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Open Skies Recapitalization and

Digital Visual Imaging Systems (DVIS) Integration

NAICS: 336411, Aircraft Manufacturing

Size Standard: 1,500

This market survey is being conducted to identify potential sources that may possess
the expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet the requirements for qualification
and production of aircraft and integration of digital visual imaging systems (DVIS) use
by United States Air Force (USAF) personnel in support of the Open Skies Treaty. It is
expected that the program remain unclassified and that no foreign participation is
required in the acquisition and development of the system. However, Open Skies
signatory nations will be part of the final Treaty Certification flights prior to initial
operational capability. Interested offerors responding to this market research are placed
on notice that participation in this survey may not ensure participation in future
solicitations or contract awards as this survey is for planning purposes and may not
result in a solicitation or contract. The government will not reimburse participants for
any expenses associated with their participation in this survey.


1. Below is a synopsis containing a description of the Open Skies recapitalization

and DVIS integration requirement and a Contractor Capability Survey, which
allows you to provide your company’s capability.

2. If, after reviewing these documents, you desire to participate in the market
research, you should provide documentation that supports your company’s
capability in meeting these requirements. Failure to provide documentation may
result in the government being unable to adequately assess your capabilities. If
you lack sufficient experience in a particular area, please provide details
explaining how you would overcome the lack of experience/capabilities in order
to perform that portion of the requirement (i.e., teaming, subcontracting, etc.)

3. Both large and small businesses are encouraged to participate in this Market
Research. Joint ventures or teaming arrangements are encouraged. All
submissions will be reviewed IAW FAR Part 19 procedures.
4. Questions relative to this market survey should be addressed to:


ATTN: Ms. Candace Dittmer
3001 Staff Dr., Post 2AI 85A
Tinker AFB OK 73145-3020
Telephone: 405-736-7290
Open Skies Recapitalization and
DVIS Integration


The Government is conducting market research to identify potential sources that

possess the production data/repair data, expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet
qualification requirements for the Open Skies Recapitalization and DVIS Integration.

The Open Skies acquisition team is seeking procurement of two aircraft to replace
OC-135B aircraft currently used to support the Open Skies Treaty (OST) and to
configure them for the mission by installing treaty compliant digital camera hardware
(the DVIS system –see attachment) and supporting systems. The Air Force is seeking
a fielded solution in the 2023 timeframe.

The United States signed the Open Skies Treaty in Helsinki, Finland on March 24,
1992, and the Senate ratified it on August 6, 1993. When the Russian Federation and
Belarus completed ratification procedures on January 2, 2002, the Treaty entered into
force. The OST is a confidence and security building measure designed to promote
openness and transparency in military activities. The treaty allows unarmed
observation flights over the territory of the 34 signatory nations.

The two OST OC-135Bs are experiencing increasing maintenance and sustainability
problems. Current capabilities of the OC-135B prevent the US from executing the full
capabilities of the Treaty. The range of the OC-135B is too short to safely execute
desired mission options within the 96-hour Treaty in-country observation time constraint.
There are extreme ranges between some Open Skies airfields and desired observation
Required Capability Threshold Value Objective Value

Aircraft Reliability 85% Mission Capable Rate 90%

Takeoff/land on 8,000 ft x 130 ft runway in Land on 6,000 ft x 130 ft runways
Takeoff and Landing mission configuration with standard day Takeoff on 7,000 ft x 130 ft
conditions runways

7,200 km including a midpoint 300 km segment

at 10,000 ft after takeoff at mission 9,400 km with other criteria the
Aircraft Flight Range
configuration and intital spiral to 35,000 ft with same
fuel reserves under standard day conditions

Operations on the runways, taxiways, and

Ground Operations Same as threshold
parking areas of Open Skies airfields
Self Sustaining
Two weeks of self sustaining operations Three weeks

Altitude Operational altitude of 35,000 ft mean sea level Same as threshold

Personnel Capacity 37 personnel seated in mission configuration Same as threshold

Treaty Compliance Meet all treaty requirements Same as threshold

Plus maintain 300 meters without

Able to remain within 300 meters of the agreed
Navigational Accuracy external navigational inputs for 30
track using external navigational inputs
Envronmental Operating
+120 to -40 degrees fahrenheit Same as threshold

Operate in all civil and military airspace at time

of delivery including knnown communication
navigation surveillance / air traffic management
(CNS/ATM) requirements with redundant
Air Traffic Compatibility systems; capability to inhibit CNS/ATM Same as threshold
emissions; civil air traffic control (ATC) data link
for line of sight and beyond line of sight
communications; capability to operate in ATC
systems of OST airfields

Meets size, weight, and power requirements

Sensor Capable (SWAP) or all treaty sensors simultaneously Same as threshold
installed in and in use

Electromagnetic Does not emit OST-prohibited electromagnetic

Same as threshold
Capability radiation

1) Open Skies Recapitalization Systems Requirements Document

2) Appendix A - Acronym List
3) Appendix B - Government Documents
4) Appendix C - DVIS System Requirements
5) Appendix D - Treaty Airfields
6) Appendix E - Aircraft Capability
7) Appendix F - Treaty Compliance Details
8) Appendix G - Sensor Windows
Open Skies Recapitalization and
DVIS Integration

Part I. Business Information

Please provide the following business information for your company/institution and for
any teaming or joint venture partners:

• Company/Institute Name:
• Address:
• Point of Contact:
• CAGE Code:
• Phone Number:
• E-mail Address:
• Web Page URL:
• Size of business pursuant to North American Industry Classification System
(NAICS) Code: 336411, Aircraft Manufacturing
Based on the above NAICS Code, state whether your company is:
• Small Business (Yes / No)
• Woman Owned Small Business (Yes / No)
• Small Disadvantaged Business (Yes / No)
• 8(a) Certified (Yes / No)
• HUBZone Certified (Yes / No)
• Veteran Owned Small Business (Yes / No)
• Service Disabled Veteran Small Business (Yes / No)
• System for Award Management (SAM) (Yes / No)
• A statement as to whether your company is domestically or foreign owned (if
foreign, please indicate the country of ownership).

Is your company interested in possible subcontracting opportunities? If so please

describe in detail what part or parts of this requirement that your company capable or
interested in performing.

All responses should be sent via: email and/or written response. Responses must be
received no later than close of business 30 days after posting date for this
announcement. If submitting email responses, please email to If submitting written responses, please mail two (2) copies
of your response to:


ATTN: Ms. Candace Dittmer
3001 Staff Dr., Post 2AJ 85A
Tinker AFB OK 73145-3020

Part II. Capability Survey Questions

A. General Capability Questions:

1. Please explain your approach to obtain OEM data to maintain FAA certification
on aircraft. Provide previous examples where you have succeeded in this.

2. Experience in designing and integrating systems and obtaining and maintaining

an FAA STC for design and installation.

3. Ability to obtain new aircraft (not previously placed in service – military or

commercial) that meets attached requirements and timeline for receipt of both
airframe after contract award.

4. Describe your willingness to partner with other entities to meet/fulfill the

requirements for the integration and support associated with meeting Open Skies
mission requirements.

5. Describe briefly the capabilities of your facility and the nature of the goods and/or
services you provide. Include a description of your staff composition and
management structure.

6. Describe your company's past experience on previous projects similar in

complexity to this requirement. Include contract numbers, a brief description of
the work performed, period of performance, agency/organization supported, and
individual point of contact (Contracting Officer or Program Manager).

7. What quality assurance processes and test qualification practices does your
company employ? Please provide a description of your quality program (ISO
9001, AS9100, etc.)

8. Describe your company's capabilities and experience in generating technical

data, engineering drawings and manuals. Identify what software programs are
utilized to generate these data products and what formats are available for
delivered items.

9. Describe your company’s capability to obtain or manufacture molds/tooling.

Also, provide information on your type of molding process.

10. Are there specific requirements in the documentation that we provide that would
currently preclude your product from being a viable solution to our requirement?

11. Include a detailed listing of facilities and equipment, including quantities, required
to satisfy the requirements of this effort.

12. Describe the facility you will use to install and integrate the DVIS into the
selected aircraft

B. Hardware Production Questions:

1. Describe your capability and experiences in the manufacturing/fabrication of


C. Software Development Questions:

1. Is your company's software development processes certified to the Carnegie
Mellon Capability Maturity Model? If so what level of certification have you
achieved and what is the date of your certification.

2. Describe your capabilities and experience in managing and integrating software

development projects, including AGILE development, subcontractor involvement.
Include any experience in project planning, work breakdown structures, resource
allocations, schedule tracking, risk analysis and cost management.

D. Repair Questions:
1. Describe your capabilities and experience in modifying existing
systems/equipment (hardware and software) to solve maintenance and support
problems in the depot environment.

2. Describe your capabilities and experience in developing/modifying repair or

maintenance procedures. Include associated upgrade of technical orders and
preparation of new technical orders.
3. Describe your configuration management processes and how you minimize
obsolescence and diminishing manufacturing sources problems?

4. Describe your process for maintaining inventory records and reporting on hand/in
work balances and repair status to your customer.

E. Commerciality Questions:
1. Are there established catalog or market prices for our requirement or any specific
portions of the requirement (i.e. airframe only)? If you offer this product and/or
service to both U.S. Government and commercial sources, is the same workforce
used for both the U.S. Government and general public? Is our requirement
offered to both under similar terms and conditions? Briefly describe any

2. Please identify any experiences of modifying commercial aircraft with the

capability of air to ground observation with internal cameras.

3. Describe your standard warranty and return process for goods and services
furnished to the government for items similar in nature to this requirement.

F. Services Questions
NOTE: Engineering, advisory & assistance services, contractor logistic
support, other services not listed.

1. Describe your company’s previous experience in providing Interim Contractor

Support (ICS) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) or an equivalent effort.

2. Describe your capabilities and experience in developing/modifying procedures.

Include associated upgrade of technical orders and preparation of new technical

3. Demonstrate your ability and experience for the same or similar services, which
are currently provided in the commercial and/or military environment by providing
the following information on the same or similar items:
a) Contract Number
b) Procuring Agency
c) Contract Value
d) Services Provided

4. Describe your capabilities and experience in any required test, evaluation, and
repair processes/procedures with regard to the required items.

5. Describe how you/your organization will minimize parts obsolescence and

diminishing manufacturing sources problems?

6. Describe your process for maintaining inventory records and reporting on

hand/work-in-process balance and manufacturing status to your customer as

7. How will your organization address the absence of drawings, specifications,

technical data, test procedures, etc.

8. If your company can not perform the entirety of the requirement what part could
or would your company be able to perform. Provide specific info on what could
be broken out for your company’s performance.

9. Describe your ability and location you will use to provide initial and recurring
aircraft maintenance training to USAF maintenance personnel.

10. Describe your ability and location you will use to provide aircrews with academic
training via computer-based training systems and skill training via full flight

G. Contract Strategy Development

1. USAF is planning on utilizing a contract with a base period for the aircraft
purchase and modification with options for interim contract support. From your
company’s experiences, can you provide your company’s understanding of this

2. USAF utilizes DCMA Quality Assurance Representatives (QAR) for production

contracting efforts. Can you provide your experiences with DCMA QARs?

3. Do you have a DCMA QAR in your local area or do you utilize a regional QAR?

4. What type of contract financing, if any, would your company need to successfully
5. Are there established commercial financing terms for our requirement or any
specific portions of the requirement (i.e. airframe only)?

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