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Navy FA-XX_RFI[1]

Navy FA-XX_RFI[1]

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 A market survey for carrier based, strike fighter aircraft key capabilities in the 2030 timeframe.
26 April 2012Letter of Intent Due01 May 2012
Agreement and Guidelines Associated with Government FurnishedInformation (GFI)
mailed08 May 2012 Signed Agreement
and Guidelines Associated with GFI
Due10 May 2012 GFI Mailed29 June 2012 Response Due01 Sept 2012 GFI Destruction Notice Due
1)Concept Metrics Spreadsheet
The Director for Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) has requested NAVAIR Warfare Analysis and IntegrationDepartment (AIR-4.10) to conduct trade space refinement as a precursor to an analysis of alternatives forcandidate strike fighter aircraft replacements for the FA-18E/F and EA-18G.The intent of this research is to solicit Industry inputs on candidate solutions for CVN based aircraft toprovide air supremacy with a multi-role strike capability in an anti-access/area denied (A2AD) operationalenvironment. Primary missions include, but are not limited to, air warfare (AW), strike warfare (STW),surface warfare (SUW), and close air support (CAS). The targeted initial operational capability (IOC) dateis 2030. The study will consider the capabilities available, as well as the technical risks and costs(development and total ownership), of all candidate concepts.To support OPNAV N98’s request, this is a Pre-Material Development Decision (MDD) market survey forthe purpose of determining market interest, feasibility, and capability of potential sources and does NOTconstitute a Request for Proposals. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS EXIST AT THIS TIME. Thisconstitutes the start of market research for the capability outlined below and will be used for planningpurposes only. Please note that no use of Government funding from Programs of Record (POR) isauthorized to respond to this market survey; all market research responses derived from POR informationsources should be fully coordinated with the appropriate PMA.Both Government and Contract Services Support (CSS) personnel are part of the committee for thismarket research. The letter of intent will be reviewed by government personnel only; while, marketsurvey responses may be reviewed by the following CSS personnel: Penn State Applied ResearchLaboratory (ARL); Sara Lego (ses224@arl.psu.edu). Penn State ARL is a University Affiliated ResearchCenters (UARC) under contract with the government. All associated committee members are required tosign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the government. However, if any submitting companywishes to obtain a separate NDA with the aforementioned CSS contractor(s) prior to responsesubmission, please indicate this inclination in the Letter of Intent and contact the POC referenced above.If such NDA is obtained, please provide a copy to the government with the response to this RFI.
Not responding to this market research does not preclude participation in any futureannouncements/contracts related to this topic.
The intent of this research is to solicit Industry inputs on candidate solutions for CVN based aircraft toprovide multi-role capability in an A2AD operational environment. Primary missions include, but are notlimited to, air warfare (AW), strike warfare (STW), surface warfare (SUW), and close air support (CAS). Also consider the ability of your concept to provide other capabilities currently provided by strike fighteraircraft, such as organic air-to-air refueling (AAR), Tactical Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA), and airborne electronic attack (AEA). The trade space refinement activity willcharacterize a broad tradespace, to include unmanned, optionally manned and manned aircraft. Systemattributes and system capabilities will be considered in the context of cost and affordability. Conceptsthat are derived from legacy aircraft, “clean sheet” new design aircraft, as well as innovative technologyconcepts specifically tailored for the operational context are all relevant. Please provide a separate whitepaper for each technology concept or family of related and complementary technology concepts; multiplewhite papers may be provided.Materiel Concept – Provide a clear and thorough description of concepts that provide the capabilitiesnoted in this request. The discussion should address critical elements of the concept to include; a) how itmeets key operational objectives, such as persistent operations in an A2AD environment, b) how itcomplements other CVW assets, and c) the basis for key aircraft performance and system attributes. Itshould also provide sufficient fidelity to establish the technical credibility of the design, as well as definethe ground rules utilized for performance and mass properties estimates. To the extent possible, provideROM cost estimates for development cost, f 
lyaway cost, procurement cost, acquisition cost,
and operating cost.Technology Concept Provide a description
of the technology concept and the operational benefitassociated with the technology in the operational context noted. Estimate and explain the currentTechnology Readiness Level (TRL); standard TRL descriptions contain in Concept Metrics spreadsheet.For technologies less than TRL 6, estimate and explain the reasonable likelihood of the technologymeeting TRL 6 by the 2020 timeframe. Describe any demonstrations, experiments, testing and/orprototyping performed to date. Summarize resulting data and conclusions. Describe technologyobjectives and key technical metrics for future development. For planning purposes, estimate budgetneeded to advance the technology from its current state to TRL 6 by the 2020 timeframe. Discuss risksand technical challenges that must be resolved to reach TRL 6. Identify any enabling technologies whichmust also be developed to ensure successful implementation of the applicable technology concept.Discuss potential cost risks/issues. State whether these efforts are currently funded through TRL 6maturity, and broadly identify funding sources (DoD-funded, independent research and development-funded, etc.). Predict system integration risk and operational limitations in an operational environment. As a top level summary of some of the required system capabilities, the air vehicle should be capable of addressing the following needs:1.Capable of operating from CVN 68 and CVN 78 class aircraft carriers, as part of the Carrier AirWing (CVW), with minimal impact on the ship configuration and the operations of the rest of theCVW.
This aircraft will be a complementary CVW asset to the F-35C and an unmanned persistentintelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) vehicle with precision strike capability.
The ability to conduct persistent, penetrating operations in an A2AD operational environment.
The ability for an IOC in the 2030 timeframe. If a spiral approach to incorporation of systemsand/or technology to achieve full operational capability is employed, provide the timeline toachieve full capability.
These capabilities are broadly stated by design, with the intent of ensuring a comprehensive marketsurvey.
:Parties interested in responding to the market research must submit a statement of interest no longerthan five pages to Jesse King (jesse.king2@navy.mil) no later than 5:00 PM EST April 26, 2012 with thefollowing additional data, in order to verify credentials:CAGE code
POC for, technical, contractual, and security purposes3.Addresses for unclassified and classified data transfer
Describe your company’s ability to manage, secure and transmitinformation up to the level of classification required.5.Intent to seek NDA with CSS Contractor (if applicable)The letter of intent should be UNCLASSIFIED and include both an executive summary and a descriptionof the concept(s) for meeting the top level required system capabilities listed below.
Companies that meet current Nation Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) and foreignowned companies with Defense Security Service (DSS) approval for performing classified work willreceive a classified GFI package to focus responses.Prior to receiving the classified Government Furnished Information (GFI) package, all respondents are requiredto sign the
Agreement and Guidelines Associated with Government Furnished Information(GFI)
. This agreement will be provided to the companies requesting GFI once their credentials have beenverified. Signed copies of the agreement must be returned no later than 5:00 PM EST May 8, 2012. The GFIwill be mailed on May 10, 2012.
Final market survey responses are not limited, and should include:
 A description of the candidate material or technology concept, to include fundamental aircraftand system performance characteristics (to include parameters such as acceleration,maneuverability, mission radius, maximum mil mach, max AB mach, altitude, unrefueledendurance vs. time on station, ordnance payload capacity/load-out required to be effective, etc.),an illustration of aircraft geometry and inboard profile illustrating location of major subsystems,and mass properties. The market survey is interested in the capabilities described above, as wellas the sensitivities around the selected values of each parameter.b)A discussion of the implications of CVN basing on the configuration should be provided, as well askey parameters of interest to carrier suitability (to include launch/recovery wind-over-deck (WOD), spotting factor, etc.). The response should provide sufficient fidelity to establish thetechnical credibility of the design, as well as define the ground rules, assumptions andmethodologies utilized for performance and mass properties estimates.
To the extent possible, provide rough order of magnitude (ROM) cost estimates for developmentcost, flyaway cost, procurement cost, acquisition cost, and operating cost.
 A description of the concept of employment (CONEMP) for the concept in the operational contextdescribed. This should discuss how mission/tasks will be allocated among CVW assets, withsurface and/or sub-surface assets, and with joint service partners. It should also include network considerations (robust comms/link/electronic attack (EA), etc.) to support this CONEMP.

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