Launch Range Consolidation Attracts At Least 4 Bidders

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Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions of Gaithersburg, Md., will team up with InDyne Corp. and URS Corp. to compete for a $3 billion U.S. Air Force contract to operate and maintain launch ranges on the East and West coasts, Lockheed Martin announced April 12.

Meanwhile, Raytheon Technical Services of Reston, Va., announced April 13 it will partner with General Dynamics, ASRC Aerospace Corp., ARES Corp., Schafer Corp., and World Technical Services Inc. to compete for the Launch and Test Range System Integrated Support Contract (LISC).

The Air Force currently manages three separate range support contracts: one to operate the Western Range at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; one to operate the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.; and one to perform heavy maintenance and repair work at both ranges. The 10-year, $3 billion LISC effort will consolidate all of that work into a single contract starting in 2012.

Raytheon and Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) of Falls Church, Va., have been operating the Eastern Range together since 1988. But CSC announced in June 2010 it would team up with Honeywell Corp. of Morristown, N.J., for the LISC competition.

Reston-based InDyne, a small business, has been operating the Western Range since 2003 along with Northrop Grumman Technical Services of Herndon, Va. Northrop Grumman has said it will compete to be the prime contractor for LISC.

ITT Corp. of White Plains, N.Y., for the last 10 years has performed the heavy maintenance and repair work for the Air Force’s launch ranges. ITT plans to bid for LISC as a prime contractor along with partners BAE Systems and L-3 Communications, company spokesman George Rhynedance said April 20.