Request for Information (RFI) Multi-Mission Affordable Capacity Effector (MACE) Weapon System

expired opportunity(Expired)
From: Federal Government(Federal)
N00019-24-RFPREQ-WPM242-0097

Basic Details

started - 26 Feb, 2024 (1 month ago)

Start Date

26 Feb, 2024 (1 month ago)
due - 15 Mar, 2024 (29 days ago)

Due Date

15 Mar, 2024 (29 days ago)
Bid Notification

Type

Bid Notification
N00019-24-RFPREQ-WPM242-0097

Identifier

N00019-24-RFPREQ-WPM242-0097
DEPT OF DEFENSE

Customer / Agency

DEPT OF DEFENSE (703818)DEPT OF THE NAVY (156056)NAVAIR (14222)NAVAIR HQS (3684)NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND (3291)
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Updated 26 February 2024 to extend response due date to 15 March 2024.Pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.201(e), this notice is issued as a Request for Information (RFI). The Naval Air Systems Command is seeking information from industry to identify responsible sources that have the capability, experience and facilities required to support the United States Navy (USN) Multi-mission Affordable Capacity Effector (MACE) weapon system. The Government is seeking information and data regarding the development and fielding of MACE.BackgroundThe Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD is conducting market research to determine if there are any responsible sources that have the capability, experience and facilities required to support the rapid development, maturation, integration, prototyping, test, qualification and initial fielding of prototype units in support of the USN Multi-mission Affordable Capacity Effector (MACE) weapon system.The USN requires the rapid
development, prototyping and fielding of an air-launched weapon with adequate stand-off ranges to provide desired lethality without exposing manned platforms to significant survivability risks and jeopardizing mission effectiveness. The USN desired MACE solution will maximize weapon load-out and constrain unit costs to permit large production quantities and optimum inventory levels. MACE will achieve increased range at lower costs by leveraging investments by the Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology enterprise and industry partners to integrate a high-maturity propulsion system with proven payloads that are designed with a high quantity production mindset. MACE will be designed with Weapons Open System Architecture (WOSA) and government-owned interfaces to permit rapid and affordable future upgrades and enable multi-variant production. Designing for F-35A/C internal-carriage will expand partnership and cost-sharing opportunities and immediately maximize stores-carriage on F/A-18E/F.The objective of this notice is to help the Government determine if there are existing sources with the capability and experience to rapidly prototype, integrate, test and field a long-range, network-enabled weapon system capable of launch from a F/A-18E/F and F-35A/C to meet the following requirements:Mandatory Requirements:Development: MACE shall be developed using digital engineering, WOSA compliance and an exportability-minded design that results in a modular weapon system capable of integrating alternative seekers, payloads and other subcomponents for different weapons variants as well as affordable upgrades to outpace adversaries without disrupting production throughput.Carrier Compliance: MACE shall meet Weapon Systems Explosives Safety Review Board (WSESRB) compliance.Range: Complimentary to LRASM C-1.1. Classified information available upon request.Desired Requirements:Aircraft Employment: MACE shall be compatible with carriage on F/A-18E/F, as the threshold platform. MACE should be designed for internal carriage of 4 AURs in F-35A/C to enable future integration. MACE shall be compatible with existing internal carriage racks and/or mounting points approved for use on F-35A/C.Launch Envelope: Range achieved from 30,000 MSL, 0.8 Mach deliverySupport Equipment: MACE shall be designed to utilize common support and test equipmentPayload: 75lbs.Guidance: MACE shall incorporate a guidance system that detects and targets moving surface combatants and surface targets.Cost: Under $300,000 USD per AURProduction: A minimum of 500 AURs per yearEOC: Fiscal Year 2027Responses to this RFI are requested for the development of the AUR or for specific components, such as seekers or propulsion systems that could meet MACE requirements. Industry partners that cannot develop or integrate an AUR but have technology for incorporation are encouraged to submit a response.Information DesiredThe following information regarding the development and fielding of MACE is requested:· Design and Development:Specify the components that could be used to meet the requirements of the MACE weapon system and the integration activities that would be needed for the AUR. Provide the following information for the components and AUR:weight,dimensions,carriage method,range, speed,WOSA/GRA and WSESRB compliance,cyber/anti-tamper compliance,Common Munitions Built-in-test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE)/ Standardized Tester of Reprogrammable Munitions (STORM) compatibilityunique support equipment and/or tooling requirementsDescribe the approach to the following MACE concepts:aircraft integration,exportability,modeling and digital engineering,mission planning,storageDescribe the components (payload, seeker, etc.) that could be interchangeable in the MACE weapon system.Specify the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of the components and the development, test, and qualification activities required to get to initial fielding.Explain any trades, limitations, or requirements that are unable to be met for the described MACE concept.Cost and Schedule (FRP):Provide a cost breakdown of FY24, FY25 and FY26 Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation non-recurring engineering costs, recurring engineering costs, facilitization costs, special tooling/special test equipment costs, infrastructure costs, and any other funding required (both government contribution and internal industry funding) to get to a first flight test and the costs each year to get to initial fielding.Specify the schedule for development, missile integration, aircraft integration, prototyping, test, qualification and initial fielding milestones.Production:Specify the facilities that would be utilized for the MACE concept and expected throughput of AURs per year.Provide the Maintenance Readiness Level (MRL) of the components and the related activities required to get to initial fieldingPartnerships:Describe the expected collaboration activities with the Naval Aviation /Surface Warfare Centers and support required to develop and field the MACE concept.Response Submittal InstructionsResponses to this RFI will be used for information and planning purposes only. This is not a solicitation.In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO AWARD A CONTRACT ON THE BASIS OF THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR OTHERWISE PAY FOR THE INFORMATION SOLICITED. Responders are responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI and for any costs associated with subsequent discussions. The Government will not provide any form of compensation or reimbursement for the information provided.Responses to this RFI are not to exceed 10 pages in length on 8.5 x 11 paper with one-inch margins and font no smaller than 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier New. A two-sided page will be considered two pages for the purpose of counting the 10-page limit. A cover page may be included and will not count toward the 10-page limit. The following may be included as a single page each and will not count toward the 10-page limit: cost breakdown, schedule breakdown, diagram of MACE concept.All submissions should include the RFI Reference Number, company, address, CAGE code, DUNS number, a point of contact with a phone number and email address, and business size status for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code(s) relevant to yourcompany’s response (i.e., large business, small business, certified 8(a) concern, veteran-owned, HUBZone, woman-owned, etc.). Responses to this RFI may NOT be submitted via facsimile. It is preferred that responses are submitted electronically. Acknowledgement of receipt will be provided if request for return receipt is included with the response. All information submitted will be adequately safeguarded from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with FAR Part 15.207. Summary papers that fail to comply with the above instructions or present ideas not pertinent to the subject may not be reviewed. Information submitted in response to this RFI is submitted at no cost to the Government and will not be returned. Responses to this RFI may be proprietary to the responding company. It is incumbent upon sources providing responses to this RFI to accurately mark all data with all appropriate data rights, distribution statements, and classification markings. Submissions shall clearly identify any proprietary elements of the system. All responses shall be labeled appropriately, and will be handled accordingly. A comprehensive response to this RFI may require a CLASSIFIED response. To the extent practical, responses should be UNCLASSIFIED, complemented by CLASSIFIED appendices (up to GENSER SECRET) if required.UNCLASSIFIED questions to this RFI shall be submitted electronically and include in the subject line: “[INSERT COMPANY NAME] Questions: Multi-Mission Affordable Capacity Effector” to the following:Contracting Officer: Kathryn Volpe, Kathryn.l.volpe2.civ@us.navy.milStrategic Initiatives, Military Director: LtCol Joseph Madren, Joseph.s.madren.mil@us.navy.milStrategic Initiatives, Engineer: Alexa Hedspeth, logan.a.hedspeth.civ@us.navy.milUNCLASSIFIED responses to this RFI shall be submitted electronically in an encrypted form (encrypted email or via the DoD Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE)) no later than 5:00 PM EST 15 March 2024, as follows:Subject line: “[INSERT COMPANY NAME] - Multi-Mission Affordable Capacity Effector”Submitted in Microsoft Word (.docx) or Portable Document Format (.pdf) formatSubmitted to the following points of contact:Contracting Officer: Kathryn Volpe, Kathryn.l.volpe2.civ@us.navy.milStrategic Initiatives, Military Director: LtCol Joseph Madren, Joseph.s.madren.mil@us.navy.milStrategic Initiatives, Engineer: Alexa Hedspeth, logan.a.hedspeth.civ@us.navy.milClassified responses or clarifying questions (such as the actual range requirement) up to the GENSER SECRET level should be sent to:Strategic Initiatives, Military Director: LtCol Joseph Madren, Joseph.s.madren2@navy.smil.milStrategic Initiatives, Engineer: Alexa Hedspeth, logan.hedspeth@navy.smil.milMailing address:Outer envelope: PEO (U&W), PMA-242 Building 2272, Suite 252 47123 Buse Rd Patuxent River, MD 20670 Inner envelope: PEO (U&W), PMA-242 Building 2272, Suite 252 47123 Buse Rd Patuxent River, MD 20670 (Attn: Alexa Hedspeth)SummaryThis announcement constitutes a Request for Information (RFI) led by The Naval Air Systems Command pursuant to FAR 52.215-3 – Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes. As stated above, this is NOT a request for Proposal. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS EXIST AT THIS TIME. THIS RFI IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT, NOR WILL THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR ANY INFORMATION SOLICITED OR PROVIDED.The information provided in this RFI is subject to change and is not binding by the Government. The Naval Air Systems Command has not made a commitment to procure any of the items discussed, and release of this RFI should not be construed as such a commitment or as authorization to incur cost for which reimbursement would be required or sought. This sources sought is being used as a market research tool pursuant to FAR Part 10 to determine potential sources and their technical capabilities. The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement. The applicable NAICS code currently assigned to this procurement is 334511.Primary Technical Points of Contact:LtCol Joseph Madren, Military Director, Strategic InitiativesJoseph.s.madren.mil@us.navy.milJoseph.s.madren2@navy.smil.milPhone: (804) 426-2516Alexa Hedspeth, Engineer, Strategic InitiativesLogan.a.hedspeth.civ@us.navy.milLogan.hedspeth@navy.smil.milContracting Officer:Kathryn VolpeKathryn.l.volpe2.civ@us.navy.mil

Patuxent River ,
 MD  20670  USALocation

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Country : United StatesState : MarylandCity : Patuxent River

Office Address : NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS CMD HEADQUARTERS NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER , MD 20670-5000 USA

Country : United StatesState : MarylandCity : Patuxent River

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