Air Force

November 17, 2017

The Boeing Company, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $23,832,538 fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00061) to a previously awarded contract (FA8628-15-C-2251) for 10 full-rate production combat network communication technology upgrade kits for the B-52 bombers. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with an expected completion date of October 16, 2019. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $23,832,538 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

November 17, 2017

Spectrum Comm Incorporated of Newport News, Virginia, has been awarded a $22,431,365 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the enterprise contracted logistics support and provides for an enterprise approach to total lifecycle logistics support and specialized global supply chain management for supported command and control intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft weapon systems. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, with an expected completion date of November 30, 2023. The contract was a competitive acquisition and 15 offers were received.

November 14, 2017

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded a $93,713,423 firm-fixed-price contract for weather system follow-on microwave and will provide for system design and risk reduction of a low earth orbit satellite with a passive microwave imaging radiometer instrument and hosted government furnished energetic charged particles sensor.  Work will be performed in Boulder, Colorado, with an expected completion date of November 15, 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $45,843,000 will be obligated at time of award.

November 14, 2017

Artel LLC of Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,917,600 firm-fixed-price contract for one pre-launch 108MHz transponder. Work will be performed at a location to be determined, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, and two offers were received. Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8808-18-C-0003).

Novermber 14, 2017

The Air Force awarded Raytheon Company's Missile Systems Division in Tucson, Arizona, a $17,255,491 modification (P00009) to a previously awarded contract (FA8675-15-C-0004) for High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support (CLS) services. The contract modification provides for HTS pod CLS depot repairs and sustainment activities.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of November 30, 2018. Fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $12,825,015 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

November 1, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
When armed with a high-energy weapon, the versatile C-130 could be a formidable threat.

For the Air Force, the daily use of a laser as a weapon itself is coming. The youngest of the U.S. military services, founded more than a decade before the laser’s invention, is looking to incorporate the high-energy systems into its warfighting arsenal.

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $23,389,938, firm-fixed-price modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract for B-2 antenna supplemental work. The contract modification provides for the purchase of one B-2 antenna tool aid being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed by September 22, 2020. Fiscal year 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $23,389,938 are being obligated on a subsequent order after award. Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8119-17-D-0015).

September 25, 2017

The Air Force has tapped two universities to develop speech recognition technologies. One of the awards goes to the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California, for $17,079,713, while the other award goes to Columbia University in New York, for $14,884,945. Both of the universities will perform research in developing and integrating agile and robust automatic speech recognition, machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, and summarization technologies into functional end-to-end systems. Work at USC and Columbia will be performed in Marina del Rey, California, and New York, respectivley, and should be completed August 22, 2021.

September 25, 2017

Raytheon Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $16,000,000 modification (P00002) to previously awarded contract to support in-scope requirements which are required to ensure the Cobra Dane radar maintains operational capability. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019. No funds are being obligated at time of modification. Fiscal year 2017 operations and maintenance funds will be obligated on orders within the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity. Air Force Life Cycle Management Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8723-16-D-0001).

September 12, 2017

Engility Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide research and development for Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) Simulation Technology for Advanced Research. The contract provides for the development of multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, to advance the start-of-the-art of HWIL test technology and to perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions through the use of integrated guidance simulation. The location of performance is Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, with the ordering period expected to be complete by August 31, 2022. This is a competitive award under broad agency

September 6, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Panelists discuss military intelligence at the Intelligence and National Security Summit.

While space has always been an important domain for military intelligence, the intelligence community is renewing its emphasis on the stars, according to officials speaking at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

“One of the reasons this conversation is taking place is because of the evolving threat environment. We realize, as much as we thought we appreciated the role of space historically, it’s become even more critical, both from a warfighting perspective and from an economic perspective,” said Maj. Gen. James Marrs, USAF, Air Force assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

September 5, 2017
Rockwell Collins to provide helmet cueing system support.

Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $108,649,349 fixed-price requirements contract with prospective redetermination for various Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System consumable and depot-level reparable spares in support of F-15, F-16, and F-18 aircraft. This was a sole-source acquisition. The contract is a three-year base contract with one three-year option period. Locations of performance are Texas, Oregon, and Israel, with an August 31, 2022, performance completion date. Using customers are Air Force, Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers.

September 5, 2017

Syracuse Research Corporation of North Syracuse, New York, has been awarded a $10,073,000 undefinitized contract action for Counter-Unmanned Aerial System supplies. Work will be performed at Syracuse and is expected to be complete by August 29, 2018. The award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2017 other procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,935,770 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity. (FA8730-17-C-0047).

 

September 1, 2017

Bell-Boeing JPO of Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,671,686 by the Navy for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification 11 to deliver order 0096 under previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft. The modification provides for the procurement of Marine Corps MV-22 integrated aircraft survivability equipment and Air Force CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, advanced mission computer kits, validation/verification kits, delta kits, non-recurring engineering and installation. Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed in May 2019.

September 1, 2017
By Maj. Gen. Earl D. Matthews, USAF (Ret.)

The discussion about creating a space-oriented military branch has surfaced again. An amendment to the House version of the fiscal year 2017-2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calls for a separate Space Corps by 2019. The Space Corps would fall under the Department of the Air Force but operate as an independent service, similar to the Marine Corps’ relationship to the Department of the Navy.

I really can’t believe we are having this discussion again.

September 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
Benji Maruyama, a senior materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Functional Materials Division, stands by the AFRL’s Autonomous Research System (ARES), which uses artificial intelligence to design, execute and analyze experiments at a pace much faster than traditional scientific research methods.

The U.S. Air Force’s most prolific scientist likely will never wear a lab coat, but it can perform experiments 100 times faster than its human counterparts. The robo-researcher may one day help spark explosive growth in scientific knowledge.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Autonomous Research System (ARES) does not fit the conventional idea of a robotic system. It is not humanoid. It does not move freely across the ground or fly through the air. But in a single day, it can autonomously execute 100 experiments, compared with about one for its human peers.

August 25, 2017

Teletronics Technology Corporation, Newtown, Pennsylvania, has been awarded an $85,500,000 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a high speed data acquisition system (HSDAS). This contract provides products, enhancement/upgrade, repair services, field service and technical support of the HSDAS equipment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be completed by August 23, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $361,550 are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (00FA9302-17-D-0012).

 

August 25, 2017

Wolf Creek Federal Services Incorporated, Anchorage, Alaska, has been awarded a $26,075,067 option modification (P00074) to previously awarded contract for range operations support. The contract provides for non-mission support communications. Work will be performed at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida; and Ascension Auxiliary Air Field, Ascension Island, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2018. No funds are being obligated at the time of option exercise modification award. The 45th Contracting Squadron, Patrick AFB, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2521-15-C-0063).

August 24, 2017

Raytheon Company in Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an approximately $900,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation and risk reduction acquisition phase. The contract supports replacement of the AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile. Work will be performed in Tucson and is expected to be completed by 2022. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

August 24, 2017

Moog Incorporation in Elma, New York, has been awarded an estimated maximum $48,000,000 fixed-price with price redetermination, requirements contract for miscellaneous aircraft components in support of various weapon system platforms. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). The sole-source contract has a five-year base and one five-year option period. Locations of performance are New York and California, with an August 22, 2022, performance completion date. Using military services are Air Force, Army and Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2017 defense working capital; and depot-level reparable funds.

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