FA8524-22-R-0024 – Sources Sought – Request For Information (RFI) for the repair of the HH-60 Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly

Sep 23, 2022 | Sources Sought

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

Request For Information (RFI) for the repair of the
HH-60 Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly

NOUN:
Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly
CAUTION:

NSN: 1615015555344

Part Number:
70102-08200-071

The Government is conducting market research to identify potential sources that possess the repair 
data, capabilities, and experience to meet qualification requirements to repair the Main Rotor Head 
Spindle Assembly, of which is applicable to the HH-60 Helicopter. The level of security clearance 
and amount of foreign participation in this requirement has not been determined.

The Spindle Assembly has a Repair Method Code (RMC/RMSC) of “R4/P”. RMC R4 is defined as: Repair, 
for the first time, directly from the actual manufacturer. RMC R4; RMSC P is defined as: The rights 
to use the data needed for contract repair of this part from additional source(s) are not owned by 
the Government and cannot be purchased, developed, or otherwise obtained. It is uneconomical to 
reverse engineer this part. This code is used in situations where the Government has the data but 
does not own the rights to the data. Additionally, this spindle is listed as a critical safety 
item.

The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the HH-60 Spindle Assembly is Sikorsky Aircraft, Cage 
Code 78286.

Contractor shall furnish all material, support equipment, tools, test equipment, and services. The 
contractor is responsible for providing, maintaining, and calibrating all support equipment 
required at their facility or a subcontractor’s facility. Contractor furnished material or parts 
used for replacement shall equal or exceed the quality of the original material or parts.

Contractors/Institutions responding to this market research are placed on notice that participation 
in this survey may not ensure participation in future solicitations or contract awards. The 
Government will not reimburse participants for any expenses associated with their participation in 
this survey.

The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this solicitation or to 
otherwise pay for the information solicited except as an allowable cost under other contracts as 
provided in subsection 31.205-18, Bid and proposal costs, of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. 
Although “proposal” and “offer or” are used in this Request for Information, your response will be 
treated as information only. It shall not be used as a proposal.
This solicitation is issued for the purpose of identifying any additional potential repair sources 
capable of repairing these assets.

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. The document below contains a description of the Spindle Assembly requirement and a Contractor 
Capability Survey. The Survey allows Contractors to provide their 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.

4. Questions relative to this market survey should be addressed to the Government Logistic Manager, 
Tiyanna Lockhart at 478-327-6940 or at e-mail; tiyanna.lockhart@us.af.mil.

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

PURPOSE/DESCRIPTION

The Government is conducting market research to identify potential sources that possess the 
expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet qualification requirements to repair the Spindle 
Assembly which are applicable to the HH-60 components listed below:

NOUN:
Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly

NSN: 1615015555344

P/N
70102-08200-071

This requirement is for repair services. Current repair services are handled by the Army; however, 
the Air Force will be taking over as PICA and this RFI is primarily to establish supportability of 
the item.

The Government’s needs for repair services are required in order to support current combat search 
and rescue operations. The HH-60 is a utility helicopter that is used by the Air Force for search 
and rescue missions.

The Spindle Assembly, NSN 1615-01-555-5344, is a Critical Safety Item assembly consisting of 
several highly specialized subcomponents including bearings, anti-flap and pitch horn assemblies, 
and several other items all mounted together on a spindle. The entire spindle assembly attaches the 
main rotor blade to the main rotor head, keeping the blade in place on the main rotor head during 
aircraft operation and giving the blade controlled freedom of movement to enable flight.
Manufacture and repair of the spindle assembly are governed by OEM specifications. Failure of the 
spindle assembly could cause the loss of its attaching main rotor blade, which would result in the 
loss of the aircraft and the lives of all on board.

CONTRACTOR CAPABILITY SURVEY

NOUN
Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly

NSN
1615015555344

P/N
70102-08200-071

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

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:
336413

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)
•  Central Contractor Registration (CCR).   (Yes / No)
•  A statement as to whether your company is domestically or foreign owned (if foreign, please 
indicate the country of ownership).

Written responses, via e-mails, must be received no later than close of business 30 days. Please 
E-mail your response to: tiyanna.lockhart@us.af.mil

Questions relative to this market research should be addressed to the Government Logistic Manager, 
Tiyanna Lockhart (478) 327-6940 or at e-mail; tiyanna.lockhart@us.af.mil.

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

Part II. Capability Survey Questions

General Capability Questions:

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

2. 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).

3. Describe your company’s experience in repairing the Part Number/NSNs listed above that make up 
the Spindle Head.

4. Describe your company’s capabilities for generating, handling, processing and storing classified 
material and data.

5. 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.

6. What is your company’s current maximum repair capacity per month? Provide information on any 
facility reserves you may possess to increase repair capacity in the event of an immediate need do 
to critical operational mission requirements.

7. What quality assurance processes and test qualification practices does your company employ? 
Provide a description of your quality program (ISO 9001, AS9100, etc.).
a. Provide a detailed quality plan implementing AS9100 (or equivalent).

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. Demonstrate your ability and experience in repair of the same or similar components, which are 
currently in use on commercial or military helicopters by providing the following information on 
the same or similar items:
a) Contract Number
b) Procuring Agency
c) Contract Value
d) Number of assets shipped

Depot Level Repair of the Main Rotor Head Spindle Assembly Applicable to the HH-60 Aircraft

4. Provide your commercial manual(s) or Acceptance Test Procedures (ATP) and your rights to these 
manuals and or ATP used in the depot level repair and functional check of these or similar assets 
for Government Engineer review.

5. Describe your capabilities and experience in test, evaluation, repair or maintenance procedures.

6. Describe your configuration management processes and how you identify and resolve parts 
obsolescence and diminishing manufacturing sources problems?

7. Discuss your process for addressing any form, fit, and or function issues that may arise out of 
this effort

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

9. Include a detailed listing of facilities and equipment, including quantities, required to 
satisfy the requirements of this effort.
1. Provide an outline of the proposed process, including inspections.
i. State the type of test procedures are anticipated for this effort.
ii. State the type of inspection processes anticipated for this effort.
1. NDI/T.
2. Destructive testing/inspection.

10. How will your organization address the absence of drawings, specifications, technical data, 
test procedures, etc.

11. If the item cannot be repaired in total, state what your organization can repair.

12. State any technology insertion ideas for the item that would be suitable for this effort.

13. Discuss any reverse engineering or item replacement opportunities that may be present.

Commerciality Questions:

1. Is there established catalog or market prices for our requirement?

2. 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?

3. Is our requirement offered to both under similar terms and conditions? Briefly describe any 
differences.

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

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