This contract award awarded by the US Navy last January is so screwed up I don’t know where to start. If even half of it is true, it would reveal both an all-new fighter and the resurrection of the F-117 Nighthawk. My guess is we’re dealing with freakish typo issues here. See link for contract award announcement, or read excerpt below:
Universal Propulsion Co., Fairfield, Calif., is being awarded a $16,015,378 firm-fixed-price, definite-delivery/definite-quantity contract for the manufacture of digital recovery sequencer kits, power modules and electronic modules in support of the F-15, F-16 F-17 and F-117 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fairfield, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by July 2011. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This announcement includes foreign military sales to the governments of Taiwan (11 percent); the Netherlands (10 percent); Saudi Arabia (4 percent); Singapore (3 percent); Korea (3 percent); Thailand (2 percent); Norway (2 percent); Egypt (2 percent); Israel (1 percent); Denmark (1 percent); Oman (1 percent); and Pakistan, Jordan, Italy, Poland, Chile and United Arab Emirates (less than one percent). This contract was not competitively awarded. The Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting activity (N00104-10-C-K026).
Let’s count the problems:
- The Navy doesn’t own any F-15s and only a handful of F-16s for aggressor training.
- The “F-17″ doesn’t exist. The YF-17 prototype, which became the F/A-18A, flew in the mid-1970s.
- The USAF allegedly retired the F-117stealth fighter in March 2008, although there have been recent sightings as reported on this blog last week.
- Foreign Military Sales customers probably aren’t in the market for propulsion components for the F-117.
I’ve asked the Navy’s press office to explain this contract. In the meantime, any theories?