The RQ-4A Global Hawk Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator aircraft is a product of Northrop Grumman, and is still operating. It was the precursor to the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton. The programs are based in Rancho Bernardo. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

The RQ-4A Global Hawk Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator aircraft is a product of Northrop Grumman, and is still operating. It was the precursor to the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton. The programs are based in Rancho Bernardo. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp.’s San Diego office a $53.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract supporting the RQ-4A Global Hawk Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft. Specifically, the builder will keep the unmanned aircraft mission-capable for Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Under the deal, Northrop Grumman will provide continuing operator, maintenance, logistics and sustainment engineering support, to include training, supply chain and spares management for peculiar items, peculiar support equipment, and technical publications in support of the aircraft. Some 45% of the work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland and 33% will be performed in an undisclosed location outside the continental United States. The program is based in Rancho Bernardo. Work is expected to be completed in April 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River awarded the contract, announced on June 10.

Harper to Build at China Lake


The U.S. Navy awarded 
Harper Construction Co. of San Diego a $52.3 million firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for the construction of a rocket motor test facility at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The task order also contains seven unexercised options, which if exercised would increase the value of the task order to $54.3 million. Under the deal, Harper will build test bays, warehouse space and a water system to support the Navy’s research, development, testing and evaluation of rocket motor capabilities. Harper will also demolish decommissioned structures. The options, if exercised, provide for road repairs, a water tank and hazardous materials abatement. Work will be performed in Ridgecrest, California, and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Four proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest of San Diego awarded the contract, announced on June 10.  

Q.E.D. to Plan Ship Maintenance


The U.S. Navy awarded 
Q.E.D. Systems Inc., a small business based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a one-year, $13.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract for planning efforts to support maintenance and sustainment execution contracts for littoral combat ship class ships homeported in San Diego. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center of San Diego awarded the contract, announced on June 10.

L3 Harris to Provide Radios


The U.S. Navy awarded 
L3 Harris Technologies Inc. of San Diego an $18.1 million contract for the production and delivery of 285 modernized radios as well as associated engineering support necessary to calibrate and maintain special test equipment while in production. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed in April 2023. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract, announced on June 11.

Job Takes RQ to Atlantic Coast


The U.S. Navy awarded 
RQ Construction of Carlsbad an $11.6 million task order under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award construction contract for work at Wallops Island, Virginia. The task order also contains three unexercised options, which if exercised, would increase the contract value to $16.7 million. Under the deal, RQ will build electrical power supply backup devices for several buildings and a new switchgear building. Work is expected to be completed by February 2023. The Navy received three proposals for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia awarded the contract, announced on June 8.

Shipyard Work Goes to Huntington Ingalls


The U.S. Navy awarded 
Huntington Ingalls Industries a $302.6 million contract for planning yard support for a variety of amphibious ships. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the deal to $724 million. Most work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, with as needed on-site technical support in Navy ports including San Diego. Work is expected to be completed by May 2028. This contract was competitively procured with two offers received via the Federal Business Opportunities website. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on May 28.