Jacobs to provide Patriot Excalibur software to USAF


Jacobs Engineering Group has secured a contract to provide Patriot Excalibur (PEX) software and systems engineering support to the US Air Force (USAF).

Valued at $36.5m and to be carried out for a period of three years, the contract will see the company provide expertise to help maintain the PEX software, deliver system engineering services and support field implementations.

This will help to manage and track unit readiness of operations for more than 1,000 flying, non-flying and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) units.

"Jacobs continues to be an innovator in merging the efficiencies of Agile development with Department of Defense acquisition requirements and Air Force policy."

Services are to be delivered using development processes appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3.

Jacobs Senior Aerospace and Technology vice-president Darren Kraabel said: "Jacobs is proud to continue our longstanding work with the Air Force.

"As an Agile development early-adopter and leader, Jacobs has earned consecutive contract awards to support PEX for the Air Force since the program's inception in 1998.

"With this new contract, Jacobs continues to be an innovator in merging the efficiencies of Agile development with Department of Defense acquisition requirements and Air Force policy."

Based on the Agile software development methodology, PEX solutions employ cloud computing and mobile technologies to facilitate the integration of a wide range of functional areas of a squadron organisation, consequently enabling the sharing of information.

In February, the company secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to procure and sustain off-the-shelf military combat bridges.

Awarded by Land Systems Division within DoD's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), the $10.7m contract is to provide support for the Australian military's Project Land 155.

The company will provide project management, budgeting, logistic support analysis and management to support the project for a three-year period.