A research and development scientist at Hologic Inc. operates a Panther machine, which tests samples for the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Hologic Inc.

A research and development scientist at Hologic Inc. operates a Panther machine, which tests samples for the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Hologic Inc.

The U.S. Army awarded Hologic Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) a three-year, $178.5 million contract for Panther Fusion SARS-CoV-2 assays, Aptima SARS-CoV-2 assays, multiplex test kits and associated reagents and consumables. Hologic’s diagnostics business is based in San Diego. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. The deal is expected to run until May 2, 2024. The U.S. Army Health Contracting Activity of San Antonio, Texas, awarded the contract, announced on May 3.

Solute IT Deal Has $46M Ceiling
The U.S. Navy awarded Solute Inc. of San Diego an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract that could be worth up to $46 million. Under the deal, Solute will deliver professional services for systems engineering, software engineering, cybersecurity engineering, DevSecOps (development, security and operations) engineering, and network engineering. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2026 if all options are exercised. This contract includes a one-year base ordering period and four one-year optional ordering periods, which if exercised, would bring the estimated cumulative value to $46 million. NAVWAR, the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command of San Diego, awarded the contract, announced on May 25.


Ship Lifecycle Work Goes to Serco
The U.S. Navy awarded Serco Inc. of Herndon, Virginia a $37.6 million contract modification for professional support services in the areas of program management, administrative support, surface ship modernization, inactive ships, surface ships readiness, surface training systems, business and financial management, records management and information technology support for Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Warfare, specifically its SEA 21 lifecycle maintenance office. Some 18% of the work, worth an estimated $6.8 million, was performed in San Diego. Work was expected to be complete by April. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the deal, announced on May 3.


Harper to Build at China Lake
The U.S. Navy awarded Harper Construction Co. Inc. of San Diego a $36.1 million task order under a multiple award construction contract for the design and build of a radiographic building at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake. Options on the contract could make its value as high as $38.8 million. Work will be performed in Ridgecrest and is expected to be completed by February 2024. The work to be performed provides for the design and construction of a radiographic building. The facility provides inspection and radiological evaluation of energetics, energetic components, and all up ordnance in support of the Navy Ordnance Test and Evaluation Division. The Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Southwest of San Diego awarded the deal, announced on May 20.