FD2060-21-00124 – Sources Sought – Request for Interested Manufacturers: NSN 4220-01-505-8727SO, 20-Person Life Raft, Inflatable

Aug 18, 2020 | Sources Sought

Sources Sought for PR FD2060-21-00124

 NSN 4220-01-505-8727-SO

 (Intent to Purchase on Sole-Source Basis)

FROM:                     Eric Colvin/411 SCMS/GULAA

TO:                           DLA Aviation Procurement Operations at Warner Robins (SPRWA1)

LOCATION:           Robins AFB, GA 31098-1813

TITLE: Intent to sole-source purchase of the C-130J 20 Person Life Raft, Inflatable, used on board the AC 130J, HC 130J, and the MC 130J Aircraft with NSN 4220-01-505-8727


Market research is being conducted to identify potential sources that may possess the expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet the requirements for qualification and production of the C-130 LRU-33/ A, 20 Person Life Raft, NSN 4220-01-505-8727, and Part Number 65260-103


The LRU-33/ A, 20 Person Life Raft, NSN 4220-01-505-8727, Part Number 65260-103 is a Multi-Place Life Raft (MPLR) designed and developed to comply with MIL-PRF- 1894F to provide out-of-water support for up to 20 people forced to abandon aircraft at sea. Each MC-130J/HC-130J aircraft is equipped with four (4) each rafts to accommodate 80 personnel. The AC-130J aircraft is equipped with two (2) each rafts to accommodate 40 personnel.

The life raft NSN 4220-01-505-8727, Part Number 65260-103 incorporates a dual-tube, non-reversible design with a self-erecting canopy, an inflation system with a shatter proof gas cylinder, an insulated floor, self-inflating boarding ramps, two water-activated lights (one inside and one outside), and carrying case. Other features include attached ballast bags, sea anchor, and rain water collector. A foam block with cable guides and cables for left and right wing installation are also provided. Two retaining straps with frangible links, which break when the life raft is actuated help maintain the form of the folded life raft. The life raft is constructed of urethane-coated nylon with thermo-bonded seams.

Operational Considerations – The 46-person MPLR is used by Air Mobility Command on their C-130 (series) aircraft. While this would be a desired alternative to gain logistics synergies and efficiencies, the larger life raft was deemed unsuitable for Special Operations Forces (SOF)/Personnel Recovery (PR) aircraft and the only authorized MPLR for Air Force SOF/PR C-130 (series) aircraft is the LRU-33/A.

Impediment to Competition:

 The Government does not own or have access to the data for this item. Air Cruisers Company, LLC, CAGE Code 70167, is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for this asset. The data for this asset is proprietary to Air Cruisers Company, LLC.


The DLA/AWB Contracting Office intends to award a sole source contract to Air Cruisers Company, LLC, CAGE Code 70167 for the manufacture of the 20 Person Life Raft, Inflatable, in support of the AC/ HC and MC 130J aircrafts. Other interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to the requirement no later than

01 September 2020 to the Procurement Contracting Officer (PCO). The Government intends to procure these items using Other Than Full and Open Competition as prescribed by FAR 6.302-1, Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements.


This sources sought synopsis is for informational purposes only. This is not a request for proposal. It does not constitute a solicitation, and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government. Responses in any form are not offers, and the Government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. No funds are available to pay for preparation of responses to this announcement.

Any information submitted by respondents to this technical description is strictly voluntary.

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