As part of its market research, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center / Bridge Tanker Program Office (AFLCMC/WLQ) is issuing this Sources Sought to determine if there exists an adequate number of qualified interested contractors capable of providing solutions to meet the requirement.  The Government may use the responses to this Sources Sought for information and planning purposes.

The Air Force is seeking companies that have the capability to deliver approximately 140-160 Commercial Derivative Tanker Aircraft—at a rate of 12 to 15 per year—to supplement the Air Force Tanker Aircraft fleet at the end of KC-46A production, and bridge the gap to the next Tanker recapitalization phase.  The Commercial Derivative Aircraft must be operational by 2029.  The Air Force is still finalizing the requirements for this acquisition.  However, the baseline for aircraft capability will be based on the requirements from phase one of tanker recapitalization with subsequent and emerging requirements as defined by the Air Force.

This Sources Sought is only for the purpose of identifying potential sources as part of the AFLCMC/WLQ’s market research.  No Request For Quote (RFQ) exists; therefore, do not request a copy of the RFQ.

Responses to this Sources Sought are not quotes on which AFLCMC/WLQ can issue any contract.  This Sources Sought is issued for information and planning purposes only and does not itself constitute an RFQ.  The Government does not intend to award a contract based only on responses to this Sources Sought.

All information received in response to this Sources Sought marked “Proprietary” will be protected and handled accordingly. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary or competition sensitive information contained in their response. The Government reserves the right to ask follow-up clarifying questions to individual companies based on proprietary information submitted without posting those questions.

Responses to the Sources Sought will not be returned.  Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this Sources Sought. AFLCMC/WLQ will not pay for information received in response to this Sources Sought.

The Government requests that interested parties respond to this notice in writing including details of your company’s ability to deliver Commercial Derivative Tanker Aircraft.  Additionally, please provide the following information: 

  1. Company Name and Address
  2. Cage Code
  3. DUNs Number
  4. Company business size by NAICS code
  5. Small Business Type(s), if applicable
  6. Point of Contact for questions and/or clarifications
  7. Telephone Number and email address
  8. Web Page URL (if applicable)
  9. Teaming Partners (if applicable)
  10. Information regarding the viability to receive and process classified information with appropriate contact information
  11. Provide any recommendations and/or concerns.

Do not submit pricing information in response to this Sources Sought.

Responses to this Sources Sought should not exceed 5 pages in length.

Please send responses with the subject heading: Commercial Derivative Bridge Tanker Aircraft to and, by COB 5 P.M  23 June 2021.  The information in this notice is current as of the publication date but is subject to change and is not binding to the Government.  Oral submissions of information are not acceptable.  

The full solicitation is here –