United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for studies associated with the F135 propulsion system. Services to be provided include engineering, programmatic, and logistics tasks related to the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F135 propulsion system for U.S. services, JSF international partners, and foreign military sales countries, including, but not limited to: -- investigations and studies of the feasibility, practicality, desirability, or supportability of design changes for the propulsion system, support equipment, and government furnished property;
operational readiness and reliability; cost and weight reductions; logistics site surveys; training system analysis; modeling and simulation activities; campaign analysis; and -- the determination of the feasibility of integrating changes for purchaser-unique requirements. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (73 percent), Bristol, United Kingdom (20 percent), and Indianapolis, Ind. (7 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $8,503,722 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302.1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity .