US Army seeks information on Machine Foreign Language Translation System Follow-on Capabilities
On August 26, the U.S. Army posted a request for information for Machine Foreign Language Translation System (MFLTS) Follow-on Capabilities (Solicitation Number: W909MY-16-R-A025). White papers are due 30 days after the publication date of the notice (August 26).
Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground-Fort Belvoir (ACC-APG-Belvoir) is conducting market research on behalf of Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Product Director, Machine Foreign Language Translation System (PD, MFLTS) in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10. MFLTS consists of open architecture software and language component software modules. MFLTS is a software only capability that provides an automated foreign speech and text translation capability in order to augment and complement limited human linguistic resources across all Army echelons in all environments. The MFLTS software application resides on portable, mobile and web-enabled host hardware. Initial MFLTS capability supports translation of two spoken languages (Pashto, Iraqi Arabic), one written language (Modern Standard Arabic) and two language domains (Checkpoint Operations & Base Security).
In the future MFLTS will continue improvements: with new languages, additional language domains, and technical improvements throughout the product’s Total Life Cycle. As a result of a fair opportunity competition, the Government anticipates competitively awarding a follow-on developmental five-year, multiple award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to developers of language translation products and/or technology enhancements to develop MFLTS capabilities. This RFI seeks to identify sources that have an interest and are capable to provide these follow-on capabilities within the Government owned MFLTS open software architecture.
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