NAVSEA looking for small business help with JCREW program
On May 5, the Naval Sea Systems Command posted a sources sought notice for Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment One Block One (I1B1) System of Systems (Solicitation Number: N00024-16-R-6327). Responses must be submitted on or before May 20 by 2:00pm (Eastern).
This SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE is issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), on behalf of the Program Executive Office, Acquisition and Commonality, SEA06 – Expeditionary Missions (EXM), PMS-408. The Government is conducting additional market research in accordance with FAR Part 10 to determine whether two or more small business sources possess the requisite capabilities to successfully perform the requirement to manufacture, assemble, test and deliver Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment One Build One (I1B1) units at the Government’s required production rates and lead times with the Engineering Support Services necessary to support integration of Technical Insertion/Refresh plans, in order to support U.S. Forces’ dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum.
A Technology Insertion (TI) is a replacement and/or upgrade of system computing hardware, associated middleware/firmware, and radio frequency (RF) hardware to take advantage of technology advances in capability. The role of the contractor will be to perform the design and/or integration of the new or updated technology in hardware and software components of the system that are developed by Government, Contractor, and Third party sources.
NAVSEA issued an Industry Day Special Notice (N00024-16-R-6327) on 22 March 2016 for the build-to-print Full Rate Production effort of JCREW I1B1 systems. NAVSEA is conducting additional market research to determine if it is possible to set aside the procurement for small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or eligible socially and economically disadvantaged businesses that are certified by the SBA for participation in the SBA’s 8(a) Program. The proposed North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code is 334511, which has a corresponding size standard of 1,250 employees.
The CREW program provides all military services with an electronic warfare capability to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Effective acquisition and deployment of Joint CREW (JCREW) systems required a strategy to develop and implement improved CREW systems which would address the current threats and eventually cost effectively counter changing worldwide threats. Executing this initiative has resulted in a number of urgent procurements over the past several years such as the Quick Reaction Dismounted (QRD) CREW systems, 2.1 Mounted CREW systems (CVRJ) and SYMPHONY Coalition CREW systems in early Fiscal Year (FY) 06; Warlock Block II/III LX Upgrade; Jukebox; TCM AN/PLT-4 and TCM AN/PLT-5; Army Warlock Duke; U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) CREW Chameleon and Hunter. JCREW Increment 1 Block 1 (I1B1) has developed an open architecture system capable of cost effectively countering long-term future threats.
The JCREW incremental System of Systems (SoS) development approach includes three distinct variants that were developed to utilize common components, software (SW) and hardware (HW) solutions for an open, flexible, and compatible system design approach that is modular, interoperable and affordable to upgrade. The three variants are manpack systems for mobile dismounted operations; mounted systems for mobile ground, and waterborne transport vehicles, and fixed site systems for semi-permanent geographical areas. The JCREW I1B1 systems will provide long term protection to U.S. forces against Radio Controlled IEDs. JCREW fulfills the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC), Naval Beach Group (NBG), United States Air Force (USAF), and other agency requirements to replace legacy CREW systems that lack worldwide applicability.
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