90 www.CNC-West.com CNC WEST April/May 2018 ...Hotline Continued From Page 88 Denver Company Gets Modifica- tion for Upcoming Work Birdon America Inc., Denver, Colorado, was awarded a modification for bridge erec- tion boats and crew protection kits. Work will be performed in Denver, Colorado; and Wichita, Kansas, with an estimated comple- tion date of March 29, 2019. Raytheon in Tucson Gets Bigger Modified Contract Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a modification to previously awarded contract to add Phase IIB/IIC tasks for the Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) program. The Phase IIB/C program will further advance MAD-FIRES system design finalization work, perform spread-bench testing of the final system design, and create a final form-fit- function design that can be demonstrated through a series of flight tests. The modi- fication brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $50,710,385 from $27,925,395. Work will be performed in Tuc- son, Arizona (90 percent) with an estimated completion date of May 2020. GA-ASI Taps Boeing in Carrier Aircraft Bid General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has enlisted a surprising partner in its bid to build an unmanned, carrier-based air refueling aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The partner is Boeing Co. The deal is surprising because Boeing is one of three prime contractors proposing its own entry in the MQ-25 Stingray contest, along with General Atomics and Lockheed Mar- tin Corp. The project is expected to be worth billions and perhaps north of $10 billion. Northrop Grumman Corp. was also part of the contest until it dropped out in Octo- ber, saying the project would not bring a good return. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems an- nounced a list of its subcontractors on Feb. 12. Other subcontractors include engine maker Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, L3 Technologies, BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins, the Fokker unit of GKN Aerospace, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems and General Atomics Systems Integration. Flightglobal reported that GA-ASI’s choice of Pratt & Whitney engine reveals that the Poway, CA. company’s MQ-25 entry will be larger than its jet-powered Predator C Avenger unmanned aircraft. GA-ASI is based in Poway, California where it builds its aircraft. It is an affiliate of privately held General Atomics. Orbital Further Expanding Ari- zona Presence Orbital ATK continues its growth in the Valley with plans to expand its launch ve- hicles operations with a new Chandler, AZ campus. The new Orbital campus will be at Willis Road along Chandler’s Price Corridor after the Chandler City Council recently approved a resolution and re-zoning to support the development. Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK Inc.’s launch vehicle business in Chandler began in the 1980s and has grown to nearly 1,600 employees. The expansion for the global aerospace and defense technology firm isn’t a surprise since earlier this month the company announced it was planning to hire another 350 mainly high-paying positions within the next year and a half while it prepares to build the largest rocket yet in Chandler. Harley-Davidson Invests in Bris- bane, California, Startup to Help Make Electric Motorcycles Harley-Davidson Inc. has made an equity investment in a California company that will collaborate with Harley to develop and pro- duce electric motorcycles. Alta Motors, whose factory is in Brisbane, Calif., designs and produces electric mo- torcycles, including the Redshift platform available in 19 states. A Harley-Davidson news release called Alta “a leader and in- novator” in lightweight electric vehicles. “Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich. “Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting- edge electric motorcycles.