Canada seeks industry responses by 29 April 2021 to provide a Short Range unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that, per solicitation #W7702-216254/A, released 29 March 2021 — meets the following minimum mandatory performance specifications:
1. Aircraft must have maximum take-off weight of 1.5kg or less.
2. Must have command and control link range of at least 5 km.
3. Command and control link must use an ISM frequency band.
4. Must have video downlink range of at least 5km.
5. Video downlink must use an ISM (license free) frequency band.
6. Aircraft must have at least a 4k30 EO video camera onboard and record on board.
7. Video downlink must provide operator with at least a 720p30 live view.
8. Aircraft must have at least a 320×240 thermal imager on board.
9. Aircraft must be equipped with at least a two-axis (roll and pitch) mechanically stabilized camera gimbal.
10. Aircraft must be equipped with an IR strobe and a visible light illuminator.
11. Aircraft gimbal must be capable of carrying and using both the EO and the thermal imager concurrently.
12. Aircraft gimbal must have a tilt range of at least -90° to +90° relative to the horizon.
13. Operator must be able to mix the EO and thermal video images on their display and have multiple settings between fully EO and fully thermal.
14. UAS must be approved for military use by the U.S. Army’s SRR and Blue UAS programs.
15. All UAS components must be manufactured in NATO and/or FVEY nations.
16. Command, control, and video links must have AES-128 encryption or better.
17. UAS must not require internet connection for normal usage or software updates.
18. Airframe must have folding rotor arms for compact transport.
19. Airframe must have folding rotor blades for compact transport.
20. Aircraft must have flight endurance of at least 30 minutes under standard conditions.
21. Ground station controller must be hand-held and must include a built-in video display.
22. UAS must be compatible with the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) and other devices using same.
23. Aircraft must have redundant 360° horizontal obstacle avoidance sensors.
24. Aircraft must have top and bottom obstacle avoidance sensors.
25. Aircraft must be capable of autonomously tracking and following a person or vehicle selected by the operator.
26. Aircraft must be capable of continued autonomous operation in GPS denied environment.
27. Aircraft must be capable of autonomously navigating around obstacles, in any flight direction.
28. Aircraft must be capable of close proximity obstacle avoidance to allow precision flight down to a minimum distance of 60cm (or less) from obstacles without crashing.
29. UAS must provide operator with a live 360° view of the aircraft’s surroundings.
30. Aircraft must be able to fly indoors.
31. Aircraft must be able to seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor flight.
32. Aircraft must be able to fly inside structures, including ferrous structures while maintaining obstacle avoidance.
33. UAS must display MGRS grid overlays on operator’s live video feed.
34. UAS must include a hard transport case and a soft transport case (or tactical backpack).
35. UAS must include at least 2 flight batteries, charger, and spares kit.
36. UAS must be compatible with QGroundControl GCS software.
37. Vehicle and controller must both include software to integrate with QGroundControl.
38. UAS must include compatible 3D mapping software.
39. UAS must include access to a self-study training program (online or offline access) for basic operator familiarization.
40. All software licenses that may be required to meet above requirements must be for at least a 3- year term.