Airborne Uninhabited Power Supply Obsolescence Redesign Request for information
Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States
Airborne Uninhabited Power Supply Obsolescence Redesign Request for information
Department of the Air Force
215 Page Rd Robins AFB GA 31098-1611
Traci L. Marshall, Phone 478-926-4957, Email Traci.Marshall@us.af.mil
The Government is seeking redesign/replacement solutions for old, difficult to repair or replace Airborne Uninhabited Power Supplies. There is a large inventory of power supplies that need redesign solutions. While the final acquisition strategy has not been determined, the tentative plan is to award at least 4 contracts in FY19 with a cumulative that value may exceed $100 million.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code has not been determined. The same Information is being requested for NAICS 334419 Other Electronic Component Manufacturing and NAICS 335311 Power, Distribution, and Specialty Transformer Manufacturing. Please respond to the NAICS that is most appropriate for your company.
THIS SOURCES SOUGHT IS FOR INFOMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUE A SOLICITATION AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION IS STRICTLTY VOLUNTARY.
The 408th Supply Chain Management Squadron (SCMS) plans, directs and manages the activities of the Electronic Warfare (EW) supply chain. The squadron provides sustainment life cycle management for EW systems to include developing enterprise demand/supply plans, developing/implementing sourcing strategies, executing the supply plan, and executing cognizant engineering authority to meet customer requirements, and manning support. The 408th SCMS is responsible for 89 systems providing aircraft/aircrew survivability protection in hostile environments by deception, denying functionality, and early detection of enemy weapon systems and includes PODS, Towed Decoys, Infrared Jammers, Radio Frequency Jammers, Missile Warning Systems, Radar Warning Receivers, Chaff & Flare Dispensers, Electronic Support Measures, EW Suite Controllers, and EW Test Sets for the Air Force, other services, and foreign military customers.
This RFI focuses primarily on airborne uninhabited power supplies associated with these systems across multiple platforms within the various services.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation in conjunction with the Airborne Uninhabited Power Supply Team intends to use information provided in response to this RFI and other market research, to refine the requirement, develop the acquisition strategy and to evaluate alternatives that will deliver the best value solution to supporting the 408th Electronic Warfare Team and other worldwide military customers.
4. REQUIRED CAPABILITIES/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
DLA Aviation would like to identify companies with the capability to design and manufacture airborne uninhabited power supplies. Power supplies range from low voltage (less than 50 volts) to estimated 20kV high voltage typically with known obsolescence. Redesign will require full qualification testing to validate conformance with specifications. Data will likely be limited to Form, Fit, Function and Interface (FFFI) data describing performance and testing specifications.
Please provide the following business information for your company and for any teaming or joint venture partners:
Point of Contact:
Web Page URL:
Business Type/Size for NAICS 335999 answer following questions:
Small Business (Yes/No)
Woman Owned Small Business (Yes/No)
Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (Yes/No)
Small Disadvantaged Business (Yes/No)
8(a) Certified (Yes/No)
HUB Zone Certified (Yes/No)
Veteran Owned Small Business (Yes/No)
Service Disabled Veteran Small Business (Yes/No)
System for Award Management Registration (Yes/No)
Is your company is domestically or foreign owned?
Electronic responses only, by 1400 Eastern Time15 June 2018. Please e-mail your response to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com
Questions on this Request for Information should be addressed to Traci Marshall, DLA Contracting Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org (478) 926-4957 and copy email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. CAPABILITY SURVEY QUESTIONS
NOTE: All responses to the below questions will be treated as proprietary.
A. General Capability Questions:
1. Describe how the following key performance parameters would influence your company’s ability or interest in performing a military airborne uninhabited power supply FFFI redesign based on performance specifications?
-Power converter type (AC to AC, AC to DC)
-Voltage/Power/Current levels (HV vs LV, up to 20kVDC)
-Intellectual property (rights) / data delivery requirements
-SWAP (Size/Weight/Power) constraints
-Coolant apparatus or style (ambient air, forced air, chill plate,
liquid cooled, etc.)
-Nuclear Hardness / EMP
-Architecture (switching, linear, etc.)
-Reliability / MTBF requirements
-Non-ideal input range (Voltage, Frequency, Spikes, etc.)
-List others (your inputs)
2. For products you have previously fielded, what repair or maintenance concept is employed?
3. What capabilities do you possess that are critical to the success of a power supply FFF redesign?
4. Discuss your company’s manufacturing capabilities or limitations in relation to power supply production?
-Special Processes/Equipment (e.g. Encapsulation/Hermetic
-Special Testing (Environmental, EMI/EMC, etc.)
-Long Lead Items/Procurement
-Facility certifications (e.g. AS9100)
– List others (your inputs)
B. General Questions:
1. What do you envision as the implementation and execution risk associated with this effort and how would you mitigate those risks?
C. General Comments:
Please provide any pertinent information that you think the Government should consider regarding this effort.