The United States Air Force requires two airliner class aircraft to support the Treaty on Open Skies missions. Aircraft performance, sustainment, recovery, mission execution and processing requirements of unarmed flights conducted over States Parties to Treaty on Open Skies are defined herein. Both of these aircraft will leverage current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates of Airworthiness (AW) and the processes required for aircraft AW certification preservation. In addition, all USAF requirements must be met, including the installation and integration of Digital Visual Imaging System (DVIS) into the selected aircraft’s structure and avionics architecture.
Deployment and training concepts should leverage existing contractor facilities, equipment, curriculum, and existing USAF infrastructures (personnel, facilities, processes and equipment) that are required to preserve and sustain aircraft AW certifications and readiness standards for mission execution.
The Government is seeking industry input on the questions outlined here. Industry responses to the RFI are required by close of business on 27 September 2018.