In accordance with Part 10 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation the U.S. Government (USG) is issuing this RFI in an effort to understand market availability of unmanned ground vehicle capabilities described in this RFI. This understanding will inform an acquisition strategy and contract vehicle that will enable innovation and competition within the unmanned ground vehicle industrial base.

The Air Force is looking for sources to provide mid-sized high-endurance unmanned ground vehicles capable of supporting missions in austere environments with highly unstructured terrains.

Details are here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/30f6dc1a5fe0484b9dbd0146299499bd/view

AFLCMC/HNJX is requesting 10 pages, with a maximum of 10 pages of attachments[LJLCUAA1] submittal in contractor format addressing the topics below. These white papers may be followed up with comments/questions from the government team within 30 days of receipt. The government may also request in person deep-dives at the vendor’s location or by VTC. [LJLCUAA2] Reviewers will include military, Government civilians, and support contractors within the program office (A&AS, DMS, and FFRDC).

Topics to be addressed in vendor whitepapers: 

Key requirements: 

  1. Weight less than 85 pounds (threshold), 75 pounds (objective).
  2. Open architecture design to ease the integration of various payload systems up to 25 lbs, with appropriate power and data collections.
  3. Independent and untethered operation for 8 hours (threshold), 12 hours (objective)
  4. Sustained speed of up to 2  miles per hour (threshold), 5 miles per hour (objective)
  5. Semi-autonomous to fully autonomous operation.  Able to meet full operations in GPS denied environments.
  6. High endurance and easy to maintain.
  7. Ability to transverse stairs and highly unstructured terrain.
  8. Secure high-speed communications. Ability to incorporate multiple commercial and government communication payloads.
  9. Meets IP67 requirements for ingress protection (threshold), IP69 (objective)

All responses should include sufficient information as to hardware/software capabilities, technology maturity levels (TRL) and notional cost and schedule for deliveries.