US Army seeks C-UAS capability as part of its PGS personal weapon system

The US Army’s Contracting Command – New Jersey at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000 is conducting a market survey/sources sought notice to identify potential sources for a Precision Grenadier System (PGS), a man portable integrated weapon system that enables precision engagements to destroy personnel targets in defilade and in the open with increased lethality and precision compared to the legacy M203/M320 grenade launchers.

“The PGS will provide overmatch to comparable threat grenade launchers in near peer formations in future operating environments (jungle, urban, woodland, subterranean, desert, day/night/obscured),” according to the tender document in US government contracting website. “The PGS is envisioned to consist of a weapon, a fire control, and a suite of ammunition which enables the user to engage targets in defilade/cover, hovering UAS targets, conduct door breaching, engage close combat targets, and light armored targets.”

“Based on past results, the Government has determined that specific technologies and components are available to accomplish this mission and is looking for a fully integrated, armament solution. Vendors are encouraged to team as necessary in response to this market survey / sources sought notice. The Government anticipates a single vendor to be the lead system integrator.

“The following integrated system attributes are outlined in order of importance. The Government is interested in receiving information on the attributes that can be achieved:

  1.  System Survivability:  The system and its ammunition should be capable of functioning in cold, ambient, and hot conditions at all humidity conditions and be survivable and operational after exposure to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear exposure (CBRNE) to include effects of electromagnetic pulse and cyber-attacks.
  2.  System Effectiveness:  Ability to achieve a high probability of incapacitation given a shot from the minimum engagement distance to 500 meters (desired) against unprotected personnel targets in defilade/cover and stationary exposed targets.
  3.  Engagement Times:  Time to engage target is desired to be ≤ 5 seconds from decision to engage to trigger pull for a target out to 500 meters.  After trigger pull, time of flight is desired to be no greater than 3 seconds to 500 meters.
  4.  Length:  Overall system length is desired to be less than 34 inches.
  5.  System Weight:  System weight is desired to be less than 14.5lbs.
  6.  Target Acquisition:  Ability to acquire targets with a high Probability of Recognition given a detection out to a range of 500 meters in clear air during day and nighttime conditions and a high Probability of Recognition given a detection out to a range of at least 300 meters in obscurants is desired.
  7.  Powerless/Degraded Operation:  The system provides the ability to continue the fight and engage targets even when the fire control has no power or becomes damaged and inoperable is desired.

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