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Northrop Upgrading IT on Navy’s MQ-8C

AEROSPACE: Portion of $20M Project to Foil Cyber Intruders

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a $19.9 million order covering work on the MQ-8C vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle system, also known as Fire Scout.

Under the MQ-8C program, Northrop Grumman converted stock Bell business helicopters into unmanned vehicles. The MQ-8C goes to sea on littoral combat ships and is used for antisubmarine warfare as well as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting.

The most recent order provides for non-recurring engineering, hardware qualification, systems integration, safety assessment, retrofit installation and flight testing of the payload interface unit and vehicle management computer upgrades to include a cyber-intrusion protection system.

Work will be performed in San Diego (90%) and Mojave (10%), and is expected to be completed in May 2026. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on July 25.

Earlier in the year, the Navy awarded Northrop Grumman an $8.5 million, firm-fixed-price delivery order for the procurement of the mission processing unit in support of the MQ-8C aircraft. Work will be performed in Santa Clarita (80%) and San Diego (20%) and will be completed by July 2026. One company was solicited for this sole-source requirement as the government determined there is only one bidder that could meet the Navy’s requirements. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support of Philadelphia awarded the contract, announced on May 31.

Shipboard IT to Occupy GD

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc. of Pittsfield, Massachusetts a $14.5 million term modification to a previously awarded contract, to exercise an option for design agent services in support of the Independence variant littoral combat ship. The Independence Variant Combat System consists of the Integrated Combat Management System and its interfaces, command, control, communications, computers, combat systems and intelligence elements. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by July 2024. The Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Port Hueneme Division awarded the contract, announced on July 13. General Dynamics trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GD.

Marines Ink Deal for Logistics, Sustainment

The Department of the Navy awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a $30.2 million modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification exercises options to provide maintenance, supply chain and spares management, logistics, and sustainment support for the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft, and dual control mobile ground control stations to ensure they are mission capable for the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Oahu, Hawaii (35%); Yuma, Arizona (20%); Patuxent River, Maryland (15%); Poway (10%); and various locations outside the U.S. (20%), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $30.2 million will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the federal fiscal year (Sept. 30). The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on July 17.

Air Force Taps Poway Company

The U.S. Air Force awarded Poway-based IT Mentor Group Inc. a $19.3 million contract for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Tactical Edge Targeting. This contract provides for research, development and demonstration of CBRN threat mitigation and defeat capabilities. Work will be performed in Poway as well as at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 19, 2028. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Research Laboratory Wright Research Site at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the contract, announced on July 20.

Pond to Tend Fuel Systems

The San Diego office of Pond Constructors as well as three other companies received indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts with a combined maximum value of $150 million covering new construction, renovation and repair of natural gas and petroleum, oils, and lubricants fuel system projects at various government installations.

The four contractors received $5,000 contracts and will now have a chance to compete for contract options. Work will be performed in California (87%); Arizona (5%); Nevada (3%); Utah (2%); Colorado (2%); and New Mexico (1%), and is expected to be completed by May 2031.

This contract was competitively procured via the sam.gov contract opportunities website, with eight offers received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest in San Diego awarded the contract on May 25; the deals were announced on May 30.

The three other contractors receiving awards were Goshawk LLC of San Antonio; Kinley Construction Co. of Arlington, Texas; and Nova Group Inc. of Napa.

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