The company expects to add up to 260 new jobs, ultimately increasing its Foley workforce to more than 1,000 employees. It's expected to be operational by the end of the year.
The Foley site assembles nacelles for integration with the Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engine for a number of aircraft platforms, including the Airbus A320neo, Bombardier C Series, Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Embraer E-Jet E2.
The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sites. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (Post)
Spirit Airlines took delivery Friday of the first A320 built in the United States. It was the 37th Airbus jetliner built at the Airbus assembly line, but all previous jetliners were the larger A321. It's the sixth plane delivered to Spirit at the Mobile center.
The yellow passenger jet delivered Friday is the 106th jet in its all-Airbus fleet. Major components for the plane arrived in May from Europe. The A320 had its first flight August 15. That first flight lasted about four hours. The Airbus assembly line can build the A319, A320 and A321. The plant is on track to produce four jetliners every month. (Post)
Officials marked the completion of the three largest combined solar facilities on Defense Department property in a ceremonial flipping of the switch during the week. Executives of Gulf Power, Coronal Energy, the Air Force and Navy were on hand at Naval Air Station Pensacola’s Naval Outlying Landing Field Saufley for the event.
Ground was broken in November 2016 for the project that spans 940 acres across three Navy and Air Force sites in Northwest Florida. Saufley’s solar array site is a 50 megawatt solar-generating facility. The other two sites are at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Outlying Landing Field Holley, 40 megawatts, and Eglin Air Force Base, 30 megawatts. Combined the three sites have about 1.5 million solar panels capable of generating up to 120 megawatts of electricity. The projects became operational earlier this summer. (Post)
-- Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy took command of 2nd Air Force during a change of command ceremony Aug. 23 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Leahy will be responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of basic military training, initial skills training, and advanced technical training of all AF enlisted members and support officers. (Post)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded an approximate $900 million 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 Orlando, and is expected to be completed by 2022. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded an approximate $900 million 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. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $427 million order against a previous ordering agreement. This order provides for the procurement of ancillary military equipment and pilot flight equipment for low rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense participants and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in California, New York, Florida and Texas Work is expected to be completed in December 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. … L3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., was awarded $173 million to exercise an option to a previously awarded contract. This option provides for organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, logistics, and engineering to support and maintain 201 Navy T-45 Goshawk aircraft, aircraft systems, and related support equipment to support flight and test and evaluation operations. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas; NAS Meridian, Miss.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed September 2018. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Green-Simmons Co. Inc., Pensacola, Fla., was among the companies named for construction projects within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team. The maximum dollar value including the base period and four option years for all five contracts combined is $95 million. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.