US Joint Counter small Unmanned Aircraft Systems seeks C-UAS detect and kinetic defeat white papers

The US Joint Counter small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) Office (JCO) has issued a Request for White Papers (RFWP) for Detect and Kinetic Defeat of Group 3 sUAS Systems Demonstration.

The tender was published on November 18, 2022 with an Original Response Date of November 29, 2022.

According to a tender document published on the website:

“This Project Announcement (PA) is a four-phased project announcement. The JCO and Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) are seeking whitepapers to identify industry interest in demonstrating detect and kinetic defeat of Group 3 sUAS at distances equal to or greater than 2 kilometers (km) slant range. The purpose is to identify potential performers that may have promising technologies or approaches relative to the mission described below. Following government evaluation of the whitepaper submissions, the Offerors may then be asked to participate in the JCO Demonstration tentatively scheduled for January 2023. This demonstration may be used to inform security cooperation cases and may result in the award of competitively selected prototype projects. Vendors should only submit a White Paper for consideration if their system will be operationally ready for testing by 3 January 2023.

The government seeks Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6+ ( solutions for the purpose of detect and defeat of Group 3 sUAS threats. The overarching government objective is to rapidly procure production representative, cost-effective detect, track, identify and defeat system(s) for Group 3 sUAS threats for the full threat flight envelope, including at a distance greater than or equal to 2 km in distance.

This is a competitive solicitation seeking innovative technologies that accelerate attainment of these critical technologies and may result in the award of prototype projects, which include not only commercially available technologies fueled 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 defense application. Both large and small businesses, 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/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.

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