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May 9, 2016

Jacobs to provide research operations support services for USAF

Jacobs Engineering has secured a contract to provide research operations support services for the US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Jacobs Engineering has secured a contract to provide research operations support services for the US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Valued at nearly $9m, the bridge contract has been awarded for a period of six months.

Under the contract, Jacobs will provide planning, scheduling, management and evaluation of liquid, solid, hybrid, electronic and chemical propulsion system tests at the AFRL.

"We offer a team of experts with experience in utilising cutting-edge technology in the design, modification, operations and maintenance of rocket and laboratory facilities."

Jacobs aerospace and technology senior vice-president Ward Johnson said: "Jacobs is proud to continue our longstanding support of the AFRL and its mission to lead the discovery, development and integration of affordable technologies for America’s aerospace programme.

"We offer a team of experts with experience in utilising cutting-edge technology in the design, modification, operations and maintenance of rocket and laboratory facilities."

AFRL is operated by the Air Force Materiel Command and focuses on the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces.

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In April this year, the company was contracted to provide Patriot Excalibur (PEX) software and systems engineering support to the USAF.

The $36.5m contract requires Jacobs to provide expertise to help maintain the PEX software, deliver system engineering services and support field implementations for a period of three years.

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.

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.

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