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DDUS pOTA #2

General Information

Document Type:MOD
Posted Date:Sep 07, 2017
Category: Research and Development
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command, ACC - APG (W909MY) Belvoir, 2461 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia, 22331, United States

Description

This is a Sources Sought Request / Request for Information (RFI) ONLY. This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes - it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP in the future. Solicitations are not available at this time. Requests for a solicitation will not receive a response. This notice does not constitute a commitment by the United States Government to award for any supply or service whatsoever. All information submitted in response to this announcement is voluntary; the United States Government will not pay for information requested nor will it compensate any respondent for any cost incurred in developing information provided to the United States Government. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if any is issued. Responses are due by 1600 EST on 15 September 2017.Should there be proprietary data included with the information provided please clearly mark such information and separate it from the unrestricted information as an addendum. Submit all RFIs to: Contracts/Agreements Specialist @ michael.a.mcfadden23.civ@mail.mil. with a carbon copy to: Contracting/Agreements Officer @ jennifer.w.elkins.civ@mail.mil Subject Line must read: RFI DDUS-"Company Name" I. The Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Belvoir Division is seeking information on system designs and concepts for a new Digital Dual Use Sensor (DDUS). The DDUS program is seeking several novel innovations in diverse technical areas. Respondents are encouraged to respond to any or all of the technical areas that their organization can provide capabilities in. The DDUS is envisioned as a high pixel count dual-band infrared sensor module capable of providing high-quality imagery for both threat warning and for pilotage/situational awareness applications on future Army Aviation platforms. This RFI survey will be managed by the US Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications and Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate (NVESD), which seeks to advance the Armys current IR imaging technology through innovative investigations and development of advanced multi-mission sensors. II. This RFI survey requests specific system design information on dual-use imaging infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPA) detector and readout integrated circuits (ROIC) components. These new IRFPA and ROICs designs are intended to be capable of providing high-quality thermal imaging for aircraft pilotage and situational awareness under degraded visual environment (DVE) conditions, while simultaneously providing real-time detection and localization of missile or rocket threats via passive thermal imaging of launch signatures. In addition to addressing these primary capabilities, it is desired that these IRFPAs and ROICs will also support detection of bursts of small arms fire, and full frame dual-band imaging. To meet these multi-mission requirements with a single sensor module will require large-format, dual-band infrared imaging IRFPAs along with high-frame rate, high dynamic range, multi-function ROICs. A previous RFI, number W909MY-17-R-J012, asked for inputs for how a potential dual-use imaging sensor system would be designed, and inputs on the necessary design trades for setting system requirements. This RFI now seeks a proposed design strategy for the individual components of the sensor system, namely the infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) with a custom readout integrated circuit (ROIC), an integrated Dewar cooler assembly (IDCA), and a prototype DDUS camera capable of use outdoors and for limited flight testing. Suggestions for modifications to the proposed IRFPA and ROIC component requirements as well as IDCA and camera-level requirements are welcome if supported with well-defined technical rationales. When responding to this RFI request, the vendor is asked to address one or more of the following technical areas (TAs): TA1) ROIC design TA2) IRPFA Detector design TA3) Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly (IDCA) design TA4) Camera Prototype Design TA1) ROIC design 1) Please describe a proposed readout circuit (ROIC) design approach that addresses how this approach will seek to meet the threshold and objective ROIC specifications defined in Attachment 1; 2) As part of the response to the ROIC design requested above, please make sure the following potential issues are addressed if relevant: a) Any design, power, or processing advantages to asynchronous detection for multi-function ROIC operation b) Any anticipated issues with power, routing, or processing to enable requested high data rates to be handled together with full output of midwave and longwave signals; c) What, if any, types of on-chip readout integrated circuits (ROIC) data processing (ratio, binning, non-uniformity correction) would be possible or would enhance future system performance; How would data bandwidth be managed with the given threshold and/or objective frame rates and resolutions; d) How much power a ROIC meeting the specifications in Attachment 1 would require; What design trades could be considered to reduce power consumption including requirement relaxation and/or mode switching; 3) Along with the proposed ROIC design approach responses, you are invited to make any recommended modifications or changes to the proposed component requirements as defined in Attachment 1. Please provide your rationale for these changes; TA2) IRFPA Detector design: 1) Please describe a proposed IRFPA design approach that addresses how this approach will seek to meet the threshold and objective IRFPA specifications defined in Attachment 1 2) As part of the response to the IRFPA design requested above, please make sure the following potential issues are addressed if relevant: a) Any suggested FPA architectures to enable the simultaneous detection of signals; b) Any suggested pixel architectures to enable midwave and longwave signals to be spatially co-located; c) Any ideas of the currently expected spectral crosstalk ratio between midwave and longwave bands and any concepts to reduce spectral crosstalk 3) Along with the proposed IRFPA design approach responses, you are invited to make any recommended modifications or changes to the proposed component requirements as defined in Attachment 1. Please provide your rationale for these changes; TA3) Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly (IDCA) design 1) Please describe a proposed prototype camera integration approach that makes use of IRFPA/ROICs detailed for TA1 and TA2 and that meets the threshold and objective camera specifications listed in Attachment 2 2) As part of the response to the prototype camera integration concept requested above, please make sure the following potential issues are addressed if relevant: a) The types and number of Dewar feedthroughs that could be necessary to enable the access to the full data rate MWIR and LWIR outputs b) The cooling power and/or cooler innovations that would be necessary to properly cool an IDCA with the specifications defined in Attachment 1 & 2; Any potential Dewar/cooler trades needed to reduce power consumption 3) Along with the proposed camera prototype design approach responses, you are invited to make any recommended modifications or changes to the proposed component requirements as defined in Attachments 1 & 2. Please provide your rationale for these changes. TA4) Camera Prototype 1) The government anticipates executing a demonstration dual-band wide field of view lens which will be made available to all camera performers. Please describe a proposed prototype camera integration approach including a government-furnished lens that addresses the following items: a) The use of IRFPA/ROICs that meet the performance requirements detailed for TA1 and TA2, and an IDCA design that meets the requirements defined for TA3. b) Integration with demonstration lens into a prototype housing suitable for outdoor operation c) Prototype electronics and firmware to enable camera control and full-rate capture of all IDCA output data d) How the proposed approach will seek to meet the threshold and objective camera specifications listed in Attachment 2 2) As part of the response to the prototype camera integration concept requested above, please make sure the following potential issues are addressed if relevant: a) How the data output from a potential camera could be handled to enable full data capture for subsequent processing; What type of physical connections and protocols could be used to allow for these data rates; b) The cooling power that would be necessary to properly cool a prototype camera with the specifications defined in Attachment 1 & 2; Any potential camera design trades needed to reduce power consumption and/or heat load; 3) Along with the proposed camera prototype design approach responses, you are invited to make any recommended modifications or changes to the proposed camera requirements as defined in Attachments 1 & 2. Please provide your rationale for these changes. If the vendor chooses to not respond to one or more of the technical area information requests, please discuss potential partnerships or collaborations that the vendor would consider to obtain the program goal of an IRFPA integrated with a ROIC in a prototype camera as defined in TA sections 1-4. Company Information In addition, please provide the following information: 1) Please provide the following Point of Contact information: a) Company: b) Address: c) Point of Contact: d) Phone Number: e) Fax Numbers: f) Email Address: 2) Please identify your companys small business size standard based on the primary North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code of 541330 - Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services - Engineering services. The Small Business Size Standard for this NAICS code is $15,000,000.00. For more information, refer to http://www.sba.gov/content/table-small-business-size-standards. 3) Please identify if your company falls under any of the following small business subcategories: Non-Traditional Defense Contractor Small Business (SB) Concern (FAR 19.1) 8(a) (FAR19.8) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) (FAR 19.304) Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) (FAR 19.15) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) (FAR 19.13) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)(FAR 19.14) If you are a SB, answer questions 4-5, all others skip to Question 6. The responses to questions 4-5 are not included to the page limitation provided below. 4) If you identify your company as a Small Business or any of the SB subcategories as stipulated in Question # 3, then is your company interested in a prime contractor for the requirement? If not, are you interested in a subcontracting opportunity; and if so what is the specific area of interest? a) Are there other areas identified in the work to be performed that can be considered for a set-aside for Small businesses? If so, please identify to include the NAICS. 5) Under the current SB recertification regulations, do you anticipate your company remaining a small business, under primary NAICS Code 541330 - Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services - Engineering services? a) If your company is awarded the agreement, will you be able to perform at least 50% (percent) of the work? b) If you are a small business, can you go without a payment for 90 days? 6) Is your company planning on business arrangements with other companies, please list the process used in selecting the members? 7) Please provide details regarding proposed joint ventures, teaming arrangements, strategic alliances, or other business arrangements to satisfy requirements. Offerors are encouraged to identify teams, indicating each team members size based upon the NAICS code of the work that the team member may be doing. 8) Is your company currently providing similar services to another government agency (you may also include contract #s for government) or other non-government customer? If so, please identify the agency or non-government customer. If you are unwilling to share your customers identity, please address whether your company offers the same or similar services commercially. 9) Has your Company performed this type of effort or similar type effort (to include size and complexity) in the past, if so provide Contract Number, Point of Contact (POC), e-mail address, phone number, and a brief description of your direct support of the effort? 10) What are the core competencies of your employees that would support the needs of the requirement? Also, provide the total number of individuals currently employed by your company that are capable of supporting the requirements. 11) Does your firm possess an approved Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) accounting system? Respondents shall not be obligated to provide the services described herein and it is understood by the United States Government that any cost estimates provided as a result of this request are "best" estimates only. The response date for this market research is 15 September 2017. No collect calls will be accepted. All responses to this RFI may be submitted via e-mail to Jennifer W. Elkins, Contracting/Agreements Officer, at jennifer.w.elkins.civ@mail.mil, and Michael McFadden, Contracts/Agreements Specialist, at michael.a.mcfadden23.civ@mail.mil.

Original Point of Contact

POC Jennifer W. Elkins, Phone: 7037040823, Michael McFadden, Phone: 7037040880

Place of Performance

Address:
10205 BURBECK ROAD, FORT BELVOIR, Virginia 22060-5863, United States, United States
22060-5863,
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