Monday, August 7, 2023

Navy announces aircraft maintenance contract for presidential helicopters

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is seeking sources to provide aircraft maintenance and modification services in support of the Presidential Helicopters Program. The Navy announced the contract work in a Sources Sought document released Monday.

“The contractor shall provide a highly qualified workforce to support Organizational, Intermediate and Depot-Level Tasks in support of Presidential Helicopter platforms,” the Navy said in contract documents. “Specific tasking shall include flight operations support; aircraft maintenance; aircraft and component overhaul and repair; technical assistance; modification kit development and installation; aircraft acceptance/transfer inspections; tool room management; technical directive incorporation; bulletin compliance and demilitarization activities. The contract requires Mission Essential services and emergency response operations, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as required.

“Contractor personnel shall have the ability to obtain a secret or top secret security clearance depending on the position.  A specific number of positions will require approved Yankee White access on the first day of the period of performance, which requires a current Tier 5 background investigation.” To be eligible for Yankee White clearance, a person must be an American citizen whose loyalty to the United States is considered to be beyond question and who has proved himself or herself to be mature and trustworthy in past performances.

An estimated 98% of the work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and 2% will be performed at the contractor site. Some tasks may require off-site work locations as necessary.

The Sources Sought document released Monday is being used to identify potential and eligible firms, of all sizes, prior to determining the method of acquisition and issuance of a solicitation.

The Navy anticipates awarding the contract in the first quarter of fiscal year 2025. The contract period is five years.

Companies interested in supporting the contract are invited to respond to NAVAIR no later than Aug. 28.

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