US Army seeks industry proposals for low-cost, handheld C-UAS units

The Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) Office (JCO) is seeking white-papers for sources and information to identify interest and ability to provide potential solutions in the following areas: Low-Cost Ground-Based Aerial Denial and Handheld (or Dismounted) Solutions to inform the Joint communities in response to the emerging Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) threats.

According to a tender published on

The JCO is interested in technology that supports the warfighter in two focus areas that can be addressed separately.  The first area, Ground-Based Aerial Denial, is defined as solutions that are ground-launched with no inflight terminal guidance, providing denial or defeat of single or multiple sUAS.  The Ground-Based Aerial Denial focus area does not include ground emitted Cyber or Electronic Attack through radio frequency waves.  Ground-based Aerial Denial systems shall cost less than fifteen thousand U.S. dollars (US15k) per UAS engaged on average to operate at expected production rates.  The second area, Handheld Solutions, is defined as C-sUAS capability that is held, attached to a weapon, or service member while conducting dismounted operations.  Dismounted Solutions shall weigh less than twenty-four pounds (24 lbs.) and solutions shall cost less than thirty-seven thousand U.S. dollars (USD37k) per system at expected production rates.  Total systems selected for demonstration will not exceed ten (10) systems.

This is a competitive solicitation seeking white-papers for innovative technologies that accelerate attainment of critical technologies.  This solicitation may result in the award of prototype projects, which include not only commercially-available technologies fuelled by commercial or strategic investment, but also concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development activities that can incrementally improve commercial technologies, existing government-owned capabilities, or concepts for defence application.  Both large and small businesses, as well as academic institutions, are encouraged to respond.  The information provided may be used by the Department of Defense (DoD) in developing its acquisition strategy, statement of work or performance work statements, and/or statement of objectives.  Interested parties are responsible to adequately mark proprietary, restricted or competition sensitive information contained in their response accordingly.  The government will not reimburse respondents for any cost associated with the submission of the information being requested or reimburse expenses incurred to the interested parties for responses.

To ensure the most capable equipment is provided to the Operational Forces, JCO intends to conduct a demonstration as part of an informative event supporting future Joint Service Leads and industry onramps. The demonstration is projected to take place during September of 2021.

Tender number: JCO_Technology_Focus_Areas

Responsible organisation: Department of the US Army

Deadline: May 28, 2021

(Image: Soldiers keep watch on targets during a joint combat live-fire event using the Gepard air defense system at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Feb. 2, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)

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