he Army RCCTO seeks solutions, approaches and prototypes for an offensive unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) swarm that is a group of three or more UAS robots that perform tasks cooperatively, in a decentralized manner, while receiving limited or no control from a human operators. Such a swarm of UASs, also referred to as a “kit”, should integrate reliable target identification, and shall be deployable via a truck (Joint Light tactical Vehicle (JLTV) or High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)) or trailer mounted configuration, and shall provide kinetic effects on a list of targets. The objective range of the kit is 10-30km.
This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. This request shall not be construed as a solicitation announcement, invitation for bids, request for proposals, request for quotes, or an indication that the government will contract for the items contained in this notice. Interested contractors are invited to provide responses to the RFI. Both large and small businesses, as well as academic institutions, are encouraged to respond. The information provided may be used by the Army in developing its acquisition strategy, statement of work/performance work statements, and/or statement of objectives. Interested parties are responsible to adequately mark proprietary, restricted or competition sensitive information contained in their response accordingly. The government will not reimburse respondents for any cost associated with the submission of the information being requested or reimburse expenses incurred to the interested parties for responses. This request does not constitute a solicitation for proposals or the authority to enter into negotiations to award a contract. No funds have been authorized, appropriated, or received for this effort.
All interested parties should submit a capabilities statement with a maximum of ten (10) pages.
Responses should also include, but are not limited to the following:
- Estimates on how long you require to design, prototype, and deliver kits as described above.
- Estimates on known testing requirements.
- Provide an overview of how you would produce the kits.
- Provide examples of past swarming work you have performed.
- Provide a ROM cost.
Recommendations: Based on your system’s capabilities as sought above and your company’s understanding of the operating environment, provide any additional recommended capability requirements and performance thresholds. Please highlight unique capabilities that make your product stand out. This information will help bound the art of the possible for the effort in the timeframe we have available.
Provide Company information to include:
Name, Mailing Address, and CAGE Code (if available). Business Size Status for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code of this RFI. Technical and Business Points of Contact to include: Telephone Numbers and Email Addresses.
Indicate whether your company is a Large Business, Small Business, or Academic Institution
Indicate whether your company is a non-traditional defense contractor (*see definition below).
If your company’s proposed approach has been proposed to or previously funded by any federal agency. Identify each specific agency and all applicable contract/agreement numbers.
*Non-traditional defense contractor is defined in 10 U.S.C. § 2302(9) as an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding this RFI, any contract or subcontract for the Department of Defense that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.
Notice: Respondents are cautioned that Government support contractors may serve as non-government advisors providing support and/or review of any submittals in response to this RFI. These individuals will be authorized access only to those portions of the submission that are necessary to enable them to perform their respective duties. Such firms are expressly prohibited from competing on the subject acquisition. Submissions in response to this RFI constitutes approval to release submitted information to Government support contractors. All support contractors will comply with procurement Integrity Laws.
Submissions must be submitted no later than 15:00ET on Wednesday, 07 July 2021 via email to Jolynda Ivy at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions shall be clearly marked “Capabilities Statement for Offensive Unmanned Aircraft Systems Swarm”. Only UNCLASSIFIED Capabilities Statements will be accepted. The Government does not intend to publish any questions or comments received as a result of this announcement. Telephone inquiries regarding this RFI will not be accepted.