Dayton software company wins $15M AFRL contract

Jeff Graley, founder and CEO of the Dayton software firm Mile Two, in a photo shot earlier this year at his company's new location at the Manhattan on Third Street. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
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Jeff Graley, founder and CEO of the Dayton software firm Mile Two, in a photo shot earlier this year at his company's new location at the Manhattan on Third Street. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Dayton software designer Mile Two LLC has won a new defense contract, valued at nearly $15 million.

The Dayton company has been awarded a more than $14.78 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for support to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s autonomy capabilities team, according to a Department of Defense announcement late last week.

The mission will involve prototyping work. The company will be expected to assist in development of production level software systems and rapid prototyping of new operational concepts, the department said.

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Work will be performed in Dayton and is expected to be completed Jan. 15, 2026.

Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of nearly $2.3 million will be obligated at the time of the award, the Pentagon said. The contract came from AFRL, which is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Also announced last week was a massive new contract for Boeing. That contract also originated at Wright-Patterson, from the the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

The Boeing Co., in Seattle, was awarded a nearly $1.7 billion contract modification for the production of KC-46 aircraft, the DoD said.

KC-46A refueling an AV8 Harrier. Boeing image.
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KC-46A refueling an AV8 Harrier. Boeing image.

Credit: By: John D. Parker

Credit: By: John D. Parker

The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional 12 KC-46 aircraft. Work will be performed in Seattle, and is expected to be completed April 30, 2023.

Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award.

Before the pandemic and its widespread damage to the aerospace industry, Ohio was the No. 1 supplier state to Airbus and Boeing, according to JobsOhio. In 2017, Boeing purchased $12 billion in services from Ohio, while Airbus spent in the $5 billion to $6 billion range.