Gulf Coast aerospace
SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

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

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

Contract: DynCorp Int., $173.2M
DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $173,174,040 for
modification P00041 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, labor hour,
indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0003). This modification
provides organizational, intermediate, and depot-level maintenance and logistics support for
16 T-34, 54 T-44, and 287 T-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas (50
percent); Milton, Fla. (39 percent); Pensacola, Fla. (8 percent); and various locations within
the continental U.S. (3 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No
funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as
they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/18/18)

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

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

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

Contract: UTC, $266M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
awarded a $266,062,462 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract
for the procurement of program administrative labor for non-recurring sustainment activities;
supplies, services and planning for depot activations; material and support equipment for
depot maintenance facilities and mockup engines and modules for test cells in support of F-
35 Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford and is
expected to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force,
Marine Corps and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of
$266,062,462 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($83,646,823, 31
percent); Marine Corps ($43,446,086, 16 percent); Navy ($32,271,482, 12 percent); non-U.
S. DoD participants ($99,075,389; 37 percent); and FMS ($7,662,682; 3 percent). This
contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1069).
(Source: DoD, 09/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

Contract: L3, $202.9M
L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $202,936,338 for
modification P00029 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-14-D-0011) to exercise an option for organizational, intermediate, and depot level
maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft, aircraft systems, and
related support equipment for flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be
performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (45.7 percent); NAS Meridian,
Miss. (41.7 percent); NAS Pensacola, Fla. (10.1 percent); and NAS Patuxent River, Md. (2.5
percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2019. No funds will be obligated at
time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/10/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $81M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an
$81,030,000 not-to-exceed modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-
fee delivery order N00019-18-F-0584 issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-
G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of air vehicle initial spares for the F-
35 Lightning III aircraft, including afloat spares packages, Marine Corps quick engine change
kits, and associated consumables to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for Navy and
Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas 24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif.
(9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent);
Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (6.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5
percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif.
(3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5
percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore,
Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8
percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.9 percent), and is expected to be completed in December
2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps), funds in the amount of
$81,030,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Navy ($44,052,000; 54 percent);
and the Marine Corps ($36,978,000; 46 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/31/18) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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


August 2018

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

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

Contract: UTC, $118.2M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., was
awarded not-to-exceed $118,219,503 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-
price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-
C-0020). This modification provides for initial spares, including four F135-PW-600 (STOVL)
engines for the Marine Corps; one power module and gearbox; four lift fan modules; and
eight drive shafts in support of the Marine Corps’ low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35
Lightning II aircraft. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind.
(26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed
in August 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$118,219,503 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/30/18)

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

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

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

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

Contract: PAE Aviation, $17.9M
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, N.J., has been awarded a $17,865,292
modification to contract FA4890-15-C-0018.  Contractor will provide functional and quality
assurance support for the aerial targets program, which directly supports live-fire weapons
system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group in the developmental and
operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles for the F-22, F-35, F-16, and F-15
aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; and Holloman AFB, N.M.,
and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and
maintenance funds in the amount of $17,865,292 will be obligated at the time of award. Air
Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center, Joint Base Langley-
Eustis, Va., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 08/29/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Boeing, $17M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $17,002,107 for firm-fixed-price delivery
order N0001918F2654 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-
0001). This order is for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E and two
F/A-18F aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change
proposal 6480. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed in
December 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$17,002,107 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 08/13/18) Gulf Coast note: The Blue Angels are based in Pensacola,
Fla.

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

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

Contract: Choctawhatchee, $20M
Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Inc., DeFuniak Springs, Fla., has been awarded a
maximum $19,989,648 modification (P00012), incorporating the economic-price-adjustment
agreement to the existing 50-year contract (SP0600-16-C-8314) with no option periods, for
electric utility services. This is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract.
Location of performance is Florida, with a July 31, 2067, performance completion date. Using
military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through 2067 operations
and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort
Belvoir, Va. (Source: DoD, 08/10/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JULY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Northrop, $19.3M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded $19,328,060 for fixed-price-
incentive successive target modification P00007 to a previously awarded contract (N00019-
17-C-0018) to procure integrated functional capability (IFC) 4.0 unique material for the MQ-
4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. The material will be utilized for inline modifications and
retrofit efforts to convert the MQ-4C Triton to the IFC 4.0 configuration. Work will be
performed in San Diego, Calif. (22 percent); Waco, Texas (16 percent); New Town, N.D. (15
percent); West Chester, Ohio (9 percent); Middletown, Wisc. (9 percent); Malabar, Fla. (9
percent); Menlo Park, Calif. (4 percent); Placentia, Calif. (3 percent), Medford, N.Y. (3
percent); San Clemente, Calif. (2 percent); Bridgeport, W.Va. (less than 1 percent); and
various locations in the continental U.S. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed in July
2020. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $19,328,060 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
07/18/18) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on Triton in Moss Point,
Miss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JUNE 2018

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

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

Contract: Northrop, $14.3M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., is awarded a $14,304,010 firm-fixed-
price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-6320)
to exercise options for the fabrication, testing, production and delivery of AN/AQS-24C mine
hunting sonar systems. The AN/AQS-24C system provides high-speed capability to detect
and classify volume (moored) mines while simultaneously hunting bottom mines. The 24C
system modification integrates ahead-looking topographic large area survey (ATLAS)
volume search sonar capability and associated minehunting software into the AN/AQS-24B
configuration. The system is deployed from the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter. Work will be
performed in Annapolis (83 percent); and Panama City, Fla. (17 percent), and is expected to
be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the
amount of $14,304,010 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the
current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 06/29/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Boeing, $1.5B
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a $1,504,995,240 fixed-price-incentive-firm
contract that provides for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F Super
Hornets in support of the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif.
(41.4 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (28.2 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (4.7 percent); Santa
Clarita, Calif. (4 percent); Bloomington, Minn. (3.3 percent); Greenlawn, N.Y. (2.8 percent);
Endicott, N.Y. (2.3 percent); Santa Ana, Calif. (1.9 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (1.5 percent);
Clifton, N.J. (1.3 percent); Mesa, Ariz. (1.3 percent); Torrance, Calif. (1.2 percent); Ontario,
Canada (1 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (0.9 percent); Kalamazoo, Mich. (0.8 percent); Fort
Walton Beach, Fla. (0.8 percent); East Aurora, N.Y. (0.7 percent); and various locations
outside the continental U.S. (2.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2021.
Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $1,504,995,240 will be obligated at time of
award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1060). (Source:
DoD, 06/27/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $503.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is
awarded $503,228,000 for a not-to-exceed modification to a previously issued firm-
fixed-price delivery order 0584 placed against basic ordering agreement (N00019-
14-G-0020). This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares, to include F-
35Lightning II deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages, and
associated consumables required to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for
the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El
Segundo, Calif. (9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United
Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H.
(5.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar
Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1
percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.
Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent);
Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and
Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) and non-DoD
participant funds in the amount of $503,228,000 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification
combines purchases for the Air Force ($106,506,000; 21 percent); Marine Corps
($91,695,000; 18 percent); Navy ($68,190,000; 14 percent); and non-DoD participants
($236,837,000; 47 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is
the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/15/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $14.4M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $14,386,915 cost-plus-
fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for emerging
capabilities and analysis systems engineering to include programmatic, and logistics tasks
that will analyze the F-35 air system's ability to meet future operational requirements,
investigate cost and weight reduction program options, and conduct modeling and simulation
activities. Additional assessments may include such efforts as analyzing changes to design
life, operational readiness, reliability, and air system design and configuration. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2018
research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,919,388 will be
obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(C)(1). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-D-0129).
(Source: DoD, 06/04/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

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

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

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


MAY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $558.3M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $558,276,346 cost-
plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price contract.
This contract provides for sustainment support, including equipment, training devices,
training facilities, non-aircraft spares, Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and
software, and facilities standup in support of low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning
II aircraft in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; non-Department of Defense (DoD)
participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Orlando,
Fla. (71 percent); Redondo Beach, Calif. (13 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (11 percent);
Owego, N.Y. (4 percent); and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (1 percent), and is expected to
be completed in February 2023. Fiscal 2016, 2017, and 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of
$558,276,346 will be obligated at time of award, $19,550,597 of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (31 percent);
Marine Corps (11 percent); Navy (9 percent); non-DoD participants (42 percent); and FMS
customers (7 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.
Code 2304(C)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity (N00019-18-C-1048). (Source: DoD, 05/24/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Northrop, $45M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $45,000,000 fixed-
price-incentive, firm target advance acquisition contract for long-lead materials components,
material, parts, and associated efforts required to maintain the MQ-4C Triton unmanned
aircraft system planned production schedule. Work will be performed in San Diego (25.3
percent); Baltimore, Md. (22.7 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (20.2 percent); Bridgeport, W.V.
(8.2 percent); Red Oak, Texas (4.7 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (.2 percent); and various
locations in the continental U.S. (15.1 percent); and locations outside the continental U.S.
(3.6 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft
procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $45,000,000 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not
competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1028).
(Source: DoD, 05/17/18) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman does fuselage work on the
Triton in Moss Point, Miss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


APRIL 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $1.4B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,421,735,530 cost-
plus-incentive-fee contract for recurring logistics services for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department
of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Services to be
provided include ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation
activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability,
maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain
management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (62 percent); Orlando, Fla. (22 percent); Greenville,
S.C. (7 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (5 percent); and Redondo Beach, Calif. (4
percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and
maintenance (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of
$1,403,206,015 will be obligated at time of award; $845,359,517 of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force (42.07
percent); Marine Corps (18.41 percent); Navy (12.29 percent); non-DoD participants (20.01
percent); and FMS customers (7.22 percent). This contract was not competitively procured
pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/30/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $38.5M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $38,499,420 modification
to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter advance acquisition contract
(N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides additional funding for the low-rate initial
production of long lead materials, parts, components, and effort for economic order quantity
increases for the Navy (Lot) 12; and the government of Italy (Lots 13 and 14). Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton,
United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); Nagoya,
Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in
December 2019. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy); and non-Department of Defense
(DoD) participant funds in the amount of $38,499,420 are obligated at time of award, none
of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines
purchases for the Navy (74 percent); and non-DoD participants (20.03 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
04/25/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center and reprogramming labs.

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

Contract: Raytheon, $8.5M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $8,527,930 fixed-price
modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8672-18-C-0010 for Small Diameter
Bomb Increment II. This modification provides for additional weapons and containers, and
brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $85,920,688. Work will be performed
in Tucson and is expected to be complete by July 2020. Fiscal 2018 production funds in the
full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/25/18)

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

Contract: Lockheed, $10.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $10,891,280 modification
to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0045). This modification
provides additional funding for flight test software sustainment in support of the F-35
Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and non-
Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Sustainment services to be provided include
ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities;
Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability,
maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain
management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46 percent); Orlando, Fla. (32 percent); Warton,
United Kingdom (9 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (7 percent); and Greenville, S.C. (6 percent),
and is expected to be completed in April 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of
$10,891,280 will be obligated at time of award, $8,709,539 of which will expire at the end of
the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (39.98
percent); Marine Corps (19.99 percent); Navy (19.99 percent); and non-DoD participants
(20.04 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 04/24/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the
F-35 integrated training center and reprogramming labs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $211.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aerospace Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $211,295,230 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Block 4.1 common capabilities pre-
modernization efforts in support of the F-35 Lightning II preliminary design review in support
of the Air Force and international partners. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and
is expected to be completed in July 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and
evaluation (Air Force); and international partnership funds in the amount of $45,018,007 will
be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-
1004). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center and reprogramming labs.

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


MARCH 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: UTC, $239.7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn.,
is being awarded a $239,691,086 advanced acquisition contract for long-lead
materials, parts, and components for 137 low rate initial Production Lot 12 F135
propulsion systems for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This
includes 46 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 20 F135-PW-600
propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for
the Navy; 63 F135-PW-100 and four F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-U.S.
DoD participants and FMS customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67
percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5
percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS
funds in the amount of $239,691,086 are being obligated at time of award, none of
which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines
purchases for the Air Force (37 percent); Marine Corps (18 percent); Navy (4
percent); non-U.S. DoD participant (27 percent); and foreign military sales
customers (14 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to
Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1021) (Source: DoD, 03/23/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Rolls-Royce, $69.4M
Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded $69,433,967 for modification
P00010 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, requirements
contract (N00019-14-D-0016) to exercise an option to provide intermediate, depot
level maintenance and related logistics support for about 209 in-service T-45 F405-
RR-401 Adour engines. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Kingsville,
Texas (46 percent); Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. (44 percent); Naval Air Station
Pensacola, Fla. (10 percent); and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (less than 1
percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018. No funds will be
obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as
they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando,
Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/19/18)

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $482M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $481,954,000 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee delivery order 0584
against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This
order provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle spares in support of the F-
35 Lightning II for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy; non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will
be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1 percent);
Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham,
United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5
percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego,
Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent);
Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks,
Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9
percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent). Work
is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the
amount of $481,954,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will
expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the
Air Force (33.92 percent); Marine Corps (13.43 percent); Navy (9.45 percent); non-U.
S. DoD participants (29.58 percent); and FMS customers (13.62 percent). The Naval
Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 03/15/18). Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $1.5B
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a
$1,463,152,389 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded advance
acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) for long lead material and parts for low rate
initial production (LRIP) of F-35 Lightning II air systems in support of the Air Force,
Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants; and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers. This modification provides for 145 Lot 13
aircraft for the services, non-U.S. DoD participants and FMS customers; and 69 Lot
14 aircraft for the non-U.S. DoD participants and FMS customers. Work will be
performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent);
Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5
percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent), and is
expected to be completed in December 2018. Fiscal 2017 advanced procurement
(Navy and Air Force); fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps), non-U.S. DoD
participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $1,463,152,389 will be obligated at time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
modification combines purchase for the Air Force (24 percent); the Marine Corps
(11 percent); the Navy (3 percent); and the non-U.S. DoD participants (44 percent);
and FMS customers (18 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/13/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $24.9M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $24,860,231
modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0040) to
update and revise F-35A integration requirements in accordance with the letter of offer and
acceptance in support of the government of Japan. Additionally, this modification updates
program management tasking, to include additional meetings and translator services. Work
will be performed in Misawa, Japan (50 percent); Ichigaya, Japan (5 percent); Jujo, Japan (5
percent); Yokota, Japan (5 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); and Orlando, Fla. (5
percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Foreign military sales funds in the
amount of $24,860,231 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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

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

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

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

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


FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $14M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $13,993,000 for not-
to-exceed modification P00006 to previously issued delivery order 0132 placed against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification provides for the procurement of
initial air vehicle spares to include endurance spares packages to coincide with F-35 air
vehicle deliveries in support of the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Fort
Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent);
Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent);
Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent); Torrance, Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent);
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent); San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1
percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1 percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4
percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect,
Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8
percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Foreign military sales funds in
the amount of $13,993,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/15/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contract: Lockheed, $119.7M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-
exceed $119,707,000 for modification P00005 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price
delivery order 0132 placed against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0057).
This modification provides for the procurement of initial air vehicle deployment
spares packages in support of Air Force F-35 air vehicle delivery schedules. Work
will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (9.1
percent); Owego, N.Y. (8.6 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2 percent);
Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5.8 percent); Torrance,
Calif. (5.5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (4.9 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7 percent);
San Diego, Calif. (3.6 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (3.1 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (3.1
percent); Irvine, Calif. (2.5 percent); N. Amityville, N.Y. (2.4 percent); Windsor Locks,
Conn. (2.2 percent); Baltimore, Md. (2.2 percent); Papendrect, Netherlands (1.9
percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent), and
is expected to be completed in July 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air
Force) funds in the amount of $119,707,000 will be obligated at time of award, none
of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/05/18)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training
center.

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

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

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

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

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


JANUARY 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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