Army posts MUOS W-CDMA sources sought
On November 4, the U.S. Army posted a sources sought notice for JTT-IBS Multi-User Objective System (MUOS) Wideband-Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on December 3.
The Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) Project Manager, Intelligence Systems & Analytics (PM IS&A) for the Product – Joint Tactical Terminal is issuing this sources sought synopsis as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the below future requirement. This SSA should not be construed as a solicitation announcement, invitation for bids, request for quotations, or a request for proposals. The request for this information by the Government is for planning purposes only. It is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to acquire any products or services, nor does the Government intend to award a contract based on this SSA or otherwise pay for the information solicited.
All responses shall be treated as information for the Government to consider. Those responding will not be entitled to payment for direct or indirect costs that they incur in developing a response to this SSA. The Government may use the information obtained from this SSA to develop an acquisition strategy, Statement of Work, Performance Work Statement, and/or Statement of Objectives. Interested parties are responsible to mark proprietary, restricted or competition sensitive information appropriately in their response.
Future Requirement: To identify acquisition options for an affordable, data-only Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) radio/terminal set capable of multimode transmit/receive on multiple Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communication (SATCOM) channels to replace the current JTT terminals that provide (1) the Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) capability used by the Joint fleet of JTT systems in the field, and (2) adds a capability for IBS over Multi-User Objective System (MUOS) Wideband-Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA). The intention is to procure these services on a competitive basis.
The intent of supporting multiple mode, simultaneous IBS broadcast channels is to support “failover” with redundancy between available channels, with all channels operating simultaneously via separate waveforms as a preferred goal. All interested vendors shall indicate any limitations on simultaneous, multiple channel operations and capacities.
The IBS radio/terminal solution shall be capable of operating in maritime, aviation and ground vehicle/shelter platforms, and shall be available in both transceiver (TX/RX) as well as receive-only (RX) configurations. The Government is considering acquiring up to a total of approximately 1100 radios/terminals, with approximately 70% Receive-only and 30% Transmit/Receive.
The waveform software source code for MUOS W-CDMA will be made available as Government Furnished Information (GFI) for integration in accordance with (IAW) DODI 4630.09, using the Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) DoD Information Repository (https://www.dodir.mil/). Unclassified IBS/JTT software source code can be made available for evaluation purposes via a request to the Army’s Contracting Officer and signature of a non-disclosure agreement. The Government intends to obtain, at a minimum, Government purpose data rights to all software delivered for this product for sustainment and future procurement. Finally, if resulting IBS terminals/radios are depot repairable, the Government intends to purchase hardware technical data for hardware sustainment purposes.
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