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Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) is seeking commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and near COTS small robot systems with potential for application performing Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) mission tasks. Systems will be expected to be small enough for dismounted operations (preferably backpack-able) and capable of difficult terrain mobility, object manipulation, situational awareness, and the ability to operate under harsh environmental conditions.    

This SSN solicits vendors’ information that fully explains their existing small robot system’s technology features, capabilities, and performance. NSWC IHD plans to select small robot systems to be included in a comparative, controlled, capabilities and limitations evaluation, followed by an EOD user assessment, in which active duty EOD robot operators will attempt to complete mock mission objectives with the systems provided.

NSWC IHD seeks to have on-site training from vendors for our capability and limitation testing, as well as training at Fort Story and China Lake to train EOD operators prior to the two user assessments.  Also, NSWC IHD would prefer for vendors to be on site during the user assessments, which are planned to last one week each.

Following completion of the test and evaluation, a final report will be written and available for use by government agencies, Department of Defense services, and law enforcement organizations.  The final report will be used to inform acquisition strategies. 

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