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Two area firms land a combined $27M in AFRL contracts

Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. FILE
Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. AFRL has a workforce of more than 10,000 worldwide, with 60 percent based here. FILE

The Department of Defense Thursday announced a combined nearly $28 million in new Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) contracts for area firms.

Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc., with local offices on McEwen Road, has been awarded a $20 million modification to a contract for propulsion work. And Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Beavercreek has won a nearly $7.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for lab work.

Innovative Scientific Solutions will work on “advanced propulsion concepts and cycles research and development,” the Defense Department said. Work will be performed locally and is expected to be completed June 18, 2022.

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That contract came from AFRL at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Boulder, Colo.-based Ball Aerospace is expected to provide radiometric and radiation characterizations of focal plane arrays and similar devices. Ball develops flight detectors, focal plane arrays and instruments for scientific and commercial missions. The plane arrays are imaging systems that can be used in missiles or weapons.

Work will include testing of hardware and procedures, performed in Albuquerque, N.M. It is expected to be completed Oct. 10, 2025.

This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received, the government said. The contract came from AFRL at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.