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PKL Training Deal Has Ceiling of $39.6M

AEROSPACE: Poway Firm Has Trained 750+ Saudi Technicians

The U.S. Air Force, acting on behalf of the Royal Saudi Air Force, awarded PKL Services Inc. of Poway a modification to a previously awarded contract for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Upgrade Maintenance Training Program. The newly announced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity deal has a ceiling of $39.6 million. Work will be performed at King Khalid Air Base, Khamis Mushayt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2025. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia. The 338th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 31.

PKL said in a recent news release that it has already provided training to more than 750 Saudi technicians. The Poway business also offers training to the Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Royal Thai Air Force as well as most branches of the U.S. military.

Sealift Command Taps La Mesa Firm

The U.S. Navy awarded Omni2Max Inc. of La Mesa an $8.5 million option for the fixed-price portion of a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursable elements to exercise a one-year option period for an offshore supply vessel, Ocean Valor, to support logistics experimentation for fuel, stores, passengers and ordnance delivery from small commercial platforms. This contract includes one 11-month firm period of the performance and four one-year options periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $41.5 million. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed, if all options are exercised, by Sept. 6, 2026. This procurement was released under full and open competition, with an unlimited number of companies solicited via the Beta.SAM.Gov website. The Navy received three offers. The Military Sealift Command of Norfolk, Virginia, awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 1.

Kratos, Hypersonix Collaborate

Hypersonix Launch Systems Ltd. of Australia and San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) announced on Aug. 9 that they have entered an exclusive teaming agreement to provide the Hypersonix DART AE Hypersonic System within the U.S. market, integrated with Kratos’ Zeus family of solid rocket motors.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The DART AE is a 3-meter-long, single-use, high temperature alloy, hydrogen-fueled, scramjet technology driven, autonomous, multi-mission, air-breathing hypersonic platform used to develop, demonstrate, test and evaluate hypersonic technologies and for other potential hypersonic applications. With Kratos’ Zeus and other rocket propulsion systems, Kratos and Hypersonix aim to frequently and reliably deliver an affordable, high cadence, high availability, overall hypersonic capable system and vehicle to the hypersonic customer community.

“This exclusive partnership and Kratos’ potential procurement of up to 20 DART AE systems, enables the Kratos/Hypersonix team to be first-to-market with a relevant capability, in support of U.S. and Australia hypersonic initiatives.” said Dave Carter, president of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Systems Division. “With Kratos’ Zeus family of solid rocket launch systems, Kratos’ Erinyes and Dark Fury hypersonic flyers, and the DART AE hypersonic vehicle, we can rapidly provide incredible capability to the hypersonic community at an affordable cost.”

Hypersonix is an aerospace engineering, design and manufacturing company, specializing in hypersonic technology and scramjet engines. Through the exclusive agreement with Kratos, Hypersonix intends to significantly expand its presence in the United States and promote the sale of the DART AE system within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and potential other U.S. national security markets. With the teaming agreement, Kratos has also agreed to initially procure up to 20 DART AE systems from Hypersonix, once the combined flight system has been successfully completed and demonstrated.

Lake Champlain Decommissioned

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, a San Diego fixture since 1988, was recognized for more than 35 years of naval service during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on Sept. 1. Retired Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III wished the current crew fair winds and following seas as they bid farewell to their ship. Copeman was a former Lake Champlain executive officer who went on to become Commander, Naval Surface Forces.

Lake Champlain maintained a crew of 40 officers, 31 chiefs and 300 enlisted sailors, and never changed homeports from San Diego. The ship was built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by Ingalls Shipyard Company and commissioned Aug. 12, 1988, in Manhattan.



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