Army posts RFI for Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) Airborne Payload
On August 28, the U.S. Army posted a follow-on request for information for Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) Airborne Payload (Solicitation Number: W56KGY17RF001). Responses are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on October 3.
Program Executive Officer (PEO) Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors (IEW&S), Project Manager (PM) Electronic Warfare & Cyber (EW&C), Product Director (PD) Electronic Attack (EA), is conducting this RFI to identify potential sources for the development of modular, scalable, Offensive Electronic Attack/ Electronic Warfare Support payload capabilities as described below.
This is a follow on Request for Information (RFI) for solitication number W56KGY17RF001, that was previously released on July 17, 2017. This RFI is for planning purposes, as part of a pre-solicitation on evaluation criteria and timelines in order to support the development of a Request for Proposal to procure a Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) system to be mounted via wing pylon pod on a Class IV Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The MFEW Air Capabilities Description Document (CDD) has been updated and is currently being restaffed. The Government will be hosting one-on-one sessions following the close of this Pre-Solicitiation. Draft Statement of Work, Classified and Unclassified Performance Base Specification, and Chamber Demonstration Plan will be provided in accordance with the previous RFI dated 17 July 2017.
Based on previous market surveys, the Government planning assumptions are:
• The Gray Eagle (GE) UAS is the current host platform for MFEW Air Large (AL) with no significant modifications required to the aircraft.
• The goal is for Command, control, and mission planning of MFEW assets will be provided by the Electronic Warfare Planning & Management Tool (EWPMT) when available, but alternative Command and Control (C2) solutions can be used in the interim.
• The MFEW critical technology elements are sufficiently mature that the program can utilize a modified COTS/GOTS approach.
• MFEW HW/SW will be based on open standards to allow for future upgrades and maximum re-use across other MFEW air variants.
• Prototype deliveries can begin 18 Months after contract award to begin qualification testing and air platform integration.
Full information is available here.