Army posts FP-related RFI
On October 12, the U.S. Army posted a request for information for Force Protection Surveillance and Detection Enabling Technologies. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on October 23.
The Product Manager (PdM) Force Protection Systems (FPS) is seeking information from interested parties on readily available, commercial based surveillance, detection, and sensor network capabilities / solutions that have either been proven in field trials or by prototype testing in order to identify and evaluate innovative technologies and novel concepts that could potentially enhance US Army Force Protection (FP) abilities. These will be employed in either a stand-alone network configuration, or combined with other integrated based defense (IBD) and force FP systems supporting Base Camp (BC) and Theater Detention Facility (TDF) operations.
The focus of this RFI is on mature surveillance and detection system elements and components capable of surveillance, detection and tracking of targets of interest such as walking humans, small vehicles, and large vehicles within a range of 1500 meters from an external perimeter security position and monitoring internal BC (battalion sized) or designated installation security areas as well as performing dedicated TDF operations. Primary interest is on complementary technologies and systems that can be used in an extendible networked configuration to provide the ability to detect, monitor, track threats, and increase standoff distances from hostile threats. This added capability will enhance a Commander’s Force Protection (FP) Situational Awareness (SA), and improve response time and Soldier survivability.
Major technologies and system component categories of interest covered in this RFI are imaging sensors, motion, and surface detection technologies, secure high-speed network (wired and wireless) interfaces and communications devices, full motion video surveillance and recording measures, open system and architected command and control (C2) applications, and sustainable, self-contained power supply and power management and distribution control capabilities. In addition, innovative concepts for system integration of promising surveillance and detection technologies and/or solutions are also under consideration. These system integrated capabilities must provide U.S. forces with the capability to operate and deploy FP technologies for extended periods of operation without added logistic and operational burden to the maximum extent possible.
All technologies and capabilities presented should cite advantages and limitations, specifically addressing their employment in a stand-alone capacity or in a combined capabilities, and presenting how they may provide significant operational advantages within the context of BC and TDF operations. The information provided through this RFI is intended to provide insight on current and future technologies that the Government could possibly leverage for adaptation and utilization in a TSS program of record.
Full information is available here.