101 West Eglin Blvd, Ste 337
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SUBJ: Synopsis MNK PRDA 98-0004
TO: U.S. Department of Commerce
Commerce Business Daily
P.O. Box 5999
Chicago, IL 60630
7. Air Force Research Laboratory/Munitions Directorate Contracting Division, AFRL/MNK, 101 W. Eglin Blvd, Ste 337, Eglin AFB, FL 32542-6810.!!
8. A—Powered Low Cost Autonomous Attack System (P-LOCAAS)!!
9. PRDA No. MNK-98-0004
11. Contact Mr John Hawk, Contracts Manager, (850) 882-4294, ext 3414!!
(j) end-of-program success to be characterized by:
(C) demonstration of three successful guided flight tests against targets as outlined in the SI annex. The success criteria are contained in the SI annex, Section II-J;
(D) demonstration, in the Kinetic Kill Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation (KHILS) facility, of the ability to detect, track and successfully engage a variety of target states, as specified in the SI annex. The Contractor will be expected to support KHILS and AFRL/MN analyses of the tactical design through digital 6DOF / hardware simulation of their tactical design. See SI Annex, Section I-D and Section II-K;
(E) demonstration that the allocated targeting error budget for the GNC, seeker, and ATA system is consistent with an overall system error allowance, as documented in the SI annex, Section II-L;
(F) demonstration of Concept of Operations through Distributed Interactive Simulation / Higher Language Architecture (DIS/HLA) simulation. The DIS/HLA simulation environment will complement the tactical design simulation capability by providing a system level simulation (multiple munition, 6 degree-of-freedom models) capable of interacting with exercise simulations. The Contractor will develop and continue to modify and enhance this simulation throughout Phases II-IV, See SI Annex, Section I-D and Section II-M;
(G) accomplishment of concept definition and system design, and supporting cost and performance trades, consistent with the Government provided ASWT warhead lethality and effectiveness assessment. See SI Annex, Section II-N;
(H) delivery of non-proprietary data sufficient for procurement program start.
Phase I (Risk Reduction) is anticipated to be a 1-year effort, in which up to two prime Contractors will perform tailored risk mitigation. Phase I will require P-LOCAAS designs compatible with TMD (four per dispenser) and F-22 internal carriage and dispense and with modifications required to show how the Contractor proposes to achieve compatibility with MLRS, ATACMS and NTACMS dispense systems. System design and the concept definition (with accompanying documentation), consistent with the evaluation criteria and program requirements and goals are to be accomplished during Phase I. The P-LOCAAS program is an Advanced Technology Development (ATD), and as such, the system development, performance testing and analysis must emphasize mission level performance, i.e. the contribution of the candidate system component to overall system effectiveness on realistic, mission-like scenarios. This goal requires careful definition of representative scenarios for use in designing tests and analyses for assessing performance in all program phases. Such scenario definitions are an essential product of the concept definition activities required in Phase I. Further elaboration on this point is contained in the SI annex. The contractor shall designate a focal point that will be the single point of contact for all matters relating to Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the duration of this effort. Any tactical vehicle components that appear to significantly and adversely impact operational support of the P-LOCAAS technology, related to its intended military use, shall be identified during the program. These components shall be tracked and corrective action taken when appropriate to preclude operational support problems should P-LOCAAS proceed into EMD and Production. The Contractor shall consider the munition’s requirements for operational as well as sustaining/recurring engineering support and discuss their concept of LOCAAS cradle-to-grave inventory management. The contractor shall incorporate pre-planned improvement attributes into the system design, to include the processor package. The system design should make use of the most appropriate processors based on the concept definition. The Government will provide range targets and range time for a single four-week test sequence, in approximately Aug 99, subject to negotiation between the Government and potential competing Contractors. Estimate CFT costs according to an Eglin AFB based test. One-half of all data acquired during the CFT may be sequestered by the Government for later use. The Government will make final decisions concerning the disposition of acquired, non-proprietary data. Final Phase I report will be due no later than 15 Dec 99.
(1) Tactically Performing and Sized Seeker Fabrication & Qualification: Fabricate a form-factored, tactical performance seeker, modified for extended use as a captive flight test instrument, i.e. necessary equipment conditioners and equipment layout conducive to easy maintenance and upgrade (especially the processors), for captive flight test and accomplish captive flight tests necessary to demonstrate the ATD exit criteria, as specified in the classified annex. All tactical modes of operation must be implemented consistent with the overall concept definition and system design identified during Phase I of the program. The Seeker shall be capable/qualified for operation in the full range of expected flight test regimes. Seeker captive flight test pod must be fully instrumented for Differential GPS ground truthing, and environmentally protected for operation in captive flight test environments consistent with Eglin AFB, Camp Grayling Army Airfield, and Nellis AFB.
(3) Tactically Sized and Performing Seeker Tower and Captive Flight Tests (CFTs): A contractor proposed number of tower and CFTs shall be conducted to demonstrate the seeker performance under a full range of tactical scenarios. Performance with respect to countermeasures, weather, target articulation, target obscuration, and various terrain types will be evaluated. All seeker tower and captive flight tests will be conducted in a manner consistent with the overall concept definition and system design. Specific mission scenarios and corresponding performance criteria shall be established during the Phase I concept definition task and the seeker/ATA performance will be judged against these criteria. The mix of tower and captive flight tests shall be balanced to meet the controlled conditions desired for parts of the tests (especially the countermeasures and articulation testing) and the enhanced mission scenario realism attainable in captive flight. The mix shall also be selected with consideration to test expediency and program costs. The aircraft used to captive carry the seeker pod shall be chosen and provided by the Contractor, with Government approval. The Contractor shall conduct, document, and deliver to the Government relevant test results, plans, and analyses (including safety related analyses) required to obtain Government flight test approval. In addition, the Contractor shall support Government flight test analyses. Seeker captive flight testing may be accomplished at several CONUS Government facilities, including Eglin AFB. Seeker captive flight testing shall be accomplished with Government oversight to include running any off-line ATA software systems, analyzing real-time ATA results, and deriving the accompanying scores. One-half of all data acquired during the various seeker tests may be sequestered by the Government for later use. The Government will make final decisions concerning the disposition of acquired, non-proprietary data. The tower and CFT testing is required to demonstrate the seeker ATD exit criteria. The Contractor shall support the Government ATA analysis and scoring process as outlined in the SI annex, Section I-C.2 and Section II, Para. O.
(4) Tactical Munition System Integration and Evaluation: Conceptually develop a fire system capable of effecting complete functional interface between the multi-mode warhead and the other components of the tactical munition; conceptually develop, to include error bounds and budgets, the warhead interface ( e.g. functional, power, event timeline, aiming alignment, etc) with the rest of the technology suite; and assess the integrated effectiveness of the ASWT warhead. Also included in the warhead integration is the design and assessment of the aero-fairing over the warhead face. This overall assessment shall support design trade-offs such as airframe design and seeker accuracy vs. warhead performance, and to evaluate the resulting P-LOCAAS design.
Phase III (Guided Test Vehicle Fabrication) is anticipated to be a 2-3 year effort to be run in parallel with Phase II and will consist of the three major tasks listed below.. The decision to exercise the option for Phase III will be made as early as practical in Phase II.
(1) Guided Test Vehicle (GTV) Design and Fabrication: Design and fabricate a sufficient number of powered, guided flight test vehicles in order to achieve three guided flight tests. The GTV configuration shall be consistent with the overall tactical munition concept definition and system design, and shall address tactical design issues such as: complete functional and physical interface between the multi-mode warhead, safe-and-arm fuzing, and munition guidance and control system; interface between the submunition, dispenser, and carriage vehicle, to include physical and functional interfaces and transition from stowed to powered flight; interface between the engine (and accessories) and the rest of the submunition. The design shall maximize use of off-the-shelf and proven components. For purposes of test expediency and program cost savings, a Contractor may propose the use of non-tactical components, not to include the Ladar seeker, for the flight test articles. The Contractor must document a clear and achievable design transition from the test expedient design to a realizable tactical configuration. The maximum length of the flight test vehicles shall be 36 inches with no change from the tactical design cross-section. The relaxation of the overall length requirement, derived from the munition dispenser requirements, allows the use of test expedient items in the construction of the GTVs, consistent with the overall tactical munition concept definition and system design. The GTVs will be designed to accommodate and activate a warhead consistent with the overall tactical munition concept definition and system design, but will not be fitted with one. The space in the GTVs associated with the warhead may be used for test specific hardware. The GTVs shall include a flight termination function or device (as required by safety for flight test), a telemetry device, and GFE scoring camera system aligned with the warhead. The Government will approve the tactical design and changes necessary for GTV fabrication, prior to GTV fabrication. Changes to the final design will require Government approval.
Phase IV (Guided Test Vehicle Flight Test)
(2) Deliverable Items: The following are required deliverable items:
(2) Security Requirements: Portions of this program will be classified up to the SECRET level (Reference – Guided Weapons Technology Security Classification Guide, 30 May 1997, Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate
(3) Other special requirements: The Government anticipates close coordination with the Contractor during the course of this program. The number, type, and location of various design reviews, video teleconferences, meetings, program reviews, etc. are negotiable. It is the intent of the Government to participate with Contractors as an Integrated Product Team member, to foster informal and frequent exchanges of information (to include regular and timely delivery of software updates) and to pursue an overall strategy consistent with cooperation and success. The purpose of this dialog is to have insight into, not oversight of, the Contractor’s design activities and approaches. Therefore, the Contractor is expected to provide access for appropriate Government personnel to the documentation necessary to gain visibility into the technical progress, schedule, management and financial status, and any other documentation required to complete this program. Data transactions shall include both paper and electronic media, as mutually agreed upon. A Final Program review at the completion of Phase IV will be held at Government facilities at Eglin AFB, FL.
D--PROPOSAL PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:
E--PROPOSAL EVALUATION: The selection of one or more sources for contract award shall be based on scientific and engineering evaluation of the proposals in response to this PRDA. Proposals will be evaluated as received using the factors given below. No further evaluation criteria will be used in selecting the proposals.
(1) Basis for Phase I Award rests on the demonstrated maturity of leveraged technology associated with each contractor’s proposal and how well the proposed program addresses the following factors (all weighted equally).
(2) In lieu of a Phase I Final Review, the Contractors shall present a final report of their Phase I accomplishments, to include: any changes to their original proposal, system design and concept definition documents, test reports, effectiveness analyses, and other relevant Phase I documents, and shall be submitted to the Government, no later than 15 Dec 99, to support the downselect decision to Phase II. All documentation submitted for evaluation, with the exception of cost, shall be no more than 100 pages, with an additional 10 pages allowed for related classified SECRET material. Ten paper copies and one electronic copy shall be submitted. Cost estimates for Phase II-IV of the program should be revised and presented with the same level of detail as the original cost proposal for Government consideration during the Phase I final review. The SECRET addendum shall be handled as appropriate. The Government may consider all relevant Phase I data during the downselect decision process using the downselection factors outlined below. While the downselection factors are subject to change, the Government will endeavor to inform Contractors selected for award of Phase I of any planned changes as early as possible.
Munitions Contracting Division