The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a sole source Request for Proposal (RFP) for a two-year (2) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract to Aerovironment, Inc. (AV), 85 Moreland Rd., Simi Valley, CA, 93065-1662, for the procurement of Blackwing 10C Electro-Optic (EO) and Infrared (IR) equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), P/N 89252, in support of the Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System (SLUAS) Program and the PMS-425 Program Office. These units will be used on various Navy submarine platforms during the SLUAS Middle Tier Acquisition program execution, estimated to be completed in May 2023.
Tactical Temporary Installations (TEMPALT) of the SLUAS system integrating the Blackwing 10C Electro-Optic (EO) and Infrared (IR) equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), P/N 89252, is projected to be approved on 10 March 2021. In order to meet FY21-FY23 TEMPALT installation requirements, the US Navy intends to procure up to 120 Blackwing 10C UAVs. The ordering period of the planned IDIQ contract is projected to begin May 2021 and end May 2023, with deliveries beginning as early as August 2021. AV is the only known responsible source that possesses the facilities, tooling, equipment, manufacturing expertise, and technical expertise to provide the required Blackwing 10C UAVs within the Government’s required delivery and ordering period. The Blackwing 10C UAVs have already been developed, tested, and demonstrated successful integration with the rest of the SLUAS components and subsystems. Consequently, the Navy intends to award a sole source contract to AV pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.