Calista subsidiary renews defense contract
A $4.5 billion competitive federal contract to develop rapid-response hardware for the Department of Defense has been awarded to Redstone Defense System, a joint venture between Yulista Aviation, a Calist Corporation subsidiary, and Science and Engineering Services. The incumbent, Yulista Management Services, spent 10 years in a partnership with SES working on the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF). The new contract, PIF II, is a 3-year base contract with an option of two additional years.
“This is the result of a decade of hard work by our skilled employees,” said Yulista President Monica James. “Through our innovative designs, we have developed a strong relationship with our military men and women and have sharpened our skills as a company.”
As technology evolves, it is critical for U.S. military branches to be equipped with the most advanced hardware available. The contract calls for Yulista to make hardware improvements or changes to technology capabilities when the need arises.
“We respond very quickly, if there is a situation where the military needs a solution we will find that in days,” said James.
PIF initially focused on missile and aviation improvements, but Yulista has received numerous accolades for their inventions, including developing Humvee crew extraction rings and hardware that allows machine guns to operate in a cold climate.
“It is our job to provide the U.S. military men and women with technology and equipment that are not only designed to administer war support, but to save lives. Our inventions are not only efficient, but effective,” said James.
It is unknown how much of the contract ceiling will be utilized because the work is awarded on the basis of specific needs. Yulista is based in Huntsville, Ala. but the contract’s projects take place around the world.