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  • BAE-Northrop-DECA Team Obtains UK Defense Ministry Acquisition Award - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    BAE-Northrop-DECA Team Obtains UK Defense Ministry Acquisition Award

    A partnership of BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and U.K.’s defense electronics and components agency has received recognition from the British defense ministry for their collaborative efforts under the F-35 Lightning II program. MoD honored the bid team called Team UK during the Minister for Defense Procurement Acquisition Awards ceremony that took place Nov. 28 at the ministry’s headquarters, Northrop said […] More

  • ACT I Secures F-35 Program Office Logistics Support Subcontract; Michael Niggel Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    ACT I Secures F-35 Program Office Logistics Support Subcontract; Michael Niggel Comments

    Advanced Concepts and Technologies International has received a five-year subcontract from Booz Allen Hamilton to provide lifecycle logistics and sustainment services to the Naval Air Systems Command on behalf of the Defense Department‘s F-35 Program Office. The subcontract falls under a task order Booz Allen won through the U.S. Navy‘s Seaport-E contract vehicle, according to an ACT I release. “We look forward to continuing […] More

  • BAE Receives $50M Subcontract From Lockheed to Provide UK F-35 Engineering, Maintenance, Training Support - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    BAE Receives $50M Subcontract From Lockheed to Provide UK F-35 Engineering, Maintenance, Training Support

    BAE Systems has secured nearly $50 million subcontract from Lockheed Martin to provide a range of support services for the U.K.’s F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Lockheed awarded the funds to the British defense company as part a three-year, $100 million contract from the Defense Department‘s F-35 Joint Program Office, BAE said Friday. Both companies will also establish a team of more […] More

  • DoD Assigns F-35 Component MRO, Upgrade Workloads to Partner Nations - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DoD Assigns F-35 Component MRO, Upgrade Workloads to Partner Nations

    The Defense Department has granted regional F-35 maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade capacity to partner nations that will support 65 out of 774 repairables outside the continental U.S. Lockheed Martin, the F-35 prime contractor, said Monday the U.K. will oversee 48 of the 65 F-35 components while Netherlands will handle 14 and Australia will manage three of the components for global […] More

  • Breaking Defense: Air Force's F-35 Flight Operations to Resume by Year's End - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Breaking Defense: Air Force’s F-35 Flight Operations to Resume by Year’s End

    The U.S. Air Force plans to resume operations of its F-35 joint strike fighter jets by the end of this year after the completion of repairs to the aircraft’s fuel pipes, Breaking Defense reported Friday. The F-35 Joint Program Office has has said the non-compliant Polyalphaolefin coolant tubes of the Air Force’s 15 operational F-35 jets are undergoing modifications, Colin Clark writes. Repairs […] More

  • Lockheed Announces Flight Suspension for 15 F-35A Due to Coolant Tube Insulation Issue - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Announces Flight Suspension for 15 F-35A Due to Coolant Tube Insulation Issue

    Lockheed Martin has announced a temporary suspension of flight operations for 15 F-35A aircraft after an insulation issue was discovered on the coolant tube installed on the fighter jet“™s wings. The company said Friday the coolant tube insulation problem is a supply chain manufacturing defect that was discovered during depot maintenance and affects 13 F-35As […] More

  • Air Force to Complete F-35 Ejector Seat Equipment Modification Tests in September - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Air Force to Complete F-35 Ejector Seat Equipment Modification Tests in September

    The U.S. Air Force will continue tests on two equipment modifications added to the Martin-Baker-developed ejection seat used on the service branch’s F-35 aircraft, Defense Tech reported Monday. Hope Hodge Seck writes the F-35 Joint Program Office has considered the addition of a lightweight crew sequencer switch and a head support panel between ejection seat risers to the US-16E ejection seat designs […] More

  • Defense News: UK Agency Teams With BAE, Northrop for F-35 Support Hub Bid - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Defense News: UK Agency Teams With BAE, Northrop for F-35 Support Hub Bid

    A British defense support organization has partnered with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman to compete for the rights to be Europe’s F-35 avionics sustainment hub, Defense News reported Wednesday. Andrew Chuter writes the U.K.’s Defense Electronics and Components Agency, BAE and Northrop aim to propose a joint framework for maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services provision to the F-35 Joint Program Office by August. DECA […] More

  • F-35 Joint Program Office Issues RFI on Knowledge-Based IT Services - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    F-35 Joint Program Office Issues RFI on Knowledge-Based IT Services

    The Defense Department‘s F-35 joint program office seeks information on potential vendors that can provide knowledge-based information technology support to F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter and related air system programs. JPO and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division will collaborate to identify qualified providers for an upcoming contract, which could have a ceiling value of $160 million over five years, the Department […] More

  • Lockheed-Built F-35 Fleet Hits 50K Flight Hours - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed-Built F-35 Fleet Hits 50K Flight Hours

    A fleet of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II aircraft that the U.S. service branches and other countries operate worldwide has reached the mark of 50,000 flight hours. Lockheed said Wednesday 155 operational fighter jets deployed to six countries reached approximately 37,950 flight hours, while 18 F-35 planes intended for system development and demonstration operations reached 12,050 flight […] More

  • Pratt & Whitney, Netherlands Sign F-35 Engine MRO Depot Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Pratt & Whitney, Netherlands Sign F-35 Engine MRO Depot Contract

    Pratt & Whitney and the Netherlands“™ defense ministry have signed a contract to establish a depot that will host work to maintain, repair, overhaul and upgrade engines used in F-35 fighter jets. The United Technologies Corp. subsidiary announced the contract Monday, nine months after the U.S. Defense Department selected the Netherlands in December 2014 as an F135 engine maintenance site […] More

  • Italy“™s Boeing-Built Tanker Completes Foreign Aerial Refueling Test With US F-35A - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Italy“™s Boeing-Built Tanker Completes Foreign Aerial Refueling Test With US F-35A

    The Boeing-built KC-767A tanker from Italy has completed its first foreign aerial refueling test with the U.S. Air Force“™s F-35A fighter plane, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Colin Clark writes the Italian tanker completed the certification refueling test in California on July 29. The F-35A fighter aircraft received 16,000 pounds of fuel from the KC-767A tanker […] More

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