US defence department updates pre-solicitation notice relating to ongoing counter sUAS procurement

In the latest update to the US Air Force requirement for counter small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) capabilities, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has released a digital copy of the Tech Read Library Instructions for review by potential small business offerors. The name of the document is C-sUAS Digital Tech Read Library_Instr_20201006.

This follows an update in August which highlighted small business participation; released industry day question & answer responses; and notice of suspension of the Technical Read Library Access in March.

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome NY (AFRL/RI) has a requirement provide a focused yet flexible, rapid, agile contracting vehicle between Air Force Research Laboratory, its products centres, and the operational community to support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of Counter small Unmanned Aircraft System (C-sUAS) capabilities.  These capabilities are to be used in combating Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)—and others leveraging COTS technology—presently being used by our adversaries in asymmetric warfare against U.S. military personnel and materiel.  Emphasis will be placed on:

  1. a) development of technology capability solutions that address specific user requirements;
  2. b) delivery of prototype technologies for evaluation and feedback in the context of the user’s operational environment; and
  3. c) provision of a mechanism for user acquisition of limited product quantities required for operational introduction of technologies.  Anticipated deliverables include software, hardware, technical documentation and technical reports.

For the aforementioned requirements, the Government anticipates a single award Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) research and development (R&D) contract with Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee Completion (CPFF/C) Task Orders, an ordering period of seventy-two (72) months, and a maximum ordering amount of approximately USD490,000,000.

The North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code for this effort is 541715 with a small business size standard of 1,500 employees based on the Aircraft, Aircraft Engine, and Engine Parts exception.

At time of award, the successful Offeror must be able to provide approximately 20% of proposed personnel to be TS/SCI cleared and assigned at time of award, with graduated increases in proportion over time.  During performance, the Contractor’s continued ability to meet security requirements will be evaluated.  It is anticipated that Foreign Allied Participation will be excluded at the prime contractor level.

A technical library relating to the subject area of this acquisition will be made available.  Potential Offerors will first need to request access through AFRL/RI personnel.  Full instructions and contact information are contained within attachment 1 of this posting.  For planning purposes, potential Offerors who wish to gain access to the Technical Read Library will be required to sign a “Statement of Terms for Receipt of Technical Read Library Access”, provide a copy of an approved DD Form 2345 “Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement”, and provide a letter from the Data Custodian designated on that form authorizing access by whomever will be reviewing the library.

Evaluation of the capability packages received in response to the Request for Information (RFI-RIKD-19-01) resulted in a determination that a small business set-aside could be established.

Notice ID: FA875020R1000

Air Force Research Laboratory

NAICS Code: 541715

Product service code: AD93 – R&D

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