Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.201(e), this notice is being issued as a Request for Information (RFI).  The Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division, Aircraft Combat Survivability Division (AA13000) is seeking information from industry on Aircraft Survivability Solutions to protect future USN/USMC manned and unmanned rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft, operating in a variety of threat environments.

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Background:
The United States Navy is conducting a study/market research in order to:

  • Identify potential survivability enhancements that could be smartly integrated throughout the weapon system for offensive/defensive/situational awareness (SA) needs in a timeframe that will permit future USN/USMC manned and unmanned rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft to survive evolving and emerging threats beyond 2030
  • Assess material solutions that will enhance the combat survivability of future USN/USMC manned and unmanned rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft in their expected threat environments, such as but not limited to:
    • Integrated suite to provide multi-spectral threat detection of EO/IR, LASER, and RF threats; to include frequency agile detection, classification, and identification
    • Threat agnostic countermeasure (CM) systems to include, but not limited to: kinetic kill CMs, RF/jamming CMs, and loitering CMs
    • Countermeasures for advanced MANPADS, including UV and image seekers
    • Integrated defensive EA suite to Prevent Track through Intercept / Hit
    • Signature reduction initiatives for rotorcraft
  • Responses should provide sufficient detail to inform high level survivability specifications.

For the purpose of this RFI, the threats of primary interest for future USN/USMC manned and unmanned rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft include short to medium range Radio Frequency (RF) guided Surface-to-Air Missile systems (RF SAMs) and Electro-Optical or RF-guided Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) systems, Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), and future multi-purpose guided munitions acting independently or as part of an Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS).  However, the threats may also include long range RF SAMs, drone swarms, and Air-to-Air Interceptors (AAIs); armed with a variety of IR and RF guided missiles, operating as part of the IADS.

 For planning purposes, solutions should be of sufficient Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to support production incorporation in the 2030 to 2035 timeframe.

Information Desired:

The following information regarding Aircraft Survivability Solutions for potential use on future USN/USMC manned and unmanned rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft is being requested.

  • System – General
    • Provide a detailed overview of the proposed system/solution, functionalities, capabilities, physical dimensions, etc.
    • Describe setup, integration, interoperability of the system, to include (but not limited to) any:
      • Machine learning or cognitive EW.
      • Active and passive threat detection.
        • Any integration into weapons systems that may equate to weapons solution for both ownship and offboard use.
      • Multifunction sensors for IR threat detection
      • Geolocation across the spectrum.
    • Highlight commonality across other platforms, programs of record, family of systems, etc.

 System Size, Weight, Power and Cooling (SWAP-C) Details/Descriptions

  • Describe the system size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C) (e.g. size, weight, power required, cooling required, etc.)
  • Provide a functional block diagram describing the functions and interrelationship of the system’s components.
  • Provide descriptions of the proposed installation components.
  • Is the system compliant with open architecture protocols (e.g. Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), Open Mission Systems (OMS), etc.)?

 System Technology Development

  • What TRL is the system currently?  What is anticipated TRL by 2030? What are the TRLs of individual components if new design or development?
  • What is the growth strategy for the system? Describe system technology development (plans/improvements/etc.) for staying abreast of threat/emitter operational complexities, including TRL (current and projected).  If required, what is the Proposed Technology Development Phase schedule with associated tasks and milestones to mature and test the system to a minimum of TRL 6 (i.e. Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment?  Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness.)
  • Describe system product improvement plans, including TRLs (current and projected).
  • What future technology growth can be incorporated in the system?

System Performance/Capabilities

  • What threat spectrums (frequencies and wavelengths) can be detected, analyzed, identified, jammed, etc.?
  • Describe the process of collecting and updating or storing threat parametric data, such that threat activity will be recognized, even when operating in an unexpected fashion (frequency agile, out-of-band, varying pulse widths, etc.)
  • What is the means to update and tailor the system with emerging threat information?
  • Provide actual or expected system countermeasure effectiveness performance (e.g. induced miss distance, tracking error, launch denial, etc.):
    • Test results
    • Modeling & Simulation Results (e.g. results from Enhanced Surface-to-Air Missile Simulation (ESAMS), Radar-Directed Gun System Simulation (RADGUNS), Modeling System for Advanced Investigation of Countermeasures (MOSAIC), etc.).
    • Capability to simultaneously identify and defeat multiple threats
    • Effective Radiated Power
  • Threat warning performance
    • Frequency/Wavelength coverage
    • Capability for threat emitter detection and identification in various pulse density environments
    • Threat missile launch detection and tracking capability and false alarm rate
    • Tactical Threat Display formatting, system threat warning alerts, and alert timing to aircrew capabilities
    • Direction of Arrival (DOA) and geo-location capability of system

Response Submittal Instructions

Responses to this RFI will be used for information and planning purposes only and do not constitute a solicitation.

In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.  THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO AWARD A CONTRACT ON THE BASIS OF THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR OTHERWISE PAY FOR THE INFORMATION SOLICITED.  Responders are responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI and for any costs associated with subsequent discussions. The Government will not provide any form of compensation or reimbursement for the information provided. 

Responses to this RFI shall be submitted electronically and are suggested to not exceed a page count of 50 pages in length on 8.5 x 11 paper with one inch margins and font no smaller than 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier New.  A two sided page will be considered two pages for the purpose of counting the 100-page limit.  The following may be included and will not count toward your 100-page limit: cover page, table of contents and rear cover page. 

All submissions should include RFI Reference Number, company, address, CAGE code, DUNS number, a point of contact with a phone number and email address, and business size status for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s) relevant to your company’s response (i.e., large business, small business, certified 8(a) concern, veteran-owned, HUBZone, woman-owned, etc.).  Responses to this RFI may NOT be submitted via facsimile.  Acknowledgement of receipt will be provided if request for return receipt is included with the response. All information submitted will be adequately safeguarded from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with FAR Part 15.207.  Summary papers that fail to comply with the above instructions or present ideas not pertinent to the subject may not be reviewed.  Information submitted in response to this RFI is submitted at no cost to the Government and will not be returned. 

Responses to this RFI may be proprietary to the responding company.  Clearly identify the proprietary elements of the system. All responses should be labeled appropriately, and will be handled accordingly.  A comprehensive response to this RFI may require a CLASSIFIED response.  To the extent practical, responses should be UNCLASSIFIED, complemented by CLASSIFIED appendices if required. 

Both Government and Contract Services Support (CSS) personnel are part of the committee for this market research.  The RFI will be reviewed by government personnel and may be reviewed by personnel from Air Combat Effectiveness (ACE) Consulting Group (ACE Consulting Group POC:  Peter Emig; peter.j.emig.ctr@navy.mil).  ACE Consulting Group is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that provides expertise in the operational applications of current and future airborne weapons under contract with the government.  All associated committee members are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the government.  However, if any submitting company wishes to obtain a separate NDA with the aforementioned CSS contractor(s) prior to response submission, please contact the POC referenced above.  If such NDA is obtained, please provide a copy to the government with the response to this RFI. Unclassified responses and any questions to this RFI shall be submitted electronically to AA13000 Combat Survivability- Rotorcraft Branch Head, Robert Hagan, robert.hagan@navy.mil with the subject line “Future USN/USMC Manned and Unmanned Tiltrotor Aircraft and Rotorcraft Survivability Solutions” in Microsoft Word or .pdf format no later than 12:00 PM EST on 13 November, 2020.

Proprietary responses should be sent in an encrypted form via DODSAFE, or similar secure file transfer site to AA13000 Combat Survivability- Rotorcraft Branch Head, Robert Hagan, robert.hagan@navy.mil.

Classified responses should be sent to:

Outer Wrap:

COMMANDER
ATTN BLDG 2187 SUITE 1280
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION
48110 SHAW ROAD
PATUXENT RIVER MD 20670-1906

Inner Wrap:

COMMANDER
ATTN ROBERT HAGAN BLDG 2187 SUITE 1280 NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION
48110 SHAW ROAD
PATUXENT RIVER MD 20670-1906

As stated above, this is NOT a request for Proposal.  NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS EXIST AT THIS TIME. THIS RFI IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT, NOR WILL THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR ANY INFORMATION SOLICITED OR PROVIDED.

Summary

This announcement constitutes a Request for Information (RFI) led by NAWC-AD pursuant to FAR 52.215-3 – Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes. This is NOT a Request for Proposals.  The information provided in this RFI is subject to change and is not binding by the Government.  NAWC-AD 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. This sources sought is being used as a market research tool pursuant to FAR Part 10 to determine potential sources and their technical capabilities.  The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement. The applicable NAICS code currently assigned to this procurement is 334511.