Navy issues sources sought for P-8A Increment 3 Platform Integration
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), P-8A Development Department (AIR-126.96.36.199), Patuxent River, MD is seeking eligible business firms who are capable of performing the integration of Increment 3 capabilities and architecture upgrades into the P-8A aircraft. The Government will review industry responses to this sources sought synopsis in order to determine whether it is appropriate to issue a competitive solicitation on an unrestricted basis or continue a sole source award to The Boeing Company of Seattle, WA.
The P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) delivers capabilities through a series of three Increments; the P-8A Increment 3 effort is the third phase of this evolutionary acquisition program to replace the P-3C Orion. The addition of P-8A Increment 3 capabilities will fully address the broad area Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Net-Ready requirements upon which the P-8A program was founded. The P-8A program’s goal is to recapitalize existing Maritime Patrol Aviation with an aircraft featuring modern open architecture and affordable mission systems that meet current and future warfighting requirements at the earliest attainable Initial Operational Capability (IOC) dates for each new capability instead of waiting to deliver as one package.
Increment 3 provides open architecture and communications improvements with Net-Ready Key Performance Parameter (NR-KPP) compliance and all-weather, day/night, long-range, network enabled ASuW weapon with midcourse update capability. Additional ASW improvements for Multi-static Active Coherent (MAC) and ESM search and localization shall be included as well as ASuW, and Command, Control, Communications and Computers, and ISR (C4ISR) sensor capability enhancements or technologies. A majority of the Increment 3 systems are being procured through a series of competitive contracts or utilization of existing contracts to support the acquisition of these capabilities and will be provided as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE).
The technical approach shall stay within the available Size, Weight, and Power – Cooling (SWAP-C) margins of the fielded P-8A platform. This effort consists of the Integration and Test of the following GFE systems or capabilities while maintaining a consistent Integrated Logistics Support strategy and Engineering discipline of the P-8 baseline program: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), TacMobile Interfaces, Higher Than Secret (HTS) enclave, Automated Digital Network System (ADNS) Architecture compatibility, Cross Domain Solution (CDS), Common Media Storage, Display and Control Upgrades, Video Architecture changes, Communication Management, MAC Enhancements, ASW SIGINT, Track Management System, and Wideband Beyond Line of Sight (WBLOS) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) system. Currently the Government does not have unlimited rights to any data developed by the OEM under the on-going Increment 3 System Requirements Review and Critical Design Review Capability Integration efforts. Full documentation of this modification will be required in releasable formats that can support future full and open competitions to procure and install these capabilities. This effort will also include supporting Government developmental and operational test as appropriate.
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