The Edmond Sun

December 23, 2012

Oklahoma City defense company awarded Navy subcontract


Special to The Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma LLC, has signed a subcontract with Boeing Defense, Space and Security to perform contractor operations maintenance services and instructor services for Boeing and the United States Navy. Under the program known as “Maritime Plus,” DRG will provide training services for the United States Navy on the following aircraft:

• P-3C Orion long range anti-submarine surveillance aircraft,

• EP-3 signals intelligence aircraft,

• P-8A Poseidon,

• EA-6B Prowler,

• EA-18G Growler and

• SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter.

The five-year contract officially began Dec. 1. DRG will add new locations and more than 125 employees at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington and NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The company also will expand operations at its corporate office in Oklahoma City to fulfill requirements.

This is the first major contract for DRG in support of the U.S. Navy. The 10-year-old company has been primarily serving the U.S. Air Force and other allied air forces on many aircraft programs. The company has become one of the largest defense contractors headquartered in the state. DRG also has become one of the largest family owned businesses in Oklahoma in the past two years.  With the latest award, the company will employ more than 700 employees around the world in December.

“This contract award is a major milestone for the company,” said Phil G. Busey, founder, chairman and CEO of DRG. “We look forward to the opportunity and challenge of serving the Navy.

“As an Oklahoma City-based defense contractor, we are proud to support our war fighters and contribute to Oklahoma’s economy as a global entity.”

This is the fifth major contract awarded to DRG in 2012. DRG was awarded a five-year prime contract to train the F-15C, F-15E, F-16 and F-22 pilots for Air Combat Command in January. In April, the company was awarded a long-term subcontract for training services for the USAF B-1 bomber aircrew training program in April. A USAF C-130 training contract from Lockheed Martin in August and additional software engineering contract by Boeing in October.

“This new contract helps us achieve our aggressive growth strategy by adding support for additional military platforms, as well as expanding our existing relationship with Boeing,” said Brian Busey, chief operating officer for DRG, who will oversee the transition of the new effort.

With employees and locations around the world, the company has become a premier provider of aircrew training services, program management and contract logistics support. DRG now provides training support operations for most military aircraft and Air Combat Command’s Command and Control functions based at Langley, AFB and the E-3 AWACS Mission Crew Training program at Tinker, AFB. Phil G. Busey Sr. founded the company in 2002.