NAVAIR posts SAIL draft RFP
On June 29, the Naval Air Systems Command posted the draft RFP and associated elements for the Surface/Aviation Interoperability Laboratory (SAIL), AIR-18.104.22.168, Follow-on Effort (Solicitation Number: N00421-18-R-0045). Responses are due by 2:00 p.m. Eastern on July 16.
The purpose of this announcement is to provide the DRAFT elements for the Surface/Aviation Interoperability Laboratory (SAIL), AIR-22.214.171.124 at Patuxent River, MD, proposed Solicitation N00421-18-R-0045.
The SAIL has a requirement for engineering, technical, operational, test and logistics services necessary for conduct of Joint and Navy research and development programs; systems integration; simulation and stimulation systems development, test planning and conduct; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems interoperability; and technology demonstration programs. Support for facilities and installed avionics and ship combat systems maintenance is also required, which includes purchase as necessary to obtain hardware, software, services, repairs, etc. The material/equipment purchases required includes all items necessary for SAIL to conduct its mission, from complex Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and Combat Systems (CS) equipment, to miscellaneous material (cabling, connections, hardware, etc.) and contracted services needed for day-to-day operations.
The SAIL essentially functions as an operational U.S. Navy ship for aircraft, in the Patuxent, MD, area to test and verify their systems will be interoperable before they are fielded and deployed. SAIL has historically been closely linked with the SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) and MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter (MMH) programs. SAIL also contains a considerable amount of related shipboard and airborne systems, but is now also a key test entity for numerous other aircraft including the following: MQ-4C Triton, MQ-25 Stingray, P-8A Poseidon, EP-3E Aries, MQ-8B/C Fire Scout, F-35B/C Lighting II, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, E-2C/D Hawkeye, MV-22 Osprey, MH-60S Seahawk, UH-1Y Venom, and AH-1Z Viper. Furthermore, SAIL also maintains and operates Roadhawk, which encompasses an actual MH-60R Seahawk avionics subsystems, packaged in a mobile tractor/trailer combination. SAIL personnel will travel from coast-to-coast supporting U.S. Navy ship combat systems and performing inspections. Lastly, SAIL is a major player in fleet technical demonstrations and exercises including Naval Innovative Science & Engineering (NISE) experimentation, Annual Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX), Netted Sensors (NS), and Fleet Tactical Grid (FTG).
Please review the DRAFT Elements and provide feedback – specific comments are appreciated.
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