ST. LOUIS, June 13 (UPI) -- The Boeing Co. is leading a U.S. industry team to compete for the U.S. Air Force Launch Test Range System Integrated Support Contract.
The contract will consolidate existing operations and maintenance, systems engineering and sustainment work at the U.S. Eastern and Western Ranges into a single contract.
The 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., operates the Eastern Range that includes Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., operates the Western Range.
"Mission success is job one and that's becoming more difficult to achieve for the customer as budget pressures intensify and priorities change," said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Pavlovich. "Business as usual is no longer business as usual -- in this cost-conscious world, it is imperative that we embrace increased efficiencies and yet remain responsive to keep the launch ranges 100 percent mission-ready.
"Boeing understands the mission-critical nature of the ranges and that reliable range infrastructure depends on rigorous life cycle management for sustainable and affordable mission support."
Pavlovich is a former commander for the 45th Space Wing and will serve as general manager and lead the Boeing LISC pursuit.
Joining Pavlovich are former Eastern Range Executive Director Bob Fore and the former Western Range Lead Engineer Nick Pelster, who will serve as senior systems engineers on the Boeing LISC team.
Members of the Boeing-led team include Science Applications International Corp., LJT and Associates Inc. and Global AOC World Services LLC.