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Autonomous Aerial Refueling Demonstration Requirement for UCAS-D FY13/14

Solicitation Number: N0001912PR00752
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Air Systems Command
Location: NAVAIR HQ
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Added: Nov 02, 2011 10:13 am
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) intends to issue contract modifications to contract N00019-07-C-0055 on a sole source basis with Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, San Diego, CA to test previously developed software on the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) in order to continue the efforts to demonstrate hybrid probe/drogue United States Navy (USN) and boom/receptacle United States Air Force (USAF) style autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) as part of the UCAS Demonstration Program by CY 2014. Current UCAS-D efforts include demonstrating critical technologies for an unmanned, carrier suitable, tailless, low observable (LO) platform in a carrier relevant environment. The product from this developmental test effort is the technical data to assess system performance, determine viability of the AAR concept, and support the further development of future unmanned systems. Upgrades to existing UCAS-D X-47B software will be developed and tested for the AAR capability within the existing architecture and interface with proprietary vehicle management control software.

The UCAS-D X-47B air vehicle is the only relevant carrier-suitable unmanned air system in existence capable of demonstrating AAR in the near-term. Moreover, the X-47B hardware was recently re-designed and modified to accommodate both USN-style and USAF-style refueling. The physical hardware and electronic interfaces required to perform AAR are now ready for testing. These electronic interfaces, however, are proprietary to NGSC, as the sole designer, developer and manufacturer of the X-47B. As such, NGSC is the only responsible source with the requisite knowledge, technical expertise and experience capable of satisfying the Government's data needs by CY 2014 within the allocated budget.

Unless otherwise stated herein, no formal request for proposal or additional written information is available. Request for same will be disregarded. A determination by the Government not to compete is solely within the discretion of the Government. This synopsis is published for informative purposes (THIS NOTICE IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS). Information provided herein is subject to change and in no way binds the Government to solicit for or award a contract. The primary point of contact for this synopsis is Kathryn Matisick, email
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Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
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Kathryn G. Matisick,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-757-3037
Deborah A Flaherty,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-757-7030
Fax: 301-757-5946