Air Launched Effects
|Agency:||Department of the Army|
|Level of Government:||Federal|
|Posted Date:||Jan 10, 2019|
|Due Date:||Jan 25, 2019|
Jan 09, 20194:06 pm
This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and to identify interested sources. It does not constitute an invitation for bid, a Request for Proposal (RFP), a solicitation, a request for quote or a promise to issue such documentation in the future. Funding is not available at this time. This request for information does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service. Further, the U.S. Army is not at this time seeking proposals and will not accept unsolicited proposals. Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this RFI; all costs associated with responding to this RFI will be solely at the interested party's expense. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if any is issued. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website. It is the responsibility of the potential responders to monitor this site for additional information pertaining to this subject.
The information provided in the RFI is subject to change and is not binding on the Government. The U.S. Army has not made a commitment to procure any of the items discussed, and release of this RFI should not be construed as such a commitment or as authorization to incur cost for which reimbursement would be required or sought. All submissions become Government property and will not be returned.
Additionally, responses may include data that the offeror does not want disclosed to the public for any purpose or used by the Government except for informational purposes. If your company wishes to restrict use of the data, the response must be marked appropriately.
The Government will utilize non-Government personnel (support contractors) to review and evaluate white papers submitted in response to this RFI. If any respondent does not currently have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that would permit the Program Management Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS) support contractor(s) listed below to review the respondent's RFI submission, the respondent is encouraged to sign NDAs with the listed support contractor(s) for this purpose. In any event, any markings on the submissions in response to this RFI should reflect that the information is releasable to the identified contractors solely for the purposes stated herein. The contractors listed below will be precluded from submitting a response to this RFI or any subsequent solicitation for this effort. The following is a list of support contractors who will review and evaluate the white papers:
Company Individual Telephone Number Email Address
Wavelink Incorporated Jeff Davies (256) 842-7010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patriots International Jeremy Harlan (256) 955-3670 email@example.com
Sigmatech Incorporated Heather Lozano (256) 313-1196 firstname.lastname@example.org
DESCRIPTION: Air Launched Effects (ALE) are a family of small, air launched systems that operate as members of a team with other manned and unmanned platforms to penetrate defense-in-depth anti-access and area denial (A2AD) environments and dis-integrate Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS). The ALE family will support interchangeable payloads including capabilities to: 1) detect, identify, locate, report and share information on enemy threats, 2) act as a decoy, 3) disrupt through Electronic Warfare, Cyber effects or other methods and 4) preemptively destroy enemy systems via a kinetic engagement capability. Payloads may be both recoverable and non-recoverable with one or more payloads per ALE to maximize the combination of effects needed for mission success. The software and hardware will be common, open, modular and scalable. The interfaces to the launcher, air vehicles, sensors and command and control links allow for integration of a common mission computer to enable common behaviors across ALE variants. ALE use artificial intelligence, operate semi-autonomously and will implement the commanders intent through collaboration with other team members. They will not have continuous or near continuous data links to the host platform.
ALE are launched from Army unmanned aircraft systems, manned helicopter fleets and may also be alternatively deployed in support of long range precision fires and ground combat vehicles via a variety of surface based launch systems such as common launch tube, artillery, mortars or shoulder fired systems. Some ALE variants should be capable of launching and operating below 150ft AGL while others may be launched from higher altitudes.
Launching a minimum of four (4) ALE from the AH-64 Apache at hover below 150ft Above Ground Level (AGL) and four (4) ALE from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS above 10,000ft AGL is a short term demonstration goal for PM UAS. ALE should be sized appropriately for carriage and launch from the host platform airframe and support planned mission ranges of greater than 50 kilometers. Ejecting the ALE to the rear is not possible on MQ-1C Gray Eagle due to a high likelihood of striking the rear tails of the aircraft during separation. Ejecting from the rear may be feasible on other aircraft. Description of safety during launch should be described in any responses. The ALE product's electrical, mechanical, and logical interfaces prior to launch and data communications before and after launch should be described in detail. This includes, but is not limited to, data transfer rate requirements. The ALE should be mechanically compatible with either the:
a) M299/M310 HELLFIRE (HF) Launcher using the M299 Launcher Electronics Assembly (LEA) When using the M299 HF rail, the ALE should mount as either a slide-on or rail-adapter mounted payload using the M299 shotgun connector and MIL-STD-1553 interface not to exceed 125 lbs. per HF rail.
b) 14-inch lug NATO bomb ejector racks and MIL-STD-1760 platform interface. When mounted via a 14-inch lug, such as the MA-4B lightweight electro-mechanical ejector rack, the ALE/launcher should conform to MIL-STD-8591 for the physical interface and not exceed 250 lbs. per outer wing hard-point and 500 lbs. per inner wing hard-point locations.
Security Requirements: Responders must be eligible for a COMSEC account and demonstrate the ability to maintain National Information Security Program standards. Security requirements for any resultant contract will be a facility cleared to the Secret level with authorization to store COMSEC items and individuals with clearance eligibility to the Secret level. A sufficient number of individuals will require access to COMSEC. Potential solutions sought shall have full National Security Agency (NSA) approved Type-1 and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) level encryption capability.
Responses: Interested parties are requested to respond to this RFI with a white paper, no more than 10 pages in length, describing the responder's capabilities and potential material/services solution that meets the criteria referenced in this document. The whitepaper should include what is available for a demonstration within a year, what will be available within five years, and what will be available long term (after 2028). The whitepaper should also include, at a minimum, the interfaces, size, weight, payload, rough order of magnitude cost and power requirements of the ALE. Responses are due no later than 25 January 2019, 5:00 PM CST.
Contracts Points of Contact (POC): Questions regarding this announcement shall be submitted in writing by e-mail to the Contracting Officer, Carolyn.email@example.com. Verbal questions will NOT be accepted. Questions shall NOT contain proprietary or classified information. The Government does not guarantee that questions received after 25 January 2019 will be answered.
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