The Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) in support of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance/Special Operations Forces (ISR/SOF) Directorate — BIG SAFARI — is seeking information in support of market research for potential alternative and improved solutions for Electro-optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) sensors to primarily support the MQ-9 Reaper and potentially other Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY.  As part of market research, it is being issued in accordance with (IAW) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.201(e), “RFIs may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.” This is not a solicitation/request for proposal and no contract shall be resultant from this RFI. Companies responding to this RFI are advised that participation does not ensure involvement in future solicitations nor contract awards. The Government will not pay for any information received in response to this RFI, nor will the Government compensate any respondent for any costs incurred in developing the information provided to the Government. Respondents are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.

The solicitation is here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/0ae90005954f424e852a0c7d2e2fc4e1/view

Responses are due on 9 April 2021.