Eglin AFB awards $100M in electromagnetic work supporting the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing
EGLIN AFB — A New York-based company that is part of Virginia-based Northrup Grumman, a major aerospace and defense technology contractor, has been awarded a 10-year, $99.99-million contract for engineering work with the U.S. Air Force's first wing to be focused on the electromagnetic spectrum, headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base.
The 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing (350th SWW) was activated at Eglin in June, capitalizing on electronic warfare infrastructure already in place at the installation. The wing provides additional focus to the Air Force's previously existing focus on electromagnetic warfare.
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Broadly speaking, electromagnetic warfare denotes the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) — radio, infrared and radar waves and signals — to sense what may be occurring in that realm to protect military and other assets operating in that arena and to use the spectrum as a communications tool.
Under the contract awarded Friday, Amherst Systems Inc. of Buffalo, New York — which provides development, management, operation and maintenance services for electronic warfare laboratories, ranges and training facilities — will perform engineering work on radio frequency threat simulators through the 350th SWW's 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron.
Radio frequency threat simulators can create radio frequency signals that might be present in a battle environment, such as enemy radar detecting an aircraft. That, in turn, lets military personnel work with signals designed to counter those enemy signals without the expense of in-flight testing and without the risk that the countering signals might be intercepted and thus compromised.
The contract with Amherst Systems, awarded through the Air Force Test Center at Eglin, is scheduled to run through Sept. 30, 2031, according to a contract award announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). An initial task order of $530,744 already has been issued to the company, according to the DoD announcement Friday.
More military contract awards
In other recent military contract awards of local interest, a Panama City-based business has been awarded a one-year contract with a ceiling of $33 million for work at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City.
The contract went to Pettibone Concrete Construction Inc., according to a recent DoD award announcement. Work to be done includes airfield paving, repair and other "civil works" projects. Civil works generally comprise infrastructure projects such as bridges and dams as opposed to building construction.
Pettibone was one of two contractors to bid on the work, according to the DoD.
Numerous construction projects are either underway or planned on the base, which is being rebuilt as an Air Force "base of the future" in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in 2018 that all but leveled Tyndall.
Also recently, the Air Dominance Division of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Tucson, Arizona, for work related to advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles. The work, to be done at Raytheon's facilities in Tucson, is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, according to a DoD award announcement.
In other recent contracting activity, the Boeing Company has been awarded a $30.5 million, four-year contract to modify and upgrade six T-45 Goshawk jet training aircraft at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The work will include radar modifications allowing the jets to electronically link with one another, along with computer upgrades and personnel training.
Other work slated for NAS Pensacola includes a small portion of a $105.6-million contract awarded to Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana, for work on T-45 engines. Just 6% of the work is scheduled for NAS Pensacola, according to the DoD.
Elsewhere in Northwest Florida, the Fort Walton Beach operation of Jacobs Technology, Inc. is one of a number of companies awarded an opportunity to compete for work under a $92.9 million, five-year contract calling for improving the lethality of and survivability of Navy aircrews. The contract was awarded through the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, according to the DoD contract award announcement.
Similarly, CCI Group LLC in Shalimar and GCB JV1 in Pensacola are among seven businesses named in a $63.4 million contract for various Navy construction projects in the Southeast United States. Work under the contract will include new construction, renovation, demolition and repair of various types of buildings.
Finally, portions of work under an $8.4 million contract awarded to Metson Marine Services Inc. in Ventura, California, for port operations support services, including maintenance and repairs of government furnished boats, oil spill response, counterterrorism support and barrier and gate services, will be performed in Pensacola and in Panama City.
According to the DoD, 15% of the work is slated for Pensacola, with 1% planned for Panama City.