Air Force Kicks Off 1st EELV Space Launch Competition in 10 Years

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The U.S. Air Force is seeking proposals from industry for a national security space launch system under a program with undisclosed terms, Defense News reported Wednesday. Brian Everstine writes the service issued a request for proposal on Tuesday for the National Security Space mission in 2016. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen said the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle competition is the first...

Peggy Morse: Boeing Lands Air Force Missile Warhead Manufacturing Extension

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been awarded a two-year, $7.3 million contract to continue producing warhead arming technology for the Air Force’s air-launched cruise missile systems. The company produces and tests ALCM warhead devices for the Air Force’s Nuclear Weapons Center Missile Sustainment Division at a manufacturing center in Heath, Ohio, Boeing said Monday. ALCMs are self-guided and designed...

Raytheon to Build Air Force Decoy Jammer Missile

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Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will develop the seventh batch of miniature air-launched decoy jammer missile for the U.S. Air Force under an $80 million contract. The company will incorporate data, mission planning, process verification program and flight software systems into the jamming technology, Raytheon said Monday. Raytheon will perform the work at its Tucson, Arizona-based facility through June 30,...

Air Force Picks 14 Firms for $494M Hosted Payload IDIQ

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The U.S. Air Force has awarded positions on a potential $494 million contract to 14 companies for products and services to help the government obtained commercial hosting tools for its payloads. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year ordering period and covers work through Jan. 31, 2029, the Defense Department said Thursday. Vendors with positions on...

Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks ‘Mature Tech’ for Strike Bomber

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Deborah Lee James The U.S. Air Force has begun scouting for a contractor to develop the service’s new bomber under a program cost cap of $550 million per plane, Military Times reported Thursday. Brian Everstine writes a potential manufacturer will start to build the long-range strike bomber in the spring and the Air Force plans to operate the aircraft in mid 2020. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee...

HP Awarded Air Force Computer, Workstation Supply Deal; John Solomon Comments

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Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has been selected to supply desktop computers and workstations to the U.S. Air Force under a Quantum Enterprise Buy procurement agreement. The Air Force will distribute the HP business desktop, notebook PCs and the ZBook mobile workstations to the branch’s bases and facilities worldwide, HP said Wednesday. John Solomon, senior vice president of printing and personal...

HP Awarded Air Force Digital Printing Tech BPA

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Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement to supply printing equipment and associated consumable supplies to the U.S. Air Force. HP will provide a range of single-function and multi-function printers for the Air Force’s digital printing and imaging program, HP said Monday. Products covered under the contract include HP’s LaserJet Enterprise color...

Eric Single: Air Force B-2 Bomber to Get Weapon, Comm Tech Upgrades

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The Air Force has launched a B-2 Spirit technology overhaul project with the goal of extending the operational lifespan of its stealth bombers through 2058, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Kris Osborn writes that Eric Single, Air Force chief of the Global Strike division, said the service’s B-2 fleet will be upgraded to feature new radar warning and communication receivers, avionics, and digital...

Air Force Opens New Competition for GPS III Satellites

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The U.S. Air Force has opened the door to more industry competition for the branch’s Global Positioning System III satellite program. A June 4 FedBizOpps post by the Air Force encourages contractors to submit ideas on production methods for 22 succeeding GPS III space vehicles and associated navigation payloads. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is contracted to build eight satellites under the program...

Doug Graham: Lockheed Extends Air Force ICBM Work Under Potential $452M Contract

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a potential $452 million contract to sustain the reentry subsystems for the U.S. Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. Lockheed will work to modify and test the hardware and software components of the Minuteman III ICBM’s reentry system-reentry vehicle subsystem, the company said Thursday. The initial contract contains a one-year base period,...