Gulf Coast aerospace
NOVEMBER 2018

Ground broken for new terminal
LAFAYETTE, La. – There was a ceremonial groundbreaking at Lafayette Regional Airport
for a new terminal. The airport was constructed in the 1950’s and got a facelift in the 80’s,
but after a record number of passengers in 2017, the expansion was considered necessary.
Steven Picou, Executive Director of the airport, said the current terminal can’t be easily
expanded, and the new one will be built with the future in mind. It will be 110,000 square feet,
larger than the current 62,000 square foot terminal. Construction will take about two-and-a-
half years. (Source: KLFY, 11/08/18)

Brookley Terminal 1 in sight
MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile Airport Authority Thursday gave conditional approval to two
contracts for development of a terminal at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. What is being
called “Terminal 1” would be used by low-cost carrier ViaAir and cost roughly $7 million - $5
million for the building and parking and the rest for FAA-required fencing and security. It
would bring commercial passenger service to the complex near downtown Mobile in six
months. The carrier plans to use Mobile Regional Airport, but wants to shift service to the
downtown airport. It’s the first step towards what might eventually be the wholesale
movement of passenger service from the Regional Airport to the downtown airport. The MAA
chose remodeling an existing building now used by Airbus over building a temporary
structure. (Source: al.com, 11/08/18)

Stratolaunch tests pre-burner
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Stratolaunch said it successfully tested a component of
its hydrogen-fuelled rocket engine with the pre-burner hot-fire test last week at NASA’s
rocket engine test facility in South Mississippi. The pre-burner serves as the smaller of two
combustion chambers in the hydrogen-fueled PGA rocket engine. The name PGA is from the
initials of the company's founder Paul G. Allen, who recently passed away. The Microsoft co-
founder launched the company with aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Burt Rutan in
2011 with the aim of providing flexible, low-cost access to space. Stratolaunch did not
disclose how long Friday’s firing lasted, but the company said the duration and power levels
of the preburner tests would be increased over the coming months. (Sources: Engadget,
11/07/18, Geekwire, 11/06/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $350M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $350,000,000 increase to an
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, JASSM-Extended Range, and any JASSM variant in
the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and
logistical support. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by
April 17, 2022. This award is the result of 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, 11/05/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $130.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aerospace Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$130,359,625 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive fee contract (N00019-
18-C-1004) in support of the F35 Block 4 Pre-modernization Phase II effort. This modification
provides for pre-modernization requirements decomposition and design work for Block 4.1
Partner participant weapon capabilities for maturation to an air system requirements review
level of maturity. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in
March 2020. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy); and
non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participant funding in the amount of
$90,505,737 will be obligated at time of award, $13,262,261 of which will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
($17,557,293; 13.5 percent); Navy ($14,223,730; 10.9 percent); Marine Corps
($14,223,730; 10.9 percent); and the non-U.S. DOD participants ($84,354,872; 64.7
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 11/02/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Airbus plans technical school
POINT CLEAR, Ala. – Airbus is working towards creating a technical school of its own that
would help provide it with the larger workforce it expects it will need with the ramp up of the
A320 production line and the new A220 production line. The new school was mentioned
Thursday during the Aerospace Alliance Annual Summit in Point Clear. The four-state
summit, which is in its 10th year, is being held at the Grand Hotel. Neal Wade of the
Aerospace Alliance said in his opening remarks that surveys all point to education as a top
critical need. Several speakers talked about the pressing need for workers in the aerospace
industry, which is dealing with growth of the industry and a workforce, from pilots to
mechanics, that is not keeping pace. Stephanie Burt, director of Human Resources for the
Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile Aeroplex, said Airbus currently has 480
direct employees and will be hiring 400 to 500 workers for the new A220 assembly line and
another 150 for the A320 line as production ramps up to meet customer demand. She said
that at this point Airbus has enough qualified applicants. “But we know with 700 jobs that are
going to saturate the market by us alone, we’re not going to be able to fill those jobs with the
local population,” she said. Airbus plans to create a technical school of its own, not to keep
people away from four-year or two-year colleges, but to create more opportunities for the
local and extended community who may not take the traditional college path. It would open
next year. She said it’s not going to be a technical school in the traditional sense of a two-
year college, but rather a place where someone who went to a two-year school could come
and be assessed over three- to five-week program before being put in a position at the plant
or “you come to us with nothing and in 12 weeks we have you capable to go out and do
some OJT (on-the-job-training).” The summit continues Friday. (Source: Gulf Coast
Reporters League, 11/01/18)


OCTOBER 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $64.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $64,290,305 modification to a
previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-C-1048) that exercises an
option to procure one lot of F-35 training devices for the Marine Corps. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Fla. (47 percent); Sterling, Va. (28 percent); Wilsonville, Oregon (7
percent); Cleveland, Ohio (4 percent); Reston, Va. (4 percent); Alameda, Calif. (3 percent);
London, United Kingdom (3 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (2 percent); and Tampa, Fla.
(2 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2021. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement
(Navy) funds in the amount of $64,290,305 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, 10/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $129.5M
Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $129,483,864
noncompetitive, cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract under a Foreign Military
Sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Under this new contract, the contractor
will provide maintenance and sustainment for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense
Batteries for UAE. The maintenance and sustainment scope of work includes software and
hardware development, contractor logistics support, engineering services, and missile field
surveillance. The work will be performed in Sunnyvale; Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, Ala.;
Anniston, Ala.; Troy, Ala.; Lakeland, Fla.; and the United Arab Emirates, with an expected
period of performance of Nov. 1, 2018, through July 2, 2021. One offer was solicited and
one offer was received. UAE FMS funds in the amount of $129,483,864 will be used to fund
this effort. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-19-C-
5001). (Source: DoD, 10/31/18)

Contracts: Multiple, $473M
ACR Technical Services Inc., Newport News, Va. (FA4890-19-D-1001); APRO International
Inc. Vienna, Va. (FA4890-19-D-1002); Goldbelt C6 LLC, Chesapeake, Va. (FA4890-19-D-
1003); Science and Management Resources Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (FA4890-19-D-1004); and
Yulista Support Services LLC, Huntsville, Ala. (FA4890-19-D-1005), have been awarded a
ceiling $473,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Air Force
Enterprise Contracted Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories Services II. This
contract provides Air Combat Command, the Air National Guard, and other major command
and combatant command customer management, supervision, personnel, equipment, tools,
materials and other items necessary to perform equipment calibrations by professional and
technical metrologists. Work will be performed at various Air Force bases in the continental U.
S. and outside the continental U.S., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2028. This
award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,300,000 will fund the current
requirement. Headquarters Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration
Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/18)

Contract: General Dynamics, $54.4M
General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a
$54,436,930 modification (P00023) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-
price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (W15QKN-15-D-0001). This modification
provides integrated logistics support for multiple foreign military sales (FMS) customers
using purchased Navy defense articles including weapon systems, various aircraft, and other
components procured under FMS programs. Work will be performed at Patuxent River, Md.
(52 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (11 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (2.5 percent); Pensacola, Fla.
(1.5 percent); Mechanicsburg, Pa. (1 percent); various locations within the continental U.S.
(4 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (28 percent), and is expected
to be completed in October 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be
obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/30/18)

MRO expansion MOU signed
ST Engineering and the city of Pensacola signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
for additional maintenance, repair and overhaul hangars at Pensacola International Airport,
adjacent to a 173,500 square-foot hangar that opened this summer. ST Engineering will
invest $35 million in the $210 million project. The MOU was signed Oct. 27 in Singapore.
Attending the signing was Mayor Ashton Hayward, Escambia County Commissioner Jeff
Bergosh and FloridaWest chief executive officer Scott Luth. Under the agreement, ST
Engineering and the City of Pensacola will develop the MRO complex over four years after
the formalization of definitive agreements. The 655,000 square-foot design-to-build complex
will consist of three state-of-the-art widebody aircraft hangars and an administration building.
Since opening in June 2018, the current facility has already redelivered 25 aircraft.
(Sources: ST Engineering, Pensacola News Journal, WEAR-TV, 10/29/18)

Tech park improvements eyed
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Setting up a Community Redevelopment Agency or business
improvement district at the Fort Walton Beach Commerce and Technology Park could
generate money to help pay for improvements, including more buildings, said City Manager
Michael Beedie. The park is home to about 70 businesses, ranging from Fortune 100
companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin to local-based businesses like Props Craft
Brewery and Fort Walton Machining. “When you have an aging asset and you’re not tuned
into competitive realities, a great jewel can pass you by if you don’t try to chart a new path,”
said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa
County. Beedie and Sparks said much of the park’s long-term future will be guided by its
ongoing master plan, a draft version of which will be presented to the City Council on Nov.
13. Beedie anticipates the plan will be finalized by the end of this calendar year. (Source:
Northwest Florida Daily News, 10/28/18)

Task force tours Tyndall
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Members of the Florida Defense Support Task Force toured Tyndall
Air Force Base last week to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The base
sustained considerable damage, but officials say Tyndall should be up and running by
January. Jay Trumbull, state representative and chair for the task force, said the significant
need at Tyndall will be met with a significant structural rebuild. The task force, which has an
interest in all military installations in the state, offers support on a state level. Rep. Neal
Dunn said the rebuild will mean a brand new Tyndall, updated to the needs of the 21st
century. Currently around 35 percent of infrastructure on base has significant damage.
(Source: Panama City News Herald, 10/28/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded $8,700,187 for cost-plus-fixed-fee order N0001919F0276 against a previously
issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides support services
to design a non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant strategic facility in support of the
F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Kansas City, Mo. (72 percent); and Fort Worth (28
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Non-DoD participant funds in the
amount of $8,700,187 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end
of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 10/23/18)

Education focus of newsletter
With the aerospace industry facing a crisis because the industry is growing at the same time
its workforce is shrinking, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are all pushing efforts
to improve their own training pipeline. So far, the aviation industry is getting what it needs,
but they are rightfully concerned about the future. The Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter
takes a look at the training pipeline in the four states in a special 36-page issue. (Source:
Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, 10/23/18)

F-22s damaged; command moved
More than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters were damaged when Hurricane Michael hit Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla. The F-22s were trapped on the ground because they were in various
states of maintenance and repair and had to ride out the Cetegory 4 hurricane in a hangar.
As many as 17 of Tyndall’s F-22s might have sustained damage or been destroyed. Each F-
22, a single-engine, single-seat fighter, costs $150 million. The rest of the F-22s based at
Tyndall were sent to Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Source: Popular Mechanics, 10/15/18)
Meanwhile, headquarters of the First Air Force has shifted to Virgina because of the
hurricane. The First Air Force is responsible for air security of the United States. The
command will now be run out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. While the move is not
permanent, it is expected to remain in Virginia for at least the rest of the year. (Source: Daily
Beast, 10/15/18)

Most F-35s resume flights
More than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin Co-made F-35 fighter jets in the United States and
around the world have cleared engine inspections and are now approved for flights, the
Pentagon said on Monday.Last week, all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by
Lockheed Martin were grounded so that fuel tubes could be examined.The Pentagon said it
is working closely with United Technologies Corp's Pratt & Whitney, the maker of the F-35's
engine, to rapidly procure more parts to minimize the time it will take for remaining repairs.
(Source: Reuters, NBCNews, 10/15/18)

F-35 grounded during crash probe
The Pentagon grounded all 245 U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines F-35 fighters on Thursday
as part of an ongoing investigation into a jet that crashed in Beaufort, S.C., late last month.
Eleven international partners who participated in the program also grounded most of their F-
35s. A Navy aircraft mishap board is charged with overseeing the investigation, and they will
be conducting a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube inside the engine of the F-35 aircraft,
according to military officials. Joe Dellavedova, director of public affairs for the F-35
program, said that they will remove and replace any fuel tubes they suspect might be
problematic. Those planes that don't have the problem will be cleared to fly, he said, and
they hope to have the inspections completed within 24 to 48 hours. (Source: NBCNews,
CNN, 10/11/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center. Previous

RS-25  undergoes latest test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – A team of operators conducted another successful 500-
second RS-25 hot fire on the A-1 Test Stand here on Oct. 11, the fourth in a series that will
extend into 2019. Once again, the hot fire features an acceptance test of an RS-25 engine
controller for use on a future flight of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Four
RS-25 engines, firing simultaneously, will provide a combined 2 million pounds of thrust to
help launch the new rocket. NASA has been testing RS-25 engines at Stennis Space Center
(SSC) for SLS use since early 2015. (Source: NASA/SSC, 10/11/18)

Tyndall takes direct hit
Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla., home of F-22 training and an F=22
squadron, took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael and suffered extensive damage
Wednesday.  No injuries were reported, but according to the base’s official Facebook page
trees and power lines were downed and roofs from buildings were removed. There was
significant structural damage. The base was evacuated before the storm with only a skeleton
staff remaining when the hurricane hit. The base, 12 miles southeast of Panama City, is
home of the 325th Fighter Wing and some 600 military families. The base's aircraft, which
include F-22 Raptors, were flown hundreds of miles away as a precaution. (Sources: Stars
and Stripes, 10/10/18)

Contract: Orbital Sciences, $791M
Orbital Sciences Corp., Chandler, Ariz., has been awarded a $791,601,015 other-
transaction agreement for the development of a Launch System Prototype for the Evolved
Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This award is part of a portfolio of three agreements
that leverage commercial launch solutions in order to have at least two domestic, commercial
launch service providers that meet National Security Space requirements, including the
launch of the heaviest and most complex payloads. This agreement requires shared cost
investment for the development of the OmegA launch system. Work will be performed in
Chandler; Magna and Promontory, Utah; Iuka, Miss.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Sandusky,
Ohio; and Michoud, La., with launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; and
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.. The work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2024.
This award is the result of a full and open competition. This agreement will be incrementally
funded with fiscal 2018 through 2024 research, development, test and evaluation funds
totaling a maximum of $791,601,015. Fiscal 2018 funds in the amount of $109,000,000 are
being obligated at the time of award. The Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space
and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity
(FA8811-19-9-0002). (Source: DoD, 10/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed. $164M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, is being awarded a
$164,000,000 contract modification (P00034) to previously awarded, sole-source, cost-plus-
incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed- fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract HQ0147-10-D-0001 for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Field Support
Contract (TFSC). This modification will increase the total ceiling value from $561,200,000 to
$725,200,000. The contractor will continue to perform the same effort under the general
scope of the TFSC, which includes logistics performance requirements, forward stationing
for theater support, logistics information capabilities, post deployment software support,
product assurance, safety, missile support, security and engineering services. This
modification will also incorporate the International Engineering Services Program and Field
Surveillance Program activity. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala.; Sunnyvale,
Calif.; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Troy, Ala.. The ordering period remains from March 25,
2010, through March 31, 2019. This contract was awarded under the sole-source authority
pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulations 6302-1, "Only one responsible source and no
other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements." No additional funds are being
obligated by this modification; fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 operations and maintenance; and
procurement funds will be obligated with execution of future task orders. No task orders are
being issued at this time. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville,  is the contracting activity
(HQ0147-10-D-0001). (Awarded Oct. 9, 2018). (Source: DoD, 10/10/18)

HT-18 command changes
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Aaron Brunk turned
over command of Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHTEEN (HT-18) to U.S. Navy Cmdr.
Kenneth Kerr, during a change of command ceremony Friday at Naval Air Station Whiting
Field Atrium. Under Brunk’s leadership HT-18 flew more than 29,000 flight hours in the
completion of more than 16,700 sorties, with 217 student aviators successfully completing
the Advanced Helicopter Flight Training syllabus and being designated as Naval Aviators
during his command tour. (Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 10/05/18)

New assignment
Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Becklund, who has been selected for the grade of major general,
special assistant to the commander, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command,
Hurlburt Field, Fla., has been assigned as deputy commander, Headquarters Air Force
Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field. (Source: DoD, 10/05/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $390.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $390,792,959 firm-fixed-price,
fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) lot 16
production for 360 JASSM-extended range, three foreign military sales (FMS) separation text
vehicles, one FMS flight test vehicle-live fire and tooling and test equipment. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2021. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This award uses fiscal 2018 missile
procurement funds and FMS funds. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-19-C-0009). (Source: DoD, 10/05/18)

Contract: Onvoi, $40M
Onvoi LLC, De Funiak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a $39,951,581 contract for base
operating services at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. This contract provides for all personnel,
supervision, equipment, tools, materials, supplies, test equipment, and other items and
services necessary to accomplish supply, vehicle operations and maintenance, traffic
management, real property maintenance, fuels management, and airfield management.
Work will be performed at March ARB and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2023.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 10 offers were received. Fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,106,974 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Reserve Command Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting
activity (FA4664-19-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 10/04/18)

Contract: Boeing, $45M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $45,000,000 modification
(P00011) to contract FA8681-14-D-0028 for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
technical support and integration. Boeing will provide JDAM support for studies
and analysis, product improvement, upgrades and integration. Work will be
performed in St. Louis, and is expected to be completed 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, 10/03/18)

Contract: COLSA, $69.6M
COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $69,618,375 modification
(P00039) to contract FA2486-16-F-0031 for Technical and Management Advisory
Services Command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance (C4ISR)/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 AFB, Mass.; Gunter
Annex, Ala.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Robins AFB, Ga.;
Beale AFB, Calif.; Hill AFB, Utah; Langley AFB, Va.; and San Antonio, Texas, and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. This modification involves foreign
military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France,
India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore,
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Fiscal
2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds; production funds; and
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $17,165,708 will be obligated at
the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $183,437,730. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 10/01/18)

Contract: M1 Support, $12M
M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, has been awarded a $12,047,564 modification
(A00032) to contract FA3002-15-C-0006 for trainer maintenance services. Work will
be performed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Naval Air Station Pensacola,
Fla., and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2019. The total cumulative face
value of the contract is $76,720,526. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds
in the amount of $6,023,939 will be obligated at the time of award. The 82nd
Contracting Squadron, Sheppard AFB, is the administrative contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 10/01/18)


SEPTEMBER 2018

Contract: Northrop, $10M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a
$9,967,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare equipment, on-
site technical support, repairs, upgrades, and travel. This contract provides for
spare parts and technical services to support F-35 Reprogramming Labs. Work will
be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla; and Linthicum Heights and is expected
to be complete by Sept. 27, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source
acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$267,487 are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award. Air Force
Test Center, Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, is the
contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0006). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Northrop, $7.7M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.-Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been
awarded a $7,680,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare
equipment, on-site technical support, repairs, upgrades, and travel. This contract
provides for spare parts and technical services to support F-35 reprogramming
labs. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and in Buffalo and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 28, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$493,741 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center,
Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity
(FA2487-18-D-0004). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Telspan Data, $46.2M
Telspan Data LLC, Concord, Calif., has been awarded a $46,183,433 basic indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for air data recorders (ADR), ground recorder
systems (GRS), data replay systems (DRS) and support services. The contract
provides for spare equipment, support services, and improvement of ADR, GRS,
and DRS capabilities for use by the operational and test communities in support of
the Air Force Test mission. Work will be performed in Concord and multiple
continental U.S. military installations, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 28,
2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,795,985 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Specialized Contracting
Branch, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0016).
(Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Cherokee Nation, $22M
Cherokee Nation Management & Consulting LLC, Catoosa, Okla., has been awarded
a $22,000,000 indefinitely-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for civil engineering
support services. The contract provides for responsive, flexible full-spectrum
installation engineering services including installation engineer technical
assistance (requirement planning, development, execution) and other support.
Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be
complete by 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,264,651 are being obligated
at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting
activity (FA2486-18-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Webb Electric, $16.5M
Webb Electric Co. of Florida Inc., Pensacola, Fla., has been awarded a $16,460,695
firm-fixed-price in support of the Airfield Lighting Phase 1&2 construction project.
This contract provides all plant, labor, materials, equipment, transportation and
supervision necessary to repair Scott Air Force Base, Ill., degraded airfield
lighting. Work will be performed at Scott AFB and is expected to be completed
November 2019. The award is the result of a source-selection acquisition with five
offers received. Fiscal 2018 funds in the amount of $16,460,695 will be obligated at
the time of award. 375th Contracting Squadron, Scott AFB, is the contracting
activity (FA4407-18-R-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: Speegle, $8M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded an $8,007,902 firm-fixed-
price contract for design and construction of a new 10,134 sq. ft. two-story addition
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.
Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base with an estimated completion date
of July 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 military construction funds in the amount of $8,007,902
were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala.,
is the contracting activity (W91278-18-C-0026). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

Contract: BCI, $13.7M
BCI Construction USA Inc., Pace, Fla., was awarded a $13,731,375 firm-fixed-price
contract for headworks intake lifting equipment. Bids were solicited via the
internet with two received. Work will be performed in Lancaster, Tenn.; Celina,
Tenn.; and Jamestown, Ky., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 15, 2020.
Fiscal 2018 river and harbor contributed funds in the amount of $13,731,375 were
obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville, Tenn.,
is the contracting activity (W912P5-18-C-0019). (Source: DoD, 09/28/18)

F-35 crashes, pilot ejects
The U.S. military suffered its first crash of an F-35 when the Marine Corps variant,
the F-35B, went down Friday at 11:45 a.m. outside Marine Corps Air Station
Beaufort, S.C. The service did not give a suspected cause for the crash, saying the
incident remained under investigation. The aircraft, which cost more than $100
million, belonged to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which trains
Marine pilots for combat with the F-35. (Source: Washington Post, 09/28/18) In
unrelated F-35 news earlier in the week, the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth,
Britain’s 65,000-ton reentry into carrier aviation, marked an historic moment
Tuesday when Royal NavyCommander Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Squadron
Leader Andy Edgell touched down the first F-35B on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s 65,000-ton re-entry into carrier aviation. The ship was on
patrolling the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. They were the first two British pilots to
land on a British aircraft carrier in eight years and it marked the beginning of the
Royal Navy’s developmental trials slated to last about two months. (Source:
Defense News, 09/28/18)

Contract: UTC, $209.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
awarded $209,601,517 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021) for additional long-lead materials, parts,
and components in support of F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 13
propulsion systems. This modification is in support of Air Force, Marine Corps,
Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales
(FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is
expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount
of $209,601,517 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the
end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
($73,537,179; 35 percent); Marine Corps ($35,477,475; 17 percent); Navy
($21,888,984; 10 percent); non-DoD participants ($41,929,486; 20 percent); and FMS
customers ($36,768,394; 18 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $39.3M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford,
Conn., is awarded $39,266,691 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded
fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for additional long lead-
time components, parts, and materials in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II
propulsion systems in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy; non-
Department of Defense (DoD); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work
will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent);
and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force, and
Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $30,439,813 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($29,054,685;
73.99 percent); Air Force ($582,821; 1.49 percent); Navy ($109,186; 0.28 percent);
non-U.S. DoD participants ($9,228,392; 23.50 percent); and FMS customers
($291,607; 0.74 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $10.8M
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $10,810,033 for cost-
plus-fixed-fee modification P00019 to a previously issued delivery order 0096
placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to procure 12
additional MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) retrofit A-Kits
Block C; 12 MV-22 IASE retrofit kit installations; IASE configuration B retrofit A and
B-Kit installation; and five CV-22 IASE advanced mission computer A-Kits. Work will
be performed at Ridley Park, Pa. (81.9 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (17.7
percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (.4 percent), and is expected to be completed in
August 2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force) funds in the
amount of $10,810,033 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the
Navy ($9,577,130; 88 percent); and Air Force ($1,232,903; 12 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/27/18)

Contract: Arete Associates, $40.4M
Aretè Associates Inc., Northridge, Calif., is awarded a $40,378,366, firm-fixed-priced,
cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract to
provide coastal battlefield reconnaissance and analysis (COBRA) systems, COBRA
program systems support, and provisioned item orders/spares for the AN/DVS-1
COBRA Block 1 System. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would
bring the cumulative value of this contract to $93,000,000. Work will be performed
in Tucson, Ariz. (35 percent); Destin, Fla. (35 percent); and Santa Rosa, Calif. (30
percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2021. Fiscal 2018 other
procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,618,453 will be obligated at time
of award 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)(5), as
implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-5(c)(2): Authorized or
Required by Statutes, this is a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
contract award that is derived from, extends, or logically concludes efforts
performed under prior SBIR contract N61331-11-C-0007. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61331-
18-D-0012). (Source: DoD, 09/27/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $29.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $29,254,101 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2494 against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order
provides for the procurement of various diminishing manufacturing sources parts
to protect deliveries for future F-35 Lightning II lots. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth and is expected to be completed in February 2019. Fiscal 2016 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); non-Department of Defense
(DoD) participant; and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of
$29,254,101 will be obligated at time of award, $10,589,608 of which will expire at
the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force
($6,353,410; 21.72 percent); Marine Corps ($3,128,028; 10.69 percent); Navy
($1,108,170; 3.79 percent); non-DoD participants ($12,181,209; 41.64 percent); and
FMS customers ($6,483,284; 22.16 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $116.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $116,311,183 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2048 against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the
procurement of 440 low-rate initial production 11 Generation 3 Helmet Mounted
Display Systems, oxygen masks, and initial spares in support of the F-35 Lightning
II aircraft for the Air Force (180); Navy (60); Marine Corps (69); non-Department of
Defense (DoD) participants (119); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers (12).
Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in October
2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); fiscal
2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement
(Navy and Marine Corps); non-DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of
$116,311,183 are being obligated at time of award, $70,826,314 of which will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air
Force ($47,120,086; 40.5 percent); Navy ($15,711,725; 13.5 percent); Marine Corps
($18,944,511; 16.3 percent); non-DoD participant ($31,599,088; 27.2 percent); and
FMS customers ($2,935,773; 2.5 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $315.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $315,773,716 for modification
P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive firm contract
(N0001918C1048) to procure support equipment for F-35 Lightning low-rate initial
production Lot XI aircraft in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-
Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla.
(31 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (25 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (13 percent);
Hartford, Conn. (12 percent); Melbourne, Australia (8 percent); Rome, Italy (4
percent); Franklin, Ohio (4 percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (3 percent), and is
expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft
procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps); and non-DoD Participant funds in the
amount of $315,773,716 are being obligated at time of award, $29,911,537 of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases
for the Air Force ($108,665,198; 34.41 percent); Navy ($31,062,358; 9.84 percent);
Marine Corps ($5,186,434; 1.64 percent); and non-DoD participants ($170,859,726;
54.11 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Calculex, $46.6M
Calculex Inc., Las Cruces, N.M., has been awarded a $46,623,715 basic indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Air Data Recorders (ADR) and support
services. The contract provides for spare equipment, support services, and
improvement of ADR capabilities for use by the operational and test communities
in support of the Air Force Test mission. Work will be performed in Las Cruces and
multiple continental U.S. military installations, and is expected to be completed by
Sept. 27, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $282,795 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-F-2325). (Source: DoD, 09/27/18)

U.S. uses F-35 in combat for first time
The United States used an F-35 jet – a Marine Corps F-35B – against a Taliban
target in Afghanistan on Thursday, marking the first U.S. combat use of the stealthy
plane. The F-35B jet took off from the Wasp-class USS Essex (LHD 2) amphibious
assault ship in the Arabian Sea in support of ground clearance operations. The F-
35, made by Lockheed Martin Co, comes in three variants - the F-35A conventional
take-off and landing model, the F-35B, a short take-off/vertical landing version, and
the F-35C, used aboard aircraft carriers. In May, Israel became the first country to
use the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat. (Sources: Reuters, Naval Forces
Central Command, Popular Mechanics, 09/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Boeing wins T-X contract
The Boeing-Saab partnership has won a $9.2 billion contract to produce the next
generation of Air Force training jets. The contract will allow the Air Force to buy up
to 475 aircraft and 120 simulators, the Air Force said in a Sept. 27 statement,
although the current plan is to buy 351 T-X aircraft, 46 simulators and associated
ground equipment. Initial operating capability is planned by the end of fiscal 2024,
with the first simulators arriving at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in
2023. Full operational capability is projected for 2034. Saab promised that, should
the partnership emerge victorious, it would build a new plant in the United States
for its T-X work, although a location has not been announced. The other two teams
competing for the contract were Leonardo DRS and Lockheed Martin. DRS’ T-100 is
based on the Leonardo M-346 trainer, and the company announced its intention to
do structural subassembly, final assembly and check out of the aircraft in
Tuskegee, Ala., where it would build a new $200 million facility. Lockheed Martin
and Korea Aerospace Industries wanted to build a modified version of KAI’s T-50.
Lockheed said that its T-50A would be built in Greenville, S.C., where it also plans
to fabricate the F-16 in the future. (Sources: Defense News, Boeing, 09/27/18)

Contract: QuantiTech, $47.4M
QuantiTech, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $47,352,975 modification
(P00080) to contract FA2486-16-F-0034 for Technical and Management Advisory
Services range 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.; Arnold AFB, Tenn.; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Hill
AFB, Utah; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii;
and Eielson AFB, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal
2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds; production funds; and
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $646,620 are being obligated
at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $123,653,694. Air
Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Torch Technologies, $44.5M
Torch Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $44,456,840
modification (P00068) to contract FA2486-16-F-0030 for Technical and Management
Advisory Services Armament support. The contractor will provide additional
research, development, technical, test and evaluation, and acquisition support
services. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirkland AFB, N.M.;
and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30,
2019. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,980,727 are
being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is
$113,184,124. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Bevilacqua Research, $36M
Bevilacqua Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $36,081,359
modification (P00059) to contract FA2486-16-F-0033 for Technical and Management
Advisory Services Platforms 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.; Duke Field, Fla.; Hurlburt
Field, Fla.; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Edwards AFB, Calif., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 research and
development; procurement; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount
of $831,385 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of
the contract is $96,476,260. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Microsoft, $34.4M
Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been awarded a $34,350,473 other transaction
agreement under to execute the enterprise information technology as a service
network as a service experiment. This agreement provides for experimentation of
a secure, reliable, measured, commercial data and voice network in order to
enable access to Department of Defense data and applications from DoD facilities,
as well as enable access for mobile and remotely located users. Work will be
performed in Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Maxwell AFB,
Ala., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the contracting
activity (FA8726-18-9-0002). (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: DCS, $16.3M
DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va., has been awarded a $16,252,479 modification (P00045)
to previously awarded FA2486-16-F-0032 for Technical and Management Advisory
Services Electronic Warfare 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.; and Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2018 and 2019
research and development; procurement; and operations and maintenance funds
in the amount of $2,161,841 are being obligated at the time of award. Total
cumulative face value of the contract is $30,469,693. This modification involves
foreign military sales to Belgium, Greece, Iraq, Korea, Morocco, NATO, Norway,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: Multiple, $99M
EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla. (N69450-18-D-1318); Custom Mechanical Systems Corp.,
Bargersville, Ind. (N69450-18-D-1319); Dawson Federal Inc., Ponte Vedra, Fla.
(N69450-18-D-1320); Windamir Development Inc., McDonough, Ga. (N69450-18-D-
1321); Southeast Cherokee Construction Inc., Montgomery, Ala. (N69450-18-D-1322);
and Drace Anderson JV, Ocean Springs, Miss. (N69450-18-D-1323), are each being
awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award design-build
construction contract for construction projects located primarily within the Naval
Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR).
The maximum dollar value for the five year ordering period for all six contracts
combined is $99,000,000. The work to be performed provides for general building
type projects (new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, and repair
work) including industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control,
infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities.
EMR Inc. is being awarded the initial task order at $9,872,615 for the construction
of K-C130J Enlisted Aircrew Training System Facility at Naval Air Station, Joint
Readiness Base, Fort Worth, Texas. Work for this task order is expected to be
completed by December 2019. All work on this contract will be performed within the
NAVFAC Southeast AOR which includes Texas (40 percent); Louisiana (40 percent);
and Mississippi (20 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months,
with an expected completion date of September 2023. Fiscal 2018 military
construction (Navy Reserve); and fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy)
contract funds in the amount of $9,877,615 are obligated on this award; of which
$5,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be
primarily funded by military construction; operations and maintenance (Navy); and
Navy working capital funds. This contract was competitively procured via the
Federal Business Opportunities website with 21 proposals received. These six
contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the
awarded contract. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast,
Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

Contract: IDSC Holdings, $11.9M
IDSC Holdings LLC, doing business as Snap-On Industrial, Kenosha, Wisc., is
awarded an $11,924,503 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,482
different brand-name commercial hand tools and toolboxes with a total overall
quantity of 158,516 items for Lot 11 low-rate initial production F-35 Lightning II
aircraft in support of the Joint Strike Fighter F35A/B/C Tool Control Program. Work
will be performed in Kenosha and is expected to be completed in September 2019.
Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance; fiscal 2018 working capital fund (Navy);
and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $11,924,503 will be obligated at
time of award, $160,164 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals;
one offer was received. This contract combines purchases for the Navy
($9,565,654; 80.2 percent); and the governments of Israel ($1,174,474; 9.9 percent);
Japan ($777,715; 6.5 percent); and Korea ($406,660; 3.4 percent) under the Foreign
Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.
J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-C-0667). (Source: DoD, 09/26/18)

SSC chalks up another RS-25 test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA stayed right on schedule with the third in a
series of scheduled RS-25 rocket engine tests Tuesday at Stennis Space Center.
The successful hot fire of RS-25 developmental engine No. 0525 on the A-1 stand
met all test objectives and featured several key elements, most notably an
acceptance test of an engine flight controller for use by NASA’s new Space Launch
System (SLS) rocket. The hot fire also represented the seventh test of a 3D-printed
pogo accumulator and the third test of a main combustion chamber fabricated
using a bonding technique designed to save time and money. The flight controller
units are a key component of the RS-25 engine, serving as the “brain” to help it
communicate with the rocket and to provide control of its operation and internal
health diagnostics. Engineers are testing RS-25 engines to help power the new
SLS rocket, built to carry humans deeper into space than ever before, including to
the Moon and Mars. Four RS-25 engines will help power the SLS at launch,
providing 2 million pounds of
combined thrust. (Source: NASA/SSC, 09/25/18)

Navy’s VFA-101 to leave Eglin
The Navy plans to deactivate next year the F-35C fleet replacement squadron at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and combine it within VFA-125, the other fleet replacement squadron, at
Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. Seapower Magazine reports that according to an internal
directive dated Sept. 10, the Navy intends to deactivate Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-
101), which trains F-35C instructors, pilots and maintainers, on July 1. VFA-101, a former
fleet replacement squadron for the F-14 Tomcat, was reactivated in 2012 and began flying F-
35Cs in 2013. (Source: Seapower Magazine 09/24/18)

Contract: Integrated Solutions, $17.5M
Integrated Solutions for Systems Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $17,500,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Weapons Effects Simulation Testing
effort. This contract provides for research and development concepts and conventional
inventory weapon systems. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be completed by Sept. 27, 2023. This award is the result of a broad agency
announcement. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the
amount of $50,000 is being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory,
Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0023/FA8651-18-F-0027). (Source:
DoD, 09/24/18)

Contract: Global Connections, $13M
Global Connections to Employment Inc., Pensacola, Fla., is awarded $13,028,622 for
modification P00010 to extend the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68836-17-
C-0005) to exercise option period two for full food and mess attendant services in support of
Naval Air Station, Pensacola; and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla.; and mess attendant services in support of Naval Construction Battalion Center,
Gulfport, Miss. The contract includes a one-month base period, two 12-month option
periods, one 11-month option period, and a six-month extension option, which if all options
are exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $45,737,677. Work will be
performed in Pensacola (60 percent); Eglin AFB, (20 percent); and Gulfport (20 percent),
and work is expected to be completed by September 2019. If all options on the contract are
exercised, work will be completed by February 2021. Subject to the availability of funds,
fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,028,622 will be
incrementally funded throughout year, and funds will not expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This contract is a sole-source procurement under the AbilityOne Program
(Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 8.704). with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems
Command Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/24/18)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $16.3M
L3 Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $16,332,950 for modification P00007
to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract (N61340-17-D-0005) to exercise an option to provide for intermediate level
maintenance, repair, and logistics services in support of the Chief of Naval Aircraft Training
aircraft. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (50 percent); NAS
Corpus Christi, Texas (45 percent); and NAS Whiting Field, Fla. (5 percent), and is expected
to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will
be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training
Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/21/18)

Contract: EMR, $16M
EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $15,990,000 for a firm-fixed-price contract for an
addition/alteration to an existing commissary at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The
contract is for a 539 calendar day period based on the issuance of the notice to proceed
which is expected in November 2018. Offers were solicited via full and open competition, and
three offers were received. The contracting activity is the Defense Commissary Agency,
Enterprise Acquisition Division, Construction Design Branch, Joint Base San Antonio,
Lackland, Texas (HDEC03-18-C-0003). (Source: DoD, 09/20/18)

Contract: CAE USA, $25.4M
CAE USA Inc., Tampa, Fla., was awarded a $25,352,844 modification (P00022) to contract
W911S0-15-C-0003 for fixed-wing courses, academic and flight simulator, flight training and
support services. Work will be performed in Dothan, Ala., with an estimated completion date
of March 9, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance Army funds in the amount of
$25,352,844 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation
Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/19/18)

New A321 uses renewable fuel
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ A320 series production facility in South Alabama will deliver its first
aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel on Thursday. The JetBlue A321 flew today
with the renewable fuel mixture and is scheduled to depart Mobile tomorrow with 15 percent
sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. In total, five A321s are due to be delivered to JetBlue from
Mobile using sustainable fuel by the end of 2018. All of the fuel will be supplied and certified
by Air BP. It will be loaded into the aircraft by Signature Flight Support, Airbus’ fueling
services provider in Mobile. Since May 2016, Airbus has offered customers the option of
taking delivery of new aircraft from Toulouse, France, using a blend of sustainable jet fuel.
Following the deliveries to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this
option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus
envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the U.S.
Southeast. (Source: Airbus, 09/19/18) Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to
conventional jet-A fuel, with no difference in performance or safety. Thousands of
commercial flights have flown on different types of renewable jet fuel.

Contract: DynCorp Int., $173.2M
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $173,174,040 for
modification P00041 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, labor hour,
indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0003). This modification
provides organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for
16 T-34, 54 T-44, and 287 T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50
percent); Milton, Fla. (39 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations within
the continental U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. 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 Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/18)

Moss Point flight testing MQ-8Cs
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Northrop Grumman recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout
unmanned helicopters produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major
milestone for the company and the region's aerospace economy. The plant is key to
producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the Navy's newest autonomous helicopter that
is bringing increased speed, endurance and payload capacity to maritime operations. The
Navy recently completed initial operational test and evaluation aboard the USS Coronado
(LCS 4) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has over 1,500 program flight hours. The aircraft is
a modified Bell 407 helicopter, and final assembly is done in Moss Point at a 101,000-square-
foot plant that opened in 2006 and now works on the Fire Scout and Global Hawk unmanned
systems and does subassembly work for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. "Building on Northrop
Grumman's recent announcement of new production capabilities in Moss Point and a 40
percent increase in employment at the site, the ability to now conduct MQ-8C Fire Scout
flight tests where the production occurs will bring new efficiencies and effectiveness to our
local operations and improve our ability to serve the U.S. Navy," said Melissa Packwood,
program director, Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 09/14/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $88M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$88,029,912 for modification P00002 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-
plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price contract (N0001918C1048). This
modification exercises an option for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot XI support
equipment for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (31 percent);
Redondo Beach, Calif. (25 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (13 percent); Hartford, Conn. (12
percent); Melbourne, Australia (8 percent); Rome, Italy (4 percent); Franklin, Ohio (4
percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September
2022. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of
$88,029,912 will be obligated at time of award, $45,158,482 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, 09/14/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: MS Dpt Rehab Svc., $7.4M
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Madison, Miss., has been awarded a
$7,397,000 modification (P00005) to exercise an option on contract FA3010-18-C-0007 for
full food services. The location of performance is Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and work is
expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds
in the amount of $7,397,000 will be obligated when they become available. The 81st
Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/14/18)

Contract: UTC, $266M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is awarded a $266,062,462 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target
contract for the procurement of program administrative labor for non-recurring
sustainment activities; supplies, services and planning for depot activations;
material and support equipment for depot maintenance facilities and mockup
engines and modules for test cells in support of F-35 Air Force, Marine Corps,
Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military
Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is expected to
be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine
Corps and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of
$266,062,462 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
($83,646,823, 31 percent); Marine Corps ($43,446,086, 16 percent); Navy
($32,271,482, 12 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($99,075,389; 37 percent); and
FMS ($7,662,682; 3 percent). 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 (N00019-18-C-1069). (Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $187.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is awarded $187,553,466 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded fixed-
price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides
for fiscal 2018 Initial Spare Modules, Parts and Afloat/Deployment Spares Package
in support of the F135 Lot 12 Propulsion Production contract. This modification
provides for the procurement of initial spare common fan modules, augmentors,
power and gearbox modules, engine nozzles, lift fans and clutches in support of in
support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense
(DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be
performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and
Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force and
Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $187,553,466 will
be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for Marine Corps ($67,324,338,
36 percent); Air Force ($44,322,884, 24 percent); Navy ($1,071,466, 1 percent); non-U.
S. DoD participants ($57,460,076; 31 percent); and FMS ($17,374,702; 9 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 integrated training center.

Contract: EMR, $7.1M
EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded $7,137,000 for firm-fixed-price task order
N6945018F1034 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract
(N69450-17-D-0507) for repairs and modifications to Building 484 at Naval Support
Activity, Panama City. The work to be performed provides for comprehensive
repairs and modifications to the building shell, fire protection systems, fire exits
and all interior areas associated with these components. The work also includes
removal and installation of a new standing seam roof and removal and replacement
of windows. Work will be performed in Panama City and is expected to be
completed by September 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy)
contract funds in the amount of $7,137,000 are obligated on this award and will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this
task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/13/18)

Contract: Multiple, $49M
Seaside Engineering & Surveying LLC, Baker, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0082); Gustin,
Cothern & Tucker, Niceville, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0083); Joyner Keeny PLLC, Rocky
Mount, N.C. (W91278-18-D-0084); Maptech Inc., Jackson, Miss. (W91278-18-D-0085);
Merrick & Co., Greenwood Village, Colo. (W91278-18-D-0086); SurvTech Solutions
Inc., Tampa, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0088); and Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio (W91278-18-D-
0090), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for
architect and engineering services for survey and mapping. Bids were solicited
via the internet with 42 received. Work locations and funding will be determined
with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 12, 2021. U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Flight Works Alabama breaks ground
MOBILE, Ala. – A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday at the Mobile
Aeroplex, marking the start of construction of the Flight Works Alabama education
center. The $6.5 million hands-on center will be near the Airbus manufacturing
facility. “The future of our state begins right here,” said Gov. Kay Ivey about the
hands-on learning center. It’s designed to bolster Alabama’s workforce
development efforts and inspire young people. Jeff Knittel, Airbus Americas
chairman and CEO, said what the industry needs is a workforce not only for today,
but one ready for the future, and the center will help in a fun, creative way. The
center, in addition to interactive exhibits, will host educational opportunities for
adults. Nine educational partners – Auburn University, Bishop State Community
College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of South Alabama,
University of Alabama, and the University of West Alabama – have signed on to
provide courses. The center is due to open in late 2019. (Source: GCAC, 09/12/18)

Contract: L3, $202.9M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded
$202,936,338 for modification P00029 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for organizational,
intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for
Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment for flight and
test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the 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 in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at time of
award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
09/10/18)

Contract: Boeing, $14M
The Boeing Co. Defense, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$14,073,337 undefinitized contract for Small Diameter Bomb I focused lethality
munition production assets. This contract provides for GBU-39 A/B weapons, and
single weapon shipping/storage containers. Work will be performed in St. Louis
and is expected to be completed by September 2020. This award is the result of a
sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds in the amount of
$7,036,669 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8672-
18-C-0014).  (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $51M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $51,078,802, cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-
XR). This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and
programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop,
integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-
XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software.
JASSM-XR will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-
level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future
production baseline engineering change proposal. This effort will concurrently
mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to
support future JASSM-XR production cut in. Work will be performed in Orlando and
is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023. This award is the result of sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the
amount of $4,898,622 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-
18-C-0009). (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

Skyborne opens Gulf center
WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – Skyborne Technology, Inc., a designer and developer of
manned and unmanned next generation aviation systems, has opened a
manufacturing facility in Gulf County.  Skyborne said it chose the area to have
access to employ manned and unmanned aircraft pilots, skilled manufacturing
labor for composites, aircraft aluminum and high bulletproof fabrics. As part of
opening of the manufacturing facility, Skyborne at a news conference Sept. 13 at
the Gulf County Industrial Park near Wewahitchka will unveil its airship and drone
technology to begin testing their aviation products for target markets such as
agriculture, communications, education, defense, border security, and more. The
company plans to create up to 100 jobs. Warren Yeager of the Gulf County
Economic Development Coalition said the county has been working on the project
for months. (Source: Area Development, sUASNews, 09/10/18)

Contract: Multiple, $103.4M
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z067); CACI Inc. – Federal, Chantilly,
Va. (N00189-18-D-Z068); Science Application International Corp., Reston, Va.
(N00189-18-D-Z069); Capstone Corp., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z070); and Serco
Inc., Herndon, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z071) are being awarded an estimated $103,355,805
multiple award of cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contracts that will include terms and conditions for the placement of both cost-
plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide technical support
services for functions such as chief information officer strategic support; data and
information management; engineering support; information technology system
support; network support; information assurance/cyber security; enterprise
business intelligence/enterprise business analytics; software analysis; hardware
maintenance and development; and business process reengineering in support of
the deputy chief of naval operations (DCNO) manpower, personnel, training and
education domain comprised of the DCNO, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy
Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, Commander Naval
Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting Command. The contracts
will run concurrently and will include a 36-month base ordering period and one 36-
month optional ordering period which if exercised, the total value of this contract
will be $213,173,626. The base ordering period of the contract is expected to be
completed by September 2021; if all options are exercised, the ordering period will
be completed by September 2024. Work will be performed in Millington, Tenn. (45
percent); Pensacola, Fla. (27 percent); Arlington, Va. (10 percent); various locations
throughout the continental U.S. (16 percent); and various contractor facilitates (2
percent). Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of
$50,000 will be obligated ($10,000 on each of the five contracts to fund the
contracts’ minimum amounts) and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract was competitively procured for the award of multiple contracts
pursuant to the authority set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504. The
requirement was solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website,
with fifteen offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics
Center Norfolk, Va.; and Contracting Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the
contracting activity. (Source: 09/07/18)

Military tech center grant accepted
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County commissioners accepted a $95,000 grant for a new
military technology center during a meeting Wednesday. The grant is from the
Florida Defense Support Task Force and was obtained through efforts by the Bay
Defense Alliance (BDA). The grant will go toward a feasibility study on an
Expeditionary Innovation Center near Naval Support Activity Panama City and
support the base’s science lab Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division.
The “neutral facility” will be outside the base fence, to better collaborate with local
universities and modeled after similar military tech innovation hubs in Fort Walton
Beach and Tampa. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 09/05/18)

NASA has another RS-25 test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA conducted a full-duration 500-second test of
an RS-25 engine flight controller Thursday in South Mississippi. It marked the sixth
test of a 3D-printed pogo accumulator assembly, a component that dampens
potential engine propellant pressure oscillations that can cause a rocket to
become unstable in flight. In addition, it was the second test of an RS-25 main
combustion chamber fabricated using a bonding technique called hot isostatic
pressing (HIP), which saves considerable time and money over more traditional
methods. The hot fire was on the A-1 test stand at SSC, which has been conducting
RS-25 engine and component tests since January 2015. NASA began testing RS-25
flight controller units on the stand in March 2017. RS-25 engines were use on the
space shuttle, but are modified for use on NASA’s Space Launch System. (Source:
NASA/SSC, 09/06/18)

Contract: Hydraulics Int., $43.6M
Hydraulics International Inc., Chatsworth, Calif., is awarded a $43,599,667 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 305 MHU-83D
production units, truck, lift, aerial stores loaders for ordnance/store loading
operations on AV-8B, F/A-18, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and F-35 B/C aircraft in support
of the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Chatsworth and is expected to be
completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds in the
amount of $3,848,343 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an
electronic request for proposals; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare
Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-D-
0009) (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of
the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $39.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $39,223,382 for
modification P00006 to the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee fiscal 2018
F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter annual sustainment contract (N00019-18-C-
1041). This modification provides for additional software sustainment and flight
test support for Air Systems used by the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-
Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Services to be provided include
support to maintain, update, release, and deliver air systems software, as well as
support for F-35 flight test operations. Work will be performed in Patuxent River,
Md. (43 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (41 percent); and Fort Worth (16
percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance (Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force) funds; and non-DoD participant funds
in the amount of $39,223,382 will be obligated at time of award; $31,429,694 of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases
for the Air Force ($15,714,454; 40.06 percent); Marine Corps ($7,857,620; 20.03
percent); Navy ($7,857,620; 20.03 percent); and non-DoD participants ($7,793,688;
19.88 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting
activity. (Awarded Aug. 31, 2018) (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: General Atomics, $15M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Poway, Calif., was awarded a
$50,000 minimum, $15,000,000 maximum, sole source Indefinite-delivery/indefinite
quantity contract (H92403-18-D-0006) with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee
contract line items for integration and testing support for Medium Altitude, Long
Endurance Tactical (MALET) MQ-9 and MQ-1C Special Operations Forces peculiar
(SOF-p) modifications; procurement of GA-ASI developed and produced aircraft
modification kits; and analysis and studies to inform future decisions on potential
MALET MQ-9 and MQ-1C SOF-p modifications. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $482,441 are being obligated at time of award.
The work will be performed in Poway, and is expected to be completed by
September 2023. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 09/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama
City, Fla., was chosen in November 2017 to host an MQ-9 wing, and Hurlburt Field,
Fla., was chosen in May 2018 to host an MQ-9 squadron.

Contract: Lockheed, $81M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded an $81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-
price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the
procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-35 Lightning III aircraft, including
afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change kits, and associated
consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and Marine
Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo,
Calif. (9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2
percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (6.8 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. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent);
Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, The
Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga.
(1.9 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2018
aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps), funds in the amount of $81,030,000
will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($44,052,000; 54 percent);
and the Marine Corps ($36,978,000; 46 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $10.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is awarded a $10,529,891 firm-fixed-price order (F2649) against a previously issued
basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-8008) to implement Engineering Change
Proposal 11ZR034R1 for the retrofit of 14 three bearing swivel module units for
Marine Corps F-35 Lightening II. aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis,
Ind. (80 percent); and Oklahoma City, Okla. (20 percent), and is expected to be
complete in August 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps) funds in
the amount of $10,529,891 will be obligated at the 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, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $10.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is awarded a $10,165,914 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-
incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004). This
modification provides for F-35 support equipment fleet modernization efforts to
include the procurement of support equipment and associated site activation labor
in support of the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense
(DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be
performed in East Hartford and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal
2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Marine Corps.); 2017 aircraft procurement
(Navy); 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD
participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $10,165,914 will be obligated at time of
award, $3,304,578 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for the Navy ($2,691,305, 26 percent); Air Force
($2,589,823, 25 percent); Marine Corps ($1,038,291, 10 percent); non-U.S. DoD
participants ($3,263,728; 32 percent); and FMS ($582,767; 6 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.


August 2018

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $17.6M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded $17,559,000 for firm-fixed-price
task order N6945018F0727 under a previously awarded multiple award construction
contract (N69450-16-D-1109) for the renovation of the Fleet Readiness Center
Southeast Building 101 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The work to be performed
provides for renovation, to include demolition, of the north half of the space and
quarterdeck (Area A) and renovation of the south half of the space (Area B) of
Building 101 administrative areas. Project also includes construction of a vestibule
at the main entrance with incidental site work. The contractor shall provide the
labor, supervision, engineering materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies and
transportation to perform all work described in the request for proposal. The task
order also contains one planned modification, which if issued would increase the
cumulative task order value to $17,615,859. Work will be performed in Jacksonville,
Fla., and is expected to be completed by January 2021. Fiscal 2018 Navy working
capital funds in the amount of $17,559,000 are obligated on this award and will not
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this
task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is
the contracting activity (N69450-16-D-1109). (Source: DoD, 08/30/18)

Contract: Harper, $30.8M
Harper Construction Co. Inc., San Diego, Calif., was awarded $30,817,653 for firm-
fixed-price task order N6247318F4873 under a previously awarded, multiple award
construction contract (N62473-18-D-5853) for construction of a F-35 simulator
facility at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The facility will support six full mission
simulators and support spaces including administrative, classroom, and
conferences spaces. The building will also include space for other training
devices as required by the Marine Corps weapons systems planning document
and be in compliance with intelligence community technical specifications. Work
will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2020.
Fiscal 2018 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $30,817,653
are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Southwest, San Diego, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/18)

Contract: UTC, $118.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford,
Conn., was awarded not-to-exceed $118,219,503 for modification P00007 to a
previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-
plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0020). This modification provides for initial
spares, including four F135-PW-600 (STOVL) engines for the Marine Corps; one
power module and gearbox; four lift fan modules; and eight drive shafts in support
of the Marine Corps’ low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5
percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the
amount of $118,219,503 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, 08/30/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $250.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was
awarded a $250,438,817 modification to a previously awarded, cost-plus-fixed-fee,
firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification definitizes pricing
for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 11 production non-recurring
special tooling and special test equipment. Work will be performed in Fort Worth
(27.68 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (17.21 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom,
(14.04 percent); Orlando, Fla. (8.86 percent); Nashua, N.H. (8.55 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (4.42 percent); Baltimore, Md. (3.31 percent); Marietta, Ga. (2.73 percent);
Turin, Italy (1.40 percent); Rochester, United Kingdom (1.38 percent); Cedar Rapids,
Iowa (0.70 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (0.64 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (0.63
percent); Papendrecht, Netherlands (0.61 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (0.56 percent);
East Aurora, N.Y. (0.54 percent); Irvine, Calif. (0.53 percent); Arlington, Texas (0.53
percent); Valencia, Calif. (0.53 percent); British Columbia, Canada, (0.52 percent);
Camden, N.J. (0.39); Garden Grove, Calif. (0.37); Cheltenham, United Kingdom,
(0.27); Hauppauge, N.Y. (0.25 percent); Kjeller, Norway (0.23 percent); Grand
Rapids, Mich. (0.22 percent); Clearfield, Utah (0.22 percent); St. Charles, Mo. (0.19
percent); Tempe, Ariz. (0.17 percent); Williston, Vt. (0.16 percent); Avon, Mass. (0.16
percent); Wichita, Kan. (0.16 percent); Inglewood, Calif. (0.13 percent); Sarasota,
Fla. (0.13 percent); Kongsberg, Norway (0.12 percent); Plano, Texas (0.12 percent);
Helena, Mont. (0.11 percent); Eskisehir, Turkey (0.11 percent); City of Industry, Calif.
(0.10 percent); Montmorency, Australia (0.10 percent); and other locations inside
and outside the continental U.S. (0.92 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and
Navy); international partner; and foreign military sales funding in the amount of
$250,438,817 will be obligated at time of award, $168,038,355 of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchase for the Air
Force ($86,299,673; 34.46 percent); Marine Corps ($44,887,147; 17.92 percent); Navy
($36,851,534; 14.71 percent); Foreign Military Sales customers ($41,216,398; 16.46
percent); and international partners ($41,184,065; 16.45 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/30/18)

Contract: Boeing, $805.3M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a ceiling price $805,318,853 fixed-
price-incentive-firm-target contract to provide the design, development,
fabrication, test, verification, certification, delivery, and support of four MQ-25A
unmanned aerial refueling vehicles, including integration into the carrier air wing
to provide an initial operational capability to the Navy. The work will be performed
in St. Louis (45.5 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (6.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.1
percent); Quebec, Canada (3.1 percent); Palm Bay, Fla. (2.3 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (1.5 percent); and various locations inside and outside the continental U.S.
(37.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Fiscal 2018
research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of
$79,050,820 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an
electronic request for proposals; three offers were received. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-
1012). (Source: DoD, 08/30/18) Gulf Coast note: The Navy conducts primary aviation
training in the Gulf Coast region.

MAF-built EM-2 vessel in Florida
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans completed construction on the
spacecraft capsule structure that will return astronauts to the Moon. It was
shipped to Florida and arrived last week at Kennedy Space Center. It is now
undergoing final assembly into a full spacecraft. The capsule structure, or
pressure vessel, for NASA's Orion Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2) spacecraft was
welded together over the last seven months by Lockheed Martin technicians and
engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Orion is the world's only
exploration-class spaceship, and the EM-2 mission will be its first flight with
astronauts on board, taking them farther into the solar system than ever before.
The first pressure vessel for EM-1, which will be used in an unmanned flight, was
also built at Michoud and sent to Kenney. (Sources, multiple, including Orlando
Sentinel, Virginia Pilot, (08/28/18) Previous

Contract: Rockhill Group, $8.4M
The Rockhill Group, Molino, Fla., has been awarded an $8,430,746 firm-fixed-price
modification (P00020) to contract (FA4890-16-C-0011) for the air-to-ground
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance contract. The contract modification
is for exercising Option Year Two. The total cumulative face value of the contract
is $76,627,660. Work will be performed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Hancock
Field, N.Y.; March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and Creech AFB, Nev. Work is expected
to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019 for this option period. Air Combat Command
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

Contract: PAE Aviation, $17.9M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a
$17,865,292 modification to contract FA4890-15-C-0018.  Contractor will provide
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 the F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15 aircraft. Work will be performed at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Holloman AFB, N.M., and is expected to be
completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $17,865,292 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Combat Command,
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

Contract: Booz Allen Hamilton, $17.6M
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is awarded $17,559,070 for a firm-fixed-price,
cost-plus-fixed-fee, one-year task order (M95494-18-F-0009) under a previously
awarded General Services Administration (GSA) One Acquisition Solution for
Integrated Services (OASIS) contract (GS00Q14OADU108) for Marine Corps
Installations Command Headquarters directorate wide professional services. The
services procured include: program management; logistics program support;
information technology program support; operations support; planning support;
government and external affairs support; facilities support; and enterprise content
management support. This task order includes four one-year option periods,
which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this task order to
$82,262,555.  Work will be performed at McLean (54 percent); Arlington, Va. (35
percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan (4 percent);
New Orleans, La. (2 percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. (2
percent); Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (2 percent); and Charleston, S.C.
(1 percent). Work is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2019. If all options are
exercised, work will continue through Aug. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $1,573,147 will be obligated at
the time of award and will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This task order was
competitively solicited via GSA OASIS, with three proposals received. The Marine
Corps Installations Command, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/29/18)

Customers to see price decrease
Gulf Power today filed an agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission
seeking approval to reduce rates for 2019 and beyond by some $9.6 million on an
annual basis. This reduction reflects the remaining tax savings resulting from the
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Of that amount, $3.8 million will benefit businesses and
industrial customers, including Northwest Florida’s military bases. (Source: Gulf
Power, 08/29/18)

Bell in Lafayette closes
LAFAYETTE, La. – Bell Helicopters is shutting down its operation at the Lafayette
Regional Airport. Louisiana Economic Development (LED) said the state’s contract
with Bell was being terminated due to underperformance. LED provided $26 million
in funding to the manufacturer in 2013 to establish an assembly base in the state.
The facility was initially supposed to be the final assembly line for the Bell 505 Jet
Ranger X but later transitioned to the 525 cabin subassembly facility. Part of the
agreement was that Bell would create 115 new direct jobs. Bell renegotiated the
contract last year to bring that number down to 95. But Bell currently employs 22
full-time workers at the site. The work done in Lafayette will be done now in
Amarillo, Texas. LED is seeking to be repaid $16 million. (Sources: KLFY, Helicopter
Investor, 08/23/18) Lafayette is about two hours west of New Orleans along
Interstate 10.

Contract: BAE Systems, $83.5M
BAE Systems, Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is awarded
an $83,479,530 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract. This level of effort contract provides up to a maximum of
1,012,800 hours of direct labor support services. Tasking includes maintenance,
integrated logistic support, management, life cycle sustainment, and the upgrade
of current systems; such as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers,
Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance system; using
new and emerging technologies in support of the Special Communications Mission
Solutions Division. Work will be performed in California, Md. (38 percent);
Chesapeake, Va. (26 percent); Spring Lake, N. C. (9 percent); San Diego, Calif. (7
percent); Pranzer Kaserne, Germany (4 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (3
percent); Fort Bliss, Texas (3 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (3 percent); Fort Campbell,
Ky. (2 percent); Fort Lewis, Wash. (2 percent); Homestead, Fla. (1 percent); Fort
Carson, Colo. (1 percent); and Camp Lejeune, N.C. (1 percent), and is expected to
be completed in August 2023. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds
will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. This contract was
competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, with two offers
received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00421-18-D-0062). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

Contract: Technical Systems, $10.6M
Technical Systems Integration Inc., Chesapeake, Va., is awarded a $10,585,142 firm-
fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot-level repair,
overhaul, and modification for the MK-105 magnetic minesweeping gear. The
MK105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System is a high-speed catamaran
hydrofoil platform which is towed behind the MH-53E helicopter and is used to
sweep magnetic influence mines. This contract includes options which, if
exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $54,044,081. Work will be
performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by August 2019.
Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,657,763
will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business
Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare
Center Panama City Division, Panama City Beach, is the contracting activity (N61331-
18-D-0011). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

Contract: MSE Group, $10M
MSE Group LLC, San Antonio, Texas, is awarded a maximum amount $10,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for
professional hazardous material and waste management environmental
compliance and engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command
(NAVFAC) Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). A task order in the amount of
$15,659 is being awarded to prepare Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-
Know Act Sections 312 and 313 regulatory requirements for reporting year 2018 at
Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla. Work for this task order is expected to be
completed by July 2019. All work on this contract will be performed at various Navy
and Marine Corps installations in the NAVFAC Southeast AOR. The term of the
contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of August
2023. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount
of $15,659 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). This contract was competitively procured via the Navy
Electronic Commerce Online website, with seven proposals received. The Naval
Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting
activity (N69450-18-D-0119). (Source: DoD, 08/23/18)

F-35 nose gear collapses
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. –  An F-35 that returned to base after an in-flight
emergency was photographed with its nose pointed down after its nose gear
collapsed. The plane had the ground incident shortly after noon Wednesday,
according to the 33rd Fighter Wing. Nobody was injured. Officials say the 58th
Fighter Squadron jet was parked on the flight line when the front nose gear
collapsed. Eglin shares the runway with Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. No
commercial traffic was affected. An investigation into the circumstances
surrounding the mishap is under way. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News,
08/22/18)

Contract: Boeing, $8.2M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $8,192,003 firm-fixed-price
contract for five Automated System Test Set Trailers and spares. Work will be
performed in St. Louis and will be completed by Aug. 20, 2020. Fiscal 2018
procurement funds in the amount of $8,192,003 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8678-18-C-0007). (Source: DoD, 08/22/18)

Airman getting Medal of Honor
A Hurlburt Field airman who gave his life on the battlefield will be recognized
Wednesday for his sacrifice. Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman will posthumously
receive the Medal of Honor. Air Force video of his March 2002 battle in
Afghanistan shows Chapman and his reconnaissance team. They engaged the
enemy in the rescue of a Navy petty officer who'd fallen from the chopper they
were on, landing on an enemy-infested mountain top. Despite being wounded in
the rescue, Chapman continued to fight, ultimately losing his life. During that battle
16 years ago, seven service members lost their lives in a battle that lasted more
than an hour. Chapman becomes the 19th airman to win the nation’s highest
military honor, and the first airman since the Vietnam era. (Source: WEAR-TV,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/20/18)

Contract: Kratos, $109M
Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a
$108,959,357 firm-fixed-price contract, for Lot 14-16 production and contractor
logistics support. Work will be performed at Sacramento and is expected to be
completed by Dec. 31, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $27,094,365 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678‐18‐C‐0002). (Source: DoD,
08/21/18)

Whiting gets another award
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - The Department of Energy recognized
NAS Whiting Field this week for its contributions to energy efficiency, conservation
and renewable energy technologies. Selected earlier this month as the
Department of the Navy’s small shore installation Energy Excellence award winner
for 2018, NAS Whiting Field’s recent Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) was
also selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) as a Federal Energy and
Management Program (FEMP) award for 2018. The project was one of only nine
selected throughout the entire federal government, and the only Department of
Navy project recognized.  (Source: NAS Whiting, 08/21/18)

Contract: Jacobs, $13.9M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Tampa, Fla., is awarded a $13,879,811 cost-plus-fixed-fee-
term contract. This is a bridge contract that provides for uninterrupted contractor
support services, most importantly in the areas of information technology (IT) and
information assurance (IA), for the F-35 Joint Program Office. Services to be
provided under this contract include program management, IT, IA, enterprise
architecture, emerging capabilities and requirements, operations management,
enterprise management, and asset management support. Work will be performed
in Arlington, Va. (77 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (6 percent); Patuxent
River, Md. (4 percent); Eglin AFB, Fla. (4 percent); Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio (3
percent); China Lake, Calif. (2 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent); and
Jacksonville, Fla. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2019.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,545,000 will
be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to
Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-2. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft
Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-C-0674). (Source:
DoD, 08/20/18)

Relativity making history next year
Relativity Space, a California-based company that’s building a rocket using far
fewer parts thanks to additive manufacturing, will test for the first time in history,
the combination of a 3D printed engine with a 3D printed fuel tank at NASA's
Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2019. That’s according to a story by KABC-TV. The
company’s operation is in what the station reports as a nondescript business park
in Inglewood.  Building a rocket usually takes 12 to 18 months and consists of more
than 100,000 parts. Relativity Space takes two months and the rocket is made of
fewer than 1,000 parts. (Source: KABC-TV, 08/17/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $26.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $26,127,742 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee order
(N0001918F2038) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-
G-0020). This order provides for non-recurring engineering activities associated
with the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) Security Architecture
Phase III design, development, integration and test of the ALIS Sovereign Data
Management (SDM) system in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and F-
35 international partners. This effort provides F-35 international partners the
capability to review and block messages to prevent sovereign data loss.
Additionally, the effort includes studies and recommendations to improve the
security architecture of ALIS. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (53 percent);
and Orlando, Fla. (47 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020.
Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force,
Marine Corps and Navy); and international partner funds in the amount of
$26,127,742 will be obligated at time of award, $6,912,067 of which will expire at the
end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force
($10,769,545; 41 percent); Marine Corps ($7,895,656; 30 percent); Navy ($1,988,809;
8 percent), and international partners ($5,473,732; 21 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/17/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

NASA selects projects
NASA selected 20 research and technology proposals valued at $15 million from 19
American small businesses. Each is partnering with research institutions for Phase
II of NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The selections
include two projects supporting Stennis Space Center: One is “Through Wall
Wireless Intelligent Sensor an Health monitoring,” developed by American GNC
Corp. of Simi Valley, Calif., an Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York.
The other is “High Performance Simulation Tool for Multiphysics Propulsion Using
Fidelity-Adaptive Combustion Modeling,” developed by Streamline Numerics, Inc.
of Gainesville, Fla., and Stanford University of Stanford, Calif. Only small
businesses awarded Phase I contracts are eligible to submit a proposal for a Phase
II funding agreement. Phase II is focused on the development, demonstration and
delivery of the innovation. Phase II projects are chosen as a result of competitive
evaluations and based on selection criteria provided in the Solicitation. Phase II
contracts last for 24 months with a maximum funding of $750,000.
For a complete list of the STTR selections, click here. (Source: NASA/SSC, 08/17/18)

Bridenstine on hand for RS-25 test
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Operators conducted a successful test of RS-25
developmental engine No. 0525 – complete with a new flight controller unit – on
the A-1 Test Stand as new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other agency
officials watched. The
hot fire was the first RS-25 test at Stennis since February, when operators
powered the engine to its highest operating level ever. It also was the first test of
developmental engine No. 0525 since August 2015. It marked the first in a series of
nine scheduled tests on engine No. 0525 through the rest of the year and into
2019. Each will feature an RS-25 flight controller for use on an actual SLS mission,
as well as testing engine components made with innovative manufacturing
designed to reduce the cost of future engines. Four RS-25 engines will power the
Space Launch System designed to take astronauts on deep-space missions.
(Source: NASA, 08/14/18)

August newsletter available
The August issue of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is now
available. This issue has a story about the effort to expand the MRO operations at
Pensacola International, and a story about the development of an aviation park just
outside Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Milton. Both promise to make the
Pensacola metro area a leader in the field. There is also a story about the recent
Southeast Aerospace and Defense Conference in Mobile, where that city's
aerospace footprint continues to grow. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 08/14/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $480M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a not-
to-exceed $480,000,000 undefinitized contract for air-launched rapid response
weapon critical design review and test and production readiness support. Work
will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2021.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research,
development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,000,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-18-C-0021). (Source: DoD,
08/13/18)

Contract: Boeing, $17M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $17,002,107 for firm-fixed-price
delivery order N0001918F2654 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-16-G-0001). This order is for the retrofit documentation and kits
to convert nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in
accordance with engineering change proposal 6480. Work will be performed in St.
Louis and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft
procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17,002,107 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,
08/13/18) Gulf Coast note: The Blue Angels are based in Pensacola, Fla.

Two repair hangars open
ANDALUSIA, Ala. – Aircraft maintenance service provider Yulista Holding has
opening a new fixed- and rotary-wing facility at the Southern Alabama Regional
Airport. It includes two hangers, an office, and manufacturing and storage space,
with services geared toward Lockheed C-130 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The airport's
distance to the Eglin Air Force Base and other Northwest Florida military
installations opens new opportunities for contracts, the company said. Yulista,
based in Huntsville, Ala., also announced this week it had completed a new 80,000-
square foot hangar at the Huntsville Executive Airport. (Source: Intelligent
Aerospace, Yulista, 08/10/18) Yulista also has a maritime operation in Panama City
Beach, Fla.

Contract: Lockheed, $302M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $301,980,301 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F0472 against
a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order
provides for the procurement of ancillary mission equipment for F-35 Lightning II
low-rate initial production Lot 12 aircraft in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps,
and Navy, the non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military
sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed in January 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air
Force); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps), non-
DoD participant and FMS funds in the amount of $301,980,301 will be obligated at
time of award, $41,066,198 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This
order combines purchases for the Air Force ($109,727,547; 36 percent); Marine
Corps ($50,115,140; 17 percent); Navy ($8,979,210; 3 percent); non-DoD participants
($102,334,986; 34 percent); and FMS customers ($30,823,418; 10 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 08/10/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Choctawhatchee, $20M
Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., DeFuniak Springs, Fla., has been
awarded a maximum $19,989,648 modification (P00012), incorporating the economic-
price-adjustment agreement to the existing 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8314)
with no option periods, for electric utility services. 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 2018 through 2067 operations and maintenance
funds. The contracting activity is Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir,
Va. (Source: DoD, 08/10/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $105M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $104,991,053 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1004) for continued design maturation and
development of contractually identified Block 4 common capabilities. These efforts
are in support of the F-35 Phase 2.2(A)(1) pre-modernization of common
capabilities in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and the international
partners. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in
July 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) and
international partner funds in the amount of $27,000,000 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($83,950,846; 79.96 percent) and
the international partners ($21,040,207; 20.04 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/09/18)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

Contract: Raytheon, $110M
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $110,000,000 total-package
approach, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Paveway Family of
Weapons. The contract action provides a total-package approach for Paveway-
specific activities including but not limited to: studies, production, certification,
integration, and sustainment. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to
be completed Feb. 9, 2029. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to
the Philippines and countries with active cases to acquire Paveway weapon
systems or have expressed interest in the Paveway Family of Weapons. FMS funds
in the amount of $1,554,527 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8681-18-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 08/09/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $19,931,983 for modification P00010 to a delivery order (N0001917F0108)
previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This
modification provides for the procurement of Aircraft Management System (AMS)
and Panoramic Cockpit Display (PCD) components, mitigating hardware lead time
schedule risk for Technical Refresh Phase 3 development, as well as integration of
AMS and PCD into identified development laboratories to support Lot 15 F-35
Lightning II production. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be
completed in September 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and
evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $15,852,703 will be obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
08/08/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Continental begins plant work
MOBILE, Ala. – Continental Motors has begun work on a nearly 275,000-square-foot
engine and parts manufacturing facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The
plant will include $40 million in new equipment and an area dedicated to new
manufacturing techniques and processes, such as additive manufacturing. The
plant, which consolidates operations scattered among nearly a dozen buildings, is
expected to be operational in 2019. Continental Motors, which employs 400
workers in Mobile, is a subsidiary of China’s AVIC International Holding LTD. It
produces piston and turbine engines for light aircraft, and also provides services.
(Source: al.com, 08/05/18. Birmingham Business Journal, AP via U.S. News and
World Report, 08/06/18)

NAS Whiting wins award
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton
was is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Energy Excellence Award for
2018 in the Navy Small Shore category. The announcement was made Aug. 3 by the
Secretary of the Navy. The award program promotes excellence in the areas of
energy security, new technology, innovation, program management and efficiency
across the department. Whiting Field successfully implemented several initiatives
resulting in a nearly 20 percent energy intensity reduction, already exceeding the
2020 energy goals established by the Secretary of the Navy. This feat was possible
in part through completion of a year-long Utility Energy Service Contract in
partnership with Gulf Power. (Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 08/06/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $13.1M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $13,100,000 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (P00007) to contract FA8656-15-D-0019 for
advanced medium-range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) technical support. The
contractor will provide technical services and analysis supporting the AMRAAM
weapon system. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be
completed by Sept. 30, 2020. The modification brings the total cumulative face
value of the contract to $35,000,000. No funds are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/06/18)

Contract: Straub, $16.8M
Straub Construction Inc., Santa Rosa, Calif/, is awarded $16,800,000 for firm-fixed-
price task order N6247318F4874 under a previously awarded multiple award
construction contract (N62473-16-D-1887) for construction of the Air Wing Training
Facility at Naval Air Station, Fallon. The work to be performed provides for
construction of the facility that will support desk-style aircraft simulators, Virtual
Aegis Combat simulators, F-35 Mission Rehearsal Trainers, and unmanned aerial
system simulators, E-2D simulators and support spaces. Project will be constructed
with reinforced concrete masonry with seismic upgrades, reinforced concrete
slab, structural steel framing, elastomeric roof and structural elements that would
allow the expansion of the facility in the future if required. Work will be performed
in Fallon and is expected to be completed by August 2020. Fiscal 2017 military
construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $16,800,000 are obligated on
this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals
were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command,
Southwest, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/06/18) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

Contract: Sentient, $49M
Sentient Digital Inc., doing business as Entrust Government Solutions, New
Orleans, La., is awarded a total $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for information technology (IT) engineering support services. IT services
in this contract will assist Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) Command, Control,
Communications, and Computer Systems (C4S) division (N6) in providing and
sustaining Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of the Navy (DoN)
compliant technical C4S solutions. Additionally, this contract will satisfy emerging
requirements, enhance and develop IT capabilities in support of MSC’s mission
and assist in the development of governance to ensure IT capabilities align to MSC
N6’s strategic business support plan, MSC N6’s technical architecture road maps,
DoD, and DoN mandates. The solutions primarily satisfy emergent cyber security
mandates and technical refreshes for end of life hardware and software. Work will
be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed Aug. 15, 2023. Fiscal
2018 working capital funds in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated as the initial
task order and will satisfy the minimum guarantee requirements. Contract funds
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively
procured, with proposals solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities website,
with eight offers received. The Navy’s Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, is the
contracting activity (N32205-18-D-1000). (Source: DoD, 08/06/18)

Airport completes runway improvement
Nearly $5 million worth of improvements are now finished at Stennis International
Airport in the community of Kiln in Hancock County. The 8,500-foot grooved and
lighted runway is an essential component to attracting new companies to the
airpark, which is currently home to 16 companies and nearly 400 employees.
Stennis Airport also serves as a military training facility, relying on both the runway
as well as Stennis Space Center’s acoustical buffer zone. The $4.85 million in
funding came from the Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvement
program. The last major runway pavement overlay was performed nearly 20 years
ago and was at the end of its design life. (Source: WLOX-TV, 08/06/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $33M
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a
$32,077,853 modification (P00720) to contract F04701-02-C-0002 for Advanced
Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Satellite Vehicle 4. The contract modification is
to implement SV 4 operational resiliency phase one for the AEHF. Work will be
performed in Sunnyvale and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2021. Fiscal
2018 space research; and development test and evaluation funds in the amount of
$4,086,205 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of
the contract is $9,236,908,810. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air
Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/03/18) Gulf Coast
note: Core propulsion subsystem work the AEHF is done by Lockheed Martin at
Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Multiple, $68.8M
Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z042); CACI Inc. – Federal, Chantilly,
Va. (N00189-18-D-Z043); Deloitte & Touche LLP, Arlington, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z044);
Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., Alexandria, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z045); and
Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc., Reston, Va. (N00189-18-D-Z046), are awarded an
estimated $68,606,390 multiple award cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts that will include terms and conditions for the
placement of both cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders to provide
contractor support of strategic assessment and planning; manpower assessment;
planning and programming analysis support; financial program management;
manpower, personnel, training and education program and policy assessment and
management; and quantitative analysis, forecasting, performance assessment, and
research, development, test and evaluation program management support in
support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO) manpower, personnel,
training and education domain comprised of the DCNO, the Bureau of Naval
Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center,
Commander Naval Education and Training, and Commander Navy Recruiting
Command. The contracts will run concurrently and will include a 36-month base
ordering period and two 36-month optional ordering periods which if exercised,
the total value of this contract will be $223,902,299. Work will be performed in
Millington, Tenn. (50 percent); Arlington, Va. (30 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (10
percent); various locations throughout the continental U.S. (8 percent); and
various contractor facilitates (2 percent). The base ordering period of the contract
is expected to be completed by August 2021; if all options are exercised, the
ordering period will be completed by August 2027. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,000 will be obligated ($10,000 on
each of the five contracts to fund the contracts’ minimum amounts) and funds will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively
procured for the award of multiple contracts pursuant to the authority set forth in
Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.504. The requirement was solicited through the
Federal Business Opportunities website, with 11 offers received. Naval Supply
Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department
Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/03/18)

Aerojet moving toward production run
As the next series of RS-25 engine test firings at the Stennis Space Center, Miss.,
nears, Aerojet Rocketdyne is assembling the new components of its “production
restart” design and fabricating the parts for new flight engines. Aerojet
Rocketdyne’s RS-25 program is primarily based out of its Canoga Park facility in the
Los Angeles area, where most of the engineering and production of the engines is
done. All of the flight engines are planned to be delivered to NASA by July, 2024.
The new engines are due to begin flying on the fifth Space Launch System (SLS)
launch. The SLS program has 16 engines left over from the Space Shuttle era,
which will be used on the first four launches – four engines per launch. The
engines are modified from their Space Shuttle configurations to operate at a
higher power level and more severe thermal environment. They went through
extensive ground testing from early 2015 through late 2017. Changes to the engine
design will be certified in part during dozens of ground test firings at Stennis,
grouped into a series of tests on different ground test engines. The first
production restart test series, called “Retrofit 1a,” was completed in late February.
That series demonstrated the first major production restart component, the pogo
accumulator assembly. The pogo units are now built using a 3-D printing technique.
The last of four hot-fire tests saw development engine 0528 (E0528) throttled up to
a record 113 percent RPL. The upcoming Retrofit 1b test series is currently
targeted to start in the A-1 test stand at Stennis in mid-August. Following the
completion of the rapid-turnaround demonstration of the AR-22 engine, Aerojet
Rocketdyne’s other SSME derivative, E0525 was delivered to the stand on July 23
for installation. (Source: NASA Spaceflight, 07/31/18)


JULY 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $171.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort
Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $171,705,115 cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to a previously awarded F-35 Lightning II low rate
initial production Lot 11 contract (N00019-16-C-00033). This
modification authorizes the procurement of diminishing
manufacturing sources redesign activities in support of the F-35
Lightning II air system. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and
is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2016 aircraft
procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy
and Marine Corps); and international partner funds in the amount
of $171,705,115 are being obligated at time of award, $68,654,573 of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($68,654,573;
39.99 percent); Navy ($34,327,287; 19.99 percent); Marine Corps
($34,327,287; 19.99 percent); and international partners
($34,395,968; 20.03 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $16.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort
Worth, Texas, is awarded $16,164,426 for modification P00663 to a
previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract
(N00019-02-C-3002). This modification provides for Phase 3 F-35
Joint Strike Fighter Verification Simulation (VSim) / F-35 In-a-Box
(FIAB) delivery of updates to the FIAB software model. In addition,
this modification provides continued FIAB software model
development, integration, validation, verification and support.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth (80 percent); Naval Air
Station Patuxent River, Md. (10 percent); and Marietta, Ga. (10
percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2019. Fiscal
2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds (Air Force
and Navy) in the amount of $6,926,436 will be obligated at the time
of the award, none of which will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force
($4,495,926; 65 percent); and Navy ($2,430,510; 35 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $7.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort
Worth, Texas, is awarded $7,808,741 for modification P00004 to a
previously issued order issued against basic ordering agreement
(N00019-14-G-0020). This modification provides for support for first
of class flying trials and release of the military permit to fly for F-
35B Lightning aircraft in support of the government of the United
Kingdom. Work will be performed in Salmesbury, United Kingdom
(52 percent); Fort Worth (44 percent); Greenville, N.C. (2 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (1 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (1 percent), and
is expected to be completed in June 2020. International partner
funds in the amount of $7,808,741 will be obligated against this
modification at time of award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. An additional $5,783,000 is being
obligated against previously awarded definitized contract for a
total of $13,591,741. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/31/18) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Applied Research, $48.7M
Applied Research Associates, Albuquerque, N.M., has been
awarded a $48,700,000 basic indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for Joint Munitions Weapons Effectiveness Manuals and a
$4,024,270 task order. The contract provides for software
development and training. Work will be performed at Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla.; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. This contract has a five-year
ordering period with work expected to be completed Aug. 6, 2024.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition. Fiscal 2018
research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of
$300,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Test
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. The
contract number is FA2487-18-D-0129; the first delivery order
number is FA2487-18-F-1029. (Source: DoD, 07/31/18)

Contract: Titan, $9.4M
Titan Facility Services, Gilbert, Ariz., has been awarded a
$9,394,235 firm-fixed price contract for Healthcare Aseptic
Management Services. The contract provides for medical aseptic
housekeeping, waste management, and linen management. These
services constitute the enterprise-level Healthcare Aseptic
Management Services requirement for the U.S. Air Force Medical
Service as directed by the Healthcare Aseptic Management
Services Requirement Approval Document. Work will be
performed at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; Vance AFB, Okla.; Tinker
AFB, Okla.; Barksdale AFB, La.; Columbus AFB, Miss.; Eglin AFB,
Fla.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; MacDill AFB, Fla.; Patrick AFB, Fla.;
Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.;
Moody AFB, Ga.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Charleston AFB, S.C.; and
Shaw AFB, S.C.. The awards include a transition period from Aug.
16, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2018, funded with fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funds. A base-year period plus four, one-year-option
periods will follow the transition period from Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 30,
2023. The base period will be funded incrementally using fiscal
year 2019 operations and maintenance funds. This award is the
result of a competitive, small business set-aside acquisition. Air
Force Installation Contracting Agency, Joint Base San Antonio,
Texas, is the contracting activity (FA8052-18-C-0009). (Source:
DoD, 07/30/18)

Contract: Radiance, $19.8M
Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a
$19,776,547, cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for Small
Business Cyber Security Operations Center (SB-CSOC). The
scope of this effort is the development of a SB-CSOC capability.
Unlike private security operations centers or managed security
services providers, the SB-CSOC will provide direct integration
with state and federal organizations and cyber mission forces,
enabling small businesses to adopt best-of-breed cybersecurity
strategies (such as those based on the National Institute of
Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework). Work will
be performed in Baton Rouge, La., and is expected to be
completed by July 29, 2021. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition, offers were solicited electronically via an
open broad agency announcement and two offers were received.
Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting
activity (FA8750-18-C-0048). (Source: DoD, 07/30/18)

NCCIPS contract awarded
NASA has awarded a contract to COLSA Corp. of Huntsville, Ala.,
to provide facility operations support services to the National
Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS).
NCCIPS is a federal shared services data center managed by the
NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at the agency’s Stennis
Space Center, Miss. NCCIPS Version Two is a firm, fixed price
contract that begins Aug. 1 with a 60-day phase-in period, followed
by a one-year base period, four one-year options and three one-
year award term options. The potential total value of the contract
is approximately $107.4 million. The contractor will be responsible
for secure facility operations, maintenance, management,
environmental analysis, energy management, information
technology, system power, and network integration in support of
NCCIPS. (Source: NASA, 07/23/18)

Contract: UTC, $24.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines,
East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $24,629,842 modification to a
previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-
fee-target contract (N00019-14-C-0004). This modification provides
for the procurement of F135 Low-Rate Initial Production 9 non-
annualized sustainment support equipment and associated labor
for depot activation outside the continental U.S. to include support
equipment fleet modernization in support of the Navy, Marine
Corps, Air Force, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and non-Department
of Defense participants. Work will be performed in East Hartford
(90 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (10 percent), and is expected to
be completed in May 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps and Navy), FMS and non-DoD participant
funds in the amount of $24,629,842 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
($310,294; 1 percent); Marine Corps ($134,106; 0.5 percent); Navy
($84,622; 0.3 percent); FMS ($50,350; 0.2 percent); and non-DoD
participants ($24,050,470; 98 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 07/24/18) Gulf Coast note: The F135 powers the F-35
Joint Strike Fighter. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Aero projects funding get prelim OK
Triumph Gulf Coast on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to
$64.5 million in grants to expand the region’s aerospace and
aviation infrastructure. The Triumph board voted unanimously to
support $56 million in major expansions of the Pensacola
International Airport’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities
and $8.5 million for substantial expansion of Whiting Aviation Park
in Santa Rosa County. Triumph Chairman Don Gaetz said the
investments “will directly create over 3,100 high-paying jobs” and
grow Northwest Florida as a leader in aerospace. The funds for
Pensacola is contingent upon obtaining more than $75 million now
being sought from city, county, state and federal sources and $59
million in commitments to the project by private companies. The
next step for the Pensacola and Whiting projects is agreement on
a term sheet that will stipulate the obligations of all funding
partners and include performance requirements and a “claw back”
that would allow Triumph to reclaim its funds if jobs aren’t created
and sustained, as committed by the private and public sponsors of
the proposals. (Source: Triumph Gulf Coast, 07/18/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $164M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, is
being awarded a $164,000,000 contract modification (P00034) to
previously awarded, sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-
plus fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract, HQ0147-10-D-0001, for the Terminal High Altitude
Area Defense Field Support Contract (TFSC). This modification will
increase the total ceiling value from $561,000,000 to $725,000,000.
The contractor will continue to perform the same effort under the
general scope of the TFSC which includes logistics performance
requirements, forward stationing for theater support, logistics
information capabilities, post deployment software support,
product assurance, safety, missile support, security and
engineering services. This modification will also incorporate the
International Engineering Services Program and Field Surveillance
Program activity. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Ala.;
Sunnyvale, Calif.; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Troy, Ala. The
ordering period remains from March 25, 2010, through March 31,
2019. This contract was awarded under the sole-source authority
pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulations 6302-1, “Only one
responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy
agency requirements”. No additional funds are being obligated by
this modification; fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019, operations and
maintenance and procurement funds will be obligated with
execution of future task orders. No task orders are being issued at
this time. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the
contracting activity (HQ0147-10-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 07/18/18)

Contract: Northrop, $19.3M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded
$19,328,060 for fixed-price-incentive successive target
modification P00007 to a previously awarded contract (N00019-17-
C-0018) to procure integrated functional capability (IFC) 4.0 unique
material for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. The
material will be utilized for inline modifications and retrofit efforts
to convert the MQ-4C Triton to the IFC 4.0 configuration. Work will
be performed in San Diego, Calif. (22 percent); Waco, Texas (16
percent); New Town, N.D. (15 percent); West Chester, Ohio (9
percent); Middletown, Wisc. (9 percent); Malabar, Fla. (9 percent);
Menlo Park, Calif. (4 percent); Placentia, Calif. (3 percent), Medford,
N.Y. (3 percent); San Clemente, Calif. (2 percent); Bridgeport, W.
Va. (less than 1 percent); and various locations in the continental
U.S. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$19,328,060 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, 07/18/18) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman does
fuselage work on Triton in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: PC Mechanical, $19M
PC Mechanical Inc., Santa Maria, Calif., is awarded a $19,000,000
firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N39430-15-D-1604)
to exercise option three for inspection, overhaul, repair,
refurbishment, preventive maintenance, and logistics
management information services to reconstitute the force of Civil
Engineer Support Equipment (CESE) and Civil Engineer End Items
(CEEI) under the CESE/CEEI Life Extension Program (CLEP) at
Naval Base Ventura County. The total contract amount after
exercise of this option will be $76,000,000. No task orders are
being issued at this time. Work will be performed in Port
Hueneme, Calif. (90 percent); and Gulfport, Miss. (10 percent), and
this option period is from July 2018 to July 2019. No funds will be
obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual
task orders as they are issued. Task orders will be primarily
funded by fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy). The
Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center,
Port Hueneme, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/18/18)

Contract: Harris Corp., $8M
Harris Corp., Rochester, N.Y., has been awarded a $7,999,668 firm-
fixed price contract, for AN/PRC-160 radios. This contract provides
264 Harris Corporation High Frequency Falcon III AN/PRC-160
radios. The radios will be delivered to Fort Benning, Ga.; Pope
Army Airfield, N.C.; JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.;
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Louisville, Ky.; and Portland, Ore..
The radios will be delivered by Sept. 20 2018. This award is a
result of a competitive acquisition that was posted to Federal
Business Opportunities, with two offers received. Fiscal 2018
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,999,668 are
being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value
of the contract is $7,999,668. 1st Special Operations Contracting
Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 07/18/18)

Report: HPM chosen to A220 FAL
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus has named Hoar Program Management
(HPM) to be in charge of building the new assembly line for the
A220 series plane in Mobile, according to FOX 10 News. It’s the
same company that built the A320 assembly line. (Source: WALA-
TV, 07/16/18) The A220 is the renamed Bombardier CSeries. It will
be built in Mobile, as well as Quebec, Canada, as part of a joint
venture between Airbus and Bombardier. Ground breaking is
expected later this year. HPM, which began in Birmingham, Ala.,
has locations across Alabama and elsewhere. In addition to
building the A320 final assembly line in Mobile, HPM built the
recently opened VT MAE hangar in Pensacola, Fla. Previous

Airbus partners with DB Schenker
Airbus and DB Schenker have partnered to develop a logistics
plan to use waterways to transport components to its A320 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., reducing road transport. Using a new
roll-on/roll-off terminal, its barge, and a newly-dredged section of
river, Airbus can use larger vessels to transfer components by
water. Larger ocean going vessels are now being used for the
international transport of four complete “ship sets” per month. DB
Schenker, working with local contractors, also refurbished a pier at
the production plant and constructed a new hangar. (Source:
Logistics Manager, 07/13/18)

Contract: Northrop, $41.2M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded
$41,229,512 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification 08 to order 0041
against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-
G-0026). This modification increases the ceiling and extends the
period of performance on the delivery order to provide test,
maintenance and logistics support services to sustain MQ-4C
Triton unmanned air system (UAS) air vehicles, mission control
and operator training systems. In addition, this delivery order
provides for technical support from field service representatives
to ensure that the MQ-4C UAS aircraft are mission-capable for
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions supporting
Triton’s early operating capability. Work will be performed in
Patuxent River, Md. (50 percent); Point Mugu, Calif. (25 percent);
Jacksonville, Fla. (20 percent); and Yigo, Guam (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations
and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement
(Navy) funds in the amount of $5,929,251 are being obligated on
this award, $5,469,251 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, 07/13/18) Gulf Coast note:
Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on Global Hawk variants,
including Triton, in Moss Point, Miss.

Blue Angels air shows
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration
team will have two air shows close to home this weekend and
next. This weekend the team performs at an air show at Pensacola
Beach, just across the bay from the team’s home at Naval Air
Station Pensacola. Then next weekend the team will be over the
skies of Biloxi, Miss., about 120 miles west of Pensacola. (Source:
GCAC, 07/13/18)

JetBlue getting 60 A220s
TOULOUSE, France – JetBlue today became the first customer for
the newly-rebranded Airbus A220 aircraft, signing a Memorandum
of Understanding for 60 firm orders for the larger A220-300 model.  
In addition, the airline converted 25 of its current orders for Airbus
A320neo aircraft into orders for the larger A321neo. JetBlue’s
A321neos and A220s will be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF
engines. “JetBlue’s selection of the A220 aircraft as a complement
to its growing A320 Family fleet is a tremendous endorsement –
both of the A220 itself and of the way these two aircraft can work
together to provide airline network flexibility and a great
passenger experience,” said Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial
Officer for Airbus. Airbus manufactures, markets and supports
A220 aircraft under the recently finalized “C Series Aircraft Limited
Partnership” (CSALP) agreement. (Source: Airbus, 07/10/18) The
A220 will be built at an assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Previous

GKN hiring now
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – GKN Aerospace has hired 40 people to work
at its new manufacturing facility at the airport and is actively
recruiting and training more new employees, officials said Monday
at a press conference. Also, the plant’s new general manager
Preston Mathis was introduced at the conference held at the
Advanced Manufacturing Facility at Gulf Coast State Community
College, which GKN has partnered with to help train employees.
The building at Venture Crossings is completed and equipment is
being moved into the facility. By next year, officials say they will
hire 172 people and be producing aircraft component parts. To
receive incentive funds, the company will be required to create at
least 170 new full-time equivalent jobs at an annual wage of
$63,156 by the end of 2020. “GKN has committed to hire 172
people,” said Becca Hardin, president of the Bay Economic
Development Alliance, which recruited the business, adding that
the company has invested $55 million in the facility and
equipment. Kim Bodine, executive director for CareerSource Gulf
Coast, said more than 900 people since last August have applied
for the jobs on the CareerSource page taking applications.
(Source: News Herald, 07/09/18)

CSeries gets new name
TOULOUSE, France – The aircraft known as the CSeries has a new
name now: the A220. Airbus revealed the A220 at a ceremony held
at its Henri-Ziegler Delivery Centre, near Toulouse. The A220-300
landed directly from the painting wearing its new Airbus name and
colors. The A220 family comprises two models, the A220-100 and
A220-300, formerly Bombardier’s CS100 and CS300, respectively.
The aircraft are for the 100 to 150 seat market and complement
Airbus’ existing best-selling A320neo family. (Source: Airbus,
07/10/18) An agreement between Europe’s Airbus and Canada’s
Bombardier, in which Airbus is a majority holder of the former
CSeries jetliner, will result in a new Bombardier assembly line in
Mobile, Ala., next to the current A320 series assembly line.

Contract: DynCorp Int: $14.9M
DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a
$14,909,094 modification (P00022) to contract (FA8617-17-C-6210)
for continued contractor operated and maintained base supply
support. The purpose of this contract modification is to exercise
an option to extend services in accordance with 52.217-8 "Option
to Extend Services." Work will be performed at Columbus Air
Force Base, Miss.; Laughlin AFB, Texas; Randolph Air Force Base,
Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Vance Air Force Base,
Okla.; Air Force Combat Systems Officer at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla.; Navy Naval Flight Officer at Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla.; Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; Naval Air
Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
Md. (satellite), and Army Aviation Flight Test Directorate (satellite).
Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2018. Fiscal 2018
Air Force operations and maintenance; fiscal 2018 Navy
operations and maintenance; fiscal 2018 Navy research
development test and evaluation; Navy defense working capital,
and fiscal 2018 Army operations and maintenance funds are being
obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of
the contract is $261,922,970 Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Training Aircraft Division, Joint Primary Aircraft Training
System, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 07/06/18)

Boeing, Embraer to join forces
Boeing has agreed to take control of Embraer’s jetliner business, a
deal that will add a smaller single-aisle aircraft to the Boeing
portfolio.  The agreement comes a week after Airbus and
Bombardier closed on a partnership that gives Airbus a 50.1
percent controlling stake in the CSeries jetliner. In the Boeing-
Embraer deal, the larger Chicago-based company will hold an 80
percent ownership stake. The joint venture is valued at $4.75
billion. Boeing and Airbus both face increasing competition from
aircraft manufacturers in China and Russia. (Source: multiple,
including Avionics, Wall Street Journal, ABCNews, 07/05/18)

Testing of AR-22 underway
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – An Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22
rocket engine that will be used in a reuseable military aircraft was
tested Monday at NASA’s rocket engine test facility in South
Mississippi. The engine, a variant of the RS-25, is being tested
over a 10-day period, fired up for 100 seconds and then doing it
again 24 hours later. Monday's was the sixth of what is anticipated
to be 10 test fires. (Sources: multiple, including WLOX-TV,
07/02/18, AP via Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 07/03/18) Previous

Contract: Northrop, $9.9M
Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems, Annapolis, Md., was
awarded a $9,948,825 firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee
modification to the previously awarded contract (N61331-15-D-
0011) to exercise options for the accomplishment of depot level
repair, maintenance, and modifications of the AN/AQS-24 mine
detecting system to support the Navy for the currently deployed
airborne mine countermeasures legacy systems. Northrop
Grumman Undersea Systems will provide depot repairs and
incorporation of engineering change proposals, including the
updates of all integrated logistics support documentation to
support the conversions and sustainment. Work will be performed
in Annapolis and is expected to be completed by April 2019. No
funding will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Surface
Warfare Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/03/18)

Startup banking on military launches
Relativity Space will be one of the few domestic players in a
segment of the market dominated by foreign firms. This could put
the company, which is focused on building 3D printed rockets, in
an advantageous position to compete for military contracts. A
launch site in the United States will be selected later this year. The
company expects to fly its Terran 1 rocket by late 2020, with a goal
to start commercial launches in 2021. Terran’s 3D printed engine,
named Aeon 1, is being tested at NASA’s Stennis Space Center,
Miss., where the company signed a 20-year lease. A feature story.
(Source: SpaceNews, 07/01/18)

Whiting Field marking 75th
Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., is where generations
of naval aviators have learned to fly. Started at the height of World
War II to meet the nation's demand for aviators, Whiting will soon
mark its 75th anniversary. While the Santa Rosa County base has
come a long way since its official dedication July 16, 1943, its
mission to produce aviators hasn't changed. Hundreds of young
Navy and Marine officers come to Whiting Field each year to
become naval aviators and earn their wings of gold. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 07/01/18)

Airbus/Bombardier deal closes
MONTREAL, Canada – The closing of the previously announced
CSeries transaction between Airbus, Bombardier, and
Investissement Québec came into effect today. Airbus now owns
a 50.01 percent majority stake in CSeries Aircraft Limited
Partnership (CSALP), while Bombardier and Investissement
Québec own about 34 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
CSALP’s head office, primary assembly line and related functions
are based in Mirabel, Québec. (Source: Globe Newswire, 07/01/18)
As part of the plan, Bombardier will break ground this year on a
second assembly line, this one in Mobile, Ala., at the site where
Airbus builds A320 series jetliners.


JUNE 2018

Contract: Bell Boeing, $4.1B
Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008
to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition
contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract. This
contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the
Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air Force; and 4 MV-
22B aircraft for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in: Fort Worth,
Texas (30.08 percent); Ridley Park, Pa. (15.22 percent); Amarillo, Texas (12.73
percent); Red Oak, Texas (3.33 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (2.55 percent); Park City,
Utah (2.20 percent); McKinney, Texas (1.33 percent); Endicott, N.Y. (1.15 percent);
Denton, Texas (0.91 percent); Rockmart, Ga. (0.80 percent); Irvine, Calif. (0.78
percent); Rome, N.Y. (0.76 percent); Crestview, Fla. (0.72 percent); Erie, Pa. (0.66
percent); Dublin, California (0.62 percent); Rockford, Illinois (0.62 percent); Tempe,
Arizona (0.57 percent); Los Angeles, Calif. (0.57 percent); East Hartford, Conn. (0.55
percent); Minden, Neb. (0.50 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (0.50 percent); and various
other locations within the continental U.S. (18.93 percent); and outside the
continental U.S. (3.92 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2024.
Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps); and fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $1,113,956,972 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($2,847,293,666; 67.9
percent); Marine Corps ($1,038,248,567; 24.8 percent); Air Force ($75,705,989; 1.8
percent); and the government of Japan ($230,285,600; 5.5 percent), under the
Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $19.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $19,886,882 for modification
P00038 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0004) for
the low rate initial production Lot 10 Non-Annualized Sustainment Contract
Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) 3.0 rollout. This modification
provides for the ALIS 3.0 software fleet release and installation into operational
and production ALIS assets as well as required training to U.S. Government and
international partner personnel in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be
performed in Orlando, Fla. (98 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant
and foreign military sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $19,886,882 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($6,181,442; 31
percent); Navy ($2,581,008; 13 percent); Marine Corps ($2,501,953; 12.6 percent);
non-U.S. DoD participants ($6,959,754; 35 percent); and FMS ($1,662,725; 8.4
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Northrop, $14.3M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., is awarded a $14,304,010 firm-
fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract
(N00024-15-C-6320) to exercise options for the fabrication, testing, production and
delivery of AN/AQS-24C mine hunting sonar systems. The AN/AQS-24C system
provides high-speed capability to detect and classify volume (moored) mines while
simultaneously hunting bottom mines. The 24C system modification integrates
ahead-looking topographic large area survey (ATLAS) volume search sonar
capability and associated minehunting software into the AN/AQS-24B configuration.
The system is deployed from the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter. Work will be
performed in Annapolis (83 percent); and Panama City, Fla. (17 percent), and is
expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 other procurement
(Navy) funding in the amount of $14,304,010 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, 06/29/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $96.1M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $96,125,000 firm-
fixed-price contract modification (P00008) to contract FA8682-16-C-0004, for Lot 11
Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer vehicles and support equipment. Work will
be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 procurement funds in
the amount of $96,125,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Total
cumulative face value of the contract is $290,996,754. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/29/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $93M
Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $93,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, for Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II)
F/A-18E/F integration. This contract provides for the testing, analysis, support and
sustainment of SDB II weapon onto the F/A-18E/F platform with developmental and
operational testing. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be
completed by July 1, 2023. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. 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 (FA8672-18-D-0011).  
(Source: DoD, 06/28/18)

Northrop expands in Moss Point
MOSS POINT, Miss. – Northrop Grumman has added an operational area to its Moss
Point, Miss.-based manufacturing center. The 101,000-square-foot Moss Point
facility has been doing work on unmanned fixed-wing and rotary-wing systems
since 2006. The company said Monday that the expanded production facility can
now accommodate projects on manned aircraft systems and will bring new jobs to
the region. Kevin Mitchell, vice president of global operations at Northrop’s
aerospace systems sector, said the company saw the number of employees at the
site grow by more than 40 percent since 2017. Gov. Phil Bryant and members of
Mississippi’s federal and state delegations attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony
that marked the official launch of the new machine shop section at the Moss Point
facility. (Source: Northrop Grumman, 06/25/18) Northrop previously said it would do
work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Moss Point.

CSeries to break ground this year
MOBILE, Ala. – Ground will be broken this year for the new Bombardier CSeries
assembly line that will be built in Mobile, a move that by 2021 will make Mobile the
world’s fourth largest jetliner assembly center. The CSeries plant will be next to
the Airbus A320 final assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex as a result of a
partnership between the two manufacturers that will be finalized July 1. Rob
Dewar, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Aerospace, who
becomes head of customer services and engineering July 1, said he expects the
first CSeries jetliner built in Mobile to be delivered in mid-2020. Dewar was one of
the speakers at the inaugural Southeast Aerospace and Defense Conference,
which ended Wednesday. The assembly line in Mobile will build the CS100 and
CS300, which have the same assembly process. Dewar said it would take about a
year to build the assembly line, which eventually will produce four jetliners per
month and employ 400 workers. The Mobile final assembly line will replicate the
one in Mirabel, Canada, but Bombardier will use some of the facilities currently
used by Airbus, including the paint shop. Thirty-six CSeries are currently in service
with three airline customers, and there are currently more than 400 orders for the
jetliner. Dewar would not say what the new name for the CSeries will be as a result
of the Airbus agreement, but an announcement will be made soon. Speaking
before Dewar was Daryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of the Airbus U.
S. Manufacturing Facility. He said the Airbus plant in Mobile has delivered 75
jetliners to seven customers. The most recent was delivered Tuesday to Frontier
Airlines. He said the Mobile facility is beginning a new chapter with the CSeries
assembly line. He said that by 2021, Mobile will be the fourth largest jetliner
manufacturing center in the world, and second largest in North America. About 115
participants from 10 countries attended the Leeham Co./Airfinance Journal
conference at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa. (Source: GCAC,
06/27/18)

Contract: A. Finkl, $419.6M
A. Finkl & Sons Co., Chicago, has been awarded a $419,633,500 ceiling indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for BLU-137/B penetrator warhead production.
This contract provides for the production of the BLU-137/B penetrator warhead
bodies with a guaranteed production of 300 bodies during the first year with a
possibility of up to 3,500 bodies in the subsequent four years. Work will be
performed in Chicago; Falconer, N.Y.; Corry, Pa.; and Burr Ridge, Ill., and is
expected to be completed by May 3, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $15,015,500 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-18-D-0017). (Source: DoD,
06/27/18)

Contract: Superior Forge, $476.9M
Superior Forge and Steel Corp., Lima, Ohio, has been awarded a $476,935,075
ceiling indefinite/delivery indefinite-quantity contract for BLU-137/B penetrator
warhead production. This contract provides for the production of the BLU-137/B
penetrator warhead bodies with a guaranteed production of 300 bodies during the
first year with a possibility of up to 3,500 bodies in the subsequent four years. Work
will be performed in Lima, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Falconer, N.Y., and is
expected to be completed by May 3, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive
acquisition. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $16,720,435 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-18-D-0018). (Source: DoD,
06/27/18)

Contract: Enterprise Electronics, $11.6M
Enterprise Electronics Corp., Enterprise, Ala., is being awarded an $11,647,403
single award, performance based, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite
quantity contract for the procurement of Supplemental Weather Radars (SWR)
systems and associated sustainment services. Additionally, the contract will
provide for the procurement of various related sub-assemblies, radar towers,
radio frequency filters, uninterruptible power supplies, essential software
products, software licenses for various weather detection tools, hardware
upgrades, technical manuals and training courses. Incidental procurement support
services to be provided will include repairing/replacing defective modules from
existing systems; providing customer help desk support; providing on-site
technical assistance; installation-related site surveys; AN/FPS-131
software/hardware upgrades; IA patch testing; technical manual updates; and the
retrofit of all existing systems with Enterprise change requests. The contract
includes a five-year ordering period and one six-month option period which, if
exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated
$12,269,002. Work will be performed in Enterprise, Alabama, and is expected to be
completed by June 2023. If all options are exercised, work could continue until
December 2023. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$568,191 will be placed on the first task order and obligated at the time of award.
Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract
was not competitively procured because it is a sole-source acquisition pursuant to
the authority of 10 U.S. Code § 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source (Federal
Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1). Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic,
Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity (N6523618D3008). (Source: DoD,
06/27/18)

Contract: Boeing, $1.5B
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a $1,504,995,240 fixed-price-incentive-
firm contract that provides for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E and six
F/A-18F Super Hornets in support of the government of Kuwait. Work will be
performed in El Segundo, Calif. (41.4 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (28.2 percent); Fort
Worth, Texas (4.7 percent); Santa Clarita, Calif. (4 percent); Bloomington, Minn. (3.3
percent); Greenlawn, N.Y. (2.8 percent); Endicott, N.Y. (2.3 percent); Santa Ana,
Calif. (1.9 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (1.5 percent); Clifton, N.J. (1.3 percent); Mesa,
Ariz. (1.3 percent); Torrance, Calif. (1.2 percent); Ontario, Canada (1 percent);
Vandalia, Ohio (0.9 percent); Kalamazoo, Mich. (0.8 percent); Fort Walton Beach,
Fla. (0.8 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (0.7 percent); and various locations outside the
continental U.S. (2.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2021.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $1,504,995,240 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
(N00019-18-C-1060). (Source: DoD, 06/27/18)

Summit wraps up first day
MOBILE, Ala. – About 115 participants from 10 countries were on hand Tuesday for
the opening session of the inaugural Southeast Aerospace and Defense
Conference. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson in his welcoming remarks said Mobile’s
history with aerospace goes back many years, but with the arrival of Airbus,
suppliers, and soon Bombardier, Mobile has a footprint in aerospace that will only
get bigger. Later, Chris Curry, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority,
discussed the recent study about the feasibility of moving commercial service
from Mobile Regional Airport in west Mobile to the 12,000-acre downtown airport at
the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, which also includes the 400-acre industrial
complex. He said the downtown airport was once the commercial airport, but it was
moved to west Mobile in the belief that’s where the population growth would
occur. But, in fact, the growth was to the east in Baldwin County, across the bay.
Asked if moving commercial service would hinder industrial tenants, like Airbus,
Curry said tenants were consulted during the study to ensure any move would not
jeopardize their operations. Asked what kind of space Brookley has for future
companies, Curry said it has as much space as needed. Participants at the
conference include suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, aerospace
companies, and investors. The first day also included talks on the transformation
of manufacturing through advanced technologies, from robots to additive
manufacturing and more. Also highlighted during the meeting was Boeing’s
proposed New Midrange Aircraft, called the 797 in press accounts. The company
hasn’t decided whether to build them, but Washington State is already preparing to
keep the work there. A Teal Group analysis, commissioned by a Washington
coalition, was highly favorable for Washington and its highly skilled workforce. The
report may be the starting point for a battle between states and cities to land the
production site. The conference continues Wednesday with talks about Mobile’s
Airbus Final Assembly Line and the CSeries jetliners Bombardier plans to build in
Mobile through a partnership with Airbus. The Leeham Company/Airfinance Journal
conference is being held at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa.
(Source: GCRL, 06/26/18)

Australia to buy Tritons
Australia is to acquire six Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime unmanned
aerial systems, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. The first
RAAF Triton is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2023. Tuesday’s initial $1.4 billion
program announcement covers the first of the six planned aircraft, which will be
based at RAAF Base Edinburgh near Adelaide, and will include $364 million for the
construction of new operational and support facilities at Edinburgh plus RAAF
Base Tindal in the Northern Territory, as well as an initial ground support
equipment, training and spares package. Triton can fly at altitudes above 50,000
feet and has an endurance of more than 24 hours. (Source: Australian Aviation,
06/26/18) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on Triton in
Moss Point, Miss.

Baldwin County eyed to house immigrants
The U.S. Navy is preparing future plans, if asked by Homeland Security, to
construct detention centers for up to 25,000 illegal immigrants on remote bases in
Alabama, Arizona and California, according to a copy of a draft memo obtained by
TIME. The internal document, drafted for Navy Secretary approval, signals that the
military is anticipating its role in the immigration crackdown. The Navy planning
document outlines plans to build “temporary and austere” tent cities for up to
25,000 migrants at abandoned airfields in Baldwin County, Ala., at Navy Outlying
Field Wolf in Orange Beach and NOF Silverhill. It allocates some 450 square feet
per immigrant held for housing, and support staff and security. (Source: TIME,
06/22/18) But U.S. Sen. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), said he’s prepared to fight a migrant
camp in Baldwin County. "We have successfully fought efforts to house illegal
immigrants in Baldwin County before, and we will do the same again because the
proposal makes no sense," Byrne told al.com via e-mail. (Source: al.com, 06/23/18)

NSC to get drones
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Coast Guard will equip National Security Cutter ships with
Scan-Eagle unmanned aircraft, including the cutter Decisive that arrived at Naval
Air Station Pensacola in June. Decisive is one of four cutters expected to change
homeports to Pensacola this year. The drones have aided the Coast Guard in the
interdiction of $1.5B worth of cocaine and heroin off the coasts of Central and
South America. The drone weighs 40 pounds and can fly up to 20 hours. The
aircraft can also provide aide in disaster relief efforts like it did in Houston in the
aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (Source: WEAR-TV, 06/22/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $73.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $73,564,206 for
modification P00037 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-
fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-0004) to stand-up
depots outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) for the maintenance, repair,
overhaul, and upgrade (MRO&U) of the F-35 aircraft. This contract also provides
for the procurement of support equipment, labor, and Autonomic Logistics
Information System hardware required to stand up the F-35 OCONUS MRO&U
capability. Work will be performed in New South Wales, Australia (35 percent);
Cameri, Italy (35 percent); Orlando, Fla. (15 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (10
percent); and El Segundo, Calif. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
February 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and
Navy); and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $73,564,206 will be obligated
at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
effort combines purchases for the Air Force ($5,985,650; 8.1 percent), the Marine
Corps ($3,046,396; 4.1 percent), Navy ($2,985,505, 4.1 percent) and non-DoD
participants ($61,546,655; 83.7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/25/18)

Contract: Multiple, $75M
Orocon-Carothers JV2, Oxford, Miss. (N69450-16-D-1108); Whitesell-Green, Inc.,
Pensacola, Fla. (N69450-16-D-1109); The ARTEC Group, Inc., Sarasota, Fla. (N69450-
16-D-1110); Desbuild, Inc., Hyattsville, Md. (N69450-16-D-1111); Southeast Cherokee
Construction, Inc., Montgomery, Ala. (N69450-16-D-1112); Leebcor Services, LLC,
Williamsburg, Va. (N69450-16-D-1113); and Howard W. Pence, Inc., Elizabethtown,
Ky. (N69450-16-D-1114), are awarded a $75,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification to
increase the maximum dollar value of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
multiple award construction contract for design-build construction projects at
various locations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Southeast area of responsibility (AOR). The work to be performed provides for, but
is not limited to, new construction, repair, alteration, and related demolition work.
After award of this modification, the maximum dollar value for all seven contracts
combined will be $174,000,000. Work will be performed in the NAVFAC Southeast
AOR, including but not limited to, Florida (70 percent); Georgia (25 percent); and
the remainder within the NAVFAC Southeast AOR (5 percent). The term of the
contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of July
2021. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on
individual task orders as they are issued. Future task orders will be primarily
funded by operation and maintenance, (Navy) and military construction funds. The
Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida, is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/22/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $175.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $175,308,058 for modification P00053 to a previously awarded cost-plus-
incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-15-C-
0114). This modification provides for the development, testing, and activation of 13
different F-35 component repair capabilities in support of the F-35 Lightning depot
implementation plan for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and non-Department of
Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H. (37 percent);
Torrance, Calif. (15 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (12 percent); Fort Worth, Texas
(11 percent); Inglewood, Calif. (8 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (6 percent);
Baltimore, Md. (5 percent); Niles, Ill. (3 percent); Williston, Vt. (1 percent); Orlando,
Fla. (1 percent); and Grand Rapids, Mich. (1 percent), and is expected to be
completed in November 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy,
and Marine Corps); and non-DoD funds in the amount of $175,308,058 are being
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($82,237,394; 46.9
percent); Navy ($41,118,693; 23.5 percent); the Marine Corps ($41,118,693; 23.5
percent); and non-DoD Participants ($10,833,276; 6.1 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/22/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

Contract: Aerojet, $69.8M
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, Calif., has been awarded a $69,804,323
modification (P00014) to a previously awarded other transaction agreement
(FA8811-16-9-0003) for the development of the AR1 booster engine and the RL10CX
upper stage engine for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. This
action implements Section 1604 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which requires the development
of a next-generation rocket propulsion system that will transition away from the
use of non-allied space launch engines to a domestic alternative for National
Security Space launches. Work will be performed in Canoga Park; Sacramento,
Calif.; Centennial, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Stennis Space Center, Miss.; West Palm
Beach, Fla.; and Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The work on the AR1 is
expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019, and the work on the RL10CX is
expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2017 research, development,
test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $63,014,148; and fiscal 2018
RDT&E funds in the amount of $20,000,000 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. (Source: DoD, 06/22/18)

Company to develop space nuclear engines
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – International nuclear technology company BWX Technologies,
Inc. opened a Huntsville office Thursday to begin developing aerospace products
that include a nuclear propulsion system. The company has a contract with NASA to
create conceptual designs for a nuclear thermal reactor that could power a
spaceship to Mars. The size of the workforce in Huntsville is dependent on growth
in the new markets it plans to create, but Jonathan Certain, vice president for
advanced technical programs for the company, said BWXT hopes to hire between
75 and 150 people in the next four or five years. BWX Technologies was created
through the breakup of the power company Babcock and Wilcox. It is
headquartered in Lynchburg, Va. and has nine operating sites in North America.
The company manufactures all the fuel and nuclear cores that power America's
aircraft carrier and submarine fleets. It is licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission to handle weapons grade uranium and builds an average of two
reactors to the Navy each year. The company's local site director is Gene Goldman,
a former director of NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC) in Mississippi and acting
center director at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville. Goldman
presented a $5,000 check from the company to help develop the planned Alabama
Cyber and Engineering School in Huntsville at the ceremony. (Source: al.com,
06/22/18) Gulf Coast note: MSFC oversees SSC, NASA’s primary rocket engine
testing center.

MQ-8C being tested on LCS
The Navy’s unmanned MQ-8C Fire Scout began a new series of operational testing
this month aboard the USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of San Diego. The
operations are a continuation of MQ-8C operational testing that began in April. This
phase of testing is for the MQ-8C's ability to operate concurrently with other
airborne assets and Littoral Combat Ships. The enhanced capability will provide
commanders an improved and integrated intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance picture. During Coronado's 2016-17 deployment to the Western
Pacific, it successfully used an MQ-8B Fire Scout – a smaller version of the Fire
Scout – as a sensor to strike a target beyond visual range using a Harpoon surface-
to-surface missile. Also in 2017, the MQ-8C had its first launch from the deck of an
LCS underway. (Sources: NNS, 06/20/18, Military.com, 06/21/18) Gulf Coast note:
Finishing work for the Fire Scout is done by Northrop Grumman in Moss Point,
Miss. LCS 4 was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Passenger traffic move feasible
MOBILE, Ala. – A study on the feasibility of moving passenger flights from Mobile
Regional Airport in west Mobile to the Downtown Mobile Airport at the Mobile
Aeroplex showed it would be beneficial, but could take three to five years to
complete. The Mobile Airport Authority, which oversees Mobile Regional Airport
and Mobile Aeroplex, launched the study in February and released results
Wednesday morning. At the heart of the study was finding a way get back travelers
who current travel to airports to the east and west of Mobile. MAA Executive
Director Chris Curry said 47 percent of travelers who might be expected to use
Mobile go to competing airports. Part of the problem is access. One of the key
questions was whether it would be more cost-effective to move commercial
service or improve road access to Mobile Regional. The study did not address the
cost. Curry also said accommodating passenger traffic without inconveniencing
the Aeroplex’s industrial aviation tenants will require a balancing act, but the
challenge can be managed.  (Source: WALA-TV, al.com, 06/20/18) The Aeroplex is
where Airbus builds A320 jetliners, VT MAE operates a maintenance, repair and
overhaul facility and Continental Motors builds small aircraft engines. Bombardier
also plans to assemble jetliners at the Aeroplex.

VT-2 command changes
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – Navy Cmdr. Zachariah Aperauch turned
over command of Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) to Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark
Jackson during a change of command ceremony Friday at the Whiting Field North
Field hangar. Under Aperauch, VT-2 flew more than 52,500 flight hours in the
completion of more than 23,350 sorties, and 619 students  completed the primary
flight training. Jackson assumes command after a tour as executive officer of VT-2.
He has 22 years with the Coast Guard, and earned his wings in 1999 after
completing primary flight training with VT-2. Navy Cmdr. Wesley Barnes replaces
Jackson as executive officer for the squadron. (Source: Whiting Field, 06/18/18)

Mobile holding aerospace conference
MOBILE, Ala. – The inaugural Southeast Aerospace and Defense Conference will be
held at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa June 25-27. It brings
together suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, aerospace companies,
financiers and investors, with an emphasis on building for the future. The event
will feature nine networking opportunities. Topics at the conference will include
the Airbus Final Assembly Line, CSeries program and final assembly line,
developing aerospace clusters in the Southeast, the evolving aerospace cluster in
Mobile and more. To see the agenda, click here. To register, click here. (Source:
GCAC, 06/18/18)

Contract: SRI, $91.1M
SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been awarded a $91,131,325 basic
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for digital video laboratory
support and an $11,150 delivery order (FA2487-18-F-1100) for upgrade of Terrasight
mobile processing units. The contract provides for improvement and
modernization of capabilities using digital data in support of the Air Force test
mission. Work will be performed in Princeton, N.J. The basic IDIQ has a five-year
ordering period, with work expected to be completed by June 2024. This award is
the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test
and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,150 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Test Center Specialized Contracting Branch, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA2487-18-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 06/15/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $503.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $503,228,000 for a not-to-exceed modification to a previously issued firm-
fixed-price delivery order 0584 placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-
14-G-0020). This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-
35Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages, and
associated consumables required to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for
the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (9.1 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. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.
Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent);
Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and
Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) and non-DoD
participant funds in the amount of $503,228,000 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification
combines purchases for the Air Force ($106,506,000; 21 percent); Marine Corps
($91,695,000; 18 percent); Navy ($68,190,000; 14 percent); and non-DoD participants
($236,837,000; 47 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

June newsletter available
The June issue of the bimonthly Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is now
available. This issue updates the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2017-2018, a 100-
page reference book that was published in June 2017. The newsletter includes an
executive summary highlighting changes since last year, along with one-page
updates of each chapter. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 06/15/18)

MSFC chief retiring
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Todd May,
is retiring effective July 27. May is being replaced on an acting basis by Marshall's
deputy director, Joan A. "Jody" Singer. May was first named acting director of
Marshall in 2015 and then took over the position on a permanent basis. Before
that, the Fairhope native managed the Space Launch System. Marshall is NASA's
chief center for rocket propulsion. It has more than 6,000 government and
contractor workers in north Alabama and at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in
New Orleans and Stennis Space Center, Miss. (Sources: AP via Sacremento Bee,
WAAY-TV, al.com, 06/11/18)

Hawaiian gets U.S.-built A321neo
MOBILE, Ala. – Hawaiian Airlines has taken delivery of its first U.S.-produced A321.
The aircraft, delivered from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, is also
the first new engine option aircraft (NEO) delivered from Airbus’ U.S. facility. It is
powered by a Pratt & Whitney PW1000G high-bypass geared turbofan engine.
Executives and employees from Airbus and Hawaiian, and executives from Pratt &
Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems witnessed the milestone delivery. (Source:
Airbus, 06/11/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $735.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$735,735,572 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides additional advance procurement
funding in the amount of $74,746,572 for the procurement of long-lead time
materials, parts, components, and effort in support of the F-35 Lightning II Low
Rate Initial Production Lot 13 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S.
Marine Corps. The modification also provides $660,989,000 in economic order
quantity funding for procurement of material and equipment that has completed
formal hardware qualification testing for the F-35 program for use in procurement
contracts to be awarded for the F-35 program low rate initial production Lots 13
and 14 for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton,
United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent);
Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in December 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy,
and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $735,735,572 are being obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force ($359,378,333; 49 percent);
U.S. Navy ($193,379,239; 26 percent); and the U.S. Marine Corps ($182,978,000; 25
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/08/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 integrated training center.

Airports awarded grants
Three airports in the Gulf Coast region are among those awarded grants by the
Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA will award $677 million in airport
infrastructure grants, the first allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport
Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States. The 241
grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons,
and terminals. H.L. (Sonny) Callahan Airport in Fairhope, Ala., will receive a $3
million for construction of a taxiway. Baton Rouge Metropolitan will receive $4
million to improve the runway safety area. Picayune Municipal will receive $630
million to construct a taxiway and install taxiway lighting. (Source: GCAC based on
FAA news release, 06/08/18)

VT MAE has grand opening
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The VT MAE maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at
Pensacola International Airport marked its grand opening today with a ribbon-
cutting on the north side of the airport. The $46 million project in Pensacola is the
second MRO operation for VT MAE in the region. It has had an MRO in Mobile, Ala.,
that employs over 1,000 workers since 1991. Florida Gov. Rick Scott was on hand to
mark the grand opening in Pensacola. Workers already have their first project, a
UPS aircraft that’s in the brand new hangar for routine maintenance. The MRO will
eventually have more than 400 workers. (Source: GCAC, 06/08/18)

CSeries closing July 1
The Airbus-Bombardier-Investissement Quebec partnership, which will result in a
final assembly line for CSeries jetliners in Mobile, Ala., will close July 1. The
CSeries assembly line will be built north of the current Airbus A320 series
assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex. All regulatory approvals required for the
closing have been obtained, officials announced today. The deal gives Airbus a
majority stake in the CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP). The head office,
primary assembly line and related functions will be based in Mirabel, Quebec. The
deal was initially announced in October 2017. The C Series program continues to
ramp up. Having delivered 17 aircraft in 2017, it is gearing up to double its
deliveries in 2018. (Source: Airbus via Globe Newswire, 06/08/18)

Contract: Bell Boeing, $47.4M
Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $47,385,038 for cost-plus-fixed-
fee delivery order N0001918F0016 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order procures non-recurring
engineering, production, supportability, and management necessary to facilitate
the incorporation of optimized wiring and structural improvements on the nacelle
into the V-22 production line and via forced retrofit at the depot level of
maintenance for previously delivered V-22 aircraft.  The effort addresses all non-
recurring activities through the critical design review, to include the delivery,
installation, validation, and any defined testing of one nacelle ship set.  Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (84 percent); Ridley Park, Pa. (5 percent);
Patuxent River, Md. (4 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent); and Amarillo,
Texas (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2020.  Fiscal 2018
aircraft procurement (Navy and Air Force) funds in the amount of $47,385,038 will
be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal
year.  This delivery order combines purchases for the Navy ($40,184,366; 85
percent); and Air Force ($7,200,672; 15 percent).  The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/08/18)

Allegiant adds routes at VPS
Allegiant announced Wednesday it would be adding six new nonstop flights out of
the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. The flights will be to VPS from Bentonville,
Ark.; Charlotte/Concord, N.C.; Evansville, Ind.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; and
Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/06/18) Allegiant
also serves Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Louis Armstrong International
Airport in New Orleans.

PNS to get new maintenance shop
PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, plans to open a new maintenance
facility at Pensacola International Airport. It will create some 30-35 jobs and support
PSA's efforts to grow its fleet by about 20 aircraft. PSA will be looking to hire team
members, including mechanics, leads, inspectors and stores personnel. In a news
release, PSA said Pensacola International Airport was an ideal location for the new
facility because the area provides a sustainable workforce, a strong local military
presence and an abundance of technical schools. PSA currently has maintenance
facilities in Dayton, Canton and Cincinnati, Ohio; Norfolk, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.;
Greenville, S.C.; and Savannah, Ga. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 06/06/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,266,186 cost-plus-
fixed-fee delivery order, for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) C++
Conversion Phase II. This delivery order effort will continue the conversion of the
JASSM Extended Range (ER) missile operational flight program (MOFP) software
baseline from the Ada computer language to C++, through a preliminary design
review (PDR). This PDR will include the MOFP and the integrated flight simulation
software design. The contractor will provide support, source data and analysis, as
required, to support the government in obtaining an authority to operate for the
C++ version of the JASSM-ER weapon system. This is a follow-on effort to C++
Phase I. Work will be performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by Aug.
31, 2019. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 research
and development funds in the amount of $4,012,337 are being obligated at the time
of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8682-18-F-1044). (Source: DoD, 06/05/18)

First AR-22 assembly completed
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed assembly of its
first AR-22 rocket engine built for Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane program. This new Boeing
spaceplane, called Phantom Express, is intended to demonstrate a new paradigm
for more routine, responsive and affordable space access. The AR-22, derived
from the Space Shuttle Main Engine that was designed from the outset for
reusability, is the main propulsion for Phantom Express. The AR-22 engine is
capable of generating about 375,000 pounds of thrust and was designed to fly 55
missions with service every 10 missions. This reusability feature makes the AR-22
ideally suited for Phantom Express. The reusable Phantom Express spaceplane will
take off vertically and land horizontally. The vehicle will be equipped with an
expendable second stage capable of placing up to 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of
payload into low Earth orbit. Aerojet Rocketdyne assembled the AR-22 at its facility
at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The engine will undergo a series of
daily hot-fire tests at Stennis starting this summer to demonstrate its ability to
support the high flight rates envisioned for Phantom Express. These tests will also
provide valuable insight that will be used to refine Phantom Express flight and
turnaround procedures, while also informing the design requirements for the new
ground infrastructure that Boeing is developing for the flight program. (Source:
Aerojet Rocketdyne via Globe Newswire, 06/04/18)

L3 Crestview sale deal reached
In a deal expected to be finalized this summer pending regulatory approvals, L3
Crestview Aerospace will be sold to New York investment firm American Industrial
Partners as part of a $540 million cash deal. The investment firm will acquire two
components of L3 Technologies – Vertex Aerospace, which includes L3 Crestview
Aerospace, and TCS. Vertex Aerospace provides aviation logistics and aircraft
maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and TCS provides engineering
services and logistics support. American Industrial Partners, which focuses on
acquiring U.S. and Canadian industrial businesses, has a portfolio that includes
Ascent Aerospace, a California-based manufacturer of aerospace automation
technologies; Shape Technologies Group, a manufacturer of water-jet and robotic
cutting systems; Optimas, a commercial vehicle component manufacturer; and REV,
an emergency vehicle manufacturer. L3 Technologies announced late last year that
the Crestview plant, an aircraft component manufacturer that employs 500 people
at Okaloosa Industrial Air Park, was up for sale as part of the company’s shift in
focus toward “more profitable businesses.” In addition to the Crestview plant, L3
Crestview Aerospace includes a plant in Chihuahua, Mexico, that produces sheet
metal and parts for commercial aircraft. (Sources: L3 Technologies, 05/01/18,
Northwest Florida Daily News, 05/25/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $14,386,915 cost-
plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
emerging capabilities and analysis systems engineering to include programmatic,
and logistics tasks that will analyze the F-35 air system's ability to meet future
operational requirements, investigate cost and weight reduction program options,
and conduct modeling and simulation activities. Additional assessments may
include such efforts as analyzing changes to design life, operational readiness,
reliability, and air system design and configuration. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2018 research,
development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,919,388 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. 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 (N00019-18-D-0129). (Source: DoD, 06/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Emerald Coast, $13.8M
Emerald Coast Utility Services Inc., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has been awarded a
maximum $13,822,116 modification (P00016), incorporating the economic-price-
adjustment agreement to the existing 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8311) with no
option periods, for the water/wastewater operations and maintenance and renewal
and replacement utility service charge. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-
adjustment contract. Location of performance is Florida, with a June 14, 2067,
performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of
appropriation is fiscal 2018 Air Force operations and maintenance funds. The
contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va.
(Source: DoD, 06/01/18)

Contract: Kaman, $69.4M
Kaman Precision Products, Orlando, Florida, and Middletown, Conn., has been
awarded a $69,368,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification
(P00006) to an already existing contract (FA868118C0009) for exercising an option
for the joint programmable fuze. This contract modification provides for delivery of
Lot 14 of the joint programmable fuze (FMU-52) and corresponding production, test
and engineering support. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla.; and Middletown
and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. The current action is 33 percent unclassified foreign military
sales to the Netherlands, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, the
United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, and South Korea. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in
the amount of $69,368,000 are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 06/01/18)

Contract: Pivotal, $47.5M
Pivotal Software Inc., San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded a $47,537,079 fixed-
base, production, other transaction agreement. This agreement will utilize the
prototyped methodology, and the software and services that support them, across
the entire Air Operations Center, as well as the targeting and geospatial-
intelligence enterprises. Work will be performed in San Francisco; Cambridge,
Mass.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Osan Air Base,
Republic of Korea; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Al Udeid AB, Qatar; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Langley
AFB, Va.; Ramstein AB, Germany; Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Joint Base Elmendorf-
Richardson, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. Fiscal 2017
research, development, test and evaluation funds; and fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funding in the amount of $10,514,658 will be obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Battle Management, Hanscom
AFB, Mass., is the agreement activity (FA8730-18-9-0001). (Source: DoD, 05/31/18)


MAY 2018

Contract: UTC, $2B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East
Hartford, Conn., was awarded $2,016,115,217 for modification
P00004 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target,
cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-
0020) in support of the F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production
Lot 11 aircraft. This modification provides additional funding for
production non-recurring/tooling, administrative labor, partner
unique items and Lot 11 production propulsion systems to include
10 F135-PW-100 propulsions systems for the Navy; 51 F135-PW-
100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; and 24 F135-PW-600
propulsion systems for the Marine Corps. Additionally, this
contract procures 49 F135-PW-100 and 1 F135-PW-600 propulsion
system for non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in
East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and
Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be
completed in May 2021. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 aircraft procurement
(Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy); and non-U.S. DoD participant
and FMS funds in the amount of $2,016,115,217 will be obligated at
time of award, $288,147,086 of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the
Marine Corps ($663,472,076, 33 percent); Air Force ($592,022,963,
29 percent); Navy ($136,042,051, 7 percent); non-U.S. DoD
participants ($335,600,247; 17 percent); and FMS customers
($288,977,880; 14 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/31/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $14.1M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a
$14,131,006 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract
modification (P00005) to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-18-
C-0003) for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile production
Lot 32, for 18 additional AIM-120D missiles. Work will be performed
in Tucson with an expected completion date of Jan. 31, 2021.
Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $14,131,006 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Air Dominance Contracting Office, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/18)

$43.5M in SBIR, STTR awarded
NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to
advance research
and technology in Phase I of its 2018 Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) program and 44 proposals for the Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) program, totaling $43.5 million in awards. Those
selections support NASA's future space exploration missions, while also benefiting
the U.S. economy. Five selected SBIR proposals and four selected STTR proposals
are being monitored by Stennis Space Center, Miss. The SBIR Phase I contracts
last for six months and STTR Phase I contracts last for 13 months, both with a
maximum funding of $125,000. (Source: NASA, 05/31/18)

Hurlburt getting MQ-9 squadron
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – An MQ-9 Reaper squadron is coming to Hurlburt Field by
late 2019, making the base the second Air Force Special Operations Command
(AFSOC) installation to host a drone unit. AFSOC’s active-duty MQ-9 Reaper drone
personnel have previously been assigned only to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The
squadron will bring an additional 60 personnel to the AFSOC headquarters
installation, according to the Air Force. The unit coming to Hurlburt is a Mission
Control Element Squadron. Drone operations require two separate aircrews, a
mission control element that is responsible for executing missions, and a second
aircrew to handle takeoffs and landings. There’s another drone unit at Hurlburt
Field, but it’s an Air Force Reserve unit. The 2nd Special Operations Squadron,
part of the Air Force Reserve’s 919th Special Operations Wing located at Duke
Field near Crestview, has been based at Hurlburt Field for four years. Its
personnel fly drones remotely in various places around the world. It was six
months ago that the Air Force announced plans to bring a drone squadron to
Tyndall Air Force Base, 80 miles away near Panama City. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 05/30/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $46.6M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $46,569,974 for
cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0097 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This delivery order provides for non-recurring
engineering, the development of design documentation, and the creation of
modification instructions. These efforts will support service life extension and
enable the developmental test F-35 aircraft to maintain currency with delivered
technology. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed
in June 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and
Marine Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the
amount of $32,646,275 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire
at the end of the fiscal year. This delivery order combines purchases for the Navy
(38 percent); Marine Corps (38 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (24
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home
of the F-35 integrated training center.

Demolition of terminal near
LAFAYETTE, La. – Demolition of buildings to clear the way for a new terminal at
Lafayette Regional Airport could begin in a few months. The airport administration
received an environmental assessment from the FAA and is advertising for
someone to demolish several structures, including the former UPS building next to
the United Airlines gate, Executive Director Steven Picou said. The work will
include remediation of an old hangar, which contains asbestos and lead. The
design of the new terminal is about 60 percent complete. It should be released to
the airport commission and public in July. (Source: Daily Advertiser, 05/24/18)
Lafayette is an hour west of Baton Rouge and two hours from New Orleans along
Interstate 10.

Contract: Lockheed, $558.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$558,276,346 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-
firm, firm-fixed-price contract. This contract provides for sustainment support,
including equipment, training devices, training facilities, non-aircraft spares,
Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and software, and facilities
standup in support of low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II aircraft in
support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in
Orlando, Fla. (71 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (13 percent); Fort Worth, Texas
(11 percent); Owego, N.Y. (4 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (1 percent),
and is expected to be completed in February 2023. Fiscal 2016, 2017, and 2018
aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD participant; and
FMS funds in the amount of $558,276,346 will be obligated at time of award,
$19,550,597 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force (31 percent); Marine Corps (11 percent);
Navy (9 percent); non-DoD participants (42 percent); and FMS customers (7
percent). 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 (N00019-18-C-1048). (Source: DoD, 05/24/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $19.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $19,860,194 for
modification P00014 to cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 5503
previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This
modification provides for additional radar upgrades to Block 3F configuration Air
Force and Marine Corp F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft
procurement (Air Force and Marine Corps) funding in the amount of $19,860,194
will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current
fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (58 percent);
and Marine Corps (42 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/24/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Raytheon, $13.4M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., with has been awarded a $13,377,288, firm-
fixed-price modification (P00005) to a previously awarded contract (FA8681-18-
C0010) for GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway IIs. Work will be performed in Tucson and is
expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2019. Fiscal 2018 ammunition funds are being
obligated at the time of award. This is not a multiyear contract, and total cumulative
face value of the contract is $73,764,070. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/24/18)

Allegiant gets its first U.S.-built A320
MOBILE, Ala. – Allegiant took delivery this week of its first U.S.-built A320 jetliner. It’
s the 69th aircraft built at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at the Mobile
Aeroplex. The plane is the 11th of 13 new A320s scheduled for purchase by
Allegiant. The previous A320s were built by Airbus in Toulouse, France, and
Hamburg, Germany. Allegiant is transitioning to a single fleet type aircraft by the
end of the year. It currently has 99 Airbus aircraft either in service or committed for
future delivery. Allegiant, headquartered in Las Vegas, began service in 1999 and
now has more than 80 aircraft serving 350 routes. (Sources: Allegiant, Airbus,
05/23/18)

F-35 range problem; first combat
The Navy’s stealthy F-35C may not have the range it needs to strike enemy targets,
the House Armed Services Committee said in a new report. It raises questions
about whether the multibillion-dollar program is already outpaced by threats. The
committee’s conclusion is buried in the 606-page report on the fiscal 2019 defense
authorization bill. The F-35C may not have enough range without refueling, and
that’s by aircraft that are not stealthy, opening both to enemy attack. (Source: Roll
Call, 05/22/18) In another F-35 story, the Israeli version of the F-35 has now been
used in combat for the first time. The Israel Defense Forces announced on its
Twitter account that the Israeli version of the fighter, using its “Adir” moniker, was
used in operational missions. The Israeli Air Force used the F-35 in two recent
strikes in Syria. (Source: Defense News, Reuters via CNBC, Jerusalem Post,
05/22/18)

Contract: L3, $42.4M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded a
$42,349,412 modification (P00028) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery
requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the
organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain
the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field,
Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in November 2018. No funds are
being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated against individual delivery
orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division,
Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/18/18)

Contract: GT Applied Research, $25.4M
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, has been awarded a $25,400,000
modification (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8651-16-D-0049 for an
increase in the indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity ceiling. This modification
provides for research, analysis, integration, systems engineering, development,
flyable and non-flyable technology demonstrators, prototypes, test and evaluation,
and rapid delivery of cutting-edge weapon solutions to the Department of Defense
to counter emerging threats affecting national security. This modification brings
the total cumulative face value of the contract to $49,900,000. Work will be
performed in Atlanta and is expected to be complete by December 2020. This award
is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions
Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
05/18/18)

SLS core stage tubing contaminated
NASA discovered a contamination problem with tubing in part of the core stage of
the first Space Launch System vehicle. According to SpaceNews, Aerospace Safety
Advisory Panel member Don McErlean said at a May 17 meeting that a routine
inspection of the core stage being built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New
Orleans found contamination in the engine section that holds the SLS’s four RS-25
engines and associated systems. The contamination is paraffin wax, used to keep
the tubes from crimping while being manufactured. The prime contractor, Boeing,
determined the unnamed vendor was not fully cleaning the tubes as required. The
contamination was initially found in a single tube, but later checks found similar
residue in other tubes. All the tubing in the core stage is now being inspected and
cleaned. It’s unclear if it will cause a delay. NASA previously said it expects the
core stage to be completed and shipped to Stennis Space Center, Miss., at the end
of this year for a green run engine tests by mid-2019, after which it would go to the
Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for launch on Exploration Mission (EM) 1.
(Source: SpaceNews, 05/17/18)

Contract: Northrop, $45M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $45,000,000
fixed-price-incentive, firm target advance acquisition contract for long-lead
materials components, material, parts, and associated efforts required to maintain
the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system planned production schedule. Work
will be performed in San Diego (25.3 percent); Baltimore, Md. (22.7 percent); Salt
Lake City, Utah (20.2 percent); Bridgeport, W.V. (8.2 percent); Red Oak, Texas (4.7
percent); Vandalia, Ohio (.2 percent); and various locations in the continental U.S.
(15.1 percent); and locations outside the continental U.S. (3.6 percent), and is
expected to be completed in January 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy)
funds in the amount of $45,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none 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-
1028). (Source: DoD, 05/17/18) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman does fuselage
work on the Triton in Moss Point, Miss.

Lake Charles getting aero center
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Gov  John Bel Edwards and Citadel Completions LLC
announced the company will make a $17.6 million investment and hire more than
250 people for an aircraft center for interior jet modifications and maintenance at
Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. According to a release from the
governor's office, Citadel Completions estimates the new jobs will have an
average annual salary of $80,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development
estimates the project will result in an additional 347 indirect jobs. Hiring for the
project is underway, with Citadel Completions expecting to begin operations by the
third quarter of 2018. (Source: KATC, Business Facilities, 05/17/18) Lake Charles is
two hours west of Baton Rouge and three hours west of New Orleans along
Interstate 10.

Fort Rucker wins award
The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Rucker, Ala., was among five installations to win the
2018 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. Fort Rucker in
South Alabama is the primary flight training base for Army aviators. The awards
were announced today by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. The senior
commander at Fort Rucker is Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, and the garrison
commander is Col. Brian E. Walsh. The awards recognize the outstanding and
innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military
installations.  The five recipients were selected for their exemplary support of
Department of Defense missions. The other bases to be recognized are Marine
Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., Davis-
Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin, Calif.
(Source: DoD, 05/17/18)

Grand opening set for James museum
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The grand opening ceremony for the Gen. Daniel “Chappie”
James Museum and Flight Academy is scheduled for June 7 at 10 a.m. The city-
owned site is the historic home of America’s first African-American four-star
general, Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., and was donated to the city by the family. The
residence, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1909 by
James’ father, Daniel James Sr., and is located at 1608 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Community Redevelopment Agency restored the original 900 square-foot
home to house a museum. A new 1,500 sq. foot addition is now the home of the
flight academy, which has been offering young people of Pensacola opportunities
to train to be aviators for over two decades through their free one-week summer
camps. The Flight Academy's classrooms, which are to be equipped with computers
and flight simulator programs, will have its first summer camp at the new location
June 11-16, 2018. (Source: City of Pensacola, 05/17/18)

NASA announces leadership changes
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA has announced a pair of leadership changes
at Stennis Space Center with John Bailey assuming the role of associate director
following the retirement of Ken Human. The changes are effective May 31. Bailey, a
native of Mobile, Ala., and resident of Picayune, Miss., previously served as
Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate director. He joined the NASA team at
Stennis in 1999 after serving as a civilian communications engineer for the U.S. Air
Force. Human, a resident of Covington, La., has served almost 40 years with NASA
and was named as Stennis associate director in 2010. He joined the Stennis team in
1978 as an attorney and later served as the center’s chief counsel for two
decades. Bailey will be succeeded as director of the Engineering and Test
Directorate by Joe Schuyler, who has served as the department deputy since 2016.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 05/17/18)

24 airmen awarded DFC
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – Four AC-130U Spooky gunship crews with the 4th Special
Operations Squadron were awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses for four
separate engagements in Afghanistan spanning less than one year. Twenty-four
airmen were awarded the honors during a May 11 ceremony. Three airmen were
unable to attend. The DFC is awarded to any officer or enlisted personnel of the U.
S. Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves in combat aerial operations.
(Source: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, 05/11/18)

AF ponders A-10 DU replacement
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida – The Air Force is deliberating how best to acquire
more PGU-14 ammunition, currently made by Orbital ATK, for the A-10 as its existing
bullet inventory -- averaging 32 years old -- is beginning to age out, said Bob
DuPont of the 780th Test Squadron's guns and missiles department. It is unknown
if the Air Force will stick with 30mm depleted-uranium (DU) bullets or if it will switch
to a tungsten round. Depleted uranium is used for its ability to pierce armored
vehicles, as it is 60 percent more dense than lead. Tungsten is comparable to
uranium but a bit less dense, so manufacturers must balance out the weight to
match today's PGU-14 rounds, which weigh roughly 14 ounces each. DuPont said
the service is reaching out to the defense industry to see if adding a mix of alloy
samples will allow tungsten to meet requirements. DU PGU-14 bullets are tested
every two years on the base's northern range in a controlled fire exercise,
required by the Pentagon for the ammo to be recertified for use in combat.
(Source: Military.com, 05/14/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $24M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $24,076,058 for
modification P00655 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price
contract (N00019-02-C-3002). This modification provides for the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter Verification Simulation F-35 In-A-Box (FIAB) Phase II for delivery of the FIAB
software model, software license fees, and continued FIAB software model
development, integration, and support. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (90
percent); and Marietta, Ga. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in
September 2018. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy,
Marine Corps and Air Force) funds in the amount of $20,363,600 will be obligated at
time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
effort combines purchases for the Navy (37 percent); Marine Corps (34 percent);
and Air Force (29 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/18)

WTO: Boeing hurt in Airbus case
The U.S. won a long-running trade case challenging subsidies that European Union
nations had provided Airbus to develop A350 and A380 jetliners, hurting Boeing
sales. The final ruling Tuesday of the World Trade Organization paves the way for
the United States to impose retaliatory sanctions. An appellate panel for the
international trade body affirmed a 2016 ruling that the EU had failed to eliminate
unfair funding for two Airbus models. Later this year, the WTO is expected to issue
a final ruling in a separate case in which the EU challenged billions of dollars in U.
S. aid to Boeing. The next stage of the 14-year battle will be over the size of the
tariffs the U.S. will be allowed to impose to compensate for lost exports. The
Geneva-based WTO can’t force nations or companies to drop payments that violate
trade rules, but it can authorize retaliatory measures to pressure governments into
complying with its rulings. (Source: Multiple, including Bloomberg, Reuters via U.S.
News and World Report, Seattle Times, 05/15/18) Gulf Coast note: Airbus has a
jetliner manufacturing center in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Boeing, $16.2M
The Boeing Corp., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $16,180,628 modification
(POOOO I) to previously awarded contract FA868 l-l 8-C-0038 for the exercise of an
option for BLU-127 warhead cases. This contract modification provides for the
procurement of BLU-127 warhead cases, and brings the total cumulative face value
of the contract to $37,151,052. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected
to be complete by July 31, 2020. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 production funds in the full
amount 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, 05/11/18)

Snowbirds in Pensacola
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Snowbirds flight demonstration team,
Canada’s 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, will make a rare appearance at Naval
Air Station Pensacola, Fla., this week. The visit to the home of the Navy Blue Angels
flight demonstration team, will include practice sessions opened to the public May
15-17. The Blue Angels practice schedule has been modified to accommodate both
teams. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/09/18, WEAR-TV, 05/10/18, TheAvGeek,
05/13/18) The Snowbirds use CT-114 Tutors, a Canadian-built jet.

Contract: Multiple, $49M
Bullock Tice Associates Inc., Pensacola, Fla. (W91278-18-D-0032); Merrick-Atkins JV
LLP, Greenwood Village, Colo. (W91278-18-D-0033); Raymond Pond Solution 8A II JV
LLC, Conyers, Ga. (W91278-18-D-0037); Sherlock, Smith & Adams/Clark Nexsen JV,
Montgomery, Ala. (W91278-18-D-0038); Benham Design LLC, Oklahoma City, Okla.
(W91278-18-D-0039); Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Kansas City, Mo. (W91278-
18-D-0040); CEMS Apogee JV LLC, Cary, N.C. (W91278-18-D-0041); Guidon-MES SB
JV LLC, Indianapolis, Ind. (W91278-18-D-0042); Perigee Prime AE SB JV LLC, West
Jordan, Utah (W91278-18-D-0043); and G.M. Hill Engineering Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.
(W91278-18-D-0045), will compete for each order of the $49,000,000 firm-fixed-price
contract for architect and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the
Internet with 67 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each
order, with an estimated completion date of May 9, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/10/18)

Wing struggles to train pilots
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- One of the busiest F-35 training units is hoping the
Air Force can relieve some of the pressures of training student pilots with
ineffective resources. The 33rd Fighter Wing, leading training wing for F-35
student pilots, hopes to receive additional F-35A fighters, along with considerable
upgrades to its existing fleet, to keep up with training demands, said Col. Paul
Moga, commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing. Moga told Military.com the unit has
found smarter ways inside the existing structure of the 33rd to get more quality
sorties into the curriculum despite limitations. "We're the first Air Force wing to
start doing what we call 'hot swaps,'" Moga said, referring to different
student/instructor pairs swapping out for back-to-back flights in a single aircraft in
order to save time and execute more sorties. But lately it's not enough. The 33rd
has 25 F-35As and the Navy, which also has a presence on the base and sends
pilots through the training pipeline here, keeps 8 F-35Cs on station. The wing is
authorized to have 59 aircraft. The fifth-generation stealth plane arrived here in
2011 and made the 33rd Fighter Wing the first U.S. F-35 training unit. The first class
of student pilots started training in 2013. The planes, part of the first low rate initial
production batch, need additional work. (Source: Military.com, 05/07/18)

Contract: Bell, $21.7M
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $21,705,649 for
modification P00001 to a previously awarded indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract (N00019-18-D-0119). This modification increases the quantity of Bell 407
variant commercial airframes through fiscal 2020 by seven in support of the MQ-8C
Fire Scout unmanned air system program of record. Work will be performed in
Ozark, Ala., and is expected to be completed in December 2020. No funds will be
obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as
they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/07/18) Gulf Coast note: Finishing work on Fire
Scouts is done in Moss Point, Miss.


APRIL 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $1.4B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,421,735,530
cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for recurring logistics services for delivered F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine
Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military
sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance
activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic
Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability,
maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain
management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial
training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (62 percent); Orlando, Fla. (22
percent); Greenville, S.C. (7 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (5 percent); and
Redondo Beach, Calif. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2019.
Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD
participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $1,403,206,015 will be obligated at time
of award; $845,359,517 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force (42.07 percent); Marine Corps
(18.41 percent); Navy (12.29 percent); non-DoD participants (20.01 percent); and
FMS customers (7.22 percent). 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. (Source: DoD, 04/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $24M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $23,970,414
for modification P00034 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract
(N00019-16-C-0004) for the development and delivery of multi-spectral data bases
for incorporation into F-35 training systems for the Navy, Air Force and F-35
international partners. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to
be completed in September 2020. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy and Air
Force); and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of
$23,970,414 will be obligated at time of award, $10,721,229 of which will expire at
the end of the current fiscal year. This effort combines purchases for the Navy
($2,502,229; 10.4 percent); Air Force ($8,219,000; 34.3 percent); and non-DoD
participants ($13,249,185; 55.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin
Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Draeger, $7M
Draeger Inc., Teleford, Pa., is being awarded a $7,030,944 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single award delivery order contract for
Anesthesia Recording and Monitoring Devices (ARMD) medical equipment
hardware and ancillary software refresh services in support of military treatment
facilities for the Navy, Army, Air Force, and the national capital region inside and
outside of the continental U.S.. Work may be performed at locations throughout the
U.S. to include Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md. (6 percent); Naval
Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. (6 percent); Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas
(5.5 percent); Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif. (4 percent); Fort Bragg, N.C. (3
percent); Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii (3 percent); Wright-Patterson Air
Force Medical Center, Ohio (2.5 percent); Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, Fla. (2
percent); Fort Gordon, Ga. (2 percent); Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va. (2
percent); Fort Benning, Ga. (2 percent); Fort Carson, Colo. (2 percent); Fort
Stewart, Ga. (2 percent); Fort Bliss, Texas (2 percent); Fort Hood, Texas (2 percent);
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (2 percent); Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital,
Alaska (2 percent); Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (2 percent); Travis Air Force
Base, Calif. (2 percent); Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (2 percent); Naval Hospital
Jacksonville, Fla. (2 percent); Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. (2 percent); Naval
Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C. (2 percent); Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif. (2
percent); Fort Campbell, Ky. (2 percent); Walter Reed Army Institute of Research,
Md. (1 percent); Andrews Air Force Base Hospital, Md. (1 percent); U.S. Air Force
Academy Hospital, Calif. (1 percent); Langley Air Force Base Medical Center, Va. (1
percent); Fort Wainwright, Alaska (1 percent); Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (1 percent);
Fort Riley, Kan. (1 percent); Fort Polk, La. (1 percent); Naval Hospital Lemoore,
Calif. (1 percent); West Point Academy, N.Y. (1 percent); Fort Irwin, Calif. (1
percent); U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Texas (1 percent); Naval Hospital
Beaufort, S.C. (1 percent); Naval Hospital 29 Palms, Calif. (1 percent); Naval Hospital
Cherry Point, N.C. (1 percent); and Air Force Medical Operations Agency Lab, Texas
(0.5 percent). Work may also be performed at locations outside of the contiguous U.
S. to include Landsuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany (2 percent); Naval
Hospital Okinawa, Japan (2 percent); Naval Hospital Guam, Guam (2 percent);
Hospital Ameridcano De La Base Naval, Spain (1 percent); Yokota Air Force Base
Hospital, Japan (1 percent); U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy (1 percent); U.S. Naval
Hospital Yokosuka, Japan (1 percent); Kandahar, Afghanistan (1 percent); Misawa
Air Force Base, Japan (1 percent); Osan Air Base Hospital, Korea (1 percent);
Lakenheath Air Force Base Hospital, United Kingdom (1 percent); Aviano Air Base
Hospital, Italy (1 percent); Waegwan, South Korea (1 percent); U.S. Naval Hospital
Sigonella, Italy (1 percent); Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1 percent); and
Iwakuni, Japan (0.5 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 24 months
and is expected to be completed by April 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funds totaling $7,030,944 will be obligated on task orders immediately
following the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract combines purchases for the Air Force $1,739,812 (25 percent); Army
$2,486,660 (35 percent); Navy $2,299,780 (33 percent); and the national capital
region $504,692 (7 percent). This contract was a non-competitive, sole-source
procurement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(c) via
Federal Business Opportunities. The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort
Detrick, Md., is the contracting activity (N62645-18-D-5016). (Source: DoD, 04/30/18)

Workforce training gets a boost
Workforce training in a variety of high-paying, high-tech and skilled trades,
including aerospace, got a boost thanks to money turned over by BP as  result of
the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Triumph Gulf Coast, the organization
charged with overseeing the distribution of the money, approved $3 million in
funding for Escambia County School District and Pensacola State College for
workforce development. The funding will allow both to expand its pipeline for
training and certifying students for careers in fields like information technology,
cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and aviation/aerospace. The money will
allow the district to build a new aviation maintenance training hangar for adult
students at George Stone Technical Center and to provide aviation maintenance
education at Booker T. Washington High School and more. The grant was one of
the first four projects approved in what is expected to be $1.5 billion worth of job-
creating initiatives funded over the next 12 years by an economic damages
settlement between the state of Florida and BP as a result of the 2010 Deepwater
Horizon oil spill. The Triumph board in all approve nearly $19 million in grants,
including $10 million to the Port of Panama City for a major expansion of port
capacity. $1.5 million to improve infrastructure and attract businesses in Okaloosa
County, and almost $4 million for workforce development in Wakulla County.
(Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/28/18)

Contract: General Dynamics, $23.3M
General Dynamics, Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Niceville, Fla., has been
awarded a $23,307,129 firm-fixed-price low-rate initial production modification
(P00009) to previously awarded contract FA8681-16-C-0002 for BLU-134/B improved
lethality warhead. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for an
initial quantity of BLU-134 warheads produced under the basic development
contract. Work will be performed in Niceville and is expected to be complete by
Oct. 26, 2019. Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the full amount 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, 04/27/18)

Contract: Boeing, $11.3M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $11,308,108 firm-fixed-price
modification (001705) to previously awarded contract FA8681-14-D-0028 delivery
order 0017 for Joint Attack Direct Munition (JDAM) high compact telemetry
modules. This modification provides for the exercise of options under the basic
contract delivery order, and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract
to $22,153,073. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be
complete by October 2019. Fiscal 2016 and 2018 procurement funds; and fiscal 2018
research and development funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time
of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/27/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $38.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $38,499,420
modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides
additional funding for the low-rate initial production of long lead materials, parts,
components, and effort for economic order quantity increases for the Navy (Lot)
12; and the government of Italy (Lots 13 and 14). 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 2019. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy); and non-Department of
Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount of $38,499,420 are obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for the Navy (74 percent); and non-DoD
participants (20.03 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/25/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center and reprogramming labs.

Contract: DynCorp Int., $59.6M
DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas has been awarded a $59,636,368
modification (P00019) to previously awarded contract FA8617-17-C-6210 for
continued contractor operated and maintained base supply support. This
modification provides for the exercise of an option to extend services, and brings
the total cumulative face value of the contract to $247,013,876. Work will be
performed at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas;
Randolph Air Force Base, 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 Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; and
Army Flight Test Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Work is expected to be
completed by Aug. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2018 Air Force operations and maintenance
funds in the amount of $13,846,971; Navy operations and maintenance funds in the
amount of $12,890,966; Navy test and evaluation funds in the amount of $224, 215;
Navy Defense working capital funds in the amount of $115,207; and Army
operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $99,573 are being obligated at
the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Training Aircraft
Division, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 04/25/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,527,930 fixed-
price modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8672-18-C-0010 for
Small Diameter Bomb Increment II. This modification provides for additional
weapons and containers, and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract
to $85,920,688. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete
by July 2020. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the full amount 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, 04/25/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $12M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $12,099,569 fixed-price-
incentive contract modification (P00004) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-
C-0003 for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 32
field spares and initial depot spares. Work will be performed in Tucson and is
expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2021. This modification involves foreign
military sales to Australia, Korea, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and
Turkey. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of $4,840,654; fiscal 2018
research and development funds in the amount of $477,392; fiscal 2018 operations
and maintenance funds in the amount of $196,793; and foreign military sales funds
in the amount of $6,584,730 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Air Dominance Contracting Office, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/24/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $10,891,280
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-
0045). This modification provides additional funding for flight test software
sustainment in support of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Air
Force, Marine Corps, Navy and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants.
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,
United Kingdom (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6
percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); and non-DoD participant funds in
the amount of $10,891,280 will be obligated at time of award, $8,709,539 of which
will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines
purchases for the Air Force (39.98 percent); Marine Corps (19.99 percent); Navy
(19.99 percent); and non-DoD participants (20.04 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/24/18)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center and reprogramming labs.

Parker takes command of HT-8
Cmdr. Stephen Audelo turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron
Eight (HT-8) of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., to Cmdr. Jessica Parker April 20
during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Pensacola's Naval Aviation Museum. HT-8 is
the Navy's oldest currently active helicopter training squadron, responsible for
flying more than 26,000 flight hours and graduating an estimated 168 Naval aviators
every year. Cmdr. Lena Kaman became the new executive officer of HT-8 during
the ceremony, beginning her preparations to take the helm of HT-8 at the next
change of command. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, HT-8 public affairs, 04/20/18)

Frontier marks new service
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Frontier Airlines and Pensacola International Airport are holding
an inaugural celebration to kick off Frontier’s nonstop service to and from Denver
international Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The inaugural event
will be April 24, at 3 p.m. at the company’s ticket counter. (Source: City of
Pensacola, 04/20/18)

DoD honors environmental winners
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is honoring nine winners with the 2018
Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for exceptional environmental
achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices. Among the
winners is Frederick A. Javier, 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron,
Hurlburt Field, Fla., who provided outstanding leadership by training installation
staff on environmental management and engaging with the local community to
promote DoD’s mission and science education. The department has honored
individuals, teams and installations each year since 1962 for remarkable
achievements in these environmental management strategies that successfully
support mission readiness. (Source: DoD, 04/20/18)

Senate confirms Bridenstine
The Senate confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to be the 13th NASA
administrator. The partisan vote was 50 to 39. Democrats opposed Bridenstine,
President Trump’s nominee, because he’s not a “space professional.” Bridenstine
had previously said he’s an advocate of the current Space Launch System program
and NASA working with commercial space companies. NASA’s acting administrator,
Robert Lightfoot, is nearing retirement. (Sources: CNN, Science Magazine,
04/19/18) Gulf Coast note: Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly
Facility, New Orleans, are both involved in the SLS/Orion program as well as
commercial space activities. Previous

Contract: Lockheed, $928M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Space, Huntsville, Ala., is the successful
offeror of a $928,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
the hypersonic conventional strike weapon. This contract provides for the design,
development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and
aircraft integration support of all the elements of a hypersonic, conventional, air-
launched, stand-off weapon. Work will be performed in Huntsville. This award is
the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal 2018
research, development, test and evaluation funds will be obligated at the time of
award on the first task order. Air Force Life Cycle Management, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-18-D-0003). (Source: DoD, 04/18/18)

Contract: Vectrus, $15.8M
Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $15,800,659
firm-fixed-price modification (A00027) to previously awarded contract FA3002-17-C-
0001 for Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss., operations support services. This
modification provides for exercise of the second option, and brings the total
cumulative face value of the contract to $32,989,794. Work will be performed at
Keesler AFB and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2019. Fiscal 2018
operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the
time of award. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler AFB, is the contracting
activity. (Source: 04/17/18)

Contract: L3, $30M
L3 Communication, Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Miss., has been awarded an
estimated value $30,000,000 predominantly firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) to
previously awarded contract FA8106-17-D-0001 for contractor logistics support of
the Air Force C-12 fleet. This modification provides for the exercise of an option
under the basic contract, and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract
to $28,255,628. Work will be performed in Madison; San Angelo, Texas; Okmulgee,
Okla.; Buenos Ares, Argentina; Gaborone, Botswana; Brasilia, Brazil; Bogota,
Columbia; Cairo, Egypt; Accra, Ghana; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Budapest, Hungary;
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Nairobi, Kenya, Rabat, Morocco; Manila, Philippines;
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bangkok, Thailand; Ankara, Turkey; Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska;
and Yokota Air Base, Japan. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Tinker Air
Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded Jan. 30, 2018) (Source:
04/17/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $83.3M
Raytheon Co., Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded an $83,312,265 cost-plus-
incentive-fee contract for the design, test and deployment of the Barracuda mine
neutralization system. The Barracuda mine neutralization system is an expendable,
autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle intended to identify and neutralize
bottom, near surface and drifting sea mines. It will field a shallow water capability
and be an expendable modular neutralizer consisting of a kill mechanism,
propulsion, sensors, and communications buoy that enables wireless
communication to the deployment platform. This contract includes options which, if
exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $362,740,742. Work
will be performed in Portsmouth (96 percent); and DeLeon Springs, Fla. (4 percent),
and is expected to be completed by November 2022. Fiscal 2017 and 2018
research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of
$11,392,392 will be obligated at time of award and $1,594,935 will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured on the basis of
full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with
one offer received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the
contracting activity (N00024-18-C-6303). (Source: 04/17/18)

Contract: Rockwell, $15.2M
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $15,218,918
modification (P00090) to previously awarded contract FA8678-10-C-0058 to support
the third production lot of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System
for upgrading the test and evaluation instrumentation at Air Force, Navy and Army
test ranges. This modification provides for the exercise of options for an additional
quantity of nine Configuration-4 light production pods; 15 Configuration-4 heavy
production pods; 12 Configuration-5 1553 production pods; five Configuration-5
fiber channel production pods; 14 Configuration-6 production pods; 16 portable
test sets; one lot general production data; one remote ground station; four central
control centers; 10 mission room equipment; and eight reference receivers. This
modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $328,679,174.
Work will be performed at Rockwell Collins facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Oct. 16, 2019. Fiscal 2017
and 2018 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy, Air Force, and Army)
funds in the amount of $15,218,918 are being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/16/18)

Contract: Speegle, $15.1M
Speegle Construction Inc., Niceville, Fla., was awarded a $15,140,800 firm-fixed-
price foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Chile,
Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Morocco,
Oman, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand,
Taiwan, and Turkey) contract for the construction of a foreign military sales facility
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received.
Work will be performed in Eglin with an estimated completion date of Oct. 3, 2019.
Fiscal 2016, 2017, and 2018 military construction funds in the amount of $15,140,800
were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala.,
is the contracting activity (W91278-18-C-0016).  (Source: DoD, 04/13/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $13.9M
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a
$13,920,004 fixed-price incentive modification (P00012) to previously awarded
contract FA8682-17-C-0037 for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Lot 1
production. This modification provides for four LRASM missiles. Work will be
performed in Orlando and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2020. Fiscal 2017
missile procurement funds in the amount of $13,920,004 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, 04/12/18)

CH-53E crash victims IDd
Four Marines killed when a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed April 3 near
El Centro, Calif., during training have been identified as Capt. Samuel A. Schultz,
First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley, and Lance Cpl. Taylor J.
Conrad, all with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 at Marine Corps Air Station
Miramar. Three have Gulf Coast ties. Schultz, 28, of Huntington Valley, Pa., and
Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, N.C., were pilots who had previously served at Naval Air
Station Pensacola, Fla. Conrad, 24, the helicopter crew chief, is from Baton Rouge,
La. The crew was conducting training for “aircraft landings in unimproved zones,”
according to the Marines. (Source: USNI News, 04/05/18)

Pilot killed in crash identified
The Thunderbirds pilot killed in a fighter jet crash in central Nevada was an
experienced aviator who had logged more than 3,500 flight hours. The Air Force
identified the pilot as Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, who had joined the elite
Thunderbirds team this season and was on a routine demonstration training flight
when he was killed on Wednesday. He was alone in the F-16 Fighting Falcon when
it departed from Nellis Air Force Base and crashed at the Nevada Test and Training
Range at about 10:30 a.m. PT.  (1:30 p.m. ET). Prior to joining the Thunderbirds, Del
Bagno served as an F-35A Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and
Evaluation, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Sources: multiple,
04/05/18)

STEM program expanded
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Middle school, high school and
college students near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and
the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, will get personalized, one-on-one
training from leading professionals as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s
Educational Outreach office expands its Leadership, Experience, Growing,
Apprenticeships Committed to Youth program to those locations this summer. The
three locations began taking applications in January with coursework starting this
summer. So far, the four sites have a total of 631 student applications. Eglin,
Robins and the Air Force Academy were chosen for their strong STEM programs
already in place. (Source: Fairborn Daily Herald, 04/04/18)

Airport getting new leader
LAKE CHARLES, La. – W. Kevin Melton will be the new executive director of
Chennault International Airport Authority, beginning in late April. Melton joins
Chennault from American Airlines, where he was a project manager, facilitating and
directing airport terminal and hangar construction projects for national and
international sites. Melton retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after 24
years of service. Chennault International Airport is a major industrial airport in
Lake Charles, La. The airport and its tenants employ some 1,500 persons and
account for $300 million in annual economic impact. (Source: KPLC, 04/04/18)

Contract: Multiple, $25.5B
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss. (W58RGZ-18-D-0008);
AAR Supply Chain Inc., Wood Dale, Ill. (W58RGZ-18-D-0030); DynCorp International
LLC, Fort Worth, Texas (W58RGZ-18-D-0031); Arma Aviation Corp., Tampa, Fla.
(W58RGZ-18-D-0032); North American Surveillance Systems Inc., Titusville, Fla.
(W58RGZ-18-D-0033); and Pinnacle Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. (W58RGZ-18-D-
0034), will share in a $25,500,000,000 hybrid ( cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-
price) contract for aircraft and support equipment maintenance, minor
modification, and supply chain management primarily for performance outside the
continental U.S. to support equipment and personnel in known theaters of
operations. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 10 received. Work locations
and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date
of April 3, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/04/18)

Assignments
The Army chief of staff announced the assignment of Brig. Gen. Timothy J.
Daugherty, deputy chief of staff, G-3, U.S. Army Europe, Germany, to commanding
general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center; and director of Army Safety, Fort
Rucker, Ala. Also announced was the assignment of Brig. Gen. David J. Francis,
commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center; and director of Army
Safety, Fort Rucker, to director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-
3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. (Source: DoD, 04/04/18)

Plane display fix will be costly
MILTON, Fla. – The city of Milton is facing a bill to repair a U.S. Navy training plane
that has been on static display outside Milton High School since 1976. Cleaning,
painting, abating corrosion and doing other repairs will likely cost more than
$25,000, said City Manager Brian Watkins on Tuesday. The plane, which was loaned
to the city by the National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola Naval Air Station,
was flagged for repairs after an inspection by the Naval History and Heritage
Command. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/03/18)

Nelson views training range
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., visited Tyndall Air Force
Base during a stop in Northwest Florida and got a bird’s-eye view of the Gulf
Range Training Complex, a large range used by the military in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nelson said he has protected such training areas by opposing oil drilling too close
to Florida’s shore. His flight was in a T-38 Talon jet piloted by 325th Fighter Wing
Commander Col. Michael Hernandez. (Source: News Herald, 04/04/18)

Airbus-Boeing rivalry expands
The jet that Airbus and Bombardier plan to build in Mobile will bring coastal
Alabama into a new front in the ongoing battle between Airbus and Boeing, the
world’s two dominant jetliner builders. Airbus and Boeing have been battling for
years in the midsize single-aisle market. Mobile entered that fight when it began
building A320 series jets. The new front is a fight over the single-aisle jets that
seat from 100 to 150 passengers. Now with Airbus lining up with Canada’s
Bombardier and Boeing considering a tie-in with Brazil’s Embraer, Mobile will be a
big plyer in that fight as well. (Source: al.com, 04/2/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $211.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aerospace Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded a $211,295,230 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Block 4.1 common
capabilities pre-modernization efforts in support of the F-35 Lightning II preliminary
design review in support of the Air Force and international partners. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2019.
Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force); and
international partnership funds in the amount of $45,018,007 will be obligated at
time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 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
(N00019-18-C-1004). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center and reprogramming labs.

Hardin: GKN sale won’t impact plant
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The acquisition of GKN Aerospace in what the British media
call “a hostile takeover” is not expected to affect the company’s new
manufacturing facility at VentureCrossings in West Bay. Becca Hardin, president of
the Bay Economic Development Alliance, said the new plant is poised to start
making parts this summer. She said she’s been in constant contact with GKN
officials. Melrose Industries, a turnaround specialist, secured an $11 billion
takeover of the British engineering firm and defense contractor. Hardin said GKN’s
building near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is open now, with
furniture being moved in and the 170 employees in the process of being hired. She
said the undisclosed aviation products that will be manufactured here are part of a
long-term federal government project. (Source: News Herald, 03/30/18)


MARCH 2018

Contract: B3, $9.9M
B3 Enterprises LLC, Woodbridge, Va., was awarded a $9,907,596 firm-fixed-price
contract for refuel and defuel support services for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of
Excellence, Fort Rucker, Ala. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received.
Work will be performed in Fort Rucker, with an estimated completion date of March
30, 2025. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of
$9,907,596 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and
Installation Contracting Command, Fort Eustis, Va. is the contracting activity
(W9124G-18-C-0001). (Source: DoD, 03/30/18)

Contract: Reliance Test, $227.4M
Reliance Test & Technology, Crestview, Fla., has been awarded a $227,375,998
modification (P00030) to previously awarded contract FA2486-16-C-0002 for Eglin
Operation & Maintenance Support Service. This contract modification exercises
option period one and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to
$1,210,104,140. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by March 31, 2020. Fiscal year 2018 research and
development funds in the amount of $21,768,270 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Test Center, Eglin AFB, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/30/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $10.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, King of Prussia, Pa., has been
awarded a $10,911,145 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Air Surface
Standoff Missile (JASSM) Enterprise Management System 7.0. This contract
provides for enhancements to the software package known as the JASSM
Enterprise Management System. Work will be performed in King of Prussia and is
expected to be complete by March 29, 2019. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$2,600,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-
18-C-0005). (Source: DoD, 03/30/18)

United commits to more years
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — United Airlines has committed to offering service for
several more years at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). The
Airport Authority board on Wednesday morning approved an airline-airport use and
lease agreement with United Airlines. A representative of United Airlines, which
has served the airport since March 2015, has advised airport officials the company
intends to sign the agreement in the next 45 days, airport officials said. The
agreement expires Sept. 30, 2020, but United already is discussing a new
agreement once that time comes, airport Executive Director Parker McClellan told
the board. There are four major carriers at the airport: American, Delta, Southwest
and United. (Source: News Herald, 03/28/18)

Contract: Eaton, $37.9M
Eaton Aerospace LLC, Jackson, Miss., has been awarded a maximum $37,933,586
firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for axial piston
pumps. This was a sole-source acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)
(1), implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, which states that only
one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency
requirements. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of
performance is Mississippi, with a Sept. 30, 2024, performance completion date.
Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2023
Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics
Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Mich. (SPRDL1-18-D-0070). (Source: DoD,
03/28/18)

Contract: Electronic Metrology, $10.6M
Electronic Metrology Laboratory LLC, Franklin, Tenn., is being awarded a
$10,638,943 modification under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract N69450-14-D-8000 to exercise Option Four for base operations
support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field and outlying fields. The work to
be performed provides for all management, supervision, labor, equipment,
materials, supplies, and tools necessary to perform facilities management, facilities
investment, facility maintenance services (non-family housing), pest control, utility
plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller, electrical, gas,
wastewater, steam and water), managed safety services, and base support
vehicles and equipment. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract
value will be $50,980,567. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla. (80 percent); and
outlying fields (20 percent). Work is expected to be completed in March 2019. No
funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2018 operation and maintenance,
(Navy); fiscal 2018 Navy working capital funds; fiscal 2018 Navy family housing; and
fiscal 2018 Defense Health Program contract funds in the amount of $8,582,107 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, 03/28/18)

Testing could impact GPS
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Ground-based electronic devices that rely on Global
Positioning System technology may be affected during upcoming military testing
and evaluation in the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay, according Eglin Air
Force Base. There will also be an increase in aircraft noise during the testing April
1-6. The work by Eglin’s 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group is scheduled from 8 a.m.-
noon during each of the six days. During the testing period, fighter aircraft will
release munitions about 20 nautical miles south of Destin over the Gulf. During the
testing, boats traveling in formation will move between the Mid-Bay Bridge and the
Clyde B. Wells Bridge at U.S. Highway 331 between 1 and 5 p.m. The formation will
be used as visual targets by military aircraft flying over the area. No weapons or
ammunition will be involved, but some boats will have fake deck guns and rocket
launcher tubes on board. The boats will also use marine flares as visual markers.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/27/18)

F-35 carrier qualifications
ATLANTIC OCEAN – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)
completed fleet carrier qualifications (CQ) for the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter
program while underway March 17-21. Pilots of the "Rough Raiders" of Strike
Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 at Lemoore, Calif., and the "Grim Reapers" of VFA 101
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., performed day and night CQs with 140 traps in
anticipation of F-35C’s operational testing later in 2018. The evolution included the
operational use of the F-35C's foldable-wing feature, and continued integration of
the F-35's Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS), a secure, off-board fleet
management tool that integrates F-35 mission planning, maintenance, supply chain
and sustainment information. Operators were able to plan, maintain, and sustain F-
35C systems by transmitting up-to-date data to users and maintainers worldwide.
By 2025, the Navy's aircraft carrier air wings are scheduled to consist of F-35Cs,
F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye
battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S helicopters and carrier on board
delivery logistics aircraft. (Source: USS Abraham Lincoln, 03/23/18)

Boeing won’t appeal trade ruling
Boeing will not appeal the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada’s
Bombardier to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing
spokesman said Thursday. The decision puts the trade challenge to rest. The U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously voted in January to reject
Boeing’s complaint and discarded a Commerce Department recommendation to
slap a near 300 percent duty on sales of the 110- to 130-seat Bombardier CSeries
jets for five years. The ITC said it rejected placing duties on Bombardier jets partly
because Boeing had lost no sales or revenue when Delta Air Lines ordered the
aircraft in 2016 from the Canadian planemaker. The ITC ruled the 110-seat CSeries
jets ordered by Delta and Boeing’s smallest 737 MAX 7 plane do not compete. The
smaller end of the jet market is an increasing focus for the major manufacturers.
Airbus has agreed to take a majority stake in the CSeries in a deal expected to
close later this year, while Boeing is in tie-up talks with Bombardier’s Brazilian rival
Embraer. Bombardier plans to assemble the planes in Mobile, Ala. (Source:
Reuters, 03/22/18)

Contract: UTC, $239.7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded a $239,691,086 advanced acquisition contract for long-lead
materials, parts, and components for 137 low rate initial Production Lot 12 F135
propulsion systems for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This
includes 46 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 20 F135-PW-600
propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for
the Navy; 63 F135-PW-100 and four F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S.
DoD participants and FMS customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67
percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5
percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS
funds in the amount of $239,691,086 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 (37 percent); Marine Corps (18 percent); Navy (4
percent); non-U.S. DoD participant (27 percent); and foreign military sales
customers (14 percent). 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-1021) (Source: DoD, 03/23/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $523.1M
Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $523,148,647 fixed-price
incentive modification (P00001) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003
for Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 31. This
modification provides for AMRAAM Production Lot 32 for the production of the
AMRAAM missile and other AMRAAM system items. Work will be performed in
Tucson and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2021. This contract involves
foreign military sales to Japan, Kuwait, Poland, Indonesia, Qatar, Germany,
Australia, and the United Kingdom. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the amount of
$308,016,581; fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of
$3,569,227; and foreign military sales funds in the amount $211,562,839 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air
Dominance Contracting Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/23/18)

Relatively signs new agreement
NASA’s Stennis Space Center and Los Angeles-based Relativity, a startup company
developing small launch vehicles using additive manufacturing technologies, have
entered an agreement that authorizes the startup to use one of Stennis’ test
stands exclusively. The Commercial Space Launch Act agreement grants the
exclusive use of the E-4 Test Complex to Relativity for 20 years. The complex
features four cells for engine tests and 15,000 square feet of office space, with the
option to expand the use of the facility from about 25 acres to 250 acres. The new
agreement will help Relativity expand its test efforts, which include the
qualification and acceptance tests of up to 36 of the company’s Terran small launch
vehicles. Relativity is under a separate Space Act agreement with Stennis for the
use of the center’s E-3 test stand, which has supported 85 tests of the firm’s Aeon
1 engine to date. Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity, said the startup will
continue using E-3 while it builds up E-4, then use both facilities in parallel in the
future. Relativity’s Terran rocket will work to carry up to 2,755 pounds of payload at
$10 million per launch. Ellis said the company will develop a single manufacturing
facility that would allow it to produce the Terran rocket, but the company hasn’t
decided where that facility will be located. (Source: SpaceNews, 03/21/18,
ExecutiveBiz, 03/22/18)

Contract: Airbus Helo, $116.9M
Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded an $116,903,994
modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0007 for the procurement of 16 UH-
72A aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated
completion date of Sept. 20, 2023. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in
the amount of $58,451,967 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/22/18)

Contract: Atmospheric Science, $7M
Atmospheric Science Technology LLC,* Norman, Okla., is being awarded a
$7,096,760 firm-fixed-price contract, resulting from solicitation N00189-18-R-0004,
that will provide weather observing and forecasting services as required by the
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Miss.
The contract will include a 12-month base period which includes a contingency
option valued at $17,838, four one-year options, and an option for an additional six-
month period should it be deemed necessary pursuant to Federal Acquisition
Regulation 52.217-8 with a total value, inclusive of all options, of $39,256.700. Work
will be performed in Whidbey Island, Wash. (6.37 percent); Virginia Beach, Va. (5.96
percent); Norfolk, Va. (5.95 percent); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (5.73 percent);
Jacksonville, Fla. (5.62 percent); North Island, Calif. (4.84 percent); Point Mugu,
Calif. (4.81 percent); Key West, Fla. (4.62 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (4.47 percent);
Patuxent River, Md. (4.34 percent); New Orleans, La. (4.30 percent); Pensacola, Fla.
(4.24 percent); Fallon, Nev. (3.93 percent); Corpus Christi, Texas (3.68 percent);
North Whiting Field, Fla. (3.62 percent); El Centro, Calif. (3.47 percent); Kingsville,
Texas (3.46 percent); Lemoore, Calif. (3.29 percent); San Clemente Island, Calif.
(3.22 percent); South Whiting Field, Fla. (3.06 percent); Meridian, Miss. (3.02
percent); Mayport, Fla. (3.00 percent); San Nicholas Island, Calif. (2.65 percent); and
San Diego, Calif. (2.35 percent). The contract period of performance will begin
Sept. 2018 and work is expected to be completed by September 2019; if all options
are exercised, work will continue through February 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations
and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,859,673 will be obligated at time
of award and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract
was competitively procured via a solicitation posted to the Federal Business
Opportunities website as an 8(a) small business set-aside requirement, with three
offers received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk
Contracting Department, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N00189-18-C-0024).
(Source: DoD, 03/22/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $8,546,988
for modification 05 to previously issued order 0045, placed against basic ordering
agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order authorizes award of additional unique F-
35 Joint Strike Fighter distributed mission training capability efforts for the Navy,
Marine Corps, and the government of the United Kingdom. Work will be performed
in Orlando, Fla. (70 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (15 percent); Nellis Air Force Base,
Nev. (9 percent); Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. (2 percent); Naval Air Station
Lemoore, Calif. (2 percent); and Marham, United Kingdom (2 percent), and is
expected to be completed in May 2021. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test
and evaluation (Navy and Marine Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense
(DoD) participant funds in the amount of $2,476,891 will be funded at time of award,
$1,238,749 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order
combines purchases for the Navy (27 percent); Marine Corps (23 percent); and non-
U.S. DoD participants (50 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/20/18)

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $20M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., has been awarded a $19,999,548 modification
(P00019) to previously awarded FA8509-16-C-0003 for contract deliverable AC-130J
and AC-130W contractor logistics support for the Precision Strike package. This
modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional services under
the basic contract, and brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to
$72,333,827. Work will be performed at Canon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Hurlburt Air
Force Base, Fla. Work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2019. Fiscal 2018
operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base,
Ga., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/20/18)

Land deal moves forward
The construction of a Navy outlying field in Santa Rosa County is another step
closer to completion, continuing on the long and contentious path Escambia
County set down on in 2015 when it approved the site to swap for the Navy's
Outlying Field 8 in Beulah in Escambia County. The Escambia County Commission
awarded an $8 million contract to Panhandle Grading and Paving Inc. to complete
the second and final phase of construction on the new 600-acre helicopter training
field in Santa Rosa County. Escambia has envisioned turning the Beulah land into a
commerce park. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 03/19/18)

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $69.4M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $69,433,967 for modification
P00010 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, requirements
contract (N00019-14-D-0016) to exercise an option to provide intermediate, depot
level maintenance and related logistics support for about 209 in-service T-45 F405-
RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Kingsville,
Texas (46 percent); Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. (44 percent); Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. (10 percent); and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (less than 1
percent), and is expected to be completed in September 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, 03/19/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $8.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded $8,546,988 for modification P00005 to a previously issued order
0045, placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order
authorizes award of additional unique F-35 Joint Strike Fighter distributed mission
training capability efforts for the Navy, Marine Corps, and the government of the
United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (70 percent); Fort Worth,
Texas (15 percent); Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (9 percent); Marine Corps Air
Station Yuma, Ariz. (2 percent); Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. (2 percent); and
Marham, United Kingdom (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in May
2021. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Marine
Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participant funds in the amount
of $2,476,891 will be funded at time of award, $1,238,749 of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Navy (27
percent); Marine Corps (23 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants (50 percent).
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/19/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 integrated training center.

Contract: Bell Helicopter, $9.9M
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $9,852,575
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to three
Bell 407 variant commercial airframes, associated Bell 407 unique components, and
preservation and storage in the support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout. Work will be
performed in Ozark, Ala., and is expected to be completed in December 2020. No
funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual
delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured
pursuant to FAR.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-18-D-0119). (Source: DoD, 03/16/18)

Budget provides airport improvement funds
Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved $3 million in the state's FY19 budget for
improvements at Pensacola International Airport. The announcement comes on the
heels of an announcement last week of the award of a $4 million Florida Job
Growth Infrastructure grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
The money from this appropriation will be used together with the money from the
DEO grant to fund the development of infrastructure that will support the
expansion of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities at the airport.
(Source: City of Pensacola, 03/16/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $482M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $481,954,000 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee delivery order 0584
against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This
order 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. (9.1 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. (3.1 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). Work
is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the
amount of $481,954,000 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
Air Force (33.92 percent); Marine Corps (13.43 percent); Navy (9.45 percent); non-U.
S. DoD participants (29.58 percent); and FMS customers (13.62 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/15/18). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: UTC, $21.6M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded $21,631,613 for firm-fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee
task order N00019-18-F-2412 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement
(N00019-17-G-0005). This task order provides for non-recurring engineering for
early identification, development, and qualification of corrections to potential and
actual operational issues, including safety and reliability and maintainability
problems identified through fleet usage, Accelerated Mission Testing, and Lead-
the-Fleet programs. This task order will also provide support for continued engine
maturation, evaluation of component life limits based on operational experience,
operational readiness improvements, and efforts to reduce maintenance and of
life cycle support costs for the Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense
(non- U.S.DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers in support
of the F-35 Lightning II, F135 Propulsion System Component Improvement program.
Work will be performed in East Hartford (65 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (35
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2017 research,
development, test and evaluation (Air Force and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant;
and FMS funds in the amount of $21,631,613 are being obligated at time of award,
$12,872,653 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order
combines purchases for the Navy (45.6 percent); Air Force (13.9 percent); non-U.S.
DoD participants (22.8 percent); and FMS (17.7 percent), under the Foreign Military
Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/15/18). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Alion, $13.5M
Alion Science and Technology Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $13,549,993
cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
development, integration, testing and evaluation of prototype systems for existing
or emerging unmanned vehicles, unmanned weapons and unmanned weapons
control systems related to mine warfare, amphibious warfare, surface warfare,
diving and life support, coastal and underwater intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, and other missions in the littoral and riverine environments. This
contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of
this contract to $72,974,234. Work performance locations will be determined with
each order and will be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2018 Navy working capital
funding in the amount of $10,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively
procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the
contracting activity (N61331-18-D-0007). (Source: DoD, 03/15/18)

Contract: Med-Eng, $15M
Med-Eng LLC, Ogdensburg, N.Y., has been awarded a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for explosive ordnance disposal
bomb suits. This contract provides for the delivery of a full bomb suit ensemble
and associated accessories. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah,
and is expected to be complete by March 2023. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $384,800 are being obligated at the time of
award. The 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity (FA8051-18-D-0001). (Source: DoD, 03/15/18)

Details released on education center
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus announced the new aviation experience center to be built in
Mobile will be named Flight Works Alabama. In addition, the company issued the
first architectural rendering of the new facility. The name represents a number of
different aspects of the center’s mission, said Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO
Jeff Knittel.  “We are convinced visitors to Flight Works Alabama will walk away
with greater knowledge and appreciation of how aviation enriches everyone’s
lives,” he said. In May 2017, Gov. Kay Ivey announced the intent to build the hands-
on instructional facility, with the goal to bolster Alabama’s workforce development
efforts and inspire young people to pursue careers in aerospace. Flight Works
Alabama will be a 19,000 square foot center housing a large interactive exhibition
area, classrooms, a collaboration room, a workshop, a restaurant and a gift shop. It
will be located just off the campus of Airbus’ aircraft manufacturing facility at
Mobile Aeroplex, and a gateway for public tours of Airbus’ A320 family assembly
line. Groundbreaking is expected in the summer with the grand opening in 2019.
(Source: Airbus, 03/14/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $1.5B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$1,463,152,389 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for long lead material and parts for low rate
initial production (LRIP) of F-35 Lightning II air systems in support of the Air Force,
Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants; and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for 145 Lot 13
aircraft for the services, non-U.S. DoD participants and FMS customers; and 69 Lot
14 aircraft for the non-U.S. DoD participants and 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 December 2018. Fiscal 2017 advanced procurement
(Navy and Air Force); fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps), non-U.S. DoD
participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $1,463,152,389 will be obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchase for the Air Force (24 percent); the Marine Corps
(11 percent); the Navy (3 percent); and the non-U.S. DoD participants (44 percent);
and FMS customers (18 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Eglin tests safer explosive
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has conducted a test to validate the
sympathetic reaction of a new safety-oriented explosive co-developed with Aerojet
Rocketdyne. The MNX-770 Mod 1 explosive is being developed for use in 500-
pound BLU-111 (Mk-82) and 1000-pound BLU-110 (Mk-83) general purpose bombs.
The explosive employs characteristics that make it less prone to unintended
detonation than the currently-employed PBXN-109. In terms of lethality, the MNX-
770 and PBXN-109 have been shown to perform at equal levels. “While the BLU-110
and BLU-111 general purpose bombs have been in service for decades, making
these munitions safer for our warfighters to handle is a shared goal of the military
and industry,” said Eileen Drake, CEO and president at Aerojet Rocketdyne. The
test took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Following the test, AFRL presented the
data to the insensitive munitions review boards of the Air Force and Navy for
certification. (Sources: Aerojet Rocketdyne, 03/08/18, ExecutiveBiz, 03/09/18)

Air Force assignment
Brig. Gen. Sean M. Farrell, director, strategic plans, programs and requirements,
Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlbert Field, Fla., has
been assigned as director, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation
Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The assignment was among those
announced Friday by the Air Force chief of staff.  (Source: DoD, 03/09/18)

Contract: Airbus, $273.3M
Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $273,289,949 firm-
fixed-price contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft. One bid was solicited
with one bid received. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an
estimated completion date of March 8, 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft
procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $136,644,970 were obligated at the time
of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity (W58RGZ-18-C-0007). (Source: DoD, 03/08/18)

13 Raptor pilots graduate
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The 43rd Fighter Squadron graduated 13 F-22
Raptor Basic Course students during a March 2 ceremony. The students completed
a course of instruction that included academics, examinations, sorties and
simulator missions. With completion of the course the new F-22 pilots are now
prepared to begin mission qualification training in their combat unit. (Source: 325th
Fighter Wing, 03/06/18)

Airport lease with AF extended
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – Okaloosa County’s lease of 130 acres of Eglin Air Force Base
land that contains the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will be extended by 25
years and expire on July 30, 2063. The extension was part of a lease amendment
the County Commission unanimously approved on Tuesday. The revised
agreement includes a new payment structure that eventually might lead to an
estimated overall savings of more than $7 million for the county. The county-Air
Force partnership at VPS goes back to 1957. The fast-growing airport set a new
passenger count record for fiscal 2017 with a total of 1,134,209 passengers.
(Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 03/08/18)

Navy eyes commercial helos for training
WASHINGTON – Seapower magazine reports that the Navy plans to replace the TH-
57 training helicopter with a commercially available helicopter. Rear Adm. Scott D.
Conn, the Navy’s director of air warfare, said it’s a new approach to replace the 115
training helicopters. He told the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee
March 6 that the Navy would hold a competition and pick a winner to train the next
generation of rotary-wing pilots. The TH-57 Sea Ranger, derived from the Bell 206,
has trained rotary-wing pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard since
1968. It’s flown by three helicopter training squadrons at Naval Air Station Whiting
Field, Milton, Fla. (Source: Seapower Magazine, 03/07/18)

Pensacola, Marianna get funding
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly $23 million in awards for eleven Florida Job Growth
Grant Fund projects across the state were announced today by Gov. Rick Scott.
Among the awards are aerospace-related projects for Pensacola and Marianna in
Northwest Florida. The city of Pensacola will get $4 million to develop additional
taxiways, ramp construction and expansion for future development at Pensacola
International Airport. The money will help improve facilities for education and
training the aviation workforce. The city of Marianna will get nearly $2 million to
extend the runway at Marianna Airport Commerce Park to 6,000 feet, which will
allow the airport to accommodate larger business jets. The Florida Job Growth
Grant Fund, established by the state last year, provides $85 million for improving
public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. (Source: press
release, 03/06/18)  

Blue Angels show schedule released
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Blue Angels’ 2018 air show season
begins March 10 at El Centro Naval Air Facility, Calif., and concludes Nov. 2-3 with
the Homecoming show at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Pensacola Beach air
how is July 14. There’s another air show on the Gulf Coast July 21-22 in Biloxi,
Miss. The demonstration team also holds practice sessions throughout the season
at NAS Pensacola. The first one is March 20 and the last is Oct. 24. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 03/06/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $24.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$24,860,231 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-14-C-0040) to update and revise F-35A integration requirements in
accordance with the letter of offer and acceptance in support of the government
of Japan. Additionally, this modification updates program management tasking, to
include additional meetings and translator services. Work will be performed in
Misawa, Japan (50 percent); Ichigaya, Japan (5 percent); Jujo, Japan (5 percent);
Yokota, Japan (5 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); and Orlando, Fla. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Foreign military sales
funds in the amount of $24,860,231 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, 03/05/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $24M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $24,000,000
for modification P00007 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order
(N0001917F0108) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This
modification provides for the procurement of Integrated Core Processor
prototypes to support laboratory system integration for all Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft variants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to
be completed in April 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation
(Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $11,100,000 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/05/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated
training center.

ECP having growing pains
PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The addition of American Airlines service at Northwest
Florida Beaches International Airport in West Bay, combined with increasing flights
on other airlines, has resulted in crowded gate and office space. “We are reaching
the constraints of the terminal,” Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan said
after Wednesday’s airport authority board meeting. “I’m working with our staff and
a consultant for future development (of the terminal),” McClellan said, added that
the fact that the airport is getting crowded “is a great sign that our region is
growing.” (Source: News Herald, 03/01/18)

Contract: Pride Industries, $8.4M
Pride Industries, Roseville, Calif., has been awarded an $8,397,392 modification
(P00085) to contract W9124G-13-C-0002 for base operations. Work will be
performed in Fort Rucker, Ala., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2018.
Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $1,797,609
were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation
Contracting Command, Fort Rucker, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/01/18)

Hurricane Hunters recon atmospheric rivers
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather
Reconnaissance Squadron performed weather reconnaissance of atmospheric
rivers. It was done in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at
the University of California, San Diego and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. Atmospheric rivers carry water vapor in streams through the sky.
They can carry an equivalent of about 25 times the amount of water in the
Mississippi River as water vapor and can be 500 miles wide, thousands of miles
long and have winds between 50 knots and hurricane-force speeds. The squadron
has flown six missions totaling 92 hours, launching WC-130J Super Hercules
aircraft from Hawaii and California for four of the missions. The squadron released
256 dropsondes into atmospheric rivers over the Pacific Ocean from about 30,000
feet. These dropsondes collect data including air pressure, temperature, humidity,
wind speed and direction, and global positioning system information. This data is
then used by Scripps, the Sonoma County Water Agency, the California Department
of Water Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies to gain more
knowledge about atmospheric rivers and increase the accuracy of forecast
models. (Source: 403rd Wing, 03/01/18)

AeroStar planning to grow
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile-based AeroStar announced plans to more than double its
facility and the number of employees over the next several years at the Mobile
Aeroplex. The company founded in 2011 to service commercial, commuter and
military aircraft has maxed out its 6,000-square-foot facility. In to continue growing
it will add another 16,875-square-foot building next to the existing one. AeroStar
performs hydraulic, pneumatic and electro-mechanical commercial aircraft
maintenance on all Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier aircraft. The company has 22
employees and will add 28 new positions. The $2 million investment includes land,
construction costs, machinery and equipment. Work is set to begin in March with a
completion date anticipated before year-end 2018. (Source: Mobile Area Chamber
of Commerce, 03/01/18)


FEBRUARY 2018

Contract: Druck, $19M
Druck LLC, Billerica, Mass., is being awarded a $19,055,214 fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of approximately 819
engineering change kits to upgrade air data test sets in support of H-1, H-3, BQM-
34, F-16, BQM-74, T-45, EA-18G, H-53, F/A-18, P-8, C-2, C-130, AV-8B, E-2, H-60, V-22,
E-6, C-20, MQ-8, MQ-4, T-44, F-5, T-39, VH-92 platforms for the Navy; Air Force; and
the governments of Australia; Brazil; Denmark; Finland; Japan; Kuwait; Spain;
Switzerland; Taiwan; and Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work
will be performed at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, La. (60
percent); and Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom (40 percent), and is
expected to be completed February 2023. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy)
funds in the amount of $84,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively
procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code2304(c)(1). The Naval Warfare Center Aircraft
Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-18-D-0008). (Source:
DoD, 02/28/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $7,400,000
for modification P00033 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0004) to provide funding for sustainment services
in support of the F-35 aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; and Naval
Air Station Lemoore, Calif. Work will be performed in Lemoore (54 percent); and
Iwakuni, Japan (46 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2018. Fiscal
2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,400,000 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal
year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/28/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $148.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded
$148,745,565 for modification P00023 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-
fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045). This modification provides for additional recurring
logistics services for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the
Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) and foreign
military sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground
maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities;
Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability,
maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain
management; and activities. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (46 percent);
Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif.
(7 percent); Greenville, S.C. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in April
2018. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); fiscal
2018 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD
participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $148,745,565 will be obligated at time
of award, $62,472,339 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchases for Air Force ($66,630,247; 44.80 percent), Marine
Corps ($29,590,763; 19.89 percent); Navy ($18,937,301; 12.73 percent); non-DoD
Participants ($25,322,239; 17.02 percent); and FMS ($8,265,015, 5.56 percent). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/28/18)

Giant plane nearing first flight
The giant aircraft being developed by Stratolaunch as part of an air-launch system
is one step closer to its first flight after a new series of taxi tests. The company
that it performed a series of medium-speed taxi tests of its aircraft Feb. 24 and 25
at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The latest tests build upon an earlier
series of taxi tests performed at lower speeds in December. Those earlier tests
were the first time the plane taxied under its own power. Funded by billionaire Paul
Allen, Stratolaunch’s giant plane – the largest by wingspan – was initially designed
to carry modified versions of rockets from other companies. But now it’s
considering developing its own launch system. The company has hired propulsion
engineers and has a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center,
Miss., to use a test stand there for “testing of its propulsion system test article
element 1.” (Source: SpaceNews, 02/27/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $77.4M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $77,392,758 firm-
fixed-price contract to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA8672-
10-C-0002 for Small Diameter Bomb (SBD) II. This contract provide for low rate initial
production for 570 SDB II Lot 4 munitions, 398 SDB II Lot 4 single weapon
containers, 126 SDB II Lot 4 dual weapon containers, 20 Production Reliability
Incentive Demonstration Effort captive vehicles, 24 SDB II Lot 3 weapon load crew
trainers /conventional munitions maintenance trainers, and other data. Work will
be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2020. This
award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 missile procurement
funds in the amount of $18,320,912; and fiscal 2018 missile procurement funds in
the amount of $59,071,846 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8672-18-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 02/27/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $158.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$158,268,935 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001918F2476) against a
previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order
provides for program management, nonrecurring engineering, recurring
engineering, site support and touch labor in support of modification and retrofit
activities for delivered air systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participant, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in February 2019. Fiscal 2016 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps); fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air
Force); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS
funds in the amount of $158,268,935 will be obligated at time of award, $57,613,986
of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines
purchases for the Air Force ($75,206,632; 48 percent); Marine Corps ($49,310,063;
31 percent); Navy ($10,075,914; 6 percent); non-DoD participants ($16,959,383; 11
percent); and FMS customers ($6,716,943; 4 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/27/18)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

Contract: Alpha-Omega, $8.5M
Alpha-Omega Change Engineering Inc., Williamsburg, Va., has been awarded an
$8,458,394 firm-fixed-price modification (P00012) to previously awarded contract
FA4890-17-C-0006 for F-15E, F-16 and F-22A aircrew training and courseware
development. This modification is for the exercise of option one, and brings the
total cumulative face value of the contract to $44,285,960. Fiscal 2018 operations
and maintenance funds in the amount of $8,458,394 are being obligated at the time
of award. Work will be performed at Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Seymour Johnson
Air Force Base, N.C.; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Nellis
Air Force Base, Nev.; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Mountain Home Air Force Base,
Idaho. Work is expected to be complete by March 31, 2019. Air Combat Command
Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Langley Air Force Base is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/26/18)

RS-25 throttles up
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA have powered up
the RS-25 main engine for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) to its highest
thrust levels yet.
During the 260-second test, the RS-25 engine throttled up to 113 percent of its
original design thrust level. The first four flights of SLS will use engines that max
out at 109 percent of rated thrust (these same engines operated at 104.5 percent
rated thrust when flown on the Space Shuttle). New RS-25 engines will baseline
their thrust at 111 percent. The RS-25 is an updated version of the Space Shuttle
Main Engine that helped power the Space Shuttle into space. The latest RS-25 hot
fire test also was the fourth involving an additively manufactured Pogo
Accumulator Assembly, the largest 3-D printed RS-25 component tested to date.
Newly manufactured RS-25 engines, to be used starting with the fifth SLS mission,
will incorporate the additively manufactured Pogo Accumulator Assembly and other
3-D printed parts currently in development. There are 16 flight engines that will
power the first four SLS flights in inventory at Aerojet Rocketdyne's Stennis facility.
(Source: SpaceDaily, 02/22/18)

Airbus shows off CSeries
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus and Bombardier today invited the media to take a look at a
CSeries jetliner like the ones that are likely to be built on the Airbus campus under
an agreement between the two plane makers. The transaction is not yet finalized,
but is expected by the second half of this year. The Bombardier investment will be
close to $300 million. The CSeries, a model of which arrived at the Mobile Aeroplex
Monday, would be built in a separate hangar to the north and parallel to the hangar
where Airbus is building four A320 series jetliners per month. The plans is to
eventually build four CSeries jetliners per month. Like the Airbus operation, major
sections will be shipped to Mobile from other locations. The engines are built by
Pratt & Whitney, and the podding work may be done at the UTC facility across the
bay in Foley, where all the A320 podding work is done. While a lot of details are still
being worked out, Bombardier will use the Airbus delivery center, which will be
expanded to accommodate the additional deliveries. The project, along with an
expected increase in the number of A320s being produced in Mobile, will mean an
additional 400 to 600 jobs. The twin-engine, single-aisle CSeries passenger jet is
smaller than the A320. It has three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the
other. (Source: GCAC, 02/20/18)

Contract: Micro Systems, $81M
Micro Systems Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded an $81,077,002 firm-fixed-
price contract to acquire and/or repair essential part-numbered components to
support the operation and maintenance of all versions of the Army Ground Aerial
Target Control System, target interface control units, and associated ancillary
equipment. 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 Feb. 15, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the
contracting activity (W31P4Q-18-D-0021). (Source: DoD, 02/15/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $14M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $13,993,000
for not-to-exceed modification P00006 to previously issued delivery order 0132
placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification
provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle spares to include endurance
spares packages to coincide with F-35 air vehicle deliveries in support of the
government of Israel. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent);
El Segundo, Calif. (9.1 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. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. 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 December 2021.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $13,993,000 will be obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 02/15/18)

Delta to get Canada, US jets
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc said on Thursday it will proceed with plans to buy
some Canadian-made CSeries jets from Bombardier this year after a U.S. trade
ruling stopped the United States from imposing steep duties on the aircraft. The
airline said it would start taking deliveries this year of the 75 CSeries jets it
ordered in 2016. The jets are made at a plant in Quebec. Production is set to begin
for U.S. customers at an Airbus plant in Mobile, Ala., after the Airbus closes a deal
this year to acquire a majority stake in the CSeries program. “Delta still intends to
take as many deliveries as possible from the new Airbus/Bombardier facility in
Mobile, Ala., as soon as that facility is up and running,” the carrier said. On
Wednesday, the International Trade Commission said it rejected hefty U.S. duties
on the CSeries jets partly because Boeing had lost no sales or revenue during the
Delta deal. (Source: Reuters, 02/15/18)

February newsletter available
The February issue of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is now
available. The four-page cover story is about Alabama's considerable aerospace
footprint, from Huntsville to Mobile and places in between. Inside there's a story
about a lecture in Pensacola, Fla., that focused on concerns that intelligent
systems may one day be a threat to humanity. There's also an article about an
historic test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss., that next year will test the core
stage of NASA's Space Launch System, which will eventually return astronauts to
deep space. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 02/14/18)

Contract: ASES, $18.5M
ASES LLC, doing business as Field Aerospace, Oklahoma City, Okla., has been
awarded an $18,500,038 firm-fixed-price contract for the T-1A Avionics Modification
program. This contract provides for the replacement of the avionics suite in the T-
1A fleet of 178 aircraft, 16 operational flight trainers, and 14 part task trainers. Work
will be performed in Oklahoma City; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; Columbus Air
Force Base, Miss.; Vance Air Force Base, Okla.; Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas;
and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 14,
2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and eight offers were
received. Fiscal 2017 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $18,500,038 are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8106-18-C-0002). (Source:
DoD, 02/14/18)

“Good bit of interest” in research park
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – There’s been a “good bit of interest” in an effort
to create a research and industrial park bordering Stennis Space Center (SSC),
with at least 16 entities and 58 individuals expressing interest. That’s according to
Randy Galloway, deputy director of the NASA rocket engine test facility, who talked
about the proposed Enterprise Park during a question-and-answer session with
traditional and social media Monday. Galloway said the park was discussed with
interested parties during a Feb. 7 Industry Day event. In December NASA opened a
search for a non-federal partner to lead in development of a 1,100-acre technology
corridor in the first phase of a multi-phase project. Enterprise Park would be for
companies that want to work with NASA or other SSC tenants but who don’t want to
go through the security measures required to enter SSC. The 1,100 acres,
identified as the most development-ready, is on the northern edge of the 13,800-
acre secured area and would include property both inside and outside the security
perimeter. “I believe we can have something that’s dynamic and appealing and a
good source of long-term jobs for this community,” said Galloway about the
proposed park. (Source: GCAC, 02/12/18)

Officer going to Pentagon
Col. Michael E. Martin of the 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special
Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., who was selected earlier this week for
the grade of brigadier general, is being assigned as director, Integrated Resilience
Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters
U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The announcement was made by the
office of the Air Force chief of staff. (Source: DoD, 02/09/18)

AF grounds NASP planes
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Air Force has grounded some training flights at Naval Air
Station Pensacola because of hypoxia-related issues experienced by pilots at
other bases flying T-6 Texan II A aircraft. The Pensacola News Journal reports that
Randy Martin, a spokesman for the San Antonio-based 12th Flying Squadron, said
the Air Force has 22 of the planes at NAS Pensacola. The plens are used to train
combat systems officers as part of its 479th Fighter Group at the Navy base. Earlier
this month the Air Force grounded its entire fleet of T-6 Texan II A planes after
pilots experienced hypoxia due to lack of oxygen in flight. Naval Air Station Whiting
Field, Fla., flies a different version of the T-6 Texan II. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 02/09/18)

Consul visits Mobile’s MAAS
MOBILE, Ala. – Officials from Dublin-based MAAS Aviation and the Atlanta-based
consul general of Ireland were in Mobile Thursday. The consul, Shane Stephens,
was with a delegation of European representatives to visit the Gulf Coast to
celebrate European investments in this part of the world. MAAS set up shop at the
Mobile Aeroplex to paint planes for the Airbus assembly line. Later it built another
paint facility for after-market customers. Just a year after breaking ground, it’s
repainted some 40 planes. MAAS officials said they are excited about the growth
potential of the Mobile area. (Sources: al.com, WALA-TV, WKRG-TV, 02/08/18)

Whiting wins award
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., was the winner in the medium-sized shore
command category of the 2017 Navy Community Service Environmental
Stewardship Flagship awards. The awards program highlights commands and ships
that exhibit strong commitment to environmental stewardship via volunteer
service projects. Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Fla., was an
honorable mention in the large shore command category. The Environmental
Stewardship Flagship is one of five flagships that comprise the Navy Community
Service program. The four remaining flagships include Personal Excellence
Partnership, Project Good Neighbor, Campaign Drug Free and Health, Safety and
Fitness. The deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics
announced the winners. (Source: Chief of Naval Operations Energy and
Environment Readiness Division, 02/08/18)

Contract: Boeing, $21M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $20,970,424 contract for the
procurement of GBU-57 massive ordnance penetrators. Work will be performed in
St. Louis and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2020. This award is the result
of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2016 production funds in the amount of
$20,970,424 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-
18-C-0038).  (Source: DoD, 02/08/18)

Appointment announced
Air Force Brig. Gen. Vincent K. Becklund has been nominated for appointment to
the rank of major general. Becklund is currently serving as the special assistant to
the commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
(Source: DoD, 02/07/18)

Eglin duo earn AFNWC awards
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
announced its annual award winners Jan. 25. Winners will compete at the next
level for Air Force Materiel Command’s annual awards. AFNWC 2017 annual award
winners included Field Grade Officer of the Year, Maj. Kenton Feldman and
Category IV Civilian of the Year, Wesley Treadway, both of the Air Delivered
Capabilities Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The center is responsible for
synchronizing all aspects of nuclear materiel management on behalf of the AF’s
materiel command in direct support of the AF Global Strike Command.
Headquartered at Kirtland, the center has some 1,100 personnel assigned to 17
locations worldwide, including Eglin. (Source: Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center,
02/06/18)

Falcon Heavy nails it
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the most powerful commercial
rocket in the world, roared into the sky on Tuesday afternoon atop a pillar of smoke
in a visually spectacular launch. But that was just the beginning. Two of the three
boosters made vertical landings back at Kennedy, while the third one scheduled to
land on a drone ship off the coast of Florida hit the ocean at 200 mph about 100
yards from the ship. It was the most ambitious project for California-based SpaceX,
founded by Elon Musk. The 23-story rocket was built with three of the company’s
Falcon 9 rockets, providing a total of 27 Merlin engines creating a combined 5
million pounds of thrust. It lifted an unusual cargo into orbit. It was Musk’s Tesla
Roadster with a dummy in the driver’s seat. The end goal that the car would drift in
space in an orbit around the sun. Falcon Heavy is more powerful and can lift more
weight than the biggest rockets offered by either United Launch Alliance or
Arianespace. It was a crucial win for commercial space exploration. A recent report
by Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecast the size of the space industry octupling
over the next three decades to at least $2.7 trillion. (Sources: multiple, including
CNBC, BBC, Business Insider, 02/06/18) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis
Space Center, Miss., to develop its next generation Raptor engines.

First A320neo system delivered
UTC Aerospace Systems recently delivered the first two fully integrated propulsion
systems for the Airbus 320neo to the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, Ala. The
newly expanded UTC facility in Foley, Ala., integrated the full nacelle system,
designed and built by UTC Aerospace Systems, with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-
JM Geared Turbofan engine (GTF). In 2011, Airbus selected UTC Aerospace
Systems to design, manufacture and support the full nacelle system for the
A320neo GTF engines for the life of the program. In support of the Airbus A320neo
program, UTC Aerospace System elected to expand the Foley campus to meet
customer demand. The 80,000 square foot expansion began operations in late
2017. "This first for our Foley facility comes on the heels of similar A320neo
propulsion systems deliveries from our plants in Toulouse, France; Hamburg,
Germany; and, more recently, Tianjin, China," said UTC Aerospace Systems –
Aerostructures President Marc Duvall. "Our team in Foley delivered these initial
units on time, and look forward to doing the same as the site ramps up to deliver
thousands of A320neo nacelles over the life of the program." (Sources: UTC via
PRNewswire, Business Insider, 02/05/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $119.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $119,707,000 for modification P00005 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price
delivery order 0132 placed against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0057).
This modification provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle deployment
spares packages in support of Air Force F-35 air vehicle delivery schedules. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1
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. (3.1
percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks,
Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9
percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and
is expected to be completed in July 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air
Force) funds in the amount of $119,707,000 will be obligated at time of award, none
of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/05/18)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

Jet fuel spills at Eglin
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The Florida Department if Environmental Protection
announced Friday that 2,607 gallons of Jet-A fuel spilled at Eglin Air Force Base.
The spill occurred in Building 92 on Jan. 5 after a switch box froze, activating fuel
pumps and overfilling an underground storage tank. Absorbents were put in place
to soak up the fuel and the Emergency Response Contractor cleaned the area. Jet-
A fuel costs about $5 per gallon. (Source: News Herald, 02/03/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $148M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded
$147,963,919 for modification P00033 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-
fee contract (N00019-12-C-0070). This modification provides for the procurement of
Israel-unique weapons certification, modification kits, and electronic warfare
analysis in support of the F-35 Lightning II Israel system design and development
to provide 3F+ fleet capability for the government of Israel under the Foreign
Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (37.1 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (17.6 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (17.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (10.3
percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (9.8 percent); South Bend, Ind. (6.7 percent);
St. Louis, Mo. (1.1 percent); and Wallingford, Conn. (0.2 percent), and is expected
to be completed in December 2021. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of
$147,963,919 will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/02/18) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Lidar training held in Kiln
KILN, Miss. – A joint venture of Woolpert and Optimal GEO, WMR-532, recently
hosted a training session on the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL)
program for Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) personnel. This session,
which took place over five days at Stennis International Airport, was supported by
the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetric Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX),  
Teledyne Optech and the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. WMR-532
is providing operations and maintenance of airborne coastal mapping and charting
sensors in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and NAVOCEANO
worldwide, as well as technical support to JALBTCX. CZMIL is a USACE and
JALBTCX program designed to develop and evaluate a sensor for mapping and
charting the coastal zone to improve performance and data products. (Source:
PRNewswire, 02/01/18)

Work begins on crewed Orion
NEW ORLEANS – Construction has officially begun on the spaceship that will
achieve America's goal of returning astronauts to the Moon and beyond. Lockheed
Martin technicians and engineers at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in East
New Orleans welded together the first two components of the Orion crew module
capsule for Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2). The EM-2 mission will be its first flight
with astronauts on board. This flight will be launched atop the Space Launch
System (SLS) rocket. EM-1, which will be used for an unscrewed mission, was
assembled at Michoud and final assembly is being done in Florida. The EM-2
capsule is 30 percent lighter and has 80 percent fewer parts. The main structure of
the crew module, or pressure vessel, is comprised of seven large machined
aluminum alloy pieces that are welded together to produce a strong, light-weight,
air-tight capsule. The first weld joined the forward bulkhead with the tunnel
section to create the top of the spacecraft. The pressure vessel capsule will
continue to be built out over the spring and summer in Michoud incorporating the
three cone panels, the large barrel and the aft bulkhead. Once completed in
September, it will be shipped to the Kennedy Space Center where the Lockheed
Martin team will perform assembly and test of the EM-2 spacecraft. (Source:
PRNewswire, 02/01/18) The RS-25 engines for SLS are being tested at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

RS-25 controller tested
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. – NASA followed up the first RS-25 test of 2018 with
a second hot fire of the Space Launch System (SLS) engine Thursday. The full-
duration, 365-second certification test of another RS-25 engine flight controller on
the A-1 Test Stand at comes about two weeks after a Jan. 16 hot fire. The test
marks completion of green run testing for all four of the new RS-25 engine flight
controllers needed for the second flight of NASA’s SLS rocket. NASA is building
SLS to send humans to such deep-space missions. Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1)
will test the new rocket and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft into space beyond
the moon. EM-2 will be the first flight to carry humans aboard the Orion spacecraft,
returning astronauts to deep space for the first time in more than 40 years. RS-25
controllers for the EM-1 flight already are installed on the engines that will be part
of the SLS core stage. (Source: NASA/SSC, 02/01/18)


JANUARY 2018

Contract: BAE Systems, $13.1M
BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, N.H.,
has been awarded a $13,106,317 contract for the phase 2 Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency Seeker Cost Transformation program. The contract
seeks to demonstrate that a high performance seeker can be used in precision
guided munitions and accurately guided to a target by a low cost, modular open-
architecture, low size, weight, power and cost seeker. Work will be performed in
Nashua and is expected to be complete by July 2019. This award is the result of a
competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2018 research and
development funds in the amount of $2,000,000 are being obligated at the time of
award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8651-18-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 01/31/18)

Contract: Raytheon, $105.2M
Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $105,220,215 firm-
fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity modification
(P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8656-17-D-0005 for Griffin missiles. The
modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $210,080,601,
and provides for the exercise of an option 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
complete by Dec. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2016 and 2018 procurement funds in the amount
of $11,259,027 are being obligated at the time of award. Contracting activity is the
Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Source: DoD,
01/31/18)

New A321LR takes flight
Airbus’ newest aircraft, the A321LR, completed its maiden flight today in Europe.
The flight was two hours and 36 minutes. Thanks to new CFM LEAP-1A engines and
a third fuel tank option, it can fly more than 4,300 miles non-stop, which opens up
new transatlantic routes using the popular single-aisle jetliner. The A321LR (Long
Range), which can accommodate up to 240 passengers, now undergoes a nearly
100-hour flight test program and is expected to enter service in the fourth quarter
of 2018. The Airbus plant in Mobile, Ala., will be producing the LR variant starting in
2019, according to Kristi Tucker, spokeswoman for the Mobile plant. (Source:
GCRL, 01/31/18)

ITC sides with Bombardier
A U.S. trade commission on Friday handed a victory to Bombardier against Boeing
in a ruling that allows the Canadian company to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines
without heavy duties. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 that
Bombardier’s prices did not harm Boeing and discarded a U.S. Commerce
Department recommendation to slap a near 300 percent duty on sales of the
company’s 110-to-130-seat CSeries jets for five years. It did not give a reason
immediately. The decision will also help Bombardier sell the CSeries in the United
States by removing “a huge amount of uncertainty,” at a time when its Brazilian
rival Embraer is bringing its new E190-E2 jet to market, a source familiar with the
Canadian plane and train maker’s thinking said. Chicago-based Boeing alleged it
was forced to discount its 737 narrow-bodies to compete with Bombardier, which it
said used government subsidies to dump the CSeries during the 2016 sale of 75
jets at “absurdly low” prices to Delta Air Lines. Bombardier called the trade case
self-serving after Boeing revealed on Dec. 21 that it was discussing a “potential
combination” with Embraer. Boeing denied the trade case was motivated by those
talks. Through a venture with European planemaker Airbus SE, which has agreed
to take a majority stake in the CSeries this year, Bombardier plans to assemble
CSeries jets in Alabama to be sold to U.S. carriers starting in 2019. CEO Alain
Bellemare said Bombardier still plans to move forward with an Alabama assembly
line. (Source: multiple, including CNBC, Reuters, 01/26/18)

MQ-9 focus of celebration
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Florid Gov. Rick Scott stopped by Gulf Coast State College on
Tuesday to congratulate everyone who helped get Tyndall Air Force Base selected
as the preferred site for the MQ-9 Reaper wing. Scott was one of many people who
attended a ceremony at the school’s Advanced Technology Center celebrating
Tyndall likely getting the wing. An environmental analysis, which could take nine
months to two years, still has to be completed before it’s a done deal, but military
and Bay County leaders already are expecting big benefits. Airmen could arrive in
2020, with aircraft following in 2022. The wing is expected to increase Tyndall’s
workforce by more than 30 percent. The Reaper is an armed, unmanned, remotely
piloted aircraft that can travel more than 1,100 miles and stay airborne 10 to 12
hours. (Source: News Herald, 01/24/18)

Orion recovery test wraps up
SAN DIEGO – San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23)
successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA's Orion test article, Jan.
23. The Underway Recovery Test-6 (URT-6) is part of a U.S. government interagency
effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying
humans into deep space. URT-6 consisted of releasing the test capsule from the
well deck, then carefully maneuvering the ship alongside the capsule at slow
speed. Once the test article was far enough from the ship, the lines attaching the
capsule to the ship were released. Then, divers attached a stabilization ring
designed by NASA that would help in sustaining the astronauts in the capsule for
up to three days. Divers then removed the collar, attached lines from the small
boats to steady and guide the capsule toward Anchorage, where Rigid Hull
Inflatable Boats (RHIB) would then assist in attaching lines from a NASA-designed
winch which then hauled the capsule into the well deck. The tests allowed NASA
and the Navy to continue to demonstrate and evaluate the recovery processes,
procedures, hardware and personnel in real, open-ocean environment before
conducting actual recovery operations. (Source: NNS, 01/25/18) Gulf Coast note:
The space-bound Orion is built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and
the RS-25 engines that will power the first stage of the Space Launch System are
tested at Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Exercise involves NAS Whiting
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. -- NAS Whiting Field along with naval
installations across the country will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2018
(CS/SC) Jan. 29 – Feb. 9.  The two-part, linked anti-terrorism force protection
exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure
seamless interoperability among the commands, other services and agency
partners. Exercise CS/SC 18 is not in response to any specific threat, but is a
regularly scheduled exercise. Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions
within local communities and to normal base operations, but there may be times
when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access.
Area residents may also see or hear security activities associated with the
exercise. Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and
first responders. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 01/25/18)

Contract: W.W. Gay, $7.8M
W.W. Gay Fire Protection Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded $7,799,687 for firm-
fixed-price task order N6945018F1001 under a previously awarded design-build
multiple award construction contract (N69450-16-D-0612) for replacement of fire
suppression system, aqueous film forming foam, hangars 1853 and 1854, at Naval
Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Work will be performed in Pensacola and is expected to
be completed by January 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy)
contract funds in the amount of $7,799,687 are obligated on this award and will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Two proposals were received for this
task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is
the contracting activity. (Awarded Jan. 23, 2018) (Source: DoD, 01/24/18)

Lawmakers back Bombardier in dispute
Two Congressmen have written the head of the U.S. International Trade
Commission to express support for Bombrdier in the company’s trade dispute with
Boeing. The letters Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., come
days before four trade commissioners will vote on whether Bombardier's sale of
CS100s to Delta Air Lines in 2016 caused harm to Boeing. The ITC has scheduled
the vote, which stands to affect four of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers,
for Jan. 25 in Washington DC. The trade body may, however, postpone the vote
due to the recent U.S. government shutdown, says the ITC. A favorable vote for
Boeing would subject the Bombardier plane to a 292 percent import tariff already
set by the U.S. Commerce Department. “This trade enforcement action would
ultimately serve no other purpose than to take work away from U.S. suppliers and
quash thousands of U.S. jobs, ultimately hurting the greater U.S. aerospace
industry," writes Byrne in a Jan. 19 letter to ITC chair Rhonda K. Schmidtlein. Byrne
represents the district that includes Mobile, where Airbus and Bombardier are
working to open a CSeries final assembly line. (Source: Flightglobal, 01/23/18)

Aviation college gets grant
OZARK, Ala. – Enterprise State Community College will receive $2.5 million to
expand the Alabama Aviation College in Ozark. The funds are part of the Alabama
Capital Improvement Trust Fund which awards funds for projects that promote
economic development and industrial recruitment in the state. The Alabama
Aviation College offers training and course work in one of Alabama’s fastest
growing career fields. There are programs in aircraft maintenance and avionics
technology. The funds will be used to renovate campus infrastructure to expand
the College’s Advanced Composite Training Program and prepare the campus for
future program expansions. (Source: WTVY, 01/19/18)

AF contracting summit slated
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Some 400 prime contractors, subcontractors, military
officials, contracting officers, and defense agencies are expected to attend the
two-day 2018 Air Force Contracting Summit beginning Jan. 29 at the Sandestin
Beach Golf Resort. It begins at 9 a.m. with a presentation by retired Air Force Capt.
Nate Nelson on the newly passed $700 billion defense budget for 2018. Nelson is
the deputy director of military affairs for Rep. Matt Gaetz, R, Fla., who serves on
the House Budget Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. During
the summit, speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the
mission and contracting priorities of the U.S. Air Force, address contracting
procedures for small businesses, identify federal contracting resources and
connect prime contractors with new subcontractors. (Source: Northwest Florida
Daily News, 01/21/18)

American launching Philly service
PENSACOLA, Fla. – American Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between
Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
on June 7, 2018.
Flights are scheduled to depart Pensacola daily at 4:09 pm CST and arrive in
Philadelphia at 7:39 pm EST. Philadelphia International becomes Pensacola
International Airport’s eighteenth nonstop destination. Philadelphia becomes the
fifth nonstop destination served by American Airlines out of Pensacola including
Charlotte, Dallas, Miami and Washington DC. (Source: City of Pensacola, 01/19/18)

Contract: L3, $9M
L3 Technologies Inc., Communications Systems-West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has
been awarded a $9,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to
explore technologies enabling cooperative engagement in degraded
communication environments for the next generation of munitions. Work will be
performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by January 2025.
This contract is the result of a competitive acquisition and two bids were received.
Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $1,680,000 are being
obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0015). (Source: DoD, 01/19/18)

Upgraded C-130 being tested
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force’s first fully upgraded C-130H arrived
here Jan. 11 to begin testing. The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing-
owned aircraft will be here for several months undergoing multiple test flights.  
The goal of these evaluations is to collect data and confirm the increased fuel
efficiency, reliability and overall performance improvements gained from the new
propellers and upgraded engines. The benefits of the upgrades include shorter
take-off roll, improved climb, quieter operations, and lower operating and support
costs, according to Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the program office for
the test. The flight testing will be conducted by 153rd AW and C-130 Combined Test
Force aircrews.  ANG Airmen will maintain the aircraft during its time here. The
Wyoming Air National Guard was chosen to receive the C-130H because of its
involvement in the initial testing with the new systems in 2008, when the Air Force
explored the idea of upgrading the H-model. (Source: Eglin Air Force Base,
01/16/18)

ECP adds American flights
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in West Bay
has added another major airline service to cities that are hubs for American
Airlines, allowing connections to flights all over the world. Starting June 7,
American Airlines’ 65-seat Eagle service will be offering twice-a-day, nonstop daily
service to and from Charlotte Douglas (North Carolina) and Dallas/Fort Worth
international airports. The cities are two of American Airlines’ largest hubs,
meaning people will be able to transfer onto flights in those cities that go all over
the country and world, officials said in a press conference Thursday morning.
(Source: News Herald, 01/18/18)

Trade staff releases report
The U.S. International Trade Commission released a detailed report that reviews
arguments on both sides of the Boeing-Bombardier trade dispute and provides a
basis on which commissioners will decide if Bombardier's CSeries sale to Delta Air
Lines harmed Boeing. The 118-page document written by the ITC's staff provides
no recommendations, but rather compiles information the ITC gathered during its
months-long trade investigation. (Source: Flightglobal, 01/17/18) Bombardier says it
has made "substantial further progress" toward building a new aircraft assembly
line in Mobile, Ala., according to filing with the ITC. Bombardier is locked in a trade
dispute with Boeing; Airbus and Bombardier have formed a joint venture and say
they want to assemble jets in Mobile; and Boeing, which has scoffed at the Airbus-
Bombardier plan, has explored a relationship with Brazil's Embraer that has some
similar aspects. (Source: al.com, 01/18/18)

Contract: Bell-Boeing, $34.9M
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-
fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering
agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order procures software
and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate
aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices
and software version 20.4.01/10.6.01 into nine Air Force CV-22 training devices.
These devices are being upgraded to ensure concurrency with Marine Corps and
Air Force aircraft. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Va. (26 percent); Broken
Arrow, Okla. (21 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); Philadelphia, Pa. (8
percent); St. Louis, Mo. (8 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (4 percent);
Albuquerque, N.M. (4 percent); Clovis, N.M. (4 percent); Mildenhall, United
Kingdom (4 percent); Clifton, N.J. (2 percent); and Orlando, Fla. (1 percent), and is
expected to be completed in April 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy, Air
Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command) funds in the amount of $34,911,818
will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division,
Orlando, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/18/18)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
being awarded $7,476,086 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded firm-
fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00019-15-C-0105) to transition the F-35
Australia, Canada, United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory (ACURL) system
from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, to Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla. Support includes required activities including packing, shipping, installation,
integration, and testing. This modification also provides for initial spares for the
ACURL. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base (70 percent); and Fort
Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2019.
International partner funds in the amount of $7,476,086 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
01/17/18)

NASA tests RS-25 flight controller
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- NASA engineers picked up this year where they
left off in 2017, conducting a certification test of another RS-25 engine flight
controller Tuesday on the A-1 Test Stand. The 365-second, full-duration test came a
month after the space agency capped a year of RS-25 testing with a flight controller
test in mid-December. A 3D printed part tested in December, a pogo accumulator
assembly, was tested again. It’s part of an ongoing series of tests with parts made
using advanced manufacturing techniques that will make building future engines
more affordable. For this “green run” test, the flight controller was installed on RS-
25 developmental engine E0528 and fired just as during an actual launch. Once
certified, the flight controller will be removed and installed on a flight engine for
use by NASA’s new deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). (Source:
NASA/SSC, 01/16/18)

Appraiser testing aerial drones
MILTON, Fla. – The property appraiser’s office in Santa Rosa County is among the
first in Florida using unmanned aerial system. The office has been testing the use
of drones to supplement and update property data since September 2016. Nine
FAA-licensed drone pilots operate four drones. Property Appraiser Greg Brown is
responsible for identifying, locating and valuing all property within the county for
tax purposes. Previously, every two years Brown's office has had to pay $250,000
per flight for an aerial photography company to fly over the county's 1,100 square
miles to get photos. Using the drones pushes that need back to every three or
four years. Brown anticipates that in the future they can be used for damage
assessment after severe weather. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 01/15/18)

Bay EDA having busy year
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Bay County Economic Development Alliance is working on
25 projects for 2018. Six of those projects may be announced within the first
quarter of the new year, EDA President Becca Hardin said Jan. 10 at an alliance
meeting. Among the six is Project G-Force, which involves an aviation
manufacturing company in the process of deciding to locate in Bay County or one
other site. Hardin expects a decision by the end of January. The project would
bring about 50 jobs, and represent a $20 million investment. Another, called
Project SoHo, is at the irport campus and would represent a $25 million investment
and an estimated 105 jobs. (Source: News Herald, 01/10/18)

Is spaceport feasible for Stennis International?
KILN, Miss. -- The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has commissioned
RS&H, Inc. to study the feasibility of obtaining a Launch Site Operator License that
could open the door to commercial space flight out of Stennis International Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration has developed regulations that enable
airports to host operations of reusable launch vehicles that take off and land like
aircraft. Several kinds of such vehicles are currently under development. The
study will examine the feasibility of hosting spaceport operations, as well as the
infrastructure needs and potential economic benefits of such operations.
Commission CEO Bill Cork said the commercial space industry is “poised for
dynamic growth, and Hancock County is uniquely positioned to benefit from this
growth.” The airport is just outside NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, the
nation’s largest rocket engine test facility. (Source: Hancock County Port and
Harbor Commission, 01/11/18)

NASA program seeking innovators opens
NASA is looking to small businesses and research institutions for innovative
technologies that could have significant potential for successful transition into
NASA mission programs and other commercial markets. This year, through NASA’s
Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology
Transfer (STTR) Phase I solicitation, proposals for research, development and
technology demonstrations can be submitted until March 9, 2018, 5 p.m. EST. Phase
I awards are valued at about $125,000 for up to six months for SBIR and 13 months
for STTR to establish the scientific, technical and commercial merit and feasibility
of the proposed innovation in fulfillment of NASA needs. (Source: NASA, 01/11/18)

Zuma reported as lost
A secret spacecraft launched by a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to enter a stable
orbit and was lost. The spacecraft, called Zuma, launched Sunday from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, apparently
did not separate as it was supposed to from the upper stage of the rocket and did
not reach a stable orbit, according to a U.S. administration official and two sources
briefed on the matter. The sources would not confirm what exactly the payload
was, saying it was classified. Northrop Grumman, the aerospace and defense
company that built the Zuma spacecraft, would only say that it’s a classified
program and can not comment. It was not clear if the failure was due to problems
with the SpaceX rocket or with the Zuma spacecraft. SpaceX issued a statement
Tuesday suggesting that its rocket performed as designed. (Sources: multiple,
including CNN, Ars Technica, Wired, 01/09/18) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using
Stennis Space Center, Miss., to develop its next-generation Raptor engine.
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Personnel participate in joint training
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. – Personnel from the 41st Aerial Port Squadron of
Savannah, Ga., and other units from the Air Force, Army and Navy teamed up for a
joint training exercise last week at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Combat
Readiness Training Center (CRTC) in Gulfport. The primary goal of GRIP III Breaking
Barriers was to give reservists and military members an opportunity to train with
aircraft, personnel, and equipment that they don’t regularly encounter in everyday
training. The 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group at the CRTC
provided UH-60 helicopters to ferry personnel between Keesler and the CRTC,
simulating transportation between forward operating bases. The Navy Special Boat
Team 22 from Stennis Space Center, Miss., provided a riverine command boat,
rigid inflatable boats and trailers to allow personnel to practice loading and off-
loading. Personnel during the exercise performed joint inspections of several
vehicles, including a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, light mobile tactical vehicles,
Humvees, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles. (Source: 403rd Wing,
01/09/18)

SpaceX launches Zuma
SpaceX lifted the secret Zuma spacecraft for the U.S. government Sunday night in a
mission that also featured another landing by the first stage of the company's
Falcon 9 rocket. The launch was from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida’s
east coaast. The booster's two stages separated 2 minutes and 19 seconds into
flight. The second stage continued carrying Zuma to its destination in low-Earth
orbit, and the first stage made a vertical touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX
facility at Cape Canaveral.The first stage landed a little less than 8 minutes after
taking off. SpaceX now has 21 successful first stage returns, part of its plan to
develop reusable rockets. The launch followed more than a month of delays.
(Sources: Space.com, CNN, 01/08/18) Gulf Coast note: SpaceX is using Stennis
Space Center, Miss., to develop its next-generation Raptor engine.

Blue Angels begin winter training
The Navy Blue Angels left their home base at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.,
Wednesday and arrived at Naval Air Station El Centro in Southern California to
begin winter training for the 2018 show season. The maintenance and support
team left first Wednesday morning, then the six jets that make up the flight
demonstration team left a couple of hours later. The team will perform in El Centrol
March 10, then return to Pensacola after that to begin the regular show season.
(Sources: Pensacola News Journal, 10NewsKGTV, 01/03/18) Naval Air Station El
Centro is between San Diego and Yuma, Ariz.

Contract: Boeing, $193.6M
The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a
$193,638,503, contract modification (P00001) to a previously awarded contract
(FA8672-16-D-0010) for Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) Increment 1 Lots 12-14
production. This modification provides for the purchase of an additional quantity of
6,000 SDB 1 all-up-rounds being produced under the basic contract. The indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity ceiling is increasing from $700,000,000 to $893,638,503.
Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30,
2020. This contract involves foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Israel, the
Netherlands, South Korea, and Singapore. This modification is a result of a sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 and 2016 missile procurement; and foreign military
sales funds in the amount of $99,715,078 is being obligated at the time of award. Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8672-16-D-0010). (Source: DoD, 01/02/18)