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Northrop Grumman Receives $170M Deal

AEROSPACE: Involves Triton Air Vehicle Mission Control Systems

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) a $169.7 million cost-plus fixed-fee contract related to its Triton uncrewed aircraft, specifically its mission control and operator training systems for the Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Some 38.1% of the work, worth an estimated $64.7 million, will be performed in San Diego.

According to a U.S. Department of Defense announcement, the contract provides sustainment engineering and logistics support to include life cycle program planning, manning, training support, repair and modification of government furnished property, integrated logistics support, spare and repair parts, support equipment, special tooling, diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages management, non-recurring engineering support for engineering change proposals, engineering analyses, investigations, root cause corrective action activities, test support of in-service asset, and the development of associated technical data in support of MQ-4C Triton air vehicles mission control and operator training systems for the Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Work is expected to be completed in May 2028.

Some $19.5 million in Royal Australian Air Force funds were obligated at the time of the award. Some $35.6 million in funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30.

This contract was not competitively procured, as the government determined there was only one source that could meet government requirements. NAVAIR, the Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on May 6.

Hawaiian Firm Gets San Diego Work

The U.S. Navy awarded North Star Scientific Corp., a small business based in Kapolei, Hawaii, a $15.3 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for advanced concept production and delivery of software and hardware products including components required to support mountaintop testing of high ultra-high frequency and L/C band antennas for the High Gain Ultra High Frequency Electronically Scanned Antenna effort in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, Topic N06-125 “L-Band Solid-State High-Power Amplifier for Airborne Platforms” for the E-2D aircraft at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. Some 8% of the work, worth an estimated $1.2 million, will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed in April 2026. Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on April 18.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Support Deal Approved

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $95.9 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. This modification extends services to provide continued infrastructure support, to include engineering, maintenance, logistics, manpower and material for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) laboratory facilities and F-35 developmental flight test activities in support of the F-35 JSF program for the Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and F-35 cooperative program partners. Some 2% of the work, worth an estimated $1.9 million, will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed in June.

The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on March 28.

Ecotech Imaging Gets Screen Time

The Department of Defense Education Activity has awarded four businesses, including San Diego-based Ecotech Imaging, contracts to provide interactive flat panels, smart TVs and peripherals for use in classroom spaces, meeting spaces and other collaborative areas in schools and offices located inside and outside of the continental United States. The deals include shipping and installation. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity deals are worth a maximum of $45 million.

These are five-year contracts with no option periods. The ordering period lasts until April 14, 2029. The DoD Education Activity of Arlington, Virginia awarded the contracts, announced on April 15.

VideoRay to Provide, Support Underwater Vehicles

The U.S. Navy awarded VideoRay LLC of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that could be worth as much as $92.7 million for Maritime Expeditionary Standoff Response (MESR) production.

This contract provides access to VideoRay’s Mission Specialist family of underwater robotics systems to support the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Underwater Response Vehicle program and the MESR program of record.

Administered by Naval Information Warfare Command, Pacific in San Diego, the contract provides for the delivery and support of the Navy’s next-generation Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that will be used to conduct critical undersea missions.

Specifically, the contract provides for hardware, software, repairs, training, technical assist visits and ancillary components for the continuous production, sustainment and development of the MK20 Defender ROV platform.

Based on VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Defender, the MK20 Defender ROV is a highly robust, man-portable, expeditionary ROV that offers modularity and an open architecture design that allows for the easy integration of third-party sensors, software applications, and versatile, field-swappable payload options to meet the Navy’s expanding needs for expeditionary mine countermeasure operations.

VideoRay offers technical support and service to its Navy customer through an office on Shelter Island, which employs five people. GreenseaIQ, a subcontractor on the project with an office on Morena Boulevard, provides the explosive ordnance disposal workspace software and autonomy platform.

Work is expected to be complete by May 2029. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. No funds were obligated at the time of award and the Navy may now place delivery orders.

The award was announced on May 10.

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