Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Parker takes HT-8 command

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 service begins

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 environment 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

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to be the 13th NASA administrator. The partisan vote was 50 to 39. Democrats opposed President Trump’s nominee, in part because he is not a "space professional." Bridenstine had previously said he's an advocate of the current Space Launch System and Orion programs, as well as NASA working with commercial space companies. NASA's acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, is retiring. (Sources: multiple, including CNN, Science Magazine, Air and Space, 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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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: DoD, 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: DoD, 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: DoD, 04/17/18)

Monday, April 16, 2018

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)

Friday, April 13, 2018

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)

Friday, April 6, 2018

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)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pilot killed in crash IDd

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) Previous

STEM program expands

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)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Airport getting new leader

LAKE CHARLES, La. – W. Kevin Melton will be the new executive director of Chennault International Airport Authority later this month. Melton, who retired as a colonel from the Air Force after 24 years of service, 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. Chennault International Airport and its tenants employ some 1,500 persons and account for $300 million in annual economic impact. (Source: KPLC, 04/04/18)