Air Force

April 23, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, speaks to airmen at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in June 2018. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gen. Goldfein is taking steps as part of a second retooling effort for the service to operate over the next year under the "new abnormal" environment. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Sara Hoerichs

The U.S. Air Force has initially adjusted to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now shifting to operate under a new paradigm for the foreseeable future, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, stated. The service has examined how to sustain its critical Defense Department mission areas despite the prominence of the virus. The Air Force has adjusted its methods to ensure operation of its nuclear defense; space; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; air mobility and cyber missions, the core functions needed to defend the nation. “We still have a hot fight going on,” Gen. Goldfein stated. “So, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and air mobility are critical.”

April 22, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF, reports that the 16th Air Force reached full operational capability on April 21, during a virtual AFCEA Alamo luncheon event the same day. The general also spoke at the chapter’s ACE event in November.

The U.S. Air Force’s new information warfare Numbered Air Force (NAF), the 16th Air Force, stood up in October, reached full operating capability yesterday, reported its commander, Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, USAF. The 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), which includes 10 wings, is the center of the Air Force’s cyber operations; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities; electronic warfare and information operations.

April 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond speaks at the Pentagon on March 27, 2020. The general, speaking at a virtual town hall on April 16, explains how the new service will pull together its personnel for its Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark

The U.S. Space Force is beginning to take shape. The new service is in the process of sorting out who moves to the Space Force and who will stay in the U.S. Air Force. The four-month-old service also will begin taking applicants to join its ranks from the other military services starting May 1, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, USAF, chief of operations, U.S. Space Force, said in a virtual town hall on April 16. Any individual that wants to come over to the service has to get prior approval from its current service, he noted.

April 13, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,920,848 modification (P00012) to cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order N00019-18-F-2474 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This modification exercises an option to procure the tooling needed to meet both production and retrofit demands of the Technical Refresh 3 (TR3) avionics system. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida, and mandates that the contractor will procure materials and fabricate the special tooling that will allow for production of TR3 components for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work is expected to be complete by May 2022.

April 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The new technology from Veracity Protocol, called Physical Code, provides authentication of a physical object, based on the object's material structure using a cellphone camera. "It is a new standard of trust for physical objects," says the company's founder Jakub Krcmar.

A group of entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries during a virtual pitch meeting on April 8 held as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator’s latest Selection Committee event. Headquartered in Paris, Starburst's U.S. team brought in 10 hopeful companies, all vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator Program. The event pairs the startups with potentially interested corporations, investors and government agencies. The startups’ prospective products, which range in level of technical readiness, cut across all aspects of aerospace, from power generation to launch platforms, satellite-enabled connectivity and autonomous aerial vehicles.

April 8, 2020
 

L3 Technologies Inc., Wilmington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,356,200 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Wide Field of View testbed, Wide-Area Six-Degree Payload pre-launch and post-launch services. This contract provides for pre-launch and post-launch services to include launch site integration support and preparation, on-orbit calibration and analysis, and mission operations and anomaly resolution services. Work will be performed in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition, and fiscal 2020 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,275,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

April 8, 2020
 

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $167,470,014, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for 48 long range anti-ship missiles and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed April 6, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $52,334,380; and fiscal 2019 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $115,135,634 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0003).

April 6, 2020
 

Advanced Technology Systems Co., McLean, Virginia (FA8730-20-D-0018); Atlantic CommTech Corp., Norfolk, Virginia (FA8730-20-D-0022); BCF Solutions Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8730-20-D-0017); CACI Inc., Arlington, Virginia (FA8730-20-D-0015); Chenega Security International LLC, Chantilly, Virginia (FA8730-20-D-0010); Evergreen Fire and Security, Tacoma, Washington (FA8730-20-D-0016); Government Contracting Services LLC, Tacoma, Washington (FA8730-20-D-0009); InDyne Inc., Crestview, Florida (FA8730-20-D-0013); Johnson Controls BAS LLC, Rockville, Maryland (FA8730-20-D-0008); KBRwyle Technology Solutions LLC, Columbia, Maryland (FA8730-20-D-0006); LINX Defense LLC, Deston, Florida (FA8730-20-D-0012); LVW Electronics (Low Voltage Wiring),

April 6, 2020
 

URS Federal Services International Inc., Cleveland, Ohio (FA8051-20-D-0001); DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas (FA8051-20-D-0002); ECC International LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia (FA8051-20-D-0003); Fluor Intercontinental Inc., Greenville, South Carolina (FA8051-20-D-0004); Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas (FA8051-20-D-0005); PAE-Perini LLC, Arlington, Virginia (FA8051-20-D-0006); Readiness Management Support L.C., Panama City, Florida (FA8051-20-D-0007); and Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado (FA8051-20-D-0008), have been awarded a combined ceiling $6,400,000,000, multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for worldwide contingency and humanitarian support. This contr

April 2, 2020
 

The Boeing Co., St Louis, Missouri, has been awarded an $11,083,286 firm-fixed-price-contract modification (P00037) to contract FA8621-16-C-6397 for F-15C and F-15E Mission Training Centers (MTC) services on contractor furnished, high-fidelity simulation equipment. Contractor will provide the simulation capability to train pilots and weapons system operators for F-15C and F-15E aircraft platforms. Work will be performed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), North Carolina; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Langley AFB, Virginia; Kadena Air Base, Japan; and Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England, and is expected to be completed by December 31 2020.

April 2, 2020
 

L3 Technologies Inc., Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a $7,790,997 firm-fixed-price modification (P00031) to previously-awarded task order FA8621-19-F-6251 for F-16 aircraft simulator training program devices. This modification will procure long lead items for the phase one production of the Consolidated Unit-Level Trainer (CUT). These long lead items are necessary for the CUT cockpit and visual system kits. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $64,201,055.

April 2, 2020
 

Avarint LLC, Buffalo, New York, has been awarded a $52,353,890 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity engineering service contract in support of the Digital Integrated Air Defense System (DIADS). This contract provides for unique developmental engineering services to enable the DIADS model to link with other systems associated with the Benefield Anechoic Facility used to support high priority test missions that includes the F-22, F-35, Miniature Air Launch Decoy, Miniature Air Launch Decoy Jamming, B-2 and various Red/Blue Flag training activities when applicable. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2025.

April 1, 2020
 

EWR Radar Systems, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $21,529,141 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract providing contractor logistics support for the Portable Doppler Radar program. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 1, 2025. This contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition, and fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,032,593 will be obligated under the minimum purchase delivery order. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-20-D-0041).

April 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A new augmented reality platform will help pilots train in the air with digital assets.  Design by SIGNAL Art Director of DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Ned Johnston, Air Force Thunderbirds

A technology that harnesses augmented reality will enable the U.S. Air Force to train in the air for initial pilot qualification, dogfighting, refueling and maneuvering. The A-TARS augmented reality platform, or Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, developed by California-based Red 6, provides virtual opponents, such as the fifth generation Chinese J-20 and Russian Su-57, for pilot’s aerial dogfighting training runs, as well as other aerial digital assets to develop and enhance different piloting skills.

March 31, 2020
 

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, Marlborough, Massachusetts, has been awarded an $8,864,121 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR) Electronics Equipment Shelter.  Raytheon will be responsible for the procurement of materials and the integration and test of the DASR. The Navy will be responsible for the DASR site preparation, system installation, integration and checkout. Work will be performed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and is expected to be completed by October 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and fiscal 2018 other procurement funds in the amount of $8,864,121 are being obligated at the time of award.

March 31, 2020
 

Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Massachusetts (FA8808-20-D-0001); and L3-Harris, Camden, New Jersey (FA8808-20-D-0002), have each been awarded a $500,000,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with corresponding delivery orders valued at $37,639,960 for Raytheon Co., and $30,604,891 for L3-Harris, to develop protected tactical waveform capable modems.  This contract provides for research, development and production of protected tactical waveform capable modems for tactical satellite communication operations. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts; Camden, New Jersey; and Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be completed April 1, 2025.

March 24, 2020
 

The FlightSafety Services Corp., Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single-award contract for a multi-country KC-46 aircrew and maintenance simulator training. The contractor will provide KC-46 aircrew and maintenance training to support the U.S. government and Air Force Security Assistance Training international partners' mission objectives. Work will be performed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed September 2026.  This is a sole-source requirement as the FlightSafety Corp., in accordance with 10 U.S.

March 18, 2020
 

InDyne Inc., Sterling, Virginia, has been awarded a $51,386,233 modification (P00042) to previously awarded contract FA2517-18-C-8000 for Solid State Phased Array Radar Systems (SSPARS). This modification provides for the exercise Option Year Two for the management, operation, maintenance, and logistical support of SSPARS. Work will be performed at Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Thule Air Base, Greenland; and Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of award.

March 16, 2020
 

L3 Technologies Inc., Link Training and Simulation Division, Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a $10,863,740 firm-fixed-price modification (P00029) to previously awarded task order FA8621-19-F-6251 for F-16 aircraft simulator training program services. This modification will provide contractor logistics support to manage, maintain, and support the F-16 Simulators Training Program to include all training devices, software, firmware, spares and the Training System Support Center. Work will be performed in various locations within the continental U.S. and outside continental U.S. locations. Work is expected to be complete by March 31, 2021.

March 10, 2020
 

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price task order, HC1013-20-F-0073, to support the Air Force Air Defense Communication Services (ADCS). The face value of this action is $7,171,537, funded by fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds. The total cumulative value of the order is $14,486,526. This task order was awarded under the competitively awarded, single-award blanket purchase agreement (HC1013-15-A-0004) against General Services Administration's Information Technology Schedule 70 contract for ADCS. The place of performance is throughout the continental U.S., as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Guam. The period of performance for this action is April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

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