Gulf Coast aerospace
DECEMBER 2017

Contract: Boeing, $18.1M
The Boeing Co., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been awarded an $18,100,000 modification
(P00010) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8509-16-C-0001) for the
integrated sustainment support of the AC-130U gunships. This modification provides for the
continuation of services for the development, modification, sustainment and maintenance of
the AC-130U gunship. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the
contract to $55,097,463. Work will be performed in Fort Walton Beach; Hurlburt Field, Fla.;
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan; and Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, with an expected
completion date of Dec. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $5,900,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
12/15/17)

50th Mobile-built jet delivered
MOBILE, Ala. -- Less than two years after Airbus delivered the first A320 family aircraft from
its Airbus A320 Family U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, the company today delivered
its 50th aircraft. The A321, designated MSN 7943, was delivered to Delta Air Lines. The
milestone was celebrated by the facility’s employees, as well as Airbus Americas Chairman
Allan McArtor and members of the Delta Air Lines delivery team. (Source: Airbus, 12/15/17)

Delta orders 100 A321s
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines today placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the A321neo
aircraft, most of which will be built at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Ala.
The planes, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines, will be
ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) versions. The A321neo ACF introduces new door
and fuselage enhancements allows airlines to make best use of the cabin space with a
range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. Delta’s announcement on the A321neo ACF follows
several orders in recent years for the current engine option (ceo) version of the A321. Delta
has ordered a total of 117 A321ceos, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM
International. The A321 is the largest member of the A320 family, seating up to 240
passengers. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances, and cabin
innovations, the A321neo will offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption of 20 percent
by 2020. With more than 5,300 orders received from 96 customers since its launch in 2010,
the A320neo family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Delta has
taken delivery of 13 U.S.-manufactured Airbus aircraft since last year.  In addition, the 50th
aircraft to be produced by the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility will be delivered to Delta
later this week. The Mobile factory produces four aircraft per month for delivery to Airbus’ U.
S. customers. Plans for further production ramp up are currently being discussed. (Source:
Airbus, 12/14/17)

Final RS-25 test of 2017
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers capped a year of Space Launch
System testing with a final RS-25 rocket engine hot fire on Dec. 13 at Stennis Space Center
in South Mississippi. The 400-second test on the A-1 Test Stand was a “green run” test of
an RS-25 flight controller. It marked the eighth RS-25 test of the year and the sixth flight
controller to be tested for use on NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) vehicle. The
engine tested also included a large 3D-printed part scheduled for use on future RS-25 flight
engines. The part, a beach ball-sized pogo accumulator assembly, is a complex piece of
hardware that acts as a shock absorber to dampen vibrations, or oscillations, caused by
propellants as they flow between the vehicle and the engine. Initial reports show the 3D-
printed hardware performed as expected, opening the door for more components
scheduled for future tests. (Source: NASA/SSC, 12/13/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,526,153 fixed-price-incentive-
firm target and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00069) to a previously awarded contract
(FA8675-15-C-0022) to provide form-fit-function replace hardware assets to include
guidance sections and integrated test vehicles under the advanced medium-range air-to-air
missile lots 28-30 production. Work will be performed in Tucson with an expected
completion date of Dec. 31, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan,
Norway, Romania, Turkey and Australia. Fiscal 2017 production funds in the amount of
$2,888,509; and fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $3,813,044
are being obligated at time of award, all remaining funding is from foreign military sales. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/06/17)

Contract: UTC, $6.7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., has been awarded a
ceiling $6,700,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F119 engine
sustainment. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Conn.; Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif.; Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Hill Air Force
Base, Utah; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Nellis Air Force
Base, Nev.; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; and Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla., with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2025. This contract was a
sole-source acquisition. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(FA8611-18-D-2850). (Source: 12/14/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $79.4M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$79,387,452 firm-fixed-price contract for contractor operated and maintained base supply
of the Air Education and Training Command fleet of 178 T-1A trainer aircraft. Work will be
performed at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air
Force Base, Okla.; Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.,
with an expected completion date of June 7, 2018. This contract was a competitive
acquisition, and three offers were received. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds
in the amount of $1,502,988 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Tinker AFB, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8106-18-C-0001).
(Source: DoD, 12/08/17)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $10.3M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$10,253,906 firm-fixed-price modification (P00168) to a previously awarded contract
(FA8106-09-C-0001) for logistics support of the T-1A aircraft. Services include contractor-
operated maintained supply, over and above, on-equipment maintenance, data and field
service representatives. Work will be performed at Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Columbus
Air Force Base, Miss.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas; Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph,
Texas; and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.; with an expected completion date of March
31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,253,906 are
being obligated at time of award. Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 12/06/17)

Contract: Boeing, $10.5M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $10,521,827 firm-fixed-price contract
for laser small diameter bombs. Work will be performed in St. Louis with an expected
completion date of March 6, 2019.  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of
$10,521,827 are being obligated at the time of award.  This contract was a sole-source
acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8656-18-D-0130). (Source: DoD, 12/07/17)

96th Cyberspace Group activated
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force’s first and only group dedicated to
assessing and addressing digital systems’ operation and security was activated Monday at
Eglin Air Force Base. The new 96th Cyberspace Test Group, now part of Eglin’s 96th Test
Wing, was formed from the 46th Test Squadron, already at Eglin, along with the 45th Test
Squadron, the 47th Cyberspace Test Squadron and a handful of other, smaller units at Air
Force bases around the country. Col. Bryan Choi, who has served in a variety of
intelligence, test and acquisition assignments, formally took command of the new group.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 12/04/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $23M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $22,999,282
modification (P000012) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-
0045) to procure 53,164 level-of-effort hours to support air system software integration and
53,122 level-of-effort hours to support flight test operations in support of the F-35 aircraft
platform for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (40 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (30
percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in in
February 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Navy and Marine
Corps); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of $22,999,282 will be obligated
at time of award, $18,392,066 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (40 percent); U.S. Navy; (20 percent); the
Marine Corps (20 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (20 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/04/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: L3 Vertex, $37.6M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a
$37,606,934 not-to-exceed modification (P00022) to a previously awarded firm-fixed price,
indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011). This modification provides
for additional organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and
engineering services to support and maintain approximately 200 Navy T-45 Goshawk
aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment to support flight and test and
evaluation operations. In addition, this modification provides for equipment, tools, direct
material, and indirect material in support of Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related
support equipment. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas
(45.7 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.7 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent);
and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (2.5 percent), and is expected to be completed September
2018. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task
orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Orlando,
Florida, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/04/17)

SSC seeks partner for park
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA has opened a search for a non-federal partner to
lead in development of a 1,100-acre technology corridor called Enterprise Park at Stennis
Space Center (SSC) near Bay St. Louis, Miss. An official Notice of Availability has been
posted at FedBizOpps.gov, with responses due on Jan. 12, 2018. SSC has scheduled an
Industry Day on Feb. 7, 2018, where interested parties can learn more about the park. The
objective is to find a private or public entity to enter into a partnership with NASA to lead in
the multi-phased development and long-term operation of the park at the nation’s largest
rocket engine test facility. The test facilities are used by both government and commercial
operations. SSC is home to more than 40 federal, state, academic and commercial entities
with a combined workforce of 5,000. The Enterprise Park is designed to enable private
sector participation in space exploration, to support commercial space transportation
activities, to promote commercial development of technologies for use in space and on
Earth, and to provide opportunities for companies and other organizations to co-locate at
Stennis to support the missions of existing federal city tenants at SSC. Recent master
planning efforts identified a need for a technology park area at SSC, and the first phase of
the Enterprise Park focuses on 1,100 acres identified as the most development-ready. The
property is located on the northern edge of the 13,800-acre secured area and includes
sites both inside and outside the security perimeter. (Source: NASA/SSC, 12/04/17)

Engine coating facility opened
ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Praxair, Inc. and GE Aviation on Friday opened a new facility for their
PG Technologies business, which specializes in advanced coatings that enable jet engines
to withstand higher temperatures and stresses. PG Technologies is a joint venture between
Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., and GE
Aviation. The 300,000 square-foot facility is expected to employ at least 250 people to meet
demand for the latest generation of jet engines, including the GE9X and the CFM LEAP.
(Source: Praxair and GE Aviation, 12/01/17)

Leadership change
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- The Center for Naval Aviation Technical
Training (CNATT) Det. Whiting Field held a change of charge ceremony at the Naval Air
Station Whiting Field atrium, Dec. 1. Cmdr. Steven Bryant turned over responsibilities of the
detachment to Cmdr. Timothy Ryan during the event where Capt. Eric J. Simon, CNATT
commanding officer served as the presiding officer. During Bryant's year-long tour, he
oversaw the delivery of more than 5,000 hours of naval aviation maintenance, ordnance,
and supply training for 400 graduating students. (Source: NNS, 12/01/17)

Contract: Bering Sea Env., $8.9M
Bering Sea Environmental LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded an $8,942,370
modification (P00017) to a previously awarded contract (FA4890-16-C-00017), for Air
Combat Command's air combat training system operations and maintenance. Work will be
performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base, N.C.; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Tyndall Air
Force Base, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.; Dyess Air
Force Base, Texas; Royal Singaporean Air Force Mountain Home and Mountain Home Air
Force Base, Idaho; Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England; Spangdahlem Air Base,
Germany; and Aviano Air Base, Italy, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2020.
This modification involves 2 percent foreign military sales to Singapore. Fiscal 2018
operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award. ACC,
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Hampton, Virginia, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 12/01/17)

Contract: Cubic, $14.8M
Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $14,823,747 firm-
fixed-price, cost-reimbursable multiyear contract for contractor logistics support. This
contract provides for comprehensive, effective, and quality contractor logistics support for
the Saudi Arabian P5 combat training system to sustain operational tempos currently
located at several bases in Saudi. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, with an expected
completion date of Feb 28, 2022. This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales
to Saudi Arabia. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $14,823,747 are being
obligated at time of award. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-18-C-
0009). (Source: DoD, 12/01/17)

MAF simulates engine install
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Engineers at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans
are using a pathfinder RS-25 engine to practice the installation of engines on the Core
Stage of the Space Launch System (SLS). Each core will receive four RS-25s, currently
undergoing test firings at the Stennis Space Center, ahead of a path that will see them
being shipped to MAF. The installation of all four RS-25s on the Core Stage will be a major
milestone on the path to Exploration Mission -1, the first launch of SLS. Test firings at the
Stennis Space Center (SSC) continue to serve toward the readiness of that milestone, with
the first four flight engines now closing in on shipping to MAF to be installed on Core Stage
-1 (CS-1). Those engines, all Space Shuttle veterans, are E2045 in position 1, E2056 in
position 2, E2058 in position 3, and E2060 in position 4. All four of these RS-25s will remain
at SSC until MAF engineers have completed the work on CS-1. The latest schedule shows
the four engines will make the journey to New Orleans in May of next year. (Source: NASA
Spaceflight, 11/30/17)

Gunship crew wins Mackay
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Fourteen AC-130U gunship crewmembers provided close-air-support to
a U.S. Special Forces team and 43 Afghan soldiers near Kunduz, Afghanistan Nov. 2, 2016.
The crew's persistent fire support, presence of mind and courage during two hours of
intense combat ultimately saved 50 lives. For their actions the aircrew of the AC-130U
gunship known as "Spooky 43" were presented the 2016 Mackay Trophy by Air Force Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson at an awards ceremony in Arlington Nov. 29, 2017.
The crew is based out of Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Mackay Trophy was first awarded in 1912
and honors the most meritorious Air Force flight of the previous year. (Source: AFNS,
12/01/17)


NOVEMBER 2017

Contract: UTC, $353.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $353,208,847 fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-
fee modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract (N00019-17-C-0010). This
modification provides for performance based logistics sustainment in support of the F-135
propulsion system in support of the F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft for the Navy, Air Force,
Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military
Sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for maintenance of support equipment,
common program activities, unique and common base recurring sustainment, repair of
repairable, field service representatives, common replenishment spares, conventional take-
off and landing/carrier variant F-135 unique maintenance services, and short take-off and
landing F-135 unique services. Work will be performed in East Hartford (73 percent);
Oklahoma City, Okla. (18 percent); Camari, Italy (3 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (2
percent); Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (1 percent); Hill Air Force Base, Utah (1 percent);
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (1 percent); and Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, S.C. (1
percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2018. Fiscal 2017 aircraft and
procurement (Navy and Marine Corp); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal
2018 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp) funds, non-U.S. DoD
participants; and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $306,451,000 are being
obligated on this award, $97,383,008 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (39 percent); Marine Corps; (29
percent); Navy (7 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants (18 percent); and FMS customers (7
percent), under the FMS Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/30/17)

Tyndall chosen for MQ-9 Wing
The Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as the preferred location for
hosting a new MQ-9 Reaper Wing with 24 remotely piloted aircraft. Vandenberg AFB, Calif.,
is considered a reasonable alternative. The wing will be composed of an operations group
with mission control elements as well as a launch and recovery capability, and a
maintenance group. “We selected Tyndall Air Force Base because it was the best location
to meet the unique requirements of the MQ-9 Reaper," Secretary of the Air Force Heather
Wilson said. That includes fewer aircraft competing for air space, nearby training ranges,
great weather and lower up-front costs, Wilson added. Based on current projections,
Airmen are expected to begin arriving at the new location as early as 2020. The first aircraft
are expected to arrive in 2022. (Source: Air Force Public Affairs, 11/28/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $37.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,716,883
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0003) to
exercise an option for software conversions for structure and systems datasets in support of
Lot 10 production for the F-35 joint strike fighter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas (58 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (42 percent), and is expected to be
completed in June 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); fiscal
2017 (Air Force and Navy); and non-DoD participants funds in the amount of $37,716,883
are being obligated at time of award, $7,540,359 of which expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: Do, 11/27/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Kaman, $85.2M
Kaman Precision Products, Orlando, Fla.; Middletown, Conn., has been awarded a
$85,169,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee contract for delivery of lot 13 of the joint
programmable fuze, FMU-52 and corresponding production, test and engineering support.
Work will be performed in Orlando and Middletown with an expected completion date of Feb.
28, 2019. This contract involves 26 percent foreign military sales to Bahrain, Belgium, Chile,
Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman,
Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Fiscal 2017
procurement funds in the amount of $85,169,000 are being obligated at time of award. This
contract was a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA868118C0009). (Source: DoD, 11/27/17)

Crestview Aerospace up for sale
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- L3 Crestview Aerospace, an aeronautical manufacturer that employs
more than 500 people at its facilities in Crestview, is up for sale, according to a company
spokesman. The Crestview plant manufactures and modifies cabins, fuselages, tail booms
and other parts for commercial and military aircraft. L3 Crestview Aerospace also includes a
plant in Chihuahua, Mexico, that produces sheet metal and parts for commercial aircraft
structures. It’s part of a move by New York-based L3 Technologies to focus on more
profitable businesses.” L3 initially announced its intent to sell Vertex Aerospace, which
includes Crestview Aerospace, a couple of weeks ago. The announcement that Crestview
Aerospace is for sale does not mean that layoffs or other job actions at the company’s local
facility are imminent, said L3 spokesman Lance Martin. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily
News, 11/21/17)

Contract: Raytheon, $59.7M
Raytheon Co. - Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $59,725,813 combined
firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contract for Enhanced Paveway II's support
equipment and support hours. Work will be performed at Tucson, with an expected
completion date of Feb. 28, 2019. This was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 and 2018
procurement funds in the amount of $59,725,813 are being obligated at time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8681-18-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 11/22/17)

SLS/Orion behind the scenes
WIRED takes a look behind the scenes at five NASA facilities, including Michoud and
Stennis Space Center, to capture how engineers build and test in preparation for the 2019
launch of the most powerful rocket ever built, the Space Launch System. (Source: WIRED,
December 2017)

Martin nominated for promotion
Air Force Col. Michael E. Martin has been nominated for appointment to the rank of
brigadier general. Martin is currently serving as the commander, 24th Special Operations
Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. His was among a series
of appointments made by the president and announced last week by Secretary of Defense
Jim Mattis. (Source: DoD, 11/16/17)

Contract: Arete, $7.5M
Arête Associates, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $7,455,192 cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to a previously awarded contract (N61331-11-C-0007) to provide Coastal
Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) program systems support for the
AN/DVS-1 COBRA Block 1 system and support equipment. The primary mission of AN/DVS-
1 COBRA program is to conduct unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in littoral
battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf zone and
beach zone prior to amphibious assault. For the base contract, statutory authority
permitting other than full and open competition used was 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(5)
(authorized or required by statute (PL 106-554 SBIR)). Work will be performed in Tucson
and is expected to be completed by December 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development,
test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,625,005 will be obligated at time of
award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
11/20/17)

Appointment announced
Air Force Col. William W. Whittenberger Jr. has been nominated for appointment to the rank
of brigadier general. Whittenberger is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the
director of strategic plans, programs and requirements, U.S. Air Force Special Operations
Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. His was among a series of appointments made by the
president and announced today by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. (Source: DoD,
11/15/17)

Stratolaunch to test at SSC
An agreement to do engine testing at a NASA center in South Mississippi is the latest sign
that Stratolaunch is considering developing its own launch vehicle for its giant aircraft,
according to an article in Space News. The Space Act Agreement between Stratolaunch
and NASA’s Stennis Space Center, signed Sept. 13, covers “reimbursable testing and
related support services to Stratolaunch to support propulsion, vehicle, and ground support
system development and testing activities.” NASA published the agreement on its website
as part of a provision in a NASA authorization act signed into law this year to disclose such
agreements. An annex to that agreement specifies that it involves “testing of its propulsion
system test article element 1” at Stennis’s E1 test stand. That facility has supported engine
tests by a number of companies in the past under similar agreements that provide access to
test stands there on a non-exclusive basis. Stratolaunch plans to deliver the test article to
Stennis for “fit tests and checkouts” by the end of May 2018, with the test series completed
by the end of 2018. Stratolaunch will pay NASA $5.1 million under the reimbursable
agreement to cover costs of the test campaign, including an upfront payment of $1 million.
(Source: Space News, 11/15/17)

Mobile has role in huge order
MOBILE, Ala. – The A320 assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex, which was already
scheduled to build jetliners for Frontier Airlines starting next year, will now build even more
thanks to a major deal between Airbus and Indigo Partners. A memorandum of
understanding was signed between Airbus and Indigo Partners for 430 additional A320neo
aircraft. The commitment is comprised of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth $49.5
billion at list price. The agreement was announced at the Dubai Airshow. When added to
existing A320 series orders, the new agreement will make Indigo partners one of the largest
customers by order number for Airbus single-aisle aircraft. Airlines in the Indigo Partners
family previously have placed orders for 427 A320 family aircraft. “Any A320 order placed
anywhere in the world is good for Mobile because it means a strong order book and
solidifies the U.S. Manufacturing Facility’s role in Airbus’ global production network,” wrote
Kristi Tucker of Airbus’ Mobile operation. “It’s extra special when there’s a direct connection
to the order, such as this one.” (Source: GCAC, Airbus, 11/15/17)

Airbus nears historic deal
Airbus SE is nearing the biggest deal in its history, negotiating to sell 430 A320neo single-
aisle planes valued at more than $40 billion to U.S. investor Indigo Partners, people familiar
with the matter said. The aircraft would go to airlines in Indigo’s investment portfolio:
Frontier Airlines, Mexico’s Volaris, European carrier Wizz Air Holdings and JetSmart, which
began operating this year in Chile. The Airbus-Indigo transaction is set to be announced
Wednesday. Airbus builds the A320 family of jetliners in Toulouse, France; Hamburg,
Germany; Tianjin, China; and Mobile, Ala. (Source:Bloomberg, 11/14/17)

V-22 fleet tops 40,000 flight hours
The Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has
surpassed the 400,000-flight hour milestone, Bell Helicopter and Boeing said today. The V-
22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the United
States Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations Command in 2009. It has seen
extensive action in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as part of a U.S. Central Command Special Purpose Marine
Air Ground Task Force supporting a long-range rapid reaction/crisis response force. The
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multirole combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor
technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of
a fixed-wing aircraft. With its nacelles and rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and
hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transition the aircraft to
a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. (Source: Boeing, 11/14/17)

Contract: Boeing, $11.3M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $11,266,057 modification (P00176)
to a previously awarded contract (FA8678-10-C-0100) for QF-16 full-scale aerial target lot
5B. Work will be performed in St. Louis, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2021.
Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $11,266,057 are being obligated at time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/13/17)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $10M
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $10,056,839 for modification P00008 to
a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0112, placed against basic ordering
agreement N00019-12-G-0006. This modification provides for field representative and
logistics support services in support of the V-22 aircraft for the government of Japan. Work
will be performed at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (11 percent); and
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $10,056,839 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/13/17)

Blue Angels get new leader
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – Capt. Ryan Bernacchi turned over command of
the Navy Blue Angels to Cmdr. Eric Doyle at a ceremony Sunday at the Blue Angels Atrium
inside the National Naval Aviation Museum. About 500 people attended the event. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 11/13/17)

C Series impact outlined
Bombardier Inc. is forecasting it plans to spend $300 million on its C Series assembly facility
in Mobile, Ala., creating as many as 2,000 jobs in the U.S. Airbus and Canada-based
Bombardier announced in October that they had agreed to form a partnership to build
Bombardier's C Series passenger jets in Mobile. The C series project would create 400 to
500 direct jobs and 550 to 700 indirect jobs at supplier and support companies. The
forecast was part of a regulatory filing. Still to be determined is the fate of the proposed
import duties of 300 percent on the C Series tentatively imposed by the U.S. Department of
Commerce in response to a price-dumping claim made by Boeing. (Sources: multiple,
including Montreal Gazette, 11/08/17; al.com, 11/09/17; Witchita Business Journal,
11/10/17)

Infinity gets Apollo module display
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- An early artifact of America's moonshot program is now on display
in Mississippi. Infinity Science Center is displaying the command module from Apollo 4, an
unmanned 1967 mission that successfully demonstrated the full Saturn V rocket and the
capsule that would carry men to the moon. The 9-hour mission showed the rocket's third
stage would restart and that the command module's heat shield would withstand re-entry
into the Earth's atmosphere. The command module is on long-term loan from the
Smithsonian Institution's National Air & Space Museum. The display is part of a redesign of
the museum's space exhibits. The Saturn V rocket was among those tested at neighboring
Stennis Space Center. The 8,000-pound module was stored for five years at Stennis out of
public view. (Source: multiple, including AP via WREG-TV, Jackson FreePress, 11/06/17,
Sun Herald, 11/10/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $34.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $34,622,661 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for weapons capabilities technology
maturation and risk reduction pre-engineering, manufacturing and development activities
for dual-capability F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft and small-diameter bomb 2
(SDB-II) in support of the Marine Corps and Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2018. Fiscal 2017 research, development,
test and evaluation funds in the amount of $6,000,000 are being obligated at the time of
award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not
competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1004).
(Source: DoD, 11/09/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Checkered Flag 18-1 begins
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Personnel and equipment from Air Force installations
across the country have converged on Tyndall Air Force Base in Northwest Florida to
participate in Checkered Flag 18-1, a two-week, large-scale exercise that integrates the war-
fighting capabilities of fourth-and fifth-generation aircraft. It’s being held with the
concurrently running Weapons Systems Evaluation Program, Combat Archer. Tyndall is
hosting the 525th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; 131st
Fighter Squadron, Barnes Municipal Air National Guard Base, Mass.; 393th Fighter
Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; 79th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force
Base, S.C.; 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; 509th Bomb Wing,
Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; and 116th ACW, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. “What we
have in our Checkered Flag airspace is an over water range that affords us the opportunity
to be fully supersonic down to the ground,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Lee, 44th Fighter
Group deputy commander and Checkered Flag 18-1 Air Expeditionary Wing vice
commander. “This is not a capability that we have on a large scale at any other ranges
within the United States.” The exercise wraps up Nov. 17. (Source: 325th Fighter Wing,
11/09/17)

Norway gets F-35 mission data file
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 53rd Electronic Warfare Group’s Partner Support
Complex delivered the F-35 mission data file to Norway Oct. 26. This is the first overseas
delivery of Block 3F mission data to a foreign nation and was accomplished in anticipation
of Norway’s first F-35s, which arrived last week and will be marked by a Nov.10 ceremony
there. The delivery of Block 3F mission data enables the F-35 to accomplish its primary
missions of air interdiction, close air support, and suppression and destruction of enemy air
defenses. Mission data files enable the aircraft to know what threats to search for and
when, providing the F-35 its means of deciphering the environment. The men and women of
the PSC are charged with programing this essential mission data software for eight F-35
partner nations, to include Norway, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, the
Netherlands, Turkey, and Denmark. (Source: 53rd Wing, 11/08/17)

Contract: Reliance Test, $48M
Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $48,000,000
modification (P00022) to a previously awarded contract (FA2486-16-C-0002) for Eglin
operation and maintenance services. The modification increases the government-provided
value of cost-reimbursable, contractor-acquired property for contract line item number
0005. Work will be performed at Eglin test and training complex, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
with an expected completion date of Sept. 30 2026. Fiscal 2018 research and development
funds in the amount of $48,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Awarded Nov. 7, 2017) (Source:
DoD, 11/08/17)

Bridenstine supports SLS, Orion
WASHINGTON — As the Senate Commerce Committee prepares to advance his nomination
as NASA administrator to the full Senate, Jim Bridenstine offered pledges of continuity for
many key agency programs. In response to questions submitted for the record by several
members of committee, Bridenstine said he believed the Space Launch System and Orion
programs are critical to the agency’s exploration plans, as well as contributions from
commercial space ventures. “SLS and Orion will serve as the backbone to our country’s
Deep Space exploration architecture,” Bridenstine said in response to a question from Sen.
Roger Wicker, R-Miss., about how those programs would fit into NASA’s long-term
exploration plans. He used the same language in similar questions from other senators
about the future of those programs. (Source: SpaceNews, 11/07/17) Gulf Coast note:
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, are both
involved in the SLS program as well as commercial space activities.

Airbus Americas getting new chief
HERNDON, Va. -- The leadership of European planemaker Airbus’ U.S. operations will
change early next year when C. Jeffrey Knittel becomes chairman and chief executive posts
at Airbus Americas. He will replace Airbus Americas CEO Barry Eccleston, who will retire on
Feb. 28, 2018. Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas, will remain with the company as
chairman emeritus. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership
experience to the position, will join the company at its Americas headquarters in Herndon
Jan. 12. (Source: Airbus, 11/07/17)

Terminal design to be shown
LAFAYETTE, La. – Design details for a new 120,000-square-foot, $90 million terminal at
Lafayette Regional Airport are being unveiled this week during the airport commission’s
regular meeting Wednesday. Lafayette Regional Airport was the fourth busiest in Louisiana
in 2016 in terms of enplanements, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, but
Airport Director Steven Picou said it operates with the smallest square-footage. “Every other
airport in the state of Louisiana that has air carrier operations has had a terminal remodel
or brand new terminal. Lafayette has not,” Picou said. “It’s kind of our turn.” (Source:
Acadiana Advocate, 11/06/17) The airport in Lafayette, site of a Bell Helicopter facility, is
along Interstate 10 west of New Orleans.

Contract: Raytheon, $17.3M
Raytheon Co. Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $17,255,491
modification (P00009) to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-15-C-0004) for High-
Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support (CLS)
services. The contract modification provides for HTS pod CLS depot repairs and
sustainment activities. Work will be performed in Tucson, with an estimated completion date
of Nov. 30, 2018. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$12,825,015 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 11/06/17)

Flying Jennies ready again
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The 815th Airlift Squadron on Friday completed its
quest to reach full operational capability, four years after the squadron’s future was
uncertain. The squadron and its C-130J Flying Jennies are again ready to deploy and
provide combat-ready airmen for airlift mission, said Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio, 815th AS
commander. As part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, the Air Force
announced plans to transfer 10 of the Air Force Reserve 403rd Wing's C-130J aircraft. But
two years later the Secretary of the Air Force reversed that recommendation, beginning the
programming and budgeting work to restore personnel and mission capability at Keesler.
The squadron trains weekly for this mission, and in honor of the squadron reaching FOC
status they did just that Friday and flew a three-ship formation. During the low-level tactical
flight, they practiced airdrops, flew with night vision goggles and performed other tasks to
prepare for missions in a deployed location, said Rubio. (Source: 403rd Wing Public Affairs,
11/05/17)

SOWELA gets new student center
LAKE CHARLES, La. -- SOWELA Technical Community College showcased its newest
addition Thursday, the Sycamore Student Center. SOWELA also introduced its newly
restored Boeing 727 instructional jet. The aircraft will be used to give hands-on training to
students in various aviation programs. The new student center provides a number of
services to students, including admissions, financial aid, enrollment and testing. (Source:
KPLC-TV, 11/02/17) The center near Chennault International Airport along the Interstate 10
corridor in Southwest Louisiana trains about 130 aviation-related students every year.

Training exercise slated
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Residents of Biloxi and Keesler Air Force Base may
hear an increase in noise this weekend due to a training exercise. The Air Force Reserve's
403rd Wing will hold the exercise on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the Unit Training
Assembly. Sirens, alarms and loudspeaker announcements will be used to simulate realistic
environments for personnel. Trainees will practice self-aid and buddy care, chemical
warfare detection, and the ability to survive and operate in a deployed environment.
(Source: WLOX-TV, 11/01/17)

PNS hits record, gets a new route
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Pensacola International Airport (PNS) reaches a new all-time high
serving 1,668,897 passengers during fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30,
2017). That’s the highest count in a decade. A year before the Great Recession, the airport’
s last passenger record was in FY07 when the airport served a total of 1,660,545
passengers. In addition to the record, PNS announced a second daily non-stop flight to
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) aboard American Airlines will be added
to the flight schedule in the spring. Beginning April 3, 2018, passengers will have the option
of booking a morning nonstop flight to DCA, in addition to the current afternoon non-stop
flight. (Source: City of Pensacola, 11/03/17)

NASA opportunities discussed
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dozens of interested business representatives gathered at a NASA
Business Forum that offered a chance to hear from experts involved in the business of
space. Officials from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Stennis Space Center and
NASA Shared Services in South Mississippi, as well as representatives from prime
contractors attended the event. The message: NASA is committed to handing out hundreds
of millions of dollars to small businesses every year, either through direct contracts or as
subcontractors to the primes. (Source: al.com, 11/02/17) The forum was at the
Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.

MAF adds tenant, jobs
NEW ORLEANS -- A new tenant is moving in and another expanding its footprint at Michoud
Assembly Facility in east New Orleans. The changes will add 45 new jobs at the facility.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May joined a
host of local and state officials Wednesday to announce the jobs and give an update on the
latest at Michoud Assembly Facility. In addition to the new jobs, state leaders announced
plans for an aerospace program at nearby Nunez Community College to train students for
careers at Michoud and other regional employers. Sinter Metal Technologies, a global
supplier of metal and ceramic parts that is based in Liechtenstein, announced Wednesday it
will move some of its operations into the facility. The company intends to invest $5 million in
a new sintering facility at Michoud to bond powder-based metals, material that will be used
to make strong precision parts. The plan will create 15 new jobs at an average salary of
$55,000 a year. Advanced Cutting Solutions, which specializes in kit-cutting tough materials
like fiberglass, Kevlar and dry carbon, also said it is expanding its presence at the facility,
adding 30 new jobs at an average salary of $40,000 a year. (Source: nola.com, 11/01/17)

Programmers recognized by AF
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 53rd Wing’s 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron was
awarded on Oct. 25 the Outstanding Scientist/Engineer Team of 2017 for their work on the
F-35A Initial Operational Capability delivery at Eglin Air Force Base. This Air Force Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math annual award recognizes the efforts and achievements
of scientists and engineers who make significant contributions to technology and
engineering. For the last seven years, 513th EWS airmen and sailors of the F-35’s U.S.
Reprogramming Laboratory have been doing just that. Supercomputers, referred to as
sensor fusion, make up the F-35’s brain. That brain provides the fighter with unique
capabilities, making it more lethal, survivable and adaptable than any fighter aircraft on
Earth, according to the Secretary of Air Force Public Affairs. However, without 513th EWS
personnel inputting critical mission data into the F-35, sensor fusion wouldn’t work as
intended. The aircraft wouldn’t know what threats to search for or when. In the electronic
warfare world, engineers refer to this ability to understand the world, the ability to sift
through stimuli and make informed decisions about how to react, as mission data software.
This software helps compile countless pieces of information about the environment the F-35
will fly into. It also creates within the F-35’s brain the means of deciphering that
environment. The men and women of the 513th EWS program this essential mission data
software, thus teaching the F-35 how to distinguish between stimuli and making it efficient,
intelligent and lethal. (Source: AFNS, 11/01/17)

New air service at VPS
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In May, travel between Okaloosa County and the nation’s
capital will be easier for hundreds of military contractors and active duty personnel. The first
non-stop American Airlines flights between Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and
Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport will take off 11:05 a.m. May 4, according
to a news release from the county. An earlier flight is scheduled to depart Washington D.C.
at 8:45 a.m. the same day, with arrival in Okaloosa County expected at 10:07 a.m., the
release said. The two flights will run daily. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 11/01/17)
The airport is located within Eglin Air Force Base.

Contract: UTC, $19.3M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being
awarded a $19,266,207 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee and
fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This modification provides
for procurement of extra-long-lead items in support of the low-rate initial production Lot XII F-
35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft production. The extra-long-lead items include group
hardware supporting the Lot XII delivery of conventional take-off and landing propulsion
systems for the Air Force, Navy, non-Department of Defense (non-DoD) participants, and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers, as well as group hardware supporting the Lot XII
delivery of short take-off and vertical landing propulsion systems for the Marine Corps.
Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and
Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2019.
Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps), non-DoD participant,
and FMS funds in the amount of $19,266,207, are being obligated on this award, none of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for
the Marine Corps (88.04 percent); non-DoD participants (9.86 percent); Air Force (1.49
percent); FMS (0.41 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program; and Navy d.0
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/01/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Multiple, $8.3B
Numerous companies, including UTS Systems LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (W911QY-18-
D-0161), will share in an $8,276,161,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-
incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and fixed-price-redetermination)
contract for Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition and Production and
Procurement program to support research and development of chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives defense systems, capabilities, equipment,
supplies and material. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 178 received. Work locations
and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 3,
2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/01/17)

Eglin conduction tests
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group is conducting
operations from Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 6-8 in the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay as
part of a Weapon System Evaluation Program. Between 8 a.m. and noon jets will be
releasing munitions about 20 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. The test are being
conducted within a cleared safety range. Between 1-5 p.m., about 30 boats traveling in
formation will transverse between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the U.S. Highway 331 Bridge,
including 10-to-20 miles south of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico, according to base officials.
The boat formation will be used as visual targets by military aircraft flying over the area.
Some boats will have fake deck guns and rocket launcher tubes, but no live weapons or
ammunition will be involved. The boats also will be using marine flares as visual markers.
(Source: News Herald, 10/27/17)


OCTOBER 2017

RR celebrates decade at SSC
Rolls-Royce on Friday celebrated 10 years at Stennis Space Center, Miss., where it
operates an outdoor jet engine test facility. The facility that tests jetliner engines was the
first of its kind for Rolls-Royce outside the United Kingdom. Rolls-Royce General Manager
Hamish Guthrie said the company employs 46 people locally, and expects that number to
rise in the future due to the demand of the company’s aircraft engines. According to
Guthrie, employees have logged more than 7,000 hours testing engines. (Sources:
Picayune Item, 10/28/17, WLOX-TV, 10/27/17) Rolls-Royce, which opened its first stand in
2007, added a second test stand in 2013.

Cyber test group to stand up
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force recently approved a new group standup as
part of the 96th Test Wing. The 96th Cyberspace Test Group will be formed from the
existing 46th Test Squadron, located here, and other test units at six separate geographic
locations throughout the U.S. The new group will include three subordinate squadrons: the
45th Test Squadron, 46th Test Squadron and the 47th Cyberspace Test Squadron.
Approximately 19 of 50 new positions are projected to be added to the group here over the
next five years.  In addition, a business and logistics division will be established here to
provide program management, budget and finance, as well as logistics, security and
information technology functions. The change brings current AFTC cyberspace test
capabilities under a single command structure of the newly formed group, but leaves all the
current jobs, missions and assets in place at their current operating locations. The group’s
formal activation ceremony is scheduled for December. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
10/26/17)

GAO: F-35 hurt by parts issue
The Pentagon is accelerating production of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet even though the
planes already delivered are facing “significantly longer repair times” than planned because
maintenance facilities are six years behind schedule, according to a draft audit. The
Government Accountability Office, Congress’s watchdog agency, found the time to repair a
part has averaged 172 days, twice the program’s objective. The shortages are “degrading
readiness” because the fighter jets “were unable to fly about 22 percent of the time” from
January through August for lack of needed parts. (Source: Bloomberg, 10/23/17) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Aviation museum among top 20
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola
was named one of the Top 25 museums across the globe by TripAdvisor as part of its 2017
Travelers’ Choice Awards. The NNAM ranked No. 16 on the list that included such well-
known museums as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Smithsonian Air and Space
Museum. The rankings are based on quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for
museums worldwide gathered by TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. (Source: EW Bullock,
10/12/17) The 350,000-square-foot museum on 37 acres has a variety of attractions and
more than 150 military aircraft representing the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

NASA awards construction contracts
NASA has awarded 24 Multiple Award Construction Contract Two (MACC-II) contracts to 20
small businesses and four large firms for general construction services at NASA's Stennis
Space Center and several other agency locations. It has an anticipated value not to exceed
$3 billion during an eight-year ordering period. MACC-II project work includes, but is not
limited to, alteration, modification, maintenance and repair, demolition, design-build and new
construction of buildings, facilities and real property at Stennis; NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston, including White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, N.M.; NASA's
Kennedy Space Center in Fla.; and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.,
including Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Businesses in the Gulf Coast region
awarded contracts are Healtheon and Pontchartrain Partners, both of New Orleans; ESA
South Inc., Cantonment, Fla.; Orocon Construction and WG Yates & Sons Construction Co.,
both of Biloxi, Miss.; Drace Construction Corp., Ocean Springs, Miss.; CCI Energy and
Construction Services, Shalimar, Fla.; and MOWA Barlovento JV-2, Gautier, Miss. (Source:
PRNewswire-USNewswire, 10/24/17)

Contract: Aermor, $93.5M
Aermor LLC, Virginia Beach, Va.; American Systems Corp., Chantilly, Va.; and Qualis Corp.,
Huntsville, Ala., have been awarded a $93,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center test services. The
contractors will provide advisory and assistance services in support of operational test and
evaluation that include a broad range of engineering, technical, and analytical services.
Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.;
Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Everett, Wash.; Hill Air Force
Base, Utah; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; and Peterson Air Force Base,
Colo., and is expected to be complete by Oct. 19, 2022. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition with three offers received. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test
and evaluation; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $30,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland
Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA7046-18-D-0001, FA7046-18-D-0002,
FA7046-18-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 10/20/17)

Contract: SpaceX, $40.8M
Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a
$40,766,512 modification (P00007) for the development of the Raptor rocket propulsion
system prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Work will be
performed at NASA Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Hawthorne, Calif.; McGregor, Texas; and
Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.; and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2018. Fiscal
2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $40,766,512 are
being obligated at the time of award. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space
and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8811-16-
9-0001). (Source: DoD, 10/19/17)

RS-25 tested at open house
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – More than 1,500 people watched a verification test of an
RS-25 rocket engine during an open house at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in South
Mississippi Thursday. The engine that was tested, engine E2063, is one of the engines that
will power the Space Launch System (SLS). The test was 500 seconds, the same duration
the engine will power during an actual launch. Engine E2063 is scheduled for use on NASA’
s second mission of SLS and Orion, known as Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). The first
integrated flight test of SLS and Orion, Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), will be an uncrewed
final test of the rocket and its systems. The EM-2 flight will be the first to carry astronauts
aboard the Orion spacecraft. (Source: NASA, 10/19/17)

Contract: Textron, $332.9M
Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems, New Orleans, La., has been awarded a
$332,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of up to 255 mobile strike force
vehicles and related fielding hardware and field representative services for system de-
processing. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and
funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 13,
2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-
18-D-0014). (Source: DoD, 10/18/17)

Contract: Lockheed, $11.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $11,566,000 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized delivery order 0144 against a previously issued basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides support for the first of class
flying trials and the release of the military permit to fly for F-35B aircraft to operate from
Queen Elizabeth class carriers in support of the government of the United Kingdom. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (68 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (26
percent); Orlando, Fla. (3 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (3 percent), and is expected to
be completed in March 2018. International partner funds in the amount of $5,783,000 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
10/17/17) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Airport gets new service
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Frontier Airlines today announced it will begin service from Pensacola
International Airport (PNS) this spring with nonstop, low-cost flights to Denver International
Airport (DEN) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as part of its nationwide
expansion. Service to Denver will begin April 22, 2018 while service to Chicago O’Hare is
scheduled to begin May 12, 2018. “This is a huge win for Pensacola and I look forward to a
long-term partnership and additional growth opportunities with Frontier Airlines,” said
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. (Source: City of Pensacola, 10/17/17)

VTMAE holding info session
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- VT MAE will host an information session Oct. 27 at 9:00 a.m. regarding
its current operations, upcoming hiring needs, employment application procedures, and
available subcontracting opportunities at its new aircraft maintenance facility being built at
Pensacola International Airport. The information session is at the Pensacola State College
Hagler Auditorium, which is Building 2, 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The event is for
subcontractors and those seeking employment opportunities. (Source: VTMAE via City of
Pensacola, 10/17/16)

Mobile getting another assembly line
Airbus SE agreed to acquire a majority stake in Canada’s Bombardier Inc.’s C Series jetliner
program, and will add another final assembly line for the C Series at its plant in Mobile, Ala.
The move breathes new life into a slow-selling C Series, a single-aisle plane typically
seating 108 to 160 passengers. Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement,
sales and marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series Aircraft Limited
Partnership (CSALP), the entity that manufactures and sells the C Series. At closing, Airbus
will acquire a 50.01 percent interest in CSALP. Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ)
will own approximately 31 percent and 19 percent respectively. CSALP’s headquarters and
primary assembly line and related functions will remain in Québec, with the support of
Airbus’ global reach and scale. Airbus’ global industrial footprint will expand with the Final
Assembly Line in Canada and additional C Series production at Airbus’ manufacturing site
in Alabama. Neither company will contribute cash to the venture at the closing, nor will the
combination assume any debt. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second
half of next year. “I have no doubt that our partnership with Bombardier will boost sales and
the value of this program tremendously,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders.
“Not only will this partnership secure the C Series and its industrial operations in Canada,
the U.K. and China, but we also bring new jobs to the U.S. Airbus will benefit from
strengthening its product portfolio in the high-volume single-aisle market, offering superior
value to our airline customers worldwide.” (Sources: Airbus, Bloomberg, 10/16/17)

Contract: Reliance Test, $27.3M
Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $27,255,000
modification (P00021) for Eglin operation and maintenance services. This contract
modification increases the value of cost-type contract line item numbers. Work will be
performed at Eglin Test and Training Complex, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected
to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the
amount of $7,661,368 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin
Air Force Base, is the contracting activity (FA2486-16-C-0002). (Source: DoD, 10/16/17)

Contract: Northrop, $15.2M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $15,246,550 for
modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-
C-0036) for the integration of the original equipment manufacturer ZPY-8A/N radar into the
MQ-8C Fire Scout. This modification includes the initial radar A-kit installations into the MQ-
8C Fire Scout and additional non-recurring engineering. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (54.28 percent); Ozark, Ala. (36.64 percent); San Diego (7.48 percent);
Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1.57 percent); and Santa Clarita, Calif. (.03 percent), and is
expected to be completed in May 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and
evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,345,854 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, 10/16/17)

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)