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International Contracts for Aircraft Builders

AEROSPACE: Japan, Netherlands Steer Support Deals to North County

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Air Force awarded the San Diego office of Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) a contract modification not to exceed $22.6 million for RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft sustainment.

The modification involves foreign military sales to Japan.

The work is expected to be completed by May 31, 2025. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $6.4 million are being obligated at the time of the award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $180.7 million.

The Global Hawk program is based in Northrop Grumman’s Rancho Bernardo offices.

Separately, the U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of Poway a not-to-exceed $173.6 million definitized contract action for capability upgrades to four MQ-9A unmanned air vehicles and two ground control stations, as well as support equipment, spares and upgrade kits. Work will be performed in Poway and is expected to complete by January 2029. This contract involves foreign military sales to the Netherlands and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $85 million will be obligated at the time of award.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded both contracts, announced on March 28 and April 11.

Cubic Receives $9.7M Training Pact

The U.S. Navy awarded Cubic Defense Applications of San Diego a $9.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides engineering support services for the transition of the interim Joint Secure Interoperable Live-Virtual-Constructive (JSILS), Secure Live Virtual Constructive Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) capabilities, under the Encrypted Live-Virtual Integrated Training Environment, and continue waveform analysis with Navy Research Labs and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Library in support of maturing the JSILS and SLATE technologies to provide the war fighter with a complex and realistic training environment that promotes combat readiness. Work will be performed in Yigo, Gaum (50%) and San Diego (50%), and is expected to be completed in September. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation (service) funds in the amount of $9.7 million will be obligated at time of award. All funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on March 28.

PKL a Subcontractor for F-35 Maintenance

Poway-based PKL Services said earlier this month that it received a notice of award from a prime contractor, San Antonio-based 4M HR Logistics, that it was the successful awardee of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing F-35 O-Level maintenance support and corrosion abatement contract at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

PKL will deliver services via a team of 23 full-time employees at Miramar and the same number at Yuma.

This three-year opportunity (10-month base, plus two one-year options) will begin in June. The contract is anticipated to end in March 2027.

Navy Leans on Four Construction Firms

Four San Diego County businesses are among 14 companies tapped by the U.S. Navy to bid for contracts under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for new construction, renovation and repair of commercial and institutional facilities at various locations in the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of operations.

They are Harper Construction of San Diego, Heffler Contracting Group of El Cajon, R. A. Burch Construction of Ramona and RQ Construction of Carlsbad. Heffler and Burch are small businesses.

The contracts combined are worth a maximum of $98 million.

The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, airport buildings, office and administrative buildings, communications facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, armories, parking garages, barracks facilities, prison facilities, fire stations, religious buildings, hotels, dining facilities, hospital and medical facilities, warehouse facilities, school facilities and/or retail facilities.

The contracts consist of a base period of two years and one three-year option period. The maximum dollar value for the 14 companies, including the base period and option period, combined is not to exceed $2.6 billion. No funds were obligated at the time of the award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.

Work will be performed at various government installations within the NAVFAC Southwest area of operations including California (87%), Arizona (5%), Nevada (3%), Utah (2%), Colorado (2%) and New Mexico (1%) and is expected to be completed by November 2025. The contracts were competitively procured via the sam.gov website, with 28 offers received. NAVFAC Southwest of San Diego awarded the contracts on Feb. 22. The contracts were publicly announced on April 12.

Army Awards Networking Deal to Valiant

The U.S. Army awarded Valiant Global Defense Services of San Diego a $14.8 million modification to a contract for wide area networking services. Work will be performed at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2025.

The 411th Contracting Support Brigade at Camp Humphreys, South Korea awarded the contract, announced on March 28.

OSS Receives $300,000 Order for Autonomous Trucking

One Stop Systems (Nasdaq: OSS) of Escondido said on March 26 that it has received an order from an existing customer to design and manufacture a new ruggedized liquid cooling system for cooling self-driving technology in a commercial autonomous truck deployment. The order is valued at $300,000 for prototypes, and OSS expects to begin shipments later this year.

The customer, identified only as a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, is a pioneer in self-driving technology and is utilizing Level 4 driving automation for commercial trucks currently under development.

Leveraging OSS’ background in cooling compact and ruggedized high-performance compute systems, OSS will integrate a chassis-mounted liquid chiller, coolant pump and control system firmware to create a self-contained active cooling system for the customer’s advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Each vehicle will utilize two such systems mounted externally on the back of the customer’s Level-4 autonomous trucks.

“We are excited to support our customer’s commercialization efforts by providing them with our leading liquid cooling expertise and solutions,” said Mike Knowles, president and CEO of OSS. “This prototype order has the potential to be a transformative opportunity for OSS as our customer begins to scale production in the coming years. In addition, we believe there are opportunities to expand our relationship further and provide our ruggedized, high-performance compute and data logging systems in addition to our liquid cooling solutions. Based on our customer’s current commercialization plan, we believe this new solution provides OSS with a long-term growth opportunity.”

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