The Department of Defense awarded only eight defense contracts in its Friday evening announcement of contract awards. The total value of contracts awarded was $692.2 million.

The day's biggest award went to privately held Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, which bills itself as "a one-stop solution for Federal clients seeking full-service renewable and non-renewable energy development services." PES won a $334.1 million task order under a previously awarded solar power generation contract to supply the U.S. Navy with electricity produced from solar power generation systems that are designed, constructed, owned, operated, and maintained by the contractor on military bases in Hawaii. This contract will run all the way through July 2040.

Among publicly traded firms, Boeing (NYSE:BA) won one award, a $45 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to repair 214 various mission system components aboard U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft through March 31, 2016.

And Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) won three more:

  • A $198.9 million partial-foreign military sales contract to design, develop, and implement software and hardware upgrades to Airborne Electronic Attack systems onboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. This work should be completed by July 2019.
  • A $62.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to supply petroleum, oil, and lubricants, provide an ammunition supply point, maintain vehicles and equipment, and provide logistics support to the U.S. Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., through May 31, 2015.
  • An $11.9 million option exercise on an underlying Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) contract, extending Northrop's work on this contract through Jan. 9, 2016. ACT refers to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program that aims to accelerate improvements in Defense Department radio, radar, and other electromagnetic equipment.

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