N68335-23-RFI-0104 – Sources Sought – Improved Low Loss Launch Valve Bodies

Jan 25, 2023 | Sources Sought

Improved Low Loss Launch Valve Bodies

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Lakehurst in support of the Prototype, Manufacturing, and Test Division is seeking sources that can provide six (6) Improved Low Loss Launch Valve Bodies (ILLLV) (P/N 626769-1) in FY 23, and an additional option for four (4) in FY 24. The Contractor shall meet all technical and quality assurance requirements detailed in the drawings listed below as well as the Technical Data Requirements (TDR) 21-17034 and (Quality Management 1006) QM1006.

  • Drawing 626769 Revision A: Valve Body Assembly
  • Drawing 416510 Revision G: Inlet Flange
  • Drawing 416511 Revision H: Outlet Flange
  • Drawing 614566 Revision G: Valve Body
  • Drawing 622422 Revision E: Valve Body Weldment

Hardware Deliveries:

First Article Test Unit (Qty 1) – 115 weeks after Contract Award

Production Units (Qty 2-6) – Second delivery 128 weeks after Contract Award, with delivery of subsequent units every 13 weeks

Option units (Qty 7-10) – Seventh delivery 101 weeks after Option Exercise, with delivery of subsequent units every 13 weeks.

The material covered in this potential requirement would be used in a crucial shipboard system supporting the launch and/or recovery of the aircraft.  The use of incorrect or defective material would create a high probability of failure resulting in a serious personnel injury, loss of life, loss of vital shipboard systems, or loss of aircraft.  Therefore, the material has been designated as critical safety item (CSI) material and special control procedures are invoked to ensure receipt of correct material.

This potential requirement includes information that is only releasable to current and approved Department of Defense (DoD) contractors.  Some documents are under Federal export control for “sensitive” or “controlled” technologies regulated by the U.S. Department of State International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) protecting national security.  Data may not be exported without an approval, authorization, or license under E.O. 12470 or the Arms Export Control Act.  Disclosure of the control drawings requires the verification of a current license for the oral, visual or documentary disclosure of technical data by U.S. persons to foreign persons as defined under the U.S. Department website: http://pmdtc.org/licenses.htm.

WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS TECHNICAL DATA WHOSE EXPORT IS RESTRICTED BY THE ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT (TITLE 22, U.S.C. SEC 2751 ET SEQ) OR THE EXPORT ADMINISTRATION ACT OF 1979, AS AMENDED, (TITLE 50, U.S.C. APP 2401, ET SEQ).  VIOLATIONS OF THESE EXPORT LAWS ARE SUBJECT TO SEVERE CRIMINAL PENALTIES.  DISSEMINATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF OPNAVINST 5510.161.

To receive the necessary technical data for the purpose of this RFI, Contractors must submit a valid, current DD Form 2345 Military Critical Technical Data Agreement to this office.  The DD Form 2345 must be on file with the United States/Canada Joint Certification Office.  To file a DD Form 2345, please visit the DLIS website at www.dlis.dla.mil/jcp/, or contact them at 1-800-352-3572.  This website will provide all necessary information concerning certification under the Joint Certification Program. 

This RFI is to determine whether there are any contractors capable of supplying the ILLLV Bodies. Responses to this RFI shall be sent by email to Jeff Chelston at jeffrey.m.chelston.civ@us.navy.mil no later than 31 JAN 2023. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY. This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes. It does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue an RFP in the future. This request for information does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service whatsoever. Further, the Navy is not at this time seeking proposals and will not accept unsolicited proposals. Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this RFI; all costs associated with responding to this RFI will be solely at the interested party’s expense. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if any is issued. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the SAM.gov website. It is the responsibility of the potential offerors to monitor this site for additional information pertaining to this requirement.

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