An F-35A Lightning II from the F-35A Demonstration Team flies over Tacoma, Washington on July 4, 2021. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force

An F-35A Lightning II from the F-35A Demonstration Team flies over Tacoma, Washington on July 4, 2021. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced several contracts for its multi-service F-35 Lightning II fighter: deals which will send funds to San Diego businesses.

Two big corporations with subcontracts related to the F-35 are Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) and privately held Cubic Corp. Both provide electronics. The aircraft’s prime contractor is Lockheed Martin Corp.


A 2% slice of a May 17 deal, worth an estimated $12.6 million, will go to San Diego businesses. Part of the contract involves software.


The entire contract is worth $632.1 million and most of the work under it will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, where the F-35 is assembled. Work under the deal is expected to be complete by March 2024.

Specifically, the deal provides engineering, maintenance, logistics and material support to continue to develop, sustain and produce software builds, as well as carry out developmental flight tests in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy as well as a Foreign Military Sales customer and non-U.S. Department of Defense participants.


This May 17 deal also provides unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for the government of the United Kingdom.


Separately, on May 31, the Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $14.26 million contract modification, with 51% or approximately $7.24 million bound for San Diego. The modification adds scope to procure special tooling and test equipment in support of F-35 next generation capabilities supporting Block 4 advanced multi-channel transmission receiver cut-ins, drag chute tooling for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) participants, and other tooling to support the air vehicle delivery schedules for U.S. and non-U.S. customers. Work is expected to be completed in June 2025.

 
In addition, approximately $9.7 million worth of work will flow to unspecified California communities under a separate deal announced on May 26. This modification also adds scope to procure Block 4 special tooling and test equipment for both U.S. and non-U.S. customers. Work will end in December 2024.


The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded all three deals.


Aircraft Support Pact for Parker Hannifin


The U.S. Navy awarded Parker Hannifin Corp. a $43 million contract for repair of 10 components on the F/A-18 aircraft hydraulic system.
 Some 24% of the work, worth an estimated $10.3 million will be performed in San Diego. Work is expected to be completed by May 2024. The government solicited one company for the contract because it concluded that other companies could not meet contract requirements. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania awarded the deal, announced on May 6.

Raytheon Engineers Radar


The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) a $19.1 million modification to a previously awarded contract for design agent engineering efforts in support of the Dual Band Radar program. The next-generation radar is part of the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers as well as the three Zumwalt-class destroyers, also known as the DDG 1000 class.


Some 20% of the work, worth an estimated $3.82 million, is being performed in San Diego. Work is expected to be completed this month (June). The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C., awarded the deal, announced on April 8.


Bay Area Assignment for Pacific Dredge


The U.S. Army awarded Pacific Dredge and Construction LLC, a small business based in San Diego, a $9.3 million contract for annual maintenance dredging of the Richmond Inner Harbor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. The government expects work to be completed by Nov. 30. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco awarded the deal, announced on May 27.


MCP to Provide Laptops


The U.S. Special Operations Command awarded MCP Computer Products Inc. of San Marcos a $17.2 million order for Dell laptop computers and associated equipment in support of the command’s Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (SOF-AT&L) Program Executive Office Command, Control, Computers and Communications (PEO-C4) with a delivery of 75 days after the date of the order. The U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida awarded the deal, announced on May 26.