Army posts Machine Foreign Language Translation System RFI
On November 3, the U.S. Army posted a request for information for Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS) – Rapid Development of Dari and/or Sorani Kurdish Speech-to-Speech Translation Language Packs (Solicitation Number: W909MY-17-R-A002). White paper responses are due within 30 days of the November 3 posting date.
Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground-Fort Belvoir (ACC-APG-Belvoir) is conducting market research on behalf of Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Product Director, Machine Foreign Language Translation System (PD, MFLTS) in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10. MFLTS consists of open architecture software and language component software. MFLTS is a software only capability that provides an automated foreign speech and text translation capability in order to augment and complement limited human linguistic resources across all Army echelons in all environments. The MFLTS software application resides on portable, mobile and web-enabled host hardware. Initial MFLTS capability supports translation of two spoken languages (Pashto, Iraqi Arabic), one written language (Modern Standard Arabic), and two language domains (Checkpoint Operations & Base Security). In the future MFLTS will continue to be improved with new languages, additional language domains, and technical improvements throughout the product’s Total Life Cycle.
MFLTS requires rapid development capability, given off-the-shelf linguistic resources (speech translations in defined domains and/or existing language components) and limited language data collection, in order to deliver a militarily useful translation capability to meet immediate operational needs. This RFI seeks to identify sources having an interest and capability to provide rapid development of Dari and/or Sorani Kurdish Speech to Speech (S2S) translation language packs within the Government owned MFLTS open software architecture, implemented for the portable configuration (i.e., standalone, Android based hand held computing device with no network connectivity) and supporting designated language domains.
Full information is available here.