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GA-ASI Tends to International Business

AEROSPACE: Netherlands Wants Upgrades; UK Inks Support Deal

POWAY – The Royal Netherlands Air Force has asked for upgrades to unmanned aircraft it has on order from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

One of GA-ASI’s growing number of international customers, the Netherlands has ordered eight MQ-9A Reaper aircraft, increasing the order from an original four. Looking ahead to potential NATO missions, the Netherlands recently asked for upgrades including maritime radar, a communications relay, extended range fuel tanks, electronic support measures and weapons. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GA-ASI said the upgrades will take place incrementally over the next three years.

Separately, the U.S. Air Force, acting on behalf of the United Kingdom Royal Air Force, awarded GA-ASI a $53.2 million contract for MQ-9 logistical and ground control station support. The scope of the contract will include field service representatives, repair and return, as well as technical support tasks. The contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Work will be performed outside of the continental U.S. and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2025. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the contract, announced on March 25.

L3 Harris to Build Radios

The U.S. Navy awarded an $18.3 million contract modification to the telemetry and radio frequency products business of L3Harris Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LHX). The Navy exercised an option for the production and delivery of 285 modernized radios (155 for undisclosed Foreign Military Sales customers, 109 for the Navy, 13 for the U.S. Marine Corps, and eight for the Office of the Secretary of Defense). Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed in June 2026. Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on March 26.

Leonardo DRS Receives Infrared Countermeasures Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded Leonardo DRS of Melbourne, Florida, a $23.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract for infrared countermeasures systems. This modification adds scope, increases the ceiling and extends the period of performance for non-recurring engineering to design, develop, integrate and test engineering development model weapon replaceable assemblies (WRA) and production representative model WRA for the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures system. Some 31% of the work, worth an estimated $7.3 million, will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed in June 2025. Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on March 18.

KJS to Keep El Centro Facility Running

The U.S. Navy awarded KJS Support Services JV LLC, a small business from Fort Worth, Texas, a $9.5 million contract modification for one year’s worth of services, primarily facilities maintenance, construction and operational support services at Naval Air Facility El Centro. Sample task orders awarded to date include repairs and upgrades to buildings, utilities infrastructure, airfield systems and other assets supporting flight operations and installation functions at the naval air facility. Services have involved work on fire protection, HVAC, electrical, pavement and utilities systems.

This is the fifth option year for the contract. This award brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $53.5 million. The option performance period is from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Southwest in San Diego awarded the contract, announced on March 21.

Austal Delivers Littoral Combat Ship

Shipbuilder Austal USA said it delivered the future USS Kingsville to the U.S. Navy on March 1. The ship is expected to be stationed in San Diego. Kingsville is the 18th Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) delivered by the company and the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Texas city home to Naval Air Station Kingsville.

Kingsville successfully completed Acceptance Trials on Feb. 1, marking the last significant milestone before delivery. She will be commissioned in the summer.
Austal USA is building the Navy’s final Independence-variant LCS, the future USS Pierre, which is scheduled to be christened later this spring. The company builds the ships in Mobile, Alabama and supports its locally based ships at a facility in National City.

The future USS Kingsville, a Littoral Combat Ship, will soon make its home in San Diego. Photo courtesy Austal USA
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