Alion Science and Technology has secured five-year task order to provide aircraft and weapons systems research and development (R&D) for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO).

The task order, which is valued at $77m, has been awarded by the US Air Force (USAF).

It was awarded under the ‘Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC)’ vehicle.

These IAC contracts are awarded ‘to develop and create new knowledge’ for the improvement of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository as well as the R&D and science and technology community.

F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) is a stealthy, supersonic multirole fighter developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

Alion Cyber and Electronic Warfare Group acting senior vice-president and general manager Terri Walker-Spoonhour said: “Alion has bought together a team with key capabilities to provide affordable solutions to the F-35’s most pressing challenges and is uniquely qualified to deliver integrated solutions to the JPO that are required to advance F-35 systems into the next generation.

“Alion has a long partnership with the F-35 JPO and demonstrated strengths in researching and identifying alternatives that affect aircraft and weapons system’s life cycle affordability, approaches to resolve technical or supportability deficiencies and design, as well as integrating and validating solutions.”

Under the contract, Alion will provide research, technical studies, as well as analysis on weapons systems and platform.

These services will be provided on systems such as shipboard and airborne radar and electronic systems, electrical generation systems, weapons control systems, as well as aircraft launch and recovery equipment.

Furthermore, Alion will provide services related to support equipment and other complex machinery.

The company will also provide solution alternatives for weapons systems and platforms as well as avionic and shipboard systems.

More than 600 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft are operational from 26 bases and ships worldwide.