live-fire training runs Dec. 5-16 and includes F-35A, F-
22, F-15E, F-16, HH-60G and E-3 aircraft. Assets have traveled from as far away as
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Also involved are
aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Moody Air Force Base,
Ga., and Florida Air National Guard and Louisiana ANG. Combat Archer evaluates
weapons systems specifically in air-to-air exercise and regularly deploys more than 300 air-
to-air missiles in evaluating over 200 fighter aircraft per year. (Source: Air Force magazine,
12/08/16)

Contract: Dawson, $21.4M
Dawson Enterprises LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, has been awarded a $21,357,584 firm-fixed-
price contract for construction of modular buildings. Contractor will provide all site
preparation and construction of modular buildings. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2017. This award is the result
of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 and 2017research, development, test, and
evaluation funds in the amount of $12,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-17-C-4010).
(Source: DoD, 12/05/16)

PNS  getting new daily route
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- American Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between Pensacola
International Airport (PNS) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on April
4, 2017. Flights are scheduled to depart Pensacola daily at 11 a.m. and arrive in
Washington DC at 2 p.m. Washington National becomes Pensacola International Airport’s
twelfth destination, the fourth daily nonstop served by American Airlines. American
previously offered weekend service only. (Source: City of Pensacola, 12/05/16)

AF says goodbye to last QF-4
The 53d Wing and 49th Wing alongside veterans, retirees and community members will bid
farewell Dec. 21 to the last active duty F-4 Phantom II airframes – this one a QF-4 aerial
drone – in a ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The F-4 Phantom II entered Air
Force inventory in 1963 and was the primary fighter-bomber aircraft in the U.S. Air Force
throughout the 1960s and 1970s. F-4s also flew reconnaissance and "Wild Weasel" anti-
aircraft missile suppression missions. Phantom II production ended in 1979. The QF-4
aerial targets are currently assigned to the 82 Aerial Target Squadron, Detachment 1 at
Holloman, a geographically separated unit of the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: Air Force, 12/05/16)

Delta jet delivered
MOBILE, Ala. – Delta Air Lines took delivery of its first U.S.-built A321 during a ceremony
Friday at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. On hand for the
occasion were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of employees from the
airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees
at the facility. This jet also flew a flyover at the Iron Bowl in late November. It is the 14th
A321 to join Delta's fleet, but it is the first to be built in the United States. Airbus announced
it would build the plant in 2012 and had a ceremonial inauguration of the plant in
September 2015. The plant has delivered 15 aircraft so far. Airbus anticipates delivering
four aircraft per month at Mobile by the end of 2017. (Sources: Aviation Tribune, al.com,
12/02/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $25M
Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $24,993,572 firm-fixed-
price contract for Griffin A Block /III missiles. Work will be performed at Tucson, and is
expected to be complete by Dec. 1, 2017. 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 (FA8656-17-C-0006). (Source: DoD, 12/01/16)

Contract: L-3, $13.7M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $13,674,743 for
firm-fixed-price modification P00058 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0010) for aircraft maintenance and logistics life cycle
support for 49 C-12 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (42 percent);
Patuxent River, Md. (6 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (6 percent); Manama, Bahrain (6
percent); Atsugi, Japan (6 percent); Beaufort, S.C. (4 percent); San Angelo, Texas (4
percent); Yuma, Ariz. (4 percent); New Orleans, La. (4 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (4 percent);
New River, N.C. (3 percent); Kadena, Japan (3 percent); Manassas, Va. (2 percent);
Miramar, Calif. (2 percent); Futenma, Japan (2 percent); and Misawa, Japan (2 percent),
and is expected to be completed in March 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/01/16)


NOVEMBER 2016

Contract: UTC, $309.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $309,820,767 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract for propulsion system
services in support of the F-35 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-U.S.
Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This
effort includes hardware, training course materials and equipment. Work will be performed
in East Hartford (73 percent); Oklahoma City, Okla. (18 percent); Camari, Italy (3 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 Marine
Corps Air Station, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2017.
This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (37 percent); Marine Corps; (35
percent); Navy (8 percent); international partners (14 percent); and FMS customers (6
percent) under the FMS Program. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to
10 U.S. Code 2304( c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0010. (Source: DoD, 11/30/16)

WTO rules against Boeing
The World Trade Organization on Monday determined a tax benefit granted for production
of its long-haul 777X violates international trade rules. The tax was a central part of a case
the European Union filed against the U.S. as part of a wider dispute over subsidies to
aircraft makers. The WTO said the U.S. should withdraw the subsidy within 90 days, though
the decision can be appealed. The wider dispute dates back more than a decade over
government handouts provided to Boeing and the Airbus Group. The U.S. and EU have
successfully challenged subsidies to the other’s large commercial airplane maker, and
there have been repeated appeals. The tax cut in question was provided by the state of
Washington in 2013 to ensure that wings for the 777X jetliner were made only there. The
tax cut was prohibited under its rules, said the WTO. (Sources: multiple, including the Wall
Street Journal, BBC, CBSNews, Seattle Times, Reuters, 11/28/16) Gulf Coast note: Airbus
has an A320 series assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.

Orion test article delivered
The Orion crew module structural test article (STA) arrived at Kennedy Space Center’s
Shuttle Landing Facility Nov. 15 after a flight from Stennis Space Center, Miss., aboard
NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft. The test article was transported to Stennis Space Center
from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where it was built by Lockheed Martin.
The container was offloaded and transported to the Neil Armstrong Operations and
Checkout building the next day, where it was moved to a test tool called a birdcage where it
was secured for further testing. The test article will undergo mechanical assembly for the
next several months before being transported to Lockheed Martin in Denver for additional
testing. Meanwhile, processing activity at KSC ramped up in preparation for the launch of
the Orion atop the Space Launch System for Exploration Mission 1, slated for late 2018.
The Orion crew module adapter for EM-1 was lifted  for the first and only time Nov. 11,
during its processing flow inside the O and C building high bay at KSC. (Source: Space
Daily, 11/22/16)


Contract: Lockheed, $7.2B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $7,189,297,142 undefinitized not-to-exceed modification to the previously
awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35 advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-
0003). This modification provides for the procurement of 90 aircraft, comprised of 76 F-35A
aircraft for the Air Force (44), non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants (16),
and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers (16); 12 F-35B aircraft for the Marine Corps
(9), and non-U.S. DoD participants (3); and two F-35C aircraft for the Navy. In addition, this
modification provides for diminishing manufacturing and material shortages redesign and
management; non-recurring engineering, changes to correct deficiencies resulting from
concurrency between systems development and demonstration and production; and unique
requirements for non-U.S. participants and FMS customers. 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 March 2020. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (47.3%); Navy (13.9%); non-DoD participants
(21.0%); and FMS customers (17.8%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/23/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $9M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a $9,003,960 modification (01) to a
fixed-price-incentive order (000501) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement
(N00019-15-G-0003) to manufacture and deliver three AN/APG-79 Active Electronically
Scanned Array Radars in support of the F/A-18 E/F and EA-18 aircraft. Work will be
performed in Forest, Miss. (48 percent); Dallas, Texas (31 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (13
percent); and Andover, Mass. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in August
2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/22/16)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $267.2M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $267,250,000
modification (P00042) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price incentive
(firm target) contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional joint performance-based logistics
support for the Marine Corps MV-22, and the Air Force and Special Operations Command
CV-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (40 percent); Ridley Park, Pa.
(40 percent); New River, N.C. (3.9 percent); Hurlburt Field, Fla. (3.9 percent); Miramar,
Calif. (3.8 percent); Cannon, N.M. (1 percent); Quantico, Va. (0.6 percent); Kirtland, N.M.
(0.6 percent); Camp Pendleton, Calif. (0.3 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (0.3 percent);
Yuma, Ariz. (0.2 percent); Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (0.2 percent); Norfolk, Va. (0.2); and
various locations outside the continental U.S. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed
in November 2018. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($174,679,463);
Special Operations Command ($83,531,000); and the Air Force ($9,039,537). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
11/22/16)

Contract: UTC, $93.2M
United Technologies Corp. - Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut, has been
awarded a $93,181,130 modification (P00176) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-
C-2896 for F119 engine sustainment. Contractor will provide engine sustainment labor,
data and combined test force operations and support. Work will be performed at East
Hartford, Connecticut; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Hickam
AFB, Hawaii; Hill AFB, Utah; Langley AFB, Virginia; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Sheppard AFB,
Texas; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and Tyndall AFB, Florida, and is expected to be complete
by Dec. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 Air Force and Air National Guard operations and
maintenance; and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of
$78,900,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/22/16)

A321 set for game fly-over
An A321 built for Delta Air Lines will perform a flyover at the traditional Iron Bowl game
between Alabama and Auburn. The game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa is Nov.
26 at 2:30 p.m. CST. The A321 had its first flight Nov. 12 and will be delivered to the
customer in December. The A321 flyover is after the National Anthem and before kickoff.
“Airbus is proud to call Mobile home for an Engineering Center, the U.S. Manufacturing
Facility and a Defense and Space Military Aircraft facility,” said Allan McArtor, Chairman &
CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. (Source: Airbus, 11/22/16)

Land will help buffer Whiting
Some 626 acres of Northwest Florida’s Wolfe Creek Forest has been acquired and added
to the Blackwater River State Forest. The Trust for Public Land said the acquisition will
protect Milton’s Naval Air Station Whiting Field operations, water sources, provide public
recreational activities, bird migration, and habitat for endangered species and other wildlife.
TPL bought the land Oct. 18 from CF Florida LLC for $1,526,038.85 and was sold to the
state for the same price Nov. 4. Funding came by leveraging both Florida Forever funds
with the Navy’s contribution through its Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration
program. Protecting the property ensures the land adjacent to Whiting Field will not be
incompatibly developed in ways that may limit flight operations and vital military training.
(Source: Trust for Public Land, 11/14/15)

Carter joins exercise
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter joined in a training
exercise here early Thursday with special tactics airmen and Army Green Berets. Carter
toured the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Headquarters at Hurlburt Field and met with
base commanders before taking part in the hour-long exercise. “The secretary has pushed
for this sort of real-world training," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said as Carter join a
special forces assault team in a simulated hostage rescue that included special operations
teams landing in two CV 22 Ospreys and assaulting a mock target. During the exercise
Carter called in an air strike involving an F-35, C-130 gunship and a U28 surveillance
aircraft. During a news conference later Thursday, Carter said the training simulated
scenarios that U.S. forces face in locations around the world. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 11/18/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $17.6M
Raytheon Co. - Missile Systems Div., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $17,580,811
modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0004 for depot repairs
and sustainment activities. Contractor will provide High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile
targeting system contractor logistics support services. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/15/16)

Delta A321 takes flight
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Airbus A321 aircraft built for Delta Air Lines at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility took to the air for the first time Saturday for a three and a half-hour
flight.  The jetliner will go through a couple more weeks of final production before being
delivered to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. This is the fourth customer’s aircraft to have
their first flight in Mobile in 2016, and this will be the 15th aircraft to be delivered in 2016.
(Source: Airbus, 11/12/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $76M
Raytheon Co. - Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $76,056,334 option
(P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8682-16-C-0004 for Lot 10 Miniature Air
Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) vehicles and support equipment. Work will be
performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2020. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 11/10/16)

Test center realignment OKd
The Air Force has approved the realignment of selected Air Force Test Center operations
and facilities from several separate locations under one commander at Arnold Engineering
Development Complex, Tenn. This change consolidates the current capabilities of the
AEDC at Arnold; the Hypersonic Combined Test Force, currently part of the 412th Test
Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and all the current capabilities of the 96th Test
Group, headquartered at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; and the McKinley Climatic
Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., both currently part of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin.
Also part of the consolidation are the Federal Research Center at White Oak, Md., and
operating locations at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.; Wright-
Patterson AFB, Ohio; and the Army's White Sands Missile Range, N.M. As part of this
action the 96th Test Group and 796th Test Support Squadron at Holloman will be
inactivated and will then be activated as the 704th Test Group and 704th Test Support
Squadron, respectively. The duty locations, manpower authorizations and resources of the
704th TG and 704th TSS will be exactly the same as the inactivated 96th TG and 796th
TSS. Only the parent unit will change from the 96th TW to AEDC. This realignment will only
impact the administrative reporting chain of the affected organizations and will not require
the transfer of personnel or any change in missions at those locations. (Source: 96 Test
Wing, 11/09/16)

Contract: UTC, $167.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $167,502,348 fixed-price-incentive-firm target advance acquisition contract for
long lead components, parts and materials associated with the low-rate initial production
Lot XI of 48 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 14 F135-PW-600
propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and 4 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the
Navy. In addition, this contract provides for the long lead components, parts and materials
associated with 41 F135-PW-100 and 3 F135-PW-600 propulsion 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 by May 2019. This contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (33 percent); the Navy/Marine Corps (27 percent); international partners (23
percent); and foreign military sales (17 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0020). (Source: DoD,
11/08/16)

Fake threats don’t fake F-35s
Is the F-35 too smart? When the Joint Strike Fighters flew simulated combat missions
around Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., their pilots couldn’t see the “enemy” radars on their
screens. That’s because the F-35s’ on-board computers analyzed data from the fighters’
various sensors, compared the readings to known threats, and figured out the radars on
the training range weren’t real, so the software didn’t even display them. The F-35 and the
F-22 fifth-generation fighters are overturning how the Air Force operates. In its simplest
terms, it could be that a pilot closer to the battle has an even better picture of the battle
than senior officers further away in an AWACs or operations center. (Source: Breaking
Defense, 11/08/16)

Contract: DCS, $59.5M
DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded $59,490,647 for modification P00031 to a
previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N68936-11-D-0001) for weapons and systems integration support services for the Naval
Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s (NAWCWD’s) aircraft integrated product teams.
Services to be provided include system engineering, analysis, research, development,
logistics and configuration and data management, which are critical in the development,
integration, test, evaluation and fielding of new and upgraded capabilities, including F/A-18,
EA-18G, F-35, AV-8B, AHN-1/UH-1, and unmanned aerial systems. Work will be performed
at NAWCWD China Lake, Calif. (87 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (8 percent); and at
various locations within the U.S. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in October
2017. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the
contracting activity. (Source: 11/03/16)

Alliance summit wraps up
GULFPORT, Miss. – The fifth annual Aerospace Alliance summit held Thursday and Friday
attracted about 130 economic development, business and academic leaders from Alabama,
Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis with the
Teal Group, discussed the growth of the aerospace industry, still the strongest industry on
the planet. But he also warned that a correction looms in the future. There were also
several panel discussions, including one on commercial applications of unmanned aircraft
systems. Glenn McCullough Jr., executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority,
said the event highlighted that there are great opportunities for the four states. Don
Pierson, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, said the region is building an
important corridor, noting that among other things the shared “NASA DNA” provides unique
advantages. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant in his welcoming address spoke about the
significance of aerospace for Mississippi, and said the four-state region is where the growth
of the industry is going to be. The Aerospace Alliance was formed to promote and leverage
the region’s aerospace assets. (Source: GCAC, 11/04/16)

Training preps Special Operators
GULFPORT, Miss. -- More than 200 members of the 1st Special Operations Wing at
Hurlburt Field, Fla., are participating in exercise Southern Strike with the Mississippi
National Guard at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center and Camp Shelby Joint
Forces Training Center, Miss. The exercise began Oct. 22, and is focused on preparing the
special operators to deploy overseas. Participants have received combat arms training and
have practiced clearing buildings. “The planning and support team from the 1st Special
Operations Mission Support Group and 1st Special Operations Air Operations Squadron
have been spectacular," said Lt. Col. John Ross, director of operations. "The experience of
[Southern Strike] will pay dividends later on in each person's career.” In addition to the 1st
SOMSG, 1st SOW aircrews assigned to the AC-130U Spooky gunship, MC-130H Combat
Talon II, CV-22 Osprey and U-28 aircraft are scheduled to support three, large-war games,
multiple bilateral events, and end the exercise with one finale culmination exercise. (Source:
1st Special Operations Wing, 10/25/16)


OCTOBER 2016

Contract: HX5, $7.3M
HX5 LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $7,328,152 modification (P00019) to
contract W9133L-11-C-0033 for a six-month extension providing for the entire spectrum of
mission planning support for 98 Army National Guard flying units. The contractor is
responsible for keeping mission planning software up to date, keeping threat warning date
up to date, maintaining airspace and de-confliction data up to date, as well as a myriad of
other services vital to real-world and training missions. The contract provides staff who are
skilled in flight operations and intelligence information systems. These personnel require
skill sets that not only support information technology systems, but must also possess
experience in the management of flight operations. Work will be performed in Arlington,
Va.,, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2017. Army National Guard Bureau,
Arlington, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/31/16)

Contract: Northrop, $10.4M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being issued a $10,362,211
modification (P00001) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract
(N00019-16-C-0055) for production of one MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system. Work
will be performed in San Diego (33 percent); Ozark, Ala. (27 percent); Fort Worth, Texas
(18 percent); Moss Point, Miss. (16 percent); and various locations within the U.S. (6
percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2019. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/28/16)

Construction of hangar begins Monday
PENSACOLA, Fla. – About 100 invited guests were on hand Friday for the groundbreaking
of the VT MAE maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar at Pensacola International Airport.
Construction of the four-acre building will being Monday and is scheduled to be finished by
February 2018. Mayor Ashton Hayward said the start of the project was five years in the
making. While he admitted being an impatient man, he said he’s learned that some things
are worth waiting for. The hangar will be larger than the airport terminal. VT Mobile
Aerospace Engineering is part of ST Aerospace of Singapore. VT MAE, which has more
than 1,000 workers at its MRO hangar in Mobile, Ala., will have about 400 workers at the
Pensacola hangar. (Source: GCAC, 10/28/16)

Job fair set for Friday
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Sixty companies will be on hand to take applications from job-seekers
Friday at the 8th annual CareerSource Escarosa job fair at Pensacola State College’s Jean
and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23, at 1000 College Blvd. Among the
companies are VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Eastridge Workforce Solutions, and
Navy Federal Credit Union. EWS is hiring people to build solar energy farms that are part of
a partnership between regional military bases and Gulf Power. The job fair is from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. (Source: WEAR-TV 10/26/16)

VT MAE breaking ground
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Ground will be broken Friday for a new VT Mobile Aerospace
Engineering maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Pensacola International Airport.
The invitation-only event will be at 11 a.m. The company will eventually employ 300 to 500
workers. The $46 million project allows VT MAE, which has had an more than 1,000-
employee operation in Mobile, Ala., since 1991, to expand into Pensacola with what has
been called a “ninth hangar.” (Source: GCAC, 10/27/16)

Thales joins Aeroplex
MOBILE, Ala. – Thales has joined the aerospace companies that have set up operations at
the Mobile Aeroplex, according to a news release from the Mobile Airport Authority. Thales
is involved in avionics, in-flight entertainment, aircraft connectivity and aircraft electrical
systems.  “Our relationship with Thales spans more than a decade and when it requested a
flexible and scalable location to meet their current business case needs, we were more
than happy to get to work,” said Roger Wehner, executive director of the Mobile Airport
Authority. (Source: MAA, 10/26/16) The Aeroplex is also the location of the Airbus A320
series manufacturing facility.

Contract: PAE Aviation, $14.9M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., was awarded a $14,938,540
modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA4890-15-C-0018. Contractor will
provide maintenance of aerial targets, and operations and maintenance of range
instrumentation systems at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and maintenance of full-scale
aerial targets at Holloman AFB, N.M., for Air Combat Command Acquisition Management
and Integration Center contracting and program management oversight. This includes
functional and quality assurance support for the Aerial Targets Program, which directly
supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation
Group in the developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles and
for the F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall and Holloman
and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2017. Headquarters Air Combat Command,
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Awarded on Oct. 6, 2016).
(Source: DoD, 10/25/16)

US-built Delta painted
MOBILE, Ala. – The first U.S.-built Delta Air Lines Airbus A321 has been painted with the
company’s colors and has left the paint shop at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in
Mobile. It will soon enter the flight test phase. The jetliner is the 15th A321 to be produced
by Airbus in Mobile since the start of operations in July 2015. Twelve aircraft have been
delivered to customers thus far. MAAS Aviation completed the painting in its facility located
on the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley within the Airbus manufacturing facility campus.
(Source: Airbus, 10/25/16)

Meridian picked for T-100 assembly
MERIDIAN, Miss. – Raytheon announced Monday that it will assemble the T-100 trainer in
Mississippi if the company wins the Air Force’s T-X competition. The jet, a modified
Aermacchi M-346, is powered by two Honeywell F124 engines. The site near the airport
was chosen because it has the infrastructure and is close to its customers. One newspaper
said it would mean 450 jobs. Raytheon has manufactured products in Mississippi for more
than three decades. The company manufactures Active Electronically Scanned Array
radars at its facility in the city of Forest. Leonardo-Finmeccanica, CAE USA and Honeywell
Aerospace have partnered with Raytheon to offer the T-100 to the U.S. Air Force. Also
competing for the contract are Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. (Sources:
Multiple, including Raytheon release, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Meridian Star, 10/24/16)

Contract: Multiple, $50M
G&RK Consulting Associates LLC, Littleton, Colo. (W912EP-17-D-0001); Energy and
Environment LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W912EP-17-D-0002); FPM Remediations Inc,
Oneida, N.Y. (W912EP-17-D-0003); and Trihydro Corp., Laramie, Wy. (W912EP-17-D-
0004) were awarded a $ 50,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for environmental remediation
services for the Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division. Bids were solicited on the
internet with 16 received, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 18, 2021. Funding and
work locations will be determined with each order. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/21/16)

Contract: DynCorp Int, $63.3M
DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $63,332,000 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00065) to previously awarded contract FA8617-12-C-6208 for
continued contractor operated and maintained base supply support. Work will be
performed at Columbus Air Force Base, Ga.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force
Base and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Naval Air
Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, Fla.; Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; and
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by April 30,
2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/21/16)

Contract: IMIA, $21.5M
International Marine and Industrial Applicators LLC, Spanish Fort, Ala., is being awarded a
$21,463,020 firm-fixed-price contract for the accomplishment of preservation and non-
submarine safety structural repairs and maintenance on USS Maine (SSBN 741). This
contract will provide preservation; hull and structural repair; anode removal, repair and
replacement; lead bin repair and fabrication; de-ballasting and re-ballasting; and safety
track repair requirements. Work will be performed in Bremerton, Wash., and expected to be
completed by December 2017. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal
Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, is the contracting activity (N4523A-17-C-
0001). (Source: DoD, 10/21/16)

Contract: SURVICE, $15.2M
SURVICE Engineering Co., Belcamp, Md., has been awarded an $15,227,012 cost-plus-
fixed-fee with a performance incentive modification (P0004) to previously awarded contract
FA2486-16-C-0051 for SEEK EAGLE program modeling, analysis, and tools support. SEEK
EAGLE program is the Air Force standard process for aircraft stores certification, and
designated the AF SEEK EAGLE office as the cognizant engineering agency. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 22, 2017.
Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,235,767
are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0051). (Source: DoD 10/18/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been
awarded a $20,444,111 modification (P00771) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-
C-2897. The contractor will provide touch labor & installs at the Ogden Depot as well as at
F-22 operational bases. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Langley Air
Force Base, Va.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Elmendorf Air
Force Base, Alaska; and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and is expected to be complete by
Dec. 31, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/20/16)

36th AES now at Keesler
KEESLER AIR FORCE  BASE, Miss. -- The 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron moved
from Pope Army Airfield, N.C., to Keesler Oct. 15 to become part of the Air Force Reserve's
403rd Wing. The move allows the unit to have access to the 403rd's training missions and
20 C-130Js. The 36th AES currently has 30 personnel, but is scheduled to have 40 officers
and 83 enlisted personnel. The day before the redesignation ceremony, the 36th AES it
took part in a training mission with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler.
(Sources: AFNS, 10/18/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $743.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $743,169,377 fixed-price-incentive, firm target and cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002). This modification provides
additional funding and will establish not-to-exceed (NTE) prices for diminishing
manufacturing and material shortages redesign and development, estimated post
production concurrency changes and country unique requirements. In addition, this
modification will establish NTE prices for one F-35A aircraft and one F-35B aircraft for a
non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant in the F-35 program. 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 2019. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force $207,389,821
(27.9 percent), Navy $85,533,666 (11.5 percent), and Marine Corps $91,923,008 (12.4
percent), non-U.S. DoD participants $332,940,791 (44.8 percent); and Foreign Military
Sales $25,382,091 (3.4 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 101716) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Potential for MQ-8C cracks explored
The Navy awarded Bell Helicopter a $3.3 million contract to investigate the potential for
future flight strain, fatigue, and tail boom might cracking on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C
Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system. The concern is whether those issues might arise
because the Naval Air Systems Command is flying the MQ-8C at higher weights and
altitudes than those for the civilian version of the Bell 407. (Source: IHS Janes 360,
10/07/16) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly of the MQ-8C is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Carlisle buys Star Aviation
MOBILE, Ala. – Star Aviation, a design and engineering company that specializes in in-flight
entertainment systems, has been acquired by Carlisle Companies Inc. A Carlisle executive
said Star will add "significant engineering resources and technology" to Carlisle's portfolio.
Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Carlisle designs, manufactures and markets a range of products
to a range of niche markets, according to the company’s website. That includes commercial
roofing, agriculture and mining to aerospace and defense electronics. Star, founded in
1999, anticipates continued growth in Mobile. It also has an operation in Seattle. (Source:
al.com, 10/06/16)

Contract: COLSA, $44.9M
The COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $44,888,533 modification
(P00005) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-0031 for
technical and management advisory services including command, control, communications,
computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); and cyber support.
Contractor will provide additional research, development, test and evaluation; and
acquisition support services being provided under the basic task order. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hanscom AFB, Mass.; Gunter Annex, Ala.; Patrick
AFB, Fla.; Edwards AFB, Calif.: and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by
Sept. 30, 2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/03/16)

Contract: Bevilacqua, $25.9M
Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $25,876,919 modification
(P00006) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-0033 for
technical and management advisory services. Contractor will provide additional diverse
research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Joint Base
Lewis McChord, Washington; and Edwards AFB, Calif., and is expected to be complete by
Sept. 30, 2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/03/16)

Contract: QuantiTech, $25.7M
QuantiTech Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $25,716,024 modification (P00008)
to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-0034 for technical and
management advisory services for range support. Contractor will provide additional
research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support services being
provided under the basic task order. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.;
Arnold AFB, Tenn., Hickam AFB, Hawaii, Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson AFB,
Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/03/16)

Contract: Torch, $24.3M
The Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $24,323,545
modification (P00006) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA2486-16-F-
0030 for technical and management advisory services for armament support. Contractor
will provide diverse research, development, technical, test and evaluation, and acquisition
support services being provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla.; and Kirkland AFB, N.M., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30,
2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0030).
(Source: DoD, 10/03/16)

Contract: M1, $10.5M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $10,498,529 modification
(A00015) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA3002-15-C-0006 for
ground instructional training aircraft, historical static display aircraft, trainers, support
equipment, aerospace ground equipment, and munitions trainer maintenance services.
Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2017. The 82d Contracting
Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/03/16)


SEPTEMBER 2016

Contract: Flight Safety, $8.7M
Flight Safety International, Daleville, Ala., was awarded an $8,668,493 modification
(P00169) to contract W9124G-04-C-0037 for fixed wing flight training services. Work will be
performed in Daleville, with an estimated completion date of March 9, 2017. Army
Contracting Command, Ft. Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Fluor Fed, $28.8M
Fluor Federal Solutions LLC, Greenville, S.C., is being awarded a $28,847,912 modification
under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-07-D-
0770) to exercise option nine for base operations support services at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., Saufley Field, Fla., Corry Station, Fla., and Bronson Field, Fla. The work
to be performed provides for all management, supervision, labor, equipment, materials,
supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management, facilities investment, facility
maintenance services (non-family housing), pest control, utility plant and distribution
system operation and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water),
environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. After award of this
option, the total cumulative contract value will be $257,573,144. Work will be performed in
Pensacola and work is expected to be competed September 2017. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Alliant Tech, $9.3M
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Rocket Center, W.V., has been awarded a
$9,270,100 modification (P00055) to exercise an option to the previously awarded contract
FA8681-11-C-0039 for low-rate initial production Lot 2 of the Hard Target Void Sensing
Fuze system. Contractor will provide 475 Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze systems. Work will
be performed at Rocket Center and is expected to be complete by March 29, 2018. The Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Northrop, $9.8M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. - Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been
awarded a $9,800,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustaining
engineering services support for test facilities threat simulators. Contractor will provide all
sustaining engineering services needed for continued support of B-1, B-2, B-52, and
fighter test facilities, combat electromagnetic environment simulators and advanced multiple
environment threat simulators sustainment. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and is expected to
be complete by Sept. 28, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-D-0076).
(Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: L-3, $13.7M
L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $13,674,743 firm-fixed-
price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-11-D-0010) for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle support for 49 C-12
aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (42 percent); Patuxent River, Md.
(6 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (6 percent); Manama, Bahrain (6 percent); Atsugi,
Japan (6 percent); Beaufort, S.C. (4 percent); San Angelo, Texas (4 percent); Yuma, Ariz.
(4 percent); New Orleans, La. (4 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (4 percent); New River, N.C. (3
percent); Kadena, Japan (3 percent); Manassas, Va. (2 percent); Miramar, Calif. (2
percent); Futenma, Japan (2 percent); and Misawa, Japan, and is expected to be
completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $16.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $16,497,297 modification to delivery order 0031 previously
placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides
for deployable spares packages in support of the low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35B
aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (24.4 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (9 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2
percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent);
Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7
percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3
percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks,
Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9 percent);
Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and is expected to be
completed in July 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: UTC, $21M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $21,000,000 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded
cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This
modification provides for the procurement of one low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-135-
PW-600 engine in support of the Marine Corps F-35B Lightening II Short Take-off and
Vertical Landing aircraft to facilitate engine testing under the Component Improvement
Program. Work will be performed in East Hartford  (76 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (24
percent), and is expected to be complete in February 2018. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $24,378,036 for modification
P00003 under a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-
0004) for procurement of three full mission simulators for the Air Force in support of F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (98
percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent), and is expected to be completed March 2020.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/29/16)

Contract: Pensacola, $31.6M
City of Pensacola, Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded $31,575,637 for firm-fixed-price task
order 0001 under a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N69450-15-G-0102). This
task order will initiate the findings of the preliminary assessment and investment grade
audit to determine energy improvements at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The work to be
performed provides for the design and installation of the following: chiller plant upgrades in
five facilities; installation of chilled water primary pump with variable flow in one facility;
occupancy based heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) scheduling upgrades in
10 facilities; continuous commissioning of control upgrades in 29 facilities; demand control
ventilation upgrades in one facility; control schedules to domestic hot water recirculation
pumps in 11 facilities; upgrade to existing HVAC controls in two facilities; HVAC multi-zone
unit conversion to variable air volume units in one facility; installation of high efficiency
interior lighting in 35 facilities; building envelope upgrades in 38 facilities; installation of
window film in nine facilities; high efficiency transformer upgrades in 17 facilities; installation
of low flow plumbing fixtures in 37 facilities; and replacement of portable air conditioning
units in three facilities. The contractor will also provide three years of performance
verification reporting. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to be completed
by November 2018. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 authorizes agencies to
use appropriations, private financing, or a combination to comply with its requirements for
utility energy service contracts for evaluations/project implementation. For this project,
Naval Air Station Pensacola has agreed to pay for the cost of services/construction from
project financing which will be obtained by the City of Pensacola. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/29/16)

Navy orders more MQ-8Cs
Northrop Grumman is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters
for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It brings to 29 the total number of MQ-8C Fire
Scouts procured so far. The MQ-8C airframe is based on the commercial Bell 407, a
helicopter with more than 1,600 airframes produced and over 4.4 million flight hours.
Modifications to the MQ-8C's airframes are carried out at the Bell Helicopter facility in
Ozark, Ala., and final assembly is performed in Moss Point, Miss. (Source: Northrop
Grumman, 09/29/16)

QF-16 reaches milestone
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Air Combat Command has declared initial operational
capability for the QF-16 full-scale aerial target. The decision Sept. 23 was approved by
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the ACC commander, for 15 QF-16s now available for target
operations. The jets are assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and flown by the 82nd
Aerial Target Squadron under the 53rd Wing. The 82nd ATRS operates the only FSAT
capability in the Defense Department. By law a missile system must undergo lethality
testing before it can enter full-scale production. The QF-16 is the introduction of fourth-
generation fighter capabilities in the aerial target mission. It maintains all inherent
capabilities of the baseline F-16 Fighting Falcon including supersonic flight and 9 G
maneuverability. The newest aerial target will replace the QF-4 Aerial Target, which flew its
last unmanned mission Aug. 17 at Holloman AFB, N.M. The QF-4 will officially be retired in
December. The 82nd ATRS is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd WG
headquartered at Eglin. (Source: AFNS, 09/26/16)

Contract: Boeing, $11.2M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an $11,230,459 indefinite-
delivery, requirements and firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the F-15 E Flat Panel
Up Front Control (UFC) program. The UFC is a multifunction control used in the F-15E to
control and display status of communication navigation and identification systems. The
FPUFC utilizes a single, new technology liquid crystal display (LCD) flat panel display to
replace the current segmented LCDs of the F-15 UFC. Work will be performed at
Alpharetta, Ga., and is expected to be complete by March 29, 2021. Air Force Sustainment
Center, Robin Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8538-16-D-0010).
(Source: DoD, 09/27/16)

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $8.5M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded an $8,501,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for construction of Triton Mission Control Facility at Naval Air Station Jacksonville,
Fla. The work to be performed provides for construction of a low-rise shielded steel frame,
reinforced concrete masonry unit mission control facility with standing seam metal roof and
concrete foundation, strip footing and deep wall masonry foundation slab on grade. The
facility will be located adjacent to an existing Triton facility and include primary and
redundant Mission Control System (MCS) modules, a server room, mission planning and
brief/debrief rooms and a secure equipment vault. The new building will be connected to
the existing building via a new enclosure around the existing exterior stair of that facility and
a new corridor. The MCS components in the new facilities will be independently shielded
and constructed as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility including
electromagnetic interference shielded space. This facility will provide Anti-Terrorism/Force
Protection features. The contract also contains two unexercised options, which if exercised,
would increase cumulative contract value to $8,618,000. Work will be performed in
Jacksonville and is expected to be completed by July 2017. This contract was competitively
procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with four proposals received.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting
activity (N69450-16-C-1103). (Source: DoD, 09/27/16)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $62.1M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $62,120,761 for modification
P00004 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-14-D-0016) to provide intermediate, depot level maintenance and related logistics
support for approximately 223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. 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 2017. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/16)

Contract: Northrop, $255.3M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $255,256,728 for
fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification P00009 to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0002) for the procurement three low-rate initial
production Lot 1 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, one main operation control station and
one forward operation control station, training courseware, and tooling. Work will be
performed in San Diego (30 percent); Baltimore, Md. (12.6 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (10.6
percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (10 percent); Red Oak, Texas (8 percent); Moss Point, Miss.
(3.9 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (3.8 percent); San Diego (3.6 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (3
percent); Santa Clarita, Calif. (1.6 percent); Montreal, Quebec, Canada (0.6 percent);
Vandalia, Ohio (0.6 percent); Medford, N.Y. (0.5 percent); and various locations within the
U.S. (11.2 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2020. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/16)

Contract: Bell, $34.5M
Bell Helicopter, Ft. Worth, Texas, was awarded a $34,541,911 firm-fixed-price, foreign
military sales contract (Uganda) to produce and deliver five Huey II helicopters, spare parts,
program management, special tools, and other program necessities. Bids were solicited via
the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ozark, Ala., with an estimated
completion date of Dec. 29, 2017. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of
$34,541,911 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command,
Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-16-C-0065). (Source: DoD,
09/26/16)

1st F-35 for Japan rolls out
Lockheed Martin rolled out the first 42 F-35As ordered by the Japan Air Self Defense
Forces to replace a nearly 80-strong fleet of McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms. The event
was attended by about 400 representatives from both countries and corporate officials.
Lockheed will build the first four Japanese jets in Fort Worth, AX-1 through AX-4, while
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will produce the remaining 38 under license at its Nagoya
facility. MHI, which built Tokyo’s fleet of Boeing F-15Js under license, won the 2011
competition to build the F-35A. Maintenance training is already underway for the first
Japanese Air Defense technicians at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the first Japanese
pilots will begin training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in November. (Source: Flightglobal,
Lockheed Martin, 09/23/16)

Contract: UTC, $10.6M
United Technologies Corp. - Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
$10,555,557 modification (P00172) 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; Holloman AFB, N.
M.; 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, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(FA8611-08-C-2896). (Source: DoD, 09/23/16)

Contract: Sikorsky, $232M
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded $232,075,337 for modification
P00214 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) for
the procurement of two CH-53K system demonstration test article aircraft. Work will be
performed in Stratford (24 percent); Wichita, Kan. (20 percent); West Palm Beach, Fla. (12
percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (9 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (7 percent); Rochester, United
Kingdom (3 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (2 percent); Casa Grande, Ariz. (2 percent);
Windsor Locks, Conn. (2 percent); Rome, N.Y. (2 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (1
percent); San Diego, Calif. (1 percent); San Jose, Calif. (1 percent); Chesterfield, Mo. (1
percent); Twinsburg, Ohio (1 percent); Springfield, N.J. (1 percent); Redmond, Wash. (1
percent); Jackson, Miss. (1 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (0.5 percent); St. Clair, Pa. (0.5
percent); Forest, Ohio (0.5 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (0.5 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (0.5
percent); Miami, Fla. (0.5 percent); Stratford, Ontario, Canada (0.5 percent); Boylston,
Mass. (0.5 percent); Enfield, Conn. (0.5 percent); Minden, Neb. (0.5 percent); Irvine, Calif.
(0.5 percent); Westbury, N.Y. (0.5 percent); and various locations with the U.S. (3 percent).
The work is expected to be completed in February 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/23/16)

WTO: EU failed to end subsidies
The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Boeing and the U.S. when it ruled Thursday
that European governments failed to end billions in unfair state subsidies to Airbus. The
ruling moves the U.S. a step closer to being able to imose more than $5 billion in annual
tariffs against goods and services from the European Union as soon as next year. The
ruling said the EU and some of its members failed to comply with an earlier ruling to remove
the subsidies or void their effect to Airbus. The trade body in a future ruling is expected to
find that the U.S., similarly, didn’t sufficiently address concerns about subsides that helped
Boeing. That could lead to the EU being able to impose similar tariffs on U.S. exporters.
Boeing and Airbus are battling over market share. The combined backlogs of commercial
airplanes has risen to almost $1.4 trillion. (Sources: Wall Street Journal, Financial Times,
CNBC, Seattle Times, 09/22/16 and 09/23/16) Gulf Coast note: Airbus builds A320 series
jetliners in Mobile, Ala., as well as Toulouse, France, Hamburg, Germany, and Tianjin,
China.

VT MAE deal moves forward
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Pensacola City Council will be asked to approve a final
amendment to a lease agreement with VT MAE and approve a $6.3 million loan to enable
construction of a maintenance and repair facility to begin. The project at Pensacola
International Airport was delayed after VT MAE requested the planned hangar be enlarged
to accommodate larger 757 aircraft. The pricetag went from $37.3 million to $46 million to
handle larger aircraft. The city secured additional money from the state to cover the
increase, but won’t get it until fiscal year 2018. VT MAE, owned by Singapore Technologies
Engineering, has a major facility in Mobile, Ala., and is expanding into Pensacola. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 09/22/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $254.6M
Raytheon Co., Fullerton, Calif., is being awarded a $254,550,316 cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract for the design, development, manufacture, integration, demonstration, and test of
the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System. This contract will utilize and continue
development of eight existing engineering development models (EDMs); and deliver two
additional EDMs to support fleet early operational capability requirements for F-35B/C and
MQ-25 test and initial operational requirements aboard nuclear aircraft carriers and
amphibious assault ships. In addition, this contract will deliver weapons replaceable
assemblies, a technical data package, and provide developmental test and operational test
support. Work will be performed in Fullerton (71 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (26 percent);
Marlborough, Mass. (2 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (1 percent), and is expected to be
completed in September 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity (N00019-16-C-0052). (Source: DoD, 09/21/16)

Contract: L-3, $43.5M
L-3 Communications - Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded an
estimated $43,530,000 modification (P00024) to exercise the option on previously awarded
contract FA3002-14-C-0013 for support of T-1, T-6, and T-38 undergraduate pilot training.
Work will be performed at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., and is expected to be complete by
Sept. 30, 2017. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-
Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/16)

Air Force to consolidate battlefield training locations
Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field in Florida and Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are
among the bases in the running to train battlefield airmen. The Air Force wants to
consolidate eight locations into “three or four,” according to Military.com. Lt. Gen. Darryl
Roberson, head of Air Education Training Command, made the statement to reporters
during a briefing at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference
outside Washington, D.C.
The current centers are scattered across seven states. The consolidation is designed to
provide improved infrastructure with enhanced aquatic training for combat rescue and
other missions. The service is conducting environmental assessment surveys at all eight
locations being considered. (Source: Military.com, 09/20/16) Previous

Contract: Jacobs, $22.6M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $22,612,695
modification (P00007) to the previously awarded contract FA8730-15-C-0052 for Air
Operations Center (AOC) interim sustainment services. Contractor will provide sustaining
engineering and technical services for the AOC weapons system. Work will be performed at
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 19, 2017. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Battle Management, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8730-15-
C-0052). (Source: DoD, 09/20/16)

Contract: Multiple, $10M
Crawford Consulting Services Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa. (W91278-16-D-0121); Moca Systems
Inc., Niceville, Fla. (W91278-16-D-0122); and Project Time & Cost LLC, Atlanta, Ga.
(W91278-16-D-0123), will share in the award of a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
architect and engineering, and cost engineering services to support the Mobile District, U.
S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work
locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date
of Sept. 19, 2021. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/20/16)

Contract: L-3, $166.3
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded
$166,263,229 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for 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. Services to be
provided include sustaining engineering, supply and government property management,
and procurement of associated parts and materials required to prepare the aircraft for
approximately 320 launchers per day across four sites, which fly an estimated total of
75,000 hours each year. 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 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/16)

Spirit takes delivery of A321
MOBILE, Ala. – Spirit Airlines took delivery Monday of its first A321 made at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit
Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility. The $600 million plant, at the Mobile Aeroplex, had its ceremonial
opening in September 2015. The first plane was delivered to JetBlue in April 2016. The
Spirit aircraft is the 10th delivered so far. Airbus anticipates delivering four planes a month
out of Mobile by the end of 2017. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/16)

Pilot error in Blue Angels crash
Marine Corps pilot Captain Jeff Kuss was flying too fast and low and lost control
of his Blue Angels F-A/18 jet in early June during a practice session for an air
show in Smyrna, Tenn., according to a Navy crash report released Sept. 15. Kuss
died in the June 2 crash. The report cited pilot error as the cause of the crash,
and said that weather and fatigue were contributing factors. The accident
occurred when Kuss, flying Blue Angel No. 6, was going too fast and was not high
enough when he tried the Split S maneuver. Chief of Naval Aviation Training
report recommended numerous short-term and longer-term changes to the flight
demonstration program. (Source: multiple, including CNN, 09/16/16, Navy Times,
09/15/16)

Contract: MDA, $7.1M
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$7,140,090 modification (P00050) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract
FA3010-13-C-0005 for full food services. The location of performance is Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss., and the work is expected to complete by Sept. 30, 2017. The 81st Contracting
Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/15/16)

Contract: Electric Coop, $360.4M
Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., De Funiak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a
maximum $360,448,495 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for the
ownership, operation, and maintenance of the electric distribution system at Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. This is a 50-
year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a July 31,
2067, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. The contracting
activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-16-C-8314).
(Source: DoD, 09/14/16)

Contract: Boeing, $700M
The Boeing Co. - Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo.., has been awarded a
$700,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb
Increment 1 (SDB 1) Lot 12-14 production. The contractor will provide SDB 1 weapons and
carriage systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by
Dec. 12, 2021. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS). This award is a result of
a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-16-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/13/16)

F-35, Aegis integration
An F-35 in a test this week was able to defeat an airborne threat without firing a shot. In a
test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., an F-35’s sensors and networking capabilities
combined to detect an over-the-horizon threat and send data to a ground unit representing
an Aegis-equipped ship. The destroyer was then able to fire a missile and defeat the threat
that it had not itself seen. The Navy test was the first live fire demonstration to successfully
test the integration of F-35 with existing Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air
architecture. The F-35B from the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX)
1, based in Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., acted as an elevated sensor to detect an over-
the-horizon threat. The test showed the F-35 can be used as a broad area sensor and
significantly increase the Aegis capability to detect, track and engage a threat. (Source:
NNS, 09/13/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center and reprogramming lab.

Contract: L-3, $49.2M
L-3 Communications - Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$49,168,992 modification (P00130) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract
FA8106-09-C-0001 for T-1A contract logistics support. Contractor will provide contractor
operated maintained supply, over and above, on-equipment maintenance, data and field
service representatives. Work will be performed at Vance Air Force Base, Calif.; Columbus
Air Force Base, Miss.; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas;
and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2017.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/09/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.8M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $9,800,314 modification (P00042) on
previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will provide Advanced Medium-
Range Air-to-Air Missiles life of type buy components since specific devices will no longer
be available or manufactured. Life of type buy defined as phase-out items. Work will be
performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017. This contract
involves foreign military sales to Australia, South Korea, Romania, and Saudi Arabia. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/09/16)

Contract: Harris, $9.8M
Harris Corp., Herndon, Va., has been awarded a $9,800,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for the B-1 Defensive Avionics System Mission Data Optimization and
Reprogrammable Electronic Warfare Systems Test (REWST) support sustaining
engineering services. Contractor will provide all sustaining engineering services needed to
provide the necessary modifications and support to the government-owned B-1 REWST
lab, the B-52 electronic warfare mission data test lab, and the 53rd Electronic Warfare
Group special test equipment. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.;
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and is expected to be
complete by Sept. 30, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force
Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-D-0077). (Source:
DoD, 09/09/16)

Eglin, Tyndall eyed for MQ-9
Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base and Tyndall AFB are among four sites being considered to
host unmanned MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. The other two are Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and
Shaw AFB, S.C. The selected base would host a wing of 24 Reapers. The Air Force also is
looking at five bases to host mission control operations. The Air Combat Command is to
conduct on-site surveys at the bases, and could selected preferred locations as early as
the winter of 2016. Currently the Air Force flies about 60 drone missions per day, but that
figure is expected to increase. (Source: AFNS, 09/09/16) Previous related

Contract: Raytheon, $49M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $49,210,994 fixed-price
incentive firm contract (FA8672-16-C-0001) to exercise an option on previously awarded
contract FA8672-10-C0002 for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Increment II Lot 2 production.
Contractor will provide SDB II weapons and containers. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2018. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/08/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $8M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,952,646 cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for field team support services for Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile
(AMRAAM) development test mission support including test planning, test operations, test
reporting, and telemetry analysis. Contractor will provide ground tests, captive flight tests,
and live fire tests conducted for developmental purposes up to and including operational
test readiness reviews. It also includes management and maintenance of AMRAAM
separation test vehicles and other assets used for the test programs. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Utah Test and Training Range, Utah; White Sands
Missile Range, N.M.; Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif.; Edward Air Force Base,
Calif.; Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev.; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by Sept. 8, 2017. 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, is the contracting activity (FA8675-16-C-0067). (Source: DoD,
09/08/16)

Contract: L-3, $13M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $13,092,119
for modification P00020 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements, firm-fixed
price, cost-reimbursable 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 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/08/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $10M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,019,765
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0008) to
exercise an option to procure additional diminishing manufacturing sources electronic
components in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is
expected to be completed in December 2018. This contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (49 percent); Marine Corps (28.38 percent), and Navy (13.13 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD,
09/08/16)

Eglin seeks developer ideas
Northwest Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base is looking for developers with ideas for a 50-acre
property in Fort Walton Beach near the Okaloosa County Courthouse. An appraisal found
it would be a good location for mixed-use development. Eglin is hosting an Industry Day at
9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island to provide information about
the property with developers, realtors, builders, architects and others. The project follows
the successful development of the 152-room, beachfront Holiday Inn Resort by Gulf Breeze-
based Innisfree Hotels on Eglin-owned property in 2014. Innisfree shares some of the
revenue with the military. Glenn Wagner, director of real estate for the base, said some of
the land – Eglin owns more than 460,000 acres – is underutilized and not necessary for the
mission. The Holiday Inn Resort was the base's first attempt to partner with private business
for development of the unused land and was so successful, Innisfree is building a 175-room
Hilton Garden Inn next door, Wagner said. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/07/16)

Mobile builds first jetliner for Spirit
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Airbus A321 aircraft produced for Spirit Airlines in the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility flew for the first time Tuesday. The jetliner took off from the Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley and had a 3.5-hour test flight. The aircraft will go through a couple
more weeks of final production before being delivered to Spirit Airlines. It’s the 10th Airbus
jetliner built at the new Mobile assembly line. The first plane was delivered in April to
JetBlue. (Source: Airbus, 09/06/16)

Eglin to host anti-drone tests
Eglin Air Force Base will be the site this year of a major test of technologies to detect,
identify, track and defeat or disable unmanned systems. The tests, the 2016 edition of
Black Dart, will be Sept. 11 to 23, according to Breaking Defense. Formally classified, the
counter-drone program is expanding to Eglin in search of more space and more
capabilities, including ships. The program is run by the Joint Integrated Air and Missile
Defense Organization (JIAMDO). Two Aegis destroyers will take part in this year’s exercise,
said Navy Lt. Cdr. Ryan Leary, the exercise’s director. (Source: Breaking Defense,
09/02/16)

Marines test bombs over Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Three F-35Bs and 75 personnel from the Marine’s
Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., along with 21
members of Edwards’ JSF Operational Test Team, completed a 22-day deployment Sept. 1
at Eglin to complete five AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and one GBU-
12 aerial laser-guided bomb test shots. The deployment was to further validate and
develop tactics, techniques and procedures for the three variants of the F-35. (Source:
Sea Power, 09/01/16) Eglin is home of the F-35 integrated training center and
reprogramming lab.

Contract: UTC, $38.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded $38,459,410 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-
fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-14-C-0004) for sustainment program
administrative labor in support of the F-35 low-rate initial production Lot IX procurement.
This modification provides for program administrative labor in support of F-135 sustainment
efforts. Work will be performed in East Hartford (85 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (15
percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2019. This contract combines purchases
for the Air Force (38 percent); international partners (26 percent); Navy/Marine Corps (21
percent); and foreign military sales (FMS) customers (15 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/01/16) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and
reprogramming lab.

Contract: Lockheed, $18M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $18,000,000
fixed-price-incentive, firm-target modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition
contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification provides for long lead time materials,
parts, components and effort required to maintain the planned production schedule for one
F-35A low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 aircraft, and two F-35A and one F-35B LRIP
Lot 12 aircraft for a non-U.S. Department of Defense participant in the F-35 program. 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
January 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/01/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center and reprogramming lab.


AUGUST 2016

A320 makes historic flight
A JetBlue A320 made history Wednesday when it made the first commercial flight between
the United States and Cuba in more than a half-century. The Airbus jetliner, Flight 387, left
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and landed in the central city of Santa Clara after a 51-minute trip. U.
S.-Cuba travel was curtailed during the 55-year-old trade embargo. Also Wednesday, the U.
S. Department of Transportation announced the carriers selected to operate routes to
Havana: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue
Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines. Carriers will serve the Cuban
capital from Atlanta, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New
York City, Orlando and Tampa. (Sources: Multiple, including AP via Chicago Tribune,
USAToday, 08/31/16) Gulf Coast note: Airbus now makes A320 series jetliners in Mobile,
Ala. JetBlue was the first customer to take delivery of an A321 in April 2016.

Contract: UTC, $7.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $7,395,958 modification (00008) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-
fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification procures
advanced spare parts and deployment spare part packages and initial spare 3BSM
modules in support of the F-35 for the Marine Corps and Navy. Work will be performed in
Hartford (62 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (38 percent), and is expected to be completed
in August 2019. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps $6,261,526
(85 percent); and the Navy $1,134,432 (15 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/16) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: DRS, $9.8M
DRS Training and Control Systems, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a
$9,757,139 firm-fixed-price contract to procure overhaul/upgrade of the AH-64 digital
captive boresight harmonization kit for a minimum quantity of 25, maximum of 200. Bids
were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be
determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 29, 2021. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-16-D-
0038). (Source: DoD, 08/30/16)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $32.4M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $32,401,348
modification to previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0026 placed against
basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006. This modification provides for software and
hardware upgrades for 28 V-22 flight simulators for the U.S. Marine Corps (19 MV-22) and
the U.S. Air Force (9 CV-22). Work will be performed in Chantilly, Va. (26 percent); Broken
Arrow, Okla. (21 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (10 percent);
Philadelphia, Pa. (5 percent); Mildenhall, United Kingdom (5 percent); Albuquerque, N.M. (4
percent); Clovis, N.M. (4 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent); Clifton, N.J. (2
percent); and Orlando, Fla. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020.
This modification combines purchase for the U.S. Air Force/Special Operations (71
percent) and the U.S. Navy (29 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/16)

Contract: L-3, $19.6M
L-3 Communications Corp. -Systems Field Support, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$19,579,865 modification (P00044) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract
FA8106-11-D-0002 for C-12 contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Accra,
Ghana; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Ankara, Turkey; Bangkok, Thailand; Bogota,
Columbia; Brasilia, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cairo, Egypt;
Edwards AFB, Calif.; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Gaborone, Botswana; Holloman AFB, N.M.;
Islamabad, Pakistan; Manila, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Rabat, Morocco; Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia; San Angelo, Texas; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Yokota AB, Japan, and is expected to
be complete by Aug. 31, 2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker AFB,
Okla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $28.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $28,240,000 for modification
P00001 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-16-C-0004) for additional sustainment in support of Low Rate Initial Production
Lot 10 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Support to be provided includes 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 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in
Orlando, Fla. (79 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (10 percent); Fort Worth (9 percent),
and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (2 percent), and is expected to be completed July, 2022.
This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (79 percent) and U.S Air Force (21
percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304c(1) and
Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Awarded August 26, 2016) (Source: DoD, 08/29/16)

Contract: SDVE, $9.8M
SDVE, LLC, Andalusia, Ala., was awarded on June 8, 2016 a $9,800,000 indefinite-
delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for simplified acquisition of base engineering
requirements. Contractor will provide simplified acquisition of base engineering
requirements contract work including detailed task specifications that encompass most
types of real property maintenance, repair, and minor construction work. Work will be
performed at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., and is expected to be complete by June 7,
2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received. Air
Force Test Center, Arnold AFB, Tenn., is the contracting activity. (FA9101-16-D-0001)
(Source: DoD, 08/29/16)

Jetliner makes emergency landing
A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando made an emergency landing in
Pensacola Saturday when one of its two engines exploded. Oxygen masks dropped down
and the plane shook for a while. One of the pilots came out after the incident to tell
passengers that one of the engines was lost. None of the 99 passengers or five-member
crew aboard the 737, flight 3472, was injured. (Sources: CNN,Washington Times, 08/27/16)

Contract: Cummings, $9.9M
Cummings Aerospace Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $9,902,752 firm-fixed price
and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware, software, and design. This
contract supports the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence &
Munitions Test Improvement (CIMTIC) program. The location of performance is Huntsville
and is expected to be complete by Aug. 25, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition with three offers received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (FA2487-16-D-0145) (Source: DoD, 08/26/16)

Contract: Georgia Tech, $9.9M
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., has
been awarded a $9,902,752 firm-fixed-price and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for hardware, software, and design. This contract supports the Command, Control,
Communications, Computers, and Intelligence & Munitions Test Improvement (CIMTIC)
program. The location of performance is Atlanta and is expected to be complete by Aug.
25, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (FA2487-16-D-
0144) (Source: DoD, 08/26/16)

Contract: Dynetics, $9.9M
Dynetics, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $9,902,752, firm-fixed-price and
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware, software, and design. This
contract supports the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence &
Munitions Test Improvement (CIMTIC) program. The location of performance is Huntsville,
Alabama, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 25, 2017. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition with three offers received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (FA2487-16-D-0143) (Source: DoD, 08/26/16)

Contract: Gulf Power, $9.8M
Gulf Power Co., Pensacola, Fla., is being awarded a $9,804,275 firm-fixed-price
modification to task order 0001 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement
(N69450-14-G-0012). This modification will initiate the findings of the preliminary
assessment and investment grade audit to determine energy improvements at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by November 2017. No funds will be obligated with this award as it will be
financed and paid with the savings from the energy improvements. The Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007 authorizes agencies to use appropriations, private
financing, or a combination to comply with its requirements for utility energy service
contracts for evaluations/project implementation. For this project, Naval Air Station Whiting
Field has agreed to pay for the costs of services/construction from project financing which
will be obtained by Gulf Power Co. The contract was procured under the authority of Title
10 U.S. Code Section 2304(c)(5), statute expressly authorizes or requires that the
acquisition be made through another agency or from a specific source, as implemented by
Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-5. One proposal was received for this task order. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/24/16)

Contract: L-3, $21.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $21,895,190
for modification 0006 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N00019-15-D-0022) to exercise an option one for contractor-owned and operated
business jet training services in support of contracted air services’ basic training, large
national exercises, and small, single unit training exercises. Missions include maritime air
patrol, low/slow terrorist aircraft, air interdiction training, and air intercept/anti-submarine
training. These services support training requirements through air intercept control, anti-
submarine tactical attack control, tracking exercises, electronic warfare missions, banner
tows and target tows. Work will be performed at the Virginia Capes Training Ranges,
Virginia Beach, Va. (50 percent); North Island Naval Base, Coronado, Calif. (40 percent);
and Kauai, Hawaii (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2017. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/24/16)

Contract: Multiple, $155.7M
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-16-D-Z039); Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire
Control, Orlando, Fla. (N00189-16-D-Z040); Science Applications International Corp.,
McLean, Va. (N00189-16-D-Z041); Leidos Inc., Reston, Va. (N00189-16-D-Z042); and
Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Va. (N00189-16-D-Z043), are being awarded a
combined estimated $155,770,425 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity,
cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task orders contract to obtain analytical, engineering,
and project/program management services in support of the Joint Staff J6 Directorate's
C4/Cyber Program. Contracts will run concurrently, and each contract includes a 60-month
ordering period. Work will be performed in Norfolk/Suffolk, Va. (49.5 percent); Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla. (27 percent); Arlington, Va. (13.5 percent); and contractor facilities (10
percent). Work is expected to be completed by September 2021. Each of the five
contractors will be allowed to bid on the individual task orders as they are issued. Naval
Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Contracting Department,
Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/16)

NASA awards contract modification
NASA has 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 the agency’s information technology (IT)
communications infrastructure services. This $6.5 million contract modification adds
external border-protection and enterprise internal border-network access control sustaining
efforts. This contract is a cost-plus award fee/cost-plus incentive fee contract that began
June 1, 2011, and consists of a three-year base period, followed by a two-year option,
three-year option and another two-year option. The period of performance runs through
May 31, 2021, if all options are exercised. The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at
Stennis Space Center, Miss., administers the contract. The NSSC performs select business
activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA, 08/22/16)

F-35 landings almost too precise
Before seven carrier-variant F-35 embarked aboard the carrier USS George Washington
for its third and final round of developmental testing, they completed a required on-shore
training period and learned just how precise a built-in landing program could be. The
practice landings at Choctaw Naval Outlying Field near Pensacola, Fla., went so well, with
the planes landing on the same spot of the runway every time. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker,
head of Naval Air Forces, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International
Studies in Washington, D.C., that the landings on the same spot tore up the runway where
the hook touches down. The F-35C uses the Delta Flight Path, a built-in technology that
controls glide slope and minimizes the number of variables pilots have to monitor as they
complete arrested carrier landings. (Source: DoD Buzz, 08/18/16)

33rd FW participating in exercise
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Members of the 33rd Fighter Wing will be participating in
the two-week Northern Light exercise at Volk Field, Wis. In Northern Light, Air National
Guard, Air Force and Navy aircraft simulate deployment and missions in a contested
environment. Instructor pilots, student pilots and professional maintainers from the 33rd FW
will take part in the large force exercise to develop and demonstrate the ability to deploy
and sustain an F-35A squadron in its intended threat environment alongside legacy
aircraft. Col. Lance Pilch, 33rd FW commander, said the wing “has been and will continue
to be integral in building battle-ready F-35 pilots and maintainers capable of employing this
weapons system against elevated threats.” (Source: 33rd FW Public Affairs, 08/18/16)

RS-25 tested 420 seconds
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers successfully conducted a
development test of the RS-25 rocket engine Thursday.  The RS-25 will help power
the core stage of the agency’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for the
journey to Mars and beyond. The test of engine No. 0528 was for 420 seconds.
The SLS rocket will be powered by four RS-25 engines, firing along with a pair of
solid rocket boosters. NASA has conducted tests of the new booster at Orbital
ATK’s test facilities in Promontory, Utah, while all RS-25 developmental and flight
engine tests will be conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at SSC. (Source: NASA,
08/18/16)

Contract: UTC, $17.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded $17,382,523 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded,
cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract N00019-14-C-
0004 for additional long lead items in support of the F-35 low-rate initial
production (LRIP) Lot XI procurement. This modification provides for delivery of
long-lead items for the LRIP Lot XI effort for the Navy/Marine Corps, Air Force,
international partners, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. The long-lead
items include group hardware supporting 48 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for
the Air Force; group hardware supporting 14 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for
the Marine Corps; group hardware supporting four F135-PW-100 propulsion
systems for the Navy; and group hardware supporting 51 F135-PW-100 and three
F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for international partners and foreign military
sales. This modification also provides for procurement of afloat support
packages/deployment spares packages 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 August
2018. This contract combines purchases for the Navy/Marine Corps (87.8 percent);
Air Force (2.3 percent); international partners (9.5 percent); and FMS customers
(0.40 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/16)

Contract: Webb, $11.5M
Webb Electric Co. of Florida, Pensacola, Fla., was awarded an $11,499,889 firm-fixed-price
contract for repair circuit six, selected portions. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
seven received. Work will be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, with an
estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa, Okla., is the
contracting activity (W912BV-16-C-0037). (Source: DoD, 08/18/16)

First U.S.-built Spirit A321 painted
MOBILE, Ala. – The first U.S.-built A321 for Spirit Airlines has left the MAAS Aviation paint
shop at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility and will soon enter the flight test phase. The
aircraft is the 10th A321 to be produced in Mobile. Seven have been delivered. (Source:
Airbus, 08/16/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $20M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $20,783,686 modification to
a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price contract
(N00019-15-C-0031) for the procurement, delivery, installation, configuration, and standup
of the Naval Air Station Lemoore Training Infrastructure System and Pilot Fitting Facility in
support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (90 percent);
Greenville, S.C. (6 percent); and Fort Worth (4 percent). Work is expected to be completed
in March 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/11/16)

Contract: UTC, $151.7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded $151,664,883 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification
procures initial spare modules, engine system trainers, support equipment and depot
activation services and supplies in support of the F-35 for Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force,
international partners and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed at
Hartford (88 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (12 percent), and is expected to be complete
in September 2019. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (35.52
percent); Navy (20.26 percent); Marine Corps (12.05 percent); international partners
(30.15 percent); and foreign military sales customers (2.02 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/10/16)

SSC-developed camera a star
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A booster test for NASA’s Space Launch System in
June also demonstrated a new video recorder that captured unprecedented imagery of the
rocket firing, revealing details normally masked by the motor’s bright-hot exhaust.
Developed by engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, the camera can record multiple
slow motion exposures at once. Conventional cameras can only record in one exposure, a
problem when trying to document very bright events like a rocket test. The new method is
called the High Dynamic Range Stereo X, or HiDyRS-X. Imagery from the new recording
system exposes everything within its field-of-view, showing the rocket motor’s supersonic
exhaust plume while still keeping other parts of the image visible. (Source: Spaceflight Now,
08/09/16)

Farnborough: Cementing bonds
The announcement from the Farnborough International Air Show last month was on the first
day of the business session, and it was big. Aerojet Rocketdyne said it would assemble and
test its AR1 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss. But announcements like
that are not the norm. Indeed, what does not get publicity are the relationships developed
and nurtured at the air show, which are key to the whole process. Those are investments of
time and effort that might not have any payoff for many years to come. A look back at last
month’s show. (Source: GCRL Aerospace Newsletter, article, 08/09/16)

Drones growing SSC science repertoire
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A federal facility best-known for testing huge space
rocket engines has added to its repertoire over the years. The most recent capability is in a
field growing in leaps and bounds: unmanned systems. And a recent FAA decision to
expand the restricted
air space over SSC promises to make it a key activity. (Source: GCRL Aerospace
Newsletter, article, 08/09/16)

DI: Putting innovation on the fast track
For an organization that didn’t even open its doors until 2014, what’s happened since then
is a strong indication of the value of its work. The Doolittle Institute, a think tank that
launched in Fort Walton Beach with $1.5 million in funding from the Air Force Research Lab
Munitions Directorate, is on a growth curve. Last month the state said DI would get
$100,000 from the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program. But that’s just part
of the story about cutting-edge DI, which today has a growing operation in Tampa,
collaboration agreements with universities and research organizations, and multimillion-
dollar funding expected to double this year. (Source: GCRL Aerospace Newsletter, article,
08/09/16)

SSC key in quest for next gen engines
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA’s rocket engine test facility in South Mississippi
has become a battleground in the contest to replace Russian-built engines used for
government launches. SpaceX and Aerojet Rocketdyne, two of the four companies
competing to develop
engines to replace the RD-180, both have chosen to use Stennis Space Center to develop
the crucial engines. (Source: GCRL Aerospace Newsletter, article, 08/09/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $102M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $101,970,569 for
cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order 0026 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order definitizes a previously awarded undefinitized
contract action and provides for additional non-recurring effort and integration efforts
required in support of the F-35 Reprogramming Center West. Efforts will include the
production of F-35 software data loads for laboratory testing, planning for verification and
validation (V&V) test, conduct technical support of the test, design, build, and delivery of
V&V modification kits and mission data file generation tools for the Foreign Military Sales
customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (53 percent); Orlando, Fla. (25
percent); Nashua, N.H. (18 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (2 percent); and San Diego, Calif.
(2 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Foreign military sales
funds in the amount of $74,121,831 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, 08/04/16)

Brown opening facility in Atmore
ATMORE, Ala. -- Huntsville-based Brown Precision Inc. will open a $7 million manufacturing
facility that will create more than 100 jobs. Brown Precision, founded in 1964, performs
precision machining for the aerospace and medical industries. The family owned company
manufactures complex components for aircraft and helicopters, and also, artificial human
joints, according to the governor’s office. Workers at the new facility in Atmore will be
involved in CNC-based manufacturing, custom fabrication, and component coating. Brown
Precision will become the first industrial tenant at the new Rivercane Industrial Park.
(Source: WKRG, Made in Alabama, 08/04/16)

Mississippi OLF to host F-35Cs
Navy and Marine F-35C pilots training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., are expected to start
two weeks of practice carrier-landing training Aug. 6 at the Naval Air Station Meridian’s
Outlying Field Joe Williams in Kemper County. The F-35C pilots will be conducting the
practices during daylight hours. The F-35C is a long-range stealth strike fighter built with
larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear designed for carrier operations. (Source:
Meridian Star 08/03/16)

Contract: Cutter, $16M
Cutter Enterprises LLC, Vernon-Rockville, Conn., was awarded a $16,065,460 firm-fixed-
price contract for a design-build fuel cell maintenance hangar. Bids were solicited via the
Internet with six received. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., with an estimated
completion date of Aug. 19, 2018. Fiscal 2012 military construction funds in the amount of
$16,065,460 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile,
Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-16-C-0021). (Source: DoD, 08/02/16)

AF: F-35 combat-ready
The Air Force today declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for battle. The
milestone means that the service can now send its first operational F-35
formation, the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, into combat
operations anywhere in the world. The service, which plans to buy 1,763 of the
Lockheed Martin F-35As, is the single-largest customer of the fighter. The Air
Force follows the Marine Corps in approving F-35s for operations. (Source:
Defense News, 08/02/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Rockhill, $7.6M
The Rockhill Group Inc., Molino, Fla., has been awarded a $7,610,538 fixed-price
with cost-reimbursable line items contract for air and ground training support.
Contractor will furnish all personnel, equipment, tools, materials, supervision,
and all other items and services that are required to support MQ-1/9 RPA with air
and ground intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Work will be
performed at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), N.M.; Creech AFB, Nev.; March Air
National Guard Base (ANGB), Calif.; and Hancock ANGB, N.Y., and is expected to
be complete by Sept. 30, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition with seven offers received. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance
funds in the amount of $9,534 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Combat
Command, Langley AFB, Va., is the contracting activity (FA4890-16-C-0011).
(Source: DoD, 08/01/16)


JULY 2016

Allegiant to buy 12 A320ceos
Allegiant Travel Co., of Las Vegas, Nev., has signed a purchase agreement for 12
Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft. This deal marks the first time the
low-cost airline has purchased new aircraft from any manufacturer. Each will be
powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. The company’s current fleet
plan is focused on a transition to all Airbus aircraft including a mix of previously-
owned aircraft along with those included in this deal. (Source: Airbus, 07/29/16)
Gulf Coast note: Airbus builds A320 series jetliners in Mobile, Ala., and three
other sites worldwide.

RS-25 gets another test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers conducted a successful
developmental test of RS-25 rocket engine No. 0528 today to collect critical
performance data for the Space Launch System (SLS). The engine fired a full 650-
second test on the A-1 Test Stand. The SLS will launch humans deeper into space
than ever before. Four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines, joined with a pair of
solid rocket boosters, will power the SLS core stage. The RS-25 engines used on
the first four SLS flights are former space shuttle main engines, modified to
operate at a higher performance level and with a new engine controller, which
allows communication between the vehicle and engine. NASA conducted a series
of developmental tests on the engine last year before testing a flight engine that
will be used on its second test flight, Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). EM-2 will be
the first crewed flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, launching on the SLS. A second
series of developmental tests began July 14. The test was conducted by a team of
NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Syncom Space Services engineers and operators.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 07/29/16)

New Orleans airport cost leader
The airport in New Orleans leads the Gulf Coast with the lowest average airfares
of 10 commercial airports in the region. According to 1st quarter data from the
Federal Aviation Administration’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Louis
Armstrong International (MSY) had an average fare of $324.90 and was the only
airport in the region with a fare below the national average of $361.20. Pensacola
International Airport (PNS) was second in the region with an average fare of
$454.77, followed by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) at
$463.41, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) at $472.22, Hattiesburg/Laurel
Regional Airport (PIB) was $479.25, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) at
$489.30, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) at $512.26, Mobile Regional
Airport (MOB) at $554.86 and Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) at $574.79 and
Dothan Regional Airport (DHN) at $721.69. (Source: GCRL, 07/28/16) FAA release

Gulf to be site of UAV swarm test
The Navy will conduct two technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned
vehicles over the next nine weeks. In the first demonstration Friday, a “flock” of
30 unmanned aerial vehicles will fly over the Gulf of Mexico. The LOCUST (Low-
Cost UAV Swarming Technology), first demonstrated in 2014, use a tube launcher
that can propel the 30 UAVs within two minutes. An information-sharing data link
between the UAVs enables autonomous collaboration. They will form up and four
will break off and perform an unspecified task. The swarm of UAVs can be used
for offensive or defensive missions to overwhelm the capabilities of enemy
platforms. The next demonstration in September will feature swarming unmanned
surface vehicles. (Source: Sea Power 07/22/16)

Last Raider will dedicate exhibit
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  – The co-pilot who sat next to Jimmy Doolittle during
the famous bombing run over Japan five months after Pearl Harbor will be on
hand to dedicate the newly remodeled Doolittle Raiders exhibit at the Air Force
Armament Museum. Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole will attend the July 30
ceremony at the museum just outside Eglin Air Force Base. The ceremony begins
at 9:30 a.m. Lt Gen Marshall “Brad” Webb, commander of the Air Force Special
Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, will be the featured speaker. At 100, Cole
is the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raid. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News 07/26/16) Eighty airmen took off from the USS Hornet April 18, 1942 and
dropped bombs on the Japanese homeland, an attack that helped lift U.S. morale.
They trained at Eglin.

Contract: Harris, $8.5M
Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $8,541,525 modification
(P00685) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for the Eglin Beam
Steer Segment technology refresh, System Program Agency development and risk
reduction efforts. Contractor work includes establishing the BEAMSTR lab
environment; conducting trade studies and analysis; prototyping solutions and
reduce risk of implementation of the BEAMSTR replacement project. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 31,
2017. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the
contracting activity. (Source: 07/26/16)

Contract: Vanquish, $7.3M
Vanquish Worldwide LLC, Maryville, Tenn., was awarded a $7,267,496 modification
(0001) to contract W52P1J-14-G-0026 for supply, maintenance and transportation
for logistics support services, Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion
date of Aug. 31, 2017. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the
contracting activity. (Source: 07/26/16)

Aero state’s 2nd largest in growth
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- Agriculture and tourism continue to be vital to Alabama’s
economy, but the second largest growing industry sector now is aerospace. That’
s according to Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. He made the
comment at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s annual summer
conference Monday. He said the arrival of Airbus in Mobile will bring “great
results for this region for months and years to come.” (Source: WKRG-TV, 07/25/16)

JetBlue wants more A321s
JetBlue has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional
15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option)
jetliners.  The New York-based airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet
announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft.  Beginning in 2019,
JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the
Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR. Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered
aircraft are expected to be assembled at the Airbus plant in Mobile, Ala. The first
aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility, a JetBlue A321
known as BluesMobile,  is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show
in Oshkosh, Wisc. BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service
this spring. (Source: Airbus, 07/26/16)

Contract: Boeing, $12M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $12,053,076 for cost-plus-fixed-
fee, delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement
(N00019-16-G-0001) for non-recurring design and development engineering for an
engineering change proposal for the “Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue
Angels) Super Hornet Conversion.” Work will be performed in St. Louis (82.8
percent); and El Segundo, Calif. (17.2 percent), and is expected to be completed
September 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/16) The Blue Angels are based at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

Contract: UTC, $11.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded $11,418,713 for modification P00016 to a previously awarded firm-
fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-
14-C-0026). This modification exercises an option for the supplies and services to
implement engineering changes to the Rolls Royce lift fan systems and engine ice
protection system in support of the F-35 for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and
international partners. Work will be performed at Indianapolis, Ind. (97 percent);
and Oklahoma City, Okla. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2017. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps
(97.32 percent); Navy (0.75 percent); Air Force (0.62 percent); and international partners
(1.31 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/16)

Contract: L-3, $216.4M
L-3 Communications Corp. System Field Support, Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$216,370,058 modification (P00196) to contract W58RGZ-10-C-0107 for 12 months of
continued contractor aircraft logistics support. Work will be performed in Madison with an
estimated completion date of July 31, 2017. Army Contracting Command, Redstone
Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/25/16)

Plane makes emergency stop
An American Eagle flight from Pensacola to Miami with 46 passengers had to make an
emergency landing in Panama City Wednesday morning after the pilot reported smoke in
the cockpit. Flight 3260, a 50-passenger Embraer ERJ 145, left Pensacola International
Airport at 6:10 a.m., and 20 minutes into the flight landed at Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport. Passengers were taken to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport by bus
for a replacement aircraft. (Sources: WEAR, WJHG, 07/20/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.3M
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, King of Prussia, Pa., has been awarded a
$7,342,492, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
Enterprise Management System 5.0. This contract provides for enhancements to the
software package known as the JASSM Enterprise Management System. Work will be
performed at King of Prussia and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2017. 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 (FA8682-16-C-0091). (Source: DoD,
07/20/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $241.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $241,765,645
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for
procurement of diminishing manufacturing sources electronic components. The
modification will support aircraft production through Lot 15 for U.S. and international
facilities for the F-35. Work will be performed in Burlington, Vt. (98 percent); and Fort Worth
(2 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. This contract combines
purchases for the Air Force (49.17 percent); Marine Corps (17.91 percent); Navy (12.45
percent); foreign military sales customers (10.93 percent); and the international partners
(9.54 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 07/19/16)

RS-68A successfully tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne on Friday successfully completed
its latest acceptance test on a liquid-fueled RS-68A booster engine. The RS-68A is used to
power United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV launch vehicle. The routine three-minute hot-fire
test was conducted by the company’s Center of Excellence for Large Liquid Rocket Engine
Assembly and Test located at SSC. This is Aerojet Rocketdyne’s 119th hot-fire test on the
production model of the RS-68 engine family. The RS-68A is the world’s most powerful
liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen booster engine and provides 702,000 pounds of lift-off
thrust, equivalent to 17 million horsepower. The RS-68A was certified for use in 2011. The
test is part of acceptance testing done to validate engine performance prior to delivery to
the customer in Decatur, Ala. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 07/15/16)

Flight Medic course launched
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute on July 11 launched a new
Flight Medic course at Navy Medicine Operational Training Center for seven search and
rescue hospital corpsmen. The course is for search and rescue corpsmen to receive
required flight medical training. In the past this was done at the sailor’s command. No formal
course existed for standardized training until the Navy joined with the Air Force and Army in
2004 to provide a more structured education. The three services went their separate ways
April 1, and the Navy moved its course from Fort Rucker, Ala., to Pensacola. The logistics
included everything from ordering textbooks to placing a full-size simulation helicopter.
NAMI set up simulated H-60 and V-22 aircraft, the current operational standard in the fleet.
(Source: Military.com 07/13/16)

RS-25 has early shutdown
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- A minor issue with the test stand triggered an early
shutdown in the latest test of an RS-25 engine, officials said. The test of developmental
engine No. 0528 was Thursday on the A-1 test stand. The RS-25 engines will provide core
stage power for NASA's Space Launch System. Initiated at 5:57 p.m. (CST), the test stand
issue triggered an early shutdown 193 seconds into the test, scheduled for 650 seconds.
No issues were reported with the engine, and the next test is planned for August. Even with
the early shutdown, the test will provide valuable performance data on the new engine
controller and operating parameters needed for launch of the SLS. Officials will determine
missed development points can be added to one of the four future tests in the series. The
test was conducted by a team of NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne and Syncom Space Services
engineers and operators. Aerojet Rocketdyne is the prime contractor for the RS-25
engines. Syncom Space Services is the prime contractor for Stennis facilities and
operations. (Source: NASA/SSC, 07/15/16)

SSC restricted airspace expanded
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The Federal Aviation Administration has expanded the
restricted air space over NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The expanded restricted air space
bolsters Mississippi’s efforts to recruit more industry leaders to Stennis Space Center and
the Gulf Coast region. The expansion supports ongoing rocket engine testing at the facility
and allows Stennis Space Center’s tenants to test unmanned aerial vehicles for research
and development purposes. The air space also is used for training by the Department of
Defense and commercial companies. The restricted air space was initially defined over SSC
in the 1960s to test Apollo Saturn V rockets. The expansion, which went into effect on May
26, covers five areas of about 100 square miles between Stennis International Airport and
the Picayune, Miss., airport. Of the five areas under the expansion, three are for use by the
Department of Defense, whose training includes firing lasers from the air to the ground.
The other two areas are designated for NASA’s missions. (Sources: Mississippi Business
Journal, Sun Herald, 07/14/16)

BluesMobile to attend AirVenture
The first Airbus jetliner built in the United States – the JetBlue A321 BluesMobile – will
participate in this month’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The 64th annual Experimental
Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh,
Wisc. The A321, built at the new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala., was
delivered to JetBlue in April. It will be in Oshkosh July 26 and on display along the
AirVenture flightline. (Source: EAA Airventure Oshkosh, 06/30/16) Since BluesMobile was
delivered, five Mobile-built Airbus jetliners have been delivered to customers.

Blue Angels announce solo pilot
The Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron announced the selection of a prior
Blue Angels pilot to serve as the new Blue Angel No. 6 opposing solo pilot. Navy Cmdr.
Frank Weisser will return to the team for the remainder of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Weisser previously served on the Blue Angels from 2008-2010. (Source: NNS, 07/11/16)
Weisser replaces Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, who died in a crash during a practice session in
Tennessee June 2.

Raytheon to demo missile EW upgrade
The Air Force awarded Raytheon a potential $34.8 million contract to demonstrate an
updated electronic warfare technology for the Mineature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer.
Raytheon said it is scheduled to complete development of MALD-X, successor of the
current MALD-J model, within a 24-month period and will conduct two flight demonstrations
to showcase the aerial decoy’s EW upgrades. MALD-X will feature an EW payload, a low-
altitude flight mode and a datalink, the company noted. MALD-X is a collaborative effort of
the Air Force, Navy, Special Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense
and Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base’s MALD Program Office. Raytheon designed MALD to
duplicate friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures to confuse adversaries.
(Source: Executive Biz, 07/11/16)

SSC gets new Aerojet Rocketdyne work
Aerojet Rocketdyne announced that assembly and testing of its AR1 advanced
liquid rocket engine will be done at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss., a move
that will expand the company’s Center of Excellence for Large Liquid Rocket
Engine Assembly and Test. The AR1 is being developed to support the country’s
mandate to eliminate U.S. reliance on the Russian RD-180 engine for national
security space launches by 2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s facility at SSC  is already
home for assembly and testing of the RS-68 engine that powers the Delta IV family
of launch vehicles, and the RS-25 engine that will power NASA’s Space Launch
System. As a part of the buildup for RS-25 assembly and testing, Aerojet
Rocketdyne is locating its RS 25 low pressure turbopump assembly to the
company’s facility at SSC. Aeroject Rocketdyne currently has 130 workers at SSC.
That will grow to more than 200. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 07/11/16)

AF releases candidate bases
The Air Force announced eight installations as candidate locations where it will
potentially consolidate its Battlefield Airman training. The installations are Eglin
Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and Patrick AFB, all in Florida; Keesler AFB, Miss.;
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Shaw AFB, S.C.; and
Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Last year, the Air Force reviewed its Battlefield Airman
training, airmen who are part of the nation’s special ops forces. The review
determined grouping training at consolidated locations may lead to improvements
and synergies in the current training processes. As a result, the Air Force is
investigating potential locations to consolidate training. (Source: AFNS, 07/07/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $559.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $559,500,000 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 10 F-35
aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Non Department of Defense (DoD)
Participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in
Orlando, Fla. (79 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (10 percent); Fort Worth, Texas
(9 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (2 percent), and is expected to be
completed July 2022. This contract combines purchases for the non DoD
participants (46 percent); Air Force (23 percent); foreign military sales customers
(19 percent); Navy (6 percent); and Marine Corps (6 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-16-C-
0004).  (Source: DoD, 07/07/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $1.5B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded $1,509,856,423 for firm-fixed-price, incentive-firm target
modification P00005 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-15-C-0004). This modification provides components, parts, and materials
for the production of Low Rate Initial Production Lot 10 F135-PW-100 propulsion
systems for the Air Force (44); Navy (4); and (9) F-135-PW-600 propulsion systems
for the Marine Corps. In addition, this modification provides components, parts
and materials for (36) F135 –PW-100 propulsion systems for the international
partners and Foreign Military Sales customers; (4) F135-PW-600 propulsion
systems for the international partners; and (2) F135-PW-100 propulsion systems
for the global spares pool. Work will be performed in East Hartford (89 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (8 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (3 percent), and is
expected to be completed in Sept. 2019. This modification combines purchases
for the Air Force (37 percent); Navy/Marine Corps (24 percent); International
Partners (23 percent); and Foreign Military Sales customers (16 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/07/16)

Enlisted to fly Global Hawk
The Air Force recently selected the first 10 enlisted Airmen to attend RQ-4 Global
Hawk pilot training, marking the first time since World War II enlisted Airmen will
be behind the stick. The first combined enlisted and officer training course will
begin October 2016, with the first enlisted Airmen expected to graduate in 2017.
The initiative to incorporate enlisted pilots is the first step to developing future
operating concepts within the multi-domain intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance enterprise. The Global Hawk is the most stable remotely piloted
aircraft community and presents an opportunity now to integrate enlisted Airmen
in RPAs to posture the force for dynamic future operating environments. (Source:
AFNS, 07/07/16) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part in Moss Point,
Miss.; pilot training is a major military activity in the region.

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $23.2M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Mary Esther, Fla., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$23,232,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for forward operating
location contractor
logistic support. Contractor will perform 30-45 day excursions at
forward operating locations in Afghanistan. Work will be performed at forward operating
locations, Afghanistan, and is expected to be complete by May 30, 2017. This contract
involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the
contracting activity (FA8637-16-C-6006). (Source: DoD, 07/01/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $28.3M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $28,291,573 firm-fixed-price modification
to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-5406) for hardware kits in support of the
Phalanx Close-In-Weapon-System program. Kits are intended to upgrade the Phalanx
weapons system to the latest approved configuration. Work will be performed in Forest,
Miss. (50 percent); Dallas, Texas (28 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (13 percent), and
Andover, Mass. (9 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2018. The Naval
Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/01/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $93.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $93,862,479
modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for
procurement of diminishing manufacturing sources electronic components. The
modification will support aircraft production through Lot 14 for U.S. facilities, and Lot 15 for
international facilities for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Work will be performed in
Richardson, Texas (98 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent), and is expected to be
completed in June 2017. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (45.04
percent); Navy (13.61 percent); Marine Corps (6.12 percent); foreign military sales
customers (16.47 percent); and the international partners (31.79 percent) under the
Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting authority. (Source: DoD, 07/06/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.


JUNE 2016

Contract: Raytheon, $118.5M
Raytheon Co. - Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $118,526,926 firm-
fixed-price contract for Lot 9 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer vehicles and support
equipment. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by June 30,
2020. 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-
0004). (Source: DoD, 06/29/16)

Contract: Davis Defense, $95M
Davis Defense Group, Stafford, Va., is being awarded a maximum ceiling $95,000,000 five-
year, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide professional
support services including: administrative, editorial, engineering, instructional, multimedia,
program management, student service support, instructional technology and subject matter
experts for the Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training (CDET) Distance
Professional Military Education programs. Services will support the CDET mission to
design, develop, deliver, evaluate, manage, and resource distance learning products and
programs across the training and education continuum in order to increase operational
readiness. CDET has the responsibility to develop and deliver career/service level school,
intermediate/joint level school, and professional military education to eligible Marines. Work
will be performed in Quantico, Va. (52 percent); Camp Lejeune, N.C. (8 percent); Camp
Pendleton, Calif. (8 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (7 percent); Miramar, Calif.a (7 percent); Fort
Worth, Texas (6 percent); Hawaii (6 percent); and Okinawa, Japan (6 percent), and work is
expected to be completed by July 2021. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, is the
contracting activity (M67854-16-D-7100). (Source: DoD, 06/28/16)

Contract: Wyle, $34M
Wyle Laboratories Inc., Huntsville, Ala., is being awarded a $34,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and logistic
services in support of the F-35 Joint Program Office. Work will be performed in Arlington,
Va., and is expected to be completed in June 2017. This contract was not competitively
procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-16-D-0030). (Source: DoD,
06/28/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Alion, $18M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded an $18,091,846 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering and logistics
service in support of the F-35 Joint Program Office. Work will be performed in Arlington,
Va., and is expected to be completed in June 2017. This contract was not competitively
procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft
Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-16-D-0031). (Source: DoD,
06/28/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Blue Angels resume schedule
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to the 2016 demonstration schedule July 2-4 in
Traverse City, Mich. The Blue Angels temporarily stood down, canceling three weekend
shows, following a crash on June 2 during a practice in Smyrna, Tenn., in which Marine
Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed. The Team will fly a modified five jet demonstration in Traverse
City, along with Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130. The Blue Angels will pick up with their
schedule with Traverse City, Gary, Ind. and Pensacola, Fla. (Source: NNS, 06/25/16)

Airbus eyes U.S. for A400M
America is key to export sales of the A400M, as Airbus Defense and Space prepares to
pitch it to the biggest Western military market amid recent technical troubles. “The US will
be our target, but clearly not today,” Fernando Alonso, head of the company’s military
aircraft division, told journalists June 20. Airbus is still focusing on fixing cracks on its
propeller gearbox and cracks on the central part of the fuselage on some aircraft. There
already is American content in the A400M, and the share of that equipment would rise if a U.
S. deal were to be sealed. No details were immediately available, but the four-engine
turboprop could be assembled in Mobile, Ala., where Airbus built a factory for the A320
jetliner. (Source: Defense News, 06/23/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $13.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $13,430,765
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0031).
This modification provides for the delivery, installation, configuration, and initial sustainment
for the Autonomic Logistics Information Systems Operational Representative Environment
in support of the F-35 Lightening II. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (56 percent);
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (30 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent); and Hill Air
Force Base, Utah (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2017. This
modification combines purchases for the Air Force (50 percent); the Marine Corps (25
percent) and the Navy (25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/23/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Whiting gets its final T-6B
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – The final T-6B Texan II training aircraft has
been delivered to Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Hundreds of aviation students have
learned flying fundamentals with the T-6B since the Navy transitioned from the aging T-34C
Turbo Mentor as its primary training aircraft in 2009. It’s the 148th T-6B delivered to the
base. Whiting Field trains around 750 student Naval aviators in the T-6B each year. The
base trains Navy, Marine students along with some students from the Air Force Coast
Guard and students from allied nations, the Navy said. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
06/22/16, Whiting Field, 06/20/16)

Saturn V “lands” at Infinity
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- The last assembled Saturn V first stage that was never
used has arrived at Infinity Science Center, south of Interstate 10, where it will be on
permanent display. The S-IC first stage was completed in 1970 and intended for the Apollo
19 lunar landing mission in 1973, but that mission was canceled, along with Apollo 18 and
20. It had been at Michoud Assembly Facility, where it was built. Complete with its five F-1
rocket engines, the stage was placed on a barge in New Orleans and went via the
Intercoastal Waterway to Pearl River, then off-loaded at SSC. It was transported by truck to
Infinity and is now at SSC. (Source: GCRL, 06/21/16)

Contract: Drace, $10.5M
Drace Anderson JV, Gulfport, Miss., is being awarded $10,477,239 for firm-fixed-price task
order 0008 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N69450-13-D-
1762) for construction of the T-6B Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System, training
operations facility, at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The work to be performed provides for
a two-story training operations facility located on the flight line. Renovations of the existing
hangar space include temporary office space and demolition of existing buildings.
Construction of parking areas and associated site work; storm water and utility construction
are part of the project. In addition this project includes a pavilion, furniture, fixtures and
equipment. The task order also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised, would
increase cumulative task order value to $10,496,392. Work will be performed in Milton,
Fla.,, and is expected to be completed by March 2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/20/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $28M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $28,000,000 modification
(P00007) to the maximum ordering amount of previously awarded contract FA8675-14-D-
0009 for integration of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) onto
various Air Force and Navy aircraft platforms. Contractor will facilitate several new task
orders for platform integration support including the F-16 Block 30, F-35, F-15 Eagle
Passive Active Warning Survivability System; F-16 Active Electronically Scanned Array;
AMRAAM Real Time Integration Simulator; and multiple F/A-18 configurations. Work will be
performed at Fort Worth, Texas; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah;
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; White Sands Missile Range, N.
M.; China Lake/Point Mugu, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Seattle, Wash.; Baltimore, Md.; and
Tucson, Ariz. Work is expected to be complete by Jan. 30, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/20/16)

Contract: CCI, $8M
CCI Energy and Construction Services LLC, Shalimar, Fla., has been awarded an
$8,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Simplified Acquisition of Base
Engineering Requirement (SABER). Contractor will provide all plant, labor, materials and
equipment, and perform all operations in connection with SABER at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. Work is expected to be complete by June 16, 2017. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-16-D-4010). (Source: DoD, 06/20/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $34M
Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc., Bethesda, Md., was awarded a $34,027,588
modification (P00019) to contract W912DY-15-F-0164 for Next Generation Technical
Services IV. Work will be performed in 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 Sept. 17, 2016. Fiscal 2016 research, development,
testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the
award. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/17/16)

Saturn V stage takes off
NEW ORLEANS -- The last assembled Saturn V first stage is now on its way to Infinity
Science Center, where it will be on permanent display in view for travelers on Interstate 10.
The S-IC first stage was the last of its type and completed in 1970. It was intended for the
Apollo 10 lunar landing mission in 1973, but instead was parked at the entrance to the
Michoud Assembly Facility in 1978, where it’s remained until the move. Complete with its
five F-1 rocket engines, the stage was placed on a barge where it will go from the
Intercoastal Waterway to Pearl River to be off-loaded at Stennis Space Center. From there
it will be transported by truck to Infinity, south of the Interstate 10. Because it can’t go under
the I-10 overpass, it will have to head west on I-10 and turn around past the bridge over the
Pearl River. It will then come back east and exit to Infinity. It will arrive early Tuesday.
(Source: multiple, including collectSPACE, 06/16/16, Clarion-Ledger, 06/17/16))

AR1 testing underway at SSC
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully achieved full-power
during a preburner test series at NASA’s Stennis Space Center earlier this month. The test
series verified key preburner injector design parameters for the company’s AR1 engine that
is being designed to end use of Russian engines for national security space launches. This
testing is a continuation of earlier preburner testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
in Huntsville, Ala., and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Sacramento, Calif., location. (Source: Aerojet
Rocketdyne, 06/17/16)

Blue Angels restart training
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels surprised people downtown and at Pensacola Beach
Thursday when they flew over both locations in preparation for the resumption of the air
show season. The Navy flight demonstration team temporarily halted the season after a
June 2 crash in Tennessee that killed Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. Five planes were in the
formation Thursday. (Source: Navy Times, 06/16/16)

Contract: Boeing, $7.6M
The Boeing Co. - Defense, Space & Security Missile and Unmanned Airborne Systems; St.
Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $7,663,455 modification (P00007) to previously
awarded contract FA2103-16-C-0061 for engineering and manufacturing development of
the B61-12 tailkit assembly. This modification adds additional test assets, materials, and
hardware to enable the development of the tailkit assembly. Work will be performed at St
Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be complete by May 16, 2019. No funds are being
obligated at the time of award. The modification will be incrementally funded. Air Force
Nuclear Weapons Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/13/16)

Airbus seeking more workers
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus is seeking its next phase of candidates to fill manufacturing positions
for its assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex. The open positions include aircraft mechanics
structure installation, installers for aircraft cabin interiors and aircraft electrical installers.
Successful candidates must have at minimum a high school diploma or GED, and one or
more years of experience with aircraft maintenance or comparable field or education. Other
positions also now available include aircraft systems installer and ground test inspector.
Airbus points out that even if a candidate has previously applied for a position at Airbus,
reapply for any position for which you feel qualified. For a complete job description of all
the positions and to apply, go to www.aidt.edu/jobs. (Source: Airbus, 06/08/16)

Contract: UTC, $64.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
not-to-exceed $64,205,540 increase via modification P00170 to previously awarded
unfinitized contract action FA8611-08-C-2896 P00160 for F119 engine sustainment. Work
will be performed at East Hartford; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force
Base, Alaska; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Langley Air Force
Base, Va.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force
Base, Okla.; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31,
2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/08/16)

Blue Angels cancel two shows
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, canceled
their upcoming performances at the Syracuse International Air Show and Vectren Dayton
Air Show. The team was previously scheduled to attend the air shows in Syracuse, N.Y.,
and Dayton, Ohio, June 11-12 and June 18-19, respectively. Following a crash June 2 that
claimed the life of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, the team is in an operational pause prior. The
Navy has offered to support these two air shows with their Tactical Demonstration Teams
during the time slot of the scheduled Blue Angels performance. The Tactical Demonstration
or "TACDEMO" is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18
Hornet and Super Hornet. (Source: NNS, 06/07/16)

Missing date contributed to plane loss
A lack of flight test data was a contributing factor in an April 2015 accident that led to an
AC-130J nose-diving 5,000 feet in an inverted position before the pilots could recover. That’
s according to an Air Force Accident Investigation Board, which said the data could have
helped the pilots better understand the limits of the aircraft’s handling. Lockheed Martin
declined to provide the proprietary information without a contract, and the Air Force
declined to purchase it, said the report. After the incident, the Air Force decided to
purchase the data. The overstressing caused $115.6 million total loss of the plane. The AC-
130J based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was being tested by the 413th Flight Test
Squadron. The crew was performing maneuvers to collect data on the flight envelope of the
aircraft, the report said. The problem occurred while the pilot performed a “sideslip,” a
maneuver used to aid aircraft landing in a strong crosswind. (Source: Air Force Times
06/04/16) Previous

Northrop, city mark 10th
MOSS POINT, Miss. – The city of Moss Point and Northrop Grumman on Thursday
celebrated the 10th year since the aerospace company opened its unmanned systems
center. The 101,000 square-foot plant does finishing work on the Northrop Grumman Fire
Scout and fuselage work on the fixed-wing Global Hawk. On hand for Thursday's festivities
was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant along with civic leaders and special guests. Northrop
Grumman facility director Mike Jones was presented with a plaque for Thursday's
celebration and discussed what has made them successful since their inception. (Source:
gulflive, 06/03/16)

MAA lands Panasonic Aviation
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mobile Airport Authority announced that Panasonic Aviation Corp. will
open an office at the Mobile Aeroplex, adding to the aerospace cluster growing around the
Airbus final assembly plant. Panasonic Avionics supplies inflight entertainment and
communication systems in passenger aircraft. A unit of the global Panasonic Corp., the
California-based company has more than 4,100 employees at 80 locations around the
world. (Source: Made in Alabama, 06/03/16)

Blue Angels pilot identified
The Blue Angels pilot who died in a crash near Nashville, Tenn., during a practice session
has been identified in multiple media reports as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, 32. The highly
decorated pilot who is married and the father of two had been with the Navy flight
demonstration team since 2014. (Source: multiple, 06/03/16) Previous

Blue Angles jet crashes; one dead
SMYRNA, Tenn. – A Blue Angles jet crashed outside Nashville today, according to
multiple news reports, with one death reported. The crash of the F/A-18 occurred
at 3 p.m. as the Blue Angels were practicing for this weekend’s Great Tennessee
Air Show being held in Smyrna. Before the crash the team did a flyover above
Nashville. Just hours earlier, an Air Force Thunderbirds jet crashed in Colorado
Springs, Colo. The plane, an F-16, went down outside Petersen Air Force Base.
The pilot was able to eject safely. The Thunderbirds had just participated in a
flyover at the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony. (Sources:
multiple,
including ABCNews, WKRN, 06/02/16) Gulf Coast note: The Blue Angels are based at
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.


MAY 2016

Contract: Lockheed, $20M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $20,046,765 modification to a previously awarded cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0008) for the low-rate initial
production Lot 8 non-recurring special tooling/special test
equipment. This equipment will be utilized in the manufacture of
general material bulkheads in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work
will be performed in Cleveland, Ohio (82 percent); Fort Worth,
Texas (15.3 percent); Helena, Mont. (1.2 percent); Winnipeg,
Canada (1.2 percent); and Irvine, Calif. (0.3 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2017. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (39.4 percent); Navy (19.7
percent); Marine Corps (19.7 percent); and the international
partners (21.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/26/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center.

“BluesMobile” now making money
The first A321 jetliner built in the United States is now earning
money for JetBlue. The first revenue flight was No. 611 from JFK
airport in New York to Las Vegas on May 14. Since then, it has
been to Orland, Tampa, Bridgetown (Barbados), Ft. Lauderdale,
Aguadilla (Puerto Rico), San Diego and San Juan (Puerto Rico),
according to JetBlue. The plane, nicknamed “BluesMobile,” was
delivered to JetBlue April 25 in a ceremony at the Airbus campus
at the Mobile Aeroplex. It made its first flight March 21. A second
Mobile-built jetliner was delivered to customer American Airlines
May 17. (Source: GCRL, 05/25/16)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $302.2M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being
awarded a $302,208,932 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery
requirements contract for logistics services in support of the C-12
utility lift aircraft, including post-production, full commercial-type
aircraft maintenance, logistics support, and materials for Marine
Corps Reserve C-12 (UC-12B/F/M/W) and Navy TC-12B trainer
aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (42
percent); Patuxent River, Md. (6 percent); Manama, Bahrain (6
percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (6 percent); Atsugi, Japan (6
percent); Beaufort, S.C. (4 percent); San Angelo, Texas (4
percent); New Orleans La. (4 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (4 percent);
Iwakuni, Japan (4 percent), New River, N.C. (3 percent); Kadena,
Japan (3 percent); Manassas, Va. (2 percent); Miramar, Calif. (2
percent); Futenma, Japan (2 percent); and Misawa, Japan (2
percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2021. This
contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for
proposals; five offers were received. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity (N00019-16-
D-0044). (Source: DoD, 05/25/16)

9-year-old is pilot for day
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A nine-year-old got behind the
controls of an Air Force F-35 simulator earlier this month as part
of a 26-year-old program to reach out to the community and for
children to experience a day in the life of an Air Force pilot. At
age two, Christian Loafman was diagnosed with progressive
infantile scoliosis and autism. Since then he’s had multiple
surgeries. Two weeks ago he was chosen as the 33rd Fighter
Wing’s first F-35A Pilot for a Day. His day was May 18, and the
affair included getting a flight suit with his name and 58th
Squadron patch. He also saw a static display of an F-35 with his
name on it before getting at the controls of a simulator. (Source:
33rd Fighter Wing, 05/25/16)

Keesler gets new squadron
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - A new aeromedical
evacuation squadron will be stationed at Keesler in Biloxi, Miss.,
beginning this fall. The squadron will include 40 officers and 82
enlisted personnel, and will be part of the 403rd Wing, which also
includes the Flying Jennies and Hurricane Hunters. The
personnel will be comprised of five air reserve technicians and
117 traditional reservists. This is the second announcement to
come this year. In March, officials announced the arrival of a new
unit to maintain the 815th Airlift Squadron, also known as the
Flying Jennies. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/20/16)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $79.9M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is
being awarded a $79,895,466 modification to a previously
awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-
0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level
logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57
fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS)
Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (98 percent); and NAS Patuxent River,
Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in May
2017. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be
obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/16)

AA takes A321 delivery
MOBILE, Ala. – American Airlines took delivery today of its first U.
S.-built A321, the second A321 built at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. Attending the
event were executives from Airbus and American Airlines and
representatives of the more than 350 employees at the facility.
The plane delivered today has its first flight April 19. “American
Airlines already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus
aircraft and the largest A321 fleet,” said Bob Lekites, executive
vice president-customers. “With this delivery, we are adding a
very special aircraft to those already sporting the American livery
– an Airbus aircraft built here in the USA. This is the first of many
American Airlines airplanes to be delivered from Mobile, and we
are proud it will join a growing, thriving fleet.” Airbus anticipates
delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the
end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 series aircraft
with the current engine option, but will begin transitioning to the
more fuel-efficient new engine option in late 2017. Airbus
announced it would build the $600 million Mobile plant in 2012.
The inauguration of the plant was in September 2015. (Source:
Airbus, 05/17/16)

F-35 partner support center activated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 53rd Wing activated the F-35
Partner Support Complex here May 11 in a ceremony at the
Bayview Club. Robert Kraus assumed the new position as F-35
PSC director, making it the first civilian-led unit in the 53rd Wing.
Kraus, a lieutenant colonel, served as the 68th Electronic Warfare
Squadron commander and 53rd Electronic Warfare Group deputy
commander here prior to this new position. The F-35 PSC is
charged with providing mission data, intelligence support, lab
facilities, and training to the eight partner countries purchasing
the F-35. Currently, all F-35 testing must go through the U.S.
owned facility. The partner countries include: Australia, Canada,
Denmark, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and
Turkey. These countries provided critical design input and
funding during the early stages of the F-35 program, which differs
from Foreign Military Sales customers. "The PSC will directly
support the partners, who currently have no indigenous
capability to create mission data for the F-35," said Kraus.
(Source: Eglin, 05/12/16)

Assignments announced
The Air Force chief of staff announced that Col. Sean M. Farrell,
who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, is being
assigned from commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Air
Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to
director, strategic plans, programs and requirements,
Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt
Field. In addition, Col. William G. Holt II, who has been selected to
the grade of brigadier general, is being assigned from
commander, 352d Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special
Operations Command, RAF Mildenhall, England, to director of
operations, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations
Command, Hurlburt Field. (Source: DoD, 05/12/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $10,559,065 modification to exercise an option on
delivery order (5500) that was previously issued against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This option procures 61
retrofit kits to correct deficiencies that preclude aircraft mission
readiness in support of the Marine F-35 Strike Fighter aircraft
initial operating capabilities. Work will be performed in Fort Worth
(45 percent); Ogden, Utah (20 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (20
percent); Yuma, Ariz. (5 percent); Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Fla.
(5 percent); and Edwards AFB, Calif. (5 percent), and is expected
to be completed in January 2019. This contract combines
purchases of the Air Force (59.2 percent); Marine Corps (22.1
percent), and Navy (18.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/12/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $31.1M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $31,100,000 fixed-price, incentive (firm target)
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition
contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification provides for long
lead time materials, parts, components and effort required to
maintain the planned production schedule for eight F-35A low-
rate initial production Lot 12 F-35A air vehicles for The
Netherlands. 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 Cameri, Italy (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2021. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/12/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

A321 delivery to American set
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus will deliver a new A321 jetliner to American
Airlines in a ceremony May 17 at the Airbus campus in the Mobile
Aeroplex. The plane is the second one off the assembly line at
the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. At the event will be Bob
Lekites, Airbus Americas Executive Vice President of Customers,
David Seymour, American Airlines Sr. Vice President-Integrated
Operations, and Daryl Taylor, Vice President and General
Manager of the U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The event, scheduled
for 9:30 a.m. CDT, is not open to the public. American Airlines
operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and the world’
s largest A321 fleet. (Source: Airbus, 05/11/16)

Selex Galileo Stennis acquired
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Tyonek Services Group, Inc. announced
Tuesday the acquisition of Selex Galileo's Avionics System
Integration facility in Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Miss.
The company will be named Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility –
Stennis LLC (TSOF-S) and is expected to create at least 26 new
jobs over the next two years. TSOF-S offers avionics systems
integration services by installing state-of-the art technology and
C4ISR into aircraft platforms. The integrated Security Assistance
Support Center provides a tailored SCIF and facility to support
special operations training missions. The facility, built to
withstand Category 4 hurricanes, can also serve as an
emergency response center. “We are pleased to welcome
Tyonek to Hancock County and to Stennis International Airport,”
said Bill Cork, CEO of the Hancock County Port and Harbor
Commission. The general aviation airport is 1,691 acres with an
8,500-foot grooved runway and more than 340,000 square feet of
surfaced aprons and taxiways. (Source: Tyonek, PRNewswire,
05/10/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $104.6M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a
$104,575,981 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Advanced
Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. Contractor
will provide form, fit, function, and refresh of the AMRAAM
Guidance Section. Work will be performed at Tucson and is
expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2017. This contract involves
foreign military sales to Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia and
Romania. 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 (FA8675-16-C-0044). (Source: DoD,
05/09/16)

Former NAS leader joins Gulf Power
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The former commanding officer at Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Capt. Keith Hoskins, will join the Gulf Power
team June 1. Beginnin June 1, Hoskins, a former Blue Angels
pilot, will serve as the major accounts and military affairs
manager leading a team that serves the company’s largest
customers. Hoskins is replacing Ellis Oswald who is retiring.
Hoskins’ team will be responsible for managing Gulf Power’s
biggest customer accounts, with Eglin Air Force Base being the
largest. Hoskins also will be responsible for Military Affairs and
work with local and state leaders on the retention and expansion
of the military presence in Northwest Florida. Hoskins
commanded NAS Pensacola for three years and served in the
Navy for 27 years. During his Navy career, Hoskins also was
commanding officer of Strike Force Squadron 15 and as national
director of NROTC at Navy Service Training Command. (Source:
Gulf Power, 05/09/16)

NOLF to open to F-35Cs
WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Outlying
Landing Field Choctaw near Navarre on May 9 will become the
third East Coast OLF providing fleet carrier landing practices for F-
35C Joint Strike Fighters. The runway has been closed nine
months to enable improvements, and construction of carrier-like,
arrested-landing gear for the carrier landing practices. The
increased capabilities will be able to support requirements of
Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101) based at Eglin Air Force
Base, where initial F-35 Navy pilots train. VFA-101 is the Navy’s
only Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for F-35Cs. The ‘Grim
Reapers’ train and qualify F-35C pilots and maintenance
personnel as part of at-sea Carrier Air Strike Groups. (Source:
NAS Whiting Field, 05/06/16)

Contract: Jacobs, $427M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being
awarded a $427,078,399 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide test and
evaluation/training threat/target systems for warfighter training
and debriefing systems. This effort includes the systems
engineering services to determine and deliver components used
in creating complex simulated combat environments in support
of combat training systems. Work will be performed at the Naval
Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., and is
expected to be completed in May 2021. The Naval Air Warfare
Center Weapons Division, China Lake, is the contracting activity
(N68936-16-D-0016). (Source: DoD, 05/05/16)

UTC expands in Foley
FOLEY, Ala. -- UTC Aerospace Systems will add a new 80,000
square-foot manufacturing and nacelle assembly building to
existing assets at its Foley plant. The expansion will add some
260 jobs. The new building will house the assembly of nacelle
components and propulsion system integration to support the
Airbus A320, initially the current engine option, and eventually
the new engine option. The nacelle system for the A320neo
features a proprietary inlet acoustic treatment that reduces drag,
which improves fuel efficiency. Construction will take about a
year, with opening expected in the second quarter of 2017.
(Source: UTC Aerospace Systems, 05/03/16)


APRIL 2016

Labrutta to head 2nd AF
Brig. Gen. Robert Labrutta, the commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint
Base San Antonio in Texas, will be the next commander of the 2nd Air Force. The
2nd, located at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is an Air Education Training
Command unit that oversees technical training at several bases. The Air Force
previously announced in February that Labrutta had been selected for promotion
to major general. (Source: Air Force Times, 04/28/16)

Delta orders 37 more A321s
Delta Air Lines reached an agreement with Airbus to acquire 37 additional A321s
as part of its efforts to renew its narrowbody fleet. The fuel-efficient A321s will
replace older-generation jets, including the MD-88. The agreement follows an
announcement Thursday that Delta
would become the U.S. launch customer for
Bombardier's C-Series small narrowbody aircraft. The additional Airbus A321s, which are
being acquired near the end of the model's production cycle, increases Delta's A321 fleet
to 82 and is consistent with the company's previously announced domestic fleet plan. The
37 aircraft will be delivered concurrently with existing A321 orders through 2019. (Source:
StreetInsider, 04/29/16) Gulf Coast note: A320 series aircraft for U.S. customers are built in
Mobile, Ala.

AUVSI meets in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
will host XPONENTIAL 2016, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics
industry, from May 2 to 5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Over
8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries will come together to
discuss the latest innovations in the unmanned systems market. The exhibit hall will
showcase over 600 cutting-edge companies, representing more than 20 industries.
XPONENTIAL 2016 will offer over 200 educational sessions, providing information about the
future of unmanned systems policy, regulations and technology. (Source: PRNewswire,
04/29/16)

Tyndall F-22s sent to Romania
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Two of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.’s European-
deployed F-22 Raptors were ordered to Romania on April 25 to train with other regional
aircraft and to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to NATO. The F-22s and about 20
personnel from the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall are at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air
Base. The Raptors deployed to RAF Lakenheath in the U.K. earlier this month and will
continue to train in Europe until May. (Source: U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces
Africa, 04/25/16)

Contract helps company grow
SHALIMAR, Fla. -- About 170 new jobs will be created when Torch Technologies expands
its business in Shalimar. The company specializes in research, development, testing and
evaluation of weapons systems and currently employs about 20 in Okaloosa County. It will
significantly bolster those numbers thanks to the recent award of a four-year, $186 million
contract, according to a news release. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 04/25/16)

First U.S.-built A321 delivered
MOBILE, Ala. – The first U.S.-built A321 was delivered to customer JetBlue today at a
ceremony at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The entire team of employees from the
American assembly line, along with executives from Airbus, JetBlue and dignitaries from the
Gulf Coast were on hand for the event. This jet, named MobileBlue, had its first flight March
21. The Mobile plant is the company’s newest to assemble A320 series aircraft. Others are
in Hamburg, Germany, Toulouse, France, and Tianjin, China. (Source: Airbus, 04/25/16)

New assignment
Brig. Gen. Kirk W. Smith, director, plans, requirements and programs, Headquarters Air
Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., has been assigned to director,
force management and development, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command,
MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., according to the Department of Defense. (Source: DoD,
04/22/16)

Restricted area over SSC expanded
The Federal Aviation Administration adopted a proposed rule that removes restricted area
R–4403 over Gainesville, Miss., and replaces it with an expanded area redesignated as R–
4403A, B, C, E and F over NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss. According to the agency,
more restricted airspace is necessary to support NASA testing and Navy training
requirements, including weapons firing. The original proposal included a plan to fire laser
weapons in R–4403E. But respondents expressed concerns about eye safety, so the Navy
dropped that plan. The restricted area expansion becomes effective on May 26, 2016.
(Source: Aviation International News, 04/18/16)

Inert missile lands in bayou
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A Navy Tomahawk missile fired from a submarine off the
southern tip of Florida aborted before completing its mission and crashed in Hogtown
Bayou in Choctawhatchee Bay Tuesday. There were no injuries or property damage, but
WALA-TV reports that a fisherman said he saw the missile come down 50 to 100 yards from
his boat. The unarmed missile’s flight path in the routine test mission was coordinated with
the Federal Aviation Agency to avoid residential and commercial areas. The Navy is
investigating the cause of flight termination near Eglin. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
WALA-TV, 04/19/16)

Another A321 takes flight
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Airbus A321 aircraft built for American Airlines at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility made its first flight today. The A321 took off from the Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley at 1:32 p.m. CDT, performed its test sequences, and returned safely
at about 5:10 p.m. CDT. Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks in
final production before being delivered to American Airlines. The first U.S. made A321 had
its first flight March 21 and will be delivered to JetBlue April 25. (Source: Airbus, 04/19/16)

Contract: Rockwell, $83M
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $83,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Common Range Integrated
Instrumentation System (CRIIS) modification, integration and support. This
contract provides for modification, integration, and support of the CRIIS,
including design, development and testing of system and block upgrades. The
location of performance is Cedar Rapids. The work is expected to be completed
by April 18, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds
are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-16-D-0048). (Source:
DoD, 04/18/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $181.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an
undefinitized contract action with a firm-fixed-price, not-to-exceed $181,765,203
modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-
0002). This modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of F-35 low-
rate initial production Lot 9 Alternate Mission Equipment, including armaments,
pilot flight equipment, and red gear for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.
S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and for the governments of Israel
and Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in September 2019. This
contract combines purchase for the Air Force (48.46 percent); Marine Corps
(13.97 percent); Navy (5.08 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants (22.07 percent);
and the governments of Japan (1.92 percent); and Israel (8.5 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/15/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $36M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded $36,071,097 for fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-incentive-
fee modification 00004 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-15-C-0004) for replenishment spares and maintenance services in
support of the low-rate initial production Lot 10 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Work
will be performed in East Hartford (76 percent); Tinker Air Force Base (AFB)
Depot, Oklahoma City, Okla. (18 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (2 percent);
Edwards AFB, Calif. (1 percent); Hill AFB, Utah (1 percent); Luke AFB, Ariz. (1
percent); and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. (1 percent), and is expected
to be completed in November 2016. This contract modification combines
purchases for the Air Force (46 percent); Marine Corps (39 percent), and the Navy
(15 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/14/16)

New CO for HT-18
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s
Helicopter Training Squadron 18 now has a new leader. Marine Col. Rafford
Coleman turned the squadron’s helm over to Navy Cmdr. Brian Sanderson, an
Epes, Ala., native and University of South Alabama undergraduate. Sanderson has
been serving as HT-18’s executive officer. Marine Lt. Col. Aaron Brunk becomes
the squadron’s new executive officer. (Source: Whiting Field media release
04/12/16)

SSC marks 50th of first test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA conducted its first hot fire test at Stennis
Space Center, then known as Mississippi Test Facility, on April 23, 1966. It was a
15-second firing of a Saturn V second stage prototype, S-II-C, on the A-2 Test
Stand. Forty-three tests and 1,154 days after that first hot fire, Neil Armstrong
would walk on the surface of the moon. The rocket stages that carried him and 11
others to the lunar surface were all tested at Stennis. This year, Stennis marks the
50th anniversary of that first test in 1966. No mission ever failed as a result of a
malfunction in a Stennis-tested engine. (Source: NASA/SSC, 04/13/16)

Contract: UTC, $1.03B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded a $1,038,074,689 modification to the previously awarded
advance acquisition contract for the Lot IX low-rate initial production F-35
Lightning II Propulsion contract (N00019-14-C-0004) for the Air Force, Navy/Marine
Corps, international partners and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This
modification provides for components, parts and materials associated with the
procurement of 28 F135-PW-100 conventional take-off and landing propulsion
systems for the Air Force; six F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine
Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this
modification provides for seven each F135-PW-100 and F135-PW-600 propulsion
systems for international partners, as well as 11 F135-PW-100 spare propulsion
systems for FMS customers. This modification further provides for three spare
propulsion systems and one trainer propulsion system for the Air Force. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (35 percent); the Navy/Marine
Corps (22 percent); international partners (29 percent); and FMS customers (14
percent). Work will be performed in East Hartford (85 percent); Indianapolis, Ind.
(11 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (4 percent), and is expected to be
completed in September 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/11/16)

External tank going to L.A.
NEW ORLEANS -- A last-of-its-kind artifact from NASA's space shuttle program is
leaving Michoud Assembly Facility on a nearly 40-day ocean voyage to Los
Angeles via the Panama Canal. The remaining external tank built to fuel a space
shuttle's launch into Earth orbit was placed on a barge April 10. The 154-foot-long
orange-brown tank is destined for the California Science Center, where it will be
mated with NASA's retired orbiter Endeavour and a pair of solid rocket boosters
to create a unique vertical display of a fully-authentic space shuttle stack. The
exhibit is slated to open to the public in 2019. (Source: Space.com, 04/11/16)

Infinity to get S-1C of Saturn V
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Five F-1 rocket engines affixed to the first stage
of NASA’s historic Saturn V rocket will be brought to Infinity Science Center in
South Mississippi for public display. The S-IC first stage was scheduled to be
used in the cancelled Apollo 19 mission. It will be moved from NASA’s Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans to Infinity in Southeast Mississippi in mid-May.
The move will take six to eight days to complete. It will travel by barge to the Pearl
River then up to SSC. It will travel by road to Infinity, along Interstate 10. Saturn V
is the only rocket that has ever launched humans into deep space missions. The
three-stage rocket was used by NASA between 1966 and 1973 in the Apollo
program. The S-IC first stages were built at Michoud and is 138 feet long with a 33-
foot diameter. After the Apollo program, Saturn V was used to launch Skylab.
(Source: Infinity, 04/12/16)

A321 delivery date set
MOBILE, Ala. – The first A321 built in the United States will be delivered to
customer JetBlue during a ceremony April 25. The event is not open to the public.
Remarks during the event will be made by Airbus executives John Leahy, chief
operating officer customers, Daryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of
Airbus in Mobile, and Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer of
JetBlue. (Source: Airbus, 04/08/16)

Gayler takes helm at Rucker
Maj. Gen. William Gayler on Wednesday took over as commanding general of the
U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala. He reported to Fort
Rucker from duty as deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, and
commander of U.S. Army NATO. He assumed command from Maj. Gen. Michael
Lundy.  It’s the third time for Gayler at Fort Rucker. He was previously aide-de-
camp to the commanding general of the Army Aviation Center, and deputy director
of the Directorate of Evaluations and Standardization. (Sources: Fort Rucker and
Dothan Eagle, 04/07/16)

Heithold tapped for promotion
Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold has been nominated for appointment to the
rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as principal deputy director of cost
assessment and program evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense,
Pentagon, Washington, D.C.. Heithold is currently serving as commander, Air
Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/05/16)

Contract: CNS Aviation, $7M
CNS Aviation LLC, Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $7,084,962 firm-fixed-price
contract for avionics bench test sets. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
three received. Work will support Special Mission Wing counternarcotic activities
in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. Fiscal 2015
other procurement funds in the amount of $7,084,962 were obligated at the time
of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity (W58RGZ-16-C-0032). (Source: 04/05/16)

Magazine focuses on Airbus
The Gulf Coast Reporters’ League has published its April issue of the GCRL
Business Quarterly. The cover story, “Fulfilling the promise,” focuses on the first
flight of a U.S.-built Airbus jetliner and upcoming delivery to JetBlue. There are
also stories about the involvement of the UTC plant in nearby Foley, an update on
suppliers and a story about the broader Gulf Coast aerospace footprint. (Source:
Gulf Coast Reporters’ League, 04/05/16)

1st U.S.-built AA A321 painted
MOBILE, Ala. – The first U.S.-built American Airlines A321 has left the paint shop at
the
Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile. The
jetliner is the second A321 to be produced in Mobile, but the first for American Airlines.
There are currently eight aircraft in production for American Airlines at the facility. The
plane was painted by MAAS Aviation, which has a paint shop at the Airbus campus.
(Source: Airbus, 04/04/16)


MARCH 2016

Contract: Multiple, $950M
Blair Remy Architects, Oklahoma City, Okla. (FA8903-16-D-0001); GCAG – SCG JV,
Pensacola, Fla. (FA8903-16-D-0003); KZF Design Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (FA8903-16-D-
0004); Luckett & Farley Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers Inc., Louisville,
Ky. (FA8903-16-D-0005); MOCA Systems Inc., San Antonio, Texas (FA8903-16-D-0006);
STOA International/Florida Inc. (doing business as STOA Architects), Pensacola, Fla.
(FA8903-16-D-0007); and Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.
(FA8903-16-D-0009), have been awarded a combined indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract with a program ceiling of $950,000,000 for design and construction services.
Contractors will provide architect-engineering (A-E) design and construction service
including A-E services to support sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM)
programs. The work includes efforts to perform Title I, Title II, and other A-E services to
administer, coordinate, and technically support the Air Force Civil Engineer's SRM program
areas. Work will be performed at various U.S. government locations and is expected to be
complete by March 30, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 83
offers received. Fiscal 2016 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $21,000
are being obligated to each company at the time of award. Air Force Installation
Contracting Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/31/16)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $24.6M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., has been awarded a $24,608,390 cost-plus-fixed-fee,
firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract for precision strike package contractor
logistics services in support of the AC-130W. Contractor will provide maintenance of the
precision strike package on 12 aircraft. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla.; and Hurlburt Field, Fla., and is expected to be complete by March 30, 2017. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA850916C0003). (Source: DoD,
03/31/16)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $12.5M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., has been awarded a $12,500,000 firm-fixed-price and
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for standoff precision guided munitions and
precision strike system components. Contractor will provide precision strike components
and systems to support existing and new platforms and employments. Work will be
performed at Englewood, Colo., and is expected to be complete by March 29, 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 (FA8656-16-D-0098). (Source: DoD,
03/31/16)

Contract: Boeing, $14M
Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $14,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for research, analysis, engineering and development of specialized munitions.
Work will be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be complete by March 21, 2021.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. Air Force
Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-16-D-
0315). (Source: DoD, 03/31/16)

Contract: PAE, $7M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $7,042,148
firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract for backshop aircraft maintenance
services. Contractor will provide support for on- and off-equipment maintenance on 37
aircraft to include F-15, F-16, A-10, C-130, and UN-1N aircraft and assigned engines in
support of the 96th Test Wing and 53rd Wing test missions. In addition, contractor will
provide host base crash recovery and hydrazine response team support. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0074). (Source: DoD, 03/31/16)

Contract: Electronic Metr Lab, $9.9M
Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $9,857,307
modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N69450-14-D-8000) to exercise option two for base operations support services at Naval
Air Station Whiting Field and outlying fields. The work to be performed provides for all
management, supervision, labor, equipment, materials, supplies, and tools necessary to
perform facilities management, facilities investment, facility maintenance services (non-
family housing), pest control, utility plant and distribution system operations and
maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water), managed safety
services, and base support vehicles and equipment. After award of this option, the total
cumulative contract value will be $29,317,959. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla. (80
percent); and outlying fields (20 percent), and work is expected to be completed March
2017. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$14,751,859 modification (P00664) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-
2897 for F-22 trainer sustainment. Contractor will provide training system
sustainment, system hardware modifications, and distributed mission operations
federation management 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; Nellis Air Force
Base, Nev.; and St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017.
Fiscal 2016 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,713,773 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, 03/30/16)

Contract: SaiTech, $43.9M
SaiTech has received a potential $43.9 million contract from NASA to provide
information technology services support to the Stennis Space Center, Miss. The
government IT contractor will provide a range of IT services for Stennis, including
planning, management, audiovisual, communications and technology support. The
contract entails a 17-month base period, which could extend up to five years if
the 19-month option and two one-year options are exercised. SaiTech is based in
Bethesda, Md. (Source: ExecutiveBiz, 03/29/16)

Contract: WMR-532, $10M
WMR-532 LLC, Hartselle, Ala., was awarded a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract
for the operation, maintenance and technical support for the Army Corps of
Engineers and Joint Airborne Lidar Bathmetry Technical Center of Expertise. Bids
were solicited via the Internet with four received, with an estimated completion
date of March 31, 2017. Funding and work location will be determined with each
order. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-
16-D-0052). (Source: DoD, 03/29/16)

Contract: Readiness Mgt, $16.7M
Readiness Management Support LC, Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a
$16,721,185 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(N65236-09-C-6872) for a ceiling increase and period of performance extension of
90 days to June 30, 2016; and three one-month options to Sept. 30, 2016, to
provide continued aviation command and control operations and maintenance
services in support of the Air Force Central Command. This contract included four
options which, as a result of this modification, would bring the cumulative ceiling
value of this contract to $484,569,843. Work will be performed in Southwest Asia
and is expected to continue via award of the follow-on task orders in April 2016.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the
contracting activity (N65236-09-C-6872). (Source: DoD, 03/29/16)

Contract: Indyne, $46.4M
Indyne Inc., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $46,396,505 modification to
previously awarded contract FA9200-05-C-0001 for Eglin Test and Training
Complex operation and maintenance support. Contractor will provide the
engineering and technical services necessary to operate the 96th Test Wing's
ranges and facilities in order to support the research, development, test and
evaluation of weapon systems, subsystems, and components. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and
is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 Air Force research,
development, test and evaluation; and fiscal 2016 Army operation and
maintenance funds in combined amount of $23,230,625 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base is the contracting
activity (FA9200-05-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 03/28/16)

Contract: Boeing, $34.4M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $34,398,802 modification
(P00106) to previously awarded contract FA8678-10-C-0100 for QF-16 full-scale
aerial target (FSAT) Lot 4. Contractor will provide 30 QF-16 FSATs and 30
associated 4-year warranties for the QF-16 drone-peculiar equipment. Work will
be performed at St. Louis and is expected to be complete by April 9, 2018 and the
DPE warranty period will end on April 8, 2022. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-10-C-0100).
(Source: DoD, 03/28/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $18.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded
$18,510,667 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract (N00019-16-C-0008) for development efforts for the Block 4 System
Functional Review in support of the F-35A/B/C aircraft. Block 4 is a modernization
program that includes new and upgraded capabilities to provide enhancements
and continuous improvements to maintain viability against evolving threats,
reduce life cycle costs, and improve operational suitability. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in May 2017. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (40 percent); the Navy (19.5
percent); the Marine Corps (19.5 percent); and the international partners (21
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
authority. (Source: DoD, 03/28/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Base gets new leader
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Capt. Christopher T. Martin took over command of Naval Air
Station Pensacola from Capt. Keith W. Hoskins during a ceremony Thursday at the
National Naval Aviation Museum. Martin earned his wings at NAS Pensacola in
1995. Hoskins, a former Blue Angels pilot, has been the commander since 2013.
He retired from the Navy at the conclusion of the ceremony and said he’ll remain
in the Pensacola area. Martin flew E-2 Hawkeyes throughout most of his naval
aviation career. He originally joined the Navy as an enlisted man, but later
graduated from Auburn University with a degree in aviation management.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal 03/25/16)

Miller Transfer to have Aeroplex office
MOBILE, Ala. – Miller Transfer will open an office at the Mobile Aeroplex at
Brookley, according to the Mobile Airport Authority. Miller Transfer is responsible
for the logistics of moving major sections of Airbus aircraft from the port to the
Airbus Manufacturing Facility at the Aeroplex. Miller will occupy offices at the
Mobile Airport Authority headquarters on the second floor in the shared services
space. (Source: MAA, 03/24/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $179.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$179,916,000 fixed-price-incentive, firm-target modification to a previously
awarded advance acquisition contract (AAC) N00019-C-16-0033 for the advance
procurement of long lead time materials, parts, components, and effort to
maintain the planned production schedule for low-rate initial production (LRIP)
Lot 11 F-35 aircraft. The effort also increases the quantity of aircraft that the LRIP
11 AAC supports for the Air Force by 15 F-35A variant aircraft, and for the Marine
Corps by 10 F-35B variant aircraft. 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
Cameri, Italy (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019. This
contract combines purchase for the Air Force (65.6 percent); Navy (9.2 percent),
and Marine Corps (25.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/24/16)

United adding flight
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) today
announced additional flights to Houston on United Airlines beginning in June. The new
flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport will begin June 9. United will use a larger
EMB 175 plane during weekends. This announcement comes on the heels of a record-
breaking year for ECP, with a total growth year over year of 9.35 percent. The airport is
located in West Bay, northwest of Panama City. (Source: Northwest Florida Beaches
International Airport, 03/23/16)

Firsts U.S.-built A321 has test flight
MOBILE, Ala. – The first Airbus jetliner produced in the United States took off today for its
first flight. The A321, built for JetBlue at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile,
Ala., lifted from the runway at 9:36 a.m. CDT. More than 300 employees cheered as the
plane took off. A test flight is a normal step in aircraft production and takes place prior to
the delivery of the aircraft to the customer. The jetliner landed at 1:02 p.m. after a three-
hour, 26-minute flight. The single-aisle, twin-engine aircraft will go through a few more
weeks of final delivery preparations. (Source: GCRL, 03/21/16)

U.S.-built A321 to fly next week
MOBILE, Ala. – The first Airbus jetliner produced in the United States is scheduled to fly for
the first time next week as part of its testing program. The A321, built for JetBlue at the
Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala., is scheduled to fly Marce 21 at 9:15 a.m.
CDT, barring any weather or other pre-flight factors that might delay the flight. A test flight
is a normal step in aircraft production and takes place prior to the delivery of the aircraft to
the customer. Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks of final
delivery preparations. (Source: Airbus, 03/18/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $573M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $573,031,316 modification (P00027) to
exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will
provide Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) production Lot 30 and other
AMRAAM system items. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be complete
by Feb. 28, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Dominance Contracting
Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-15-C-0022). (Source:
DoD, 03/16/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $14M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a not-
to-exceed $14,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
for research, analysis, engineering, development of specialized munitions. Work will be
performed at Grand Prairie and is expected to be complete by March 16, 2021. This award
is the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. The Air Force Research
Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8651-16-D-0316). (Source: DoD, 03/16/16)

Funding landed for airport park
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that the city of Pensacola
has been successful in securing $1 million in funding for the Pensacola International Airport
Commerce Park. “The acquisition of airport property is crucial to the airport’s ongoing
growth and focus on economic development. I would like to thank Gov. (Rick) Scott for his
continued support of Pensacola, economic development and job growth,” Hayward said.
(Source: City of Pensacola, 03/15/16) The park is owned and operated by the city of
Pensacola and has more than 350 acres available for development. VT MAE, which has an
MRO operation in Mobile, Ala., plans to open a satellite operation at the park that will
employ about 300 workers.

Recaro to open Mobile office
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Airport Authority and Recaro Aircraft Seating Co. have signed
an agreement for Recaro to open an office at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Recaro
ranks among the world's top three aircraft seat manufacturers. The company operates
plants in Germany, Poland, South Africa, the United States and China as well as service
centers in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Australia. In Mobile, the Recaro
operation will be in the Aerospace Incubator. (Source: Mobile Airport Authority, 03/15/16)
Recaro is based in Schwabisch, Germany, and has 1,900 workers worldwide. Recaro is one
of more than a dozen suppliers that have opened operations at the Aeroplex since Airbus
announced it would build an assembly line for A320 series jetliners in Mobile.

Contract: Lockheed, $66.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$66,222,453 undefinitized contract action against a previously awarded basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the design, development, fabrication,
integration, delivery, installation, and testing of the technical solution to enable
full interoperability of the Distributed Mission Training capability for the F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (90 percent); and
Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/11/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

NOLF ceremony delayed
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- The ribbon cutting ceremony to
commemorate Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.’s resumption of flight training
at NOLF Summerdale, Ala., has been postponed until 10 a.m. March 14 due to the
expectation of inclement weather during the originally scheduled March 11 event.
(Source: NAS Whiting Field, 03/11/16)

RS-25 engine fired 500 seconds
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- An RS-25 that will used to power NASA’s Space
Launch System performed a 500-second flight certification test on the A-1 test
stand at Stennis Space Center Thursday. NASA conducted a series of tests on an
RS-25 development engine last year, but this Aerojet Rocketdyne engine, No.
2059, will be one of four that will power the SLS in Exploration Mission 2, a crewed
mission that will carry astronauts into lunar orbit. That will be the first mission
beyond low-Earth orbit since Apollo 17 in 1972. The RS-25 that was tested today is
a modified versions of the engines used aboard the Space Shuttle. Together the
four engines will provide more than 2 million pounds of thrust.  (Source:
NASA/SSC, 03/10/16)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $47.5M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $47,515,467 for
modification P00003 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, requirements
contract (N00019-14-D-0016) to exercise an option to provide an estimated 37,015
flight hours of intermediate, depot-level maintenance, and related logistics
support for about 223 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be
performed at the Naval Air Station 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 September 2016. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/08/16)

Flares put to the test at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Aircraft countermeasures were put to the test
recently when aircrews from two West Coast bases came to the Gulf Coast.  
Participating in the Air Mobile Command flare effectiveness test were the the
62nd Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III aircrew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
Wash., and a C-5 crew from Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The aircraft-dispensed
flares are used as infrared countermeasures designed to defeat heat seeking
surface-to-air or air-to-air missiles. Typically, cargo-carrying aircraft like the C-130,
C-5 and C-17 carry flares as countermeasures. The month-long tests began late
last month. (Source: 62nd Airlift Wing, 03/07/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $9,239,696
for cost-plus-incentive-fee modification PO0007 to a previously awarded contract
(N00019-15-C-0114) for the Windows 7 upgrade of the Joint Strike Fighter test
product stations. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (19 percent);
Cheltenham, United Kingdom (14 percent); San Diego, Calif. (14 percent); Fort
Worth, Texas (13 percent); Haifa, Israel (13 percent); Baltimore, Md. (9 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (6 percent); Rockford, Ill. (4 percent); Owego, N.Y. (4 percent );
Grand Rapids, Mich. (3 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1 percent), and is expected
to be completed in March 2017. This contract combines purchases for the Air
Force (50 percent); Marine Corps (25 percent); and the Navy (25 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/07/16)

Whiting, NOLF to renew training
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- Naval Air Station Whiting Field will
resume scheduled flight training at Navy Outlying Landing Field Summerdale, Ala.,
beginning March 14. A first flight is set March 11 to commemorate that occasion,
and will include a ceremonial ribbon-cutting between Baldwin County
Commissioner Chris Elliott and Whiting commander, Capt. Todd Bahlau. The base
hasn’t used NOLF Summerdale regularly since 2005 because of work to extend
the runway to handle the T-6B Texan II trainer. NOLF Summerdale is one of five
outlying fields Whiting uses for T-6B fixed-wing aviator training. (Source: NAS
Whiting Field 03/07/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $116.8M
Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$116,820,526 modification (P00007) to exercise the option on 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. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the
contracting activity. (Source: 03/04/16)

A321 leaves paintshop
MOBILE, Ala. – Painting of the first U.S.-built A321 has been completed and it has
emerged from the paintshop at the Mobile Aeroplex. It sports the livery of JetBlue
livery, which is the first company that will receive its U.S.-built jetliner. It will be
delivered in the spring. MAAS Aviation is responsible for painting aircraft in its
new facility at the Aeroplex, located at the Airbus manufacturing facility campus.
(Source: Airbus, 03/04/16)

F-35 combat wings try out bombs
Air Force combat wings dropped bombs from the F-35A last week, marking the
first time a combat unit has done so. The bombs, dropped at a test range at Hill Air
Force Base, Utah, were laser-guided GBU-12 Paveways, the bomb type dropped
for the first time from an F-35 in October 2013. The F-35 has used a variety of
weapons in testing, but this test involved the 388th and 419th fighter wings, the
first combat units to use the bombs as the Air Force moves toward declaring the
F-35 ready for operations later this year. (Source: DoD, 02/29/16) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35 integrated training center. Previous
related

Contract: Northrop, $7.3M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded
$7,280,560 for cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 1269 against a previously issued
basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout
unmanned aircraft systems. This test support effort for the MQ-8C includes
software verification; software regression; cybersecurity; dynamic interface; and
other requirements in preparation for, but not including, initial operational test
and evaluation. The MQ-8B scope includes providing aircraft maintenance
support for two government-owned MQ-8B test aircraft. Work will be performed in
Point Mugu, Calif., and is expected to be completed in October 2016. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/01/16) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.


FEBRUARY 2016

Airbus may shift more to A321
Airbus may shift more of its narrrow-body jetliner production toward the largest
member of the A320 series, sales chief John Leahy said on Monday. The 185-seat
A321neo has been winning more orders than the 178-seat Boeing MAX 9. The
A321 and A321neo successor make up 34 percent of Airbus' narrow-body order
backlog, but production plans already call for 50 percent of the total to be in that
size as airlines and leasing companies upgrade models to handle rising traffic.
Leahy said that proportion could increase even further. (Source: Reuters,
02/29/16) Gulf Coast note: All of the initial jetliners being assembled at the U.S.
Manufacturing Center in Mobile, Ala., are A321 models.

Contract: Rocketdyne, $115.3M
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, Calif., has been awarded a $115,312,613 other
transaction agreement for the development of the AR1 rocket propulsion system
prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This agreement
implements Section 1604 of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act,
which requires the development of a next-generation rocket propulsion system
that will transition away from the use of the Russian supplied RD-180 engine to a
domestic alternative for National Security Space launches. An other transaction
agreement was used in lieu of a standard procurement contract in order to
leverage ongoing investment by industry in rocket propulsion systems. This other
transaction agreement requires shared cost investment with Aerojet Rocketdyne
for the development of a prototype of the AR1 engine, a booster stage engine
intended for use on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle. The locations
of performance are Canoga Park; Sacramento, Calif.; Centennial, Colo.; Huntsville,
Ala.: Stennis Space Center, Miss.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Los Angeles Air
Force Base, Calif. The work is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 31,
2019. Aerojet Rocketdyne is contributing $57,656,307 at the time of award. The
total potential government investment, including all options, is $536,029,652. The
total potential investment by Aerojet Rocketdyne, including all options, is
$268,014,826. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile
Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8811-
16-9-0003). (Source: DoD, 02/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $769.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $769,511,730
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm
contract (N00019-15-C-0114) for recurring logistics sustainment services support for
delivered F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense
participants, and foreign military sales customers. Support to be provided includes ground
maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic
Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and
health management implementation support; supply chain management; and activities to
provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Ft.
Worth, Texas (46 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (9
percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6 percent). Work is expected to
be completed in December 2016. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (48
percent); Marine Corps (24 percent); Navy (15 percent); international partners (12
percent); and foreign military sales (1 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/29/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Pride Ind., $14.8M
Pride Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded a $14,836,991 modification (P00042) to
contract W9124G-13-C-0002 to exercise the option for follow-on year base operations for
the Ft. Rucker, Ala., Department of Public Works, with an estimated completion date of
Feb. 28, 2017. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of
$8,915,936 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Ft.
Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/25/16)

Reassignment at Keesler
Maj. Gen. Mark Anthony Brown, commander, 2nd Air Force, Air Education and
Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is being assigned to vice
commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San
Antonio-Randolph, Texas, according to the Air Force chief of staff. (Source: DoD,
02/25/16)

Contract: Leidos, $13M
Leidos Inc., Arlington, Va., has been awarded a $13,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high speed weapons research and
development. Contractor will provide support of technology research and
development, modeling and simulation, and testing to address issues related to
high-speed weapons. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition with four offers received. Fiscal 2016 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $425,000 are being
obligated at the time of award for task order 0001. Air Force Research Laboratory,
Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8651-16-D-0040). (Source: DoD,
02/24/16)

First A321 enters paint shop
MOBILE, Ala. – The first A321 jetliner built in the United States has now entered
the MAAS Aviation paint facility at the Mobile Aeroplex, according to the MAAS
Aviation website. The twin-engine, single-aisle passenger jet, which eventually
will be delivered to JetBlue, is the first produced at the $600 million Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing facility. Other A320 series jetliners are also at various stages on
the assembly line in Hangar 9. (Sources: multiple, 02/23/16)

Command changes at Tyndall
Brig. Gen. David W. Hicks, vice commander of the First Air Force North at Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla., is being assigned to commander of NATO’s Air Training
Command-Afghanistan, commanding the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing Southwest
Asia. At Tyndall he’ll be replaced by Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Orcutt, commander of the
380th Air Expeditionary Wing Southwest Asia. (Source: DoD, 02/19/16)

Update pins down jobs lost
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The consolidation of operational contracts with
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans has reduced the number of contract
workers at Stennis Space Center by 129 jobs. That’s according to Stennis Space
Center director Richard Gilbrech, who was among several NASA officials who
spoke Thursday during the annual NASA update at Infinity Science Center, just
outside SSC. Syncom Space Services took over the contracts from Jacobs, which
held separate contracts for the work at Michoud and SSC, at the beginning of this
month. Overall, NASA’s workforce at Stennis is estimated at 5,000 workers,
including 2,000 civil servants and contractors. Michoud has some 1,220 workers.
(Source: The Advocate, Sun Herald, 02/18/16)

Fort Rucker assignment
Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe,
Germany, has been assigned to commanding general of the Aviation Center of
Excellence and Fort Rucker, Fort Rucker, Ala., according to the Army chief of staff.
(Source: DoD, 02/16/16)

DoD gives Raptor project a boost
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Contracts from the military to continue work on
next generation propulsion systems to replace Russian engines is providing a
boost to commercial space efforts. The development of the Raptor methane
rocket engine received a sizeable boost in January when the Air Force awarded a
$33.6 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX. Much of
the work will be done at Stennis Space Center, Miss., which is already doing R&D
work on the next-generation engine. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor
Newsletter, 02/09/16)

Sassano starts new phase of life
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- He’s been a part of region’s economic development effort for
years, but Larry Sassano has stepped down as head of Florida’s Great Northwest
to do work less demanding of his time. His last day at FGNW was Jan. 31. Looking
back on 35 years in economic development work, Sassano said helping to create
regional business strategies has been his most rewarding work. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, 02/09/16)

Rockhill Group continues to grow
MOLINO, Fla. -- James “Rock” Rockhill admits that when he first started his
aviation services business a dozen years ago, he was “all thrust and no vector.”
It didn’t take long for the former F-15E pilot to realize that if he expected to
survive in business, he had to add some direction to his charge forward
approach. Once he did, the company took off. The Rockhill Group provides flight
training, courseware development, aircraft leasing, maintenance and cryogenic
services for the Air Force, Army, Navy and Federal Aviation Administration. It now
has operations at more than two dozen locations and has 200 employees which
will grow to 300 thanks to a new contract won in December. A feature story.
(Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, 02/09/16)

Work to shift to contractors
The Air Force will temporarily transition some active-duty maintenance units to
contract maintenance beginning in fiscal year 2017 and continuing through fiscal
year 2020. The move to contract maintenance for some non-deployable flying
units and back shop maintenance will allow the Air Force to cross train about
1,100 experienced maintainers from F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft to the F-35
program. There’s a shortfall of 4,000 maintainers as a result of budgetary
constraints, said Lt. Gen. John B. Cooper, the deputy chief of staff for logistics,
engineering and force protection. Avionics units at Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base
and Tyndall Air Force Base are among the locations affected. Other bases are
Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Little Rock AFB, Ark., Nellis AFB, Nev.,
Eielson AFB, Alaska, Anderson AFB, Guam; Holloman AFB and Kirtland AFB, N.M.;
Peterson AFB, Colo.; and Rota Air Base, Spain. The Air Force will use an existing
contract vehicle to begin the transition. (Source: AFNS, 02/12/16)

Two killed in small plane crash
DESTIN, Fla. -- Two people died when a small plane crashed in the Destin area
Thursday night. The Piper Archer was registered to Texas-based Electrical
Training. The two victims were identified as James Shumbert, 67, and passenger
Sheryl Roe, 60, both of Alvin, Texas. A jogger called in and said he saw a small
prop plane go down near Henderson Beach State Recreation Area. Responders
located debris and personal items scattered along the area between Henderson
Beach and the Walton County line. Both victims have been recovered. The
Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, WALA-TV, 02/12/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $27.2M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $27,194,893 modification
(P00022) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022 to provide life of type
buys and obsolescence components under the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-
Air Missile (AMRAAM) Lots 28-30 production. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2017. This contract involves foreign
military sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/12/16)

New Orleans to Destin air service
NEW ORLEANS -- GLO, a public charter airline launched in New Orleans last
November, will add a seasonal non-stop service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
in March, the company said Thursday. The flight brings Louis Armstrong
International Airport's list of non-stop destinations to 53 cities total. GLO is
scheduled to begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday flights from New Orleans to
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport on March 25. The service will run through Sept.
5. One-way introductory fares to Destin start at $119 including taxes. (Source:
Multiple, including nola.com, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/11/16)

Three aerospace clusters take hold
MOBILE, Ala. -- When one of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers chose the
Mobile Aeroplex as the site for its first jetliner assembly plant in North America,
expectations soared. Economic developers found themselves having to temper
those expectations. But now three distinct clusters of aerospace industry
businesses have located at the Mobile Aeroplex. A feature story. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, 02/09/16)

The Embry-Riddle factor
If a region wants to be known as a hot spot for aerospace and aviation activities,
it’s helpful to have one of the world’s best-known aerospace institutions set up
shop in your back yard. And it has, big time. Call it the Embry-Riddle factor. Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide campus has had operations in the
Gulf Coast region for decades. It holds classes in New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile,
Pensacola, Milton, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and Dothan. That’s more than a
lot of regions can say. A feature story. (Source: Gulf Coast Aeorospace Corridor
Newsletter, 02/09/16)

Contract: Reliance, $150.2M
Reliance Test & Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a
$150,204,370 cost-plus-award-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Eglin
Operation and Maintenance Services (E-OMS) support. Contractor will provide
engineering and technical services necessary to operate the 96th Test Wing’s
ranges and facilities in order to support the research, development, test and
evaluation of weapon systems, subsystems, and components. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio;
and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to be complete by March 31,
2018. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers
received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA2486-16-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 02/11/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $81.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an
$81,386,343 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for requirements decomposition and
development of Block 4 modernization program capabilities in support of the F-
35A/B/C aircraft. This contract includes new and upgraded capabilities to provide
enhancements and continuous improvements to maintain viability against
evolving threats, reduce life cycle costs, and improve operational suitability.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in
May 2017. This contract combines purchases for the Marine Corps (5.12%); Navy
(8.12%); Air Force (30.98%); and non-U.S. DoD participants (24.22%). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting authority (N00019-16-C-
0008). (Source: DoD, 02/11/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $47M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded not-to-
exceed $47,000,000 for undefinitized delivery order 0026 against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for non-
recurring effort and integration tasks required to operate a hardware-in-the-loop
laboratory used to build, modify, verify and validate, and distribute mission data
file sets for the F-35. This contract will deliver modification kits to upgrade the RC
West Block 3i Verification Validation Station to the Block 3F, 3F+, and 3F Digital
Channelized Receiver/Technique Generator and Tuner Insertion Program
configurations, and provide engineering support during the installation and
integration of the modification kits, verification and validation test venue support
in support of the F-35A aircraft for the governments of Japan and Israel, under
the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas
(53 percent); Orlando, Fla. (25 percent); Nashua, N.H. (18 percent); El Segundo,
Calif. (2 percent); and San Diego, Calif. (2 percent), and is expected to be
completed in September 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Broetje to set up in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – A company that specializes in final assembly line technologies is
setting up shop at the Mobile Aeroplex. Broetje Automation's M-Technologie
division will provide equipment design and support and final assembly
technologies for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The company specializes
in small tools, line side equipment, and processes required for the final assembly
of aircraft. Broetje's Project Manager, Roman Causse, will manage the Mobile
location. M-Technologie is a division of Broetje Automation, which specializes in
production processes in the aviation and aerospace industry. It has 650 workers
at sites in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and in the United States,
Buffalo, N.Y., Charleston, S.C., and Wichita, Kan. (Source: Mobile Airport Authority,
02/08/16)

Blue Angels fly over Super Bowl
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron
helped kick off the 2016 Super Bowl with a flyover at Levi's Stadium. The Blue
Angels' six-jet Delta formation soared over more than 70,000 spectators at the
stadium following the national anthem. The Blue Angels of Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., are currently training in California for the 2016 air show season
and are scheduled to fly 65 demonstrations at 33 locations throughout North
America in 2016, the Blue Angels' 70th anniversary year. (Source: NNS, 02/07/16)

F-35 marks first; crosses Atlantic
An Italian Air Force pilot flying the first Italian-made F-35A Lightning II made
history Friday after completing the maiden transatlantic crossing of the Lockheed
Martin fighter. Aircraft AL-1 was refueled en route by Italy's own Boeing KC-767
tanker. The aircraft took off from Lajes Field on Portugal's Azores island group
and touched down at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Friday after a seven-
hour flight. In June 2014, a contingent of U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs had been
poised to make the first transatlantic crossing to London to attend the
Farnborough Airshow until an F-35A caught fire at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
temporarily grounding the fleet. (Source: Flightglobal, Defense News, 02/05/16)

Contract: X Corp, $50M
X Corp Solutions Inc., Stafford, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HDTRA1-16-D-0002) with a five-year ordering
period and a ceiling of $50,000,000 for security and counterintelligence
operations support services. This contract procures non-personal services to
provide security and counterintelligence support to DTRA/SCC-WMD/JFHQ-E
personnel, missions, and facilities worldwide. Work will be performed at DTRA
locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla.; Kleber Kaserne, Kaiserslautern, Germany; and primarily, the Defense Threat
Reduction Center in Fort Belvoir, Va. DTRA, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/03/16)

Contract: GD, $46.7M
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a
$46,672,970 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-
plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders for security cooperation, security
assistance, foreign military sales technical, and program/project management
support services to the Naval International Programs Office, Naval Supply
Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Command (WSS) and applicable
customers of NAVSUP WSS International Programs Directorate. Work will be
performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (40 percent); Washington, D.C., (40 percent);
Pensacola, Fla. (10 percent); and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (10
percent). Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk,
Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Pa., is the contracting activity
(N00189-16-D-Z004). (Source: DoD, 02/04/16)

Aircraft dedicated
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command dedicated an AC-
130H Spectre gunship and MC-130P Combat Shadow special operations aircraft
for display in the airpark at Hurlburt Field Tuesday. The AC-130 “Wicked Wanda”
was retired in December 2014. The MC-130P had its last sortie in May. Wicked
Wanda, who served more than 40 years, served in the first Gulf War and
participated in the Battle of Khafji. Its sister gunship, call sign Spirit 03, was shot
down Jan. 31, 1991, killing the crew. Toward the end of the first ceremony, the
crowd paid tribute to the 14-member crew. (Sources: 1st Special Operations Wing
Public Affairs, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/02/16)

Eglin slates boat, flight operations
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Residents may experience noise when the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group conducts boat operations in the Gulf of Mexico and
the Choctawhatchee Bay, Feb. 8-11. Preparatory boat operations will take place in
the bay today. Each morning, fighter aircraft will release munitions between 8 a.m.
and 12 p.m. about eight to 20 nautical miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico.
The test will be conducted within a cleared range safety area which includes boat
surveillance. Notices to mariners will be issued prior to the missions and flyers
will be handed out at the local marina. In the afternoons between 1 and 5 p.m.,
about 30 boats travelling in formation, will transverse between the Mid-Bay
Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge. The boat formation will be used as visual
targets by F-15s and F-16s flying over the area. No weapons or ammunition will be
involved with this boat formation. Some boat operators will be dressed in various
military uniforms and white costumes. They will carry rubber rifles, painted in high
visible colors which will be kept out-of-view when transiting to and from the
mission area. Some boats will have fake deck guns and rocket launcher tubes.
The boats will also use marine flares as visual markers. These operations are part
of the 53rd Wing’s Weapon System Evaluation Program. (Source: Eglin Public
Affairs, 02/01/16)

Two die in plane crash
MOBILE, Ala. -- Two people died after a Cessna crashed near Mobile Regional
Airport while returning from a charity flight. The plane went missing Monday
evening when the tower lost contact with the plane, which was returning after
flying a patient to Baton Rouge, La. The wreckage was found before 2 a.m. in west
Mobile. The Civil Air Patrol identified the victims of Monday night's crash as Maj.
David R. Mauritson of Fairhope, Ala., a member of CAP since 1991, and 2nd Lt. Phil
J. Dryden of Gulf Shores, who joined CAP in November 2015. (Sources: multiple,
including al.com, WPMI, WKRG, 02/02/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $15.7M
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$15,699,586 modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8682-14-C-
0084 for Lot 12 of NAMMO value engineering change proposal for Joint Air-to-
Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production. Work will be performed at Orlando;
Troy, Ala. and Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 27,
2018. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/01/16)

Contract: Strategic Def. Sol., $13.2M
Strategic Defense Solutions LLC, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $13,170,497 firm-
fixed-price, incrementally funded, multi-year contract with options for gunnery
range support, Ft. Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28,
2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 12 received. Army Contracting
Command, Ft. Benning, Ga., is the contracting activity (W9124G-16-C-0003).
(Source: DoD, 02/01/16)


JANUARY 2016

EM-1 Orion ready for shipment
NEW ORLEANS – The recently completed Exploration Mission One (EM-1) Orion
will be shipped to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Monday using NASA’s Super
Guppy aircraft. At KSC it will undergo tests to ensure its structural integrity. The
pressure vessel, built by Lockheed Martin at Michoud Assembly Facility, is the
structure that holds the spacecraft’s systems and subsystems. The pressure
vessel’s aluminum pieces were joined using friction-stir welding that bonds the
edges of the aluminum pieces together by temporarily converting the material
into a plastic-like state. This structure will eventually be fitted atop NASA’s Space
Launch System and conduct its first mission in 2018 – an unscrewed orbit around
the moon. (Source: Spaceflight Insider, 01/30/16)

Contract: Composite Eng., $37M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a $37,000,000
firm- fixed-price contract for Air Force Subscale Aerial Target (AFSAT) peculiar
spares, contractor logistics support, and out of warranty repairs. Contractor will
provide procurement of peculiar reparable spares and consumables to be
procured for use in the AFSAT during operations at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.;
and the Utah Test and Training Range. In addition, the contract provides for
contractor logistics support and out of warranty repairs for the system. Work will
be performed at Sacramento and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2022.
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 (FA8678-
16-D-0008). (Source: DoD, 01/29/16)

Contract: Airbus DS, $8.6M
Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $8,648,399
modification (P00970) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistics support for UH-
72A (Lakota) helicopters. Work will be performed in Herndon with an estimated
completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army)
funds in the amount of $8,648,399 were obligated at the time of the award. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 01/29/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $61.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $61,943,088
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-
C-0031) for recurring logistics services support for F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike
Fighter aircraft. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities;
action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics
Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and
health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and
activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be
performed in 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
February 2016. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (55 percent);
Marine Corps (21 percent); Navy (16 percent); and non-DoD participants (8
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 01/29/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Sicily to get drones by end of year
NATO will send all five of its Global Hawks this year to Sigonella Air Base in Sicily,
four years later than program managers had initially planned. The drones are part
of the Alliance Ground Surveillance system NATO is setting up in Italy amid
growing regional and global concern about the presence of the Islamic State
group across the Mediterranean in Libya. Fifteen NATO members are in the
process of acquiring the Global Hawk surveillance systems. (Source: International
Business Times, 01/26/16) Gulf Coast note: All variants of the Global Hawk are built
in part in Moss Point, Miss.

JetBlue announces cabin overhaul
JetBlue said on Monday that it’s ready to overhaul the cabins of its A320 jets. The
carrier say the restyling of all 130 of its A320s marks the first complete redesign of
A320 interiors since JetBlue launched in 2000. The A320 cabin overhaul will
include the addition of JetBlue’s “Fly-Fi gate-to-gate” high-speed Internet as well
as new high-definition seatback TV screens. JetBlue also will add power outlets
and USB ports at every seat. JetBlue officials say the restyling is partially an
attempt to make the A320 cabin interiors more similar to the interiors found on the
airline’s newer A321s, which get higher ratings from customers. (Source: USA
Today, 01/26/16) Gulf Coast note: JetBlue will receive the first Airbus A321 built in
Mobile, Ala., later this year.

KC-46A has first refueling flight
SEATTLE -- Boeing and U.S. Air Force aircrews successfully completed the KC-46A
tanker’s first refueling flight Sunday over Washington state. Following takeoff
from Boeing Field, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points
before offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 flying at 20,000 feet. During the 5
hour and 43-minute flight, both Boeing and Air Force air refueling operators
accomplished multiple contacts with the F-16 that confirmed the system was ready
to transfer fuel. (Source: Boeing, 01/24/16) Gulf Coast note: EADS, now Airbus, had
competed for the refueling contract and planned to build the tankers in Mobile,
Ala. Boeing won, and Airbus instead opted to build A320 series jetliners in Mobile.

Contract: General Atomics, $34M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a
$34,028,813 order (0014) from basic ordering agreement FA8620-15-G-4040 to
develop and field the Air Force Special Operations Command MQ-9 Medium
Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) Lead-Off Hitter (LOH) software line.
Contractor will establish, define, and grow a process to rapidly field capabilities.
Included in this effort is to address activities driving software changes such as:
software defect corrections, threats, policy or doctrine driven, safety,
interoperability, and software changes resulting from hardware upgrades. Work
will be performed at Poway; Clovis, N.M.; and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development,
test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,898,735 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/22/16)

Contract: Composite Eng., $18.7M
Composite Engineering Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded an $18,674,455
modification to previously awarded contract FA8678-15-C-0069 for Air Force
Subscale Aerial Target (AFSAT) Lots 11-13 production. Contractor will provide
additional quantity of 21 AFSAT production units being produced under the basic
contract (Lot 12) and the associated warranty. Work will be performed at
Sacramento and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2016
procurement funds in the amount of $17,785,195 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, 01/21/16)

GE Aviation, Praxair Surface joint venture
GE Aviation and Praxair Surface Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Praxair, Inc., have entered into an agreement to form a joint venture for the
development, support and application of specialized coatings. The coatings will
be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine
models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines. The joint-venture company will
expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the southeast United States,
which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis
facility and other global operations. (Source: Praxair via Business Wire, 01/19/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $14M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $14,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity cost contract for research and development
in support of increased capabilities for next-generation, air-launched, tactical
missiles. Contractor will work to increase the number of missiles carried on a
single sortie, increase the effectiveness of each missile, and enhance the
platform survivability against all threats in an anti-access, area denial (A2AD)
environment. Two research concepts to fulfill these needs are the Small
Advanced Capability Missile (SACM) and Miniature Self-Defense Munition
(MSDM). The SACM will support affordable, highly lethal, small size and weight
ordnance with advanced air frame design and synergistic control capabilities for
air dominance enabling high air-to-air load-out. The MSDM will support
miniaturized weapon capabilities for air superiority by enabling close-in platform
self-defense and penetration into contested A2AD environment with little to no
impact to payload capacity. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to
be complete by Jan. 19, 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition
with four offers received. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation
funds in the amount of $388,905 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-0314). (Source: DoD, 01/20/16)

Contract: PAE, $31.9M
PAE Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$31,927,651 modification (P00101) to exercise the option on previously awarded
contract FA3010-13-C-0007 for Keesler Base Operations Support services. Work
will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be
complete by Jan. 31, 2017. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The
81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/19/16)

Airbus lists three  jobs
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus Americas posted three open positions for its new U.S.
Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. They are customer manager;
facilities specialist-industrial systems manager; and facilities specialist-
infrastructure coordinator. For a full job description of the positions, a full list of
qualifications and to apply, go to www.aidt.edu/jobs. The plant will produce the
Airbus A320 series of jetliners, the company’s most popular models. (Source:
Airbus, 01/15/16)

Contract: ATK, $47M
ATK Launch Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Orbital ATK Inc., Magna, Utah, has been
awarded a $46,968,005 other transaction agreement for the development of three
rocket propulsion system prototypes for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
(EELV) program. This agreement implements Section 1604 of the Fiscal Year 2015
National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the development of a next-
generation rocket propulsion system that will transition away from the use of the
Russian-supplied RD-180 engine to a domestic alternative for National Security
Space launches. An other transaction agreement was used in lieu of a standard
procurement contract in order to leverage on-going investment by industry in
rocket propulsion systems. This other transaction agreement requires shared
cost investment with ATK Launch Systems Inc. for the development of prototypes
of the GEM 63XL strap-on solid rocket motor, the Common Booster Segment (CBS)
solid rocket motor, and an Extendable Nozzle for Blue Origin’s BE-3U upper stage
engine. These rocket propulsion systems are intended for use on an Orbital ATK
next generation launch vehicle. The GEM 63XL strap-on solid rocket motor is also
intended for use on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle. The locations
of performance are Magna; Iuka, Miss.; Chandler, Ariz.; and Los Angeles Air Force
Base, Calif. The work is expected to be completed no later than Dec. 30, 2019. Air
Force fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount
of $46,968,005 are being obligated at the time of award. ATK Launch Systems Inc.
is contributing $31,130,360 at the time of award. The total potential government
investment, including all options, is $180,238,059. The total potential investment
by ATK Launch Systems Inc., including all options, is $124,830,693. This award is
the result of a competitive acquisition with multiple offers received. The Launch
Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles
Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8811-16-9-0002). (Source: DoD,
01/13/16) Gulf Coast note: Blue Origin has tested components for the BE-3U
engine at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: SpaceX, $33.6M
Space Exploration Technologies, Corp. (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., has been
awarded a $33,660,254 other transaction agreement for the development of the
Raptor rocket propulsion system prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch
Vehicle (EELV) program. This agreement implements Section 1604 of the Fiscal
Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires the development of
a next-generation rocket propulsion system that will transition away from the use
of the Russian-supplied RD-180 engine to a domestic alternative for National
Security Space launches. An other transaction agreement was used in lieu of a
standard procurement contract in order to leverage on-going investment by
industry in rocket propulsion systems. This other transaction agreement requires
shared cost investment with SpaceX for the development of a prototype of the
Raptor engine for the upper stage of the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch
vehicles. The locations of performance are NASA Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
Hawthorne, and Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The work is expected to be
completed no later than Dec. 31, 2018. Air Force fiscal 2015 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $33,660,254 are being
obligated at the time of award. SpaceX is contributing $67,320,506 at the time of
award. The total potential government investment, including all options, is
$61,392,710. The total potential investment by SpaceX, including all options, is
$122,785,419. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with multiple
offers received. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile
Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8811-
16-9-0001). (Source: DoD, 01/13/16)

Contract: Raytheon, $85M
Raytheon Co.- Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $85,500,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Griffin missiles and support.
Contractor will provide Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles, including test and
support equipment with engineering support. Work will be performed at Tucson
and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2017. 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 (FA8656-16-D-0072). (Source: DoD, 01/13/16)

Contract: Scientific Systems, $11.6M
Scientific Systems Co. Inc., Woburn, Mass., has been awarded an $11,565,001 cost-
plus-fixed-fee Small Business Innovation Research III contract for an advanced
navigation system technology demonstration on Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
Increment I. Contractor will flight test, demonstrate, and evaluate the technology
readiness of an ImageNav-SDB advanced navigation system using the SDB
Increment I. Work will be performed at Woburn and is expected to be complete by
Jan. 13, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force
Lifecycle Management Center, Rapid Acquisition Cell, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
the contracting activity (FA8656-16-C-0094). (Source: DoD, 01/13/16)

New general for 1st AF
Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert S. Williams has been nominated for appointment to the
rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, Continental U.S.
North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and commander, First Air
Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Williams is currently
serving as chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and senior defense official and
defense attaché-Kuwait, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Embassy, Kuwait. (Source:
DoD, 01/13/16)

Allegiant to serve VPS
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Allegiant Air will begin operating out of Destin-Fort
Walton Beach Airport, officials announced Tuesday. The low-fare, non-stop
service will be to two airports in the Midwest. Allegiant Air will begin service May
20 with direct flights between Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and the
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Then on June 2 it will offer
direct flights between Destin-Fort Walton Beach and the MidAmerica St. Louis
Airport. The Las Vegas-based company, founded in 1997, will use an A320 to serve
the Destin-Fort Walton Beach market. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
01/12/16)

Contract: Multiple, $900M
Aktarius LLC, Panama City, Fla. (W911SR-16-D-0001); Allied Technical Services LLC,
Oxnard, Calif. (W911SR-16-D-0002); AQuate II LLC, Seminole, Okla. (W911SR-16-D-
0003); Axseum Solutions LLC, Arlington, Va. (W911SR-16-D-0004); K.D. Analytical
Consulting Inc., Harrisburg, Pa. (W911SR-16-D-0005); Murtech Inc., Glen Burnie,
Md. (W911SR-16-D-0006); Omega Consultants Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn. (W911SR-16-D-
0007); SciTech Services Inc., Havre De Grace, Md. (W911SR-16-D-0008); STS
International Inc., Berkeley Springs, W.V. (W911SR-16-D-0009); Veteran Corps of
America, O’Fallon, Ill. (W911SR-16-D-0010); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus,
Ohio (W911SR-16-D-0011); Camber Corp., Huntsville, Ala. (W911SR-16-D-0012); DRS
Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va. (W911SR-16-D-001); Engility LLC, Chantilly,
Va. (W911SR-16-D-0014); Leidos Inc., Reston, Va. (W911SR-16-D-0015); Patricio
Enterprises Inc., Stafford, Va. (W911SR-16-D-0016); and SAIC Corp., McLean, Va.
(W911SR-16-D-0017), were awarded a $900,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity, multiple award task order contract for logistics and service support to
the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Bids
were solicited via the Internet with 17 received, with an estimated completion
date of Jan. 11, 2020. Funding and work location will be determined with each
order. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/12/16)

Contract: Lockheed, $28.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$28,842,000 not-to-exceed, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This delivery order
provides for air vehicle retrofit modifications associated with the F-35A fuel tank
overpressure engineering change proposal in support of the Air Force, and the
governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth (62 percent); Ogden, Utah (28 percent); and Palmdale,
Calif. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2017. This contract
combines purchases of the Air Force (93.11 percent); and the governments of
Netherlands (5.67 percent); Italy (0.70 percent); Norway (0.35 percent) and
Australia (0.17 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/12/16) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Northrop, $8M
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded
an $8,021,113 modification to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(N00019-16-C-0023) to exercise an option for software sustainment services in
support of MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft systems. Work will be performed
in San Diego, Calif. (90 percent); and Point Mugu, Calif. (10 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2016. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/12/16) Gulf Coast
note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: SAIC, $37.9M
NASA has 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 (IT) communications infrastructure services. The NICS
contract is a cost-plus award fee/cost-plus incentive fee contract which began
June 1, 2011, and 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. This $37.9 million contract
modification adds NICS support for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC),
Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) and National Space Science & Technology
Center campuses. NICS support includes: cable plant, emergency warning system,
public address, radio services, telephone services, Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), MSFC and MAF physical access control systems, emergency
telecommunications, facsimile services and conference room support. The
contract will be administered by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at
Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Source: NASA/NSSC, 01/12/16)

More Airbus jobs open
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus issued two releases during the week seeking candidates
for new positions at its U.S. Manufacturing Facility. One is for a customs specialist
and the other for two aircraft conformity managers. The customs specialist is
responsible for ensuring the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility complies with
corporate import policies and U.S. Customs regulations, while enabling the supply
chain to support aircraft production. The successful candidates must have at
least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
and a U.S. Customs Broker License. The aircraft conformity managers are
responsible for managing all conformity topics related to the major assemblies
delivered to the Airbus U.S. Production Facility from the start of assembly until the
final customer delivery. Among other qualifications, successful candidates must
have five or more years of experience in aircraft inspection, configuration
management or quality management 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, 01/08/15 and 01/06/15)

Report sees 3.4 percent growth
Global commercial aerospace subsector revenues are projected to increase by
3.4 percent in 2016 according to a new report released by Deloitte. Continued
demand for new commercial aircraft, new technologies, strong passenger traffic,
and military spending prompted by activity in the Middle East, will drive the
growth, according to the report. Deloitte’s projection for the commercial sector is
based on forecasts from airframe manufacturers and several investment analyst
reports. (Source: Avionics Today, 01/05/16)

Zodiac opening Mobile facility
MOBILE, Ala. -- Zodiac Aerospace of France is the latest company to decide to
place an operation close to the Airbus manufacturing plant at the Mobile
Aeroplex. Zodiac designs aircraft cabins and has some 30,000 workers at 100
sites. Mobile is its 25th in the United States. The facility is expected to employ five
initially who will focus on A320 cabin interiors, specifically seating. Zodiac will
occupy about 1,700 square feet of a 5,000-square-foot space already inhabited by
Germany’s Vartan Product Support. (Source: Made in Alabama, 01/05/16)

Contract: Exelis, $14.1M
Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $14,102,120 modification
(P00655) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for sustainment
posture of the System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) weapon
systems. Contractor will provide SENSOR Eglin, Globus II, Distributed Space
Command and Control - Dahlgren, Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space
Surveillance, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System and Precision Acquisition
Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System, and Perimeter Acquisition Radar
Attack Characterization System sustainment support projects. Work will be
performed at Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass.;
Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Thule Air Base, Greenland; Royal Air Force
Fylingdales, United Kingdom; Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D.; Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; Socorro, N.M.; Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; Maui,
Hawaii; Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; and Naval Support Facility, Dahlgren,
Va., and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/31/15)

Contract: Lockheed, $26M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$26,059,500 modification (P00614) to previously awarded contract FA8611-08-C-
2897 for the sustainment of the F-22 Reliability and Maintainability Maturation
Program (RAMMP). Contractor will provide RAMMP candidate development,
RAMMP solution development, and Truth in Negotiations Act retrofit changes.
Work will be performed at Fort Worth and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30,
2017. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/31/15) Gulf Coast note: F-22 pilots are
trained at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

Contract: Boeing, $35.7M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $35,700,000 cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract for integrated sustainment support of the AC-130U
Gunships. Contractor will provide development, modification, sustainment and
maintenance of AC-130U Gunships. Work will be performed at Fort Walton Beach;
Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan; and Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait,
and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force
Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8509-16-C-0001). (Source: DoD,
12/31/15)

Contract: UTC, $317.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been
awarded a $317,757,559 modification (P00160) 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 Air Force Base, Alaska; Hickam
Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Langley Air Force Base, Va.;
Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force
Base; Okla.; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by
Dec. 31, 2016. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/31/15)

Naval museum gets new director
Retired Navy Capt. Sterling Gilliam is the new director of the National Naval
Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Gilliam follows Bob
Rasmussen, who retired as director in 2014. Gilliam graduated from Aviation
Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola in 1983. For the next 27 years, he flew
22 aircraft aboard multiple carrier groups, accumulated more than 4,600 flight
hours. (Source: Pensacola News Journal 01/01/16)