9 May 2007

Construction contract awarded for key aircraft base on Guam

8:42 am on 9 May 2007

The Black Construction Corporation has won a 42 million US dollar contract for the construction of a military aircraft maintenance and operations complex on Guam.

The Defense Industry Daily website reports that the firm-fixed-price contract work on Andersen Air Force Base is expected to be completed May 2009.

The complex is the focus of US efforts to establish a regional "pool" of Global Hawk aircraft involving Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

The building of the complex also comes as the US looks to facilitate the transferral of 8-thousand marines from bases in Japan to Guam by 2014.

The U.S. Congress has authorised $193 million in military construction funds for Guam in the fiscal year 2007 National Defense Authorization Act - a $31 million increase over 2006 funding.

Guam's representative in Congress Madeleine Bordallo, says the territory is likely to see between $400 million and $1 billion US dollars in military construction each year for a period of six to 10 years.