Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground is issuing this request on behalf of Product Director (PD) Aerostats as a means of conducting market research to assess available aerostat systems that can be deployed within the next 12 to 18 months. These technologies should be comparable to the current capabilities of the Persistent Surveillance System-Tethered (PSS-T) aerostat while improving mobility and survivability challenges associated with the tether operations. Such challenges include the loss of the aerostat system due to tether failure. The aerostat system shall be capable of untethered operations.

This request for information (RFI) defines the aerostat requirements. The Government requests respondents to provide a detailed description of the proposed solution and how it meets or exceeds requirements defined herein.

The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement, if a requirement materializes. Based on the responses to this request for information notice/market research, this requirement may be set-aside for small businesses (in full or in part) or procured through full and open competition. Multiple awards may be made. All small business set-aside categories will be considered. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted or acknowledged, and no feedback or evaluations will be provided to companies regarding submissions.

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