Army issues HADES Platform RFI

On June 7, the U.S. Army posted a request for information (RFI) for Medium/Large Commercial Jet that will be integrated with Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) Sensors. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Central on June 17.

The United States Army Contracting Command Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is seeking information on potential concepts and ideas for:

  1. The Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) Product Directorate of the Fixed Wing Project Office (FWPO) has an emerging requirement for up to fourteen (14) Medium/Large Commercial Jets starting in US Government Fiscal Year 2026 that will be integrated with Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) Sensors. Jets shall be Medium/High Altitude, Higher Airspeed (increased range/ operational area) day/night, all-weather, pressurized, large-size-cabin Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Regulation Part 25, Airworthiness Standards, certified executive jet-category aircraft.
  2. The Army will provide platforms as government furnished equipment to a system integrator. Integration of A-ISR capabilities will likely drive a need for wing hard points, belly canoe, and radome. The aircraft will require adequate Size, Weight, Power, and Cooling (SWaP-C) to support integration of multiple intelligence sensors.
  3. Only aircraft currently in production will be considered and to ensure suitable service life, only new aircraft will be considered.
  4. Provide a description of the services and capability to perform engineering support and studies related to Jet and potential Jet modifications required in the development of the A-ISR solution.
  5. Aircraft simulation and initial jet training services related to the proposed jet are being sought.
  6. The US Army would benefit from leveraging training, maintenance, and aircraft knowledge of other Joint Services (i.e. US Air Force or Navy) or US/ International Government Agencies have made prior procurement of the selected platform.

The USG is interested in receiving meaningful feedback on air platforms that meet the proposed requirements along with the information requested below. Interested sources that possess the technical capability and resources to fulfill the Government’s requirements stated herein are invited to provide a Capability Statement describing how the Respondent would meet the following requirements.

Review the HADES RFI.

Source: SAM

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