There will also be an open house Saturday, the day after the official opening.
VT MAE has its primary MRO operation in Mobile at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it’s been doing that kind of work since the 1990s. The new facility in Pensacola is an expansion. The company is part of VT Systems of Alexandria, Va., a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based ST Engineering.
Speaking of Mobile, that city next week will host the SEUS-CP Conference, a U.S.-Canadian trade conference that was scheduled well before the controversy over trade began to bubble up.
The Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces event should have some lively discussions about trade since the Trump administration has imposed a tariff on steel and aluminum imports, and Canada has responded with tariffs on some U.S. goods.
An MQ-9 Reaper squadron will be based at Hurlburt Field, Fla., by late 2019. It will be the second Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) installation to host a drone unit.
AFSOC's active-duty MQ-9 Reaper drone personnel have previously been assigned only to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The squadron will bring an additional 60 personnel to Hurlburt, according to the Air Force.
The unit is a Mission Control Element Squadron. Drone operations require two separate aircrews, a mission control element responsible for executing missions, and an aircrew to handle takeoffs and landings.
There's another drone unit at Hurlburt Field, the 2nd Special Operations Squadron, part of the Air Force Reserve’s 919th Special Operations Wing located at Duke Field near Crestview. It's been based at Hurlburt Field for four years. Its personnel fly drones remotely in various places around the world.
It was just six months ago that the Air Force announced plans to bring a drone squadron to Tyndall Air Force Base, 80 miles away near Panama City. (Post)
NASA selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology in Phase I of its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and 44 proposals for the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, totaling $43.5 million in awards.
Those selections support NASA's future space exploration missions, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. Five selected SBIR proposals and four selected STTR proposals are being monitored by Stennis Space Center, Miss. The SBIR Phase I contracts last for six months and STTR Phase I contracts last for 13 months, both with a maximum funding of $125,000. (Post)
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded $2 billion modification to a previously awarded contract in support of the F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center. … Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded $46.6 million delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This delivery order provides for non-recurring engineering, the development of design documentation, and the creation of modification instructions. These efforts will support service life extension and enable the developmental test F-35 aircraft to maintain currency with delivered technology. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in June 2019. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
Emerald Coast Utility Services Inc., Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., was awarded a maximum $13.8 million modification, incorporating the economic-price-adjustment agreement to the existing 50-year contract with no option periods, for the water/wastewater operations and maintenance and renewal and replacement utility service charge. Location of performance is Florida, with a June 14, 2067, performance completion date. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va. … Kaman Precision Products, Orlando, Fla., and Middletown, Conn., was awarded a $69.4 million contract modification to an already existing contract for exercising an option for the joint programmable fuze. Work will be performed in Orlando; and Middletown and is expected to be completed by June 1, 2020. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Pivotal Software Inc., San Francisco, Calif., was awarded a $47.5 million other transaction agreement. Work will be performed in San Francisco; Cambridge, Mass.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Shaw AFB, S.C.; Al Udeid AB, Qatar; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Langley AFB, Va.; Ramstein AB, Germany; Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Battle Management, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the agreement activity. … Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $14.1 million contract modification to a previously awarded contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile production Lot 32, for 18 additional AIM-120D missiles. Work will be performed in Tucson with an expected completion date of Jan. 31, 2021. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Dominance Contracting Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.