Gulf Coast aerospace
MAY 2018

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. Previous

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)