USAF Considers Air Force One Contract Split as Frank Kendall Seeks More Contract Competitions

Contract
The U.S. Air Force is looking into a potential splitting of work on the future presidential plane between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and other contractors as Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall recently pushed for more competitive contracts. Tony Capaccio reports Thursday for Bloomberg News that Kendall has noted a low contract competition rate at DoD and recommended a stricter process for sole-source...

Air Force Wants Anti-Jam Tech for Global Wideband Satcom

Satellite
The U.S. Air Force is interested in procuring a ground-based technology that can mitigate jamming threats to military broadband communication satellites. A sources sought notice released Tuesday outlines the branch’s plan to acquire an X-band anti-jam system for the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation. A potential contractor would update the WGS ground control infrastructure to include a satellite...

Report: Air Force Could Award Long-Range Radar Contract Next Week

FireControlRadar
The U.S. Air Force is close to naming the winner of a contract to produce long-range, ground-based sensors for tracking hostile aircraft and missiles, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) are competing for the Air Force’s Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar development program. The...

Air Force Wants Info on EELV Rocket Engine Alternatives

Air Force photo
Air Force photo The U.S. Air Force has requested information on the availability of locally made rocket engines that the service can use for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. AF is looking to utilize industry’s existing launch systems or alternative configurations to currently used boosters in EELV-class platforms, the branch said Wednesday in a FedBizOpps notice. The service asked...

Lisa Finneran: General Dynamics to Apply Open Architecture to AF ICBM Guidance Evaluations

general dynamics logo
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (NYSE: GD) will assess Intercontinental Ballistic Missile guidance technology options for the U.S. Air Force. under a $6.4 million contract. The business unit of General Dynamics work to analyze and design test strategies and plans for the Air Force to match program requirements with the Minuteman III and ICBM weapon systems, General Dynamics said Tuesday. Lisa...

Northrop Gets $241M Modification on USAF Global Hawk Sensors Contract

Global Hawk
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received a 0.6 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to deliver three Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft fitted with the company’s Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite and Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload. The award also covers two extra retrofit kits for the ASIP sensors and brings the contract’s total cumulative face value to 4,870,536,...

Linnie Haynesworth: Northrop Extends AF Weather Service Support Under $300M IDIQ

Linnie Haynesworth
Linnie Haynesworth Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will help U.S. Air Force Weather provide other military branches and forces with space and terrestrial environmental products, services and information under a potential $300 million contract. Linnie Haynesworth, a vice president in Northrop’s information systems sector, said Wednesday the company aims to help the Air Force “provide...

Northrop to Continue AF Battlefield Airborne Comm Node Support; Jeannie Hilger Comments

Jeannie Hilger
Jeannie Hilger Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded an $89.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to extend the company’s support for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system that the service uses in overseas contingency operations. “BACN is making such a tremendous difference for our warfighters that it is regarded as indispensable for mission success,”...

DRS Wins $175M for Air Force Halvorsen Aircraft Logistics Work; Joseph Matteoni Comments

DRS Technologies w-border
DRS Technologies has won a 10-year, $175 million contract to perform depot-level overhaul, parts management and program engineering services for the U.S. Air Force‘s Halvorsen 25K Aircraft Cargo Loaders. Joseph Matteoni, vice president of the DRS Sustainment Systems business, said Wednesday that the company also provides logistics support for the Air Force’s Tunner program. Work under...

Air Force Buys Smiths Medical Ambulatory Equipment for Pain Mgmt; Jeff Brown Comments

Smiths Medical
The U.S. Air Force will purchase version 3 of Smiths Medical‘s CADD-Solis pain management system with Programmed Intermittent Bolus and Patient Controlled Analgesia for the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. CADD-Solis is an ambulatory infusion pump designed to reduce error in pain medication infusion by integrating programmed intermittent boluses with patient-controlled...