10 to compete for $1.9 billion in Air Force work

Six large and four small businesses have won spots on a $1.9 billion defense contract to provide design, engineering and technical support services to the Air Force Materiel Command.

The companies now will compete for task orders under the Design Engineering and Support Program II contract. Work will run through 2012.

The large business winners under the contract are:
  • Arinc Inc. of Annapolis, Md.

  • Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio

  • Dynamics Research Corp. (DRC) of Andover, Mass.

  • Northrop Grumman Corp. of Los Angeles

  • Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio

  • Sverdrup Technologies, a division of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Pasadena, Calif.

The small business winners were:
  • Aerospace Engineering Spectrum LLC of Ogden, Utah

  • Karta Technologies Inc. of San Antonio, Texas

  • Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a division of MTC Technologies Inc. of Dayton, Ohio

  • Support Systems Associates Inc. of Melbourne, Fla.

The contract is a recompete of the first DESP contract, which expires this year. It was worth $450 million.

The new contract will be used to provide engineering and technical services to support weapon systems, subsystems and other needs. Work will include engineering design, integration, system modifications, limited manufacturing, maintenance and repair, according to Input, a Reston, Va., market research firm. The contract is open to all government agencies.

"The effects of uncertain funding levels and the looming threat of base closure with its resultant realignments are compounded by the need to get equipment quickly to the warfighter in ongoing operations in order to sustain current weapon systems," said Robert L. Smith, DRC senior vice president and general manager. DRC's team includes 30 other companies, including 22 small businesses.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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