Three Niceville businesses get slice of $46 billion military contract
EGLIN AFB — Three Niceville businesses have recently been awarded significant military contracts, according to announcements from the federal Department of Defense (DoD).
Two of those Niceville contractors are among 55 businesses across the United States to be awarded unspecified parts of a $46 billion, 11-year Air Force contract for work in digital engineering, weapons analytics, and other technical work for Eglin Air Force Base and its mission partners elsewhere in the country. The contract was awarded through the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin.
The Niceville businesses, General Dynamics OTS (Ordnance and Tactical Systems) Inc. and Zitec Inc. were named as contract awardees in a Sept. 3 DoD announcement. General Dynamics OTS Inc., headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides armament, munitions and other products to the U.S. military services. Zitec Inc., supplies a wide variety of munitions support and aircraft ground servicing equipment to the U.S. military and its foreign allies, according to the company's website.
A third Niceville business, EMR Inc., has been awarded an $18.2 million contract for design and construction of commercial gates at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is being rebuilt as an Air Force "base of the future" following Hurricane Michael, which laid waste to the base in 2018.
Work by EMR Inc. is expected to be completed in late September 2023, according to the DoD contract award announcement. The contract was awarded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Alabama.
Elsewhere in Northwest Florida, contracts also were awarded recently for work at Naval Air Station Pensacola, according to DoD announcements.
B. L. Harbert International, a Birmingham, Alabama, construction contractor, has been awarded a two-year, $13.3 million contract for work at NAS Pensacola's Corry Station, site of the Information Warfare Training Command.
The contract will cover work at Corry Station's Building 3782. Under the contract, "the existing two-story facility will be partially reconfigured and renovated. Work also includes selective demolition, changes to mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems and new finishes," according to the DoD contract award announcement.
Other construction work at NAS Pensacola was awarded recently to Leebcor Services LLC in Williamsburg, Virginia. The $14.9 million, two-year contract will cover design, building and repair work at five buildings at NAS Pensacola damaged during Hurricane Sally in September of last year. Work is expected to be finished by late September of 2023.
Also, Pensacola is among the places where work on part of a five-year, $556 million contract recently awarded to Virginia-based companies Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI Inc.–Federal, Science Applications International Corporation, Capstone Corporation and 22nd Century Technologies Inc. will be done. Under the Navy contract, the companies will provide a wide range of information technology services at unspecified locations in Pensacola as well as in Millington, Tennessee, and Arlington, Virginia, along with other locations throughout the United States.
Additionally, and as expected, the Future Hypersonics program at Eglin has awarded a third contractor with a modification to an existing contract for work in developing hypersonic missiles, which can fly at multiple times the speed of sound and thus are difficult to defend against.
The latest contract modification awarded a week ago is a $28 million award to Raytheon Missiles & Defense in Tucson, Arizona. The Raytheon Missiles & Defense award follows contract modification awards to aerospace and defense contractors Boeing (nearly $40 million) and Lockheed Martin (over $35 million).
The three contractors also were awarded multimillion-dollar contracts for hypersonic missile development last year.
Like the contract modifications with Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the contract with Raytheon calls for the company to "mature a solid rocket-boosted, air-breathing, hypersonic conventional cruise missile, air-launched from existing fighter/bomber aircraft, through the completion of a preliminary design review."
A preliminary design review will provide the Air Force with its first opportunity to see the three contractors' hardware and software designs for proposed hypersonic weapons. All three preliminary design reviews are expected to be completed by this time next year, according to the DoD contract modification award announcements.