US Air Force seeks counter-UAS component solutions

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/HBU) is seeking information in support of market research being conducted by the United States Air Force (USAF), Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC/HBU) on technological solutions, at the component level (e.g. radar, camera, Command and Control, effector, etc.), that address emerging threats posed by small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (s-UAS) to US and allied forces. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) may be invited to respond to a second RFI that will require manufacturers to stand up their solutions at a location to be determined (TBD) in approximately April 2019 for baseline testing.  Any information submitted by respondents to this RFI is strictly voluntary; however, participation in this phase of Market Research is necessary to be included in the baseline testing in April 2019.

The purpose of this request for information is to identify and gather pertinent information on available commercial products, which will allow the Air Force to conduct architecture and program level planning and testing for the evolving Medusa System of Systems (SoS). As the Medusa SoS transitions into a program of record, accurate information concerning these component technologies is vital to program success. Of particular interest are those technologies that can be successfully integrated into an open architecture format and contribute to system level solutions for defense against s-UAS, also known as counter-small UAS (C-sUAS). Submissions should address how their products fit into such a modular architecture.

In addition to inclusion into overall Medusa SoS market and technology analysis, some vendors may be invited to participate in upcoming component level demonstrations based on their submissions. These events are intended to provide additional information to the government’s overall body of knowledge on the C-sUAS industrial base. Due to the detail required, the Program Office has limitations and constraints for resources and test range availability. As a result, only a subset of the submissions may be invited to the tentative events.  Currently, the component demonstrations are tentatively scheduled for April 2019 at TBD locations.

Selection of respondents to participate will be based on the extent to which the technology represents a particular class or capability. Other considerations include but are not limited to the following:

  • Relevance of adaptability
  • Breadth of application
  • Technical maturity
  • Available time on Range and Government funding for range time.
  • Production Capability
  • Cost of the component
  • Government’s prior knowledge of components based on prior demonstrations and events.

Solicitation number: FA8730-19-CSUASRFI

Responsible agency: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC/HBU)

Deadline for responses: 21 December 2018

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