A US Navy tender for a maintenance facility to be built at RAAF Base Darwin will be the first US tender to be released under the Force Posture Initiative.
The tender, valued at between $US1-3 million includes, but is not limited to, the construction of an Aircraft Maintenance Support Facility (AMSF) and supporting infrastructure (site improvements, utility work and pavement) located at the base in Darwin. The AMSF will be an approximately 550 square metre single story steel rigid frame structure with roof and wall panels, supported on conventional shallow concrete foundations. A project completion window of 420 calendar days is anticipated.
A pre-proposal conference, followed by a site visit, is scheduled for 7 December 2017, in order to provide prospective tenderers with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents and the job site and conditions to be encountered. More details can be found here.
The US Marine Rotational Force- Darwin (MRF-D) has just completed its sixth rotation. The Marines have an array of USMC aircraft based at RAAF Base Darwin including MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors.
Northern Australia Development Office executive director Jason Schoolmeester told NT News the tender was the first of two.
“US Defence is about to commence its first two construction procurements, totalling $30.4 million, allocated to deliver aircraft support facilities and hard stand to support increasing US air force and Marines presence,” he said.