September 28, 2012
Calista Subsidiary Renews Multi-Billion Dollar Defense Contract
(Anchorage, Alaska) – Redstone Defense System (RDS) is a joint venture between Yulista Aviation, Inc., a subsidiary of Calista Corporation, and Science and Engineering Services, Inc. (SES) that was awarded a $4.5 billion dollar competitive federal contract to develop rapid-response hardware for the Department of Defense. 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 three-year base contract with an option of two additional years.
“This is the result of a decade of hard work by our skilled employees,” Monica James, the President of Yulista said. “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,” James said.
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,” James said.
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, Alabama but the contract’s projects take place around the world.
The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents over 12,000 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses over 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Since inception, Calista has provided more than $3.2 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants and more than $17.4 million in Shareholder dividends and distributions.
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