Air Force signs deal for aerospace testing support

The Air Force Materiel Command has awarded a 12-year, $2.7 billion operations, maintenance and information management support contract to a joint industry venture consisting of Computer Sciences Corp., General Physics Corp. of New York, and Jacobs Engineering Group of Pasadena, Calif.

The joint venture, the Aerospace Testing Alliance, will perform the work at the Arnold Engineering Development Center at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., and at the center's Hypervelocity Tunnel Nine in White Oak, Md.

The development center is an advanced flight simulation testing facility that has tested every type of aircraft, missile and space launch system now used by the Defense Department, according to a CSC release.

The contract consolidates two earlier contracts awarded to the alliance that also supported the center's operations.

An alliance work force of more than 2,000 will begin work on this contract Oct. 1.

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