(El Segundo, Calif., December 2, 2009) -- Wyle has been awarded a $240 million five-year contract by the Naval Air Systems Command to provide program management, engineering, technical and other services to the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 and E/A-18G program office.
"Supporting this contract draws from a wide range of Wyle's technical expertise and engineering capabilities," said Al George, Wyle F/A-18 sector manager and task order program manager. "It is truly one of those programs that brings out the best of the company."
The award is a cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under Wyle's SEAPORT-e contract. It has a one-year base with four option years.
The work by Wyle will be performed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.; Norfolk, Va.; Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.; North Island, Calif.; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N. C. and in the Washington, D.C. region. Wyle has been supporting the program for 32 years.
Wyle will support the U.S. Navy in all stages of the acquisition process including program, financial and acquisition management as well as providing a wide range of engineering and technical services. This includes support for development, production, post-production, and sustainment, for domestic and foreign military sales customers of all variants of the F/A-18 and potential sale of the EA-18G variant.
Specific Wyle activities on the program include the following:
-- Perform day-to-day operations, planning, management and acquisition support.
-- Analyze and recommend acquisition actions designated to accomplish overall program objectives including cost, schedule, performance measurement management, warranty administration, contract, subcontract and data management.
-- Support the planning and execution of F/A-18 and EA-18G flight plans.
-- Assess and implement support initiatives such as Theory of Constraints, Six Sigma, Lean Production, Cost as an Independent Variable, Joint Force Transformation and Navy Aviation Plan 2030.
-- Perform data collection and analyses and provide assistance with the program management of the hardware/software suppliers and field activities, including scheduling and tracking of equipment.
-- Provide support to the PMA265 Security and Program Protection Team to safeguard information and technologies through cyber assurance and other activities.
"Wyle has supported the program since the inception of the F/A-18 multi-role attack fighter in the late 1970s," said George. "We are pleased that NAVAIR has chosen us to continue in this important work."
The all-weather fighter-attack F/A-18 aircraft is used as a fighter escort, fleet air defense, force projection, interdiction and air support. The next generation electronic attack EA-18G is the Navy's newest air platform for electronic warfare, replacing the aging EA-6B.
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