JULY 2019

MQ-8C now initial operation capable
The U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability for the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire
Scout unmanned helicopter on June 28. It clears the way for the unmanned air vehicle to begin
fleet operations and training. The MQ-8C is to deploy aboard the Navy’s littoral combat ships in
FY2021, and is intended for intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as
precision targeting. The airframe is the commercial Bell 407, with seats and other manned
avionics equipment stripped out and replaced with remote controls and extra fuel tanks. Over
the next few years, Northrop Grumman plans to deliver 38 MQ-8Cs to the Navy. (Source:
Flightglobal, Inside Defense, 07/08/19) Gulf Coast note: Final assembly and flight testing of the
MQ-8C is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Rockhill Group, $12.2M
The Rockhill Group Inc., Moline, Fla., has been awarded a $12,211,850 firm-fixed-price
contract for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) aircrew instruction instructor
support required by the 492 Special Operations Wing and operational wings. This contract
provides for critical flying training unit support instruction (platform, simulator and flight) to all
students going through AFSOC's initial and mission qualification school and continuation
training for combat aircrews. Work will be performed at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Duke Field, Fla.;
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, and is
expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. This award is the result of sole source acquisition.
Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $12,211,850 are being
obligated at the time of award. The 765th Specialized Contracting Flight, Air Force Installation
Contracting Center, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity (FA0021-19-C-A003). (Source:
DoD, 07/03/19)

A220 strong a year after agreement
Airbus Canada Limited Partnership marked its first anniversary on July 1, one year after Airbus
became the majority partner in the A220 aircraft program. Highlights of this first anniversary
include orders and commitments signed for more than 230 A220 aircraft, the ground-breaking
for a new A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., and expansion at the Mirabel
manufacturing facility in Canada. Airbus Canada has delivered more aircraft in its first year
than the total delivered up to July 1, 2018, when it took the lead of the program. In total, the
A220 ends the first year of Airbus leading the program with a firm order book of over 500
aircraft, plus 80 additional commitments announced at this year’s Paris Air Show. In 2019,
Airbus is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of its presence in Canada. (Source: Airbus,
07/02/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $348.2M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$348,223,161 for modification P00019 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract
(N00019-17-C-0001). This modification is for production non-recurring, special tooling and
special test equipment in support of low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II aircraft
for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners and
foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (23.80%); El
Segundo, Calif. (23.86%); San Diego, Calif. (17.03%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.65%);
Orlando, Fla. (6.63%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.44%); Nashua, N.H. (2.71%); Clearfield, Utah
(2.15%); Marietta, Ga. (1.77%); East Aurora, N.Y. (1.59%); Palmdale, Calif. (1.40%);
Cheltenham, United Kingdom (0.96%); Turin, Italy (0.81%); Clearwater, Fla. (0.79%);
Melbourne, Fla. (0.60%); Irvine, Calif. (0.58%); Kongsberg, Norway (0.53%); Arlington, Texas
(0.48%); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (0.46%); Tempe, Ariz. (0.38%); Inglewood, Calif. (0.33%);
Papendrecht, Netherlands (0.28); Garden Grove, Calif. (0.21%); Montmorency, Australia
(0.20%); Marion, Va. (0.17%); Independence, Ohio (0.14%); Amesbury, Mass. (0.13%); Rome,
N.Y. (0.13%); Los Angeles, Calif. (0.10%); Hot Springs, Ark. (0.10%); Lystrup, Denmark
(0.09%); Grand Rapids, Mich. (0.09%); Owego, N.Y. (0.07%); Sharon, Mass. (0.06%); Wichita,
Kan. (0.06%); Boulder, Colo. (0.05%); Carlsbad, Calif. (0.04%); Ontario, Calif. (0.04%); Delta,
British Columbia, Canada (0.03%); Long Beach, Calif. (0.01%); Lindenhurst, N.Y. (0.01%);
Eskisehr, Turkey (0.01%); Saint Peters, Mo. (0.01%); Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (0.01%); and
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (0.01%). Work is expected to be completed in August 2022. Fiscal
2017 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD partner and FMS funds in the
amount of $348,223,161 are being obligated at time of award, $17,899,115 of which will expire
at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force
($129,642,270; 38%); Navy ($69,738,685; 20%); Marine Corps ($61,001,500; 17%); non-U.S.
DoD partners ($60,840,706; 17%) and FMS customers ($27,000,000; 8%). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 07/02/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of an F-35 training center.

Mississippi pushes space initiative
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Mississippi is starting a new economic development effort to
lure companies connected to space exploration. The announcement came less than a month
after California-based Relativity announced it would build its Terran 1 space rockets using 3D
print technology at Stennis Space Center, where it has already been testing rocket engines.
Gov. Phil Bryant announced the Space Initiative Monday during an event at Infinity Science
Center, near Stennis Space Center in coastal Hancock County. SSC is where NASA and many
commercial space companies test rocket engines. The leader of the economic development
effort will be Patrick Scheuermann, former head of Stennis Space Center and Marshall Space
Flight Center. Bryant also announced formation of a Mississippi National Guard Space
Directorate. Its commander will be Col. Billy Murphy of the Mississippi Air National Guard’s
186th Air Operations Group. Relativity co-founder Jordan Noone was on hand for the Monday
announcement. (Sources: multiple, including Sun Herald, Clarion Ledger, AP via Local
Memphis, 07/01/19)


JUNE 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $15.9M
Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a $15,915,000 modification
(P00770) to previously awarded contract F04701-02-C-0002 for Advanced Extremely High
Frequency (AEHF). The contract modification is to make changes to the AEHF Mission
Planning Element software to provide capability improvements. Work will be performed at
Sunnyvale and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 space procurement
appropriation in the amount of $15,915,000 is being obligated at the time of award. Space and
Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity. (Source:
DoD, 06/28/19) Gulf Coast note: Work on the AEHF core propulsion system is done at Stennis
Space Center, Miss.

Contract: Med-Eng, $11.5M
Med-Eng LLC., Ogdensburg, N.Y., has been awarded an $11,500,000 ceiling increase
modification (P00002) from previously awarded contract FA8051-18-D-0001 for the delivery of
a full bomb suit ensemble and associated accessories for explosive ordinance disposal
personnel. This modification raises the price ceiling from $15,000,000 to $26,500,000. Work
will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed by March 2023.
No funds are being obligated with the modification. The 772d Enterprise Sourcing Squadron,
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/19)

Contract: UTC, $358.5M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is
awarded not-to-exceed $358,529,006 modification P00008 to a previously awarded advanced
acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for eight initial spare
F135-PW-100 propulsion systems and one initial spare F135-PW-600 propulsion system for
the Global Spares Pool, including initial spare modules and initial spare parts. The Global
Spares Pool supports the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps., Non-U.S. Department
of Defense (DoD) Participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Work will be
performed in East Hartford (93%); Indianapolis, Ind. (6%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (1%),
and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force,
Marine Corps, and Navy), non-U.S. DoD participant and FMS funds in the amount of
$229,449,221 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 U.S. Air Force ($121,237,779;
34%); U.S. Marine Corps ($83,050,441; 23%); the U.S. Navy ($23,547,961; 7%); Non-U.S. DoD
Participants ($100,160,036; 28 %) and FMS customers ($30,532,789; 8%). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 06/28/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

NASA invests $45M with small businesses
American businesses will help NASA land astronauts on the Moon in five years and establish a
sustainable presence there. NASA has selected 363 proposals from small businesses and
research institutions across 41 states to help advance the types of capabilities needed for
future missions, as well as to support the agency in other areas. The 363 selections have an
estimated value of more than $45 million and are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. They include
seven SBIR projects and two STTR projects tied to Stennis Space Center, Miss. Nearly a
hundred of the selected companies will be first-time recipients of a NASA SBIR or STTR
contract. More than 20 percent of the businesses are from underrepresented communities,
including minority and women-owned businesses. Among the projects are an intelligent rover
wheel with integrated sensing and perception subsystems to improve mobility on the Moon and
planetary bodies. The technology could also be used on Earth for autonomous tractors and
other off-road vehicles. Also included is a project for a light-weight, deployable solar panel that
leverages recent advancements in thin film solar cell technology. It rolls into a compact cylinder
for storage, as opposed to conventional rigid solar panels that require mechanical hinges.
(Source: NASA/SSC, 06/28/19)

SLS test article shipped
The last of four structural test articles for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) was loaded
onto NASA's Pegasus barge Wednesday at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
The barge will deliver the liquid oxygen (LOX) tank structural test article to NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for structural testing. The LOX tank is one of two
propellant tanks in the rocket's core stage that will produce more than 2 million pounds of
thrust to help send Artemis 1, the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and SLS, to the Moon.
The nearly 70-foot-long test article is structurally identical to the flight version. SLS is being
developed to send astronauts back to the Moon and beyond. (Source: Space Daily, 06/28/19)

33rd gets new leader
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Hundreds of Nomads welcomed a new commander to the 33rd
Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony June 18. Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, the
commander of 19th Air Force, presided over the ceremony where Col. Jon Wheeler took his
place as the newest Nomad One and the wing bid farewell to Col. Paul Moga, who heads to an
air staff position at the Pentagon. Wheeler assumed the 33rd FW’s top spot after completing a
remote tour as the vice commander of the 8th FW “Wolf Pack,” Kunsan Air Base, Republic of
Korea. In 2010, Wheeler was one of only 10 fighter pilots selected to serve in the inaugural
cadre of F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd FW. This group led the wing’s successful transition
to the world’s first F-35 fighter wing and laid the foundation for the current flying training
mission that Wheeler now oversees. (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, 06/26/19)

Draft assessment of new helicopters released
With Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., scheduled to receive new training
helicopters to replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger, the Navy has released a Draft Environmental
Assessment (EA) detailing the impact. The Advanced Helicopter Training System, called TH-XX
while the Navy considers bidders for the contract, will provide 130 newer, more capable, more
reliable helicopter and training system to Training Air Wing 5 and would meet the advanced
helicopter and intermediate tilt-rotor training requirements through 2050. The new helicopter
will require an additional 33 training personnel at Whiting Field. The replacement helicopter
has not yet been determined, but will be a commercially available helicopter. For the purposes
of the Draft Environmental Assessment, a conservative representative surrogate helicopter,
the UH-72 Lakota, larger and louder than comparable commercially available helicopters, was
used to analyze the potential impacts from the TH-XX. Training will transition to the TH-XX
beginning in 2021 and completed by 2025. Training operations would generally be similar to
existing training. However, there would be an increase in the number of annual flight
operations, to include training involving night vision device training, flying in formation at night,
and search an rescue. Prior to the arrival of the TH-XX, new facilities and associated
infrastructure would be constructed at NAS Whiting Field to accommodate helicopter
maintenance activities and ground based training requirements. Two temporary facilities will be
built but replaced by two permanent structures. The Draft EA can be seen at https://www.nepa.
navy.mil/ahts, as well as area libraries. Public comments on the Draft EA must be postmarked
or received online no later than July 19, 2019. (Source: GCRL, 06/27/19)

Funds cut from MRO project
Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed $131 million of proposed spending from this year's budget, incluing
$1.5 million for the expansion of the ST Aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul campus
at Pensacola International Airport. ST Engineering already has one hangar at the airport, but
the $210 million project will add three additional hangars and supporting buildings. Pensacola
City Administrator Chris Holley said the state has been helpful with the project, and it's hard to
be critical of a veto over $1.5 million when the state came up with money from the Department
of Transportation a few months back to move the project forward. Holley said the expansion
project is moving forward and is still expected to create more than 1,300 jobs when operations
begin in 2022. The project has a five-year time frame for build-out, which Holley says is plenty
of time to go back to the Legislature next year and present their case once again. (Sources:
WUWF, WEAR, 06/25/19)

Contract: Innovative Tech, $7M
Innovative Technologies International Inc., Lynchburg, Va., has been awarded a $7,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Katana Hardware Fabrication effort. The
contract provides for concept design analysis and advanced fabrication capabilities to rapidly
manufacture products meeting specific characteristics through a partnering arrangement by
fulfilling research, development, test and evaluation requirements for Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., with organization-specific tasks. Work will be performed at Lynchburg and is expected to
be completed by June 25, 2024. This contract is the result of a sole source award. Fiscal 2018
research and development funds in the amount of $24,897.00 are being obligated at the time
of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity (FA8651-19). (Source: DoD, 06/25/19)

Bombardier exits commercial aviation
Bombardier Inc. said on Tuesday it will sell its money-losing regional jet business to Japan’s
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) for $550 million in cash, in a deal marking the Canadian
plane and train maker’s exit from commercial aviation. Montreal-based Bombardier had
combined its aviation units to focus more on profitable business jets and passenger rail cars,
after facing a cash-crunch in 2015 while bringing its flagship commercial jet to market. As part
of the deal, which is expected to close in the first half of next year, the Japanese firm will also
take over a $200 million debt. Bombardier will continue to assemble its regional jet planes
(CRJ), but will stop making the aircraft in the second half of 2020, after it finishes delivering its
remaining orders. (Source: Reuters, 06/25/19) Gulf Coast note: Bombardier last year agreed
to make Airbus a majority partner in a partnership that builds the A220, the former Bombardier
CSeries. A new production line is being built in Mobile, Ala.

Navy gets Fat Albert replacement
A new Fat Albert C-130 is headed to the Pensacola-based U.S. Navy Blue Angels from the
British Royal Air Force. The Navy said Monday that it had awarded a $29.7 million contract to
the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense for a Royal Air Force C-130J Super Hercules. In a
news release, the Navy's Naval Air Systems Command based in Patuxent River, Md., said
purchasing the used British aircraft to replace Fat Albert as part of the world-famous flight
demonstration would be about $50 million less than the cost of a new aircraft. (Source:
Pensacola News Journal, 06/24/19)

Region airports getting $34.5M in grants
Fifteen airports in the Gulf Coast I-10 region will receive 16 airport infrastructure grants totaling
$34.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency announced Monday. They
were among 358 grants awarded to 327 airports in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. The FAA
said the $495 million in grants is the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport
Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. In the Gulf Coast
region, the grants from highest to lowest were: Eglin AFB/Destin-Fort Walton Beach,
Valparaiso, Fla. ($11,527,654, expand apron, expand terminal building); Lakefront, New
Orleans, La. ($8,505,000, rehabilitate runway 18R/36L); Lafayette Regional/Paul Fournet
Field, Lafayette, LA. ($6,449,350, reconstruct apron); Mobile Regional, Mobile, Ala.
($2,361,754, rehabilitate taxiway); Mobile Downtown, Mobile, Ala. ($1,350,000, update airport
master plan study, and $822,207, acquire equipment, rehabilitate runway 14/32); Bob Sikes,
Crestview, Fla. ($900,000, rehabilitate runway 17/35); Dothan Regional, Dothan, Ala.
($700,061, acquire equipment, acquire safety and/or security equipment, reconstruct apron,
rehabilitate runway 14/32); H.L. (Sonny) Callahan, Fairhope, Ala. ($325,000, expand access
road); Gulfport-Biloxi International, Gulfport, Miss. ($319,500, update airport master plan
study); Foley Municipal, Foley, Ala. ($305,000, reconstruct taxiway); Ozark-Blackwell Field,
Ozark, Ala. ($303,444, construct fuel farm); Peter Prince Field, Milton, Fla. ($300,000, update
airport master plan study); Trent Lott International, Pascagoula, Miss. ($138,308, rehabilitate
runway 17/35); Stennis International Airport, Bay St. Louis, Miss. ($99,061, rehabilitate
taxiway); Poplarville-Pearl River County, Poplarville, Miss. ($69,750, improve access road,
improve airport drainage). The FAA says airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332
airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports economic competitiveness and improves quality of
life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6
trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. (Source: GCAC, 06/24/19)

Bell to repay state $9.5M
Bell Helicopters, which operated an assembly facility next to Lafayette Regional Airport, has
agreed to pay the state some $9.5 million over its failure to meet job-creation goals. The state’
s Economic Development Agency cut ties with Bell in 2017. The state had given the company
tax credits to open the Lafayette facility in a deal originally announced in 2013, but it depended
on Bell attaining certain employment goals, which it failed to do. The company moved its
operations to Texas. Swiss Helicopter Company Kopter Group AG is moving into the location.
(Source: KADN, 06/21/19)

Command change
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE - Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville has assumed command of the First Air
Force, taking over from Cmdr. Lt. Gen. R. Scott Williams during a ceremony Thursday. The
First Air Force, as part of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, plays roles in air defense operations
and disaster assistance, among other responsibilities. It is a tenant unit at Tyndall Air Force
Base.Sasseville graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1985 with a Bachelor of
Science degree in international affairs and has held squadron, group and wing command,
according to a biography. Williams is retiring after 32 years of service and has been the First
Air Force Commander since July 2016. The First Air Force resumed operations in December
after the damage caused by Hurricane Michael. (Source: Panama City News Herald, 06/20/19)

First A220 section arrives
MMBILE, Ala. - The first large aircraft components for the first A220 that will be built in Mobile
have been delivered to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The major component
assemblies (MCAs) are the aft fuselage and cockpit, which arrived by truck. “With the arrival of
these assemblies, A220 production in Mobile will shortly become a reality,” said Paul Gaskell,
President-Airbus U.S. A220, Inc. “The arrival of these MCAs is taking place almost four years
to the day from when our first A320 MCAs arrived. It’s amazing to see how much we’ve grown
over that time, and an exciting time for Airbus, Mobile and Alabama." Wings, vertical and
horizontal tail planes, tail cones and landing gear will arrive in coming weeks. Aircraft
production is scheduled to begin in the next couple of months, even as construction on some
of the A220-specific buildings on the campus continues over the next year. Employees for the
new A220 production line will be returning from training in Mirabel, Canada in time for
production start. Hiring for A220 and A320 production is continuing. (Source: Airbus, 06/20/19)

Delta ups A220 order
LE BOURGET, France – Delta Air Lines has ordered five additional A220-100 aircraft, bringing
to 95 the total number of orders placed, including both the A220-100s and A220-300s. The
airline is the first to select the new increased maximum takeoff weight option for its entire fleet
from 2020. Airbus announced in May that it would increase the maximum takeoff weight
(MTOW) for the A220. The new MTOW will increase the maximum range capabilities. Delta was
the U.S. launch customer for the A220, placing an initial order for 75 aircraft in 2016 and
booking an additional 15 in December 2018. With this latest order, Delta’s orders total 45
A220-100s and 50 A220-300s. Delta’s A220-100s are produced in Mirabel, Québec, Canada,
while the A220-300s will be built at a new U.S. assembly plant now under construction in
Mobile, Ala., adjacent to the existing Airbus A320 assembly facility. (Source: Airbus, 06/18/19)

IHMC, AREF to collaborate
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida Institue for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and
Andrews Research & Educations Foundation (AREF) have announced partnership to conduct
research projects together. They signed an agreement to collaborate on human-performance
research. IHMC and AREF will share office and lab spaces at their Pensacola and Gulf Breeze
facilities. The scientists and doctors will collaborate on research into area ranging from
optimizing physical and cognitive performance to developing technologies aimed at helping
high-performing humans like professional athletes, astronauts and fighter pilots. They'll work
together to study ways to help human movement, vision and reaction in extreme environments.
Immediate plans include IHMC and AREF personnel working together on current ongoing
research projects as well as developing proposals for future projects and grants. (Source:
WEAR-TV, 06/18/19)

June newsletter available
The June issue of the bimonthly Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter is available for
download at the website www.gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com. The eight-page bimonthy this
month summarizes the content of the just-released Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2019-2020.
(GCAC, 06/18/19)

Contract: Management Svc., $20M
Management Services Group Inc., doing business as Global Technical Systems, Virginia
Beach, Va., has been awarded a $20,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for
Mid-Size Munitions (MSM) technology effort. This contract provides for the prototyping and
demonstration program which focuses on an intermediate weight capable of defeating
challenging targets. This program leads to flight test demonstrations, effectiveness
assessments, and manufacturing readiness assessments adequate to support weapon system
transitions. Work will be performed at Virginia Beach and is expected to be completed by June
17, 2024. This award is the result of a broad agency announcement and one offer was
received.  Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $4,526,000 are being
obligated on the first task order which will be awarded immediately with the basic contract. The
Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-
19-D-0073). (Source: DoD, 06/19/19)

Biennial book available
Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor 2019-2020 is now available for download at the website www.
gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com. The 100-page reference book has chapters on aircraft
assembly and maintenance in the central part of the corridor, military aviation, space activities,
education, airports and a summary of aerospace activities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and
Mississippi. The book can be found on the homepage, which takes you to a page where the
entire book or individual chapters can also be downloaded. (GCAC, 06/18/19)

Relativity to build rockets at SSC
California-based Relativity today announced that it will build 3D rockets at Stennis Space
Center (SSC), Miss. It will create 200 jobs and make an investment of $59 million. Relativity
said it secured an agreement with NASA and an incentive package from the Mississippi
Development Authority (MDA) to expand facilities and infrastructure at SSC. Relativity will build
and integrate a robotic 3D printing rocket factory and an expanded testing facility to produce
Relativity's Terran 1 rocket launch vehicles. The agreement with NASA includes exclusive use
of 220,000 square feet within building 9101 at Stennis Space Center for a nine-year lease.
The facility includes an 80-foot high bay, multiple bridge cranes, and extensive industrial
infrastructure. The agreement also includes an option to extend the lease for an additional 10
years. Relativity’s partnership with the MDA is supported by a significant cost reimbursement
and tax incentive package for Relativity's employment and capital investments for advanced
aerospace manufacturing and technology development in the state. On path to first orbital
launch in 2020, Relativity will be building out first stage assembly, engine integration and
testing, and a full 3D printing and robotics-enabled production line at the site. The
technologies developed through Relativity’s Stennis factory site are the first step toward the
company’s long term vision of 3D printing the first rocket made in Mars and expanding the
human experience in space. With this expansion at Stennis, Relativity is increasing
infrastructure fourfold to over 280,000 square feet of operations, production, testing, and
launch facilities and is on track to reach over 350,000 square feet of space in 2019. In the past
year, the company increased team size over 6 times from 14 to 90 employees. (Source:
Business Wire, 06/11/19) Previous; background/prediction (April 2018 Gulf Coast Aerospace
Corridor Newsletter column, page 7)

Contract: Advanced Concepts, $7.2M
Advanced Concepts and Technologies International LLC, Waco, Texas, has been awarded a
$7,202,973 firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA4890-18-
F-5102 for the 505th Training Group academic and training support. This contract provides for
the exercise of option period one for services to cover requirements in the areas of course
instruction, mission support, exercise support and lessons learned to the government-led
maintenance and execution of select 505th Training Group courses. Work will be performed
primarily at Hurlburt Field, Fla., as well as various other locations worldwide, and is expected to
be complete by June 9, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full
amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Combat Command Acquisition
Management and Integration Center, Hurlburt Field, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
06/10/19)

UTC-Raytheon merging
United Technologies and Raytheon are joining forces in one of the biggest corporate mergers
of 2019. It was announce Sunday that they have agreed to combine in an all-stock deal they
termed a "merger of equals." The new company would have annual revenue of about $74
billion. Under the terms of the deal, United Technologies shareholders would own 57 percent of
the combined company, with Raytheon shareholders owning the rest. UTC is an industrial
conglomerate, and makes everything from jet engines to elevators. It owns the Pratt & Whitney
engine maker as well as Collins Aerospace. Raytheon is rooted in defense, and produces
missile defense systems and cybersecurity solutions. Both companies are Airbus and Boeing
suppliers. The combined company will be named Raytheon Technologies Corporation and
based in Boston. It will be second in size to Boeing in the U.S. and tied for third in the world with
Airbus. UTC and Raytheon have almost no overlap, with most units likely being able to stay
more or less as-is. (Sources, multiple, including CNN, Forbes, 06/10/19, Winston-Salem
Journal, Hartford Courant, 06/09/19) Gulf Coast note: One of UTC's three companies is Collins
Aerospace, which does jet engine podding work in Foley, Ala. It has 1,100 employees.

Contract: Lockheed, $1.8B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$1,808,545,655 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for
continued design maturation and development of Block 4 capabilities in support of the F-35
Lightning II Phase 2.3 Pre-Modernization for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; and non-U.S.
Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is
expected to be completed in August 2026. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and
evaluation (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the
amount of $98,998,910 will be 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 ($732,460,990;
40.50 percent); Navy ($371,475,278; 20.54 percent), Marine Corps ($345,974,784; 19.13
percent) and non-U.S. DoD participants ($358,634,603; 19.83 percent). This contract was not
competitive procured pursuant to U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0010). (Source: DoD, 06/09/19)

NASA picks firms for RPMP
NASA has selected four companies to provide real property master planning (RPMP) for the
agency, as needed for all 10 NASA centers. The companies are: HB&A – The Schreifer Group
Joint Venture of Colorado Springs, Colo.; The Urban Collaborative of Eugene, Oregon; Jacobs
Engineering Group Inc. of Atlanta; and Michael Baker International Inc. of Moon Township, Pa.
The maximum potential value of this contract will not exceed $24 million for work that starts
June 15, 2019, and extends for five years, with three one-year options. Work under the
contract will be in the form of any of the following RPMP products: center vision plan, area
development plans, sustainability component plans, center design guide, center development
plan, master plan digest, master plan website, area development execution plans, center
special study or agency special study. (Source: NASA, 06/06/19)


MAY 2019

Contract: UTC, $3.2B
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded
$3,239,028,961 for not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification P00006 to a previously
awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1021) for the production and delivery of
233 propulsion systems. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 56 F135-
PW-100 propulsion systems for the Air Force; 10 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the
Navy; 24 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; 125 F135-PW-100 and 18
F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and
Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford (67 percent);
Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent), and is expected to
be completed in January 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and
Navy); and FMS funds in the amount of $793,133,424 will be obligated at time of award, none
of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the
Air Force ($619,293,241; 19 percent); Marine Corps ($627,306,799; 19 percent); Navy
($117,569,123; 4 percent); non-DoD participants ($1,234,417,345; 38 percent); and FMS
customers ($640,442,453; 20 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/31/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
is home of an F-35 training center.

Contract: Boeing, $35M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $35,000,000 modification (P00001) to
previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8681-19-D-0009 for the
integration, sustainment and support of the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I miniature
munition for Foreign Military Sales countries. This modification provides for a ceiling increase
in the contract. Work will be performed in St. Louis; Air Force test ranges worldwide; and
various other countries. This modification involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium,
Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey,
Singapore, and any other future country with an approved letter of offer and acceptance. Work
is expected to be complete by April 15, 2029. No funds are being obligated at the time of
award. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $100,000,000.
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 05/31/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $9.2M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $9,212,539 fixed-price incentive
firm contract modification (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) program. This modification provides for
the procurement of 24 AMRAAM AIM-120D Captive Air Training Missile guidance sections for
the Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2022.
Fiscal 2018 production funds (Navy) 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, 05/31/19)

Collins, Airbus mark long partnership
FOLEY, Ala. - The day after Airbus marked its 50th anniversary, representatives from the
company were in Foley today at the Collins Aerospace Systems site to celebrate their 45-year
relationship. Collins Aerospace delivere the 1,000th nacelle for the A320neo program,
delivering the 9,000th V2500 nacelle. Collins Aerospace, in addition to doing all the nacelles
work for the A320, will also provide nacelles for the new A220 jetliner that will be built at the
Airbus campus. That assembly line is being built next to the A320 line at the Mobile Aeroplex.
The relationship between the two companies dates back to the A300, the first Airbus aircraft.
There are currently more than 750 Collins nacelles operating on A320neo jetliners with 32
airlines. Collins Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. It was formed in
2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems an Rockwell Collins. Speaking at today's
event were Jim Pollock, vice president of Airbus Programs - Aerostructures, Collins Aerospace;
Daryl Taylor, vice president & general manager - Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility; Pierre-
Laurent Mace, vice president of Procurement - Airbus Americas; and Congressman Bradley
Byrne (R-Ala.). (Source: GCAC, 05/30/19) Previous: UTC splits in three; Hawaiian gets U.S.-
built A321neo; First A320neo engine delivered

Contract: Northrop, $65.2M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a not-to-exceed
$65,173,723 advance acquisition contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and
delivery of three low-rate initial production Lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft for the Navy
(2); and the government of Australia (1). In addition, this contract provides equipment and
associated materials for three ground stations for the Navy (2); and the government of
Australia (1). Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (27.7 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah
(15.5 percent); Baltimore, Md. (14.7 percent); Waco, Texas (9.3 percent); Bridgeport, W.Va. (8
percent); Red Oak, Texas (6.2 percent); and various locations in the continental U.S. (18.6
percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2020. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement
(Navy); and cooperative partner funds in the amount of $65,173,723 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. This contract
combines purchases for the Navy ($38,250,000; 58.7 percent); and the government of
Australia ($26,923,723; 41.3 percent) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0008). (Source: DoD,
05/29/19) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work for Triton is done in Moss Point, Miss.

Contract: Vectrus, $16.2M
Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $16,234,351 firm-fixed-
price modification (A00045) to previously awarded contract FA3002-17-C-0001 for Base
Operations Support services. This modification provides for the exercise of the third option
period. Work will be performed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and is expected to be
complete by May 31, 2020. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the
contract to $53,217,984. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount are
being obligated at the time of award. The 81st Contracting Squadron, Keesler Air Force Base,
is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/24/19)

Blue Angels retiring this Fat Albert
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team announced this week it is retiring its
existing C-130 T Fat Albert cargo plane, but the Fat Albert program isn't going away. "The Fat
Albert program still exists, a decision just has to be made as to what the replacement aircraft
will be," Lt. Cmdr. David Gardner, the team's spokesman, said early Thursday before the team
headed to this weekend's Miami Beach Air and Sea Show. Gardner said the Department of
Defense is looking at replacement options including the purchase of C-130 J aircraft from the
British Royal Air Force. The team announced late Wednesday that Fat Albert had reached the
end of its flying life after 17 years with the team, accumulating more than 30,000 flight hours. It
has been with the team since 2002. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 05/23/19)

Airbus extending A220 range
Airbus announced that the A220 series of jetliners will now be offering increased range starting
from H2 2020. It will allow the A220 to reach markets that today can not be served by other
small single-aisle aircraft types. "Since its entry-into-service close to three years ago, the A220
aircraft has already proven that it is meeting or beating its initial performance targets, bringing
more flexibility and revenue potential to customers,” said Rob Dewar, Head of Engineering &
Customer Support for the A220. “Today, Airbus is reinforcing its confidence in the A220
platform and further enhancing its capabilities to meet upcoming market requirements.” This
performance increase is achieved by taking credit of existing structural and systems margins
as well as existing fuel volume capacity. This will allow airlines to tap into new routes that were
not possible before, connecting key cities in Western Europe with the Middle East or from
Southeast Asia to Australia. There are more than 530 planes in the order book, and the 100-
to 150-seat market is estimate to represent 7,000 aircraft over the next 20 years. (Source:
Airbus, 05/21/19) Airbus, which builds the former Bombardier CSeries passenger jets in
Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, is building a second A220 assembly line in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed, $11.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$11,336,274 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-19-C-0004). This modification exercises an option for deployment and operation of
test aircraft in support of the F-35 Lightning II development, production, and sustainment for
the Air Force, Navy, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be
performed in Lakehurst, N.J. (70 percent); and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (30 percent), and is
expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and
evaluation (Air Force and Navy); and non-U.S. DoD participant funds in the amount of
$11,336,274 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal
year. This option combines purchases for the Air Force ($8,791,728; 78 percent); Navy
($224,464; 2 percent) and non-U.S. DoD participants ($2,320,082; 20 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/22/19)

Contract: BAE, $7.8M
BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Md., has been awarded a
$7,758,301 delivery order (FA2521-19-F0139) against previously awarded contract FA2521-
16-D-0010 for serviceable components and subsystems for Instrumentation Tracking Systems
(ITS). This delivery order provides for a 5.5 KVDC transmitter power upgrade for AN/FPS-8a5
Phased Array Radar. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to
be complete by March 17, 2021. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the full
amount are being obligated at the time of award. The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Awarded May 16, 2019) (Source: DoD, 05/22/19)

Contract: Alfab, $127.9M
Alfab Inc., Enterprise, Ala., is awarded a $127,898,545 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide new and refurbished Airfield Matting 2 (AM2)
packages in accordance with Naval Air Systems Command drawing packages. AM2 matting
consists of landing matting (F71/F72); heavy duty matting (F73); and spacer matting (F78).
Work will be performed in Enterprise and is expected to be completed in May 2024. Fiscal
2019 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,013,100 will be obligated at the time
of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a
small business set-aside, competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, with
two offers received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the
contracting activity (N68335-19-D-0129). (Source: DoD, 05/21/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $24.5M
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $24,500,000 modification
(P00005) to previously awarded 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 a ceiling increase in the
maximum ordering amount of the contract to facilitate new task orders, and brings the total
cumulative face value of the contract to $95,500,000. Work will be performed in Tucson and is
expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2022.  No funds are being obligated at the time of
award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/21/19)

Airbus eyes buying A220 wing plant
Airbus has emerged as the newest potential buyer for Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, Northern
Ireland, as new CEO Guillaume Faury expresses interest in acquiring the A220 wing production
site. Bombardier announced in early May that it was seeking to divest its facilities in both
Northern Ireland and Morocco, leading to reports that European, American, and Chinese
industry were interested in taking over the site. According to a report from the UK’s Guardian
newspaper, Faury said that this would be an option for Airbus, effectively leading to the
manufacturer taking control of the wing production for its A220 airliner, as well as engine
covers for its A320 series. Purchase of the Belfast operation would add to Airbus’s operations
in the UK, which include wing manufacture for most of its commercial aircraft products at
Broughton, North Wales, as well as production and design of wings at Filton, near Bristol.
(Source: Jane's Defense Weekly, 05/20/19, The Guardian, 05/16/19)

Airbus delivers 12,000 plane
Airbus marked the delivery of its 12,000th aircraft in its 50-year history. The aircraft was an
A220-100, assembled in Mirabel, Canada, and handed over to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines. The
aircraft is the 12th A220 delivered to date to Delta Air Lines since the carrier received its first
A220 in October 2018. The A220 started scheduled service with Delta in February 2019. Delta
is the first U.S. airline to operate the A220 and is the largest A220 customer, with a firm order
for 90 aircraft. Since Airbus’ leadership of the A220 program became effective on 1 July 2018,
ground was broken in January this year in Mobile, Ala. for the construction of a second A220
final assembly line, set to start deliveries to U.S. customers in 2020. Airbus delivered its first
aircraft, an A300B2 to Air France, in 1974. In 2010, Airbus handed over its 6,000th aircraft, 36
years after its first. The pace continued to accelerate, taking Airbus just nine years to double
that number, reaching 12,000th Airbus aircraft delivery on May 20, 2019. (Source: Airbus,
05/20/19)

Contract: Sikorsky, $1.1B
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Conn., is awarded a $1,126,216,626 modification
(P00026) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-
16-C-0048). This modification provides for the procurement of 12 Lot II and Lot III low-rate
initial production CH-53K aircraft, including programmatic support, logistics support, and
peculiar support equipment. Work will be performed in Stratford (44.96 percent); Wichita, Kan.
(12.26 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (5.67 percent); Hazelwood, Mo. (3.89 percent);
Bridgeport, W.V. (2.37 percent); Windsor Locks, Conn. (1.52 percent); Redmond, Wash. (1.52
percent); Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom (1.41 percent); Quebec, Canada (1.39 percent);
Kent, Wash. (1.30 percent); Cudahy, Wisc. (1.25 percent); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
(1.23 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (1.11 percent); Rome, N.Y. (1.10 percent); various
locations within the continental U.S. (16.7 percent), and various locations outside the
continental U.S. (2.32 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal
2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $509,053,739; and 2019 aircraft
procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $617,162,887, with a total of $1,126,216,626 will
be obligated at the 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,
05/17/19)

Contract: Raytheon, $20.7M
Raytheon Co., Keyport, Wash., is awarded a $20,668,994 indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity
modification to previously awarded contract N61331-17-D-0001 to exercise options for
maintenance and support of AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detecting Set. The AN/AQS-20 is a
towed, mine hunting and identification system for Program Executive Office, Unmanned and
Small Combatants. This option exercise extends the period of performance and allows for
continuing support which includes but not limited to: repair; overhauls and other scheduled
maintenance; hardware and software maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence
issues; technology improvements; reliability and maintainability improvements; development
and incorporation of change notices and engineering change proposals; test support;
engineering services; spares and repair parts; design efforts and hardware upgrades to
improve system performance, sustainability, reliability, and other activities in support of the
program. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, R.I. (65 percent); Keyport, Wash. (30
percent); and Panama City, Fla, (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2020. No
funding will be obligated at the time of award. The Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City Division, Panama City, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/17/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $21.4M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$21,350,787 modification (P00017) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract
(N00019-18-C-1048). This modification will provide initial repair material for the Electronic
Warfare Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator Tuner Insertion Program, Fuel
and Life Support systems at multiple F-35 depots within the continental U.S. Work will be
performed in Nashua, N.H. (49.4 percent); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (39.3 percent); and
Fort Worth, Texas (11.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022. Fiscal
2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); non-U.S. Department of
Defense (DoD) participant; and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of
$21,350,787 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 ($9,324,456; 43.7
percent); Marine Corps ($4,607,377; 21.6 percent); Navy ($2,140,229; 10 percent); non-U.S.
DoD participants ($3,638,728; 17 percent); and FMS ($1,639,997; 7.7 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/17/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., trains F-35 pilots and maintainers.

Contract: EMR, $18.9M
EMR Inc., Niceville, Fla., is awarded an $18,941,000 firm-fixed-price task order
(N6945019F0710) under a multiple award construction contract for the design and
construction of P855 expeditionary combat skills student berthing at Naval Construction
Battalion Center Gulfport. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction
of a multi-story building with auger cast pile foundations that replaces Q4 barracks. The
building will comply with facilities criteria for Navy and Marine Corps unaccompanied housing
and consists of 83 Naval Education and Training Command modules. Each module will include
a semi-private sleeping room, two walk-in closets, small service area including a micro fridge,
one lavatory, private toilet room and a private shower stall with dressing area shared by two
people. The building will have sound attenuation and include a bachelor quarters
administrative lobby, laundry facilities, vending, multipurpose recreation rooms, housekeeping,
storage, administrative spaces, and utility rooms. Work will be performed in Gulfport, Miss., and
is expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2019 military construction (Navy) contract
funds in the amount of $18,941,000 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, Fla., is the contracting activity
(N69450-17-D-0507). (Source: DoD, 05/15/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $11.9M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$11,944,605 modification (P00002) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N0001918F2512)
previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This modification
provides for modification kits and special tooling required for the modification and retrofit of the
F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter 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, Texas, and is expected to be
completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2017 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air
Force and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $11,944,605 will
be obligated at time of award, $332,847 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This
order combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($7,196,895; 60 percent); Air Force
($2,127,150; 18 percent); Navy ($332,847; 2.9 percent); non-U.S. DoD participant
($1,525,994; 12.8 percent); and FMS customers ($761,719; 6.3 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/15/19)
Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Lockheed, $18.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an
$18,472,006 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, fixed-
price-incentive-firm, cost-sharing contract (N00019-16-C-0033). This modification authorizes
the procurement of Diminishing Manufacturing Sources redesign activities in support of the F-
35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in
January 2024. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement Air Force funds in the amount of $7,385,847;
fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement Navy funds in the amount of $7,385,846; and non-U.S.
Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $3,700,313 will be obligated at time
of award, $7,385,847 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification
combines purchases in the amount of $18,472,006 for the Air Force; Navy, and non-U.S. DoD
participants. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting
activity. (Source: DoD, 05/14/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 integrated training center.

Two airports get grants
LAFAYETTE, La. - Lafayette Regional Airport was awarded a $10.5 million grant for taxiway
improvement projects by the Federal Aviation Administration. Lafayette airport was one of two
in Louisiana to receive supplemental funding from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program.
Grant money also was awarded to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, which received $15
million. The Lafayette airport is undergoing an $80 million construction project to build a new
terminal. The 120,000-square-foot structure will replace the existing terminal, which opened in
1930. It will include open space for concessions and services. The number of gateway security
lanes will be increased to two and the expansion will allow for three lanes in the future, if it's
needed. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. (Source: Lafayette Daily
Advertiser, 05/09/19) Lafayette is two hours and Baton Rouge one hour west of New Orleans
on Interstate 10.

Eglin eyed for next training squadron
The Air Force announced today that Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the preferred alternative to
receive an additional F-35A Lighting II training squadron. Eglin AFB was the location of the F-
35 initial joint training site hosting Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps F-35s. The Marine Corps
relocated its F-35Bs in 2014 and the Navy announced its plans to relocate F-35Cs in 2019.
“By basing the next F-35A training squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, we are taking advantage
of existing facilities and training air space,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
Additional F-35As are expected to begin arriving in the fall of 2021. The new squadron is
expected to reach full operational capability by spring 2023. Eglin will only receive the
additional F-35 training unit if the F-22 Raptor formal training unit temporarily operating at
Eglin is permanently moved to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. In March, the Air Force
acknowledged plans to move the F-22 training unit to JB Langley-Eustis, pending the outcome
of the National Environmental Policy Act and other regulatory and planning processes. This F-
35 basing action is also dependent on completing the environmental analysis. (Source: AFNS,
05/09/19)

Airbus launches two training programs
MOBILE, Ala. - Facing a need for a lot more workers in the coming years, Airbus today
announced the launch of two new programs designed to employ applicants with little-to-no
previous aerospace experience. The programs, FlightPath9 and Fast Track, are intended to
train candidates to become workers on the company's A320 and A220 jetliner assembly lines
in Mobile. FlightPath9 is a nine-month program for high school seniors. It will be run by Flight
Works Alabama, which has partnered with Airbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,
Cintas, Snap-On Tools, Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment, and the
National Coalition of Certification Centers. Students will attend training after school during their
senior year. Upon graduation, students who complete the program can start their career with
Airbus through the second program, Fast Track. Fast Track is a 12 to 15-week program for
people with no aviation experience. It provides them with the skills needed for a career in
aerospace maintenance. "When they come out of that training, the employee graduates to on-
the-job training on A220 an A320 aircraft," said Daryl Taylor, vice president and general
manager of the A320 manufacturing facility in Mobile. Fast Track, while targeting Mobile-area
residents, can be attended by others from the region. The announcement was attended by
Gov. Kay Ivey, who congratulated each of the first class of 25 student who signed up for
FlightPath9. Airbus, which already has its A320 line up and running, is expanding that line and
building a second assembly line for A220s. Airbus expects to need 600 to 700 new workers in
the next few years. (Source: GCAC, 05/08/19) Previous; background story "Worker pinch
about to hit home," Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor Newsletter, December 2018, pages 1-4.

Contract: UTC, $55.7M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded
$55,675,476 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm
contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides additional funding for F135 long lead
items to support the production delivery schedule, exercises an option for additional initial
spare parts, and provides program administrative labor for the global spares pool in support
the Navy; Air Force, and Marine Corps, 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 April 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and
Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant and FMS funds in the amount of $55,675,476 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 ($4,161,749; 7.5 percent); Air Force ($3,116,792; 5.6
percent); Marine Corps ($556,570; 1.0 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($24,899,106; 44.7
percent); and FMS Customers ($22,941,259; 41.2 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command,
Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/07/19) Gulf Coast note:
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Blue Air Training opens at PNS
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Blue Air Training, which provides training for military close air support
personnel, has opened a facility at Pensacola International Airport. Founder and CEO James
"Chef" Barlow says they have 23 planes inside a hangar at the airport, and more than 20
employees in Pensacola right now. He's looking to grow that number, and increase the number
of planes. The opening of the facility for the private company was highlighted at an event
Friday. In 2011, Blue Air Training received permission to begin training Air Force attack
controllers and fighter pilots. Barlow retired from the Air Force to lead the company full-time,
and since then, the company has grown to have bases in Las Vegas, Yuma, Oklahoma City
and now Pensacola, as well as bases in South America, where it helps the U.S. military with
counter-narcotics operations. The company's fleet includes A-90 Raiders, BAC-167
Strikemasters, IAR-823 Brasovs and AH-6 Little Birds.(Sources: WKRG-TV, Pensacola News
Journal, 05/03/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $7.5M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $7,514,515 for modification P00015 to
a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001918C1048) to establish organic
depot component repair capabilities for the F-35 Lightning II Air Interceptor System in support
of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. Work will be performed in Rochester, Kent, United
Kingdom (81.6 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (18.4 percent), and is expected to be
completed in March 2023. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force); and fiscal 2019 aircraft
procurement (Navy, Marine Corp. and Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,514,515 are being
obligated at time of award, $3,757,257 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($3,757,257; 50 percent); Marine Corps
($1,878,629; 25 percent); and Navy ($1,878,629; 25 percent). The Naval Air Systems
Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 05/03/19) Gulf Coast
note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.


APRIL 2019

Contract: Raytheon, $19.3M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $19,313,603 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00012) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for the
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) production program. This modification
provides for redesign of AMRAAM Rectifier Filter Assembly for reliability corrections as well as
redesign of AMRAAM telemetry encoder due to obsolescence issues. Work will be performed
in Tucson, and is expected to be complete by April 15, 2021. This contract involves foreign
military sales to Australia, Japan, Norway, Romania, and Turkey. Fiscal year 2018 (Air Force)
and fiscal year 2017 (Navy) procurement funds in the amount of $6,802,251; and Foreign
Military Sales funds in the amount of $4,437,720, 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, 04/30/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $1.1B
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$1,148,847,334 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost share
contract for sustainment services in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force,
Navy, non-U. S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. 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 operation
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 (60 percent); Orlando, Fla. (24
percent); Greenville, S.C. (7 percent); Samlesbury, Preston, United Kingdom (5 percent); and
El Segundo, Calif. (4 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2022. Fiscal
2019 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Navy/Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant;
and FMS funds in the amount of $1,135,420,262 will be obligated at time of award,
$811,246,309 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. This contract
combines purchases for the Air Force ($477,920,120; 41.60 percent); Navy ($346,753,261;
30.18 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($231,207,693; 20.13 percent); and FMS customers
($92,966,260; 8.09 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity (N00019-19-C-1022). (Source: DoD, 04/29/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $127.6M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $127,632,494 modification (P00003) to
previously awarded contract FA2103-18-C-0061 for the B61-12 Life Extension Program. This
modification provides for the initiation of an undefinitized contract action for Lot 1 and Lot 2
Long Lead items. Work will be performed in Saint Charles, Mo., and is expected to be complete
by Aug. 31, 2020. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the
contract to $131,932,494. Fiscal year 2018 and 2019 procurement funds, and fiscal year 2019
research and development funds, in the amount of $29,218,278 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/26/19)

Contract: Korte, $31.3M
Korte Construction Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $31,295,038 firm-fixed-price contract to
design and build an Integrated Training Center Academics Building at Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla.  Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed in Okaloosa
County, Fla., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2021. Fiscal 2016 and 2019
military construction funds in the amount of $31,295,038 were obligated at the time of the
award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91278-19-C-
0013). (Source: DoD, 04/25/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $90.8M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $90,773,387 for fixed-price-incentive-
fee modification P00014 to a previously awarded contract (N0001918C1048). This modification
will stand up organic depot repair capabilities for the F-35 integrated core processor. Work will
be performed in McKinney, Texas (39.1 percent); Owego, N.Y. (32.7 percent); Fort Worth,
Texas (14.5 percent); Camden, N.J. (5.9 percent); Clearwater, Fla. (5 percent) and Melbourne,
Fla. (2.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft
procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy) funds in the amount of $90,773,387 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 U.S. Air Force ($45,386,693; 50 percent), U.S. Marine
Corps ($22,693,347; 25 percent) and the U.S. Navy ($22,693,347; 25 percent). The Naval Air
Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/25/19)
GUlf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Bell would build TH-XX in Ozark
Bell has announced that, if it is selected to build the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Trainer,
it will assemble the aircraft in Ozark, Ala., where it currently does some of the assembly work
for the Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The company would build the Bell 407GXi, and final
assembly would take place in Ozark, according to Bell’s parent company Textron. Ozarks is
near Fort Rucker, where the Army trains its aviators. The Navy wants about 130 aircraft for the
program. Bell’s workforce at the Ozark site could grow by 25 percent to a total of 100 workers if
the company wins the competition, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. If
selected, the Bell 407GXi would replace the Navy’s TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters,
which Bell first introduced in the 1970s. A decision from the Navy is expected later this year.
Bell is competing against Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo Helicopters.(Source: al.com,
04/23/19) For background on this story, see pps 5-7, Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor
Newsletter, April 2019. Page six highlights to trainer competition.

ST Engineering inks deal
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) secured around $959 million in new
contracts in the aerospace sector, for the first quarter of the year that ended 31 March. The
Singapore group says that among the new contracts is a 10-year service agreement with a
long-time, unidentified North American operator, to provide heavy maintenance checks for its
fleet of Airbus A300s and Boeing 757s. The contract will cover over 160 widebody and
narrowbody aircraft, to be serviced at its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in
San Antonio, Texas, and Pensacola, Fla., starting in 2020. (SourceS: Flightglobal, 04/23/19,
AviationPros, ST Engineering, 04/22/19) ST Engineering has one MRO hangar in Pensacola
and plans are to build three more. ST Engineering also has an operation in Mobile, Ala.

Contract: Lockheed, $117.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $117,101,550 modification (P00004) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order
(N0001918F0584) previously placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020.
This modification provides for air vehicle initial spares to include a deployment spares
package, afloat spares package, and associated consumables to support air vehicle delivery
schedules for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in support of the Air Force and
Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth (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, The Netherlands (1.9 percent); Rolling Meadows, Ill. (1.8 percent); and
Alpharetta, Ga. (1.8 percent). Work is expected to be completed in August 2023. Fiscal 2017
aircraft procurement (Air Force and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $117,101,550 will be
obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order
combines purchases for the Air Force ($88,383,883; 75 percent); and Marine Corps
($28,717,667; 25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/23/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Symposium wraps up
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. - The 22nd Gulf Power Economic Symposium wrapped up its two-day
summit Thursday with talks about innovation, public/private partnerships and what factors
might make a company pick one site over another. There were 638 participants at the
symposium, originally scheduled for October 2018 but canceled when Hurricane Michael
targeted Northwest Florida. The second day of the summit at Sandestin Beach Resort also
included remarks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who talked about the trend of people,
businesses and wealth moving from highly taxed, highly regulated states to places like Florida.
He said Florida has low taxes, reasonable regulations and conservative spending. "I think we're
seeing more and more people who want to come and invest in Florida for those reasons," he
said. DeSantis also talked about the state's approach to preparing workers for the future. He
said that while Florida's university system is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report, the
university path is not the only road to success. "We set a goal to make Florida No. 1 in
workforce education by 2030," he said, noting that the state is now in the middle of the pack.
One of the fields with high paying jobs that do not necessarily require a college degree is
aerospace. "I think that in many respects were leading the way," he said about Florida's
aerospace activity compared to other states. (Source: GCAC, 04/18/19)

ST Engineering nacelles deal
ST Engineering has been given approval by regulators in the United States to acquire GE
Aviation’s nacelle unit. The Singapore group said in a statement on April 14 that the acquisition
of Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS) will close in the week beginning April 15. The deal,
worth an estimated net price of $440 million, will see ST Engineering’s US subsidiary, Vision
Technologies Aerospace, acquire all the shares of Baltimore, Md.-based MRAS.MRAS is the
sole supplier of certain nacelle equipment for GE engines powering the Airbus A330, Boeing
747-8, 767, Comac ARJ21 and Embraer 190. It specialises in the development, production and
aftermarket support of nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures and employs around 800
staff. (Sources: Flightglobal, Singapore Business Review, 04/15/19, Aerospace Technology,
04/16/19) Gulf Coast note: ST Engineering has maintenance, repair and overhaul operations
in Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla. It also owns VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

Contract: Raytheon, $19.1M
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $19,136,527 firm-fixed-
price modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA8675-18-C-0003 for Advanced
Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) production program. This modification provides for
upgrade and commonality of AMRAAM production test equipment being produced and utilized
under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be complete by
April 15, 2022. This contract involves unclassified foreign military sales to Australia, Indonesia,
Japan, Korea, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Fiscal 2017
procurement funds (Air Force and Navy) in the amount of $12,396,642; and Foreign Military
Sales funds in the amount of $6,739,885, 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, 04/16/19)

Contract: UTC, $201.9M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded
$201,915,947 for modification P00004 to the previously awarded advance acquisition contract
(N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for long-lead materials, parts, and
components for Lot 14 F135 Propulsion systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
aircraft in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-
U.S. 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 April 2022. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air
Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of
$201,915,947 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the
fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($68,062,565; 33.71
percent); Marine Corps ($34,923,315; 17.3 percent); Navy ($23,607,892; 11.69 percent); non-
U.S. DoD participants ($66,767,551; 33.07 percent); and FMS customers ($8,554,624; 4.23
percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 04/15/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35
integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $65M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $65,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity contract for Small Diameter Bomb Increment I miniature munitions. This contract
provides for integration, sustainment and support of the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I
miniature munition and carriage system on various Foreign Military Sales aircraft platforms.
This support includes all testing, engineering, management, technical, and logistical activities
associated with Small Diameter Bomb Increment I weapon system with various aircraft and
associated systems. Work will be performed in St. Louis, various Air Force test ranges, and in
each respective country. Work is expected to be complete by April 15, 2029. This contract
involves foreign military sales to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South
Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Singapore and any other future country with an
approved letter of offer and acceptance. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $2,474,387 are being obligated on the first task
order at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-D-0009). (Source: DoD, 04/15/19)

Contract: Boeing, $21.6M
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $21,607,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-
quantity modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract FA8681-18-D-0007 for GBU-57
Massive Ordnance Penetrator sustainment. This modification extends the ordering period an
additional four years and increases the order ceiling price to cover the extension. Work will be
performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be complete by July 18, 2023. This
modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $26,407,000. No funds are
being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/12/19)

Tariff would impact Airbus in Mobile
The United States and the European Union are preparing to impose tariffs on each other’s
products in connection with the 14-year fight over government aid given to Boeing and rival
Airbus. The United States requested the authority to impose retaliatory tariffs of $11.2 billion
per year, and the two sides are awaiting a decision on the level of tariffs that the United States
will be authorized to levy on the European Union. The proposed tariffs would include airplane
sections and parts shipped into Mobile, Ala., to build A320 series jetliners. President Trump
says it's in retaliation for European subsidies to Airbus. Airbus and Boeing compete for
industry dominance. Both sides have been judged by the WTO to have paid billions in
subsidies to gain advantage, and have been asked to stop or face potential sanctions.
(Sources: multiple, including New York Times, al.com, WKRG-TV, 04/09/19, FOX10, 04/10/19)
Meanwhile, in Brussels today, European Union countries gave initial clearance to start formal
trade talks with the United States. The European Commission said it had started to draw up
plans to retaliate over subsidies for U.S. planemaker Boeing. Both sides have won partial
victories at the World Trade Organization in claiming the other’s planemaker received unlawful
subsidies but disagree on the amount involved and whether each has complied with earlier
WTO rulings. (Source: Reuters, 04/11/19)

Last of the Raiders dies
Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, the last living member of the WWII bombing
mission by the Doolittle Radiers, died April 9 in Texas at the age of 103. Cole was one of 80
Army Air Corps personnel that volunteered for the mission, a team led by then-Lt. Col. James
Doolittle to strike Japan on April 18, 1942, after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Sixteen B-25
bombers launched from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. The team trained at Eglin
Field in Florida for two weeks. Damage from the raid was slight, but showed that Japan was not
beyond the reach of American air power. Seven of the raiders lost their lives in the mission.
Cole bailed out of the B-25 after the raid while trying to reach a landing site in China. He will be
interred at Arlington National Cemetery. (Source: AF Special Operations Command, 04/08/19)

April aerospace newsletter published
The April edition of the bi-monthly Gulf Coast Reporters League/Gulf Coast Aerospace
Corridor Newsletter is now available at the website Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor. There's a
story about the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, which is piquing the interest of young
people in the aerospace and aviation fields at a time that the industry is facing shortages of
workers. There's also a story about the new helicopter simulators at Naval Air Station Whiting
Field, near Milton, Fla., as well as an analysis on the growth of the region's aircraft assembly
footprint. (Source: GCAC Newsletter, 04/09/19)

Air Force nomination
Air Force Maj. Gen. Marc H. Sasseville has been nominated for appointment to the rank of
lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Continental U.S. North American
Aerospace Defense Command Region; and commander, First Air Force (Air Forces Northern),
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Sasseville is currently serving as deputy director, Air National
Guard, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Source: DoD, 04/09/19)

Test culmination of 4 years of work
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA conducted a successful hot fire test of an RS-25
engine Thursday, the culmination of four-plus years of testing for the RS-25 engines that will
send the first four Space Launch System (SLS) rockets into space. “This completes four years
of focused work by an exceptional Stennis test team,” Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech said.
Johnny Hefllin, deputy manager of the SLS Liquid Engines Office at NASA's Marshall Space
Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., said “Engines are now a ‘go’ for missions to send astronauts
forward to the Moon to learn and prepare for missions to Mars. We’re ready to provide the
power to explore the Moon and beyond.” The RS-25 rocket engine test era began Jan. 9,
2015, with a 500-second – more than 8 minutes – hot fire of RS-25 developmental engine No.
0525 on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis. NASA tested the first SLS flight engine on March 10,
2016. Altogether, the agency has conducted 32 developmental and flight engine tests for a
total of 14,754 seconds – more than four hours – of cumulative hot fire – all on the A-1 stand
at Stennis. Having launched 135 space shuttle missions, these main engines are considered
the most tested engines in the world. When the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011, NASA
still had 16 engines that ultimately were modified for SLS. (Source: NASA, 04/04/19)

Museum has Apollo 11 VR attraction
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The National Naval Aviation Museum has a new Apollo 11 virtual reality
(VR) attraction designed to let visitors walk in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
The 5-minute, $10 experience includes climbing aboard the rocket — a row of 12 chairs facing
a replica Houston Mission Control — where seats shake, pitch and roll to simulate the feeling
of being hurled into space. After launch, riders get a 360 degree view of earth and space while
heading to the moon. Animation of the historic 1969 landing allows guests to see what the
astronauts might have witnessed and felt while on the moon’s surface. This year is the 50th
anniversary of the moon landing. (Source: Destin Log, 04/05/19)

Blue Angels name new leader
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Navy Blue Angels announced Cmdr. Brian Kesselring as the team's
flight leader and commanding officer for the 2020 and 2021 show seasons. Kesselring will
replace current Blue Angels commanding officer Capt. Eric Doyle in November when the 2019
show season ends. He will lead the team during its 75th anniversary season in 2021 and will
likely oversee the historic transition from flying the F/A-18 Hornet to the Super Hornet. The
Navy expects the change to happen in 2021. It will mark the first time in 35 years the Blue
Angels have changed aircraft. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 04/02/19)

Contract: AECOM, $30.6M
AECOM Management Services Inc., Germantown, Md., is awarded $30,571,740 for
modification P00045 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N68335-17-C-0272).
This modification provides for the procurement of aviation support equipment in support of the
Fleet Readiness Centers. Work will be performed in Solomons, Md. (15 percent); North Island,
Calif. (14 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (12 percent); Cherry Point, N.C. (10 percent);
Portsmouth, Va. (9 percent); El Centro, Calif. (8 percent); Lemoore, Calif. (7 percent);
Beaufort, S.C. (5 percent); New Orleans, La. (5 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent);
Comalapa, El Salvador (4 percent); Cheatham Annex, Va. (3 percent); Whidbey Island, Wash.
(2 percent); and Futenma, Japan (1 percent). Work is expected to be completed in April 2022.
Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy); fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy); and
fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of
$12,635,797 are being obligated at time of award, $11,548,797 of which will expire at the end
of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the
contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/03/19)

Contract: Century Link, $11.4M
NASA has awarded a task order to CenturyLink, of Va., to provide support of NASA’s core
backbone services including Optical Wavelength Service (OWS) and ethernet interfaces. The
Communications Program (CP) Backbone Core task order is awarded against the GSA
Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) federal supply contracts. The firm-fixed price task
order has a performance period consisting of an 18-month base period plus four two-year
option periods, for a total order value of $11.4 million. The CP Backbone Core task order is an
agency wide contract providing backbone core network support to all NASA centers and
facilities through Sept. 30, 2028, if all options are exercised. The contract will be administered
by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at the agency’s Stennis Space Center, Miss. The
NSSC performs selected business activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NASA/NSSC,
04/01/19)

Contract: Seventh Sense, $24.6M
NASA has awarded a contract to Seventh Sense Consulting, LLC, of Woodbridge, Va., to
provide Agency Wide Acquisition Support Services (AWASS) to all NASA centers. The $24.6
million firm fixed price contract has a one-year base period beginning July 1, and four one-year
options which run through June 30, 2024 if all options are exercised. The AWASS contract
shall provide a wide range of non-inherently governmental agency-wide acquisition support
services. These services include requirements document development support, procurement
administrative services, acquisition policy support, procurement operations support,
procurement source selection support, cost/pricing support and contract closeout. The
contract will be administered at the NSSC, located at Stennis Space Center, Miss. The NSSC
performs select business activities for all NASA centers. (Source: NSA/NSSC, 04/01/19)

Contract: Boeing, $250M
The Boeing Co., Boeing Defense Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a
$250,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Direct Attack
Munition/Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM/LJDAM) technical services, aircraft
integration, and sustainment. This contract provides for JDAM/LJDAM-specific activities
including, but not limited to, technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. Work will
be performed in St. Louis, and is expected to be complete by March 2029. This contract
involves sales to the U.S. government (52 percent); and foreign military sales (48 percent) to
various countries. Fiscal 2019 (Air Force and Navy) procurement and ammunition funds in the
amount of $12,829,441 are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award. The Air
Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity
(FA8681-19-D-0005). (Source: DoD, 04/01/19)

Contract: Peerless, $47.2M
Peerless Technologies Corp., Fairborn, Ohio, has been awarded for $47,241,075 for advisory
and assistance services to support the Air Force Civil Engineering Center energy directorate.
This contract provides for support of current Air Force energy policy execution, development of
new plans and procedures, and implementation of future centralized energy program
management endeavors. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is
expected to be complete by April 10, 2024. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition
and four offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$8,328,435 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Installation Contracting
Agency, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA8903-19-F-0126).
(Source: DoD, 04/01/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $151.3M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being
awarded a $151,287,000 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification (P00016) to a previously
awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001).  This modification provides for the
procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of 21 F-35 Lightning II Lot 14
low-rate initial production aircraft for the governments of Australia (15) and Norway (6). 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 Dec 2022.
International partner funds in the amount of $151,287,000 will be obligated at time of award,
none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase
for the governments of Australia ($108,170,000; 71 percent): and Norway ($43,117,000; 29
percent) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/01/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Northrop, $12.9M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,872,342
modification (P00012) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-
0018). This modification upgrades three MQ-4C Triton aircraft from a baseline Integrated
Functional Capability (IFC) 3 software configuration to a Multi-IFC 4 software configuration.
Additionally, this modification updates drawings and associated technical data in support of the
MQ-4C IFC software configuration upgrade. Work will be performed in Palmdale, Calif. (48
percent); San Diego, Calif. (38 percent); and Moss Point, Miss., (14 percent), and is expected
to be completed in October 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount
of $12,872,342 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, 04/01/19)

Contract: Northrop, $7.2M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,241,880 advance
acquisition contract modification (P00002) to a previously awarded cost-reimbursable contract
(N00019-18-C-1028). This modification extends the period of performance and provides
additional funding to procure long lead components, material, parts and associated efforts
required to maintain the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System planned low rate initial
production, lot 4 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.Va. (8.2
percent); Red Oak, Texas (4.7 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (.2 percent); various locations within
the continental U.S. (15.1 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (3.6
percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2019. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement
(Navy) funds in the amount of $7,241,880 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,
Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 04/01/19) Gulf Coast note: Fuselage work
on the Tritons is done in Moss Point, Miss.


MARCH 2019

Contract: Vertex, $20M
Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $19,963,187 modification (P00038)
to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable, labor hour indefinite delivery,
requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007). This modification increases the ceiling and
extends the period of performance of the contract to provide additional TH-57 logistics support
services and materials for organizational and depot level maintenance in support of the TH-57
fleet. Work will be performed in Milton, Fla., and is expected to be completed in May 2019. 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, Md., is the contracting activity.
(Source: DoD, 03/29/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$9,685,470 for modification U00019 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed
fee contract (N00019-15-C-0105) to develop and integrate the Digital Channelized
Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program into the F-35 Australia, Canada,
United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory and deliver other development upgrades to the
facility. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is expected to be completed
in March 2020. Non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Participant funds in the amount of
$9,685,470 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, 03/29/19)

Council OKs ST Engineering lease
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola City Council approved the new lease for ST Engineering
and authorized the mayor to borrow up to $20 million to float the cash until the city begins
receiving grants approved to fund the $210 million project. The vote Thursday clears the way
for ST Engineering's expansion of its aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul hangar,
although the city has yet to identify funds for the last $4.8 million needed to fully fund the
project. The loan authorization will allow the mayor to provide cash flow to pay contractors
building the three new hangars and administration building. ST Engineering opened a hangar
at the airport last year and is in the process of hiring 400 workers. Once the three additional
hangars are built, the company will hire another 1,325 workers.If the city sticks to the proposed
schedule, construction of the first new hangar will begin this year. (Source: Pensacola News
Journal, 03/28/19)

Contract: Support Svcs, $23M
Support Services LLC, Cape Canaveral, Fla., is awarded $22,977,890 for a modification under
a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N69450-18-D-2013) to
exercise Option One for base operations support services at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.,
and outlying areas Saufley Field, Corry Station, and Bronson Field. 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), utility plant and distribution system operations and maintenance (chiller,
electrical, gas, wastewater, steam and water), environmental services, and base support
vehicles and equipment. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be
$45,863,832. Work will be performed in Pensacola and work for this option period is expected
to be completed March 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2019
operations and maintenance, (Navy); fiscal 2019 Navy working capital funds; and fiscal 2019
Defense Health Program funds in the amount of $18,442,613 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,
03/28/19)

Downtown airport update
MOBILE, Ala. - The new downtown Mobile airport is just a few weeks away from opening. The
new terminal is being built on Michigan Avenue in the Mobile Aeroplex. Chris Curry, president
of the Mobile Airport Authority, said there will be five ticket counters. He said the facility costs
about $6 million and is 22,000 square feet, but there are plans to expand at the end of
summer. The first flight, a Frontier flight, is scheduled to fly out May first. (Source: WALA,
03/27/19)

HPM picks A220 assembly line teams
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – HPM announced the selection of several design-build teams for
construction of the Airbus A220 assembly line in Mobile, Ala. BL Harbert International of
Birmingham teamed with the design firm FSB and have been selected for Package 3 of the
project, which consists of design-build services for four additional hangar bays. It's targeted for
completion in the third quarter of 2019. H.O. Weaver and Sons of Mobile has been awarded
the Enabling Works Package of preparations to make a building site ready for construction. It
covers activities from site preparation, creation of access routes, and the installation of
facilities like security fencing, ramps, and signage placement. It's targeted for completion in
early 2019. Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie teamed with Huntsville-based design firm
BRPH has been selected for Package 1 of the project, which consists of design-build services
for the building of the new A220 final assembly line and existing logistic center expansion. It's
targeted for completion in mid-2020. HPM, which has offices in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, and
Florida, is responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction of the new
facility, as well as expansion of Airbus’ current facilities to accommodate increased A320 family
production on the site. HPM was involved in the construction of the Airbus Engineering Center
in Mobile over a decade ago and managed construction of the A320 production facilities,
completed in 2015. HPM continues to work with its long-time industry partner, Mott McDonald,
providing program management services for the A220, as both firms did for the A320 campus.
(Source: HPM, 03/27/19)

First A220 employees report
MOBILE, Ala. - The first employees of the new Airbus assembly line in Mobile reported for work
Monday, according to the company. The assembly line itself is in the early phases of
construction. When complete, it will be one of two sites in the world where Airbus produces the
A220 series, a single-aisle, twin-engine line of jets that's smaller than the A320 jets that Airbus
already assembles in Mobile. The company announced in a Facebook post that a group of
employees began new hire orientation training Monday at the AIDT facility in the Mobile
Aeroplex at Brookley. After a month of local training, the workers will go to Mirabel, Quebec,
Canada, to train for three months with workers on the A220 assembly line.Airbus says that
between hiring for the A220 line, and hiring related to increased production on its A320 line, it
plans to add about 600 jobs in Mobile by mid-2020. In another development, the Airbus-
Bombardier partnership to produce the A220 has been renamed the Airbus Canada Limited
Partnership. (Source: al.com, 03/25/19)

Space Command leader named
The President has nominated to the Senate Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond as the Commander,
United States Space Command (USSPACECOM). If confirmed, Raymond will lead the soon-to-
be established USSPACECOM, which will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting
operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces. Establishing USSPACECOM is
a critical step that underscores the importance of the space domain and its strategic
contributions to U.S. national security. If confirmed, and upon establishment of USSPACECOM,
Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air
Force Base, Colo. (Source: DoD, 03/26/19) Gulf Coast note: The 20th Space Control
Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is a unit of the 21st Space Wing of Peterson AFB. The
squadron detects, tracks, identifies, and reports near earth and deep space objects in earth's
orbit, and provides space object identification data in support of United States Strategic
Command's space control mission.

Contract: Sierra Nevada, $317M
Sierra Nevada Corp., Circle, Sparks, Nev., has been awarded a $317,000,000 indefinite-
delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Precision Strike Package program. This contract
provides contractor logistics support for the Precision Strike Package in support of the AC-
130W and AC-130J. Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; and Hurlburt
Field, Fla., and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-
source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$26,784,295 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8509-19-D-0001). (Source:
DoD, 03/26/19)

Contract: General Atomics, $9.2M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $9,211,561
cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the United Kingdom (UK) MQ-9 Reaper contractor logistics
support effort. This contract provides for ongoing sustainment of the UK MQ-9 fleet. Work will
be performed at multiple stateside and international locations, and is expected to be completed
by June 30, 2019. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves 100
percent foreign military sales to the government of the United Kingdom. Foreign military sales
funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(FA8620-15-G-4040 0017 21). (Source: DoD, 03/26/19) Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt Field, Fla.,
is getting an MQ-9 squadron in late 2019.

Three bases eyed for F-22 training unit
Two bases in Northwest Florida and one in Virginia are being considered for the permanent
basing of the F-22 training unit. The Air Force issued a notice in the Federal Register of March
26 to advise the public of its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the
proposed action to permanently bed-down its F-22 Formal Training Unit (FTU). The unit had
been based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., but was temporarily moved to Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., after Hurricane Michael damaged Tyndall. The base is currently being rebuilt. With
this notice, the Air Force is initiating its scoping process and inviting the affected public to
attend meetings in locations near Langley Air Force Base, Va., Eglin and Tyndall. The dates,
times and locations for the scoping meetings will be announced locally, but not later than May
15. The EIS will assess the potential environmental consequences of the proposed action to
bed-down the F-22 FTU at Langley AFB, and the No Action Alternative, which consists of
continuing F-22 FTU operations from a combination of Eglin and Tyndall. There is only one F-
22 FTU and it consists of F-22 aircraft of the 43rd Fighter Squadron and its associated T-38
aircraft in the 2d Fighter Training Squadron at Tyndall. (Source: Federal Register 03/26/19)

Contract: Northrop, $10.2M
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $10,242,891 firm-fixed-
price and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a 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 2020. No funding will be obligated at time of award. Naval Surface Warfare
Center, Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
032519)

Contract: General Dynamics, $27.6M
General Dynamics, Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Niceville, Fla., has been awarded a
$27,600,096 firm-fixed-price modification (P00012) to previously awarded contract FA8681-16-
C-0002 for the BLU-134/B Improved Lethality Warhead. This modification provides for the
exercise of an option for a quantity of BLU-134/B warheads produced under the basic
development contract. Work will be performed in Niceville, and is expected to be complete by
Sept. 30, 2020.  Fiscal year 2019 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, 03/22/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $9.1M
Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, King of Prussia, Pa., been awarded a
$9,127,496 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)
Enterprise Management System 8.0. 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 21, 2020. This award is the result of a
sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of
$7,950,826 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center,
Eglin, Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-19-C-0012). (Source: DoD,
03/22/19)

Contract: General Atomics, $8.9M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$8,925,748 undefinitized contract action for the France MQ-9 Block 1 Weapons integration
effort. This contract provides for the production and integration of weapons kits onto the
French Air Force MQ-9 Block 1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Poway, and is expected to
be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales to
France. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $4,373,617 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-19-F-2388). (Source: DoD, 03/22/19) Gulf Coast
note: Hurlburt Field, Fla., is getting an MQ-9 squadron in late 2019.

Contract: Whitesell-Green, $26.4M
Whitesell-Green Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was awarded a $26,376,465 firm-fixed-price contract to
design and build student dorms. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will
be performed in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with an estimated completion date of March 21,
2021. Fiscal 2019 military construction funds in the amount of $26,376,465 were obligated at
the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Ala., is the contracting activity
(W91278-19-C-0012). (Source: DoD, 03/21/19)

Contract: MAG Aerospace, $11.4M
MAG Aerospace, Newport News, Va., has been awarded an $11,386,672 predominantly firm-
fixed-price contract for the UK MQ-9 Reaper Operations Center. This contract provides for
ongoing sustainment, management, development and network administration of the United
Kingdom MQ-9 Reaper Operations Centers. Work will be performed at Creech Air Force Base,
Nev.; and Royal Air Force Waddington, United Kingdom, and is expected to be complete by
Sept. 30, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves 100 percent
foreign military sales to the government of the United Kingdom. Air Force Life Cycle Center,
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-19-C-2002).
(Source: DoD, 03/21/19) Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt Field, Fla., is getting an MQ-9 squadron in
late 2019.

Contract: General Atomics, $123.3M
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed
$123,293,911 undefinitized contract action for MQ-9 Block 5 procurement. This contract
provides for four MQ-9 unmanned air vehicles, four Mobile Ground Control Stations, spares,
and support equipment. Work will be performed predominately in Poway, and is expected to be
complete by Dec. 31, 2020. This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales to the
Netherlands. Foreign military sales funds in amount of $38,928,607 are being obligated at the
time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the
contracting activity (FA8620-19-F-2310). (Source: DoD, 03/21/19) Gulf Coast note: Hurlburt
Field, Fla., is getting an MQ-9 squadron in late 2019.

Contract: UTC, $18.4M
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Engines, Hartford, Conn., is awarded $18,434,122
for modification P00003 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-
C-1021). This modification provides additional funding for F-135 long lead items in support of
non-U.S. Department of Defense (U.S. DoD) participants.  Work will be performed in East
Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent); and Bristol, United Kingdom
(6.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. Non-U.S. DoD participant funds
in the amount of $18,434,122 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, 03/21/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is
home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Eglin requests B-1B pod testing
It had been nearly 20 years since a test involving the B-1B Lancer aircraft was conducted by
Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. This long absence
ended earlier this year as a 10 percent model of the bomber, known in the flight world as “The
Bone,” began conducting a series of store separation tests in the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel
at Arnold. The tests were requested by an AEDC testing partner, the Air Force SEEK EAGLE
Office (AFSEO) of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A new targeting pod design has been introduced
for the aircraft, and officials in the SEEK EAGLE Office will examine the effects of the new pod
on the B-1B Lancer. Tests will be conducted on five store models at Arnold to determine
whether the full-size munitions will cleanly release from the bomber in flight. (Source:
AeroTechNews, 03/20/19)

Grant will support STEM education
The Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering and researchers
and engineers from Eglin Air Force Base have begun a new partnership to train graduate and
undergraduate students in areas critical to the Air Force. The Air Force Research Laboratory
(AFRL) at Eglin will fund a $400,000 grant to create the Air Force Research Laboratory
Scholars program at the College of Engineering. The summer STEM-related intern program will
bring students into the laboratory environment where they can directly benefit from working
with faculty researchers on Air Force-related research. (Source: Florida State University
03/19/1

Contract: URS, $9.8M
URS Group Inc., Morrisville, N.C., is awarded a $9,800,000 modification on a firm-fixed-price
task order under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62470-13-D-
6022) for phase one of Hurricane Michael repairs for stabilization and repairs to multiple
buildings at Naval Support Activity Panama City. The work to be performed provides for
removal of carpet, walls, windows and other unsalvageable items due to water penetration,
clean-up of roofing materials and tarping of rooftops to mitigate further water intrusion. Repairs
include roof replacement, roof decking, and sealing roof penetrations. The repairs also include
correction of architectural, structural, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, fire
protection, electrical deficiencies and any other incidental related work as found due to the
hurricane. After award of this modification, the total task order value will be $52,795,320. Work
will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by September 2019.
Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $9,800,000
are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Facilities
Engineering Command Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD,
03/19/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $264.7M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a
$264,655,025 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-15-C-
0003). This modification provides for additional operation and technical services in support of
the government of Korea’s F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and
is expected to be completed in June 2020. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of
$264,655,025 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, 03/19/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-
35 integrated training center.

Contract: Scientific Applctns, $100M
Scientific Applications Research Associates Inc., Cypress, Calif., has been awarded a
$100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Golden Horde Science and
Technology demonstration effort. This contract provides for support research and
development of emerging munition technologies, as well as integrated weapon demonstrations.
The effort is conceptualized as a fast-paced Air Force Research Laboratory-led demonstration
project executed under the auspices of the Team Eglin Weapon Consortium. Work will be
performed in Cypress, and is expected to be complete by December 2021. This award is the
result of a competitive acquisition under the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $15,000,000 are being
obligated on the first task order at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8651-19-D-0072). (Source: DoD, 03/18/19)

Contract: Lockheed, $14.6M
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded
$14,587,657 for modification P00003 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order
(N0001918F2048) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020. This order
procures 62 low-rate initial production Organic Light Emitting Diode Helmet Display Units and
spares in support of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps.  
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, and is expected to be completed in February 2020.
Fiscal 2017 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of
$14,587,657 will be obligated at time of award, $11,764,239 of which will expire at the end of
the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Navy ($7,293,829; 50 percent) and
Marine Corps ($7,293,828; 50 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River,
Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 03/18/19) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base,
Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

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)
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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 aare 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 tructure/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)