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Air Force to re-compete Alaska Radar System maintenance contract

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The U.S. Air Force (USAF) plans to release a formal Request for Proposal next month regarding operations and maintenance services for the Alaska Radar System (ARS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

“A formal Request for Proposal will be issued on or about April 15,” the Air Force said in a Presolicitation Notice released Friday. “This preliminary announcement serves as a notice of proposed contract action regarding the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Services for the Alaska Radar System.”

The contract covers operations and maintenance of 15 geographically separated radar sites (accessible by air and/or seasonal barge), three remote radio sites, and the Maintenance Control and Communications Center activities of the Regional Air Operations Center at JBER. The radar O&M includes 15 AN/FPS-117 long range radars in direct support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command mission for air sovereignty within Alaska and provide civil aircraft information to the Federal Aviation Administration. The contract also includes the O&M of government facilities, seven gravel airstrips, gravel access roads, utilities, water systems, power generation, environmental management, snow removal, transportation, weather observation, logistics support, billeting services, dining facility services, and third-party support for other federal and state agencies.

“The period of performance for this requirement is Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2027 (if all options are exercised),” Air Force said.

The Air Force 673rd Contracting Squadron and the 611th Air Support Group at JBER had planned to hold a Site Visit in August 2013 for companies interested in bidding on the O&M contract for the ARS. That Site Visit was canceled due to budget restrictions associated with sequestration.

“Due to unforeseen impacts on the USAF flying hour program and travel budgets directly associated with sequestration, we must cancel the Industry Day and associated Site Visit previously scheduled for 7 & 8 August 2013,” the Air Force said in July 2013.

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