This announcement constitutes a Request for Information (RFI) for planning purposes. This is NOT a Request for Proposals. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS EXIST AT THIS TIME. The Initial Capability Document (ICD) for Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Maritime Strike (MS), JROC validated on 8 November 2019 established a requirement for a vertical lift capability to support the US Navy, recapitalizing their existing fleet of MH-60R/S and MQ-8B/C systems.  This new capability is expected to have an IOC in the mid-twenty thirty’s timeframe to support all described Navy missions.

The RFI is here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/bd38391fe9de4d388d1579ab31f03bb1/view

The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98) has directed an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) be conducted to support efforts to identify cost-effective alternatives to fill capability gaps in the MH-60R/S and MQ-8C as they begin to reach their end of service in the 2030s. The MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles are the pillars of the Naval Helicopter Concept of Operations for the 21st century.  The Warfighting Capability provided, whether deployed as Carrier Air Wing squadrons embarked on aircraft carriers under the leadership of carrier air wing commanders or as Expeditionary squadrons embarked on LHAs/LHDs, surface combatants and logistics vessels, is broad and unparalleled in naval warfare.  N98 has identified a requirement to assess potential solutions for: 1) Capability gaps due to the increasingly sophisticated adversary as well as 2) Capacity gaps incurred with aging and expected retirement of the MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles. Identification of solution options for these gaps for a family of manned and unmanned systems is of paramount importance and is expected to support the broad range of decisions associated with the recapitalization of the MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and the MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles systems.

The alternatives will be evaluated for Naval Aviation Contributions across the full range of mission areas. Each unique attribute category was defined to assess potential capability gaps in this timeframe for these scenarios. They are (in no order of importance):

  • Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISR&T)
  • Surface Warfare (SUW)
  • Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • Mine Counter Measures (MCM)
  • Air Warfare (AW)
  • Electronic Warfare (EW)
  • Search and Rescue (SAR)
  • Command and Control
  • SOF Support
  • Embark Aviation and Air Capable Ships
  • Conduct Logistics
  • Conduct Patient Movement
  • Signature Control

The Naval Air Systems Command is conducting a request for information to obtain industry input relative to its capabilities to potentially satisfy the needs identified in the FVL (MS) ICD and inform the FVL (MS) AoA. Please submit the following information to indicate your interest in responding, as well as to demonstrate your ability to receive the complete RFI (provided SEPCOR):

  1. Reference Number associated with this RFI announcement
  2. CAGE code
  3. POC name, email address, classified email address, mailing address, and telephone number to contact for any necessary clarifications, to receive additional information, for additional data required by the analysis, and for information on any necessary non-disclosure agreements
  4. Describe your company’s ability to manage, secure and transmit information up to the SECRET level

The requested information should be provided to Stephen Troutman (stephen.troutman@navy.mil). Upon receipt of requested information and verification of credentials, an information package will be provided via classified email with everything needed to provide all required data in a response to the RFI. Final responses to the RFI must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT [13 April 2021; 75 calendar days from release]. Provide the response via CD ROM/DVD. The classified responses (including supporting data) should be handled as:

On the outer envelope send to:

Commander
Naval Air Systems Command
Mission Engineering and Analysis Department
Bldg 2187, Suite 1180
48110 Shaw Road
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1906

Mark the inner envelope:

Naval Air Systems Command
Mission Engineering and Analysis Department
Bldg 2187, Rm 1120-D3
ATTN: Mr. Stephen Troutman
48110 Shaw Road
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1906

The electronic copy of your response must be in Microsoft Office 2016 or Adobe Acrobat 2020 readable formats. Following a review of the responses received, NAVAIR may elect to schedule one-on-one meetings with some respondents or ask follow-up questions to gain additional information about the proposed solution(s). NOTE: This RFI is issued for the purpose of determining market interest, feasibility, and capability of sources and does not constitute an Invitation for Bids (IFB), a Request for Proposals (RFP), a Request for Quotes (RFQ) or an indication that the Government will contract for any of the items and/or services contained in this notice.  The Government is only seeking possible sources and information for the Analysis of Alternatives and future needs.   No solicitation document exists.  However, respondents to this Request for Information will not be excluded from consideration for contract participation in any potential follow-on hardware development activity.   All information received in response to this notice that is marked Proprietary will be handled accordingly. Responses to this notice will not be returned. No reimbursement will be made for any costs to provide information in response to this announcement or any follow-up information requests. Information contained herein is based on the best information available at the time of publication, is subject to revision, and is not binding upon the Government. Availability of any formal solicitation will be announced under a separate Beta.Sam announcement.