Gulf Coast aerospace
OCTOBER 2017

Open house will include engine test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The public will get an opportunity Oct. 19 to view a test
firing of an RS-25 flight engine that will be used to power NASA’s new Space Launch
System. This engine, No. 2063, will be one of four that will be used for SLS on Exploration
Mission-2, the first flight of the rocket that will carry astronauts. The engine test is part of
the Founder’s Day Open House at Stennis Space Center. The theme of the event is “SSC –
56 Years of Making Fire and Rain!” to commemorate the anniversary of the rocket engine
test site. NASA announced plans on Oct. 25, 1961, to build a site in south Mississippi for
testing the Apollo Program rocket stages that carried humans to the moon. Security gates
will be open for access to the site from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Only U.S. citizens age 10 or
older will be allowed to participate. Open house activities, including exhibits, demonstrations
and speakers, will be hosted by participating Stennis agencies prior to an afternoon test of
RS-25 flight engine on the A-1 Test Stand. Each participant must obtain a ticket to gain
entry to the site. (Source: GCAC, 10/04/17)

Contract: DCS, $207.6M
DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded a $207,596,336 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide system engineering, analysis, research,
development, logistics, and configuration and data management services to the Naval Air
Warfare Center Weapons Division’s aircraft integrated pProduct teams, which are critical in
the development, integration, test, evaluation, and fielding of new and upgraded capabilities
to Naval aircraft, such as the F/A-18, EA-18G, F-35, AV-8B, AH-1/UH-1, and unmanned
aerial systems. Work will be performed in China Lake, Calif. (86.5 percent); Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla. (7 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (5 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (1 percent); Cherry
Point, N.C. (0.2 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (0.2 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (0.1 percent),
and is expected to be completed in October 2022. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test
and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $200,000 will be obligated at time of award; all
of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively
procured via an electronic proposal as a 100 percent small business set-aside; two offers
were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, is the
contracting activity (N68936-18-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 10/04/17)

Contract: COLSA, $56.2M
COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $56,190,669 modification (P00023) for
technical and management advisory services command, control, communications,
computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber support. The contractor
will provide additional research, development, test and evaluation, and acquisition support
services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Hanscom Air Force Base,
Mass.; Gunter Annex, Ala.; Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.;
Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Hill Air
Force Base, Utah; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to
be completed by Sept. 30 2018. This modification includes foreign military sales support.
Fiscal 2018 research, development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the
amount of $14,141,221 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0031). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: QuantiTech, $39.6M
QuantiTech, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $39,557,675 modification (P00045)
for technical and management advisory services range support. The contractor will provide
additional diverse research, development, test, evaluation, and acquisition support
services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Arnold Air Force Base,
Tenn.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska,
and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research,
development, production, operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,416,813
are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0034). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: Torch, $34.6M
Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $34,628,375 modification
(P00037) for technical and management advisory services armament support. The
contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and
acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirkland
Air Force Base, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be
completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, production,
operations, and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,165,187 are being obligated at time
of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-
16-F-0030). (Source: DoD, 10/02/17)

Contract: Bevilacqua, $31.2M
Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala.. has been awarded a $31,176,259 modification
(P00034) for technical and management advisory services platforms support. The
contractor will provide additional diverse research, development, test and evaluation, and
acquisition support services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Duke
Field, Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.;
and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30 2018.
Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, procurement, operations, and maintenance
funds in the amount of $5,682,995 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-F-0033). (Source: DoD,
10/02/17)


SEPTEMBER 2017

Contract: Boeing, $68.5M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded $68,535,986 modification P00006 to a
previously awarded firm-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0003). This modification
provides for the procurement of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G structural repair manual. Work
will be performed in St. Louis (62 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (32 percent); and Fort Walton
Beach, Fla. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2015 and
2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $68,535,986 are being obligated
at time of award, $63,966,920 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Awarded on
Sept. 27, 2017. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Fluor, $14.4M
Fluor Federal Solutions LLC, Greenville, S.C., is being awarded a $14,425,542 modification
under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-07-D-
0770) to exercise option 10 for base operations support services at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla., and outlying areas of Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field. 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), environmental services, and base support vehicles and equipment. After award
of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $272,144,614. Work will be
performed in Pensacola and work is expected to be completed March 2018. No funds will be
obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2018
Navy working capital funds; and fiscal 2018 defense health program funds in the amount of
$12,751,529 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the
option period. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Northrop, $12M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Md., is being awarded $12,000,000 for firm-
fixed-price job order N0016417FW174 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement
N0016415GWS82 for spare parts to support organic depot repairs of the AN/ALQ-240
Electronic Support Measures system. The AN/ALQ-240 provides rapid detection,
classification and geographical location of ground-based radar systems to provide
situational awareness to the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A also includes
capabilities such as long-range anti-submarine, anti-surface, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance in support of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. Work will be
performed in Linthicum (75 percent); San Jose, Calif. (10 percent); Ashburn, Va. (5
percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed by April 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in
the amount of $12,000,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $22M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$22,006,763 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract for academic and
simulator formal training and instruction. The contractor will provide aircrew instruction,
contractor logistics support, training systems support center, courseware, and
cybersecurity. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.;
Harrisburg Air National Guard Base, Pa.; and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom;
and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018. No funds are being obligated at time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is
the contracting activity (FA8621-17-C-0048). (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: GC Electric, $36.3M
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Wewahitchka, Fla., has been awarded a maximum
$36,331,097 modification (P00047) to a 50-year contract (SP0600-10-C-8253) with no
option periods, to incorporate a price redetermination rate increase, retroactive to June 1,
2014. Location of performance is Florida, with a May 31, 2061, performance completion
date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 Air Force
operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency
Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 09/28/17)

Contract: JAR Assets, $9M
JAR Assets Inc., Mandeville, La., has been awarded an $8,978,544 modification (P00010)
to previously awarded contract HTC711-16-C-W001 exercising the second option year for
transportation of bulk jet fuel and marine diesel fuel by barge. The contract is firm fixed
price. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $24,013,344
from $15,034,800. Work will be performed at ports and points along the inland waterways
and Gulf Coast locations in the Gulf Region with an expected completion date of Sept. 30,
2018. The U.S. Transportation Command, Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base,
Ill., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: URS, $15.5M
URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., was awarded a $15,462,757 modification
(P00030) to contract W9124G-15-C-0005 for rotary-wing flight instructor services. Work will
be performed in Dothan, Ala., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. U.S.
Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a
$24,306,079 firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-
C-5332) to exercise options for vertical launching system modules and associated
equipment with the MK 41 vertical launch system. Work will be performed in Indianapolis,
Ind. (32 percent); Baltimore, Md. (20 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (15 percent);
Johnstown, Pa. (12 percent); Farmingdale, N.Y. (9 percent); Saginaw, Mich. (5 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (4 percent); and Waverly, Iowa (3 percent), and is expected to be completed
by December 2022. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and
conversion (Navy); and fiscal 2016 defense wide procurement funding in the amount of
$24,306,079 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: SURVICE, $10M
The SURVICE Engineering Co. LLC, Belcamp, Md., is being awarded a $9,982,045 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to perform research and
development analysis for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in the areas of air
weapons systems survivability and lethality, test and analysis support, modeling and
simulation (M&S), and M&S verification, validation and accreditation. Work will be performed
in Dayton, Ohio (40 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (30 percent); Aberdeen, Md. (20 percent);
and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2022. Fiscal 2016 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $112,621, none of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via
an electronic proposal as a 100 percent small business set-aside; two offers were received.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting
activity (N68936-17-D-0028). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: RT&T, $8.7M
Reliance Test & Technology, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an approximately
$8,700,000 modification (P00019) to previously awarded contract for Eglin Air Force Base
operation and maintenance support service. The contract modification increases
government-provided values of cost reimbursable contractor acquired property supporting
the test and training complex. Work will be performed in Ft. Walton Beach and is expected
to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the
amount of $8,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0002). (Source: DoD,
09/27/17)

Contract: Cubic, $61M
Cubic Global Defense, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $61,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for P5 combat training system/tactical combat
training system updates. The contract includes, but is not limited to, modifications to ensure
the P5 system and supporting infrastructure meets or exceeds dynamic emerging
government requirements. Work will be performed in San Diego and Fort Walton Beach,
Fla., and will be completed Sept. 30, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source
acquisition. Funds from spectrum relocation fund in the amount of $4,600,000 are being
obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-17-D-0034). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $450M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $450,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II integrated
engineering change proposal contract. The contract provides for design, development,
integration, test and production engineering for changes to the SDB II technical and
production baseline. Work will be performed in Tucson, and is expected to be completed by
Aug. 31, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being
obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-17-D-0004). (Source: DoD, 09/27/17)

SR wins development awards
The Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office received three Excellence in
Economic Development Awards for 2017 from the International Economic Development
Council during the IEDC Annual Conference Sept. 17-20 in Toronto. One was a gold award
for its aviation industry brochure in the category of special purpose print brochure, which
details Santa Rosa County's advantages to companies in the aviation, aerospace, and
related industries. Key sections cover the area's advantages in terms of workforce,
including retired military personnel, transportation, and available sites. The office also won
a silver award for its Career Pathways website, a project in the category of special purpose
website. The website is designed to provide students and their families guidance on local
career opportunities. The EDO took home a bronze award also in the category of special
purpose website, for SantaRosaAviation.com, a micro-site showcasing the county's
advantages to companies in the aviation, aerospace, and related industries. (Source: Santa
Rosa County, 09/27/17)

Contract: multiple, $998M
Signalink Inc., Madison, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4000); Corvid Technologies LLC., Mooresville,
N.C. (FA2487-18-D-4100); Maden Technologies - Maden Tech Consulting Inc., Arlington,
Va. (FA2487-18-D-4200); Intuitive Research and Technology Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
(FA2487-18-D-4300); Wavelink Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4400); Cummings
Aerospace Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-18-D-4500); Radiance Technologies Inc., Ala.
(FA2487-18-D-4600); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va. (FA2487-18-D-4700); IERUS
Technologies Inc., Alabama (FA2487-18-D-4800); Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (FA2487-
18-D-4900); Trident Research LLC., Austin, Texas (FA2487-18-D-5000); Georgia
Technical Research Institute, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga. (FA2487-
18-D-5100); Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Ind. (FA2487-18-D-5200); and RT Logic, Colorado
Springs, Colo. (FA2487-18-D-5300); have been awarded a shared ceiling, multiple award
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts in the amount of $998,000,000. Contractor
will provide research, development, test and evaluation of weapon systems, subsystems,
and components. Work will be performed at each contractor’s facilities. This award is the
result of a competitive acquisition and 14 offers were awarded. Fiscal 2017 research,
development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $14,000 - $1,000 per delivery
order, per company are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/17)

Contract: Choctawhatchee, $60.2M
Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., De Funiak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a
$60,191,903 modification (P00003) to a 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8314) with no
option periods for additional utility services for the electric system at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract. Location of performance
is Florida, with a July 31, 2067, performance completion date. Using military service is Air
Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2067 Air Force operations and
maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort
Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 09/26/17)

AC-130J nearly combat-ready
The Air Force plans to declare its new AC-130J “Ghostrider” gunship ready for combat
operations by the end of September. But it won’t deploy into to a war zone for a couple of
more years, according to Lt. Gen. Marshall “Brad” Webb, head of Air Force Special
Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He told reporters at the Air Force Association’s
annual conference in National Harbor, Md., that the delay is because of the high pace of
operational missions abroad, which makes in more difficult to train special operators on the
new gunship’s new weapon system. The AC-130J, designed for close-air support, is armed
with a 30mm GAU-23/A cannon and suite of precision-guided munitions that include the
GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb and AGM-176 Griffin missile, and a 105mm M102 howitzer
system, which can fire 10 50-pound shells a minute. The weapons systems are governed by
modular Precision Strike Package. As of April 2017, AFSOC was exploring the possibility of
a directed-energy laser system designed to knock out enemy electronics and disable critical
infrastructure. (Sources: multiple, including DoDBuzz, Flightglobal, ExecutiveGov, National
Interest, 09/21/17)

Digital navigation aid tested
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center
Detachment 2 recently evaluated new, fully digitized navigation charts to streamline mission
planning initiatives for the military. It’s the first major upgrade to the charts in some 30
years. AFOTEC completed a successful operational test on a digitized navigation chart
prototype in 2016, and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
asked AFOTEC evaluate three new digitized charts for use by the Air Force and other
military branches. The military uses navigation charts for mission planning and flying
navigation routes. Over six weeks, Detachment 2 tested the new charts at nine military
installations across the U.S., including at Eglin, using 16 different airframes. The new charts
will be available for military operations as early as 2019. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
09/21/17)

Eglin team goes to sea
The Air Force’s 33rd Maintenance Squadron provided training and support to F-35C
Lightning II operations aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, 2017. Two
airmen and two sailors from the aerospace ground equipment flight and the wheel and tire
shop qualified Abraham Lincoln sailors to operate F-35 support equipment, bringing the U.
S. Navy one step closer to initial operations capability. With this training, the Abraham
Lincoln's aviation structural mechanics are now qualified to tear down, inspect, clean,
rebuild and service wheel assemblies. “We are the most qualified unit to (train these
sailors),” said Staff Sgt. Mark Gower, 33rd MXS wheel and tire technician. “We have been
working with this jet the longest because the 33rd Fighter Wing was the first unit to receive
the F-35 from the test community.” (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 09/19/17)

Contract: CACI-ISS, $14M
CACI-ISS Inc., Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $14,019,389 modification (P00040) to
contract W81K04-13-F-0013 for medical logistics non-personal services in support of
Expeditionary and Contingency Medical Materiel Program. Work will be performed in
Fayetteville, N.C.; Langley, Va.; Mary Ester, Fla.; Riverside, Colo.; New Hanover Township,
N.J.; San Antonio, Texas; North Charleston, S.C.; Frederick, Md.; Belleville, Ill.; Valparaiso,
Fla.; Fairfield, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Biloxi, Miss.; Dayton, Ohio; Topeka, Kan.; Willow
Grove, Pa.; Spokane, Wash.; Goose Creek, S.C.; and various other Department of Defense
and Air National Guard installations, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2018. U.
S. Army Medical Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/21/17)

How base coped with Irma
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Like other military bases with expensive aircraft, Fort Rucker officials
had to decide earlier this month when Hurricane Irma was started tracking up the west coast
of Florida whether to evacuate helicopters or dismantle the blades and put them in a
hangar. It was a situation that changed day to day, but in the end no aircraft were damaged
and training was allowed to continue after the storm passed. Fort Rucker, in southeast
Alabama near Dothan, is the only Army unit that trains aviators – some 4,000 each year
from 20 countries. (Source: Rotor & Wing International, 09/19/17) The Navy also trains
military helicopter pilots at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, across the state line in Milton, Fla.

Contract: Jacobs, $480M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is awarded a competitive, single award,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for test, evaluation and certification support
services. The face value of this action is $480,000,000 (contract ceiling). The minimum
guarantee of $10,000 will be satisfied through the issuance of Task Order 0001, which will
coincide with contract award and will be funded by fiscal 2017 research, development, test
and evaluation appropriations. Primary performance will be at Defense Information Systems
Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command Headquarters, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.;
and DISA Headquarters, Ft. Meade, Md., with incidental performance at other locations
worldwide. Proposals were solicited via FedBizOpps and three proposals were received.
The period of performance for the base period is Sept. 21, 2017 through Sept. 20, 2019
with three, one-year option periods and one six-month option period through March 20,
2023. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base,
Ill., is the contracting activity. (HC1028-17-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/19/17)

HC-144A fleet hits milestone
The HC-144 aircraft, manufactured by Airbus and operated by the United States Coast
Guard as the Ocean Sentry fleet, has reached a milestone 100,000 hours of flight. In eight
years of service with the USCG, the HC-144A fleet has been involved in 3,500 search and
rescue missions saving 620 lives, and supported 8,400 law enforcement missions including
890 drug interdiction missions. The fleet played an important role in response to hurricanes
Harvey and Irma. The milestone will be commemorated by Airbus and the USCG Friday at
10 a.m. during a ceremony at the Airbus Defense & Space facility at Mobile Regional
Airport, where Airbus maintains the fleet for the USCG. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/17)

Hurlburt maintainers win award
The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla., was among the
winners of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. The awards are presented
annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon systems and military equipment
maintenance. The Hurlburt team was one of two units to win in the large field-level category.
Four other awards were given in the medium and small categories. One of the six
organizations will be selected as winner of the Phoenix Award, given to the best of the best
field-level maintenance units. (Source: DoD, 09/19/17)

1,500 Airbus jets serving N.A.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The number of in-service Airbus commercial aircraft in North America
reached a new high of 1,500 following the delivery of an A321 to American Airlines on
Friday. The company delivered its first North American-operated aircraft to U.S.-based
Eastern Airlines in 1977 and has gone on to tally more than 2,000 orders with 25 airline
companies and lessors in the region. A celebration was held at the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility in Mobile with delivery teams from American Airlines and Airbus
marking the milestone. American Airlines operates more Airbus passenger aircraft than any
other airline in the world. American Airlines, which took its first Airbus jets in 1988 and 1989,
now has 416 Airbus aircraft in its fleet, with another 122 on order. Airbus has globally
received 17,287 orders across its product line, with more than 10,000 delivered. Over the
next 20 years, Airbus predicts that more than 5,900 new aircraft will be required in North
America. (Source: Airbus, 09/18/17)

Northrop buying Orbital ATK
Defense powerhouse Northrop Grumman said Monday it is acquiring space-focused Orbital
ATK for about $7.8 billion, a deal that will give Northrop a major role in space and missiles.
Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., makes rocket motors and designs and produces launch
vehicles. The deal comes as the Pentagon increasingly looks at space as a battle front. The
Orbital purchase ranks as the largest defense deal since Lockheed Martin bought Sikorsky
from United Technologies Corp. Orbital and ATK merged in 2014.  (Sources: multiple,
including Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, 09/18/17) Gulf Coast note:
Both companies have activities in the Gulf Coast region.

Contract: M1 Support, $387M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $387,037,012 hybrid contract
(cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-award-fee and fixed-price-incentive) for maintenance
services supporting the Army entry level and advanced as well as Air Force Advanced
Rotary Aviation Training mission at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
four received. Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of
Sept. 30, 2027. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$387,037,012 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation
Contracting Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9124G-
17-C-0104). (Source: DoD, 09/15/17)

Contract: Harris, $11.3M
Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded an $11,277,688 modification
(P00766) to previously awarded contract for Eglin Beam Steer Sustainment Project Beam
Steering Calibrate and Monitor Console Replacement project. Contractor will improve the
sustainment posture of the project for the Eglin Army and Navy fixed position ground radar
search AN/FPS-85 radar, which includes the design, procurement, fabrication, integration,
installation, and testing to ensure supportability through 2030 and the development and
installation of a temporary Y Switch. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
and Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, 2019.
Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1 1,277,688 are being
obligated at time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is
the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/14/17)

Airbus Mobile marks milestone
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile has reached a key
milestone as it has received the 50th shipset of major component assemblies just two years
after taking delivery of the first shipset. The components will eventually become the 50th
Airbus aircraft produced in the U.S., this one for Delta Airlines. A shipset includes front and
aft fuselage sections, a vertical and horizontal tailplane, and wings. The components are
manufactured in various facilities around Europe using parts and systems from around the
world, including the United States. They are brought together and shipped from Hamburg,
Germany, to the Port of Mobile and transported by road to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing
Facility. Since production began in 2015, Airbus has delivered 37 aircraft from Mobile to
four customers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and Spirit. The facility will
produce four aircraft a month by the fourth quarter of 2017. In addition to Mobile, Airbus
delivers A320 series aircraft from Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin,
China. (Source: Airbus, 09/15/17)

Training wing getting new leader
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Lt. Col. David Morris will assume command of
Training Air Wing 5 during a change of command ceremony at the Naval Aviation Museum
at Naval Air Station Pensacola. He replaces Navy Captain Mark Murray during the Friday 2
p.m. ceremony. Murray will retire from naval service after a 26-year career. Morris, a former
member of the Blue Angels, who was a prior enlisted Marine who was designated a Naval
Aviator in March 1996. In August 2000, he reported to the Blue Angels to fly “Fat Albert,”
the squadron’s C-130 aircraft. He comes to NAS Whiting Field from duty at the Pentagon.
Morris will now be responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training
Command's total flight time and over 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time
worldwide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through TRAWING
-5 annually. Capt. Douglas Rosa will become the new Deputy Commodore of TRAWING-5.
(Source: Whiting Field, 09/12/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,769,892 for
modification P00048 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-
C-0114) for recurring logistics services of F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in support of
the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants, and foreign
military sales (FMS) customers. Support to be provided includes delivery of material (26,171
items) for depot stand-up and activation. The material delivered supports the Electro-
Optical Targeting System for the F-35. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed in in September 2019. This modification combines purchases for
the Air Force (45 percent); Marine Corps (24 percent); Navy (13 percent); non-DoD
participants (14 percent); and FMS customers (4 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales
Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/13/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Land deal delayed
PENSACOLA, Fla. – County leaders say a land swap involving Escambia County and the
Navy will likely be delayed another two years because of issues with the grass on the land
being prepared for the Navy. The Navy requires two years of ground covering growth
before it can use it as an outlying field. The county bought the grass seed but the grading
wasn’t ready in time, officials said. The county wants to use land in Beulah, the current site
of the Navy’s Outlying Field 8, as a commercial park. The Navy agreed to swap the land for
a 650-acre site, currently called Outlying Field X, in neighboring Santa Rosa County that is
now owned by Escambia County. The county hopes to build on the success of Navy Federal’
s large campus in Beulah. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 09/13/17)

Contract: URS, $49.2M
URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., has been awarded a $49,157,150 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for rotary-wing flight instructor support services at Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids
were solicited via the Internet with three received. Work will be performed in Daleville, Ala.,
with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. U.S. Army Mission and Installation
Contracting Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity (W9124G-
17-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 09/12/17)

Contract: DynCorp Int., $103.2M
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $103,165,374 for
modification 00032 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract
(N00019-15-D-0003) for organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and
logistics support for 16 T-34 Mentor, 54 T-44 Pegasus, and 287 T-6 Texan aircraft. Work
will be performed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas (50 percent); Naval Air Station
Whiting Field, Fla. (39 percent); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various
locations throughout the U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/11/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,461,238 for
modification to previously issued delivery order N0001917F0108 placed against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This modification
procures additional verification and validation system support for country-specific mission
data files for the foreign military sales customer’s operational aircraft. Work will be
performed in Point Mugu, Calif. (75 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/11/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Pratt and Whitney, $8.7M
Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded an $8,672,257
requirements contract for engineering and technical services for F-15/F-16 aircraft engines.
Engineering and technical services will be provided by the original manufacturer to elevate
the technical expertise of maintainers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; Toledo,
Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and in seven countries, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Taiwan,
South Korea, and Indonesia. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 15, 2019. 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 (FA8604-17-D-8005). (Source: DoD, 09/11/17)

Contract: Engility, $49M
Engility Corporation, Andover, Mass., has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill
Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. This contract
provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling
capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical
role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of
integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
with the ordering period expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2022. This is a competitive
award under broad agency announcement FA8651-17-S-0064, and fiscal 2017 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,300 are being obligated at
the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air
Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8651-17-D-0096). (Source: DoD, 09/08/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $8M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,078,874 cost-plus-fixed-
fee modification (P00010) to previously awarded 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. This contract
modification provides for exercise of the first option, for an additional 12 months of services
to support ground tests, captive flight tests, and live fire tests conducted for developmental
purposes, up to and including operational test readiness reviews. The effort also
encompasses management and maintenance of AMRAAM separation test vehicles and
other assets used for the test programs. The work performed under this option is expected
to be complete by Sept. 5, 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
(FA8675-16-C-0067). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $38.6M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $38,600,000 cost-plus-
incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the System Improvement Program 3-
Engineering Manufacturing, Development. This contract provides an incremental software
solution for AIM-120D missiles to improve its performance against rapidly advancing threats.
Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Jan. 5, 2021. 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 (FA8675-17-C-0001). (Awarded Sept.
5, 2017). (Source: DoD, 09/06/17)

UTC buys Rockwell Collins
United Technologies Corp. has acquired Rockwell Collins for an implied total equity value of
$23 billion and a total transaction value of $30 billion, including Rockwell Collins’ net debt,
Rockwell Collins said. A new business unit, Collins Aerospace Systems, will be created when
the transaction is comnpleted. Kelly Ortberg will keep his CEO status. UTC Aerospace
Systems President Dave Gitlin will serve as prisident and COO. (Source: Aviation Today,
09/05/17) Gulf Coast note: UTC Aerospace Systems has an operation in Foley, Ala.

Pathfinder to barge to MAF
A full-scale model of a Space Launch System core stage was recently completed at a plant
in North Alabama and will soon be shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans. The steel article was assembled at G&G Steel’s facility in Cordova. Radiance
Technologies and Dynetics were contracted by NASA to build the Pathfinder, and G&G
Steel performed the final welding and assembly. It will be delivered by barge using the Black
Warrior River to New Orleans sometime in the next month. NASA will use the Pathfinder at
MAF, the Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to practice
handling a fully assembled SLS Core Stage, including transportation, before they have to
start doing it with the real thing as early as next year. (Source: NASA Spaceflight, 09/05/17)

Contract: PAE Aviation, $17.3M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC., Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $17,285,759
modification (P00027) to a previously awarded contract for 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 for F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15
aircrafts. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Holloman Air Force
Base, N.M., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Acquisition Management
and Integration Center Contracting, Langley Air Force Base, Va., is the contracting activity
(FA4890-15-C-0018). (Source: DoD, 09/01/17)

NASA awards contract option
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA has exercised the first option year under its
existing contract with CSRA of Falls Church, Va. This is a one-year option period for the
continuation of financial management, human resources, procurement, information
technology and agency business services to NASA. The option increases the existing NASA
Shared Services Center (NSSC) support contract by more than $60 million and provides
services through Sept. 30, 2023. The contract is administered by the NSSC at NASA’s
Stennis Space Center. The NSSC performs select business activities for all NASA centers.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 09/01/17)


AUGUST 2017

NASA has another controller test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers closed a summer of successful hot fire
testing today for flight controllers on RS-25 engines that will help power the new Space
Launch System (SLS) rocket being built to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations,
including Mars. The space agency capped off summer testing with a 500-second hot fire of
a fifth RS-25 engine flight controller unit on the A-1 Test Stand. The controller serves as the
“brain” of the engine, communicating with SLS flight computers to ensure engines are
performing at needed levels. NASA tested the first flight controller unit in March. The flight
controller tests are critical preparation for upcoming SLS flights to deep space– the
uncrewed Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which will serve as the first flight for the new rocket
carrying an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, and EM-2, which will transport a crew of astronauts
aboard Orion. (Source: NASA, 08/30/17)

Leahy takes helm of 2nd AF
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air
Force during a change of command ceremony Aug. 23 at the Levitow Training Support
Facility parade field at Keesler. Second Air Force provides training for more than 265 Air
Force specialties for 150,000 Defense Department and international student graduates per
year. Leahy will be responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all
operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training, and advanced technical
training of all AF enlisted members and support officers. Leahy comes to the Mississippi
Gulf Coast from duty as commander of the LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and
Education and vice commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (Source:
81st Training Wing 08/24/17)

Spirit gets Mobile-built A320
MOBILE, Ala. – Spirit Airlines took delivery Friday of the first A320 built in the United States.
It was the 37th Airbus jetliner built at the Airbus assembly line, but all previous jetliners were
the larger A321. It’s the sixth plane delivered to Spirit at the Mobile center. The yellow
passenger jet delivered Friday is the 106th jet in its all-Airbus fleet. Major components for
the plane arrived in May from Europe. "With this very first A320 assembled, we recognized
another key milestone," said Daryl Taylor, general manager of the Mobile facility. The
Airbus assembly line can build the A319, A320 and A321. The plant is on track to produce
four jetliners every month. (Source: al.com, 08/25/17)

UTC opens new facility, jobs
UTC Aerospace Systems today unveiled a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and
nacelle assembly facility at its site in Foley, Ala. The new facility is in response to rising
customer demand for its nacelle systems, according to UTC. The company expects to add
up to 260 new jobs at the site, ultimately increasing its Foley workforce to more than 1,000
employees. It is expected to be operational by the end of the year. The Foley site
assembles nacelles for integration with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine for a
number of aircraft platforms, including the Airbus A320neo, Bombardier C Series, Mitsubishi
Regional Jet and Embraer E-Jet E2. The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems’
Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original
equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sites. UTC
Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (Source: UTC, 08/24/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $900M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an approximately $900,000,000
cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation
and risk reduction acquisition phase. The contract supports replacement of the AGM-86B
air-launched cruise missile. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be
completed by 2022. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities
Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $900M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an approximately $900,000,000 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation and risk
reduction acquisition phase. The contract supports replacement of the AGM-86B air-
launched cruise missile. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona and is expected to be
completed by 2022. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities
Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $173M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $172,984,042
for modification P00017 to exercise an option to a previously awarded firm-fixed price,
indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011). This option provides for
organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering to
support and maintain 201 Navy T-45 Goshawk aircraft, aircraft systems, and related
support equipment to support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be
performed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7
percent); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent); and Naval Air Station Patuxent
River, Md. (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed September 2018. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 08/23/17)

Contract: Multiple, $95M
Ashford Leebcor JV LLC, Williamsburg, Va. (N40085-17-D-0357); Civil Works Contracting
LLC, Wilmington, N.C. (N40085-17-D-0358); Green-Simmons Co. Inc., Pensacola, Fla.
(N40085-17-D-0359); Rand Enterprises Inc., Newport News, Va. (N40085-17-D-0360);
SmartATI-KMK JV, Rochester, N.H. (N40085-17-D-0361); and Tikigaq Construction LLC,
Wasilla, Alaska (N40085-17-D-0362), are each being awarded an indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award, design-build, design-bid-build construction
contract for construction projects within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command
(NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT) area of responsibility
(AOR). The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all
five contracts combined is $95,000,000. The work to be performed provides for, but is not
limited to, new construction, renovation, alteration, and repairs for general construction
projects. Types of facilities include, but are not limited to warehouses, training facilities,
personnel support and service facilities, housing facilities, etc. These six contractors may
compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Ashford
Leebcor JV LLC is being awarded task order 0001 at $594,683 for the track data
coordinator trainer space renovation, Building 586 at Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck
Annex, Virginia Beach, Va.. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by March
2018. All work on this contract will be performed in the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Hampton
Roads IPT AOR, Va.. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected
completion date of August 2022. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract
funds in the amount of $619,683 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by operations and
maintenance (Navy) funding. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy
Electronic Commerce Online website, with 19 proposals received. The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/23/17)

First A320 set for delivery
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Airbus A320 jetliner produced at the Airbus assembly facility in
Mobile will be delivered to Spirit Airlines Friday. All previous jetliners produced at the plant
have been A321 models. The A320 had its first flight August 15. That first flight lasted about
four hours. The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility can produce three members of the A320
Family: the A319, A320 and A321. So far 36 aircraft have been delivered since operations
began in 2015. The A320 single-aisle jetliners entered airline service in April 1988. (Source:
GCAC, 08/22/17)

Switch flipped on for solar facilities
Officials marked the completion of the three largest combined solar facilities on Defense
Department property in a ceremonial flipping of the switch Tuesday. Executives of Gulf
Power, Coronal Energy, the Air Force and Navy were on hand at Naval Air Station
Pensacola’s Naval Outlying Landing Field Saufley for the event. Ground was broken in
November 2016 for the project that spans 940 acres across three Navy and Air Force sites
in Northwest Florida. Saufley’s solar array site is a 50 megawatt solar-generating facility.
The other two sites are at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Outlying Landing Field Holley (40
megawatts) and Eglin Air Force Base (30 megawatts). Combined the three sites have about
1.5 million solar panels capable of generating up to 120 megawatts of electricity. The
projects became operational earlier this summer. (Source: GCAC, 08/21/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $427M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded not-to-exceed
$427,088,637 for undefinitized order N0001917F0027 against a previously issued basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the procurement of
ancillary military equipment and pilot flight equipment for low rate initial production Lot 11 F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of
Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be
performed in Inglewood, Calif. (60 percent); White Plains, N.Y. (25 percent); St. Petersburg,
Fla. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent). Work is
expected to be completed in December 2020. This order combines purchases for Air Force
(36 percent); Marine Corps (20 percent); Navy (12 percent); non-DoD participants (19
percent); and FMS customers (13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/21/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $53.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $53,494,475 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F0266 against a previously issued basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for supplies and services in
support of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification
kits and installation services for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and non-Department of
Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be
completed in July 2021 for DoD customers and September 2025 for non-DoD participants.
This order combines purchases for the Marine Corps (50 percent); Air Force (21 percent);
Navy (18 percent); and non-DoD participants (11 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/18/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: CACH-INC, $14.9M
CACI-INC, Chantilly, Va., has been awarded a $14,940,526 face value contract for the
modification and configuration on new commercial software for NexGen requirements. Fiscal
2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,654,981 will be obligated at
time of award. Work will be performed in Panama City, Fla.; Beavercreek, Ohio; San
Antonio, Texas; Niceville, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Palm City, Fla.; Fair Haven, N.J., and is
expected to be completed March 12, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala., is the contracting activity
(FA8771-17-F-0024). (Awarded Aug. 16, 2017) (Source: DoD, 08/17/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $104.9M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $104,860,386 firm-fixed-
price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Griffin Missiles.
This contract provides for delivery of all variants of Griffin standoff precision guided
munitions and corresponding production, test and engineering support. Work will be
performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018. The Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8656-
17-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 08/17/17)

Mobile gets new Safran facility
MOBILE, Ala. – Safran USA announced it will open a manufacturing operation at Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley and hire 20 employees over the next three years. The announcement
came two months after the Mobile team’s meeting with Safran USA’s executives at the Paris
Air Show. The company will produce and install aircraft engine nacelles at this facility.
Safran is one of the world’s two leading integrators of aircraft engine nacelle systems, which
serve as the housing for an aircraft engine and its related components. To house the
facility, the Mobile Airport Authority is building out one of the existing bays at Mobile
Aeroplex to 24,500 square feet. In addition, the company is investing approximately $1
million in equipment with an opening planned for November 2017. (Source: Mobile Chamber
of Commerce, 08/17/17) Safran was the first Airbus-related supplier to announce it would
open an operation in Mobile, five months after Airbus said it would build A320 series
jetliners in Mobile  Safran Engineering Services opened its Mobile office with a ribbon-
cutting the same day Airbus broke ground on its assembly line. Safran company Messier-
Bugatti-Dowty also has an operation at the Mobile Aeroplex.

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $8,485,823 for firm-fixed-price delivery
order 7007 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-15-G-003H) for
the repair of 331 units across 16 assemblies used in support of the F-18 Active
Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss., and is
expected to be completed by December 2019. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon
Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/16/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $8.9M
L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $8,889,043 firm-fixed-price
contract for organizational and intermediate-level aircraft maintenance on three KC-130J
aircraft, logistics and supply functions, limited repair of common support equipment and
required support for the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed at Abdullah Al-
Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait, and is expected to be completed in August 2022. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-17-C-0080).
(Source: DoD, 08/16/17)

Airport sets another record
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport has set another all-time monthly record
number of passengers in July, with a total of 175,814 individuals arriving and departing the
facility. It’s an increase of 13 percent over July 2016. Overall, Pensacola International
Airport is up some 4 percent in total passengers for the fiscal year over the same period
last year. (Source: City of Pensacola, 08/16/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Lexington, Ky., has been awarded an
$8,000,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Special Operations
Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS) requirement. The SOF GLSS
contract shall provide non-personal, global logistics support services and expertise to
maintain program support and Enterprise management functions for Program Executive
Office of the Special Operations Forces Support Activity. Work will be performed at
Bluegrass Station, Lexington; Bluegrass Army Depot, Richmond, Ky; Fort Walton Beach,
Fla.; and Crestview, Fla., as well as multiple customer locations both inside and outside the
continental U.S. U.S. Special Operations Command Contracting office, Tampa, Fla., is the
contracting activity (H92254-17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 08/11/17)

SSC has another controller test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Just two weeks after the third test of a new RS-25
engine flight controller, NASA recorded its fourth full-duration controller test Aug. 9.
Engineers conducted a 500-second test of the “brain” of RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test
Stand. The test involved installing the controller on an RS-25 development engine and firing
it in the same manner, and for the same length of time, as needed during an actual SLS
launch. It marked another milestone toward launch of the first integrated flight of the Space
Launch System rocket and Orion crew vehicle. Exploration Mission-1 will be an uncrewed
mission into lunar orbit, designed to provide a final check-out test of rocket and Orion
capabilities before astronauts are returned to deep space. The SLS rocket will be powered
at launch by four RS-25 engines, providing a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, and with
a pair of solid rocket boosters, providing more than 8 million pounds of total thrust. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 08/09/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,419,067 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, undefinitized order (N00019-17-F-1633) against a previously issued basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the F-35 fighter program milestone event
capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and installation services. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in April 2019. This order
combines purchases for Navy (49 percent); non-DoD participants (24 percent); Air Force
(14 percent); and Marine Corps (13 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/08/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $28.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $28,784,100 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5523 issued against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for supplies and services in support
of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits and
installation services for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be
completed in July 2020. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (45 percent),
Marine Corps (30 percent); Navy (18 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (7 percent).
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/07/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $11.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an $11,893,495
modification (P00859) for F-22 sustainment. This modification is for the exercise of options
for F-22 sustainment activities. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed by Dec. 16, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill
Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8611-08-C-2897). (Source: DoD,
08/01/17) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., trains F-22 pilots and has an
operational squadron.

Contract: Northrop, $19.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $19,894,544 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0003 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for engineering and analysis efforts to develop solutions
for near-term emergent obsolescence issues identified for the MQ-4C Triton. This effort
includes associated program management, qualification tests, qualification test plans and
reports, product support analysis, spares and repairs analysis, and configuration
management requirements. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (80 percent); and
Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/01/17) Gulf Coast note: Triton fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Raytheon STEM exhibit arrives
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – An interactive traveling exhibit that helps children have fun
with math – MathAlive! – opens Saturday at the Emerald Coast Science Center. Presented
by Raytheon to military family communities nationwide, the exhibit is designed to show the
connection of math to many of the things they love, including music, sports, movies, games
and more. The hope is to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and
math fields. The U.S. continues to fall short in ensuring there are enough future workers to
fill the demand. MathAlive! will be presented at the Emerald Coast Science Center through
Sept. 10 and is included with general admission. The museum is offering free admittance to
active duty military and their families. (Source: PRNewswire, 08/01/17)


JULY 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $211.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $211,200,000 for
modification P00017 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract
(N00019-16-C-0003). This modification provides for the procurement of production non-
recurring special tooling and special test equipment that are required to meet current and
future F-35 production rates. Work will be performed Fort Worth, Texas (29.73 percent); El
Segundo, Calif., (21.65 percent); Nashua, N.H. (19.60 percent); Orlando, Fla. (11.33
percent); and other locations in the U.S. (9.17 percent); Samlesbury, UK, (4.20 percent);
Turin, Italy (1.83 percent); and other outside-of-the-continental U.S. locations (2.49
percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021. This contract combines purchases
of the Air Force (35.2 percent); Navy (17.6 percent); and Marine Corps (17.6 percent); non-
DoD Participants (16 percent); and FMS (13.6 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $218.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $218,729,862 for
modification P0004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-
0045) for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for F-35 aircraft in support of
the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and
foreign military sales customers. Sustainment services to be provided include ground
maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic
Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and
health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities
to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (46 percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton, UK (9 percent); El Segundo,
Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in
February 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $3.7B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $3,693,062,124 undefinitized not-to-exceed modification to the previously
awarded low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract
(N00019-16-C-0033). This modification provides for the procurement of 50 aircraft for non-
Department of Defense participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers comprised
of one F-35B aircraft for the UK; one F-35A aircraft for Italy; eight F-35A aircraft for
Australia; eight F-35A aircraft for the Netherlands; four F-35A aircraft for Turkey; six F-35A
aircraft for Norway; and 22 F-35A aircraft for FMS customers. In addition, this modification
adds scope for mission equipment and chase maintenance activity for the above mentioned
participants, as well as the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); El Segundo, California (15 percent); Warton, UK (10
percent); Cameri, Italy (6 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (4 percent); Baltimore,
Maryland (4 percent); Orlando, Florida (3 percent); San Diego, California (3 percent);
Nagoya, Japan (2 percent); and other international locations (3 percent), and is expected to
be completed in December 2020. Funding in the amount of $2,180,872,005 is being
obligated on this award, $118,183 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($21,849,430; 0.6 percent); Navy
($2,213,825; 0.1 percent); Marine Corps ($3,879,316; 0.1 percent); international partner
nations ($2,072,714,031; 56.1 percent); and FMS countries ($1,592,405,522; 43.1
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/28/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.3M
Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,288,591 modification (P00003) to
previously awarded contract for GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II F-16 integration. The
contract modification is for weapon integration support, travel, and integration-related
hardware. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31,
2021. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Direct Attack International Branch,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-16-C-0147). (Source: DoD,
07/28/17)

Fat Albert grounded
The Navy has grounded C-130 aircraft similar to the one that crashed in Mississippi earlier
this month while investigators are looking into what made the plane come down. Among the
aircraft grounded is the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert, a KC-130T cargo plane that accompanies
the Blue Angels to air shows. The 15 Marines and Navy corpsman died July 10 when the KC-
130T taking them from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina to El Centro
Naval Air Station in California crashed in rural Mississippi. (Source: multiple, including
ABCNews, Pensacola News Journal, 07/27/17)

Contract: Kapsuun Groups, $70M
Kapsuun Group LLC, Lorton, Va., has been awarded a $69,992,808, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for linguist and analyst support services. The contractor
will provide linguist and analyst support services for 25th Air Force’s 55th Wing, 70th and
480th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wings, the 361st ISR Group
and the 24th Air Force’s 67th and 688th Cyberspace Wings, to support the warfighter by
providing near real-time intelligence and cyberspace intelligence to national decision
makers, theater and combatant commanders with 1N3 ground linguists and 1A8 airborne
linguists. Work will be performed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Fort
Meade, Md.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Gordon, Ga.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base San Antonio-
Lackland, Texas; National Security Agency, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas;
Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; Utah Air National Guard, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cannon Air
Force Base, N.M.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; Joint Base Kunia, Hawaii; Kadena
Air Base, Japan; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Work is expected to be complete by
July 31, 2021. Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Detachment 2, Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA7037-17-D-0002). (Source:
DoD, 07/27/17)

Contract: Broadleaf, $22M
Broadleaf Inc., Haymarket Va., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $22,000,000 firm-fixed-
price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for base level software support
services. This contract provides for services to purchase software and manage software
licenses. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be
complete by July 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017
research and development funds in the amount of $53,534 are being obligated at the time
of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2487-
17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 07/26/17)

Third RS-25 controller tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA successfully testing the third RS-25 flight
controller, this one Unit 5, during a 500-second test Tuesday on the A-1 Test Stand at
Stennis Space Center. Four RS-25 engines providing 2 million pounds of thrust will power
the first stage of NASA’s deep-space Space Launch System. A pair of solid rocket boosters
will produce an additional 6 million pounds of thrust. The test involved installing the
controller unit, often characterized as the “brain,” on an RS-25 development engine and
firing it in the same manner, and for the same length of time, as needed during launch. The
first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft is known as Exploration Mission-1.
NASA tested the first controller on the A-1 Test Stand at SSC in March. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 07/25/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,002,763 for
modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-
C-0045) for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for F-35 aircraft in support
of the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program. Sustainment services
to be provided include ground maintenance, 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 Orlando, Fla. (70 percent); Greenville, S.C. (25 percent); and Fort
Worth (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/24/17)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Raytheon, $75M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb II technical support. Contractor
will provide lifecycle technical support throughout engineering and manufacturing
development, production, and sustainment phases. Work will be performed in Tucson and is
expected to be complete by July 25, 2024. 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 (FA8672-17-D-0019). (Source: DoD, 07/21/07)

Contract: Multiple, $270M
Indyne Inc, (W912DY-17-D-0039), Reston, Va.; Spectrum Solutions Inc., Madison, Ala. (
W912DY-17-D-0041); and Williams Electric Co Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W912DY-17-
D-0040), was awarded a $270,000,000 type 1 contract for personnel, equipment, tools,
materials, supervision, non-personal services, and other items necessary to procure, install,
service and maintain electronic security systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 34
received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated
completion date of March 20, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Support Center,
Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W912DY-17-D-0039, W912DY-17-D-0041,
W912DY-17-D-0040). (Source: DoD, 07/21/07)

Training command changes
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rear Adm. Kyle J. Cozad took the helm of the Naval Education and
Training Command during a ceremony Thursday at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
Cozad, a P-3 Orion pilot who helped lead the Navy’s recent transition to the P-8 Poseidon,
took over from Rear Adm. Michael S. White. The command includes more than 12,500
military, civilian and contract employees who support 236 detachments worldwide. About
30,000 students are in training provided by the Pensacola-based command on any given
day. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 07/20/17)

Frontier expands service
Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday that it’s adding new service in New Orleans and
Pensacola, Fla. The company, based in Denver, announced 21 new cities that will be
served by the low-fare carrier as part of their nationwide network expansion. Beginning in
the spring of 2018, Frontier Airlines will offer non-stop service to Denver, Colo., from
Pensacola International Airport. In New Orleans, the airline is adding flights to Austin and
San Antonio, Texas, Islip, N.Y., and Providence, R.I. The announcement increases the
number of destinations served by the carrier by 30 percent and double the number of total
routes. (Source: Frontier, 07/18/17)

Contract: CYE, $25M
CYE Enterprises Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $24,990,990
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair and/or replacement of roofs.
This contract provides for the furnishing of all plant, labor, materials and equipment, and all
other items or services necessary to perform all operations in connection with the repair
and replacement of roofs on an as-needed basis at various facilities. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2022.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition that was set aside for small business
concerns, and 15 offers were received. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA2823-17-D-4002). (Source: DoD, 07/19/17)

Relativity Space testing at SSC
Another commercial space company is using Stennis Space Center, Miss., to test rocket
engines. Relativity Space is still keeping mum about its work, but the co-founder and CEO
Tim Ellis was at a Capitol Hill meeting during the week and said the company based in Los
Angeles is testing at SSC. The meeting was before the Senate Subcommittee on Space,
Science and Competiveness and the focus was on public-private space partnerships.
“Relativity has begun testing of our liquid oxygen/liquid methane engine with over six dozen
hot fires across multiple test articles at NASA Stennis Space Center, with plans for
continued routine testing,” said Ellis, a former engineer with Blue Origin. His partner, Jordan
Noone, was formerly with SpaceX. (Source: GeekWire, 07/13/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$9,222,000 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-
C-0001) for additional long-lead material and parts in support of the low-rate initial
production Lots 12, 13, and 14 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the government of the
Netherlands. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25
percent); Warton, UK (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. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/14/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Airport sets record
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport had an all-time monthly record number
of passengers in June, with a total of 162,618 individuals arriving and departing the facility.
That compares to a 151,450 in 2016 and 155,045 in 2015, officials said. (Source: City of
Pensacola, 07/13/17)

VT-6 change of command
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Navy Cmdr. Kevin Murphy will take over
command of Training Squadron SIX (VT-6) from Marine Lt. Col. Richard “DB” Roberts
during a July 20 change of command ceremony. Murphy, designed a naval aviator in 2003,
has been serving as executive officer of VT-6 since April 2016. Marine Lt. Col John James
will become VT-6’s new executive officer. Roberts, designated a naval aviator in 1999,
assumed command of VT-6 in April 2016. During his tour, the squadron flew more than 49,
800 flight hours in the completion of more than 31,700 syllabus events. VT-6 produced 642
Navy and Marine Corps primary aviators. (Source: Whiting Tower, 07/12/17)

Contract: L3, $8.8M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $8,790,461
for modification P00022 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-13-D-0007) for the procurement and installation of 96 automatic dependent
surveillance (ADS) broadcast avionics kits (48 A kits and 48 B kits) required to upgrade the
transceiver and transponders; navigation aid system wiring, radio/ADS-broadcast avionics;
and global positioning systems in the TH-57 aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (70 percent); and Melbourne, Fla. (30 percent), and is
expected to be completed in May 2018. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System
Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/17)

Contract: UTC, $7.9M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded not-to-exceed $7,906,242 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded cost-
plus-incentive, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification
provides for the procurement of one F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production II short take-
off vertical landing full scale engine mockup training device to support sustainment activities
for the United Kingdom’s initial operational capability. Work will be performed in East
Hartford (95 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (5 percent), and is expected to be complete in
May 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/10/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $5.5B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $5,577,714,486
modification to a previously awarded F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot
11 advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033). The LRIP 11 contract contains
requirements for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, international partner nations, and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for the procurement of 74
fiscal 2017 aircraft, comprised of 48 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force, 18 F-35B aircraft for
the Marine Corps, and eight F-35C aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps. In addition, this
modification adds funding to previously awarded fiscal 2015 and 2016 aircraft contract line
item numbers for the U.S. Services. 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 December 2020. This modification combines
purchases for the Air Force (61 percent); Navy (26 percent); and the Marine Corps (13
percent). An undefinitized not-to-exceed contract modification to fund procurement of 50 F-
35 Partner and FMS aircraft for $2.2 billion is anticipated within the month of July 2017. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/07/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Whiting Field continues buffering
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Naval Air Station Whiting Field secured an
easement to help protect the training mission of the installation last month. The contract
provides for an easement over 163 acres of undeveloped property adjacent to the northern
boundary of Navy Outlying Landing Field Pace.  The easement issues protections that
ensure incompatible development of the land cannot occur in the future. The property is
under flight tracks for the helicopter training that occurs at NOLF Pace, helping to ensure
that future construction does not occur under Accident Potential Zones (APZs) or clear
zones. “This parcel of land offers a tremendous buffer with respect to our TH-57 training,”
said Community Planning Liaison Officer Randy Roy. “These transactions will positively
affect the installation’s mission for decades to come.” The easement was purchased for
$571,000, with 75 percent paid by the Navy. Santa Rosa County picked up the rest of the
cost. (Source: NAS Whiting, 07/07/17)

Airports get grants
The Mississippi congressional delegation announced 42 grants valued at $7.54 million for
airports throughout the state, including at two in South Mississippi. Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport will receive $2.35 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for
taxiway widening, runway rehabilitation and security enhancement. The grant also provides
partial reimbursement for work completed in 2014. The City of Picayune was awarded
$162,540 for the Picayune Municipal Airport to fund Phase 2 and 3 of a taxiway construction
program to improve access to aircraft hangars, including design and wetlands mitigation.
(Source: Sun Herald, 07/06/17)

33rd participating in Red Flag
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Members of Eglin’s 33rd Fighter Wing are at Nellis Air
Force Base, Nev., to participate in a major training exercise. Officials aid 120 members of
the F-35 squadron will join the Red Flag exercise. It’s the first time the Nomads have taken
part in a Red Flag since the squadron began flying F-35s in 2009. (Source: Pensacola
News Journal, 07/06/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $50.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$50,800,000 for modification P00611 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee
contract (N00019-02-C-3002) for the F-35 fighter verification simulation (VSim) / F-35 in-a-
box software model development, integration and support. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth (82 percent); Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (15 percent); and Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2018. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (50 percent); Navy (25 percent); and the Marine
Corps (25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/05/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $44M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$43,974,520 modification P00001 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides additional funding for long-lead time
materials, parts, components, and effort for production of five additional low-rate initial
production Lot 12 F-35B  aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent);
El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10
percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/03/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $30M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $30,000,000 not-
to-exceed modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-
0033) for additional engineering and hardware assembly services in support of the F-35 low-
rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military
Sales program. Work will be performed in Nagoya, Japan (80 percent); and Baltimore, Md.
(20 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/03/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

F-35A pilot becomes Thunderbird
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – The first F-35A pilot has been chosen to join the Air
Force Thunderbirds. He’s Capt. Stephen Del Bagno of the 58th Fighter Squadron at Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., who will fly the No. 4 slot position. The commander of the Air Combat
Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, officially selected seven pilots on June 30 to join the flying
demonstration team for the 2018 season. (Source: Thunderbirds, 06/30/17) The 58th FS is
part of the 33rd Fighter Wing, which trains pilots and maintenance personnel.


JUNE 2017

Contract: Northrop, $10.5M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Md., is being awarded $10,491,865 for firm-
fixed-price job order N0016417FW094 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement
N00164-15-G-WS82. The requirement is for spare parts to be used to repair the AN/ALQ-
240 Electronic Support Measures system at intermediate-level repair sites. The AN/ALQ-
240 provides rapid detection, classification and geographical location of ground-based
radar systems to provide situational awareness to the P-8A aircraft. The Navy's P-8A
Poseidon aircraft also includes capabilities such as long-range anti-submarine, anti-surface,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of broad-area maritime and littoral
operations. Work will be performed in Linthicum, (75 percent); San Jose, Calif. (10 percent);
Ashburn, Va. (5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); and Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2020. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/17)

Contract: SA Technical, $12M
SA Technical Services Inc., Niceville, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0001); Advanced Concepts
Enterprises Inc., Shalimar, Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0002); and Streamline Defense LLC, Tampa,
Fla. (FA0021-15-D-0003), have each been awarded a combined $12,000,000 modification
(P00004) to a previously indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Systems
Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) V services. This modification increases the
ceiling amount of the original contract. Performance locations will be determined on
individual task orders. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 11, 2020. Funds will be
obligated on individual task orders. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Hurlburt Field,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/30/17)

Tyndall F-22s reach milestone
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 95th Fighter Squadron achieved a major
milestone June 26 by flying its 10,000 F-22 Raptor sortie. Since its first Raptor flight Jan.
21, 2014, the 95th FS has seen its fair share of action, including the jets’ first deployment to
Europe in August 2015, and later in its first combat action over the skies of Iraq and Syria.
The “Boneheads” completed their 10,000 mission sortie under squadron commander, Lt.
Col. Joshua Biedermann. The 95th FS was inactivated in 2010 then re-activated in October
2013, marking the beginning of a new era. Today, Tyndall AFB has the largest contingent
of F-22 Raptors in the world. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing, 06/30/17)

Contract: Sauer, $10.9M
Sauer Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $10,937,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
construction of a Joint Reserve Intelligence Center (JRIC) at Naval Air Station New Orleans.
The work to be performed provides for a design bid build project to construct a single-story
addition to existing Building 558. The JRIC includes a service-owned and managed sensitive
compartmented information facility and surrounding collateral and unclassified areas. The
facility includes emergency/redundant power and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
systems, including remote monitoring system. The contract also contains one planned
modification, which if awarded would increase cumulative contract value to $11,557,897.
Work will be performed in New Orleans and is expected to be completed by February 2019.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting
activity (N69450-17-C-1613). (Source: DoD, 06/29/17)

Air boss visits T-45 training wings
Instructor pilots will resume flying the T-45C with the on-board oxygen generator system in
early July, with students resuming flight training later in the month. That’s the word from Vice
Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, who visited bases in Kingsville,
Texas, Meridian Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday and Thursday with the news and to
introduce the new Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), Rear Adm. James Bynum. Bynum
assumed command of CNATRA June 23, his third flag assignment. Regarding the T-45C,
instructor pilots will conduct warm-up flights, after which they will brief the remaining pilots
and students in their squadrons on use of the new configuration. Students will also require
additional warm-up flights prior to the resumption of syllabus training. Flights were
suspended then allowed with limitations after some pilots complained about hypoxia-like
symptoms. (Source: NNS, 06/29/17) Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $22.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $22,806,587 for modification
P00019 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) for
interim contractor support for the Navy and Marine Corps in support of F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter. Support to be provided includes capabilities and services associated with
Autonomic Logistics Information System maintenance, system administration, database
administration, networks administration and operational mission software administration.
Additional support includes the establishment or expansion of on-site support equipment
operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif. (55 percent);
and Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan (45 percent), and is expected to be completed
in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $257.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $257,780,849
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
the procurement of 129 alternate mission equipment for the Air Force (54); Navy and
Marine Corps (11); foreign military sales (FMS); and international partners (39); 468 pilot
flight equipment for the Air Force (203); Navy and Marine Corps (131); and FMS and
international partners (134); and 94 red gear for the Air Force (44); Navy and Marine Corps
(11); FMS; and international partners (39), to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
production. Work will be performed in Inglewood, Calif. (60 percent); White Plains, N.Y. (25
percent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas
(5 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps); international partner; and FMS funds in the
amount of $257,780,849 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (47.7
percent); Marine Corps (15.6 percent); Navy (4.0 percent); international partners (23.4
percent); and FMS customers (9.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Boeing, $10.2M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $10,217,915 firm-fixed-price delivery
order for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) high compact telemetry modules. Contractor will
provide flight test instrumentation hardware, which is used to gather real-time JDAM weapon
data during testing. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be
complete by April 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Republic of
Korea, Israel, and Singapore. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal
2015, 2016 and 2017 procurement funds; fiscal 2016 research and development funds;
fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds; and foreign military sales funds in the
amount of $10,217,915 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-14-D-
0028 0017).  (Source: DoD, 06/27/17)

Training squadron wins award
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- Training Squadron THREE recently earned
recognition as the top primary training squadron in the Navy for fiscal year 2016. The Chief
of Naval Air Training announced the winners of the Cdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator
Production Excellence Awards, honoring the top training squadrons. The award recognizes
a unit’s ability to produce the right number of pilots, on schedule, and within Chief of Naval
Operations approved syllabus time. VT-3, which uses the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II,
trains aviators and pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied
nations. Current instruction includes day and night piloting, precision aerobatics, basic and
radio instruments, and formation flying skills. VT-3’s current commission at NAS Whiting
Field dates back to May 1, 1960. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 06/26/17)

Changes at Eglin
The Air Force announced Friday that Brig. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris, selected to the grade of
major general, who is the Air Force program executive officer for weapons and the director
of the Armament Directorate for the AF Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin AFB, Fla.,
will be going to command the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB in New
Mexico. Also, Col. Anthony W. Genatempo, selected to the grade of brigadier general and
currently the senior materiel leader and F-22 systems program manager for the Life Cycle
Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, will be reassigned to Morris’ post at
Eglin Air Force Base. (Source: DoD, 06/23/17)

Airbus, Safran to market eTaxi
An electric taxiing solution called “eTaxi” has received “authorization to market” approval by
Airbus and Safran, for the A320 series of jetliners. Depending on the airline feedback, the
actual program could subsequently be launched in the near future. eTaxi’s electric motors
in the main landing gear, powered by electricity from the APU (auxiliary power unit), would
allow an aircraft fitted with it to taxi without using its jet engines or requiring airport tractors
or tugs. eTaxi would provide airlines with a sustainable solution which combines savings on
operating costs (including a reduction of around four percent in fuel costs, equal to several
hundred thousand dollars per aircraft annually), independent movement on the ground
(saving around two minutes of time on pushback), as well as ecological advantages such
reduced carbon and NOx emissions, and less noise during taxiing. (Source: Airbus,06/21/17)

53rd Wing gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 53rd Wing received a new commander during a
ceremony Tuesday. Col. David Abba replaced Col. Adrian Spain. The change-of-command
presiding officer was Maj. Gen. Glen VanHerck, U.S. Air Warfare Center commander. This
marks a return to Eglin for Abba, who served in the 58th Fighter Squadron from January
2004 to June 2006. The 53rd Wing, the sole operational test wing for the U.S. Air Force,
develops, tests, evaluates and delivers weapons systems. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs,
06/20/17)

Contract: Speegle, $13.6M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $13,600,940 firm-fixed-price
contract for facility additions at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Bids were solicited via the Internet with
six received. Work will be performed in Hurlburt Field, with an estimated completion date of
Dec. 13, 2018. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity
(W91278-17-C-0019). (Source: DoD, 06/21/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, King of Prussia, Pa., has been
awarded a $7,176,406 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile
(JASSM) Enterprise Management System (JEMS) 6.0. Contractor will provide enhancements
to the software package known as the JASSM JEMS. Work will be performed in King of
Prussia, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $7,176,406 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8682-17-C-0003) (Source: DoD, 06/20/17)

Allegiant returning to Gulfport
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Allegiant airline said Tuesday it is returning to Gulfport-Biloxi
International Airport with nonstop flights to Orlando beginning Aug. 30. The flights will be
offered twice weekly. Allegiant served the Gulfport-Biloxi market in 2007 but left a year and
a half later, primarily due to fuel costs, the airline and airport said at the time. The state
worked to lure back the airline with a revenue guarantee administered by the Mississippi
Development Authority. The agreement sets out Allegiant’s anticipated revenue per flight. If
those goals are not met, the state will reimburse Allegiant up to $1.1 million over one year,
said MDA CFO James T. “Jay” McCarthy. He said the one-year agreement can be extended
for one year. (Source: Sun Herald, 06/20/17)

Contract: Dynetics, $10.9M
Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $10,923,909 requirements contract for
Small Glide Munition (SGM) all-up-rounds (AURs). Contractor will provide 13 months of
SGM AURs, with associated travel. Work will be performed in Huntsville and is expected to
be complete by June 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
(FA8656-17-C-0010).  (Source: DoD, 06/19/17)

Contract: Coastal Helicopter, $12.5M
Coastal Helicopters Inc., Panama City, Fla., is being awarded a $12,483,379 five-year firm-
fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot level repair,
maintenance, modifications, and engineering services for the air services support for flight
test preparation and flight testing. The work to be performed is for aircraft platforms and the
support services required integrating sensor systems onto suitable airborne platforms and
executing testing. Work will be performed in Yuma, Ariz. (18 percent); China Lakes, Calif.
(17 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (15 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (15 percent);
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (15 percent); Gulf of Mexico (15 percent); and the Dominican
Republic (5 percent). Work is expected to be completed August 2022. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center Panama City Division, is the contracting activity (N61331-17-D-0007).
(Source: DoD, 06/16/17)

Contract: UTC, $41.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded $41,843,781 for modification P00012 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 F-135-PW-100 and one F-135-PW-600 propulsion systems in
support of the F-35 Lightning III low-rate initial production Lot X aircraft in support of
international partners. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis,
Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, UK (6.5 percent), and is expected to be complete in
September 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Luke F-35s still grounded
The F-35A fighters that were grounded at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., last week will remain
on stand-down indefinitely. The Air Force is continuing to look into what caused five pilots to
experience hypoxia in incidents going back to May 2. The planes were grounded June 9.
The base has 55 of the 220 F-35s that are flying worldwide. The Navy also had oxygen
issues with T-45 training jets, and back in 2011 there were similar issues with F-22 fighters.
(Sources: Stars and Stripes, Reuters, 06/12/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Airports getting grants
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will receive $2.1 million and Pensacola International
Airport will receive $43,796 in grant money from the Department of Transportation,
according to a release from the office of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. The Destin-Fort Walton
Beach Airport will use the money to rehabilitate 2,000 feet of taxiway, and Pensacola
International will use its grant to remove obstructions on land acquired for further airport
development. The money is expected to be disbursed before September. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 06/09/17)

Reservist joins astronauts
Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Robert “Farmer” Hines Jr., a test pilot at the 84th Test and
Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was among 12 selectees named to the
2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Hines serves as an F-15E Strike Eagle program test
director and test pilot at the F-15 Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force for the
84th TES. In civilian life, Hines is a full-time NASA research pilot. Hines, who has flown 76
combat missions, will report for duty in August for two years of astronaut training. (Source:
AF Reserve Command, 06/08/17)

Luke F-35s grounded
The Air Force has temporarily grounded a squadron of F-35s at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.,
after five pilots reported symptoms consistent with oxygen deprivation, the service said
Friday. The 56th Fighter Wing canceled local flying operations for its F-35A fighters after
five incidents since May 2 where pilots experienced symptoms similar to hypoxia, or oxygen
deprivation. Each time the F-35's back-up oxygen system kicked in and pilots were able to
land the plane. Flight operations are scheduled to return Monday. F-35 operations at five
other bases are not affected. (Sources: multiple, including The Hill, AP via U.S.News and
World Report, Business Insider, 06/09/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Embry-Riddle graduates 109
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- One hundred and nine graduates received degrees this past weekend
as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide held its Pensacola commencement
exercises June 3 in the Blue Angels Atrium of the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval
Air Station Pensacola. The Pensacola campus, located at Naval Air Station Pensacola,
offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as undergraduate certification.
(Source: Embry-Riddle, 06/07/17)

Aerospace book available
The sixth edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor book is now available for download.
The 100-page book, free to readers, details the aerospace and aviation activities in the
region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida. There are chapters on the
region’s space activities, military aviation, innovation, education and more. To access the
book, visit the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website. (Source: GCRL, 060717)

81st TRW has command change
KEESLER AFB, Miss. – Col. Debra Lovette took command of the 81st Training Wing during
a June 2 ceremony. The outgoing commander, Col. Michele Edmondson, will be the new
executive officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The 81st TRW provides
technical training for officers, enlisted and civilians of the Air Force, Air National Guard, Air
Force Reserves and other Defense Department agencies. Training includes electronic,
computer, weather, medical, personnel, comptroller and information management career
fields. (Source: 81st TRW, 06/02/17)

Contract: Multiple, $40M
Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA0021-17-D-0004); Stanley-UC-Cardo JV, Muscatine, Iowa
(FA0021-17-D-0005); and HDR Engineering Inc., Omaha, Neb. (FA0021-17-D-0006), have
been awarded a combined, not-to-exceed $40,000,000 firm-fixed-price, multiple award
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for architectural-engineering (A-E) services.
Contractors will provide in-house environmental planning, programming and A-E services.
Work will be performed at various U.S. and international locations including Hurlburt Field,
Fla., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2022. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition with three offers received. No funds are being obligated at the time
of award. The 765th Specialized Contracting Flight, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 06/05/17)

Squadron moving to Duke
The 524th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., is relocating to
Duke Field near Crestview. Once here, it will become part of the 492nd Special Operations
Wing. Cannon celebrated the heritage of the 524th SOS and the C-146 Wolfhound at an
end-of-mission ceremony May 31, where the squadron guidon was turned over the 492nd
SOW. The move to Duke Field has been under discussion for more than four years,
according to Lt. Col. Derick Steed, 524th SOS’ commander. (Source: 27th Special
Operations Wing, 05/31/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $413.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $413,854,079 firm-fixed-price
and fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for Lot 15 Joint Air-to -Surface Standoff Missile-
Extended Range (JASSM-ER) production. Contractor will provide 360 JASSM-ER missiles
and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to be
complete by Aug. 31, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-17-C-0037). (Source: DoD, 06/01/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $244.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $244,322,400
firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded delivery order 0132 issued against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of
initial air vehicle spares in support of the F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, Marine Corps,
Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS)
customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (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);
Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and
Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2021. This order
combines purchases for the Air Force (40 percent), Marine Corps (4.6 percent), Navy (3.4
percent),, non-U.S. DoD participants (46 percent), and the FMS customers (6 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/01/17). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Geocent, $15.6M
Geocent LLC, Metairie, La., is being awarded a $15,650,745 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract for platform integration and systems
engineering support to provide design, engineering, integration, and advanced concept
development for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance capabilities for the Department of Defense. This is one of three
multiple award contracts. All awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders
during the ordering period. This two-year contract includes one three-year option which, if
exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to an estimated $46,539,956. All
work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed May 31,
2019. The predominant type of funding is anticipated to be operations and maintenance
(Navy). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the
contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0157). (Source: DoD, 06/01/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $83M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an
$83,050,682 modification (P00021) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements
contract activity (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 Whiting Field, Milton, Fla., and is expected to be
completed in May 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting. (Source: DoD, 05/30/17)

Contract: Global Connect, $10.5M
Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $10,503,398
modification (P00008) to contract W911S8-15-D-0005 for dining facility and cooking
support services for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Work locations and funding will be
determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020. U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/30/17)


MAY 2017

SSC to assemble, test AR-22
Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to build the main propulsion system for a reusable
hypersonic aircraft, the XS-1, being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Project
Agency and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday that it will produce two AR-22
engines using parts from previous versions of the space shuttle main engine that has
remained in the company and NASA inventories. Aerojet Rocketdyne will conduct assembly
and ground testing work on the two engines at NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Miss. Boeing
and DARPA entered into an agreement to build, design and test a technology demonstrator
earlier in the week as part of the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane program. (Sources:
Aerojet Rockedyne, 05/24/17, ExecutiveBusiness, 05/26/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $19,846,828 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to delivery order N0001917F0108, issued previously
against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification procures work on
the aircraft memory system and panoramic cockpit display in order to alleviate diminishing
manufacturing sources constraints projected under F-35 production Lot 15 for the Air Force
(40 percent); Navy (20 percent); Marine Corps (20 percent); and international partners (20
percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March
2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/26/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

F-35 work included in expansion
PASCAGOULA, Miss. – Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center will expand its
operation at Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point, creating an additional 60 jobs.
Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement at the annual investors meeting of the Jackson
County Economic Development Foundation. The plant, which works on the Fire Scout
unmanned helicopter and Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, will add a mix of new work with
the $3.7 million expansion, including sub-assembly work for the F-35 stealth fighter. The
state will contribute $7.5 million in BP restoration money to harden the runway at the airport.
(Source: Sun Herald, 05/26/17)

Contract: Northrop, $64.5M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $64,526,366 for
modification P00005 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-
0007) to exercise an option for operator, maintenance, logistic support and sustainment
engineering services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator
(BAMS-D) program. The logistics support includes training, supply chain and spares
management for Global Hawk peculiar items, peculiar support equipment, and technical
publications. In addition, this option provides for organization, intermediate, and depot level
maintenance, and field services representatives to ensure the BAMS-D aircraft are mission-
capable for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. Work will be performed
in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent); Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (5 percent); and various
forward operating locations (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2018.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/24/17)

2021 BRAC proposed
The White House’s proposed budget for 2018 budget released Tuesday calls for a new
round of military base closures in 2021. Like many other proposals within the budget, it’s
likely to face numerous objections from a Congress that so far has rejected the Pentagon’s
calls to close bases because of a roughly 20 percent excess capacity. The last Base
Realignment and Closure round was in 2005. (Sources: multiple, including The Hill, Military
Times, 05/23/17) The Gulf Coast region has 18 military bases, including 11 with aviation
missions.

Contract: Raytheon, $14.7M
Raytheon Co., Keyport, Wash., is being awarded a $14,727,503 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-
fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity requirements contract to provide
maintenance and support for the AN/AQS-20 sonar mine detecting set to maintain and
improve system sustainability. The AN/AQS-20 is a towed, mine hunting and identification
system for Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. Support will include but will not
be limited to, repair; overhauls and other scheduled maintenance; hardware and software
maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence issues; technology improvements;
reliability and maintainability improvements; development and incorporation of change
notices and engineering change proposals; test support; engineering services; spares and
repair parts; design efforts and hardware upgrades to improve system performance,
sustainability, reliability, and other activities in support of the program. This contract
includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to
$77,104,544. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65 percent); Keyport, (30
percent); and Panama City, Fla., (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by May
2018. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, is the
contracting activity (N61331-17-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 05/23/17)

Second RS-25 controller tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers successfully conducted the second in
a series of RS-25 flight controller tests today. The test was rescheduled after a facility
issue, subsequently resolved, forced rescheduling of a May 16 hot fire. The 500-second
test – more than eight full minutes – was on the A-1 Test Stand and is designed to test the
controller, the key modification to the former space shuttle engines. NASA’s Space Launch
System will be powered by four RS-25 engines. The first flight controller was tested in March
at Stennis for installation on one of the four EM-1 engines. (Source: NASA/SSC, 05/23/17)

A special A321 delivery
MOBILE, Ala. – Deliveries of jetliners to airline customers is becoming routine in Mobile, but
the Delta Air Lines jet picked up Thursday. The pilot who came to get the A321 passenger
jet for Delta is a Mobile native. Jared Hodge first learned to fly at what was then called
Brookley Field and is now the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, home of the Airbus U.S.
Manufacturing Facility. Flying this plane is special since it was built in his hometown.
(Source: WKRG, 05/19/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $137.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $137,834,819
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0002)
to provide additional funding for affordability-based cost reduction initiatives in support of
low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-35 fighter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas
(30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, U.K. (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 2020. This modification combines
purchases for the Air Force (80 percent); Marine Corps (16.4 percent); and the Navy (3.6
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/19/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.2M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $7,183,792 for firm-fixed-price delivery
order 0009 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-15-G-003H) for
the repair of nine multi-functional antenna assemblies used in support of the F-18 Active
Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Work will be performed in Forest, Miss., and is
expected to be completed by Dec. 2018. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon
Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/19/17)

SSC LM plays role in new A2100
Lockheed Martin engineers at Stennis Space Center, Miss., have completed the propulsion
subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. The subsystem raises the satellite into
orbit after launch and keeps it on station throughout its mission life. The propulsion
subsystem, a hybrid of electrical and liquid technology, was built at Lockheed Martin’s
Space and Technology Center at SSC then shipped to Denver, Colo., for assembly and
integration into the larger spacecraft. A streamlined design has lowered part counts on the
subsystem and reduced production time and cost. This first propulsion system is for Hellas-
Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, a satellite for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology. The satellite will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including
television, Internet, telephone, and secure communications, to customers in the Middle
East, Africa, and Europe. The satellite is slated for launch in 2018. Lockheed Martin is
building five modernized A2100 satellites for a host of missions and customers around the
globe. (Source: Intelligent Aerospace, 05/18/17)

SSC wins NASA award
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Stennis Space Center, for the second time in the award’
s eight-year history, has been awarded NASA’s fiscal year 2016 NASA Small Business
Administrator's Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that
has the best overall small business program. SSC first received the cup in 2011 for having
the most innovative small business program in the agency. Five years later, SSC is
receiving the cup for the center-wide effort and support to promote and better integrate all
small businesses in support of the Stennis programs and mission.  In FY 2016, SSC had its
most successful overall year on record with regard to the percentage of dollars awarded to
small businesses. The award was presented to Stennis Space Center Director Richard J.
Gilbrech by Acting NASA Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot and Associate Administrator of
the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn A. Delgado. (Source: NASA, 05/18/17)

Core now at Marshall
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System has finished a 17-day
trip by barge and is moving ever-so-slowly to a building at Marshall Space Flight Center to
undergo stress testing. The barge Pegasus moved the 40,000-pound core, built at Michoud
Assembly Facility in New Orleans, via the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers to a
landing some seven miles from the MSFC test stand. At MSFC, the core will be fitted with
data channels and hydraulic lines that will subject it to the stresses of launch. The test
program will last until early next year. The engine core is one of four cores that will be
tested at MSFC. (Source: al.com, 05/16/17) After the test at MSFC, the core will be sent to
Stennis Space Center where it will be tested with all four RS-25 engines attached.

Contract: Northrop, $303.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $303,936,000 for
modification P00017 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-15-C-
0002) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production Lot 2 MQ-4C Triton unmanned
aircraft. In addition, this modification provides for one main operation control station, one
forward operation control station, trade studies, and tooling. Work will be performed in San
Diego (42.9 percent); Red Oak, Texas (11.3 percent); Baltimore, Md. (11.3 percent); Salt
Lake City, Utah (8.7 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (6.3 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (3.7
percent); Palmdale, Calif. (2.2 percent); Moss Point, Miss. (1.6 percent); Santa Clarita, Calif.
(1.2 percent); Montreal, Quebec, Canada (0.9 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (0.5 percent);
Medford, N.Y. (0.3 percent), and various locations within the continental U.S. (9.1 percent).
Work is expected to be completed in April 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Maryland, is the contracting. (Source: DoD, 05/16/17)

Land swap costs up
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A deal that would swap a Navy helicopter landing field in Escambia
County in exchange for land in neighboring Santa Rosa County is still in the works, but cost
is becoming a factor. Escambia County wants the current landing field in Beulah to create a
commerce park. In anticipation of the deal, Escambia County purchased some 600 acres in
Santa Rosa County for $1.68 million. The agreement also states that Escambia County
would fund improvements to the land to ready the land for Naval Air Station Whiting Field in
Milton to use as a helicopter landing field. Escambia County approved $4.9 million for
improvements, but the expected improvement costs have gone up. The final cost
breakdown is expected within the month. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/15/17)

Fallen honored at memorial
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Airmen, Marines, sailors and soldiers came together May 6
to honor and remember their fallen explosive ordnance disposal brethren during the annual
memorial ceremony at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex. About 500 people ventured to
the EOD Memorial Wall this year, as six new names were added to the engraved lists that
now contains 326 people. The 2017 event marked the ceremony's 48th year. Each year, a
wreath is placed in front of each branch of service's list of names before they are read
aloud. After each list is completed with the phrase “We remember,” the names are saluted
by an enlisted and officer EOD member. The families of the EOD technicians added to the
wall each year receive a folded flag that was flown over the memorial. (Source: DoD,
05/10/17)

Delta orders more A321s
Delta Air Lines has placed an incremental order for 30 firm A321ceo aircraft. This order
follows three previous Delta orders for the Current Engine Option version of the largest
Airbus A320 series jetliner. The airline took delivery of its first A321 in March of last year.
Delta now has ordered a total of 112 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM
International. Many of Delta’s A321s are being delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing
Facility in Mobile, Ala. The airline received its first U.S.-manufactured A321 last year.  By
the end of 2017, the Airbus facility in Mobile is expected to produce four aircraft per month,
most going to Airbus’ U.S. customers. (Source: Airbus, 05/11/17)

SLS fuel tank dome damaged
NEW ORLEANS -- A piece of test hardware for NASA's Space Launch System was damaged
May 3, the space agency said today. The incident was first reported by the internet site
NASA Watch and later confirmed by al.com. The hardware damaged was the bottom dome
of a test Liquid Oxygen Tank. It was not welded to the rest of the tank at the time. NASA and
prime contractor Boeing have both formed independent assessment teams. The impact on
the SLS development calendar is unclear. There were no injuries. (Sources: NASA Watch,
al.com, 05/10/17)

Wing activated  at Hurlburt
HURLBURT FIELD — There was a changing of the guard Wednesday when the Air Force
Special Operations Air Warfare Center was deactivated and the 492nd Special Operations
Wing activated. Col. Nathan Green, who assumed command of the Air Force Special
Operations Air Warfare Center last July, took command of the new wing. Like the
organization it replaces, the 492nd SOW’s mission is to train, educate and equipping
special operators and perform test and evaluations of special operations programs and
equipment. The wing’s forerunner is the 492nd Bombardment Group, which flew special
operations missions in World War II. The name was a cover for its real mission – flying
heavily modified B-24s behind German territory to deliver agents and supplies to the
resistance. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/10/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $7.2M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $7,172,609 firm-fixed-price
modification (P00054) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will
provide life of type buys, obsolescence components under the Advanced Medium-Range
Air-to-Air Missile Lots 28-30 production. Work will be performed at Tucson and is expected
to be complete by March 31, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan,
Norway, Romania, Turkey, and Australia. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 production funds in the
amount of $7,172,609 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,
05/10/17)

GKN gets formal welcome
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – State and local leaders gathered at the new GKN Aerospace facility
near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Tuesday to welcome the new arrival.
“Every now and then in the life of a community, a window opens up and you get to look a
little bit into the future, and today, this morning, is one of those times,” said Wayne Stubbs,
port executive director and chairman of the Bay Economic Development Alliance. In
February the aircraft supply company announced it would build a manufacturing facility in
Bay County. It’s the company’s first site in Florida. Guests Tuesday included Gov. Rick
Scott. GKN Aerospace will create at least 170 new full-time equivalent jobs y the end of
2020. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 05/09/17)

Passenger count up at PNS
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The number of passengers passing through Pensacola International
Airport have steadily grown over the past five years. Departures during this year’s first three
months are 4.7 percent higher than in the same span in 2013. March performed particularly
well, with 7.4 percent more departures this year over 2016. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 05/09/17)

Panel wants info on T-45
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The House Armed Services Committee wants more information from
the Navy as part of its ongoing probe into problems with T-45 training aircraft used at Naval
Air Station Pensacola and bases in Mississippi and Texas. The committee wants to
schedule of all tests and evaluations of equipment associated with the trainer, as well as the
Navy’s actions in response to test results. Pilots had complained about oxygen issues with
the jet, which is still flying with limitations on maneuvers. (Source: Pensacola News Journal,
05/09/17)

Mayor wants plane display
BILOXI, Miss. -- Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants to honor Keesler Air Force Base with the
return of an Air Force plane along U.S. 90. Gilich proposes moving a decommissioned 1956
F-104 jet on display at Keesler to the center median of U.S. 90 near White Avenue, down
the street from the base. Gilich in a letter to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
pointed out that for many years there was a plane on display near the same location. But all
were lost over time to natural disasters. If the Biloxi Council agrees with his vision at
Tuesday’s meeting, the city will ask the museum for the loan of the jet and the Mississippi
Highway Commission for approval to relocate the plane. Keesler supports the idea and has
offered logistical support for the move. (Source: Sun Herald, 05/08/17)

First A320 being made in Mobile
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus, which so far has assembled only A321s at its Mobile plant, has
begun production of its first A320. The major component assemblies for the A320 recently
arrived from Europe, marking a first for the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile
Aeroplex. The plant so far has delivered 27 jetliners, all of them the larger A321. The plant
began production in July 2015 and is equipped to assemble A319, A320 and A321
passenger jets. This aircraft is destined to be delivered to Spirit Airlines this summer.
(Source: Airbus, 05/08/17)

AR1 preburner design validated
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne recently conducted hot-fire tests to
validate the design of the preburner for the AR1 rocket engine, which is being developed to
replace the Russian-built RD-180 engine currently used to launch most U.S. national
security payloads. The preburner, a component that drives the engine’s turbomachinery,
was built using state of-the-art techniques, including 3-D printing. With the design now
confirmed, Aerojet Rocket has cleared one of the major technological hurdles to fulfill the
congressional mandate to end U.S. dependence on Russian engine technology for military
launches. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 05/04/17)

Contract: Northrop, $32.8M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $32,851,099 for
modification P00001 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-
C-0036) for integration of the original equipment manufacturer radar into the MQ-8C Fire
Scout, including, completion of the integration design, systems engineering technical review
events associated with the integration design; modifications to Fire Scout software
baselines required for the integration; formal qualification testing/system integration testing;
A-kit fabrication and installation to support system test and evaluation and ground and flight
test. Work will be performed in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (71 percent); Edinburgh, United
Kingdom (20 percent); and Santa Clarita, Calif. (9 percent), and is expected to be
completed in May 2020. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in
the amount of $11,756,419 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in
Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Northrop, $39.9M
Northrop Grumman, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $39,947,203 letter contract for
Battle Field Airborne Communications Node (BACN) for EQ-4B Global Hawk. Contractor will
provide BACN payload modification, integration, and installation onto the EQ-4B. Work will
be performed at San Diego, Calif.; and Palmdale, Calif., and is expected to be complete by
May 2, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 aircraft
procurement funds in the amount of $10,759,076 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the
contracting activity (FA8726-17-C-0004). (Source: DoD, 05/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Global
Hawks are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Education center announced
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced plans Wednesday to create the Alabama Aviation
Education Center, a hands-on instructional facility to be located near the Airbus aircraft
manufacturing facility in Mobile. The center aims to bolster Alabama’s workforce
development efforts and inspire young people to pursue careers in the state’s growing
aerospace cluster. The Aviation Education Center, developed in partnership with Airbus, will
provide aviation-themed activities and STEM-focused educational programs to visitors. The
$6.5 million facility at the Mobile Aeroplex will feature classrooms, workshops and innovation
rooms, along with exhibits, aircraft models, videos and more. Airbus will play a central role in
developing the educational programs offered at the center. The facility will be managed and
operated by Airbus Americas Inc., the global aerospace company’s North American arm.
Airbus will collaborate with educators, universities and other aviation companies operating
in Alabama to develop flight-themed educational programming for the center. The facility will
be open to the public, with a minimal entrance fee to help offset its operating costs. The
center is receiving $5 million in funding from the governor’s office and Airbus is directing
$1.5 million to the center from AIDT reimbursements for job training. Airbus’ Alabama
manufacturing facility anchors a rapidly expanding Gulf Coast aerospace corridor. (Source:
Governor’s Office, 05/03/17)

Airbus DS Military gets new chief
MOBILE, Ala. -- Airbus has appointed Laurent Blattner as President of Airbus DS Military
Aircraft, Inc. Blattner will lead a 70 plus employee operation in Mobile that continues to
increase its service and support capabilities in maintenance, repair and overhaul of various
Airbus military aircraft and components. Blattner’s most recent position was with Airbus
Services as CEO of Cassidian Aviation Training Services SAS and Aviation Defense
Service. Prior to joining Airbus, Blattner served 28 years in the French air force as a colonel
where he was in charge of maintenance units dedicated to fighter aircraft. For two of these
years he served as an exchange officer at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Blattner succeeds
Juan Uriarte, who has been CEO for ADSMAI in Mobile since 2014. Uriarte is returning to
Airbus in Europe. (Source: Airbus, 05/01/17)


APRIL 2017

Contract: DynCorp, $202.4M
DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract
action with a not-to-exceed of $202,434,437 for contractor operated and maintained base
supply services for the T-6A/B/D Texan II aircraft. Contractor will provide serviceable aircraft
material and support equipment to support Air Force, Navy, and Army Texan II aircraft.
Work will be performed at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas;
Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air
Force Base, Okla.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.;
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval Flight Officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola,
Fla.; Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; and Redstone Arsenal, Ala. This contract is
expected to be complete by April 30, 2018. This is a bridge contract and a new Contractor
Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) contract is currently in source selection.
Fiscal 2017 funds in the amount of $44,273,731 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the
contracting activity (FA8617-17-C-6210). (Source: DoD, 04/28/17)

Contract: HX5, $67.9M
HX5 LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $67,943,475 modification (P00020) to
contract W9133L-11-C-0033 for a system support representative contract that will provide
for the entire spectrum of mission planning support for ninety Air National Guard flying
missions. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., with an estimated completion date of Jan.
31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $11,247,958
were obligated at the time of the award. National Guard Bureau, Arlington, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/28/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $1.37B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed
$1,377,002,000 advance acquisition contract for long-lead time materials, parts,
components, and effort for 130 low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 aircraft for the Air
Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and
foreign military sales customers. In addition this contract provides long-lead time materials,
parts, components, and effort for 110 Lot 13 and 14 F-35 aircraft for the non-U.S. DoD
participants and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and
Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018. This order
combines purchases for the Air Force (23 percent); Marine Corps (9 percent); Navy (3
percent); non-U.S. DoD participant (38 percent), and foreign military sales customers (27
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity
(N00019-17-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 04/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $10.8M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,800,000
modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033) for
additional hardware modules and racks in support of the F-35 low-rate initial production Lot
11 aircraft for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales 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 May 2019.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Airbus holds judgment on engine
Airbus continues to reserve judgment on any progress Pratt & Whitney has made in
resolving several production problems plaguing its PW1100G turbofan, as deliveries of
Pratt-powered A320neos remain stunted and the first Pratt-powered A321neo sits
undelivered more than four months after certification. Out of an expected 200 A320neo-
family deliveries by the end of the year, Airbus shipped only 26 during the first quarter,
including the first CFM Leap-1A-powered A321neo, signaling a significant “backloading” of
the 2017 delivery profile. (Source: AIN, 04/27/17) Gulf Coast note: The A320 series plant in
Mobile, Ala., will eventually build neo planes in addition to the current engine options.

Contract: Lockheed, $31.1M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $31,129,968
modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract FA8682-16-C-0005. Contract will
provide support for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile production support, systems
engineering, and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando and is
expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2019. This contract consists of foreign military sales to
Poland. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/27/17)

Contract: Harris, $10.9M
Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $10,900,333 modification
(P00738) on previously awarded contract F l 9628-02-C-0010 for system sustainment of the
FPS-85 Phased Array Eglin radar, which provides space situational awareness data for
tracking space objects. Contractor will provide sustainment services which include weapon
systems management and engineering, core sustainment for the field service teams,
requirements development modeling and analysis, engineering support and technical
orders support. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Peterson Air
Force Base, Colo., and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2018. The Space and
Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
04/27/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $422.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $422,738,589 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00022 to the previously awarded low-rate initial production
Lot 10 F-35 advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification provides
the procurement of production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment to
support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas (28.4 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7.6 percent); San
Diego, Calif. (6.4 percent); Baltimore, Md. (4.5 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (3.3 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (2.5 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2.1 percent); Garden Grove, Calif. (1.9
percent); Marietta, Ga. (1.6 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.5 percent); East Aurora, N.Y.
(0.9 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (0.7 percent); Owego, N.Y. (0.7 percent); Tempe, Ariz. (0.5
percent); Hauppauge, N.Y. (0.3 percent); Williston, Vt. (0.2 percent); and various other
locations inside and outside the continental U.S. (28.9 percent), and is expected to be
completed in December 2020. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (33.6
percent); Navy (16.8 percent); Marine Corps (16.8 percent); international partners (17
percent), and foreign military sales customers (15.8 percent) under the Foreign Military
Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/26/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $18.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $18,878,328 for
modification 00006 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-
0040) to provide additional sustainment, integration and test, training, and database
production in support of the F-35 for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military
Sales program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in
May 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $18,832,398 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, 04/26/17)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $109.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $109,563,735
modification to cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 5503 issued previously against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of
567 modification kits for offboard system hardware and turnaround assets, and also
recurring labor for the completion of hardware and software upgrades in support of the F-
35 Lighting III Block 3F upgrade for Air Force (57.19 percent); Marine Corps (39.67
percent); Navy (2.79 percent); and international partners (0.35 percent). Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas (41 percent); Nashua, N.H. (12 percent); Baltimore, Md. (12
percent); San Diego, Calif. (12 percent); Owego, N.Y. (12 percent); Orlando, Fla. (7
percent); and Evendale, Ohio (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/25/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Blues, Thunderbirds together
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – In an occasion that’s quite rare, the Air Force
Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are in the same location at the same time for some
joint training. The two elite flight demonstration teams are seldom in the same place at the
same time because the Department of Defense wants to cover as much territory with the
two teams as possible. The two teams haven't been in Pensacola together for more than 15
years. The two teams are practicing Tuesday and Wednesday. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 04/24/17)

Projects picked for investments
NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small
businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep
space. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. These include 13
projects tied to Stennis Space Center in South Mississippi. The agency received 1,621
proposals in response to its 2017 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. From those, NASA
selected 338 SBIR and 61 STTR Phase I proposals for contract negotiations. The SBIR
Phase I contracts last for six months and STTR Phase I contracts last for 12 months, both
with maximum funding of $125,000. (Source: NASA, 04/25/17)

Media invited to see test article
NEW ORLEANS – NASA on April 25 will show off to the media the first completed core stage
structural test article of the Space Launch System rocket built at NASA's Michoud Assembly
Facility in New Orleans. This test article, which will provide critical data for the world's most
powerful rocket, will be shipped on the barge Pegasus from Michoud to NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where it will undergo structural testing. The rocket's
engine section test article is the first of four core stage test articles manufactured at
Michoud. The engine section, the bottom of the 212-foot-long core stage, has to be strong
because all four RS-25 engines and the SLS's two solid rocket motors are attached to it and
produce 8.8 million pounds of thrust at lift-off. The structural qualification test article was
designed to the same specifications as the engine section that will fly on the first SLS
mission. After the structural tests at Marshall, Pegasus will transport the entire flight core
stage to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., for testing, and then on to NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida for integration into the SLS vehicle and launch. (Source: NASA via
PRNewswire, 04/21/17)

Presidential aircraft touchdown
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A Boeing 747 VC-25A, one of two VC-25As assigned to the
Presidential Airlift Group, 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., was on the flightline
April 19 at Eglin. It’s known as "Air Force One" whenever it’s used by the president, though
any U.S. Air Force plane he’s aboard receives that radio call sign. The aircraft was
completing a maintenance cycle and is undergoing an operational test regimen before
being certified to return to presidential service. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/20/17)

Two awarded Air Force Cross
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Two Special Tactics airmen Thursday received the Air Force's
highest combat medal at the same time for separate missions in Afghanistan. One Air Force
Cross was given to retired MSgt. Keary Miller, and the other was given to SSgt. Chris
Baradat. Miller in 2002 helped care for critically wounded service members during a 17-hour
battle against Al Qaeda forces. In 2013 Baradat, serving as a combat controller, directed air
strikes during three hours of fighting against the Taliban. Both were originally awarded a
Silver Star, but during a review of awards they were upgraded to the Air Force Cross. The
Air Force Thunderbirds kicked off a special ceremony at Hurlburt Field with a flyover. Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein presided over the ceremony. (Source: WEAR-TV,
Northwest Florida Daily News, Fayetteville Observer, 04/20/17)

Eglin opening innovation center
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The youth center will host the opening of its new Boys’ &
Girls’ Club Center for Innovation April 20, at 3:30 p.m. The center will provide members
access to advanced technologies and focus on STEM-related subjects and activities,
including a robotics kit, 3D printers, a makerspace with a giant tool wall, invention- and
computer- building kits that will offer hands-on learning opportunities to explore and
advance understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts. The program is made
possible by a grant from Raytheon to cultivate interest in the STEM fields, which are
expected to grow nearly twice as fast as any other field by 2018 according to the U.S.
Department of Commerce. Eglin is the third Air Force youth center to benefit from the grant.
(Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 04/20/17)

DHS picks Mississippi
Mississippi State University in Starkville was chosen by the Department of Homeland
Security as a base of operations for drone research. Much of the work on how to best to
use the devices will be done in South Mississippi. Research will be conducted at several
Mississippi sites, along with 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace over land and water,
at altitudes up to 60,000 feet. Operations are expected to begin in the fall. Sites that will be
used are Camp Shelby, which is the Army National Guard’s national drone-training center;
buffer zone areas at Stennis Space Center, which is used for Department of Defense
special-operations training; and the maritime environment accessible from the U.S. Coast
Guard facilities on Singing River Island in Jackson County. (Sources: multiple, including
MSU, Sun Herald, 04/19/17)

MQ-8C launches from LCS
An autonomous helicopter designed to boost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
capabilities for ship crews at sea has completed a successful first flight from the deck of a
littoral combat ship underway. Earlier this month, the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off from the
Independence-Class LCS Montgomery during a two-week series of tests off the coast of
California. The flight came two years after the Fire Scout was first delivered to the Navy in
December 2014 and marked a milestone in proving out the reliability and safety of the small
drone. A Fire Scout had previously conducted an at-sea flight off an Arleigh Burke-class
guided missile destroyer, the Jason Dunham, in December 2015. (Source: DoDBuzz,
04/18/17) Gulf Coast note: Fire Scouts are built in part in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Lockheed, $100M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $100,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
production support. Contractor will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM,
Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (Air Force Inventory), JASSM-Extended Range and any
JASSM variant in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment,
management and logistical support. Work will be performed at Orlando and is expected to
be complete by April 17, 2022. 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 (FA8682-17-D-0002). (Source: DoD,
04/18/17)

Contract: Jacobs, $7M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is being awarded a $7,017,852
modification to a previously awarded contract (GS0QBG-09-D-0059-GM01) for services in
support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.  Services to be provided include
information technology services, information management, information assurance product
service delivery mechanisms, software development, engineering and enterprise
architectural compliance, server support services and information assurance compliance.  
Work will be performed at China Lake, Calif. (82 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (13 percent);
and Norfolk, Va. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2018. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/14/17)

Contract: Longbow, $10.8M
Longbow LLC, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $10,775,366 modification (P00027) to contract
W31P4Q-16-C-0035 to exercise options for Hellfire engineering services. Work will be
performed in Orlando; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Huntsville, Ala., with an estimated
completion date of April 12, 2018. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,
Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/13/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $64.6M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $64,610,086 cost-plus-
incentive-fee option (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8675-16-C-0044 for the
Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. Contractor will provide
Phase 4b form, fit, function, refresh of the AMRAAM guidance section. Work will be
performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by April 13, 2018. This
contract involves foreign military sales to Norway, Turkey, Japan, Romania, and Australia.
Fiscal 2016 Air Force production; and 2017 Navy production funds in the amount of
$43,056,110 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/13/17)

Contract: L-3, $202.2M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $202,164,280
firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for depot level maintenance,
logistics, and sustaining engineering services in support of the C-12 utility lift aircraft for the
Navy and Marine Corps.  Services to be provided include site support maintenance, aircraft
depot maintenance, engine depot maintenance, aircraft and aircraft systems modifications,
potential site stand-ups and closures. Work will be performed in San Angelo, Texas (58.5
percent); Bahrain (4.7 percent); Atsugi, Japan (4 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (4
percent); Iwakuni, Japan (3.7 percent); Miramar, Calif. (3.5 percent); New River, N.C. (3.0
percent); Beaufort, S.C. (3 percent); Belle Chasse, La. (3 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (2.9
percent); Kadena, Okinawa, Japan (2.8 percent); Patuxent River, Md. (2.3 percent);
Futenma, Okinawa, Japan (2.2 percent); Misawa, Japan (1.6 percent); and Manassas, Va.
(0.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2022.  The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-17-D-0088). (Source:
DoD, 04/12/17)

Contract: Northrop, $7.5M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a
$7,501,433 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee and cost reimbursable contract for
contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide contractor logistics support services in
support of the AN/ASQ-236 aircraft pod. Work will be performed at Mountain Home Air
Force Base, Idaho; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; Seymour Johnson Air Force
Base, N.C.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Tucson International Airport, Ariz.; and Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by March 11, 2018. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA8681-17-F-1037).
(Source: DoD, 04/12/17)

T-45 training OKd with limits
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy resumed T-45 training flights at Naval Air Station Pensacola
and two other bases Monday after halting the flights because of concerns about the oxygen
system. Training can continue as long as pilots remain below an altitude of 10,000 feet to
avoid using the onboard oxygen generator system. Normally, training is done at altitudes of
14,000 feet. Pilots at NAS Pensacola, Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., and Naval Air
Station Kingsville, Texas, had complained about experiencing episodes of hypoxia and
training was temporarily suspended. The investigation is continuing. (Sources: Pensacola
News Journal 04/17/17, WUWF 0418/17)

Opportunities abound for innovators
If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably thought about looking for venture capital.
You may have already gone that route. But there’s another partner you might look at who
will not want to have any control over your company. It’s the federal government, specifically
the Department of Defense. An analysis of recent aerospace news stories. (Source: Gulf
Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

BRAC: Much to lose or win
Another round of base closings and realignments is on the horizon, and for the heavily
militarized Gulf Coast there is a lot to lose - or potentially gain - from another BRAC round.
The region between Southeast Louisiana and Northwest Florida has 45 bases and
associated properties with a replacement value of close to $22 billion. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

L3 Crestview lets 130 go
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – One hundred thirty defense contractors at L3 Crestview Aerospace
have been laid off. The aviation firm assembles, fabricates, and repairs aircraft parts. The
layoffs are the result of cyclical work-contracts. The workers will receive severance
packages and information on job opportunities within L3 Aerospace. (Source: WEAR-TV
04/14/17)

Budget means systems go
Uncertainty for two NASA facilities in the Gulf Coast region ended in March when the
president signed a bill that ensures continuation of the Space Launch System and Orion
crew vehicle programs. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

MOAB used for first time
The U.S. dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs on a cave and tunnel
complex used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, the first use ever of the bomb
in combat. The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb is 21,600 pounds and is
nicknamed the “Mother of all bombs.” The Pentagon, which announced the bombing in a
statement, did not say why it decided to use the GBU-43 in the Achin district of the
Nangarhar Province, but the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said it was the right
munition to use against ISIS. The U.S. has an even more powerful non-nuclear bomb, the
30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator. (Sources: multiple, including
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, 04/13/17) Gulf Coast note: The bomb was
developed at by the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., during the Iraq war.

Two projects ensure growth
In separate announcements, GKN Aerospace said it February it would establish a
production facility in Panama City, Fla. Then the following month Continental Motors said it
was expanding into a new facility in Mobile. Both were affirmations of the growth of the Gulf
Coast aerospace corridor, and in one case, it was a feather in the cap for a Gulf Power site
program. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter, 04/11/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,533,512 not-to-
exceed, undefinitized modification to a previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 9 F-
35 Lightening II Joint Strike Fighter advanced acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0002).
This modification provides for the delivery of hardware and engineering services for the
government of Japan. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Md. (80 percent); and Nagoya,
Japan (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2018. Foreign military
sales funds in the amount of $6,812,978 are being obligated on this award, none of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/11/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Vectrus, $97.3M
Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $97,269,360 firm-
fixed-price, single award contract for the acquisition of base operations support services.
Contractor will provide base operations support for 11 functional areas to include,
installation and mission operations management, installation and facility engineering,
emergency response management, grounds maintenance, supply services, community
services, vertical transportation equipment, human resources support, and weather
services for Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base
and is expected to be complete May 31, 2018. This award is the result of a competitive
source selection with four offers received. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in
the amount of $2,514,130 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force
Installation Contracting Agency/338th Specialized Contracting Squadron, Joint Base San
Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-17-C-0001). (Source: DoD,
04/11/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $372.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $372,918,148 for
modification P00019 to the previously awarded low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-35
Lightning II advance acquisition contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification provides
the procurement of F-35A and F-35B variant aircrafts including deficiency corrections for
non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participants. 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. Non-DoD
participant funding in the amount of $105,000,000 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, 04/10/17)

Eglin soldier dies
The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a soldier who was supporting
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Md., died
April 8 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in
contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations. De Alencar was
assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
(Source: DoD, 04/10/17)

F-35 brings closer ties to Italy
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Consul General of Italy, Gloria Bellelli, will attend the Okaloosa County
School Board meeting Monday to sign a formal memorandum of understanding between the
Italian government and the district. As part of the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program at
Eglin Air Force Base, the Italian air force is establishing a permanent presence in the area
and will enroll Italian students into Okaloosa County schools. The Italian government will
establish the Italian Cooperative Program into select districts schools. The program will offer
Italian education taught by its natives. In all, 600 American and Italian students will
participate in the program next year. (Source: Destin Log, 04/09/17)

Flight pause extended
The Navy’s decision Wednesday to suspend flights – an operational pause – for its T-45C
fleet after pilots expressed concern about physiological episodes has been extended. The
extension will allow the Navy to review engineering data and develop a path forward for the
fleet that will ensure the safety of its aircrew. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of
Naval Air Forces, has been visiting T-45C training commands across the fleet to address
recent concerns. He went to Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, NAS Pensacola, Fla., and
NAS Meridian, Miss., to talk with instructor pilots and student pilots about their physiological
episodes experienced in the cockpits of T-45C training aircraft. On March 31 roughly 40
percent of flights in the T-45C training commands in Meridian, Pensacola and Kingsville
were canceled because of the operational risk management issues raised by instructor
pilots. (Source: NNS, 04/08/17)

Contract: Security Walls, $45.3M
Security Walls, Knoxville, Tenn., has been awarded a potential five-year, $45.3 million
contract to provide a range of protective services at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center,
Huntsville, Ala., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. The company will help the
agency secure physical infrastructure, technology and personnel as well as support
emergency management, training requirements and range operations at the two locations.
(Source: ExecutiveBiz, 04/06/17)

Contract: Siemens, $48M
Siemens Industry, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Ill., has been awarded an estimated $48,000,000
indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the Switchgear Replacement Effort
program. Contractor will provide supply and installation of gas insulated switchgear. Work
will be performed at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.; Mountain View, Calif.; Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; and Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by April 5, 2022. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test
and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,556,363 are being obligated at the time of award.
Air Force Test Center, Arnold Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (FA9101-17-D-
0001) (Source: DoD, 04/06/17)

T-45C flights paused
CORONADO, Calif. -- The Navy implemented a three-day operational pause for its T-45C
fleet Wednesday at the direction of Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air
Forces. The pause is in response to concerns raised by T-45C pilots over physiological
episodes blamed on possible oxygen issues. It will allow time for leaders to talk to pilots,
hear their concerns and discuss risk mitigation efforts. Last Friday, 94 flights were canceled
at naval air station in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla. Flight
operations are expected to resume on Monday. The T-45C Goshawk is a two-seat, single-
engine, carrier-capable jet trainer aircraft used by the Navy and Marine Corps for
intermediate and advanced jet training. The T-45 has been in service since 1991. The Navy
currently has 197 based at Kingsville, Meridian and Pensacola. (Source: NNS, 04/05/17)

Contract: Rockwell, $21.3M
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $21,264,701 modification
(P00076) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8678-10-C-0058 to
support the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS). Contractor will
provide the second production lot of the CRIIS for upgrading the test and evaluation
instrumentation at Air Force, Navy and Army test ranges. This second production lot will
help complete range installations and activations at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif., Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., White Sands Missile Range, N.M.,
Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., and Naval Air
Station Point Mugu, Calif. Work will be performed at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richardson,
Texas, and is expected to be complete by April 5, 2019. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 research,
development, test, and evaluation (Navy, Air Force and Army); and procurement funds (Air
Force) in the total amount of $21,264,701 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/05/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $129.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $129,430,321
modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001917F0108) against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for additional
work on the TR-3 integrated core processor and related subsystems to alleviate diminishing
manufacturing sources constraints projected under F-35 production Lot 15 for the Air Force
(40 percent); Navy (20 percent); Marine Corps (20 percent); and international partners (20
percent). Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March
2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds (Air Force, Navy and
Marine Corp); and international partner funds in the amount of $27,005,628 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, 04/05/17)

Blue Angles 2018 CO named
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Tuesday
announced Cmdr. Eric Doyle as the next leader of the flight demonstration squadron. He will
join the team for his two-year tour in November, taking over from current flight leader, Cmdr.
Ryan Bernacchi. Doyle was selected from a field of six finalists who interviewed for the job
on Monday and Tuesday. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/04/17)

Pilots concerned over T-45
More than 100 instructor pilots for the Navy are refusing to fly because of a problem with T-
45 training jet oxygen systems, Fox News is reporting. The boycott started last week and
has impacted hundreds of training flights. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of naval
aviation, told Fox News the issue is the number one safety priority. In the last five years the
episodes, caused in part by problems with the oxygen system, have nearly quadrupled on
the T-45, according to Capitol Hill testimony last week by senior naval aviators. The Navy
sent a team of engineers and other specialists this week to its T-45 training bases in
Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., for talks with the pilots. (Source: Fox
News, 04/04/17)

New Eglin promotion
Air Force Brig. Gen. Shaun Q. Morris has been nominated to the grade of major general.
Morris is currently serving as the Air Force program executive officer for weapons and
director, Armament Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force
Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 04/04/17)

Contract: NWF Contractors, $9.2M
NWF Contractors Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded a $9,176,349
requirements contract to construct concrete targets. Contractor will provide all plant, labor,
materials, equipment, and perform all operations in connection with the construction of
various reinforced concrete targets on specified test areas in accordance with the
specifications and drawings. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by April 2, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition with seven offers received. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2823-17-D-4001).
(Source: DoD, 04/03/17)

New assignments announced
Col. Evan C. Dertien, selected to the grade of brigadier general, has been assigned as
commander, 96th Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base. He’s
currently vice commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Also, Col. Lance R. Pilch, selected to the grade of
brigadier general, has been assigned as vice commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces
and Chief of Staff, Air Component Command, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He’s
currently commander, 33rd Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Eglin Air
Force Base. (Source: DoD, 04/03/17)


MARCH 2017

Dauphin Island to host drone demo
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dauphin Island’s airport will be used by the Navy for a project to
demonstrate the use of drones to survey littoral areas. The Mobile County Commission in
mid-March approved a memorandum of understanding with the Raspet Flight Research
Laboratory of Mississippi State University, which is working with the Naval Meteorological
and Oceanographic Command at Stennis Space Center, Miss., on the project. The
demonstration will use an Outlaw SeaHunter equipped with LIDAR (Light Detection and
Ranging) system to measure water depth in coastal areas that are too shallow for survey
vessels. The demonstration will be held from mid-May to early June. (Source: al.com,
03/30/17) Manned aircraft equipped with LIDAR are currently used to survey coastal areas.

Contract: QuantaDyn, $27M
QuantaDyn Corp., Ashburn, Va., has been awarded a $27,000,000 modification (P00016)
to previously awarded contract FA8621-16-C-6396 for the Joint Terminal Control Training
and Rehearsal System (JTC TRS). Contractor will provide an additional quantity of 23 JTC
TRS production devices. Work will be performed at Ft. Riley, Kan.; Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Ft.
Wainwright, Alaska; Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii; Ft Stewart, Ga.; Einsiedlerhof,
Germany; Vilseck, Germany; Ft Irwin, Calif.; Ft. Polk, La.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air
Force Base, Nev.; Ft. Carson, Colo.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Ft Hood, Texas;
Pope Army Air Field, N.C.; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Cannon AFB, N.M.;
and Kadena Air Base, Japan. Work is expected to be complete by May 31, 2018. Fiscal
2016 other procurement; and fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount
of $26,397,417 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17)

Contract: ULS, $270.4M
United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colo., has been awarded a $270,414,224
modification (P00161) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle
production services (LVPS). Contractor will provide LVPS in support of the launch vehicle
configuration of a Delta IV Heavy and transportation. This modification adds a pre‐priced
contract line item for the Delta IV Heavy LV configuration. Work will be performed at
Centennial; Decatur, Ala.; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., and is expected to be
complete by Dec. 29, 2020. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf Coast note: The Delta
IV uses RS-68 engines assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Electron Metrology, $10.5M
Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a $10,518,527
modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N69450-14-D-8000) to exercise Option 3 for base operations support services at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field, Fla., 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
2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17)

Contract: SOLPAC, $15.6M
SOLPAC Construction, doing business as Soltek Pacific Construction Inc., San Diego, Calif.,
is being awarded $15,588,300 for firm-fixed-price task order 0005 under a previously
awarded, multiple award construction contract (N62473-15-D-2426) for construction of an F-
35C engine repair facility at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The project includes reinforced
concrete masonry unit walls, built-up roof, and pile foundation. Built-in equipment includes
bridge cranes and support rails, stacker storage system, and elevator. The project also
includes facility paving and site improvements, utilities, and environmental mitigation
features. The task order also contains one planned modification, which if exercised would
increase cumulative task order value to $16,806,300. Work will be performed in Lemoore,
Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 2018. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southwest, San Diego, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $581.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a not-to-exceed $581,798,359 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0132) against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This modification
provides for air vehicle initial spares to include F-35 common spares; F-35A, F-35B and F-
35C unique spares, and aloft spares packages/deployment spares packages and
reprogramming lab spares required to support the air vehicle delivery schedule for the Air
Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign
military sales customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (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 April 2021. This delivery order combines purchases for the Air Force (32.7
percent); Navy (4.9 percent); Marine Corps (20.3 percent); non-DoD participants (35.9
percent); and foreign military sales (14.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/31/17) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Goal: Fly different plane each week
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Navy Lt. Ryan Rankin, a Naval Air Station Pensacola instructor pilot,
has set out to fly a different plane for every week of 2017. "I feel drawn to it. It is a feeling
that I cannot describe. When I don't fly for a while, I miss it," said Rankin, 33, who is taking
advantage of shore duty and using his military leave time to reach his goal of flying 52
different planes before the end of the year. A network of vintage aircraft enthusiasts is
helping him find the various aircraft. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/30/17)

Threats to SLS schedule
Delays in the development of Orion’s European-built service module, and damage to NASA’
s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans from a tornado are the key schedule risks for
the first Space Launch System mission, agency officials said March 29. The schedule for
the launch of Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1), currently planned for late 2018, remains
uncertain regardless of the technical issues as NASA studies the possibility of putting a
crew on the flight, which would likely delay it by up to a year. Bill Hill, deputy associate
administrator for exploration systems development, told the NASA Advisory Council’s Human
Exploration and Operations Committee the two issues are running “kind of neck and neck.”
(Source: SpaceNews, 03/30/17)

SpaceX marks a first
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In a significant first, SpaceX successfully launched and then
retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday. It was the first time SpaceX tried to fly a booster
that had been used in a previous mission. The Falcon 9 core landed on the bull's-eye of the
ocean platform following liftoff with a broadcasting satellite for the SES company of
Luxembourg. Founder Elon Musk foresees dozens if not hundreds of repeat flights for a
booster and rocket turnarounds of as little as 24 hours, perhaps by next year. This first
stage landed on an ocean platform almost exactly a year ago after a space station launch
for NASA. SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-story booster, still sporting its nine original
engines. It nailed another vertical landing at sea Thursday once it was finished boosting the
satellite. (Sources: multiple, including AP via ABCNews, 03/31/17, NPR, 03/30/17) Gulf
Coast note: SpaceX is developing Raptor, its next-generation engine, at Stennis Space
Center, Miss.

Leonardo picks Alabama
If Leonardo wins the T-X competition with its T-100 trainer, the company will build the
aircraft in Alabama, officials said Thursday. The Italian aerospace company plans to build
an assembly center at Moton Field in Tuskegee if awarded the T-X contract. Upward of
$200 million will be spent on construction including buildings, infrastructure and equipment,
according to a joint news release from the governor's office and Leonardo. Leonardo had
initially planned to assemble the trainers, based on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346, in
Meridian, Miss., when it was partnered with Raytheon. That ended when the partnership
came apart. The Alabama plant will perform structural sub-assembly, integration, finala
assembly and conduct research and testing at the site, according to the release. Leonardo
would lease a new facility built by a public-private partnership; the total investment in
buildings, infrastructure and equipment would exceed $200 million. Plans call for creating
750 jobs over 10 years. (Source: multiple, including Defense News, Aviation International
News, 03/30/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $95.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $95,773,177 for modification
P00012 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) to
provide technical and logistics services, training, maintenance and repair services, and
supply chain management in support of F-35 joint strike fighter for a non-Department of
Defense participant. Work will be performed outside the U.S. (80 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10
percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in
November 2020. Non-Department of Defense funding in the amount of $95,773,177 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, 03/30/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $15M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00005) to
previously awarded contract FA8681‐14‐D‐0028 for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
technical support and aircraft integration. Contractor will provide JDAM support for studies
and analysis; product improvement; upgrades; integration including, but not limited to,
software integration, aircraft integration; associated hardware and testing. Work will be
performed at St. Louis and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2019. 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. (Source: DoD, 03/30/17)

Contract: L-3 Vertex, $16.1M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$16,109,145 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery requirements contract
for maintenance, repair, and logistics support for the Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft’s
intermediate maintenance. Support to be provided includes labor, equipment, tools,
services, and direct and indirect material. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. (60 percent); and Corpus Christi, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be
completed in September 2022. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be
obligated against individual task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively
procured via an electronic proposal; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center
Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61340-17-D-0005).
(Source: DoD, 03/29/17)

Contract: RT&T, $11.7M
Reliance Test & Technology, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an $11,725,589
modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin
operation and maintenance support service. This modification increases government
provided values of cost reimbursable items supporting the National Radar Test Facility.
Work will be performed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and is expected to be complete
by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the
amount of $7,257,273 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/28/17)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $106.9M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $106,898,882 for modification
P00007 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 209 in-service T-45 F405-RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be
performed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (46 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss.
(42 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (11 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed in March 2018. No funds will be obligated at time of award;
funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/28/17)

Contract: Rockwell, $142.4M
Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $142,356,338 cost-plus-incentive-
fee, fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of the Tactical Combat
Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc II) environment improvement of the air combat
training with rangeless air combat and secure air-to-air and air-to-ground data link. This
contract will include participant subsystems; ground subsystems; remote range units;
peculiar support equipment; enhanced threats; platform interfaces; an internal rack-
mounted subsystem capability for fixed wing and rotary aircraft; and an internal subsystem
for the Joint Strike Fighter. Work will be done in Cedar Rapids (65 percent); Fort Walton
Beach, Fla. (20 percent); Richardson, Texas (10 percent); and various locations within the
continental U.S. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2022. Fiscal
2017 research, development, testing and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of
$8,318,444 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for
proposals, with two offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems
Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61340-17-C-0007). (Source: DoD,
03/28/17)

Continental announces $60M upgrade
MOBILE, Ala. -- Continental Motors will spend more than $60 million on a new facility at the
Mobile Aeroplex, the company announced Monday. Company officials said they don’t expect
the plan will mean a significant increase or decrease in company’s Mobile-area workforce,
currently just over 400 employees in Mobile and around 30 at a facility in Fairhope.
President and CEO Rhett Ross said the "Blue Marlin Project" will be executed on an
aggressive three-year timetable. Officials hope to break ground this summer on a 225,000-
square foot facility at the intersection of Broad Street and Michigan Avenue. They'll finalize
the building's design by fall, install new manufacturing equipment in 2018 and be fully
operational by the end of 2019, Ross said. Mike Skolnik, Continental's executive vice
president for global opportunities, said Continental and parent company AVIC International
Holding Corp., of China, will spend up to $30 million developing the new site, and spend
about $40 milllion on new manufacturing equipment for the building, which also will house
their global business headquarters. (Source: al.com, 03/27/17)

SBIRS transmitting image
From its final orbit location 22,000 miles above the equator, the third Lockheed Martin-built
Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back to Earth.
The satellite was launched on Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and
is the third in a series of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites that the U.S. Air
Force uses to provide faster and more accurate missile warning data to the nation and its
allies. The satellite reached orbit, where it successfully completed deployments of its sun-
tracking solar arrays, antenna wing assemblies and light shade. The next satellite in the
series will undergo final assembly, integration and test at Lockheed Martin's satellite
production facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., prior to its launch planned for later this year.
(Source: Spacewar.com, 03/27/17) Gulf Coast note: The satellite’s core propulsion system
and thermal blankets are integrated by Lockheed Martin at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Plane will honor Raiders
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – The National Naval Aviation Museum is paying
tribute to the Doolittle Raiders by refurbishing a B-25 B Mitchell bomber as a replica of the
one flown by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle. Sixteen Army bombers with 80 airmen flew off
the carrier to hit Japan four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They trained at nearby
Eglin Air Force Base. The bomber will go on display outside the museum's Blue Angels
Atrium on April 18 to mark the 75th anniversary of the raid. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 03/27/17)

Science on a sphere
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- In a completely black room at the 335th Training
Squadron’s Weather Training Complex, a 48-inch carbon fiber globe hangs, suspended
from the ceiling with projectors pointing at it from each corner. Welcome to Science on a
Sphere, the Department of Defense’s  newest weather training aid. It uses computers with
high-end graphic cards and video projectors to display data onto the globe. It was
developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an education tool to
help illustrate earth weather science through animations of atmospheric storms, climate
change and ocean temperatures. The globe doesn’t move, but gives that illusion.
Instructors for Weather Initial Skills and Weather Officer Courses will use the system as a
tool to help students gain an enhanced understanding of fundamental atmospheric and
oceanographic processes. (Source: 81st Training Wing, 03/23/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $10,470,663 for
delivery order 0011 against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-
0020) to complete a Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 risk reduction and
integration study of the F-35 air system for the government of the United Kingdom. Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (75 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Lancashire,
United Kingdom (10 percent); and Redondo Beach, Calif. (5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in March 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/24/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Producing planes, opportunities
MOBILE, Ala. -- The first Alabama-made A321 jetliner took to the skies on its maiden flight a
year ago, and now the company is ramping up to eventually produce 40 to 50 jetliners each
year. But Gov. Robert Bentley says the plant is not only producing planes, but opportunities
that enrich the lives of the workforce. This feature story focuses on a few of the employees.
(Source: Made in Alabama, 03/24/17)

Controller tested for SLS flight
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – The first RS-25 engine controller that will be used on the
first flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS) was tested Thursday. The new controller
or “brain” has the electronics that operate the engine and communicate with the SLS
vehicle.  Engine Controller Unit-2 (ECU-2) was installed on RS-25 development engine No.
0528 and test fired for 500 seconds on the A-1 Test Stand. Once test data is certified, the
engine controller will be removed and installed on one of four flight engines that will help
power the first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. This year, two more engine
controllers for the first SLS mission will be tested on this development engine at Stennis,
and then installed on flight engines. The fourth controller will be tested when NASA tests the
entire core stage during a “green run” on the B-2 Test Stand at Stennis. That testing will
involve installing the core stage on the stand and firing its four RS-25 flight engines
simultaneously, as during a mission launch. (Source: NASA/SSC, 03/23/17)

FAA sees growth in aerospace
The United States will see a “competitive and profitable aviation industry characterized by
increasing demand for air travel [with] airfares growing more slowly than inflation” over the
next two decades. That’s according to the FAA’s annual Aerospace Forecast for fiscal years
2017-2037. “Looking ahead, there is confidence that the industry has been transformed
from that of a boom-to-bust cycle to one of sustainable profits,” FAA said in the report. The
FAA projected that “traffic growth by US mainline and regional carriers will increase at an
average rate of 2.4 percent per year,” while “passenger growth on US carriers will increase
at an average 1.9 percent per year.”  (Source: Air Transport World, 03/21/17)

Contract: ERC, $99M
Engineering Research and Consulting Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a
$99,000,000 firm-fixed-price level of effort, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
Seek Eagle modeling, analysis, and tools support. Contractor will provide skills and
expertise to provide modeling and simulation, engineering and analysis, product
development support, project management, and administrative functions. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 22, 2022.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2017
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,000,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA2486-16-R-0065). (Source: DoD, 03/22/17)

Contract: Boeing, $24.7M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $24,685,675 modification (P00147) to
previously awarded contract FA8678-10-C-0100 for QF-16 full-scale aerial target (FSAT)
Lot 5A production. Contractor will provide 18 QF-16 FSATs and 18 associated four-year
warranties for the QF-16 drone-peculiar equipment program. Work will be performed at St.
Louis and is expected to be complete by April 27, 2021. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in
the amount of $24,685,675 were obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded on
March 14, 2017). (Source: DoD, 03/22/17)

Army casualty identified
The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a soldier who was supporting
Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo,
Calif., died March 19 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.
The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces
Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD, 03/20/17)

Friendly eyes in the sky
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- When dozens or hundreds of people smile and wave as you
work, creativity tends to come into play. "We have a Mickey Mouse glove we use
sometimes," said Sgt. Ken Smiley, a pilot with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit
as he flew along the shoreline waving at visitors. He thinks public relations is a big part of
the job. (Source: News Herald, 03/19/17)

Not your average airman
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- When most people think of an Air Force recruit, they picture a
young man or woman not far removed from high school. But Airman 1st Class Maria Perez
is 39. She wanted to join in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. But the single
mother of a 3-year-old decided she couldn’t. When the Air Force increased its maximum
age for enlistment to 39, she jumped at the chance. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
03/18/17)

NASA selects proposals
NASA selected 133 proposals from U.S. companies to conduct research and develop
technologies to help NASA's future deep-space missions. They include four projects with a
combined value of $3 million tied to Stennis Space Center, Miss. The proposals, valued at
about $100 million total for contract negotiations, were selected under Phase II of NASA’s
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR Phase II projects will expand on
the results of recently-completed Phase I projects. Phase I projects received six-month
contracts of as much as $125,000. Phase II contracts are awarded up to $750,000 and the
period of performance is no more than two years. Successful Phase II projects may go on to
Phase III of the program – commercialization. The proposals were selected according to
technical merit and feasibility, in addition to the experience, qualifications and facilities of
the companies, and their work plans and commercial potential. (Source: NASA, 03/08/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $15M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a $15,000,000
modification (P00874) to previously awarded contract F04701-95-C-0017 for Space-Based
Infrared System (SBIRS) engineering, manufacture and development. Contractor will
enhance cyber capabilities on the operational SBIRS ground system. Work will be
performed at Sunnyvale and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017
research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,394,965 are being
obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, California, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/14/17) Gulf Coast note: Work
on the propulsion module for the SBIRS is done at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: HX5, $95M
HX5, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $95,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
for personnel, supervision, and services necessary to provide services for research and
development and related activities for the Engineer Research and Development Center
Information Technology Laboratory. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received.
Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated
completion date of March 14, 2022. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Miss., is the
contracting activity (W912HZ-17-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 03/15/17)

Flag officer assignment
Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M.
Richardson announced today that Rear Adm. (lower half) Kyle J. Cozad, selected for
promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Naval Education and Training
Command, Pensacola, Fla. Cozad is currently serving as commander, Patrol and
Reconnaissance Group, Norfolk, Va. (Source: DoD, 03/15/17)

Morris, Pilch tapped for promotions
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Two Eglin officers have been nominated for general rank
appointments. In one appointment, Brig. Gen. Shaun Morris, the Air Force Program
Executive Officer for Weapons and Armament Directorate director, was nominated to the
grade of major general. In the other, Col. Lansing R. Pilch, commander 33rd Fighter Wing,
Air Education and Training Command, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of
brigadier general. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 03/14/17)

Contract: Jacobs, $204.9M
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has received a task order to support the U.S. Air Force 53rd
Wing operations. The task order was awarded with a value of $204.9 million over four years
and nine months if all options are exercised, and focuses on the provision of information
technology support for weapons and computer systems related to systems development
and operational activities. Work sites are primarily located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., but
some work will also be done at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and other locations. Services
detailed in the task order include a wide variety of support to weapon systems engineering
and integration solutions, network solutions, test and evaluation network support, cyber
security, software, computer systems development, network systems operation, and
operational test and evaluation support. (Source: Business Wire, 03/14/17)

Contract: URS Federal, $35.1M
URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., is being awarded a $35,134,428 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to provide maintenance services, including integrated support equipment
(SE) maintenance repair and overhaul services to reduce repair cycle time and the
availability of ready for use SE in the fleet and the Fleet Readiness Center Aviation Support
Equipment sites. New Orleans will be the location for 5 percent of the work. Other sites are
in Maryland, Florida, California, Virginia, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Texas, El Salvador, and Japan and is expected to be completed in April 2022. The Naval Air
Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-17-C-
0272). (Source: DoD, 03/13/17)

Contract: Kratos, $22.3M
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions’ subsidiary Composite Engineering Inc. (CEi)
received the Lot 13 production of a previous awarded contract for Lots 11-13 of the Air
Force Subscale Aerial Target. The $22.3 million contract will be performed by the Kratos
Unmanned Systems Division, comprised of CEi and Micro Systems Inc. (MSI). CEi’s
Sacramento, Calif., facility will lead the effort and provide 25 high performance BQM-167A
aerial targets and associated technical support. The Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-based MSI will
supply the majority of the high performance avionics utilized on the aircraft, including critical
command, control and flight computer systems. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: Globe Newswire 03/13/17)

MAAS’ new Mobile COO
MOBILE, Ala. -- MAAS Aviation (MAAS) has named Geoffrey Myrick as the chief operating
officer in Mobile. One of the company’s most recent hires, Myrick will serve as operations
officer for both the existing OEM (original equipment manufacturing) hangar that supports
Airbus Americas and the new twin bay MRO hangar that provides services to commercial
aircraft carriers as well as lease companies, military and corporate jet markets. Prior to
joining MAAS, Myrick served as vice president of sales for Certified Aviation Services, LLC,
where his focus was the creation and execution of sales strategies in the MRO market. In
previous roles, Myrick spent approximately five years at VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering
in various capacities centered around marketing, sales, and management. The new hangar
is an environmentally controlled twin-bay paint shop configured to support dual lines of
narrow-body aircraft, up to a Boeing 757 and Airbus A321 concurrently. (Source:
AviationPros, 03/10/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $64.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $64,686,522 for
firm-fixed-priced delivery order N0001917F0108 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order procures work on the integrated core
processor in order to alleviate diminishing manufacturing sources constraints projected
under F-35 production Lot 15 for the Air Force (40 percent); the Navy (20 percent); the
Marine Corps (20 percent); and international partners (20 percent). Work will be performed
in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2019. Fiscal 2017
research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force); fiscal 2016 research, development,
test and evaluation (Navy, Marine Corps); and international partners funds in the amount of
$29,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 031017)

Contract: Applied Systems, $11.7M
Applied Systems Engineering Corp., Niceville, Fla., is being awarded an $11,679,073
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide essential hardware, upgrades, and
repairs for the Battle Management Systems program, specifically Advanced Tactical
Navigator units. The work will be performed in Niceville and is expected to be completed by
March 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2017 research,
development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $641,735 are being
obligated for the first delivery order and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) -
only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency
requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 031017)

Leonardo to make T-100s in U.S.
After parting ways with Raytheon, Italy’s Leonardo is flying solo in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X
trainer competition and plans to establish final assembly for the M-346 trainer derivative in
the United States. It plans to announce a location soon, according to FlightGlobal. The T-
100 will use two Honeywell F124 engines made in Arizona, and its CAE simulators will be
built in Florida. DRS will represent the American face of Leonardo, which did not select a
separate US partner when it re-entered the competition. Before dropping DRS as a partner,
Raytheon had selected Meridian, Mississippi, as a final assembly location. (Source:
FlightGlobal, 03/09/17)

Contract: ViON, $34.8M
ViON Corp., Herndon, Calif., is being awarded a $34,790,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract to provide Capacity as a Service support to Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command (SPAWAR) Headquarters, SPAWAR System Center Pacific and
SPAWAR System Center Atlantic. The Capacity as a Service acquisition model allows
SPAWAR to more accurately scale, up and down, its information technology (IT)
infrastructure to meet evolving mission requirements. Savings are realized through no up-
front costs and a "pay as you go" acquisition model, reducing waste usually associated with
overbuying of IT equipment to eventually meet an expectation of mission requirement.
Under this contract, ViON is responsible for providing on-demand, on-premise computing,
networking and storage solutions for a variety of systems and applications for the
command's research, development, testing and evaluation core infrastructures, laboratory
and data center environments. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would
bring the maximum contract value to $49,990,000. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.
C. (63 percent); San Diego, Calif. (30 percent); New Orleans, La. (5 percent); and Norfolk,
Va. (2 percent). Work is expected to be completed March 2022. If all options are exercised,
work will continue through March 2024. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command,
San Diego, is the contracting activity (N00039-17-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 03/09/17)

New N.O.-S.F. service
NEW ORLEANS -- Alaska Airlines, the parent company of Virgin America, will launch daily
nonstop flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport to San Francisco starting Sept.
21, the company said Thursday. The daily Virgin America flight will depart New Orleans at 4
p.m. and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 6:30 p.m. local time. The return
connection will depart San Francisco at 8:48 a.m. and arrive in New Orleans at 3:03 p.m.
Alaska first moved into Armstrong Airport in 2014 bringing direct connection to Seattle. Last
week, United Airlines announced plans to make its nonstop New Orleans-San Francisco
flight available year-round. (Source: Times-Picayune, 03/09/17)

F-35, Lakota in spending bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $578 billion fiscal 2017 defense spending bill
Thursday. Among other measures, it allocates $8.2 billion to buy 74 additional F-35 fighters
and funding for 28 Lakota helicopters. The bill passed by a large bipartisan vote of 371-48.
Not in the bill is the expected supplemental budget request from the administration. The bill
also includes $187 million for 28 Mississippi-built Lakota helicopters that are used at the
Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center, which trains pilots and maintainers. And companies in the region,
like Fort Walton Machining, make parts for the plane. The bill will be making its way to the
Senate. (Sources: The Hill, WEAR-TV, Alabama Today, Defense News, 03/08/17)

Germany opts for Triton
Germany's defense ministry has decided to buy high-altitude MQ-4C Triton unmanned
surveillance planes built by Northrop Grumman for deliveries after 2025, ministry sources
said on Tuesday. The new drones will replace the Euro Hawk program, which Berlin
canceled in May 2013 after it became clear that it could cost up to 600 million euros to get
the system approved for use in civil airspace. The sources confirmed a story originally
reported by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The plan, which must still be approved by
parliament, calls for Germany to buy the Tritons from the Navy. Sensors for the Triton are to
be built by Airbus. (Source: Reuters, 03/06/17) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work on the
Triton variants of the Global Hawk are built in Moss Point, Miss.

Training center open
DOTHAN, Ala. -- The 79,000-square-foot CAE Dothan Training Center officially opened
Monday at Dothan Regional Airport. Iit’s designed to provide comprehensive fixed-wing
flight training to the Army, Air Force and other customers. The CAE team of industry
partners uses the center to deliver classroom and simulator training and the airport for flight
training. CAE’s primary customer is the Army. CAE is responsible for providing all the
training required for experienced rotary-wing aviators transitioning to fly the services fleet of
more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. More than 600 Army and Air Force pilots will be trained
annually. The center is 10 miles from Fort Rucker. (Sources: multiple, including Dothan
Eagle, WSFA, 03/06/17, Executive Biz, 03/07/17)

The F-35 in photos
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A 33rd Fighter Wing F-35A takes off Feb. 27 to conduct
sorties at Eglin Air Force Base. It’s one of six photos released by Eglin today. The base is
724 square miles and includes 120,000 miles of overwater airspace. The F-35 is a multi-
role fighter with variants for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-35’s engine
produces 43,000 lbs of thrust and is 9g capable. The 33rd Fighter Wing is a graute flying
and maintenance training wing for the F-35 Lightning II. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
03/07/17)

Most popular airline in N.O?
NEW ORLEANS -- A record 11.1 million passengers traveled through Louis Armstrong New
Orleans International Airport in 2016, with more than a third using Southwest Airlines. The
Dallas-based airline continued to dominate domestic flights in and out of New Orleans,
shuttling more than 4.1 million travelers in 2016. That was double the number who flew
Delta Airlines, the airport's second-largest operator. Total traffic at Armstrong Airport was
up 4.4 percent from 2015, when the passenger count topped 10 million. (Source: Times-
Picayune, 03/06/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $20.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded $20,639,536 for modification P00016 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 airworthiness requirements, technical reviews, deficiency
corrections, and chase maintenance for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S.
Department of Defense (Non-U.S. DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS)
customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25
percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5
percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps and Air
Force); non-DoD participants; and FMS funding in the amount of $20,639,536 are being
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (41 percent); Navy/Marine Corps (10.25
percent); non-U.S. DoD participants (25.22 percent); and FMS customers (23.53 percent).
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/03/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: ECSC, $40M
ECSC LLC, Panama City, Fla., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $40,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for paving requirements at Nellis and Creech Air Force
Bases. Contractor will provide broad range of maintenance, repair, and minor construction
work on real property. Projects will consist of general paving tasks such as asphalt and
Portland Concrete Cement paving, grading, drainage, curbing, sidewalks and associated
tasks as ordered from a schedule of pre-priced line items on individual task orders. Work
will be performed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; and Creech Air Force Base, Nev., and is
expected to be complete by March 2, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition with nine offers received. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $55,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The 99th Contracting
Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA4861‐17‐D‐A300). (Source:
DoD, 03/03/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $11.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded an $11,650,000 not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract action against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for initial
operational test and evaluation configuration support efforts in support of the F-35 aircraft
for the Air Force and Navy, and international partner countries. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas (87 percent); Farnborough, Hampshire, England (6 percent); Orlando,
Fla. (5 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (1 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (1 percent). Work
is expected to be completed in October 2018. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and
evaluation (Navy and Air Force); and international partners funds in the amount of
$5,825,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Navy (44.4 percent); Air Force
(31.7 percent); and international partners (23.9 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/02/17)

Contract: L-3, $15M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., is being awarded $15,049,163 for
firm-fixed-price modification P00063 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-11-D-0010) for aircraft maintenance and logistical life cycle
support for the C-12 utility lift aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (42
percent); Patuxent River, Md. (6 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (6 percent); Bahrain (6
percent); Atsugi, Japan (6 percent); Beaufort, S.C. (4 percent); San Angelo, Texas (4
percent); Yuma, Ariz. (4 percent); New Orleans (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 June 2017. Funds will not be obligated at time of award; funds
will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/02/17)

Airbus up for paper plane challenge
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility will be making more than A320
series jetliners next week. The production team will be making pink paper planes March 8 as
part of the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week’s Guinness World Record Attempt. It’s
designed to show Airbus’ support of women in the aviation industry. The plane throw will be
at 11 a.m. CST. A minimum of 40 and up to 200 paper planes are expected to be thrown.
(Source: Airbus, 03/02/17)

AC-130 laser test this year?
More than a year since news broke that Air Force Special Operations Command planned to
install and test lasers on its AC-130 gunships, the plan now is to get its top unfunded
requirement tested within a year. That’s what Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, head of AFSOC, told
Breaking Defense. General Atomics and other companies have been spending their own
research and development money on the capability. Webb said AFSOC, based at Hurlburt
Field, Fla., hasn’t decided where the laser would go. The tests will help determine that, as
well as which mix of weapons is most effective. His predecessor, Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold,
said the laser would probably go on the left side of the plane. (Source: Breaking Defense,
03/02/17)

MAA chief resigns
MOBILE, Ala. – Roger Wehner has resigned as executive director of the Mobile Airport
Authority, effective Feb. 22. The Mobile Airport Authority announced the resignation today
and said that Mark McVay, director of finance, will serve as interim executive director while
the board of directors conducts a search for a permanent replacement. (Source: MAA,
03/02/17) The MAA oversees operations of the Mobile Aeroplex and Mobile Regional
Airport.

Emerald Warrior underway
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- For the 10th year in a row the U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Command is hosting Emerald Warrior, a joint military exercise involving 1,500 military
personnel. It began Feb. 27 and ends March 11 and will include participants from three
partner nations along with the Air Force, Army and regular Marines. Scenarios will include
operations involving inserting and removing troops from combat situations, direct assaults,
military freefall, live-fire events. In addition to the activities in Northwest Florida, training will
be conducted at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, Melrose Range, N.M., and Fort Knox, Ky.
(Source: Destin Log, 02/14/17)

Contract: Pride, $18.4M
Pride Industries, Roseville, Calif., was awarded an $18,365,033 firm-fixed-price modification
(P00064) to contract W9124G-13-C-0002 for base operations (operations, maintenance,
repair, and construction of real property facilities). Work will be performed in Fort Rucker,
Ala., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and
maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $2,877,889 were obligated at the time of the
award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/01/17)

Terminal improvements set
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Northwest Florida International Beaches Airport Authority is set
to begin exit terminal security improvements. Last week the board approved GAC
Contractors to install glass-walled security corridors and a video-enabled exit lane breach
control system from Tyco Integrated Security. Tyco's system uses video analytics
technology to immediately identify if an individual attempts to enter an airport exit lane from
the wrong direction. It alerts security personnel and records the incident for instant
playback. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 02/28/17)


FEBRUARY 2017

Contract: Lockheed, $1B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $1,059,239,124
cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for
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 (46 percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton, United
Kingdom (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6 percent), and
is expected to be completed in December 2017. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Navy, Marine Corps); fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Navy,
Marine Corps); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $211,847,835, will be
obligated at time of award, $100,076,889 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (48 percent); Marine Corps (19
percent); Navy (13 percent); non-DoD participants (16 percent); and FMS customers (4
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-0045). (Source: DoD, 02/28/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and reprogramming labs.

Blue Angels nearing opener
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Halfway through their winter training in El Centro, Calif., the Blue
Angels are getting ready to begin their 2017 season March 11 with their annual start-of-
season performance at Naval Air Facility El Centro. The Navy flight demonstration team
arrived in El Centro Jan. 5 following a brief holiday break after the 2016 end-of-season
show Nov. 11 at Pensacola Naval Air Station. This year marks the 50th year the Pensacola
Naval Air Station-based team has conducted winter training at El Centro in Southern
California. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/28/17)

Plan for region unveiled
NICEVILLE, Fla. — Northwest Florida as a region must commit to economic diversification if
it wants the $1.2 billion in BP money to create the change its business leaders envision.
That was the message from Jon Roberts for more than 100 people who showed up at
Northwest Florida State College Monday for a preview of the "blueprint" for successful
regional diversification drawn up by TIP Strategies, where Roberts is a managing director.
The plan is called Northwest Florida Forward. One key will be training a workforce capable
of stepping in to fill positions as new industry locates in the area, he said. Another involves
taking advantage of existing regional "industry clusters" such as aerospace and defense,
financial services and advanced manufacturing. It will also mean addressing infrastructure
needs, developing "entrepreneurial hubs" and building "vibrant downtown areas," a news
release circulated by the group said. "We designed this regional strategy to be a framework
for prioritizing projects so everyone in Northwest Florida benefits," said Rick Byars, the
chairman of the board of Florida's Great Northwest. "This plan underscores the importance
of a regional approach to build a diverse and vibrant regional economy now and for
generations to come." (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/2717)

Eglin and India’s PSLV
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 20th Space Control Squadron’s Charlie Crew
successfully tracked India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Feb. 15. Loaded with 104
satellites, the Indian PSLV set the record for the most spacecraft launched by a single
rocket. “This launch is important because we want to ensure our national assets aren't
impacted,” said Lt. Col. Raj Agrawal, 20th SPCS commander. Using the world's most
powerful phased-array radar, the space surveillance squadron uses an integrated team of
military and civilian airmen to track an estimated 23,000 near-Earth and deep-space objects
each day. The AN/FPS-85 is the only phased array radar capable of tracking objects
40,000 kilometers away. (Source: Eglin Public Affairs, 02/27/17)

New assignment
The chief of staff, Air Force announced the assignment of Brig. Gen. Christopher P.
Azzano, commander, 96th Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., to director, air, space and cyberspace operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel
Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: DoD, 02/23/17)

AF, Navy team on tower
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In a move to save money, the 53rd Weapons
Evaluation Group teamed up with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Support Activity
Panama City, to utilize the Navy’s recently-built communications tower to replace the 53rd
WEG’s unserviceable, outdated Gulf Range Drone Control System tower. These towers are
essential for triangulating communications for controlling unmanned drones over the Gulf of
Mexico. This innovative investment took about a year to accomplish and will save hundreds
of thousands of taxpayer dollars. Constructing a new tower would have cost an estimated
$700,000, and leasing a commercial tower would cost approximately $9,000 annually.
(Source: AFNS, 02/22/17)

SSC conducts RS-25 test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers conducted their first RS-25 test of
2017 on the A-1 Test Stand today, continuing to collect data on the performance of the
rocket engine that will help power the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The test of
development engine No. 0528 ran the scheduled 380 seconds, allowing engineers to
monitor various engine operating conditions. The SLS will launch humans aboard Orion
deeper into space than ever before. Four RS-25 engines, together with a pair of solid
rocket boosters, will power the SLS at launch on its deep-space missions. The engines for
the first four SLS flights are former space shuttle main engines, which were tested
extensively at Stennis and are some of the most proven engines in the world. Engineers are
conducting an ongoing series of tests this year for SLS on both development and flight
engines for future flights to ensure the engine, outfitted with a new controller, can perform
at the higher level under a variety of conditions and situations. Stennis is also preparing its
B-2 Test Stand to test the core stage for the first SLS flight with Orion, known as Exploration
Mission-1. That testing will involve installing the flight stage on the stand and firing its four
RS-25 engines simultaneously, just as during an actual launch. The Feb. 22 test was
conducted by 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: Stennis Space Center,
02/22/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $45.5M
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, was awarded an estimated
$45,500,000 modification for an existing indefinite–delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with
firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee line items, for low-rate initial production (LRIP) and
full-Rate production of the Silent Knight Radar system in support of U.S. Special Operations
Command (USSOCOM). This action is an order for LRIP II radars. This modification
increases the contract ceiling to $200,000,000. The work will be performed in McKinney;
and Forest, Miss., and is expected to be completed by June 2019. Fiscal 2016 and 2017
procurement funds in the amount of $39,155,826, are being obligated at the time of the
award. The requirement was synopsized via FedBizOpps and one offer was solicited and
received. This is a sole-source requirement. This is not a multi-year contract. Headquarters,
USSOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (H92222-16-D-0033).
(Source: DoD, 02/22/17) Gulf Coast note: The U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Command, part of USSOCOM, is headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

AR1 sets U.S. record
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne recently demonstrated the highest
chamber pressure of any United States produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main
combustion system. This milestone occurred during a series of successful test firings of the
AR1's staged combustion system at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Preparations for the
staged-combustion testing began at Stennis last summer, pushing the limits of the nation's
premier large engine development test facility. During this testing, Aerojet Rocketdyne
combined the engine's preburner with the main injector in order to validate injector design
parameters and performance. The AR1 engine is being developed as a replacement for
Russian-made engines currently used on domestic rockets. AR1 is a 500,000 lbf thrust-
class liquid oxygen/kerosene booster engine that incorporates the latest advances in rocket
engine technology, materials science and modern manufacturing techniques to deliver an
affordable, reliable booster engine quickly. (Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 02/22/17)

Bay OKs GKN incentives
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The Bay County Commission on Tuesday approved $750,000 in
incentives for GKN Aerospace Florida Inc., which plans to open a parts manufacturing
facility at Venture Crossings, part of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The
incentive funds would come from tax dollars the company would be paying into Bay County
in the coming years, county officials said. The company will be required to create at least
170 jobs at an annual wage of $63,156 in Bay County by Dec. 31, 2020, or a mutually
agreeable date, and maintain each of those jobs for at least three years from the date of
their creation. The company also must spend $55 million in capital expenditures. Becca
Hardin, president of the Bay Economic Development Alliance, said the company will not
receive any financial support until the jobs are created. (Source: Panama City News Herald,
02/22/17)

SpaceX launches, lands
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX launched the first private rocket from the same historic
site that saw some of NASA's greatest space missions, then landed a booster nearby in a
resounding success. The launch was originally scheduled for Saturday but scrubbed. The
California-based company's Falcon 9 launched a Dragon cargo capsule toward the
International Space Station this morning from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center. The pad was used for Apollo and space shuttle missions. (Sources: Multiple,
including Space.com, NPR, USA Today, 02/19/17) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX uses Stennis
Space Center, Miss., to develop its next generation Raptor engine.

Controlling the skies
MILTON, Fla. -- With nearly 1.2 million takeoffs, landings and other operations a year, the
airspace surrounding Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Northwest Florida is busier than the
airspace above the airport in Atlanta. It all happens under the watchful eyes of veteran flight
instructors and experienced military air traffic controllers. A feature story. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 02/17/17)

The story behind GKN project
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- It all started as a conversation between neighbors, according to one
account of the story behind GKN Aerospace’s decision to locate a new manufacturing
facility in Bay County. A feature story. (Source: News Herald, 02/18/17)

New Hurlburt assignment
The Air Force chief of staff announces the assignments of Maj. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, chief
of staff, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., to vice commander,
Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Source: DoD,
02/17/17)

Boeing workers nix union
Workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina soundly rejected a drive to unionize, with
almost three-quarters of workers at the aircraft factory rejecting union representation. It was
the first vote at the North Charleston plant and a high-profile test for organized labor in a
strongly anti-union state. The National Labor Relations Board said 74 percent of the 2,828
workers who cast ballots Wednesday at locations throughout the plant voted against joining
the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The plant builds 787
Dreamliners for the Chicago-based company. (Source: Reuters, 02/15/17)

Bay County lands GKN Aerospace
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – GKN Aerospace will locate a new manufacturing facility in Venture
Crossing Enterprise Centre in Bay County, investing $50 million and providing 170 jobs.
GKN, a British multinational, will lease a building that will be developed and owned by a
subsidiary of The St. Joe Company. GKN Aerospace provides components and assemblies
for aerostructures, engine products, landing gear, wiring systems and special products like
ice protection systems, for civil and military fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms, and is also
involved in the space market. The Venture Crossing business park northwest of Panama
City is a First Florida Certified Site that includes Northwest Florida Beaches International
Airport. (Source: The St. Joe. Co., 02/14/17)

Santa Rosa’s pitch to aerospace
MILTON, Fla. -- Sitting in the middle of a highly active aerospace neighborhood, Santa
Rosa County in Northwest Florida has launched a program pointing out why it’s a good
choice as a home for aviation-focused companies. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace
Newsletter, 02/14/17)

Technology goldmine in our midst
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA’s Stennis Space Center is just one of the
technology goldmines in the region, but and important one. And it has redesigned a part of
its website to make it easier for companies and individuals to find the technologies that can
be developed for the public – something that can mean big bucks. (Source: Gulf Coast
Aerospace Newsletter, 02/14/17).

Exceeding expectations
MOBILE, Ala. -- It was 10 years ago last month that Airbus put and engineering center in
Mobile, and now the growing Airbus footprint here seems ‘brilliant’ given Trump’s call to
create jobs in America. A feature story. (Source: Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter,
February 2017)

Boeing faces union vote
Boeing faces its first union vote on Wednesday at its aircraft factory in North Charleston, S.
C., a high-profile test for organized labor in a strongly anti-union state. Boeing is running a
hardball campaign against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers (IAM), which is trying to organize about 3,000 workers at one of two plants where
Boeing makes 787 Dreamliners. The other, in Washington state, has long been unionized
by the IAM. Opposition is strong in South Carolina, one of 28 states that does not require
workers to join a union, and has the lowest proportion of union workers, at 1.6 percent,
according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. New York is the highest with 23.6 percent.
(Source: Reuters, 02/13/17) Gulf Coast note: The Airbus A320 series plant in Mobile, Ala.,
is non-union.

New Southwest flights
NEW ORLEANS -- Southwest Airlines will add two new non-stop flights from New Orleans’
Louis Armstrong International Airport to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio,
beginning the weekend of April 30. The Raleigh-Durham connection will be available twice a
week on Fridays and Sundays. The Columbus flight will depart once a week on Sundays.
(Source: nola.com, 02/10/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded $10,300,000 for delivery order 0133 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the design, documentation,
integration, and testing of the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory to execute the mission data
reprogramming mission for the F-35 Block 3F configuration in support of the Air Force and
the Navy operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected
to be completed in June 2017. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Air
Force) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Michoud damaged by tornado
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans suffered significant damage from a tornado that
hit the city Tuesday, but NASA said no critical space hardware being built there was
damaged. NASA said in a statement late Feb. 7 that all of Michoud’s 3,500 employees were
accounted for, with five suffering minor injuries. NASA said that the tornado damaged at
least two buildings, including the main manufacturing building. NASA uses Michoud to
support assembly of the Orion crew vehicle and the core stage of the Space Launch
System. The storm did not damage any Orion or SLS hardware currently at Michoud, NASA
said in its statement. (Sources: SpaceNews, 02/08/17, WWL-TV, NOLA, 02/07/17)

A320neo assembly expanding
Airbus is aiming to begin final assembly of A320neos at its Chinese plant in Tianjin around
mid-year, with production at its Mobile, Ala., line at the end of 2017. The two assembly lines
complement its Toulouse and Hamburg single-aisle facilities, where A320neo manufacture
is already underway. Airbus gave the schedule estimates for Tianjin and Mobile – without
identifying specific months – having delivered a total of 70 A320neos by the end of January
this year. (Source: FlightGlobal, 02/07/17) Note: The A320 series plant in Alabama is at the
Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. It delivered its first jetliner, an A321, in 2016.

UTC Foley earns award
FOLEY, Ala. -- UTC Aerospace Systems' facility in Foley is one of Industry Week
magazine's 2016 Best Plants. The Foley site employs about 600 people who assemble
nacelle components and oversee the integration of propulsion systems for the Airbus A320.
In addition, the site will provide support for other new airplane platforms including the
Bombardier C Series, the Embraer E2 and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. The OE
manufacturing facility currently has a footprint of about 230,000 square feet. Later this year,
an 80,000-square-foot expansion currently under construction will open, primarily to house
engine integration activities. The OE facility is co-located with the Alabama Service Center,
a 210,000-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for nacelle systems
that serves customers in the Americas, and employs about 200 people. Together, the two
businesses are Baldwin County's largest manufacturing employer. UTC Aerospace Systems
is a unit of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp. (Sources: UTC, Industry Week,
02/07/17) Note: The site handles work for the A320 series jetliners being built in nearby
Mobile, Ala.

High school ‘swarmathon’
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- Area high school students in Mississippi and Louisiana
are invited to participate in a pilot “swarmathon” competition to develop robotic swarms for
use in space missions. The competition to develop algorithms for robotic swarms has
openings for 20 area teams to compete. The exercise will help students develop skills in
robotics and computer science and also advance NASA technology for future space
exploration efforts. Teams have until Feb. 15 to enter the challenge, and their final
algorithm code must be submitted by April 15. The high school competition is designed as a
virtual contest using a high-level programming language. Teams must have a faculty mentor
and coach. Interested teams should contact April McIntosh. (Source: Stennis Space Center,
02/02/17)

Contract: UTC, $18.8M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded $18,790,576 for modification POOO17 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 supplies and services to implement engineering
changes to the Rolls Royce lift fan systems, 3Bearing Swivel Module Conditioning Flow
System, and production thrust recovery in support of the F-35 Lightening II for the Marine
Corps, Navy, Air Force and international partners. Work will be performed in Indianapolis,
Ind. (97 percent); and Oklahoma City, Okla. (3 percent), and is expected to be complete in
December 2018. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy);
fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) and international partner funds in the amount of
$18,790,576 will be obligated at the time of award, $11,183,318 of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps
($14,790,025; 78.7 percent); Air Force ($3,394,535; 18.08 percent); international partners
($344,756; 1.83 percent); and Navy ($261,260; 1.39 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/01/17)


JANUARY 2017

Airbus center marks 10 years
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus Engineering Center celebrated its 10th year at the Mobile Aeroplex
with a tip of the hat to its 220 workers and the major contributions they’ve made to the
community. Company officials and political leaders gathered for the celebration of the
center, which was established in Mobile in 2007 during a time when Airbus was competing
with Boeing for an Air Force tanker project. That project went to Airbus in 2008, but was
recompeted after a Boeing protest and went to Boeing and Washington State in 2011. But
Mobile ended up getting an A320 series jetliner assembly line. It produced its first jetliner in
2016. The center, which started with 35 engineers, now has 220 workers. Site Director
David Trent said the workers are hardworking, dedicated, tenacious and diverse,
representing 25 countries. The center is  involved in developing cabins for all Airbus aircraft
with the exception of freighters. Barry Eccleston, CEO of Airbus Americas, said the
engineering center is probably one of the most successful endeavors he’s been involved in.
He said it exceeded his expectation. (Source: GCAC, 01/30/17)

Flight, boat operations slated
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. 2 and Feb. 6-9. Each morning, fighter aircraft will release munitions between 8 a.
m. and noon, about 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. In the
afternoons between 1 and 5 p.m., about 30 boats traveling in formation will transverse
between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the Highway 331 Bridge, to include 10 to 20 miles south of
Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat formation will be used as visual targets by military
aircraft flying over the area. No weapons or ammunition will be involved with this boat
formation. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 53rd Wing Public Affairs, 01/30/17)

Fort Rucker gets C-12S
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker’s Air Traffic Services Command last week welcomed the
newest addition to its fleet, a new C-12S aircraft. At the same time it bid goodbye to its
predecessor, a JC-12D. Col. Michael E. Demirjian, ATSCOM commander, said the new C-
12S is the only one in the Army’s inventory. C-12S is a fully deployable aircraft capable of
supporting the warfighter with the latest aircraft survivability equipment. The twin-engine
turboprop is a military variant of the Beechcraft Super King Air and Beechcraft 1900.
(Source: Army Flier via Dothan Eagle, 01/26/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $62.5M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a fixed-price incentive firm
modification (FA8672-17-C-0010) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract
FA8672-10-C-0002 for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB II). Contractor will provide low-rate initial
production for 312 SDB II Lot 3 munitions, 413 SDB II Lot 3 single weapon containers, 20
weapon conversions for guided test vehicles, 20 production reliability incentive
demonstration effort captive vehicles, 24 SDB II Lot 3 weapon load crew
trainers/conventional munitions maintenance trainers, and data. Work will be performed at
Tucson and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017 missile procurement
funds in the amount of $62,489,678 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, 01/27/17)

Contract: General Dynamics, $8M
General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc., Lincoln, Neb., has been awarded
an $8,054,853 firm-fixed-price contract for production of the BLU-129/B warhead case
assemblies. Work will be performed at Lincoln and is expected to be complete by Jan. 27,
2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with five offers received. Fiscal
2016 and 2017 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $8,054,853 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-C-17-0129). (Source: DoD, 01/27/17)

Contract: PAE, $9.2M
PAE Applied Technologies LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $9,215,081
modification (P00131) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA3010-13-C-
0007 for base operations support services. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force
Base, Miss., and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $6,481,200 are being obligated at the time of award.
The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 01/26/17)

T-X partnership ends
Raytheon and Leonardo will no longer jointly pursue the U.S. Air Force's T-X trainer
competition. The companies made the announcement Wednesday, saying the "companies
were unable to reach a business agreement that is in the best interest of the U.S. Air
Force." It does not rule out Leonardo continuing to pursue the T-X competition with its T-
100 offering, based on the M-346. Tensions have existed between the two companies over
the business arrangement for the plane, with the partnership in danger during the fall
before an Oct. 14 meeting seemed to clear the air. Sources tell Defense News the issue has
focused on where the work on the plane would actually be done. Leonardo was originally
teamed with General Dynamics on the T-100, but GD dropped out in March 2015. The
withdrawal narrows the field of competitors to Boeing with Saab, Lockheed Martin and
Korean Aerospace, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems; and Sierra Nevada and TAI. The
Air Force last month released a request for proposals. (Sources: DefenseNews, Inside
Defense, 01/25/17) Gulf Coast note: Raytheon in October 2016 had chosen a 130-acre site
near the airport in Meridian, Miss., as the final assembly facility. (Post)

Contract: BAE, $24.4M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded
$24,387,949 for modification P00021 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(N00421-16-C-0035) for about 568,551 hours of logistics services and incidental materials
in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications
Mission Solutions Division to support command, control, communications, computers and
intelligence projects. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Va. (30 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (19 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (15 percent); Panzer Kaserne, Germany (15 percent);
Fayetteville, N.C. (10 percent); Afghanistan (6 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (3
percent); Homestead, Fla. (1 percent); and Fort Bliss, Texas (1 percent), and is expected to
be completed in January 2018. Fiscal 2017 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of
$325,000 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/24/17)

Bombs away over Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and released the Air
Education and Training Command’s first live bombs from an F-35A here, January 17. Six
aircraft were loaded with armed GBU-12s, and two bombs were released over the Eglin
range. The GBU-12 is a 500-pound laser guided bomb. The F-35 can carry a combined
payload of 2.3K pounds of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions internally, with an extended
capacity of munitions on each wing. While this is the first live bomb to be loaded into an F-
35A here, weapons personnel also regularly load the 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct
Attack Munition and the AIM-120 missile as part of their training and readiness. (Source:
33rd Fighter Wing, 01/20/17)

Eglin announces road closures
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The 96th Test Wing is scheduled to conduct testing on the
Eglin range complex requiring the closure of State Roads 85, 123 and 285. Testing will take
place Jan. 25. The road should not be closed more than about 90 minutes at a time,
between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. A backup mission is scheduled Jan. 27 during the same
timeframe in the event testing is cancelled Jan. 25, with a subsequent backup mission, if
required, scheduled for Jan. 31. (Source: 96th Test Wing, 01/18/17) Update: Eglin’s testing
schedule for Jan. 25, along with backup dates, has been canceled. (Source: Eglin, 01/20/17)

Aeromedical conference wraps up
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- More than 300 aeromedical specialists attended a week-long
conference at Naval Air Station Pensacola designed to provide participants with the latest
information regarding aerospace medicine. Rear Adm. Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle,
commander of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command, was among the
featured speakers hosted by the Pensacola-based Navy Medicine Aerospace Medical
Institute. Capt. Joseph LaVan, NAMI officer in charge, noted the event was a critical
component in maintaining the continued excellence of Navy Medicine's aerospace
community. (Source: Navy Medicine Operational Training Center 01/13/17)

Allegiant makes VPS a hub
VALPARAISO, Fla. – Allegiant Air, which began service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
(VPS) in May, has decided to make the airport its hub, it was announced Tuesday. It’s
expected to add 60 jobs to the local economy. Basing two A320 jetliners at the airport will
allow it to add 11 new destinations to the six it already offers. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 011017)

SLS inches forward
NEW ORLEANS -- The first fully-welded Space Launch System core stage propellant tank
was recently moved to its proof testing facility at the Michoud Assembly Facility to begin final
preparations for the first set of tests. The liquid hydrogen (LH2) qualification tank will be a
pathfinder for core stage prime contractor Boeing and NASA to begin validating the newly-
assembled core stage hardware, along with the facilities, testing procedures, and analytical
models that will help qualify the design and development of the stage for its first flight. The
LH2 qualification tank was rolled from the Final Assembly area of Building 103 to Building
451, a test facility at MAF away from the main assembly area, on Dec. 10. (Source: NASA
Spaceflight, 01/09/17) In another SLS-related milestone, NASA engineers have completed
construction of a test stand 4693, NASA’s largest SLS test stand, at Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala. The stand will be used to ensure SLS’s liquid hydrogen tank can
withstand the extreme forces of launch and ascent. (Source: Space Daily, 01/10/17)

James: F-35, A-10 needed
Outgoing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the United States needs the F-35
and A-10, two warplanes that have polarized debate during her tenure. President-elect
Donald Trump asked Boeing to price out a comparable F/A-18, but James notes that while
the F/A-18 "is a very fine fourth-generation fighter," the F-35 "is a cut above anything the
pilots have seen before, and we need it and we want it in the inventory." As for the A-10,
last year the Air Force backed off plans for its early retirement, saying it was needed in the
campaign against the Islamic State. (Source: Defense One, 01/06/17)

Hurlburt Ospreys' flyover
The 8th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will conduct a CV-22 Osprey
flyover at the start of the Alabama-Clemson college national championship game in Tampa,
Fla., Monday night. The two-ship flyover is planned prior to kickoff at the end of the national
anthem. The CV-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft with vertical takeoff, hover and vertical
landing qualities but the long range and speed of a turboprop aircraft. (Source: 8th SOS
media release 01/09/17)

Southwest expands ECP service
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) announced two
new nonstop Southwest flights to Austin, Texas, and Chicago-Midway, bringing the number
of nonstop and one-stop destinations available to more than a dozen. Enhanced nonstop
service on Southwest begins in June with flights scheduled through the summer season.
Southwest is also increasing flight frequency on routes to Nashville, Houston and Dallas
throughout the summer season. (Source: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport,
01/05/17)

F-35 turning corner
As Ash Carter’s tenure as U.S. defense secretary draws to a close, he believes all the work
done to fix the F-35 program is finally paying off. In 2010 the program was in trouble after
racking up $13.5 billion in cost overruns and a six-year delay. Something had to be done.
After seven years of hard work on the government and industry sides, it’s now paying off.
Costs are coming down year after year, and the Marines and airmen beginning to operate
the F-35B and F-35A say they’re awed by its capabilities. There are still challenges, but
Carter says the F-35 is unequivocally the best fighter in the world. (Source: Aerospace
Daily and Defense Report, 01/04/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center and reprogramming lab.

Southwest expands PNS service
PENSACOLA, Fla. — Southwest Airlines will offer additional services and routes this
summer at Pensacola International Airport (PNS). New, non-stop weekend service to Denver
International Airport (DEN) will run June 30-August 14. Southwest is also renewing its
seasonal service to both Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Dallas Love Field
(DAL) with an increase in frequency: daily non-stop to Kansas City; and twice Saturday and
once Sunday flights to Dallas. Southwest service to and from PNS  is now 34 flights per
week. (Source: City of Pensacola, 01/05/17)

Airbus Mobile gearing up
MOBILE, Ala. – Life has changed for the employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing
Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex. Slowly but surely, the only plant making A320 series jetliners
in the United States is moving towards the goal of four aircraft per month, a mark expected
to be reached this year. It produced its first plane, an A321, last year and is doing about two
a month right now. A feature story. (Source: al.com, 01/02/17)