Army posts A-Team presolicitation, industry day notice
On November 16, the U.S. Army posted a presolicitation notice for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team) (Solicitation Number: W911W6-18-R-00AT). Responses are due by 3:30 p.m. Eastern on January 4, 2019. An industry day is planned for December 6, and registrations are due by December 4.
The Army Contracting Command, ATTN: CCAM-RDT, Building 401, Lee Boulevard, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5577 is issuing this Pre-Solicitation Notice as a means of inviting industry feedback and gathering information to support the definition of anticipated Special Notices (“Calls”) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) W911W6-19-R-00XX. For reference, the current BAA W911W6-18-R-0005 will resemble the 2019 BAA that the Calls will be posted against. The results of this Pre-Solicitation Notice will be utilized by the Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) in finalizing Calls under the referenced BAA for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program. ADD will host an Industry Day on December 6, 2018 in Huntsville, AL and offer opportunities for face-to-face meetings during the event. Additional information is provided below.
ADD-E intends to solicit proposals and issue Calls under BAA W911W6-19-R-00XX beginning in JANUARY 2019. The Government will utilize all responses received to this Pre-Solicitation Notice to ascertain market capability, gather information on potential sources, and better define the Government’s requirements in the anticipated competitive actions. It is anticipated that Calls issued under this BAA will be full and open. The NAICS code will be 541715 (i.e., Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology).
ADD intends to issue Calls that request proposals to support the requirements of the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Science and Technology (S&T) advanced technology development program as summarized in Attachment 1: Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program Description (posted with this notice). This Applied Research (6.2) and Advanced Technology Development (6.3) program seeks to develop and demonstrate teamed collaborative operations of autonomous, manned and unmanned, Army aircraft executing tactical missions with minimal human intervention.
It is anticipated that the program will begin with technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 and mature them to TRL 6 or 7 with potential to transition into advanced component development and prototypes. Technologies and products of interest to the program include autonomy applied to aviation mission planning and execution, intelligent systems for robust, adaptive, decision making, advanced perception technologies with automated target and object detection and identification systems, mobile ad hoc networks for team communications, and intuitive human machine interface technologies. All of these capabilities will work in conjunction with payload products such as sensors, radios, weapons, and tube-launched drones released from vertical lift or fixed wing UAVs and piloted aircraft.
Full information is available here.