Bell Boeing won a $12.3 million deal for CMV-22B Osprey deployment support. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 US Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a one-year base contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania, with a November 30, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy.
The US Air Force Reserve Command has launched a program to enlist “cutting-edge talents” to enhance the US Department of Defense’s cyber competitiveness. Participants qualifying through the program will serve as new cybersecurity and cyber warfare officers under the Air Force Warfighter Communications Operators (17D) and Cyberspace Effects Operators (17S).
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Raytheon won an estimated $18.7 million contract modification, which for an additional 18 months of sustainment support for the Qatar AOC system. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $127,528,264. Work will be performed in the state of Qatar and is expected to be completed by April 22, 2025. This contract was a sole source acquisition.
The US Air Force has designated Morris Air National Guard Base in Arizona as the selected location to house up to nine Slovak-owned F-16s. This arrangement is set to commence in the spring of 2024 and extend through fiscal year 2026 at the 162nd Wing. The arrival of these Slovak-owned F-16s at Morris ANGB will necessitate an increase of nearly 30 Air National Guard personnel. Notably, out of the potential nine aircraft, only four will be actively utilized for the flying training of Slovak Air Force pilots.
Tragedy struck the Indonesian Air Force on November 16 as two EMB-314 Super Tucano light attack aircraft were lost during a training mission in East Java. The incident claimed the lives of four pilots on board the aircraft. Air Force spokesman Air Commodore Agung Sasongkojati addressed the media in a news conference at Abdulrahman Saleh Air Base in Malang, East Java. He indicated that preliminary findings suggest adverse weather conditions played a significant role in the tragic mishap.
The US Army awarded Sikorsky with a $21.7 million deal for the modification of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Thailand) funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award.
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