This Sources Sought notice is being posted to satisfy the requirement of DFARS PGI 206.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MD, intends to negotiate and award a contract for hardware and software design; and testing requirements to Collins Aerospace, – Communication & Navigation Products, Mission Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa to mature the development of the Advanced Weapon Agnostic Radio Enhancement (AWARE) Advanced Tactical Data Link (ATDL). The scope of this contract is to mature the integrated three-mode software defined radio, providing Link 16, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), and ATDL functions, along with embedded encryption, into a single module to replace the current Link 16 weapon data links used by the Navy. This includes any and all support electronics, software, firmware and hardware required for the Government to complete check out and test of the WDL, and to produce a design specification for future procurement. This effort will include initial production of the WDL. The module Interface Control Document (ICD) will remain platform and weapon system agnostic, for a universal solution that easily integrates into systems across the DoD portfolio.
THIS NOTICE IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. However, responsible, interested parties may identify their interest and capability by responding to this notice. The Government will consider all information received prior to the closing date of this notice. A determination by the Government not to compete this procurement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The Government will not pay for any responses received. This acquisition is being pursued on a sole source basis under the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Collins Aerospace is the sole designer, developer, manufacturer, and integrator of the AWARE radio, and as such is the only company that has the requisite knowledge, experience, and technical data necessary to meet this requirement. There are no commitments by the Government to issue any solicitations, make an award or awards, or to be responsible for any monies expended by any interested parties before award of a contract for the efforts mentioned above. Information provided herein is subject to change and in no way binds the Government to solicit for or award a contract. No telephone responses will be accepted.