The Future Vertical Lift Project Office is issuing this sources sought as a means of gathering information to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the below requirement. The results of this request for information will contribute to determining the method of procurement.
This is only a Sources Sought notice and is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quotation (RFQ). A solicitation is not being issued at this time and this notice shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation or ultimately award a contract, nor does it restrict the Government to a particular acquisition approach. The Government will not award a contract based on this notice and will not reimburse respondents for any cost associated with responses to this notice. Responses to this sources sought synopsis will be used for analysis in determining if the contemplated acquistion could be conducted under full and open competition, or if the contemplated acquisition should be set-aside for small business pursuant to FAR part 19, Small Business Programs. Respondents shall indicate in their response whether they qualify as a small business or qualify under other specialty designated programs such as Veteran Owned Service Disabled (VOSO), historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), SA or others under this NAICS code.
Description: Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Request for Information (RFI)
The intent of this RFI is to inform the potential FLRAA trade space for new development aircraft in support of requirements refinement and acquisition planning for a potential FLRAA Program of Record (PoR). The Army is pursuing an accelerated FLRAA program using a leader-follower approach, with the Army designated as the lead Service with Special Operations Command (SOCOM) participation and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) acquisition program following approximately two years later. To the maximum extent possible, respondents are requested to address:
- a) The design’s ability to meet all requirements given in Appendix A, both threshold and objective. This information should include individual sensitivity analyses of speed, range, and payload to both cost and performance. Flight Cards are provided for context.
- b) Any recommended changes to the threshold requirements given in Appendix A necessary to meet the US Government affordability and schedule goals provided.
- c) Any design risks and recommended risk reduction efforts for the proposed design to meet the affordability goals and schedule provided.
- d) Schedule and cost estimate Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) for both the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR) completion.
- e) Acquisition cost, schedule, risks, and potential acquisition approaches that could accelerate a FLRAA prototype delivery.
- f) Provide cost (development and recurring), schedule and performance trade-offs needed to accommodate the SOCOM and USMC unique requirements documented in Appendix B and Appendix C, respectively. Army Schedule Goals
The US Government desires a materiel solution that supports, at a minimum, the following developmental timeline: Contract Award: Q4FY21, PDR: Q2FY23, CDR: Q4FY24, First Flight: Q3FY24, First Unit Equipped: Q2FY30
Army Affordability Goals
The US Government desires a materiel solution that supports, at minimum, the following affordability objectives: $43M AUMC (Average Unit Manufacturing Cost) (BY18$).
Army ROM Estimates
The US Government desires the following information to further refine program cost and schedule estimates:
- AUMC cost (BY18$). AUMC includes costs such as the air vehicle structure, rotor group, drive group, wing, propulsion, landing gear, and avionics. It does not include non-recurring production and engineering changes, contractor System Engineering & Program Management and Contractor System Test and Evaluation costs. Provide quantity by year, learning curve, and the other assumptions used in the fly-away cost estimate.
- Cost per Flight Hour (BY18$)
- PDR and CDR completion costs (BY18$). Provide a development cost estimate for the effort required to advance the weapon system design through CDR. This includes all preceding development activities and design reviews (i.e. SRR, SFR, etc.) leading to and completing CDR.
- Develop a detailed schedule which accelerates fielding of a FLRAA capability. Provide a detailed description of tailored, alternative or innovative approaches that streamlines the acquisition process to accelerate the program as much as possible. Provide detailed descriptions of the tailored approach to include ,but not limited to, what non-essential or duplicative activities from your viewpoint should be tailored or eliminated, how commercial practices in-lieu of standard DoD practices can be used, and a recommended program management structure to facilitate improved risk, airworthiness, and test decision timelines. Specifically, address the following topics: Government Oversight, Communication/Deliverables, and Data Requirements, Qualification Approach, Test and Evaluation,
Contract Incentives, Design Reviews, Supportability Concepts, Integrated Product Teams, Managing Risks and Requirements Trade-offs. Assess the programmatic risks for each major area for this accelerated schedule.
Air Vehicle Description and Assumptions
For each potential weapon system platform, please provide the following for proposed conceptual designs which meet the requirements in Appendix A:
- General description of the conceptual weapon system which includes the airframe, propulsion, drivetrain, rotor system, flight controls, landing gear, aircrew and passenger survivability as well as other major system and sub-systems technologies that may be integrated onto and into the weapon system.
- A detailed description of the effort completed to date or planned to be completed by 4QFY21 for potential material solutions that fulfill the requirements listed in Appendix A. Based on this description, describe the remaining efforts required for a PoR to design, develop, integrate, test, and field a material solution that is operationally effective, suitable and survivable in a 2030 threat environment.
- Provide a general description of growth potential in the weapon system to increase capability and maintain relevancy of the aircraft over a 50 year useful life.
- A general description of approach to apply modular open systems approach to integration of mission equipment.
- Maximum structural gross take-off weight (MGTOW) (lbs)
- Available or modification of currently available engine, to include manufacturer, uninstalled performance rating data, power turbine output shaft speed, direction of rotation.
- Transmission description to include weight, main rotor shaft output power rating, tail rotor shaft output power rating, overall gear reduction ratio to main rotor, tail rotor drive gear reduction ratio, other accessory drive ratings (power limits and shaft speeds)
- Maximum usable fuel quantity