National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS) began performance Friday on the Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) contract at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), as well as facilities in Maryland and California.
“We are excited to be part of the workforce and community in supporting the AEDC mission,” said Cynthia Rivera, general manager of NAS.
“AEDC is a vital resource for ground test programs in both government and commercial sectors. Our vision is for NAS to be integral to the success of AEDC, the U.S. Air Force’s premier aerospace testing facilities, while applying the highest standards of ethics, innovation, safety, security, and quality to daily operations.”
NAS member companies include Bechtel National, Inc., Sierra Lobo Inc., and GP Strategies Corporation. Chugach Federal Solutions Inc. and nLogic Inc. are teaming subcontractors.
The scope of work includes operation of wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, ballistic ranges, space chambers, and other specialized testing units; as well as technology development, equipment and facility sustainment, capital improvements to the sites and other services for the complex. AEDC has played a role in testing nearly all of the United States’ top priority aerospace programs, from fighter jets and missiles to Apollo rockets and weather satellites.
The TOS contract is for one year with up to seven one-year options and a value of up to approximately $1.5 billion. NAS employs more than 1,300 engineers, scientists, technicians, and other professionals. After final contract award earlier this year, a 90-day transition period began on April 1 and ended June 30.
Technical and Management Advisory Services (TMAS) contractor QuantiTech also began contract performance Friday.
The QuantiTech team will provide advisory and assistance services at Arnold, Eglin, Holloman, and Wright-Patterson Air Force bases and the Air Force Test Center’s operational test and combat training partners at Air Combat Command and Pacific Air Force sites.
The TMAS contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a potential value of up to $224 million with a performance period of 55 months – a 3-month base period and four one-year option periods.
NAS and QuantiTech are the final two contractors to begin AEDC performance, concluding the nearly two-year transition from one single operating contractor to six.