US Navy 11 Meter Rigid Inflatable Boat (Cabin)

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States

US Navy 11 Meter Rigid Inflatable Boat (Cabin)

Department of the Navy

Official Address:
SEA 02
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue SE Washington Navy Yard DC 20376

Zip Code:

Maureen D. Barlow, Email – Matt Warncke, Assistant Program Manager, Email


Date Posted:


Contract Description:

This is a Request for Information (RFI) notice only. This is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a formal solicitation is not available at this time. This notice does not constitute a commitment by the Government to issue an RFP, contract, or order.

This RFI is for informational planning purposes and it is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government for any actual procurement of materials, machinery, or services. This RFI does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service. The Government will not pay for any effort expended or any material provided in response to this announcement. All costs associated with responding to this RFI are solely at the responding parties’ expense.

This RFI is open to all interested parties both foreign and domestic. Should an RFP for production be issued, boat designs which originate outside the U.S. are permitted as long as the prime contractor can meet all domestic United States manufacturing and solicitation requirements.

Responses to this notice are not offers and will not be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract or agreement. The Government will not be obligated to pursue any particular acquisition alternative because of this RFI. Responses to the RFI will not be returned. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future solicitation, if one is issued. Specific responses to the approaches will not disqualify or have an impact on participation and evaluation on future solicitations.


The overall objective of this RFI is to provide industry and interested parties with information that will assist in the understanding of current technical requirements for a potential 11m RIB Cabin Variant. No specific information is required in response to this RFI; however, interested parties may respond and indicate interest as desired.

The Navy plans to award a contract in FY20 for an estimated 2 boats, to be delivered to Navy stock points in San Diego, CA, and Williamsburg, VA.

The notional schedule listed below is provided for planning purposes only. The Government is not obligated to pursue this schedule or a future solicitation because of this RFI.

1. Release draft RFP 1st QTR FY20.
2. Release final RFP 2nd QTR FY20.

Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future solicitation, if one is issued.


The primary mission of the 11m RIBs is to serve as the ship’s Ready Service Life Boat. The RIBs are multi-purpose platforms with several secondary missions, including Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) operations, Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and Vessel Boarding, Search and Seizure (VBSS) and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).

One of the operational requirements for shipboard RIBs is that each boat must be carried aboard and deployed from its mother ship. In order to meet the deployment requirement, each boat must be compatible (within weight limitations) with multiple existing shipboard handling (launch and retrieval) and stowage systems (davits).

Because the boats are deployed worldwide, it is encouraged they be procured with core standard systems to maximize compatibility with existing US Navy craft logistics and training programs and minimize impact to Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) aspects (provisioning, training, etc.). Key logistically-significant systems are specified to achieve ILS commonality across acquisition contract years and thus Reduce Total Ownership Cost (R-TOC).
11m RIB Cabin Key Characteristics:
• FRP boats – ~36 ft. in hull length, ~9 ft. beam.
• Twin inboard diesel engine propulsion w/water jets; twin 380 hp. engines, water jets, and marine gear.
• Design Hoisting Weight – 17,637 lb. max.
• Hoisting Load Condition – Boat Complete w/full fuel (280 gal), 6 crew @ 185 lb. ea., and Single point hoisting sling set and 2-point hoisting slings; ~37 kt. top speed in this condition.
• Full Load Condition – Boat Complete w/full fuel (280 gal), 26 crew @ 185 lb. ea., and Single point hoisting sling set and 2-point hoisting slings; ~32 kt. top speed in this condition.
• Cabin: Notionally to provide 6-person FRP cabin with control console. Seating for 2 crew at console and seating for 4 persons on bench seats port and starboard. Space and grabrails provided for 3 additional persons to stand in Cabin. Thermal insulation headliner. Framed watertight windows installed to provide 360-degree minimally obstructed field of vision from operator’s station. Sliding side windows. Windows should at least have safety glass with a scratch resistant, water repelling coating. Cabin to have 6’5″ minimum clearance for crew to comfortably stand during operations.
• Forward and aft centerline gun mount foundations for .50 CAL or M240 (7.62mm) machine gun.
• VHF radio, Navnet 3D radar/nav package, MOBI, folding arch w/blue light, hailer/siren, and HVAC system.
• Space, weight, power reservations and cabling backbone for post-delivery installation of tactical communications package (“Drop-in Comm Package” or DICP).
• Protective collar
• Integral hoist and tow fittings


Interested parties are free to submit any information which may assist the Navy in its market research.

Interested sources are encouraged to submit a capability summary that does not exceed five (5) pages in length. Submission in PDF format is desired. Drawings sized to 8.5″x11″ or 11″x17″. All other documentation sized to 8.5″x11″.

The following information is requested (Please use as a checklist):

1. Provide company contact information.
 a. Name
 b. Position/Title
 c. Email Address
 d. Telephone Number
2. Provide GSA schedule, if applicable. The Navy is considering placing an order for these boats off the GSA schedule, therefore please also include:
 a. A discussion of any Navy requirements for the 11m RIB Cabin that may not be part of the GSA contract.
 b. Identify any issues with issuing this contract on GSA (if none, please state “none”).
3. Provide location of company production facilities, if applicable.
4. Describe facility production capacity (e.g. estimate on total construction time for one 11m RIB Cabin; and how many 11m RIB Cabin boats can be built per year), if applicable.
5. Provide any technical concerns with the production of the 11m RIB Cabin variants. If none, please state “none”.
6. Identify alternative contracting approaches, if any, that would benefit industry. If none, please state “none”.
7. Provide a description of the company’s relevant experience.
 a. If applicable, identify the number of vessels that were delivered, dates delivered and customer.
8. Provide the approximate price for:
 a. Candidate vessel.
 b. Technical Manuals & Other Data.
 c. Potential savings due to quantity discount schemes.
9. General description of the company
 a. Small Business (Y/N)
 b. HUB Zone small business (Y/N)
 c. Service-Disabled Veteran Owned (Y/N)
 d. Economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) (Y/N)
 e. Women-owned small business (WOSB) concerns eligible (Y/N)

Respondents are responsible for properly marking and clearly identifying proprietary information or trade secrets contained within their response. The Government will not be liable for, or suffer any consequential damages for any proprietary information not properly marked and clearly identified. Information provided shall be treated as Business Sensitive and will not be shared outside of Government activities and agencies without the permission of the provider. Please do not provide classified information or use the marking “CONFIDENTIAL” as this marking is considered classified by the Government which would require special handling of the information.

Defense and commercial contractors, including small businesses, veteran-owned businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, HUBZone small businesses, and woman-owned small businesses are encouraged to monitor FBO for updates and to participate in any future solicitation, if one is issued.

This RFI is the continuation of market research under Part 10 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and is not a RFP. Questions or comments regarding the intended procurement plan or the draft requirements may be directed to: Roxie Thomas, Contracting Officer – NAVSEA 02(, Maureen Barlow, Contracting Officer – NAVSEA 02 ( or Matt Warncke, Assistant Program Manager – PEO Ships/PMS 325G (

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