An MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System sits on the flight line at Naval Station Mayport, Florida in December 2021. The Triton program is based in Rancho Bernardo. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

An MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System sits on the flight line at Naval Station Mayport, Florida in December 2021. The Triton program is based in Rancho Bernardo. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) several contracts related to its MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The program is based in Rancho Bernardo. The deals cover fatigue testing as well as the aircraft’s intelligence-collecting payloads.

The first is a $40.7 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. The order provides Full Scale Fatigue Test (FSFT) and Effects of Defects (EoD) for the Triton, to include testing, analyzing, and documenting the results of both the FSFT and EoD test, as well as identifying post-test activities in order to fully verify and validate the fatigue and damage tolerance requirement of the performance based system specification. Some 81.2% of the work will be performed in San Diego, with another 11.3% in Wichita, Kansas. Work is expected to be completed by February 2028.

 
The Navy also awarded Northrop Grumman a $15.4 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides product supportability analyses for aircraft operational level maintenance, task analysis and provisioning data, in support of IFC-4 configured aircraft. IFC-4 refers to the multi-intelligence configuration that meets the Navy’s critical maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting needs; the abbreviation IFC stands for integrated functional capability. The contract benefits both the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Rancho Bernardo and is expected to be completed in November 2024.


Separately, Northrop Grumman received a $15.1 million modification to a previously awarded contract. The deal provides additional labor and material to incorporate production engineering change proposals that modify MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system production assets to IFC-4 for the Navy and Australia. Some 92.5% of the work will be performed in San Diego, with the balance in Medford, New York; Newton, North Dakota; and various locations within the continental United States. Work is expected to be completed in April 2025.

 
The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the three contracts, announced on May 26, June 10 and June 15.


Leidos to Support Anti-Submarine Warfare


The U.S. Navy awarded Leidos Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) a contract worth slightly less than $24 million for anti-submarine warfare equipment: specifically, shipset hardware installation, integrated logistic support, fleet maintenance support and lifecycle sustainment of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare combat systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $292 million. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (98%); and the governments of Australia (1%) and Japan (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales program.


Some 28% of the contract, worth approximately $6.7 million, will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through May 2027. This contract was competitively procured via the beta.sam.gov website with one offer received. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on May 26.

Now based in Virginia, Leidos traces its roots to the original SAIC, a company founded in San Diego in 1969.


Cubic and Carley to Train Sailors


San Diego-based Cubic Corporation announced on June 2 that it received a subcontract from Carley Corporation under Carley’s prime contract for the U.S. Navy’s Sailor 2025 Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) Fiscal Year 2022 Content Conversion.


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Mike Knowles President Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions

No value was given for the indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery deal. Cubic will perform its work in Orlando, Florida. Work and is expected to run through March 2027.


As part of the agreement, with support from Cubic, Carley will design, develop and deliver modernized training content, including courseware training products for multiple Navy ratings. The content will be provided to sailors over the course of their career-long learning continuum.


“It is an honor to continue to deliver modernized training content to our sailors at the point of need,” said Mike Knowles, president of Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions. “This is the third contract award for the collective Carley-Cubic team and demonstrates the Navy’s continued confidence in our ability to deliver operationally relevant training to our sailors and the fleet.”