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A--REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) / SOURCES SOUGHT (SS) NOTICE
INVESTIGATION FOR TROPOSCATTER COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION

Solicitation Number: W15P7T-13-R-A430
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC-APG - Aberdeen Division B
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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) / SOURCES SOUGHT (SS) NOTICE
INVESTIGATION FOR TROPOSCATTER COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTION


THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) AND NOT A SOLICITATION.
This request for information (RFI) is for planning purposes only and shall not be considered as an invitation for bid, request for quotation, request for proposal, or as an obligation on the part of the Government to acquire any products or services. Your response to this RFI will be treated as information only. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the Government will arise as a result of contractor submission of responses to this announcement or the Government use of such information. This request does not constitute a solicitation for proposals or the authority to enter into negotiations to award a contract. No funds have been authorized, appropriated, or received for this effort. The information provided may be used by the Army in developing its acquisition strategy, or performance work statements, or performance specifications. Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary or competition sensitive information contained in their response. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI or to otherwise pay for the information submitted in response to this RFI.

INTRODUCTION

The US Army Communications Electronics Research & Development Engineering Center (CERDEC), Space & Terrestrial Communications Directorate (S&TCD) is interested in receiving information from companies that have experience in the area of design, development, and implementation of TropoScatter Technologies for beyond light-of-sights telecommunications. CERDEC S&TCD is investigating alternatives to current SATCOM Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications and looking for systems that support both fixed and/or on-the-move (OTM) operations. This effort is focused on, but not limited to the following key areas:

1. Worldwide Operation
Frequency flexibility for worldwide allocation
Military or unlicensed frequency operation

2. System Reliability and Performance
Demonstrate capability to operate in various environmental and operation conditions
Enables reduction or elimination of relay sites
Enables operation over rugged terrain and mountainous regions where LOS is obstructed or not possible
Enables Operation OTM

3. Quality of Service (QoS) Optimization
Automatically adjust data rates due to atmosphere changes
Address lower throughput, high latency backhaul links (SATCOM)

4. Communications Range and Data Rates
Extended communication ranges with minimum distance of 40 km
Provide sufficient data rates to support IP voice, data messaging, and multi-media services simultaneously

5. Operation and Maintenance
User Friendly
o Includes simple Graphical User interface (GUI) operation
o Includes ability for automatic link engineering/calculation for automatic pointing and re-point of links

6. Size, Weight and Power
Lightweight man-transportable operation
Quick set-up and tear-down
Enable to operate with all 110VAC to 240 VAC power sources

The final product will present a complete tactical troposcatter BLOS system that will address the afore-mentioned issues.

For the purposes of this RFI, this investigation will be a teaming effort involving CERDEC S&TCD and industry.

BACKGROUND

The US Army is interested in working with industry to investigate alternative BLOS technology other than those based on commercial SATCOM. The goal is to identify a lightweight man-transportable and deployment-ready solution for tactical backhaul extension as a SATCOM alternative for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operation.

SCOPE

The objective of this RFI is to solicit information regarding currently existing or developmental technologies that would serve US ARMY goals for a SATCOM alternative for Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operation. CERDEC S&TCD will be evaluating the received responses to help shape requirements and inform the Army acquisition community.

DATA SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

CERDEC STCD request industry provides the following, but not limited to:

General
Statement of interest.
Description of qualification: demonstrated products, projects, and applicable experience. State whether your current experience is in design, development or both.
Description of existing or planned work in this area.

For any clarifications or questions regarding RFI, please contact POC.

The information received will not obligate the Government in any manner nor will the Government reimburse contractors for any costs associated with submittal of the requested information. This request does not constitute an Invitation For Bid or a Request For Proposal Responses to this RFI/SS. All submissions are due to by COB 23 AUG 2013. Respondents should identify their company's name, address, telephone number, point of contact, and whether they are a large or small business.

Proprietary information should be clearly marked. All submissions shall be sent via e-mail. The electronic format may be in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) or compatible with Microsoft Office suite of software. The white paper response shall not exceed 30 pages. Responses shall be delivered in electronic format to the following address:

Name: Mr. Kevin Chin
Kevin.w.Chin.civ@mail.mil

(443) 395-7769
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ACC-APG - Aberdeen Division B, HQ CECOM CONTRACTING CENTER, 6001 COMBAT DRIVE, ABERDEEN PROVING GROU, MD 21005-1846
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ACC-APG - Aberdeen Division B HQ CECOM CONTRACTING CENTER, 6001 COMBAT DRIVE ABERDEEN PROVING GROU MD
21005-1846
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Michael Levy, 443-861-4615

ACC-APG - Aberdeen Division B