FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Chugach Alaska Corp., the regional Native corporation for the Prince William Sound area, has tentatively been selected to provide support services for the missile defense testing site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Chugach teamed with Bechtel Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. to win the first stage in the contract competition. Raytheon is the current operator.
Giselle Bodin, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Ala., told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the Chugach-Bechtel-Lockheed Martin team is the ''apparent winner.'' The military is in negotiations with the group.
''If these negotiations aren't successful then a new selection can be made,'' she said.
Negotiations should be complete within a few weeks, if all goes well, she said. Bodin said she couldn't provide details at this point.
''Since the award hasn't been announced, there's not much we can say about it,'' she said.
In missile defense tests, interceptors have risen from the Kwajalein Atoll to knock out mock ballistic missiles launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Chugach would provide base support services at Kwajalein. Lockheed Martin would provide technical expertise. Bechtel is a worldwide construction and engineering firm.
Beth Welty, spokeswoman for Chugach Alaska in Anchorage, said the company could not comment on the contract yet. Chugach has been moving into defense contracting in recent years.
It is the civilian operator for MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.
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