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UD wins $28.5 million F-15 research contract

The University of Dayton has notched another big-dollar defense contract.

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has been awarded a $28,527,970 contract for F-15 sustainment engineering studies.

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This contract provides for systems/structural engineering field and programmed depot maintenance support, reliability and maintainability analysis and aircraft structural integrity program capability development and sustainment, the Department of Defense said.

Work will be performed in Dayton and at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. The DoD expects it to be completed by June 28, 2029.

Regarded by some as a “living legend,” the twin-engine F-15 first flew in July 1972. It has been the Air Force’s primary fighter jet for decades.

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This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and the DoD said three offers were received. Fiscal 2019 funds in the amount of $2,464,648 are being obligated at the time of award.

The contract originated with the Air Force Life Cycle Management System, Robins Air Force Base.

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UDRI performed $149.8 million in sponsored research in fiscal year 2018, eclipsing a previous record of $135.9 million set in fiscal 2017.

The 2017 record itself rose above the previous record of $117.6 million set in fiscal 2016.

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