KBR has secured two task orders worth a total of $140m to support engineering and rapid prototyping efforts for the US Navy.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee task orders were awarded by the US Air Force (USAF) Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA) under the Department of Defense Information (DoD) Analysis Center’s (IAC) multiple-award contract.

Since 2005, KBR has been supporting various missions of the DoD research and development community through several DoD IAC contracts.

KBR recently won a task order to provide engineering, logistics and reliability analysis to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) F/A-18 and EA-18G Programme Office (PMA-265).

Under this $76.4m valued order, the company will work with PMA-265 to increase aircraft platform, systems reliability and availability. This order is also expected to reduce the total ownership cost.

The order is expected to increase the service life of the F/A-18C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

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Over the next five years, the work will be performed primarily at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland.

The other task order secured by KBR is worth $63.6m. This order is intended to promote innovation and reduce the delivery time of new capabilities to fleet users for NAVAIR’s Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office (PMA-266).

KBR will focus on the rapid prototyping of new technologies for unmanned aviation platforms and systems. It will work with PMA-266 to integrate new technologies into existing platforms.

To be carried out at NAS Patuxent River, the firm will support cybersecurity requirements, initial training, technical publication development, and the testing and troubleshooting of tools, equipment, and processes for the next five years.

KBR president for government solutions in US Byron Bright said: “These awards underscore KBR’s ability and commitment to provide the most cutting-edge solutions to advance manned and unmanned aircraft for the US Navy.

“Together, we are delivering enhanced warfighting capabilities for the fleet.”