(SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, VA) - Science Applications International Corporation [NYSE: SAI] announced today it won a cost-plus award fee contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory and Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/VS) with a ceiling value of approximately $25 million, and a 29-month period of performance.
Under this contract, SAIC will supply a qualification model payload to AFRL/VS for their Risk Reduction-AIRSS program including system engineering; optics and electronics hardware design and development; software design and development; engineering integration; and environmental, performance and acceptance testing. Work will be performed primarily in San Diego and Seal Beach, Calif., and Albuquerque, N.M.
As part of this process, the SAIC team will design, build, integrate and test an innovative infrared (IR) sensor assembly for space applications, and integrate the latest IR focal plane arrays, and readout electronics. They also will process data relevant to the Air Force's missile warning and missile defense missions.
"SAIC has a 30-year heritage in space hardware development, designing and fielding successful, on-orbit electro-optical, infrared space payloads using commercial-off-the-shelf and state-of-the-art components," said Charles Gilman, SAIC vice president and operations manager in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group. "Through this contract, we can help our customer respond to critical, real-world missions. It's an honor for our dedicated scientists and engineers to work with the Air Force toward improving space-based imaging capabilities."
The SAIC team includes leading contractors in the field of space-based imaging, and approximately 75 percent of these team members are small businesses. As a result, the SAIC team will be providing AFRL with technical expertise, while at the same time, continuing to support government small business participation goals.
"We are honored to support AFRL in developing scientific solutions to space-based imaging problems," said John Fratamico, Jr., SAIC senior vice president and a business unit manager in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group. "SAIC is committed to delivering effective solutions and an effective working relationship with AFRL."