EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/—Wyle has been competitively awarded a $318 million five-year task order to provide engineering and integration support services to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office. Awarded by the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, the company will perform the work for the JSF F-35 Lightning II Program under the GSA Professional Engineering Services Schedule 871.
Specific tasks will include strategic planning for technology programs and activities, concept development and requirements analysis, system design, engineering and integration, test and evaluation, integrated logistics support, Foreign Military Sales, acquisition and life cycle management, all critical to the development of the F-35 and the mission of the program office.
"There is nothing more rewarding than being competitively selected to support the most exciting, most technologically advanced aircraft of tomorrow," said Donna Lowe, Wyle's vice president for tactical programs and the task order project manager. "Ultimately, it's ensuring that the warfighter is ready and able to complete their mission."
Wyle will continue assisting the JSF Program ensuring the aircraft manufacturing team meets government requirements and required timelines to successfully deploy the F-35 air system to the warfighter. Wyle's technical professionals, subcontractors and teaming partners will support program management of the next generation strike fighter's lifecycle, spanning development, test and evaluation, low rate and full rate production, and operations and sustainment.
The majority of the work will be performed in Arlington, Va. with field support at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Ft. Worth, Texas, where the F-35 air system is being developed and produced.
"JSF Program activity at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and other sites around the nation will become more intense over the next several years," said Brent Bennitt, president of Wyle's Aerospace Group.
"With more focus on the program's developmental flight test phase, an increase in flight test time before initial operational capability, and an increase in the number of aircraft devoted to the flight test effort, the complexity of testing a fifth generation aircraft is apparent. Wyle is committed to helping the JSF Program meet these complex challenges."
Subcontractors on the Wyle team are Dynamic Research, Inc; Ausley Associates, Inc.; Jahn-Corporation; Whitney, Bradley & Brown; General Dynamics, Information Technology; Science Applications International Corporation. Teaming partners are Decisioneering, LLC; First Principles, Inc.; PAL Services, Inc.; Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.; and ITT Corporation.
The F-35 Lightning II Program is a joint, multi-national program, and is the Department of Defense's focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems among the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and U.S. allies composed of eight cooperative international partners.
Wyle, a privately held company, is a leading provider of high tech aerospace engineering and information technology services to the federal government on long-term support contracts. The company also provides test and evaluation of aircraft, weapon systems, networks, and other government assets; and other engineering services to the aerospace, defense, and nuclear power industries.