Saturday, August 5, 2017

Week in review (7/30 to 8/5)

The August issue of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor newsletter will be released Tuesday. If you're a subscriber, the 8-pager will be sent to your inbox. If you're not a subscriber, you can find it Tuesday at the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website.

In the upcoming issue we'll tell you about what economic development officials from our region had to say about the Paris Air Show they attended in June. We spoke to folks from Northwest Florida, Mobile, Hancock County, Miss., and Louisiana.

We can tell you that the most consistent comment we heard was that this visit to Paris was one of the most successful. While no major announcements were made, many of them are working on proposals now. Interestingly, they are starting to meet with higher-level officials.

We also take a look at three upcoming events in the region that you might want to consider attending. The TeCMEN Industry day will be held later this month in Fort Walton Beach. Then in October there's the Gulf Power Economic Symposium in Sandestin at the start of the month and later in the month the Aerospace Alliance Summit in New Orleans.

So take a look at the newsletter next week.

Test missions
The 46th Test Squadron recently performed cybersecurity testing on the second-generation space surveillance system known as the Space Fence, according to the July mission report of the 96th Operations Group at Eglin Air Force Base. The Space Fence system is used to track satellites and space debri. For a bit more background, take a look at a post we had in 2014 about the Space Fence.

On the weapons front back in June, initial operational test and evaluation began for the AC-130J’s Block 20 software update, which added the 105mm cannon and Laser Small Diameter Bomb capability to the Air Force Special Operations aircraft.

Developmental test also began on the AC-130J Block 20+ software update. The Block 20+ new additions include a special mission processor, radio frequency countermeasures, rail launchers and Hellfire missiles, according to the mission report from June.

An interactive traveling exhibit that helps children have fun with math – MathAlive! – opened Saturday at the Emerald Coast Science Center. Presented by Raytheon to military family communities nationwide, the exhibit is designed to show the connection of math to many of the things they love, including music, sports, movies, games and more.

The hope is to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The U.S. continues to fall short in ensuring there are enough future workers to fill the demand. MathAlive! will be presented at the Emerald Coast Science Center through Sept. 10. (Post)

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $211.2 million modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification provides for the procurement of production non-recurring special tooling and special test equipment that are required to meet current and future F-35 production rates. Work will be performed in Texas, California, New Hampshire, Florida and other locations in the U.S.; the United Kingdom and Italy and other outside-of-the-continental U.S. locations and is expected to be completed in May 2021. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded an $11.9 million modification for F-22 sustainment. This modification is for the exercise of options for F-22 sustainment activities. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 16, 2020. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity. Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., trains F-22 pilots and has an operational squadron. … Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded $19.9 million for an order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering and analysis efforts to develop solutions for near-term emergent obsolescence issues identified for the MQ-4C Triton. Work will be done in Maryland and California and is expected to be completed in May 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Triton fuselage work is done in Moss Point, Miss.

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