Eglin AFB awards weapons development contract to Georgia Tech
EGLIN AFB — The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), the applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been awarded a five-year, $49.9 million contract at Eglin Air Force Base for research, development, prototyping and delivery of "cutting-edge weapon solutions to the Department of Defense (DoD) to counter emerging threats affecting national security," according to a recent DoD contract award announcement.
The contract, which also involves the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC), a nonprofit organization supporting GTRI, was issued earlier this month through the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB, according to the DoD announcement.
The contract award continues a longstanding relationship between GTRI and the Air Force. As just a couple examples, two years ago the Air Force awarded GTARC a $245.9 million contract for electronic warfare and avionics (aviation electronics) systems support, and in 2015 GTRI was awarded a $7.8 million Air Force contract for work related to a new rocket engine.
In other recent major military contracting activity associated with Eglin, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at the installation earlier this month awarded a $70 million contract to the Boeing Corporation for work associated with the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators. The GBU-57, popularly known as a "bunker buster" bomb, weighs in at 30,000 pounds, including a 6,000 pound high-explosive warhead.
The bomb's massive weight is designed to penetrate the earth toward deeply buried targets such as concrete-reinforced bunkers and tunnels. Work on the bomb under the recently awarded contract will be performed by the Boeing Defense, Space & Security operation in St. Charles, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2026, according to a DoD contract award announcement.
Other recent military contracting activity with a connection to Eglin includes a Friday contract award of $23.7 million to Global Connections to Employment in Pensacola to provide custodial services at the installation through March of 2027. The contract was awarded through the Air Force Test Center's Installation Operational Contracting Division at Eglin, according to the DoD.
Nearby to Eglin, a contract was awarded last week for construction of a combat aircraft parking apron at Hurlburt Field, headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command.
The $27.9 million contract, with work expected to be completed by early September 2024, went to RC Construction Inc. of Greenwood, Mississippi. The contract was awarded through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, according to a DoD award announcement.
Also near Eglin, the Valparaiso operations of California-based Arête Associates will perform roughly one-third of the work under a $13.3-million contract awarded to the company for work on an unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance system used in the detection of minefields and other obstacles in the surf and along beaches in advance of an amphibious assault.
Options included in the contract could bring its total value to nearly $93 million, with 35% of the work slated for the Valparaiso office of the science and technology firm, according to the DoD. The contract was awarded through the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, according to the award announcement.
Elsewhere across the area in recent military contracting, the Pensacola office of Reasor-Asturian JV LLC has been awarded part of a $249 million contract for construction projects at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, both in North Carolina. Reasor-Asturian JV LLC was one of 10 companies to earn a share of the multi-year contract.
In another recent contract award with a Pensacola connection, B. L. Harbert International LLC of Birmingham, Alabama, was awarded an $18.5-million contract for the repair of buildings at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The work to be performed covers Buildings 1853, 3828 and 3962, to include roof repair and replacement, replacement of interior finishes, doors and windows, repairs to fire suppression and alarm systems, electrical and communications systems, mechanical system, lead and asbestos abatement and mold remediation.
The contract was awarded through Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast in Jacksonville, according to the DoD award announcement.
Other contracts of local interest include:
• A $21.9 million award to Vertex Aerospace LLC in Madison, Mississippi, for maintenance, repair, and logistics support services at a number of locations including NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field, along with a number of other Navy aviation facilities.
• A $258.5 million award to Raytheon Technologies Corporation and Pratt and Whitney Military Engines covering F-35 fighter jet support and maintenance efforts at a variety of locations, including Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City. Just 1% of the work under the contract is slated for Tyndall, according to the DoD announcement.
• Another contract associated with Tyndall totaling $210 million, with AMS Industries in Charlotte, North Carolina, covering rapid repair of airfield pavement using specialized panels. The contract was awarded through the 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron at Tyndall.
• A one-year, $12.1 million contract modification with M1 Support Services L.P. in Denton, Texas, for maintenance of training aircraft at NAS Pensacola and Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.
• A $9.5 million contract awarded to 4MOWA Barlovento LLC JV, in Gautier, Mississippi, for the renovation of Building 304 South at Naval Support Activity Panama City.