Link 16 Ground Support System (GSS) for Hellenic Air Force (HAF)

Sources Sought

Section I:  Requirement Background

The U.S. Air Force is seeking qualified sources for the procurement of a Ground Support System (GSS) for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), Greece. 

AFLCMC/HNA, in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) GR-D-SNY, intends to award a Firm Fixed Price contract for the procurement and on-site deployment of three (3) Link 16 Ground Support System (GSS) to support the operational expansion of Link 16 capability for the HAF's F-16 Viper aircraft. The equipment consists of a tactical exerciser with advanced capabilities to support platform simulation, scenario generation, C2 emulation, SIM over LIVE sortie flights, mission recording and playback.   The system can be used for all facets of mission preplanning, execution, aircrew briefing/debriefing, and instruction, and will feature a minimum of five IP connected workstations in a contained Client/Server relationship.

In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. This sources sought request neither constitutes a Request for Proposal (RFP), nor does it restrict the Government to an ultimate acquisition approach. This sources sought request should not be construed as a commitment by the government for any purpose. The Government will not respond to any requests for a solicitation. The government will not reimburse any contractor for any costs associated with preparing or submitting a response to this notice.

  1. Description:

This procurement will include: three (3) Link 16 Ground Support System (GSS) to serve as training devices to provide real time support to tactical data link training requirements; unclassified GSS spares; Installation & Site Acceptance Testing (I&SAT) of the deployed GSS and all operator and maintenance equipment familiarization services, as well as a three-year hardware & software maintenance/help desk support package.  The Contractor shall provide data as required over the life of the contract. 

The GSS will be capable of operating as a participant in live RF Link16 networks and in a stand-alone Link16 RF network.  The system will have a host processor capable of initializing, interfacing with, and monitoring the activity of a Link16 network using a MIDS LVT-1 and its variants such as LVT-4 or LVT-6, and MIDS-JTRS as well.  The system will support all of requirements of the associated Link16 terminal.  Depending on the type of terminal, the system will include the necessary power converter to allow operations from normal 210/240V, 50/60 Hz outlet power as well as cooling for overheat protection.  The system will be capable of supporting optimal line of sight operations from an omni-directional antenna compatible with the terminal and host configuration. 

The Contractor will acquire and install all ancillary equipment including GPS and Link 16 antennas and RF cabling.  The contractor is not responsible for the building infrastructure modifications or labor associated with routing cables or mounting antennas on masts.  The following antenna and cables are suitable candidates that meet these specifications:

•           European Antennas, Part Number NSN 5985-99-758-6585

•           LMR-600-DB Outdoor/Watertight PE Black 54093

The Contractor shall acquire these items or equivalent as part of the GSS equipment suite.  The

Contractor shall assume total system responsibility for the GSS equipment including the antennas, cables and ancillary support devices.

This synopsis is for planning purposes only, and does not constitute an Invitation for Bid (IFB) or a Request for Proposal (RFP).  Nor does its issuance restrict the Government as to the ultimate acquisition approach. AFLCMC will not release to any firm, agency, or individual outside the Government, any information properly marked with a proprietary legend without the written permission from the respondent.  The Government will not pay for any information received in response to this synopsis.

The proposed North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) Code for the overall program is 541512.  Which has a size standard of $30M.

 

Section II:  Instructions for Submission of Information

Responses to this synopsis shall contain sufficient documentation in accordance with attachment #1 and #2 in addition to a capability statement on the contractor’s qualifications and indicate the contractor’s ability to fulfill the requirements found in the Draft GSS Technical Requirements Document (TRD).  If a potential respondent would like a copy of the TRD, please contact one of the HNAK POCs listed below. 

Based on the proposed NAICS code, respondents must specify whether it is a large business, small business, small disadvantaged business, 8(a) concern, women-owned small business, HUBZone small business, veteran-owned small business or service-disabled veteran-owned small business.  Also specify whether a respondent is a U.S. or foreign-owned firm.  In addition, respondents can provide a comment on the proposed NAICS code to see if the Government would consider another code.

All responses should be brief and concise, yet clearly demonstrate your abilities to meet the stated objectives. Limit responses to a total page limit of 10 pages on 8 ½” X 11” paper. Pages shall be single-spaced and one-sided. The font shall be Times New Roman not less than 10pt with a one inch margin. Please submit your responses electronically gillian.ferguson.1@us.af.mil  in a Microsoft Word compatible file. Responses will not be accepted by telephone.

Submissions may also be received through DoD SAFE (https://safe.apps.mil/) web application. The DoD SAFE application is used to send large files to individuals which would normally be too large to send via email. Everyone has free access to DoD SAFE, and the application is available for use by anyone. 

Businesses must be registered in SAM to conduct business with the US Federal Government. The System for Award Management (SAM) can be accessed at http://www.sam.gov.

The Air Force will treat all information marked "proprietary" consistent with federal information protection laws, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Trade Secrets Act.

The Government reserves the right to contact the submitting parties, on an as required basis, for further clarification on material provided. The Government reserves the right to contact additional customers to obtain information that will be used to evaluate each respondent’s capability. If you choose to submit proprietary information, mark it accordingly. Classified information will not be accepted.

The Contracting Officer is Mr. Mr. Jared R. Fay (jared.fay@us.af.mil), and the Contracting Specialist is Ms. Gillian Ferguson (gillian.ferguson.1@us.af.mil).

An AFLCMC Ombudsman has been appointed to consider and facilitate the resolution of concerns from offerors, potential offerors, and others for this acquisition. Before consulting the Ombudsman concerned parties should first address their concerns, issues, disagreements, and/or recommendation to the Contracting Officer for resolution.

            AFLCMC Ombudsman:

            Col Sean Tucker, USAF

            Ombudsman

            AFLCMC/AQ-AZ

            Acquisition Excellence Directorate

            (937) 255-5512 or DSN (312) 785-5512

            Email: sean.tucker.1@us.af.mil

            2640 Loop Road West

            Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7106

Please provide response via e-mail to gillian.ferguson.1@us.af.mil and jared.fay@us.af.mil not later than 12:00 PM (Eastern Time), 7 December 2021.  Responses received after this date and time may not be reviewed.

Included Attachments:

Attachment 1 – Sources Sought Worksheet

Attachment 2 – Project Information Worksheet 

ATTACHMENT #1

Sources Sought Worksheet for

Link 16 Ground Support System (GSS) for Hellenic Air Force (HAF)

Company Information

Company Name:________________________________________________________________

Point of Contact:________________________________________________________________

POC Phone:__________________  POC E-Mail:______________________________________

Company DUNS (if applicable): _______________________

Company CAGE Code (if applicable): _________________

Check All That Apply:

Other than Small Business

Small Business

SBA Certified 8A Program Participant

SBA Certified HUB Zone Firm

SBA Certified Small Disadvantaged Business

Self-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business

Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

AbilityOne (formerly JWOD) Non-Profit Agency

Veteran Owned Small Business

Women Owned Small Business

Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business

Identify any existing contracts you may hold that may fulfill this requirement.  If you have such existing contracts please provide the contract number and the Contracting Officer’s contact information:

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How likely are you to submit a proposal on a solicitation that may result from this effort?

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ATTACHMENT #2

Use the template on the following page to describe projects of similar size, scope and complexity as that described in the sources sought synopsis which you have performed within the last five (5) years.  Total submittal, including pages 1 and 2, shall not exceed eight (8) pages.

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