DRS contract extended 60 days


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The company with the contract to maintain and repair Coast Guard C-130 aircraft at Base Elizabeth City apparently will continue to have it for at least another six months.

Michael Mount, of Leonardo DRS, said in a brief email Tuesday that, while the Coast Guard hasn't yet awarded a new contract for the C-130 work, it has granted his firm a six-month extension on its current contract.

Leonardo DRS, previously known as DRS Technologies, has had the contract to overhaul and repair the Coast Guard’s massive search-and-rescue aircraft at Base Elizabeth City since 2010. The Arlington, Virginia-based firm is one of three companies, however, that submitted bids to secure a new contract for the aircraft work once DRS’ current contract expired this month.

The other two contractors, L3 Technologies and DynCorp International, have each placed want ads for what appears to be C-130 Coast Guard-related work in Pasquotank County. The ads are posted on the indeed.com job search website.

A Coast Guard official, meanwhile, said the agency has no update on the C-130 contract.

"The proposals are still in the evaluation phase," Lt. Cmdr. Scott Stechschulte, a spokesman for the Coast Guard's Aviation Logistics Center, said in a brief email Tuesday. 

City Manager Rich Olson said this week he hadn't heard anything about the future of the C-130 contract. What he has heard, he said, is frustration about the lack of information about the contract from representatives of the three companies bidding for it.