Photo courtesy of Malaury Buis/Armée de l’air/Défense and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
The French military flies the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. France has awarded the Poway builder an additional $79.4 million contract for the program.

Photo courtesy of Malaury Buis/Armée de l’air/Défense and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. The French military flies the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. France has awarded the Poway builder an additional $79.4 million contract for the program.

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $79.4 million delivery order to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft procurement program. Work will be performed in Poway and is expected to be completed by March 2024. The contract involves 100% Foreign Military Sales to France.
Janes, the British publisher that tracks defense contracting, noted recently that France has six early MQ-9 aircraft (known as Block 1) and six Block 5 aircraft. France is in the process of acquiring a further six Block 5 vehicles.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the contract, announced on July 1.

 
Peter Vander Werff to Build at Camp Pendleton
The U.S. Navy awarded Peter Vander Werff Construction Inc., a small business from El Cajon, a $13.4 million firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract for repair of Building 210802 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The task order also contains two unexercised options which, if exercised, would increase the cumulative value to approximately $14 million. The work to be performed includes repairs to the mess hall building to replace major systems and finishes, reconfigure the kitchen and serving spaces, and provide a temporary dining facility. The options, if exercised, will provide additional environmental remediation and additional temporary dining facility services. Work is expected to be completed by January 2023. The Navy received four proposals for the task order. Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest in San Diego awarded the contract, announced on July 1.

 
Raytheon Missile Work Includes San Diego
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Missiles and Defense of Tucson, Arizona a $328.2 million contract for Sidewinder missiles as well as spares for a variety of U.S. and foreign customers. One percent of the work, worth an estimated $3.3 million, will be performed in San Diego.
The complete order includes 565 missiles from the AIM-9X Block II family, in addition to 164 training missiles. Rounding out the order are missile containers, guidance units, electronics units, tail caps, propulsion steering sections, other related material. Three explosive ordnance disposal systems trainers for foreign customers are part of the order.
One lot of spares will go out to the following customers: the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Work is expected to be completed in June 2024. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on June 30.
In a separate deal, the Navy awarded Raytheon Missiles and Defense a $45.1 million contract modification covering options for Standard Missile 2 Block IIIC low-rate initial production and spares. Some 2% of work, worth an estimated $900,000, will be done in San Diego. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on July 7.


Cubic to Continue Work in Australia
Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp. announced on July 8 that Cubic Defence Australia has been reselected to deliver contracted simulation support staff to the Royal Australian Navy. The staff of civilians will develop and deliver local and distributed simulation-enabled training events. The two-year contract, valued at approximately $6 million in U.S. dollars, will provide a wide range of simulation planning, technical support and professional interactors to enhance the Australian navy’s multisite synthetic training events at the Navy Synthetic Warfighting Centre, known for short as NSWC.
Since August 2017, Cubic has been embedded in the organization using live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulation technologies, as well as contributing to research and development of future simulation technology. This will enable major and minor fleet units to conduct distributed mission exercises.
“NSWC Cubic continues to foster strong customer relationships at all levels ensuring the team continues to deliver on the services,” said Miles Macdonald, general manager of Cubic Defence Australia.
Cubic also supports Australia’s Fleet Force Generation Directorate, located at Fleet Headquarters, Potts Point, New South Wales in the urban heart of Sydney. The purpose of the directorate is to enable Fleet Command to deliver the Navy’s war-fighting effect by designing, planning and executing exercises necessary to train and deploy a task group.