Air Force issues RFI for TETRAS program
On April 19, the U.S. Air Force posted a request for information for the Test & Evaluation Technologies for Ranges, Armaments & Spectrum (TETRAS) program. Responses are due no later than 8:00am CST on May 16. The agency plans to hold an Industry Day for the TETRAS IDIQ in August.
This posting is issued to create a conduit between AFTC/PZIE and industry to communicate on an upcoming research and development (R&D) contract vehicle for, but not limited to, quick reaction, test and evaluation, developing, prototyping, and limited fabrication/manufacturing. This new contract will encompass work scope previously acquired via the Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence (C4I) Munitions Test Improvement Contract (CIMTIC) program. The estimated magnitude of the potential requirement is between$500M and $1B with a five-year basic ordering period and five option years totaling a ten-year ordering period. The scope of this contract will not include any aspects of Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS).
AFTC/PZIE is seeking information from sources that may possess the ability to rapidly develop and apply unique solutions for specialized hardware and software and/or prototype systems and test equipment to develop or modify airborne and ground systems, facilities, and infrastructure urgently required for test, training and evaluation of Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), munitions systems, and electronic combat/countermeasures within live and virtual test parameters. Testing may be accomplished on DoD System-of-Systems, subsystems, system components, and system support items. Test includes analysis, inspection, or test through acceptance, qualification, or developmental or operational demonstrations IAW system engineering best practices. The Government will acquire all hardware, software, and support necessary to support systems used on airborne platforms involved with the test process, tests of ground based, airborne, and space borne ordnance/armament systems and supporting guidance/control, seeker/sensor, navigation or ranging systems and may include radars, high energy lasers, high power microwave, and other new technologies for systems in development.
This effort may include acquisition of support equipment to include but not limited to laboratory test equipment with typical design and measurement capacities and ancillary equipment such as power supplies, antennas, and equipment mounting hardware, and may also acquire specialized system equipment designed for C4ISR, munitions or electronic combat systems verifications or specialized test sets necessary to perform system operational checkout or automated built-in-tests.
In addition, range systems have been impacted by the National Broadband Plan and associated spectrum sell off. To ensure continued test support in any spectrum, this effort may acquire specialized hardware, software, test equipment, facility upgrades, and support necessary to transition equipment at Eglin AFB and its associated ranges from operations in frequencies auctioned by the Department of Commerce IAW the National Broadband Plan and support development of technologies for aiding in spectrum sharing, migration, and efficient usage. Efforts may include ground based, aeronautical mobile telemetry, airborne, and space borne data transfers for any DoD range user system. This requires the contractor to be proficient in all of the following processes and disciplines: develop initial designs, redesigns or modifications, modeling and simulation, prototype fabrication, integration, installation, limited manufacturing or fabrication of components, systems or test hardware, test execution, user training, and production or fielding transition support. Specific requirements will be defined in individual delivery orders.
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