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Navy Construction Funds Released for Burch, I.E.-Pacific, Barnhart-Reese, Bilbro.

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in May and June. The U.S. Department of Defense releases a digest of contract awards daily at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The U.S. Navy made an additional $58 million available for construction projects to be undertaken by five small businesses. Four of them are from San Diego County. They are R.A. Burch Construction Co. Inc. of Ramona; I.E.-Pacific Inc. of Escondido; Barnhart-Reese Construction Inc. of San Diego; and Bilbro Construction Co. Inc., of Escondido. The deal increases the capacity of a suite of indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity construction contracts first awarded in 2017. The maximum dollar value including the base year and four option years for all five contracts combined is increased from $240 million to $298 million.

The contracts cover new construction, renovation and repair of general building construction projects at various government installations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The five contractors will now await task orders under the contracts. The original contracts were competitively procured through the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website; 20 proposals were received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest of San Diego awarded the deals, announced on May 28.

Northrop Grumman Signal Jammers Funded

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $29.9 million contract modification, exercising options to produce JCREW I1B1 signal jamming electronics. (The initials stand for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment One Block One). The deal is a foreign military sale to Australia. Work will be performed in San Diego. The deal includes systems to be carried by troops and vehicle-mounted systems, auxiliary kits, support equipment as well as operational and depot level spares to provide support needs. Work also includes diminishing material and depot repairs to keep foreign military sales and I1B1 viable for future production and to maintain operational readiness for the field. Work is expected to last until April 2022. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract modification, announced on June 4.

Trandes Electronics Deal Worth Tens of Millions

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The U.S. Navy awarded Trandes Corp. an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract that could be worth as much as $24.4 million over two years. Under the deal, Trandes will provide engineering services to support electronic tactical air navigation, air traffic and command control, landing systems and joint tactical systems. Some 75% (or $18.3 million) of the contract will be performed in San Diego; the balance will be performed at potential air traffic control sites, ships and Defense Department facilities worldwide.

The Navy also has three one-year options, which if exercised would bring the potential value of the contact to an estimated $63.8 million. Funds will come from the Navy, with potential funding from other government agencies including the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

This contract was competitively procured as a small business set-aside via request for proposal which was published on the SAM.gov website and the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website. Two proposals were received and one was selected for award. The Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific of San Diego awarded the contract, announced on June 2.

GA-ASI Software Deal Worth $13.2M

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a one-year, $13.2 million contract for Gray Eagle post-production software support. Gray Eagle is the version of the company’s unmanned Predator aircraft used by the Army. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama awarded the deal, announced on May 27.

Austal to Prepare New Ship Under $7.7M Deal

The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA LLC a $7.7 million contract for post-shakedown shipyard work on a new littoral combat ship, to be called USS Oakland. Work will be performed in San Diego.

The Oakland completed its acceptance trials May 26 in the Gulf of Mexico near the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

The just-awarded period of ship maintenance work, called a post-shakedown availability, encompasses all of the manpower, support services, material, nonstandard equipment and associated technical data and documentation of the aforementioned. Work includes correcting government-responsible trial card deficiencies, new work identified between custody transfer and the time of the availability for shipyard work and incorporating the approved engineering changes that were not incorporated during the construction period (which are not otherwise the building yard’s responsibility under the ship construction contract). Work is expected to run through December 2021. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair for the Gulf Coast at Pascagoula, Mississippi, awarded the contract, announced on June 4.

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