Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.-01)
ALBUQUERQUE – Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, announced Wednesday that Applied Technology Associates (ATA) in Albuquerque has been awarded a $60 million contract by the U.S. Air Force.
Under the contract, ATA will assist the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate’s Spacecraft Technology Division in the development, evaluation and integration of new technologies, as well as innovative operational concepts. The work will ultimately lead to improved operational systems in support of our nation’s troops.
“I’m proud that the Air Force has chosen to place this important work in the hands of an Albuquerque business,” Lujan Grisham said. “This contract will help Applied Technology Associates preserve New Mexico jobs while also encouraging local job creation.”
The Air Force Research Lab, which has a major presence at Kirtland Air Force Base, is one of three national research laboratories in New Mexico. With a $650 million budget in New Mexico, the AFRL is responsible for developing space vehicle technology and directed energy technology, such as laser systems and high-power electromagnetics.
The work, which will be performed in Albuquerque and at Kirtland Air Force Base, is expected to be completed by March 20, 2019.