Gulf Coast aerospace
MARCH 2019

Contract: Hensel Phelps, $59.5M
Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $59,456,363 firm-fixed-price
contract for construction of Advanced Munitions Technology complex. Bids were solicited via
the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an
estimated completion date of Aug. 11, 2021. Fiscal 2017 military construction funds in the
amount of $59,456,363 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-19-C-0006). (Source: DoD,
03/15/19)

AF plans small A-29, AT-6 buys
The Air Force will buy a handful of A-29 Super Tucano and AT-6 Wolverines aircraft, Chief of
Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein told lawmakers Wednesday at a a Senate Appropriations Committee
hearing. While small, the purchases would be a show of confidence for Sierra Nevada and
Textron that have made internal funding investments toward the Air Force's light-attack
experiment. The Air Force plans to put mini-detachments of AT-6 and A-29 turboprops at
Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Goldfein told lawmakers that the exact
numbers would depend on the costs of the planes, but an Air Force spokeswoman put the
number at two or three of each type. Funding is to come from previous years’ budgets. Most
of the light-attack experiment is centered on turboprops, but the Air Force is also interested in
expanding that to include drones and rotorcraft. FY-20’s budget request calls for $35M to
continue the experiment. (Source: Defense News, 03/13/19)

Leadership changes
There were two change of command ceremonies in Northwest Florida Thursday. In
Pensacola, Capt. Christopher Martin turned over his command of Naval Air Station Pensacola
in a change of command and retirement ceremony at the National Naval Avition Museum.
Taking over is Capt. Timothy Kinsella, a pilot who has been in the Navy 30 years. Martin,
commanding officer of NAS Pensaacola for three years, also retired from the U.S. Navy after
35 years of service. (Source: WEAR-TV, 03/14/19) Meanwhile, in In Milton, Navy Capt. Doug
Rosa took command of Training Air Wing Five in a change of command ceremony at Naval Air
Station Whiting Field. He assumed the title of commodore for the Navy’s largest aviation
training wing. Marine Corps Col. Dave Morris relinquished command at the event after 18
months as commodore. He will move onto another assignment at the Pentagon. (Source: NAS
Whiting Field, 03/14/19) Previous.

Contract: NCS/EML, $12M
NCS/EML SB JV LLC, Louisville, Ky., is awarded an $11,981,174 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.,
and outlying areas. The work to be performed to include facility investment, pest control,
other (swimming pools), grounds maintenance and landscaping, pavement clearance, utilities
management, electrical, wastewater, water, base support vehicles and equipment, and other
related services. The maximum dollar value including the base period and seven option years
is $96,721,878. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla. (67 percent); and outlying areas (33
percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2020. No funds will be obligated at time
of award. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2019 working capital funds
(Navy); fiscal 2019 Defense Health Program; and fiscal 2019 family housing operation and
maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $8,359,610 for recurring work will be
obligated on individual task orders issued during the base period. This contract was
competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with eight proposals
received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the
contracting activity (N69450-19-D-1740). (Source: DoD, 03/12/19)

Contract: Northrop, $89.5M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded an $89,534,733 cost-plus-
fixed-fee contract to provide sustainment and engineering services in support of the MQ-4C
Triton Unmanned Aircraft System. Additionally, this contract procures the technical expertise
of field service representatives, logisticians and test support to ensure MQ-4C air vehicles
and mission control and operator training systems are fully sustained and mission capable.
Work will be performed at Patuxent River, Md. (45 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent);
Andersen Air Force Base, Guam (20 percent); and Point Mugu, Calif. (10 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal
2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $69,309,254 will be
obligated at time of award, $4,000,000 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, is the contracting activity (N00019-
19-C-1020). (Source: DoD, 03/11/19) Gulf Coast note: Northrop Grumman Unmanned
Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss., performs fuselage work on the Triton.

Contract: Jacobs, $38.3M
Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded a $38,253,942 cost-plus-fixed-
fee contract for testing for evaluation of various interactions of chemical and biological
agents. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Dugway
Proving Ground, Utah, with an estimated completion date of June 23, 2020. Fiscal 2018 and
2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,392,148 were
obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command,
Dugway Proving Ground, is the contracting activity (W911S6-19-C-0002). (Source: DoD,
03/11/19)

Helicopter assembly site dedicated
LAFAYETTE, La. — A ribbon-cutting was held Saturday at Lafayette Regional Airport for the
Kopter Group's new SHO9 helicopter assembly facility that will serve the Western
Hemisphere. Gov. John Bel Edwards joined CEO Andreas Löwenstein of Kopter Group AG,
Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic
Development, and other state, regional and local officials at the ribbon-cutting. The selection
of Lafayette was announced early last week at the world’s largest helicopter trade show in
Atlanta. Kopter’s manufacturing site will be located at the Lafayette Regional Airport, where
the company will create 120 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than
$55,000, plus benefits. Activities at the site will include production, customization, assembly
and customer service. Suppliers include Kaman (composite parts), Garmin (avionics), Parker
Aerospace (hydraulic pumps), Collins Aerospace (external lighting) and Honeywell (turboshaft
engine). The helicopters ultimately will be assembled in Lafayette with U.S.-sourced
components representing at least 50 percent of the aircraft value. In addition, the company
will make a $4.2 million capital investment to modify and equip a state-of-the-art, 84,700-
square-foot helicopter assembly building at the airport. LED estimates the project will result in
an additional 157 new indirect jobs, for a total or more than 275 new jobs in Acadiana and
surrounding regions. Headquartered in Switzerland, Kopter Group has designed, engineered
and tested a series of prototype helicopters that lay the foundation for production helicopters
to be assembled in Lafayette. Technological innovations include composite airframe parts,
state-of-the-art avionics, enhanced safety features, room for up to eight passengers, and a
payload of up to 6,600 pounds. Kopter will lease the state-funded facility from the Lafayette
Airport Commissions. At its 14.7-acre site, Kopter will begin hiring later this year, with formal
helicopter assembly activity and deliveries scheduled to begin in 2021. Production will ramp
up to an anticipated annual volume of 100 helicopters by 2025. (Source: LED, 03/09/19)

4th SOS gets upgraded gunship
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - The 4th Special Operations Squadron, part of the 1st Special
Operations Wing, received an upgraded version of its Ghostrider gunship, the Block 30 model
of AC-130J Ghostrider. The 4th SOS, the Air Forces most deployed squadron, currently uses
the AC-130U Spooky, which is slowly being retired from active duty after more than 20 years
of operation. The new model will have the same role as the current one, air interdiction,
armed reconnaissance and close air support, but has upgraded avionics, navigation systems
and a Precision Strike Package that includes trainable 30mm and 105mm weapons. It also
costs less to operate per flying hour because of upgraded turboprop engines. (Source:
GCAC, 03/10/19)

NASA reassessing EM-1 date
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director Jody Singer said the agency is
reassessing the 2020 launch readiness date for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first launch
of Space Launch System (SLS) with an uncrewed Orion capsule. Singer, speaking at a Space
Transportation Association (STA) meeting on Capitol Hill Tuesday, said the launch readiness
date for EM-1 is still in 2020, but did not give a more precise estimate of the date. Singer
outlined how much has been accomplished to date. All the segments for EM-1 are ready
except the core stage being built at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. She said it's
“almost ready,” but much testing remains. The “Green Run” all-up system test of the core
stage and four RS-25 engines at Stennis Space Center, Miss., will take place late this year or
early next, she said. Singer described SLS as “America’s rocket” because more than 1,100
companies in 44 states are involved in building it, supporting more than 32,000 jobs and
producing $6 billion in economic benefit.(Sources: SpacePolicyOnline, SpaceNews, 03/05/19)

Contract: Northrop, $322.5M
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Northridge, Calif., is awarded a $322,504,595 cost-
plus-incentive-fee contract to provide for the engineering and manufacturing development
(EMD) of the AGM-88G, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-
ER). The EMD effort includes the design, integration and test of a new solid rocket motor for
the AARGM-ER for use on the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G and F-35A/C aircraft platforms. Work will
be performed in Northridge (98 percent); and Ridgecrest, Calif. (2 percent), and is expected
to be completed in December 2023.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation
(Navy) funds in the amount of $55,087,929 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 Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent
River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0050). (Source: DoD, 03/07/19) Gulf
Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Rosa to assume command of wing
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Col. Dave Morris will turn over command of
Training Air Wing Five March 14 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field's Cmdr. Clyde E. Lassen Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Capt. Doug Rosa will assume
command of the Navy's largest training wing and assume the title of commodore during the
event. Morris will move onto another assignment at the Pentagon. Among his other
assignments, Morris was assigned to fly the Blue Angels C-130, Fat Albert, during the 2001-
2003 airshow season. In August 2017, Rosa reported to Training Air Wing Five at NAS
Whiting Field in Milton, FL and assumed the position of deputy commodore. Rosa will now be
responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total
flight time and more than 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time world-wide.
(Source: Naval Air Station Whiting Field, 03/07/19)

Contract: SimVentions, $12M
SimVentions Inc., Fredericksburg, Va., is awarded a $12,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for the continued development, extension, and upgrade of the AN/SLQ-32(V)
X Tactical Simulator tools and capabilities delivered in support of Navy training and integration
and test efforts. Work will be performed in Fredericksburg (88 percent); Fairmont, W.V., (8
percent); and Pensacola, Fla. (4 percent), and is expected to be completed by February
2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation (Navy); and fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $1,514,452 will be obligated at
time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not
competitively procured in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(ii) -
only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency
requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the
contracting activity (N00178-19-D-4502). (Source: DoD, 03/06/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $17.8M
Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., has been awarded an estimated $17,828,176 firm-fixed-
priced delivery order (SPRPA1-19-F-C303) against a five-year basic ordering agreement
(SPRPA1-17-G-C301) for aircraft radar system spare parts. This was a sole-source
acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition
Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year contract with no option periods. Location of
performance is Mississippi, with a Dec. 20, 2021, performance completion date. Using
customers are Navy and Canadian Armed Forces. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 Navy
working capital funds and Foreign Military Sales. The contracting activity is the Defense
Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa. (Source: DoD, 03/06/19)

ST Engineering scholarships
PENSACOLA, Fla. — ST Engineering on Tuesday announced the ST Engineering
Scholarship Program. Starting in 2020, four scholarships will be awarded annually to
Escambia County high school students. Each recipient will receive $2,500. The company says
it’s important to get students involved in the aerospace industry sooner rather than later. “The
aerospace industry is growing. The average age of an aircraft tech right now is about 50. So,
we see in order to preserve aviation going forward, there will be a great need for techs going
forward,” explained Director of Maintenance Alvin Bass. Students can use the scholarships
towards any accredited college or tech aviation school. (Source: WEAR-TV, 03/05/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $32.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $32,721,119 modification P00015 to
a cost-plus-fixed-price delivery order (N0001918F2476) previously issued against basic
ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020 in support of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Aircraft
for the Navy, Air Force; Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants
and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The modification provides for the procurement
of modification kits and special tooling required for modification and retrofit activities for
delivered air systems. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed
in August 2027. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps); fiscal 2019
aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force); non-DoD U.S. participant and foreign
military sales funds in the amount of $32,721,119 will be obligated at time of award,
$2,136,568 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines
purchases for the Air Force ($9,702,671; 30 percent); Navy ($9,212,841; 28 percent); Marine
Corps ($7,844,070; 24 percent); non-U.S. DoD participant ($5,379,058; 16 percent); and
FMS customers ($582,479; 2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $10M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $9,963,210 for modification
P00001 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract
(N00019-19-D-0015). This modification increases the ceiling of the contract to procure
additional production ancillary mission equipment in support of F-35 non-U.S. Department of
Defense participant operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is
expected to be completed in May 2023. No funds are being obligated at time of award, funds
will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/05/19) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.


FEBRUARY 2019

New simulators demonstrate
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. - Dozens of Navy and civilian officials along with
members of the media were on hand Thursday for a demonstration of the first of 10 brand
new TH-57 helicopter training simulator for Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The simulator, the
first new ones at the base in nearly 40 years, will be used to train some 500 Navy, Marine and
Coast Guard helicopter students each year. The one shown Thursday was a stationary, Level
6 trainer with a wrap-around screen. NAS Whiting will get three. It will also get seven full-
motion Level 7 machines, which have larger vertical and horizontal wrap around screens,
providing a larger field of view. The new simulators are designed to teach students on the
ground so they can make mistakes there, rather than in the unforgiving environment of actual
flight. The scenarious can change at the punch of button, from an outlying field to an aircraft
carrier. The simulators can mimic any time of day and give students challenging weather and
air traffic situations. Also included in the upgrade will be a central control station that will
provide the capability to link all 10 simulators together in a single virtual environment. The
new simulators were provided by contractors Flight Safety Systems International of Denver,
Frasca International of Urbana, Ill., and Aechelon Technology of San Francisco. The old
simulators have been use since the Cold War era and have been modified over time to make
them more capable. But they reached their limit of adaptability and will be replaced over the
next year by the new simulators. (Source: GCAC, 02/28/19)

RS-25 tested at high level
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA tested an RS-25 engine Thursday at its highest
power level for an extended period of time. The 500-second test was conducted on the A-1
Test Stand. For the fourth time, NASA powered the engine to 113 percent of its original thrust
design, this time for more than 430 seconds, about four times longer than any previous hot
fire at that thrust level. The hot fire concluded a series of nine tests that began last August,
using RS-25 developmental engine No. 0525. As with previous tests in the series, the Feb. 28
hot fire featured an RS-25 flight engine controller that will be used on a Space Launch
System mission. The controller is the "brain" and a key component of engine modifications
made to help power SLS, being built as the world’s most-powerful rocket to carry humans
deeper into space than ever. The RS-25, originally used in the Space Shuttle, is being
modified for SLS. Four RS-25s will provie 2 million pounds of thrust during SLS's launch and
ascent. (Source: NASA/SSC, 02/28/19)

Contract: Tyonek, $7.2M
Tyonek Global Services LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, was awarded a $7,236,566 predominantly
firm-fixed-price contract for Cyber Operations Formal Training Support(CyOFTS) II. This
contract provides for essential capabilities to support the Cyber Operations field training unit
in course planning, administrative support, technical writing, course development, project
management, instructor training, student mission training systems administration, network
systems administration, training range engineering maintenance, computer help desk
support, and hardware/infrastructure maintenance. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field,
Fla.; and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by February 2020.
This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and five offers were received. Fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award.
The 38th Contracting Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity
(FA8773-19-C-A004). (Source: DoD, 02/28/19)

Contract: Unisys, $76.3M
Unisys Corp., Reston, Va., has been awarded a $76,346,901 Other Transaction Agreement
to execute the Enterprise IT as a service end user services risk reduction effort experiment.
This agreement provides for an experiment of the commercial delivery of standardized,
innovative, and agile Information Technology services, including an Enterprise service desk
and end user devices, to a select group of bases. Work will be performed at Buckley Air
Force Base (AFB), Colo., Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; Offutt AFB,
Neb.; Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Cannon AFB, N.M.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and
Pope Field, N.C., with possible scaling of up to 20 bases during the experiment. Work is
expected to be complete by February 2022. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in
the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8726-19-9-0001) (Source: DoD,
02/28/19)

Contract: L3 Vertex, $21.4M
L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is awarded $21,361,072 for
modification P00032 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract
(N00019-14-D-0011). This modification exercises an option for organizational, intermediate,
and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering support for Navy T-45 aircraft,
aircraft systems, and related support equipment. Support to be provided includes services,
equipment, tools, direct material, and indirect material required to support and maintain all to
support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at the Naval Air
Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas (55.5 percent); NAS Meridian, Miss. (41.3 percent); and NAS
Pensacola, Fla. (3.2 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 Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 02/28/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $30.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $30,811,998 for modification P00011
to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive firm contract (N0001918C1048) to provide for
initial lay-in of repair material for ten F-35 Lightning II systems at various depots in support of
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 (48.4
percent); Baltimore, Md. (24.8 percent); North Amityville, N.Y. (13.2 percent); Grand Rapids,
Mich. (4.7 percent); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (3.9 percent); Tempe, Ariz. (2.9 percent);
and Irvine, Calif. (2.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2022. Fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine
Corps.); non-U.S. DoD Participant and FMS funds in the amount of $30,811,998 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 ($13,456,431; 43.7 percent); the Marine
Corps ($6,649,044; 21.6 percent); Navy ($3,088,625; 10 percent); non-U.S. DoD Participants
($5,251,166; 17 percent); and FMS customers ($2,366,732; 7.7 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/28/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $108.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$108,742,796 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F2512 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 2020. Fiscal 2017 and
2019 aircraft procurement (Navy); fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine
Corps); fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force); non-DoD participant and FMS funds in
the amount of $108,742,796 will be obligated at time of award, $8,357,457 of which will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force
($40,792,324; 37 percent); Marine Corps ($20,450,619; 19 percent); Navy ($8,157,493; 8
percent); non-DoD Participants ($31,490,977; 29 percent) and FMS customers ($7,851,383;
7 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 02/28/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Embraer shareholder OK Boeing deal
Shareholders of Brazil’s Embraer on Tuesday approved a deal to sell 80 percent of the
company’s commercial plane division to Boeing Co. The deal will allow Boeing to compete with
Airbus in the market for jets with up to 150 seats. The transaction must now be approved by
antitrust regulators. Under the terms of the deal finalized in December, Boeing will pay $4.2
billion to control Embraer’s most profitable division, supplying passenger jets to airlines.
Under the proposed agreement, Boeing will acquire 80 percent of "all aspects" of Embraer's
commercial aircraft division, including aircraft design, manufacturing, certification, services
and sales work related to ERJs, E-Jets and E-Jet E2 family aircraft. Boeing rival Airbus last
year bought a controlling stake in Bombardier Inc’s CSeries jets, which also have less than
150 seats. Once the transaction receives full regulatory approval, Boeing and Embraer will be
joint owners of a yet-to-be-named commercial jet company. Shareholders also approved a
joint venture between the two planemakers to market Embraer’s new KC-390 military cargo
jet. Embraer will own a 51 percent stake and Boeing 49 percent. Boeing and Embraer
announced in December 2018 that they had approved the terms for the joint ventures and
the Brazilian government gave its approval in January 2019. Embraer's board of directors
ratified its support for the deal and definitive transaction documents were signed. Boeing and
Embraer hope to close the deal by the end of 2019. (Sources: Boeing press release, Reuters,
02/26/19) An A220 final assembly line is currently being built in Mobile, Ala., as a result of the
Airbus-Bombardier partnership on the former CSeries jetliner, since renamed the A220.

DHS unveils multi-cloud strategy
The Department of Homeland Security will embark on a 10-year cloud computing initiative to
modernize its technology infrastructure and improve its cybersecurity posture, according to a
Feb. 19 announcement. The program calls for modernizing Data CEnter 1 (DC1) at NASA's
Stennis Space Center, Miss., and retiring by June 2020 DC2 in Virginia, migrating a majority
of its IT systems and data to the cloud. The program could be worth a combined $1 billion to
$2 billion for multiple cloud vendors over the next 10 years, according to a Bloomberg
Government analysis. The scope of DHS's program resembles the Defense Department’s
Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud program, but with a different approach.
Where JEDI will be a centralized cloud that provides the bulk of the Pentagon’s infrastructure-
as-a-service needs, DHS’s will rely on multiple vendors and hybrid systems capable of
running in both on-premise and cloud environments. Responses to the Request for
Information are due March 20, 2019. The RFI, among other things, says it's looking at "right
sizing our footprint in Data Center 1 to support optimization of that facility." CSC Government
Solutions (spun off from CSC into CSRA, which was acquired by General Dynamics IT) has
operated the DC1 at the National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage since
July 2008. The site itself is government-owned. Public documents from 2011 state that it has
some "63,000 square feet of raised floor space" and the "complex consists of three large
attached buildings." While DHS is now trying to move to the cloud, DC1 and DC2 are the
result of a previous consolidation that saw the IT infrastructure of the agencies under its
purview limited to just two sites. (Sources: Bloomberg Government, 02/22/19, Data Center
Dynamics, 02/21/19)

Contract: Micro Systems, $23M
Micro Systems Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is awarded a $22,986,171 firm-fixed-price,
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production, repairs services and associated
ancillary equipment for the systems for Naval Target Control Block II and III in support of Navy
aerial targets. Work will be performed in Fort Walton Beach and is expected to be completed
in February 2024. Fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of
$3,219,199 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 Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md, is the contracting
activity (N0001919D0020). (Source: DoD, 02/25/19)

Airport has new flights
GULFPORT, Miss. - Tickets go on sale this week to fly from Gulfport-Biloxi International
Airport to two new destinations: Austin, Texas, and Ft. Myers, Fla. The announcement of new
flights aboard Sun Country Airlines came at the airport Monday morning. The nonstop flights
are as low as $59 one-way and will run Fridays and Mondays from July through December to
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport. The airport
has a $299 annual economic impact, said Clay Williams, executive irector of the airport, and
ridership was up 11 percent last year and cargo up 16 percent. (Source: Sun Herald,
02/25/19)

Navy marks acceptance of simulator
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD, Fla. – The Navy’s first new TH-57 flight simulator in
nearly 40 years will be accepted and available for helicopter training operations beginning
Feb. 28. In 1981, the Navy transitioned to the instrument rated TH-57C Sea Ranger platform,
which included flight simulators. Those original simulators have been used to train pilots since
that time. In December 2014, the Navy made the decision to upgrade the TH-57 simulators
with new devices as part of a larger goal of modernizing the entire helicopter ground training
system. The advanced simulator technology will dramatically improve Crew Resource
Management (CRM) training, simulation of challenging weather environments, and visual
scene representation. The Navy will receive three of these Level 6 and seven Level 7
simulators. The Level 6 devices are stationary cockpits with seat queuing vibration with a full
visual screen that wraps around the cockpit. The Level 7 devices are full motion cockpits with
a slightly larger field of view. Also included in the upgrade will be a central control station that
will provide the capability to link all ten simulators together in a single virtual environment.
After coordination by Flight Safety Systems International, Frasca International, Aechelon
Technology, and the U.S. Navy, the first of the three Level 6 devices will be accepted on Feb.
28, with the other two scheduled for acceptance next month. The Level 7 devices are on
contract for delivery beginning in May 2019 and ending February 2020, with the central
control station scheduled for acceptance in July 2019. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 02/25/19)

Group wants to rethink incentives
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Pensacola residents formed a committee that will try to force a city-wide
referendum on the agreement to pay $5 million of city sales tax money to fund the $210
million ST Engineering expansion project at the Pensacola International Airport. The group is
invoking provision of the city charter that allows for citizens to challenge a vote of the City
Council with a city-wide voter referendum if 10 percent of registered city voters agree. The
Pensacola City Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 6 to approve an interlocal agreement with
Escambia County agreeing to increase the city's funding for the project from $10 million to
$15 million. The project will expand ST Engineering's aircraft, maintenance and overhaul
campus from one to four hangars and bring in 1,325 jobs on top of the 400 promised for the
hangar that opened in 2018. The committee will have to collect 4,005 verified signatures by
mid-April to force a referendum. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/22/19)

New Orleans airport sets record
NEW ORLEANS, La. - New Orleans airport passenger traffic hit a new high in 2018, which
comes months before the opening in mid-May of a new $1 billion terminal. More than 13.1
million travelers flew in and out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport last year,
up 9.3 percent from 2017, when it served some 12 million travelers. It marks a fourth
consecutive year of passenger growth at the airport. The new terminal, currently under
construction on the north side of the airport property and set to open May 15, will have fewer
overall gates than the existing terminal. But several gates at the aging facility have been
closed for years, including all of Concourse A. (Source: NOLA.com 02/21/19)

Contract: Tapestry, $259M
Tapestry Solutions Inc., a Boeing Co., San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$259,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Weapon Planning Software
(WPS). This contract provides for the development, enhancement, and support of the WPS
suite, which is a common component within the Joint Mission Planning System architecture.
Work will be performed predominately in St. Louis, Mo.; and Niceville, Fla. Work is expected to
be complete by February 2029. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two
offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$355,878 are being obligated on an initial delivery order at the time of award. Air Force Life
Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-
D-0006). (Source: DoD, 02/21/19)

Fort Rucker to get new boss
Brig. Gen. David J. Francis, director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, at the
U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., will become the new commanding general of the U.S. Army
Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Ala. Maj. Gen. William K. Gayler, current
commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, was
nominated as director, J-3 Operations/Cyber, U.S. Africa Command in Germany. They were
among the assignments announced Feb. 19 by the Army chief of staff. (Source: DoD
02/19/19)

February newsletter available
The February 2019 Gulf Coast Reporters League/Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter
is now available for download. It includes a story about the groundbreaking for the A220 final
assembly line in Mobile, Ala., which promises to have a huge impact on the region. There's
also a story about the Navy's official opening of Site X in Santa Rosa County, a more capable
outlying field than the one it replaced in Escambia County. There's also a summary of key
stories that occurred since the last newsletter, including additionl funding for Pensacola's
maintenance, repair and overhaul project. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 2/19/18)

Border wall could cost Eglin $63M
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Money programmed for two construction projects planned
for Eglin Air Force Base could be steered to construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall under
terms of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. U.S. Rep. Matt
Gaetz, R-Fla., confirmed Monday that a proposed $34.9 million outlay for an F-35A training
center and a proposed $28 million outlay for an F-35A student dormitory are part of the $3.6
billion in military construction funding that Trump could tap for the wall. Eglin is the testing
center for the F-35 and trains F-35 pilots and maintenance personnel from the U.S. military
services and partner nations. In all, Florida bases could lose up to $177 million for planned
construction, according to a list compiled by the House Appropriations Committee. (Sources:
Panama City News Herald, 02/19/19, Tampa Bay Times 02/18/19)

Airbus aims to recruit ex-military
MOBILE, Ala. - With Airbus expecting to need more workers for its A320 assembly line and
A220 line that is now being built, it's holding recruiting drives at Naval Air Station Pensacola,
Fla., Tuesday and at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Feb. 28. Military I.D. is required to attend
to recruiting open houses. Airbus and its hiring partner, AIDT, are seeking candidates (retired
military, Guard, Reserve or active duty) to fill positions at the A220 assembly line. The open
house at NAS Pensacola is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Building 741. The open house at Keesler AFB
is 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Sablich Center, Room 108B. (Source: Airbus Facebook page,
02/15/19)

NASA resumes RS-25 testing
NASA resumed RS-25 rocket engine testing for its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket
with a hot fire test today on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center (SSC). The hot fire
marked the first RS-25 test of the year at SSC, continuing a series with developmental engine
No. 0525 that began last August. The test once more featured a flight controller to be used
on an SLS mission and marked the third time since last February that NASA has powered its
RS-25 engine up to 113 percent of original thrust. NASA is testing RS-25 engines to help
power the SLS rocket, being built to send humans deeper into space than ever before. Four
RS-25 engines, firing simultaneously, will produce 2 million pounds of combined thrust during
SLS launch and ascent. RS-25 engines for initial missions are former space shuttle engines,
designed to provide a power level categorized as 100 percent thrust. For SLS, engineers are
modifying RS-25 engines to provide up to 111 percent of original thrust. Testing at 113
percent at Stennis demonstrates a margin of safety for operating the engine at the higher
thrust. A key component of the modifications is the new flight controller, which acts as the
“brain” to help control engine operation and facilitate communication between the engine and
SLS rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne has received delivery of 18 new controllers from
subcontractor Honeywell International Inc., 16 to be used on the first four SLS missions, one
qualification unit and one engine spare. NASA has been testing the new controllers at Stennis
since March 2017. The RS-25 hot fire also continued testing of two engine components – a
3D-printed pogo accumulator to dampen pressure oscillations that can cause flight instability
and a main combustion chamber fabricated using a hot isostatic pressure (HIP) bonding
technique. The test today was the first since mid-December, when a test was terminated early
due to an observed anomaly.(Source: NASA/SSC, 02/13/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $14,498,758 for modification P00009
to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive firm contract (N0001918C1048) to provide for
initial lay-in of repair material for seven F-35 Lightning II systems at various depots in support
of 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 Orlando, Fla. (34
percent); Fort Worth, Texas (27 percent); Jackson, Miss. (16 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn.
(16 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (4 percent); and East Aurora, N.Y. (3 percent), and is expected to
be completed in July 2024. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, and Navy); fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the
amount of $14,498,758 are being obligated at time of award, $4,582,113 of which will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force
($6,332,003; 43.68 percent); Marine Corps ($3,128,745; 21.58 percent); Navy ($1,453,368;
10.02 percent); non-U.S. DoD Participants ($2,470,964; 17.04 percent), and FMS customers
($1,113,678; 7.68 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/13/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

DOT OKs $20M more for MRO
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The ST Engineering MRO expansion project got another $20 million
Wednesday when the Florida Department of Transportation upped its commitment to a total
of $45 million. "I am proud to announce City of Pensacola has secured the remaining funding
for Project Titan, which will expand the Aviation Maintenance Overhaul Repair (MRO) campus
at the Pensacola International Airport," said Mayor Grover Robinson."I am excited for this
transformational project to move forward." He received the confirmation letter today. FDOT is
amending its work program to removing funding "from several other projects" to fund the
airport project, a process it said takes about eight weeks. FDOT's work program and budget
will still need to be reviewed by the Florida Legislature, but if approved, Pensacola will receive
the funding in 2021 for the project. The $210 million expansion would add three more
hangars to the one already in place at Pensacola International Airport. It would add another
1,325 jobs. (Sources: GCAC, Pensacola News Journal, 02/13/19)

Allegiant announces new routes
VALPARAISO, Fla. - Allegiant Airlines announced the debut of non-stop service from the
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) to seven citie: Des Moines, Iowa; Huntington (Tri-
State), W. Va.; Little Rock, Ark.; Rockford/Chicago, Ill.; Shreveport, La.; Toledo, Ohio/Detroit,
Mich.; and Wichita, Kan. “We couldn’t be more proud of our partnership with Allegiant Air and
the seven new non-stop flights from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, bringing our total
to 37 non-stop destinations,” said Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airports Director. All seven
nonstop routes will operate twice weekly. (Source: Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport,
(02/12/19)

Airport begins new service
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Silver Airways will begin daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-
Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS) beginning
tomorrow. To celebrate the new nonstop service, Silver is offering introductory fares from $89
available at SilverAirways.com for a limited time for travel between Feb. 13 and May 22 for
ticketing before Nov. 19.“The commencement of direct service to Ft. Lauderdale and the
South Florida area provides another link to one of the Pensacola Gulf Coast Region’s top ten
market areas and important connecting opportunities on the Silver network to Key West and
the Bahamas,” said Pensacola Airport Director Dan Flynn. (Source: Pensacola International
Airport, 02/12/19)

Silver announces non-stop flight
VALPARAISO, Fla. - Silver Airways has announced the debut of daily non-stop service from
the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) beginning
on May 17, 2019. Silver will announce its flight schedule and propose fares Feb. 19, when
tickets will go on sale. The airline this week is also starting daily nonstop service between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS).
(Source: Destin-Fort Walton Beaach Airport, Silver Airways, 02/11/19)

Contract: McKinsey, $15.7M
McKinsey & Co. Inc., Washington, D.C., is awarded $15,730,560 for modification P00002 to a
firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-price delivery order N6833518F0362 previously issued
against blanket purchase agreement (N68335-18-A-0042) in support of the F-35 Lightning II
affordability campaign for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The modification provides
for maturation of the current effort through expansion and refinement of existing scope,
including strategic sourcing, senior leadership team offsite, and major contract actions. Work
will be performed in Arlington, Va., and is expected to be completed in June 2019. Fiscal 2018
aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps and Air
Force) funds in the amount of $15,730,560 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
($6,001,250; 38 percent); Marine Corps ($6,001,250; 38 percent), and Air Force
($3,728,060; 24 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/11/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $52.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$52,367,561 for modification P00002 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order
(N0001918F0472) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This
modification provides for additional ancillary mission equipment for F-35 Lightning II aircraft in
support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S.
DoD), participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in
Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement
(Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps); non-U.
S. DoD participant; and FMS funding in the amount of $52,367,561 will be obligated at time of
award, $35,913,912 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification
combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($20,791,984; 39 percent); Air Force
($11,338,222; 22 percent); Navy ($5,016,648; 10 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants
($12,112,092; 23 percent), and FMS customers ($3,108,615; 6 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/08/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Homeland Scty Solutions, $10.2M
Homeland Security Solutions Inc., Hampton, Va., is awarded a $10,250,351 firm-fixed-price,
six-month contract for program management support, training, human resources services and
non-guard security support services. This contract includes three one-year option periods,
and one six-month option period which, if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of this
contract to $35,291,550. Work will be performed in: Camp Lejeune/New River, N.C. (11
Percent); Camp Pendleton, Calif. (10 percent); Washington, D.C. (9 percent); Cherry Point, N.
C. (8 percent); Miramar, Calif. (8 percent); Quantico, Va. (8 percent); Camp Smith and
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (7 percent); Beaufort/Parris Island, S.C. (6 percent); Yuma, Ariz. (5
percent); Barstow, Calif. (5 percent); San Diego, Calif. (5 percent); Albany, Ga. (5 percent);
Okinawa, Japan (5 percent); Bridgeport, Calif. (2 percent); Blount Island, Fla. (2 percent);
New Orleans, La. (2 percent); and Iwakuni, Japan (2 percent). Work is expected to be
completed September 2019. If all options are exercised, work will continue through March
2023. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps) in the amount of $10,250,351
will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This
contract was competitively procured via solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities
website, with three offers received. The Marine Corps Installations National Capitol Region -
Regional Contracting Office, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity for
M00264-19-C-0007. (Source: DoD, 02/08/19)

MRO project gets more money
Triumph Gulf Coast agreed today to provide another $10 million for Pensacola's ST
Engineering expansion project, upping the previous award of $56 million. The funding was
$2.5 million less than what the city wanted. The initial grant of $56 million called for a
commitment to Pensacola that would create 1,325 jobs and keep them in the community for at
least three years. Friday's vote upped that commitment to seven years. Earlier this week, the
Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission each approved committing an
additional $5 million a piece to the project, bringing the local governments' contribution to $15
million each. The $210 million project would expand ST Engineering's aircraft maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO) footprint at Pensacola International Airport from the current one to
four hangars. ST Engineering has said its first hangar, which opened in June and cost $46
million, would generate 400 jobs. With Triumph's vote Friday, the city is still on the hook for
about $24.8 million. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is optimistic that $20 million of that will
come from the state through the Florida Department of Transportation. Triumph's vote Friday
removed the March 31 deadline the city was facing to find all of the other sources of funding,
but the city, ST Engineering and Triumph will have to negotiate and sign a new contract
before the grant will be awarded. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 02/08/19).

Contract: Lockheed, $90.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$90,345,180 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-
17-C-0001). This modification provides for the identification and execution of cost reduction
initiatives to reduce the cost of the F-35 Lightning II Air System.  Work will be performed in
Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $90,345,180 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 ($44,929,818; 50 percent); Navy
($26,000,000; 29 percent); and the Marine Corps ($19,415,362; 21 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 02/05/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Andromeda Systems, $42M
Andromeda Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is awarded a $41,977,403 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering support services and associated
engineering technical services in support of the Fleet Readiness Center South East’s In-
Service Support Center. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville,
Fla. (90 percent); Seattle, Wash. (2 percent); Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Okla. (2
percent); NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. (1.5 percent); NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. (1.5
percent); Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. (1.5 percent); NAS Corpus Christi, Texas
(1.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2019 working capital
funds (Navy) in the amount of $5,000 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 as a 100 percent small business set-aside; seven offers were
received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the
contracting activity (N6134019D0006). (Source: DoD, 02/01/19)


JANUARY 2019

Newest OLF now open
JAY, Fla. – The Navy's newest outlying landing field is now open for helicopter training
following a ribbon-cutting Wednesday. Site X's ceremonial transfer to the Navy featured a
ceremonial first flight by Naval Air Station Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Paul
Bowdich. Exchange of the signed deeds, which is the act that finalized change of ownership
for both properties of some 600 acres each, was on Tuesday. The Navy has ceased
operations at NOLF Site 8 in neighboring Escambia County. The National Defense
Authorization Act in 2015 authorized the land exchange, the first of its kind for the Navy. In
June 2016, the Navy and Escambia County signed a land exchange agreement to formalize
the intentions to transfer the property at Site 8 to Escambia County, in exchange for a
suitable landing field in Santa Rosa County to replace Site 8. Escambia County plans to
develop the former Site 8, possibly as a commerce park. (Source: GCAC, 01/30/19)

Contract: Northrop, $55M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is awarded $55,062,919 for
modification P00011 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-16-C-
0055). This modification provides for the procurement of five Fire Scout MQ-8C unmanned air
systems and two lightweight fuel cells.  Work will be performed in San Diego (33 percent);
Ozark, Ala. (27 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); Moss Point, Miss. (16 percent); and
various locations within the continental U.S. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in
August 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $55,062,919 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, 01/30/19)

Contract: Boeing, $56.8M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a $56,755,269 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that provides program management support as well as
engineering and integrated logistics support by the original equipment manufacturer for the
post-production support phase of the T-45 aircraft lifecycle. This contract includes special
tooling and test equipment, data accessibility and obsolescence identification, and resolution
in addition to field services support that will provide subject matter expertise in the areas of
environmental control systems, cockpit pressurization and On-Board Oxygen Generation
Systems integration. Work will be performed in St. Louis (96.1 percent); Meridian, Miss. (1.3
percent); Kingsville, Texas (1.3 percent); and Pensacola, Fla. (1.3 percent), and is expected
to be completed in January 2022. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will
be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively
procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Center Training
Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61340-19-D-0003). (Source:
DoD, 01/28/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $31.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $31,335,203 for modification P00044
to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-
0004) for sustainment services for F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot X aircraft for
the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Williamtown, Australia, and is expected
to be completed in January 2021. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the
amount of $31,335,203 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, 01/28/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Navy marking opening of new OLF
MILTON, Fla. – The Navy’s newest outlying landing field will be open for helicopter training
operations beginning Jan. 30. Escambia County will hand over the keys to Navy outlying
landing field Site X in Santa Rosa County, thus opening the site for operations. The Navy will
cease operations at NOLF Site 8 in Escambia County, and turn the property over to the
County in a unique real estate land exchange. The President signed the National Defense
Authorization Act in 2015 that authorized the land exchange. In June 2016, the Navy and
Escambia County signed a land exchange agreement to formalize the intentions to transfer
the property at Site 8 to the County, in exchange for a suitable landing field to replace Site 8.
Efforts to build a landing field began in 2016. Naval Facilities Southeast Region in
Jacksonville, Navy Installations Command and Whiting Field coordinated with Escambia
County project managers to ensure requirements for the training mission at NAS Whiting Field
were met. Exchange of the signed deeds, which is the act that finalizes change of ownership
for both properties, is slated for Jan. 29, and a ribbon cutting for NOLF Site X is scheduled for
Jan. 30. (Source: NAS Whiting Field, 01/24/19)  

Frontier to serve downtown airport
MOBILE, Ala. - Denver-based Frontier Airlines will offer service to and from the Downtown
Airport at Brookley Field beginning May 1 from a new passenger terminl. The low-cost carrier
will provide non-stop service to Chicago's O'Hare Airport and to Denver. Frontier becomes
the first airline to offer service from Brookley. Via Airlines has talked about providing service
at Brookley but currently operates out of the Mobile Regional Airport where United, Delta, and
American Airlines also operate.There was a large turnout of political figures for the
announcement. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the start of passenger service out of
Brookley was something that had been desired for years. A feasibility study commissioned by
the Mobile Airport Authority found that the benefits of moving passenger service from the
regional airport to downtown outweighed the drawbacks. They say that the Brookley airfield's
advantages, it's near downtown, has easy interstate access and is closer to potential patrons
in Baldwin County, would make it more competitive with airports in Pensacola and Biloxi.
(Sources: WKRG-TV, al.com, 01/22/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $542.2M
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $542,225,679 firm-
fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for ancillary mission equipment
(AME) and associated AME initial spares in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II aircraft 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, and is
expected to be completed in May 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy,
Marine Corps, and Air Force,); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of
$437,333,989 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 (N0001919D0015). (Source: DoD, 01/22/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Relativity gets launch pad
Relativity Space, a three-year-old start-up that aims to build rockets using 3D printers,
announced a contract Thursday with the Air Force to build and operate a launch facility at
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The five-year “multi-user” agreement means Relativity
can begin operating out of Launch Complex 16 (LC-16), the historic location built in the 1950s
and site of hundreds of American space launches. There is no monetary exchange or lease
payment to the Air Force. The agreement includes an option to extend for an exclusive 20-
year term. It's the fourth privte company to have an orbital launch site at Cape Canaveral.
The others are SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin. Reltivity CEO Tim Ellis
estimates the launch facilities represent more than $10 million worth of existing infrastructure.
Relativity has built one of the world’s largest 3-D printers, called Stargate, and has developed
its own rocket engine, Aeon 1. Relativity has a 20-year leasing agreement with NASA’s Stennis
Space Center (SSC), Miss., to test fire its rocket engines. The contract gives Relativity access
to four robust testing chambers at SSC. Relativity, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is
looking for more space in L.A. It has grown from 14 employees a year ago to 60. (Source:
CNBC, 01/17/19)

General officer announcement
Marine Corps Reserve Col. Leonard F. Anderson IV has been nominated for appointment to
the rank of brigadier general. Anderson is currently serving as the assistant wing commander,
4th Marine Aircraft Wing, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana. The
nomination was among multiple nominations announced today by Acting Secretary of Defense
Patrick M. Shanahan. (Source: DoD, 01/16/19)

Ground broken for A220 assembly line
MOBILE, Ala. - Fireworks were set off Wednesday morning after dignitaries participated in the
ceremonial groundbreaking for the $300 million A220 final assembly line at the Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley. About 700 people were on hand for the invitation-only event north of
the current A320 assembly line. Work is already underway on the site that will eventually
produce four A220 passenger jets every month. The first delivery is expected in 2020.
Dignitaries on hand for the event included Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Airbus Chief Executive
Officer Tom Enders. The A220 is the smallest member of the Airbus line of passenger jets
and is the former Bombardier CSeries. Airbus took over majority interest in the program under
an Airbus/Bombardier partnership. Airbus is already seeking workers for the new assembly
line. Airbus also plans to expand its A320 workforce. In total, the company expects to hire
some 600 new employees over the next 18 months.(Source: GCRL, 01/16/19)

New service announced
Allegiant Air announced the debut of non-stop service from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Airport (VPS) to Omaha's Eppley Airfield (OMA) and Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
beginning June 6, 2019. Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airport Director, said the new
services brings the airport's total of non-stop destinations to 30. Tickets are on sale now.
(Source: Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, 01/15/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $68.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$68,933,454 for cost-plus-incentive fee delivery order 0104 against a previously issued basic
ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the design, development,
documentation, integration, and test of upgrades to the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory to
execute the Mission Data (MD) programming and reprogramming mission for the F-35 Digital
Channelized Receiver/Technique Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) and non-
DTIP configurations. These efforts are in support of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps
operational aircraft, as well as all training aircraft within the continental U.S. with MD products.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (65 percent); Baltimore, Md. (25 percent); and
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021. Fiscal
2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps) funding
in the amount of $20,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the
end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force ($34,466,727;
50 percent); Navy ($17,233,364; 25 percent), and the Marine Corps ($17,233,363; 25
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 01/15/19)

Contract: C4 Planning, $45.5M
C4 Planning Solutions, Blythe, Ga., is awarded a maximum ceiling $45,488,761 firm-fixed
price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a five-year ordering period and
option to extend services up to six months for tactical systems support and professional
engineering services for the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity. This contract
contains an option, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $49,999,196.  Work will
be performed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (41 percent); Okinawa, Japan (15 percent); Camp
Lejeune, N.C. (four percent); Norfolk, Va. (four percent); Alexandria, Va. (four percent);
Quantico, Va. (four percent); New Orleans, La. (two percent); and additional various locations
outside the continental U.S. (26 percent), and work is expected to be completed by March 6,
2024. If the option is exercised, work will continue through Sept. 6, 2024. Fiscal 2017 (Marine
Corps) operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $515,910; and fiscal 2019
(Marine Corps) operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $146,903 will be
obligated under the initial task order immediately following contract award. Although expired,
the fiscal 2017 contract funds in the amount of $515,910 are available for this effort in
accordance with 31 U.S. Code 1558. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal
Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems
Command, Quantico, is the contract activity (M68909-19-D-7605). (Source: DoD, 01/15/19)

Shutdown impacting SLS
The government shutdown is impacting NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Qualification
testing on the SLS’s intertank and hydrogen tank has stopped at Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Ala. “The intertank was undergoing testing when the government shut
down, so that’s been interrupted,” according to John Shannon, the SLS program manager at
Boeing. It also means testing can’t even begin on the hydrogen tank, which arrived at
Marshall last week. The testing to ensure rocket components can withstand harsh launch
conditions has already been completed for the engine. The furlough also means NASA and
Boeing employees have halted modifications to the stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss., that
will hold the rocket during a test-fire of all four engines. “That test stand is owned by NASA,”
said Shannon, who worked for space agency for 25 years before joining Boeing in 2015. “[So]
that work has come to a halt during the shutdown.” Boeing thinks it will be able to catch up
and deliver the first completed rocket to NASA as planned in the late fall. (Source: Polico
Space, 01/14/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $21M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $21,000,000 modification
(P00004) to the ceiling amount of the previously-awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract (FA8675-15-D-0135) for advanced medium range air-to-air missile system
improvement program software architecture and design risk reduction efforts to counter
evolving threats. This modification provides an increase in the maximum ordering amount of
the contract, from $50,000,000 to $71,000,000, to facilitate new task orders. Work will be
performed in Tucson, Arizona. All orders under this contract will be placed on or before Sept.
30, 2019 with a period of performance not to exceed Sept. 30, 2022. No additional funds are
being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/10/19)

Airbus posts first jobs for A220 line
MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus is seeking its first candidates to fill manufacturing positions for its
newest assembly line in Mobile. The positions are the first wave of production jobs announced
for the company’s A220 aircraft assembly line. The open positions include aircraft
structure/installation mechanics, installers for aircraft cabin furnishings and aircraft
electricians. Successful candidates for all positions will participate in several weeks of training
at AIDT in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Some candidates will also have
the opportunity for on-the-job training with the company’s manufacturing team in Mirabel,
Canada before returning to Mobile. Production on the first aircraft begins in Q3 2019. In
addition to the positions for the new A220 production facility, Airbus is also hiring for similar
production positions in its current A320 production facility. In total, the company expects to
hire approximately 600 new employees over the next 18 months.For a full job description of all
the positions and to apply, go to airbususmanufacturing.applicantpro.com/jobs. (Source:
Airbus, 01/09/19)

A220 incentives details emerge
MOBILE, Ala. - Details have begun to emerge on the incentives that will be offered to Airbus
as it builds a new jet assembly line in Mobile, including $4 million in cash from the city and an
equal amount from Mobile County. That $8 million, plus an unknown value in tax abatements
and fee waivers, is spelled out in a project agreement on Tuesday's Mobile City Council
agenda. While the council will have the option of immediate action, normal procedure will be
for it to lay the measure over for a week's consideration before voting. Meanwhile, a county
spokesperson confirmed that the Mobile County Commission will consider its approval of the
measure at its discussion meeting this Thursday for a presumed vote at its regular meeting
on Jan. 14. (Source: al.com, 01/07/19)

Two airlines order A220s
MOBILE, Ala. - Two airlines have made orders for the new A220 passenger jet that will be
assembled in Mobile. JetBlue, which received the first A321 assembled at the first Airbus final
assembly line in the U.S., has confirmed an order for 60 A220-300 aircraft to be produced in
Mobile, according to Airbus. Also, a low-cost carrier code-named Moxy Airlines, confirmed an
order for 60 A220-300 aircraft, according to Airbus. The A220 is being produced in a
partnership between Airbus and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier in a deal reached last
year. Construction of a new final assembly line to assemble the A220 aircraft is expected to
begin later this month at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. The first plane is expected to be
delivered in 2020. (Sources: Airbus (release 1, release 2) WKRG, WPMI, WALA, 01/03/18)

Contract: Risk Mitigation, $95M
Risk Mitigation Consulting Inc., Destin, Fla., is awarded a maximum amount $95,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mission assurance assessments of
installation/facilities infrastructure and facility-related control systems for the Department of
the Navy. The work includes, but is not limited to the collection and evaluation of data
concerning the criticality of facilities, utilities, industrial control systems, and supporting
infrastructure based on mission impacts, probable threats and hazards, and degrees of
vulnerability to determine the overall risk posture of the asset. Work will be performed at
various Navy and Marine Corps installations at various locations within the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command, Atlantic area of responsibility, both inside and outside the
continentalU.S., including, but not limited to, California (24.6 percent); Virginia (13.0 percent);
Florida (10.1 percent); Maryland (7.2 percent); Washington (5.8 percent); Hawaii (4.3
percent); Texas (4.3 percent); South Carolina (4.3 percent); Washington, District of Columbia
(2.9 percent); North Carolina (2.9 percent); Mississippi (2.9 percent); Georgia (2.9 percent);
Tennessee (1.5 percent); Rhode Island (1.5 percent); Pennsylvania (1.5 percent); New York
(1.5 percent); New Jersey (1.5 percent); Louisiana (1.5 percent); Indiana (1.5 percent); Illinois
(1.5 percent); Connecticut (1.4 percent); and Arizona (1.4 percent). The term of the contract
is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of January 1, 2024.  Fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,000 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 and Marine Corps). This contract was
competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website and Federal
Business Opportunities website, with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-19-D-2002). (Source:
DoD, 01/02/19)