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GA-ASI Gets $131M Unmanned Aircraft Deal

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in September and October. They have been announced by the U.S. Department of Defense or the contractor itself.

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a $131.6 million contract modification covering Gray Eagle aircraft, satellite communications air data terminals, program management and government-furnished equipment maintenance and repair.

Gray Eagle is the Army version of GA-ASI’s Predator remotely piloted aircraft. It has an endurance of up to 25 hours and can fly at altitudes of 29,000 feet (or 5.5 miles). The aircraft is capable of carrying four Hellfire air-to-ground missiles.

The contractor will perform the work in Poway with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama awarded the deal, announced on Sept. 30.

Harper Receives $96M Order

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The U.S. Navy awarded Harper Construction Co. Inc. of San Diego a $96.5 million task order for the design and construction of a building at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Under the deal, Harper will design and build the Michelson Mission System Integration Laboratory project, which includes the construction of a new building and adjacent vehicle parking lot. The facility will consolidate functions performed in several existing buildings that were damaged by the July 2019 earthquakes. The building will be a consolidated mission system integration laboratory for research, development, testing and evaluation. Work is expected to be completed by November 2022. The Navy received four proposals for the task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (also known as NAVFAC) in San Diego awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 18.

Marathon, Staite to Build

Marathon Construction Corp. of Lakeside and R.E. Staite Engineering Inc. of San Diego are among a group of five companies that will divide up to $75 million worth of work under indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple award construction contracts. The recent contract increases the ceiling on previous contracts from $240 million to $315 million over as many as five years. The contracts are for new construction, repair and renovation of various waterfront facilities, primarily in California. The original contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 13 proposals received. NAVFAC awarded the contracts, announced on Sept. 17.

GA Gets $11.2M for Carrier Work

The U.S. Navy awarded General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems of San Diego an $11.2 million delivery order to provide non-recurring engineering services — specifically modifications to the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (known as EMALS for short).Using a linear motor, the system launches Navy aircraft from the deck of a Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. EMALS takes the place of a traditional steam catapult. Work will be performed in San Diego and Waltham, Massachusetts and is expected to be completed in February 2024. The Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 30.

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