The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Directorate of Procurement, on behalf of USSOCOM Program Executive Office-Fixed Wing (PEO-FW) has awarded five (5) fixed-price prototype project other transaction agreements, totaling $19,199,898.68, for prototype demonstrations. Awardees will demonstrate prototype systems evaluated against well-defined criteria for an Armed Overwatch Program. If the prototype project is deemed successfully completed by the Government, the contractor may be requested to provide a production proposal for a follow-on production award.
The full announcement is here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/d18c747d13564f9f8ef777dde5b7b93a/view
Work under the prototype project other transaction agreements will be performed primarily at the below awardee locations and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be completed by March 2022. These awards are the result of a competitive effort in accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 2371b(f). Fiscal 2021 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds in the amount of $19,199,898.68; are being obligated at the time of award.
Total Amount for Five (5) Agreements: $19,199,898.68
- Leidos, Inc. – Bronco II
- MAG Aerospace – MC-208 Guardian
- Textron Aviation Defense LLC – AT-6E Wolverine (pictured above)
- L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P. – AT-802U Sky Warden
- Sierra Nevada Corporation – MC-145B Wily Coyote
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ARMED OVERWATCH PROGRAM OTHER TRANSACTIONAL AUTHORITY (OTA) AGREEMENT FOR A PROTOTYPE PROJECT
6 April 2020
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Directorate of Procurement, on behalf of USSOCOM Program Executive Office-Fixed Wing (PEO-FW), is considering the award of an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Agreement for a Prototype Project for the Armed Overwatch Program (hereinafter “the OTA Agreement”). The Armed Overwatch Program will provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) deployable, affordable, and sustainable manned aircraft systems fulfilling Close Air Support (CAS), Armed Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (Armed ISR), Strike Coordination & Reconnaissance (SCAR), and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) requirements (defined in DoD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, January 2020) in austere and permissive environments for the Countering-Violent Extremist Organization (C-VEO) missions.
The USSOCOM Armed Overwatch Other Transaction (OT) for Prototype effort will consist of three phases. Phase 1, white papers, will occur prior to award of the OTA Agreement. Phase 2, Offeror Deep Dives, will occur prior to award of the OTA Agreement, and the Government may down-select at the end of either or both phases. For Phase 3, the Government intends to award an OTA Agreement to multiple contractors for competitive demonstration and evaluation. The OTA Agreement will require the demonstration of a prototype system evaluated against well-defined criteria to determine whether the prototype project has been successfully completed by the contractor and, if so, whether a follow-on production contract will be awarded to that offeror.
Industry Day Participation Requirement
Only vendors who registered and participated in the Armed Overwatch Industry Day on 4-6 March 2020 are eligible to participate in this OTA opportunity.
The Armed Overwatch Program will provide a deployable, affordable, and sustainable manned aircraft systems fulfilling CAS, Armed ISR, SCAR, and FAC(A) requirements in austere and permissive environments for the C-VEO missions.
This prototype project initiative will require demonstration of a prototype system evaluated against well-defined criteria for an Armed Overwatch Program.
In accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 2371b(f), the OTA Agreement will include a provision for a potential follow-on production contract to be awarded without additional competition. Basic eligibility to receive a follow-on production contract will require the successful completion of the prototype project. The follow-on contract is expected to be an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity award under: 1) the authorities set forth in 10 U.S.C. ch. 137 and 48 C.F.R. parts 1 and 2; or 2) a similarly structured OTA agreement under the authority of 10 U.S.C. § 2371b(a). Either form of contract shall have a 5-year base ordering period, and a 2-year optional ordering period. The Government estimates an acquisition of 75 aircraft with associated support over the life of the acquisition