Air Force

March 1, 2016
By Rory Welch
Operators staff the East Coast Satellite Operation Center (ESOC) in Northern Virginia. The ESOC flies the majority of Intelsat’s global satellite fleet, which provides mission critical support for the full range of the company’s government and commercial customers.

Growing threats to national security in the space domain have prompted U.S. Air Force leaders to revamp plans and programs to adapt to a new reality of reinforcing system and network resiliency and shifting its people and resources to focus on warfighting functions. Government space capabilities, augmented by commercial systems, will play critical and active roles to secure U.S. and allied interests in and through the increasingly contested domain of space, requiring the Air Force and the Defense Department to proactively plan how to enable more coordinated and integrated space enterprise operations.

March 2, 2016

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) a $9.4 million contract to develop a component of a novel geolocation system that will detect and locate communications and other high-frequency signals with unprecedented accuracy. The program, funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), will integrate a high-fidelity ionospheric model with a geolocation system for the first time to achieve this level of precision.

February 5, 2016

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $96,040,000 undefinitized contract action modification (P00377) to previously awarded contract FA8807-08-C-0010. Contractor will provide Global Positioning System (GPS) III contingency operations services and supplies to modify the current GPS control segment to operate all GPS III satellites that are launched prior to the transition to the Next Generation Operational Control System. Furthermore, this action will buy GPS III satellite vehicle simulation modules, GPS Simulator and updates to the GPS Positional Training Emulator.

February 4, 2016
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to provide Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures for India head-of-state aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded an $11,734,223 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures on India head-of-state aircraft. Work will be performed in India and is expected to be complete by January 31, 2020. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to India. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-16-C-6529).

 

February 4, 2016

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $9,644,500 firm-fixed-price, commercial, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Contractor will acquire Global Positioning System selective availability anti-spoofing modules and single chip module with memory in support to 57 allied nations. Work will be performed at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2021. This award is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-16-D-0001).

 

January 28, 2016

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $17,727,907 modification (0020) to previously awarded contract FA8620-15-G-4040 for MQ-9 system software operational test support and final fielding release. Contractor will provide support activities for follow-on operational test and evaluation of the MQ-9 operational flight program. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by November 30, 2017. Fiscal 2015 and 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,002,999 are being obligated at the time of award.

January 28, 2016

URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Maryland, has been awarded a $9,692,686 firm-fixed-price contract for Air Combat Command unmanned aircraft systems operation centers support for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper. Work will be performed at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada; Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Kadena Air Base, Japan, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with seven offers received.

January 28, 2016

BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0004); IGOV Technologies Inc., Reston, Virginia (FA8730-16-D-0007); People Tec Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8730-16-D-0009); Pelatron Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii (FA8730-16-D-0012); Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Maryland (FA8730-16-D-0013); and BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, have been awarded contracts under the Platform for Engineering and Integration of Tactical and Strategic Systems (PEIT

January 25, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $34,028,813 order (0014) from basic ordering agreement FA8620-15-G-4040 to develop and field the Air Force Special Operations Command MQ-9 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) Lead-Off Hitter (LOH) software line. Contractor will establish, define and grow a process to rapidly field capabilities. Included in this effort is addressing activities driving software changes such as: software defect corrections; threats, policy or doctrine driven; safety; interoperability; and software changes resulting from hardware upgrades. Work will be performed at Poway, California; Clovis, New Mexico; and Ft.

January 4, 2016

Exelis Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $14,102,120 modification (P00655) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for sustainment posture of the System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) weapon systems. Contractor will provide SENSOR Eglin, Globus II, Distributed Space Command and Control - Dahlgren, Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System and Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System, and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System sustainment support projects.

December 28, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $57,401,850 undefinitized contract action for MQ-9 contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Poway, California and multiple overseas locations, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. This contract is 100-percent foreign military sales to the United Kingdom. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-G-4040 0017).

December 21, 2015
Northrop Grumman is being awarded a contract modification for validation and verification of Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link efforts in support of the E6-B aircraft.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $15,046,674 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0096) for validation/verification of Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link efforts in support of the E6-B aircraft. Efforts will include development of a technical directive to support organic installation efforts that reflects configuration changes; equipment relocation support, including modeling and simulation tools; thermal and structural analysis of the new location; first article verification, including destructive test and evaluation of production Ka- and Ku-Band radomes; and development effor

December 21, 2015

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been awarded a $278,500,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract for the Instrumentation Radar Support Program. Contractor will provide serviceable components and subsystems to include radar, telemetry and optics systems for 28 test ranges across the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA and seven foreign governments. Work will be performed at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received.

December 21, 2015

Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a $49,475,571 firm-fixed-price contract for Predator (MQ-1) and Reaper (MQ-9) sensors contractor logistics support. Contractor will provide program management; contractor field service representative support; depot maintenance; sustaining engineering support; supply and logistics support; configuration management; tech data maintenance; software maintenance; reliability and maintainability; and inventory control point and warehouse support for the MQ-1 and MQ-9 sensors. Work will be performed at McKinney, Texas; and Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2016.

December 21, 2015

Raytheon Co., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $77,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Cobra Dane radar. Contractor will provide tasks required to operate, maintain and sustain the Cobra Dane system. This contract encompasses all critical functions related to weapon system readiness. Work will be performed at Eareckson Air Station, Alaska. All delivery orders or task orders must be placed before December 31, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8723‐16‐D‐0001).

 

December 9, 2015

SIX3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $25,094,968 firm-fixed-price contract with options for intelligence technical support for the U.S. Army Europe area of responsibility, with an estimated completion date of July 29, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet with seven received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. The Army Contracting Command, 409th CSB, APO AE, is the contracting activity (W564KV-16-D-0002).

December 21, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $338,231,976 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Predator (MQ1) and Reaper (MQ9) unmanned aerial systems contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide program management; logistics support; configuration management; technical manual and software maintenance; contractor field service representative support; inventory control point management; flight operations support; depot repair; and depot field maintenance. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by December 31, 2016. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

December 10, 2015
By Cyndi Thomas
With electronic attack, adversaries now can deny use of command and control systems across all domains. Illustration courtesy NCI Inc.

The United States' dependence on valuable space assets and the nation's critical need to maintain superiority in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) disciplines have also made these fields somewhat of an Achilles' heel. The country had long held technological and capabilities advantages over the rest of the world. Those days are gone.

December 9, 2015

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $32,326,408 delivery order (0010) to previously awarded contract FA8620-15-G-4040 for Block 30 ground control station production undefinitized contract action effort. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $16,151,200 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

 

November 20, 2015

Alion Science and Technology, Burr Ridge, Illinois (FA8075-16-D-0001); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (FA8075-16-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (FA8075-16-D-0003); Exelis Inc., Information Systems, Rome, New York (FA8075-16-D-0004); Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia (FA8075-16-D-0005); MacAulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, Ohio (FA8075-16-D-0006); ManTech Advanced Systems International Inc.,

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