Synopsis: THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) IS FOR INFORMATIONAL AND PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND SHALL NOT

BE CONSTRUED AS A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL, REQUEST FOR QUOTE, OR AS AN OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. THERE WILL NOT BE A SOLICITATION, SPECIFICATIONS, OR DRAWINGS AVAILABLE. THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MAY OR MAY NOT TRANSLATE INTO AN ACTUAL PROCUREMENT(S) IN FUTURE YEARS. THERE IS NO FUNDING ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. Background: The material and information submitted in response to this RFI will be reviewed by the Small Surface Combatant Task Force (SSCTF) as concepts of operations, capabilities and requirements are developed and assessed. Small surface combatants enable the Navy to implement the Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG) imperative to develop innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint approaches to achieve our security objectives. This type of ship provides Combatant and Fleet Commanders a uniquely suitable asset for Theater Security Cooperation tasking and select sea control missions. These small surface combatants build and strengthen maritime relationships by operating with partners and allies in various theaters of operation. Request for Information: The Navy is interested in market information pertinent to a future small surface combatant (which includes modified Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and mission module systems designs) on weapon systems, sensors, command and control systems, communication systems, network and data links, mission module concepts and designs, offboard vehicles, and innovative power and cooling systems. The Navy requests information on innovative and maturing (Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 and higher) systems, and detailed designs that are aligned with “Flexible Infrastructure” concepts that support the roles and missions of a small surface combatant. Include cost information, especially the cost drivers, associated with the level of capability inherent in the designs suitable for installation in a small surface combatant. The Navy is particularly interested in the following areas: a. Secure Common Networks b. Medium and Long-range Radars and EO/IR Systems c. Communications d. Vertical Launching Systems e. Electronic Warfare (EW) and Decoys f. Torpedo Defense Systems g. In-stride Mine Avoidance Systems h. Multi-function Navigation/Surface Tracking Radars for Navigation and Tracking of High Speed Maneuvering Surface Vessels i. Medium and Long-range Weapons (missiles, guns, directed energy, or other advanced weapon systems) and Unmanned Vehicles j. Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (H,M&E) Automation and Reliability k. Re-configurable Habitability, Working, and Combat Systems Spaces
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l. Space, Weight, Power and Cooling (SWaP-C) Technologies (for onboard sensors, weapons, and unmanned vehicles) m. Power and Energy (P&E) Storage for High Energy Weapons and Unmanned Vehicle Charging Organize provided information in the following manner (Unclassified submissions preferred; however classified material can be accepted): I. System Description and Characteristics a. System Maturity b. Naval Architecture c. Marine Engineering d. Warfare System Dependencies e. System Performance Characteristics II. Mission, CONOPS and Performance and Effectiveness Assessment III. Cost and Schedule Estimates a. Acquisition Strategy b. Systems Costs c. Operations and Support Costs d. Innovative Acquisition Approaches e. Industrial Base Considerations f. Integration and Test Technical Risk g. Foreign System Integration Include the following information: I. System Description and Characteristics. Provide the usual and customary naval architecture, marine engineering and warfare systems particulars to include, but not limited to the following: a. System Maturity (1) TRL (2) Is the system currently fielded or planned for any US or Foreign Navy applications? (3) What is the current and/or planned production rate? (4) Is this a modification to a current system? (5) Has the system been tested in any way? b. Naval Architecture: (1) Design Standards (2) Material (3) System Weight (4) Component Dimensions (5) Ship Network Architecture (HM&E, communications, navigation, combat systems, administration, etc.) (6) Open Systems Architecture Standards (7) Impacts to Weight and KG
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c. Marine Engineering: (1) Electric System Requirements (2) Cooling System Requirements (3) Auxiliaries Systems Requirements (4) Propulsion Plant Impacts d. Warfare System Dependencies: (1) Functional Description (2) System/Subsystem Block Diagram (3) Manning and Training Requirement (4) Weapons Control Inputs/Interfaces (5) Electronic Warfare Interfaces (6) Combat Management System interfaces (7) Communication System Interfaces (8) Command and Control Interfaces (9) Mission Applications Inputs (10) Electronic Navigation Inputs (11) Logistics Software Requirements (12) Embedded Training / Remote Training (13) Automated / Supported Maintenance, including Real-time Monitoring, Reliability/Predictive Capability, and Condition Based Maintenance aspects (14) Shock, Vibration, and Environmental Analysis and Qualifications e. System Performance Characteristics: (1) Radar (for Radar submissions include): (a) Range (resolution, accuracy) (b) Transmit Power (average, peak, duty, technology) (c) False Alarm Rates (Air, surface per environment and approaches) (d) Sensitive Time Control Limits (min detectable Radar Cross-Section (RCS)) (e) Azimuth Accuracy (measured and filtered) (f) Elevation Accuracy (measured, filtered, beam split approach) (g) Azimuth Beamwidth, Side Lobe Levels (h) Elevation Beamwidth, Side Lobe Levels (i) Velocity Coverage (min, max, single scan visibility) (j) Range Coverage (min, max, instrumented per elevation beam) (k) Elevation Coverage (l) RF (band, bandwidth (percent or actual)) (m) Radome Requirements (n) Scanrate (options available to the operator) (o) Free-space Range per Elevation Beam (vs. 0 dBsm target) (p) Receiver Noise Figure (q) Time Resource Utilization (r) Clutter Improvement Factor (CIF) (clutter attenuation and approach) (s) Track Initiation Time (logic or approach per elevation beam) (t) Weight (per major assembly above, below deck in kg)
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(u) Dimensions for Components (per major assembly above, below deck in meters) (v) Power Draw (kW, voltage) (w) Power Consumed (kW) (x) Cooling needs (kW for air, liquid; flow rate) (y) Mean Time Between Critical Failure (z) Antenna Gain, Polarization (aa) Pulse Integration Approach (bb) Fill Pulse Approach (cc) TRL (value today, by Sep 2017/2020, # units produced) (dd) Additional Functions (Periscope detection, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tracking support, Surface Craft tracking, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) support, communication support, Electronic Protect features, electromagnetic interference (EMI) mitigation features) (ee) Shock Rating (2) Sonar: (a) System Functional Description, including Source, Receiver, Signal Definition and Processing, Power Delivery, Handling and Stowage, and Sensor Deployment Housing (b) Tow body depth, Roll, Pitch, Heading (c) Tow cable scope, tension, deployment speed (d) Sea State Power Delivery Subsystem Interface (voltage AC/DC, phase, kVA) (e) Speed (launch, recovery, stowage, search, track, survive) (f) Depth (search, track, variability including number of depth change cycles, survival) (g) Mission duration (h) Launch/retrieve/stow cycles (i) Manning (deployment, retrieval, operation, evaluation) (j) Environmental (washdown, temperature, humidity, shock, vibration, sea water exposure) (k) Physical characteristics (weight in kg (including necessary winches, cradles, domes, etc.), size/space in m3, deck loads) (l) Towed body (hydrodynamic stability, baffling, speed vs depth curve) (m) Acoustic transmit (source level and duty cycle, operational frequency band, horizontal and vertical beamwidths and beam patterns, pulse length, in-band distortion, cavitation depth, power amplifiers and tuning electronics, waveform generator, and design safeguard (in-air transmission)) (n) Acoustic receive – beam pattern, horizontal and vertical beamwidths, operational frequency band, processing types, e.g., coded pulse (CP), continuous wave (CW), continuous active sonar (CAS), passive (details, bandwidth) (o) Manufacturing considerations (materials, processes, parts, durability)
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(p) Reliability (q) Maintainability (3) Electro-optical and Infrared (EO/IR): (a) Primary Sensor i. Sensor type ii. Wavelength iii. Fields of View (FOVs) iv. Zoom ratio (b) Sub-System Payload Specs (per subsystem) i. Sensor type ii. Resolution iii. FOVs iv. Zoom ratio (c) Sub-System Laser Payload Specs, if any (per laser subsystem) (d) Max. Field-of-view (e) Detection Range (km) (f) Recognition Range (km) (g) Identification Range (km) (h) Azimuth Accuracy (i) Elevation Accuracy i. Laser Range Finder (detection range (km), Classification Class) ii. Power (j) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Global Positioning System (GPS) Capability (k) Performance (l) Stabilization (m) Azimuth Coverage (n) Elevation Coverage (o) Interfaces i. Video ii. Data (p) Operating temperature (q) Environmental qualifications (r) Power requirements i. Voltage ii. Power Range Accuracy (m) (s) Power Consumed (kW) (t) Dimensions (major assemblies, m) (u) Weight (major assemblies, kg) (v) Power Consumed (kW)
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(w) Cooling needs (kW for air, liquid) (x) Shock Rating (4) Unmanned Systems: (a) Endurance (hr) (b) Ceiling (ft)/Depth (m)/Range (nm) (c) Dimensions (m) (d) Weight (kg) (e) Survivability Characteristics (f) Launch/Handling/Recovery Systems (g) Payload Capacities (m3, kg) (h) Software Interfaces/Interoperability (i) Power Requirements (kw) / Recharge Time (min) (5) Engagement Systems (a) Launcher Specifications for the Weapon (b) Range (min, max, effective) (c) Weapon Velocity vs Range (d) Required Accuracy for a Cue (e) Seeker Type, Beamwidth, Search Time (f) Number Weapons in Launcher (g) Magazine Size (h) Number of Reloads, Reload Time (i) Number of Rounds Expended per Target (j) Flight Profile, Speed (k) Warhead Type and Lethality (l) Weapon Accuracy and Effectiveness (6) Softkill and Countermeasure Systems (a) Required Cue (b) Time to Launch (c) Time to Reach Full Capacity/Signature (d) Effective Time (e) Signature over Effective Time (f) Number of Reloads, Reload Time II. Mission, CONOPS, and Performance and Effectiveness Assessment. Performance and effectiveness analysis should be submitted that accurately represents the capabilities asserted in the submitted design particularly in the areas of surface warfare, undersea warfare, air warfare, mine warfare, lethality, survivability, endurance, range and speed. a. The Navy is particularly interested in how a particular ship system fits within the operational concept for a small surface combatant, and to what extent a particular system’s performance and effectiveness supports all phases of operations from peacetime presence to full scale conflict. b. Provide an assessment of the system’s ability, including type of objective quality evidence used for this determination, to meet the roles and missions associated with a
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small surface combatant, and include performance/effectiveness in defeating intended threats. (1) Provide a description of the operational environment and concept of operations in which the system is intended to operate. (2) Provide a performance and effectiveness assessment of the system’s ability, using the roles and missions associated with a small surface combatant, including type of objective quality evidence used for this determination, to defeat intended threats. c. Additionally, identify any challenging/prohibitive operating environments and your thoughts on mitigating these challenges. III. Cost and Schedule Estimates. The Navy is interested in estimated cost and schedule information for design development, integration testing, in-yard delivery, installation and check-out, operational testing and certification of the first unit and of a notional total quantity of 20 small surface combatants. The Navy is interested in all pertinent data and assumptions related to the provided estimates, and requests information be provided in the following format: a. Acquisition strategy (1) Schedule (a) Development Timeline (b) Start of Production (c) Delivery (2) Procurement profiles (3) Build /contracting b. Systems Costs (1) R&D: (a) System Specific Development i. Hardware ii. Software (b) T&E (2) Procurement: (a) 1st Unit i. Hardware ii. Non-Hardware iii. Software (b) Follow Units (notional 19 follow-on units) i. Hardware ii. Non-Hardware iii. Software iv. Rate / Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) / Bulk Purchase Breakpoints: Potential for Material and/or Labor savings if a certain number of units is procured in a certain timeframe / conditions (i.e. 3-5 units per year will save X% or a block or Multi7

year Procurement (MYP) contracting scenario for Y units will save Z%) v. Other Shared or leveraged efficiencies (Class Services, Systems
Engineering Process Management (SEPM), etc.)

(c) Platform Installation, Integration and Testing i. Non-recurring Engineering / Design ii. Installation and Test Hours i. Lead ii. Follow c. Operations and Support Costs (1) Manning (2) Maintenance Costs (a) Preventative (b) Corrective (c) Continuing System Improvements (d) Software Maintenance (e) Refresh / Modernization Rates (3) Energy (4) Obsolescence and modernization philosophy d. Innovative Acquisition Approaches: The Navy is interested in the underlying assumptions to the provided estimates and in any innovative acquisition approaches: (1) Assumptions that underlie the cost and schedule estimates (2) Most recent relevant (similar in size/complexity) systems produced (3) Product design approach (design tools, file formats, design standards, product deliverables, etc.) (4) Estimates of non-recurring engineering (NRE) tasks and hours which would be accomplished by the shipbuilders to integrate the systems into a ship design prior to construction of the first craft (5) Design, integration, delivery, and test approaches between you and the shipbuilder (6) Design for affordable requirements validation testing to include efforts to satisfactorily prove performance for less cost and less time (7) Paths to quick and affordable combat system qualification testing e. Industrial Base Considerations: The Navy is interested in any pertinent industrial base considerations related to the design, cost and schedule information provided. The Navy is interested in industry perspectives on the following: (1) Industrial Base reversible and non-reversible capacity and capability (2) Use of foreign suppliers/World Market f. The Navy is interested in industry’s assessment and technical risk of the impact of the integration into the total ship combat system and test of the individual combat system. g. The Navy is interested in industry’s assessment of integrating any recommended foreign system onto a US ship platform and the impact to the logistics pipeline.

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Interested equipment manufacturers are encouraged to respond to this announcement. In the responses, companies should also include: 1. Organization Name 2. Address 3. Point of Contact: (1) Name (2) Position/Title (3) Email address (4) Telephone number Responses shall be no more than 15 pages in length and be preferably in plain text, Microsoft Office, or Adobe PDF electronic formats. Unclassified responses should be sent by electronic mail to the NAVSEA point of contact, Ms. Cristina Covalt, Contracting Officer, cristina.covalt@navy.mil, Phone: 202-781-1759

Classified responses shall be submitted in accordance with (IAW) DoD 5220.22M NISPOM in electronic media CD or DVD format to the PCO care of Rich Wiersteiner, SEA 05. The NISPOM can be accessed at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/html/522022m.htm. Interested Parties shall mark each package as follows: Marked: RFI Submittal N00024-14-R-2308 Naval Sea Systems Command 614 Sicard St SE Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376-7000 Attn: Cristina Covalt, SEA02232 Procuring Contracting Officer C/O Rich Wiersteiner, SEA 05 DO NOT OPEN IN MAIL ROOM CONTACT: Rich Wiersteiner - (202) 781-5163 WHEN TO SUBMIT: This information is requested to be provided by email by 3:00PM, 22 May 2014. NOTICES REGARDING SOLICITATION: This RFI does NOT constitute a Request for Proposal and is not to be construed as a commitment, implied or otherwise, by the Government that a procurement action will be issued. No telephone inquiries will be accepted and requests for solicitation packages will not be honored, as no solicitation is intended at this time. Response to this notice is not a request to be added to a bidders list or to receive a copy of a solicitation.

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THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO AWARD A CONTRACT SOLELY ON THE BASIS OF THIS RFI. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the Government will arise as a result of the submission of the requested information. No reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this announcement and any follow up information requests. Responses to this RFI may be considered in the future determination of an appropriate acquisition strategy for the program. The Government may not respond to any specific questions or comments submitted in response to this RFI or information provided as a result of this request. Any information submitted by respondents as a result of this notice is strictly voluntary. NOTICE REGARDING PROPRIETARY INFORMATION: All submitted materials will be designated for Government Use Only. Third party support contractors providing support to the SSCTF will have access to the submitted material. These contractors have executed non-disclosure agreements. Submission of material requested in this RFI shall constitute consent to allow access to the material/information by any relevant third party support contractor supporting the SSCTF. Submitted material/information will be safeguarded in accordance with the applicable Government regulations. IMPORTANT - Any email containing export controlled information must be marked FOUO and use encryption.

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