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Document Type:PRESOL
Posted Date:Oct 24, 2003
Category: Research and Development
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Eglin Research Site, 101 West Eglin Blvd Suite 337, Eglin AFB, FL, 32542-6810


U.S. AIR FORCE AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY MUNITIONS DIRECTORATE BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT 2004 REVOLUTIONARY GUIDANCE AND ORDNANCE TECHNOLOGY Published in the Commerce Business Daily on 24 October 2003, MNK-BAA-04-0002 Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate Contracting Division, AFRL/MNK, 101 West Eglin Boulevard, Suite 337, Eglin AFB FL 32542-6810 Direct inquiries to the Technical focal points listed in each research area; or to Mr. Martin Kradlak, Contracting Officer, (850) 882-4294, ext. 3402, e-mail: martin.kradlak@eglin.af.mil TABLE OF CONTENTS: Abstract Part I Research Interests A. Introduction B. Mission C. Research Requirements Part II Proposal Evaluation Part III Proposal Preparation ABSTRACT: The Munitions Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB FL is interested in revolutionary munitions-related research that has the potential to create new airframe/ordnance and guidance/control technology weapon paradigms. One of the goals of this program is to develop highly innovative solutions relating to munitions ordnance packages and airframe technology for the purpose of defeating a variety of targets including fixed and moving targets, hard and soft targets, and above ground and deeply buried targets. Ideas and concepts are sought that represent new approaches ? lethal and non-lethal ? to defeat these targets. For example, dropping a 2000-pound bomb on a biological weapons factory represents a standard lethal approach to defeat the target. Alternatively, an approach may be to detonate an acoustic energy warhead that neutralizes the biological agent within the facility. This represents an innovative, non-lethal approach to the problem. These are the types of concepts being sought, i.e., approaches and methodologies that are so innovative that they essentially represent new ordnance package and delivery system technology paradigms. With this type of revolutionary thinking, as opposed to evolutionary incrementalism, order of magnitude increases in performance may be realized. The military payoff would be in terms of significant munition weight and size reduction, reduced weapon cost, and improved effectiveness. Non-lethal approaches also have the benefit of disabling enemy capabilities with reduced loss of life. Another goal of this program is to develop highly innovative concepts and approaches in guidance and control technologies for air-deliverable autonomous munitions. This program may develop advanced concepts in such areas as electro-optical, infrared, millimeter wave, and radio frequency seeker technology with the components and signal/image processing systems used in such seekers. Advanced concepts in the guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) of munition airframes will also be sought. Munitions airframes under consideration include air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface munitions (general purpose bombs and hard target penetrators), exointerceptors, submunitions, and projectiles. The basic seeker technologies to be considered include: sensing materials, sensing elements for target characterization, autonomous target acquisition algorithms, signal and image processing algorithms, and multi-sensor data fusion algorithms. The basic GN&C technologies include: miniature inertial measurement units (IMUs), Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, jam resistant GPS, and micro-electro-mechanical system based sensing and control cooperative attack algorithms. In addition to advancements in the basic technology, revolutionary changes that shift current or create new guidance and control paradigms will be developed. Novel concepts such as ultra-light integration of GN&C, seeker, and warhead technologies will be considered. Ideas and concepts such as smart skin (for sensing and controlling the ambient aerodynamic environment) and microelectromechanical systems (e.g., micro gyros and accelerometers) will be explored. This radical type of technology has the potential to increase weapon performance by orders of magnitude over existing systems. The technology developed under this program will support the far term goals of the Battle Space Access, Air Supremacy, Area Dominance, Hard Target Neutralization, Counter-proliferation, and Revolutionary Munition Integrating Concepts. New integrating concepts evolving from the aforementioned ones center on munition technologies for close air support, urban combat, air expeditionary forces, counter-proliferation, and functional defeat of hardened targets. The Munitions Directorate welcomes innovative research proposals in many different areas. Some specific examples are given below: (Please note that this list is not intended to be restrictive. Proposals dealing with other areas of revolutionary munition ordnance or guidance technology will also be welcome.) - Target Location Methods - Multi-Mode Explosives - Integrated Guidance - Munition Speed/Maneuverability - Long Loiter - Munition Component Parts Reduction (Numbers/Size) - Networked Communication/Intelligence - Munition Knowledge (Artificial Intelligence) - Multifunctional Damage Mechanisms - Non-Lethal Technologies - Battle Damage Indication - Munition Related Environmental Pollution Prevention - Advanced Fuze Research Also, as with the previous Broad Agency Announcement, the Munitions Directorate wishes to emphasize four specific technology topics. Proposals describing innovative technologies that may have the potential to support one or more of these topics are particularly encouraged. 1. Positron Energy Conversion and Advanced Energetics 2. Micro Platforms 3. Cooperative Attack 4. Subterranean Platforms Proposals should describe scientific study and experimentation to increase knowledge and understanding in these areas or other areas that may have the potential to provide paradigm-shifting technologies that could dramatically change the way the Air Force conducts future operations. This Broad Agency Announcement consists of three parts (ATTACHMENT 1): PART I Research Interests PART II Proposal Evaluation PART III Proposal Preparation The cost of preparing proposals in response to this announcement is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resulting contract or any other contract. It is, however, an allowable expense to the normal bid and proposal indirect cost specified in FAR 31.205-18. Companies responding to this announcement are cautioned that only a Contracting Officer may obligate the government to any agreement involving expenditure of government funds. This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) constitutes a solicitation for proposals under the provisions of PL 98-369, the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984. The BAA describes research requirements and methods for preparing and submitting proposals.

Original Point of Contact

POC Martin Kradlak, Contracting Officer, Phone 850-882-4294x3402, Fax 850-882-9599, - Janice Jones, Contract Specialist, Phone (850)882-4294,

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