Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force contractors demonstrate how they retrieve BQM-167 target drones after training exercises in 2009 in the waters off Florida. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions received a $338 million contract to supply and support similar unmanned aircraft.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force U.S. Air Force contractors demonstrate how they retrieve BQM-167 target drones after training exercises in 2009 in the waters off Florida. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions received a $338 million contract to supply and support similar unmanned aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) a $338.1 million contract for subscale aerial targets. Specifically, the deal covers production of BQM-167A target drones from Lots 17-21 as well as out-of-warranty repairs and contractor logistics support. Work will be performed in Sacramento and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2027. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition, and fiscal 2021 procurement funds in the amount of $30.5 million were obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 6.

Harper to Build in Yuma


The U.S. Army awarded Harper Construction, based in Little Italy, a $45.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to construct a fixed-wing aircraft operations and maintenance hangar. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2021 military construction, Army funds in the amount of $45.2 million were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles awarded the contract on Aug. 4.


GA-ASI to Provide Logistics, Maintenance


The Department of the Navy awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a $33.7 million contract. The deal covers logistic support, maintenance services, supply chain and spares management, and sustainment support in support of the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and its dual control mobile ground control station. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona (45%); Manama, Bahrain (45%); and Poway (10%), and is expected to be completed in July 2022. The contract was not competitively procured, as the government determined there was only one contractor that could provide the services. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on July 29.


Medical Logistics Command Strikes Deal


The U.S. Navy awarded Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, a $9.1 million deal to exercise Option Period One for research and development support services for training and continued development of medical modeling and simulation research tools for the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego. This option brings the total cumulative value of the task order to $17.9 million. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama (80%); and San Diego, California (20%), and is expected to be completed by August 2022. The Naval Medical Logistics Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 10.


Serco to Support Shipyard Work


The U.S. Navy awarded Serco-IPS Corp. of Herndon, Virginia a $12.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract to procure professional support services for the Naval Sea Systems Command’s director for surface ship maintenance and modernization (also known as SEA 21). This procurement is 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. Some 18% of the work, estimated to be worth $2.25 million, is expected to be performed in San Diego. Work is expected to be complete by October 2021. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 30.


Genasys Makes Sale in Southeast Asia


Genasys Inc. (Nasdaq: GNSS) announced on Aug. 31 that it received a $1.8 million long-range communication systems order from a country in Southeast Asia. The high-decibel, directional LRAD sound systems are scheduled to be deployed by homeland security agencies for border security, law enforcement and public safety applications.
“This order was cultivated and facilitated by the regional sales office we opened in Singapore earlier this year,” said Richard Danforth, CEO of Genasys. “Escalating homeland security and public safety threats throughout the world are driving strong demand for critical communications systems and solutions. In spite of government funding and COVID challenges in the Asia Pacific, we are established and well-positioned in the region to drive stronger hardware and software sales in fiscal 2022.”