1. PROGRAM: Program Manager Light Armored Vehicles (PM LAV)

2. SUBJECT: MARKET RESEARCH FOR THE FAMILY OF LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES (FoLAV) LIFECYCLE REQUIREMENTS IN THE AREA OF ROBOTICS.

3. DESCRIPTION AND BACKGROUND: In July 2019, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) released Planning Guidance creating a paradigm shift in how the Marine Corps anticipates operating in the future environment. This resulted in Force Structure redesign and the need for new materiel solutions to support the future fight.  The Marine Corps is exploring opportunities that exist in the area of robotic technologies in order to make Marines more agile, lethal, survivable and effective.

4. INFORMATION SOUGHT:

PM LAV is interested in robotics technologies that decrease the cognitive burden placed on the Marine, increase the standoff distance from the Marine to the controlled vehicle, and can enter amphibious operations without the need for special vehicle preparations.

By reducing the cognitive burden on the Marine, mission effectiveness can be increased in other areas. Standoff distance is of considerable interest, to include technologies that enable secure communication from the controller to the controlled vehicle, as well as vision system(s) that provide necessary situational awareness. Amphibious operations are a crucial element of Marine Corps operations so the ability to enter these operations without needing a Marine to prepare the vehicle to swim or assess water conditions (i.e. current, depth, approach angle, etc.) is of special consideration.

  1. Would your company be interested in receiving an LAV via a bailment agreement in order to convert it into an amphibious Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV)? If a bailment agreement is entered into, the vehicle would be provided for your and the United States Government’s mutual benefit as full and adequate consideration, with no commitment by the United States Government to pursue any proposed or future procurement actions with the potential Bailee.
  2. If you answered yes to question 1, please describe how you would approach the conversion.  Your approach shall include at a minimum:
    • Proposed design summary and plan
      • PM LAV anticipates the use of LAV-Logistics variant, but identify if another variant would be more applicable to your solution set.
    • Internal Research and Development (IR&D) funding, assets, equipment and resources your company has available for this effort. 
    • Proposed schedule for the effort

5. RESPONSES:

Response Format: Electronic responses are required in any of the following formats: Microsoft Word 2016 or earlier, Microsoft Excel 2016 or earlier, Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 or earlier or Adobe Acrobat. The maximum size of each e-mail message should be no more than three and one-half (3.5) megabytes. You may use multiple e-mail messages. The subject line must include the message number, (example: 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3), and quote mark “[Company’s Name] response to PMO LAV RCV Market Survey”. All interested firms, regardless of size, are encouraged to respond to this request for information.

It is not necessary to respond to this market survey in order to be eligible for future contract awards.

Responses Due: It is anticipated that the Beta.Sam announcement window will open on 08 September 2020. Responses shall be furnished to the government by NLT 1600 local EST 15 October 2020. Please submit electronic responses to this survey, as well as questions for clarification to:

Melissa Bays, melissa.c.bays.civ@mail.mil

RESPONSES SHOULD INCLUDE:

Company Identification

Company Name:
CAGE Code:
Mailing Address:
Company Website:
Location of Facilities:
Point of Contact:
Phone Number:
Fax Number:
Email:

Company business size and active System for Acquisition Management (SAM) information: In addition, provide your organization’s past and current experience and contracts related to the research, development, and evaluation of your technology or enhancement. Identify other organizations or countries that are using your product and technology.

6. DISCLAIMER:

This Sources Sought Notice is for informational purposes only. The information in this notice is subject to change and is not binding on the Government. This is not a request for proposal, does not constitute a solicitation, and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to purchase enhancements, hardware or services for the FoLAV. Responses in any form are not considered offers and the Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. Funds are NOT available to pay for preparation of responses to this announcement. Any information submitted by respondents to this Sources Sought Notice is strictly voluntary.

Since this is not a request for proposal, respondents WILL NOT be notified regarding information obtained related to this Sources Sought Notice. Responses will not be returned nor will detailed feedback be made available. If and when a solicitation is issued, it will be posted on www.Beta.Sam.gov. It is the respondent’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the releases of any additional market surveys, synopses or solicitations.

Proprietary Information. The United States Government (USG) acknowledges its obligations under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (18 U.S.C. §1905) to protect confidential information provided to the Government. Pursuant to this statute, the USG is willing to accept any trade secrets or proprietary restrictions placed upon data presented in response to this survey and to protect such information from unauthorized disclosure, subject to the following:

• Data must be clearly marked PROPRIETARY and be accompanied by an explanatory text so that the Government is clearly notified on what data is proprietary.

• Mark only data that is truly proprietary.

• Do not mark data that is already in the public domain or is already in possession of the USG or third parties on an unclassified basis. Do not submit any classified data in response to this market survey.

• Proprietary data transmitted electronically must have the PROPRIETARY legend on both the cover of the transmittal e-mail as well as at the beginning of the file. Proprietary information contained within the correspondence shall use the legends: “PROPRIETARY PORTION BEGINS” and “PROPRIETARY PORTION ENDS.”

Disclaimer: The Government is not responsible for the public disclosure of unmarked data received in response to this market survey. Accordingly, the potential offeror shall ensure that technical data provided in response to this market survey shall be appropriately marked (i.e. proprietary) to ensure proper Government handling of the data. Should the USG need to reproduce the protected data for distribution purposes between Government offices, all such data shall be reproduced with restrictive legends in place.

The details are here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/53046171b18143c39a3fa4860252a06f/view