By Mario T. Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Office
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded a $16.3 million contract Jan. 16 for renovation and construction of several facilities for the Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Naval Base Ventura County.
"Coastal Integrated Product Team looks forward to working with Naval Base Ventura County Field Engineering Activity Division and IE Pacific to deliver this project on time for the Triton program office," said Thomas Blount, NAVFAC Southwest project manager for this project. "The project is going to take a coordinated group effort to succeed because the project spans seven different sites at Point Mugu."
I.E.-Pacific Inc. of San Diego was awarded the contract. I.E.-Pacific Inc. will renovate the north wing of Hangar 34; will construct a new warehouse, composite shop, battery shop, a launch and recovery building; and will expand the wash rack and power check pad. Work will be performed in Point Mugu, California, and is expected to be completed by fall 2016.
This project will provide the necessary hanger and control facilities to maintain the aircraft once the Triton detachment and aircraft arrive at Point Mugu.
The MQ-4C Triton is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used as surveillance aircraft. The aircraft will provide the ability to gather real-time intelligence reconnaissance over large expanses of ocean. The aircraft is 48 feet long with a 131-foot wingspan, can fly up to 357 mph at 60,000 feet with an endurance of up to 24 hours.
Fiscal year 2013 and 2014 military construction (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $16.3 million are obligated to this award. NAVFAC Southwest is the contracting activity.
NAVFAC Southwest personnel who are working on this project include Project Manager Thomas Blount, Design Manager Sam Kaplan, and Contract Specialist Raquel Gumabon, Mechanical Engineer Chris Goulet, Civil Engineer Ener Austria, Electrical Engineer Neshan Gassian, Cost Analyst Laith Goryoka, and Interior Designer Val Kuzma.