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13--5/54 Navy Gun Munitions, Systems Acquisition under an IDIQ over a five year period from FY09 through FY13.

Solicitation Number: W52P1J09R0073
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC - Rock Island (ACC-RI)
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Sources Sought
Added: Feb 03, 2009 4:21 pm
5 inch 54 Caliber Navy Gun Munitions

Sources Sought Notice

Notice: The Technical Data Package (TDP) associated with the 5 inch/54 Navy Gun Munitions is classified as Distribution D limited distribution. Distribution Statement D means that the TDP cannot be distributed on the Internet. This TDP contains technical data whose import is restricted by the arms export control act, (Title 22, U.S.C., SEC 27 51 ET SEQ.) or the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended titled, 50 U.S.C. APP 2240, ET SEQ. Violations of these export laws are subject to severe criminal penalties. Disseminate IAW provision of DOD Directive 52 30.25. Offerors must be registered with the U.S./Canada Joint Certification Office to obtain a copy of the Technical Data Package (see for instructions and information). After receipt of required certification, you must request a copy of the TDP CDs via email to, request MUST include Cage Code, Company Name, Address, Phone, Email address and point of contact. The TDP will then be mailed to those certified offerors. Please allow two weeks for delivery.


The U.S. Government is conducting a market survey to identify sources that are interested in the manufacture of 5 inch 54 Caliber Navy Gun Munitions. The manufacture of these munitions includes all components and Load, Assemble and Pack (LAP). This survey is being performed to identify sources capable of supplying the entire quantity of 5 inch/54 Navy Gun Munitions as a Best Value, systems acquisition under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, over five (5) years from FY09 through FY13.

CHARGES: FY12 - 10K, FY13 - 12K, FY14 - 21K
PROJECTILES: FY09 - 5K, FY10 - 18K, FY11 - 19K, FY12 - 20K, FY13 - 21K, FY14 - 17K

The 5 inch/54 ammunition manufacturing lead time is 23 months for charges and 31 months for projectiles. This timeframe consists of first article testing, lot acceptance testing and commencement of delivery of the first years product. All other years quantity will follow delivery of the first year.

Please complete this questionnaire within 30 days from the date of this publication. Feedback on this acquisition approach is also sought.

A respondent must have personnel trained, skilled, and experienced in handling Pressed & Melt Cast Explosive formulations, Propellants, and fuzes. These materials are extremely hazardous and environmentally sensitive. Strict US Government Security requirements are mandated for their storage and handling.

The Propelling Charges
1) Propelling Charge (full) MK67 Mod 3
The MK67 Mod 3 Universal Propelling Charge is used to fire various 5 (five) Inch projectiles. The maximum projectile range provided by the charge is approximately 13 nautical miles. The propelling charge employs propellant which provides an operating pressure of approximately 53,000 psi (365 Mpa) and a gun muzzle velocity of 2,650 feet per second. This propellant also provides a low flame temperature (less than 2,500k) which helps extend barrel life. The MK 67 propelling charge consists of a MK9 MOD1 cartridge Case with a MK45 MOD 1 Primer screwed into the base then loaded with approximately twenty-one (21) pounds of propellant. A cardboard wad and a polyethylene wad are then glued above the propellant and sealed with a MK12 MOD 3 Polyurethane Plug which is also glued in place and the case is crimped around it. The MK12 MOD 3 Poly Plug is a composite material with a Kevlar mesh sleeve designed to survive automated gun loading operations but still have the ability to disintegrate at function to avoid damage to exterior parts of Navy ships. A key component of the MK67 Mod 3 is the MK45 Mod 1 Electric Primer. The MK45 Mod 1 is a Navy unique primer. The MK45 Mod 1 uses an electrically initiated MK1 Mod 1 ignition element and 52 grams of class 4 black powder in a 20 inch perforated seamless steel tube. The MK 1 Ignition Element has an initiator consisting of a double-arm 0.002-inch-diameter platinum-iridium bridgewire embedded in a lead styphnate charge and a black powder booster.

2) Propelling Charge (reduced) MK68
The MK68 is similar to the MK67 though it contains approximately 6.5 lbs. of propellant versus 21 lbs. for the MK67 full charge. The primer employed is a derivative of the MK45 but is shorter and has only 23 grams of Black Powder. The same MK12 Mod 3 Poly Plug, Wad and Cartridge Case are employed.

3) Clearing Charge MK65
The Clearing Charge is Similar to the MK67 though it contains a shortened case of 10 length and only 10 lbs. of propellant. The primer employed is a derivative of the MK45 but is shorter and has only 39 grams of Black Powder. The same Wad and Cartridge Case are employed.

Note: MK14 Mod 3 Cartridge Tanks will be provided as Government Furnished Material. These tanks have been returned from the fleet and will need to be refurbished.

High Explosive Projectiles

4) HE-MOF MK186
The MK186 High Explosive - Multi Option Fuze (HE-MOF/MOFN) Round employs the MK437 Multi Option Fuze Navy (MOFN) on the MK64 High Explosive projectile body. This MOFN fuze uses inductive setting to provide accurate target engagement. The fuze is designed with four (4) modes of engagement, RF Proximity, Electronic Time in 10ms increments, Point Detonate, and Delay. The fuze uses PBXN-5 explosive as the booster. A mechanical Safe & Arm (S&A) serves to ensure proper safe separation.

The MK64 projectile body is designated as the High Explosive (HE) Projectile Body. The MK64 projectile body is a conventional AISI 1050 type grade steel body, this steel body is a single piece design. The explosive composition is either PBXN-106 or PBXN-9 depending on the specific All Up Round (AUR) Technical Data Package (TDP), ranging in weight from 8.6 - 9.2 pounds. A Boostered Fuze Adapter (BFA) is typically required in AUR configurations. The BFA is either PBXN-106 or PBXN-9 with approximate weight of 65 - 70 grams. A copper rotating band is used for spin and obturation. There is a 1/2 caliber boattail on the base of the projectile. The overall AUR length is approximately 26 inches, with a weight of 70 pounds

5) HE-ET MK179
The MK179 High Explosive - Electronic Time (HE-ET) Round employs the MK432 Electronic Time fuze on the MK82 Hi-Frag projectile body. This electronic time fuze uses inductive setting and precision timing of 0.01 seconds for accurate target engagement. The fuze is designed with a single (1) mode of engagement, Electronic Time. A Safe & Arm (S&A) serves to ensure proper safe separation through mechanical locks and an electronic arming delay. The S&A arms via initiation of a piston actuator 50ms prior to the set function time.

The MK82 projectile body is designated as the High Fragmentation (Hi-Frag) Projectile. These projectiles combine high lethality, extended range, and tighter dispersion in their design. The projectile consists of a two-piece projectile that is mechanical secured by a knurled interference fit at the center location. The projectile employs a nylon discarding rotating band at the boattail section. The nylon band has a unique micarta ring in the center area for obturation. The boattail is one full caliber. The main explosive charge is PBXN-106 (6.5) within a Polyethylene beaker, and there is also a PBXN-5 subcharge/booster. Both of these charges are encapsulated in a polyethylene beaker for insertion into the projectile body during joining of the two halves. The overall AUR length is approximately 26 inches, with a weight of 67.25 pounds.

Training Round
6) Blind loaded and Plugged (BL-P) MK92
The MK92 Blind Loaded and Plugged (BL-P) AUR is a MK64 projectile with inert filler material (sand & steel grit) and it is fitted with a dummy nose plug. This round is the US Navy Target practice/training round, and is completely inert. The ballistic flight characteristics are intended to match the MK64 based AUR configurations. Length is maintained at 26 inches, with a weight of 70 pounds.

Specialty Projectiles
The Cargo Projectile body employs an exterior profile similar to the MK82 Hi-Frag projectile body. The projectile body is manufactured by forging from SAE 4140 Steel. A knurling is created on the boattail section of the projectile body to retain the nylon discarding rotating band. The nylon band has a unique micarta ring in the center area for obturation and projectile bore retention. The boattail is one full caliber. The weight of this individual projectile body component is approximately 36 pounds.

7) Illumination MK176 Mod 0
The MK176 Mod 0 Illuminating Projectile is a cargo projectile derivative. This cargo includes an illuminating flare candle, cruciform parachute, and a Ram Air Inflatable Decelerator (RAID). There is a 3.4 second pyrotechnic delay from fuze initiation to candle illumination. The cargo is expelled and allowed approximately 2.8 seconds to decelerate by the RAID prior to the RAID releasing to deploy the final parachute and initiate the illumination candle. This item uses the MK432 Electronic Time fuze. The overall AUR length is approximately 26 inches, with a weight of 68.3 pounds.

8) KE-ET MK182
The MK182 Kinetic Energy - Electronic Time (KE-ET) is a cargo projectile derivative. This item is filled with inert 13-grain tungsten-nickel-iron alloy shot/pellets. There is approximately 17 pounds of the pellets which were vibratory loaded within a projectile. Aluminum spacers are employed to contain/capture the cargo within the projectile. The cargo is expelled through the rear of the projectile, by shearing the base plug threads. This item uses theMK432 Electronic Time fuze. The overall AUR length is approximately 26 inches, with a weight of 71.0 pounds.

All information collected from this market survey shall be used for PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY. Information is being collected for market survey purposes and not as a request for proposal or as an obligation on part of the Government. The Government will not award a contract on the basis of this market survey and will not pay for information solicited. Please identify any proprietary information submitted. All information submitted will be retained in the solicitation file as market research and will not be released to the public.

Instructions: This survey questionnaire is not a procurement action, but simply an inquiry for interest. There will be no compensation by the U.S. Government for your response to this questionnaire. Please reference the survey question number with each response.

1. Identify your current Business Structure:
a. Name of Company - include a contact person's name, technical persons name, company address, telephone number, email address, CAGE code or Duns Number.
b. Company Size (please verify as either Large, Foreign, Small, Small Disadvantaged, 8(a), Woman-Owned Small Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone concern, Veteran-Owned Small Business, or Service-Disabled Small Business.
c. Identify whether you are interested in the acquisition as a prime contractor or subcontractor.
d. If a Small Business Manufacturer, provide information as to how you or your joint venture intend to be in compliance with FAR Clause 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting,
e. Describe your parent company and subsidiaries (if applicable), corporate evolution, fiscal stability and other relevant factors. If your organization does not have adequate resources (technical, manufacturing, personnel, etc) available, identify what type of sub-tier vendors or subcontractors your organization would partner with and the time frame for creating any business relationship.

2. Identify your organization's Facilities, Equipment, Success stories, unique capabilities, Environmental Concerns, Customer Service/Satisfaction, Storage, Shipping, Receiving and other Support Functions.

3. Identify your organization's current and previous experiences with similar system buys. Your answer should address the following:
a. What Government and commercial contracts/items/production lines and period of production,
b. Whether the contracts have been satisfied,
c. Who are the Customers and what are the quantities produced,
d. What was the maximum monthly production rate, both concurrent and stand-alone?

4. Identify current major manufacturing processes, critical skills and equipment, quality control practices/systems.

5. Identify current production capabilities of the integrator and component suppliers to meet the desired quantities. Include in your answer the following:
a. What are your current production rate capabilities and what capabilities must be developed?
b. What capabilities would be subcontracted? If you intend to leverage the current Industrial Base, please detail your experience in managing multiple vendors/schedules/products of similar complexity. If you intend to establish a new Industrial Base, please detail similar efforts of complexity with associated challenges/successes
c. What are your organizations historical experiences with process or component outsourcing?
d. What are your organizations projected schedule for long lead materials and time frames to begin deliveries?
e. Provide detail on the financial resources available to support such a broad product portfolio with potential multitude of suppliers/subcontractors. Provide historical examples of similar financial efforts.

6. Identify your organization's quality system and your organization's contractor's quality philosophy. Your answer should include any information regarding six sigma, lean manufacturing, and Greenbelt or Blackbelt personnel and your organization's experience in critical defect inspection, implementation or the latest Government requirement on critical defects clause, past quality deficiency reports and Statistical Process Control (SPC) requirements. If your responses include capabilities being subcontracted, detailed your organization's system for flow down of quality requirements to subcontractors as well as to vendors.

7. Identify your organizations rate flexibility. Your answer should include your maximum production rate attainable, minimum sustaining rate, and minimum order quantity.

8. Survey to include an outline of the contractors safety program plan,

9. Survey to include an outline of the contractors configuration management plan.

10. Survey to include an outline of the companys Quality Plan

11. Identify organizational capability to support Product Improvement Programs (PIPs), including engineering expertise. Examples of previous efforts to address material availability and design for automation PIPs are expressly sought.

12. Identify your organizations ability to ballistically test similar configurations for FAT, LAT and engineering.
a. Detail your ability to tailor to specific munitions, including the 5 inch 54 Caliber Navy Gun Munitions. If intending to leverage US government facilities, please detail previous interactions and planned approach for this specific munition system.
b. Detail your ability to test components of a configuration individually in ballistic test and then combining for an All Up Round configuration acceptance. Provide specific historical examples.

13. The US Government is contemplating variations on the acquisition strategy that includes directing Load, Assemble & Pack (LAP) to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP) or Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA). Please detail your firms experience with similar acquisition approaches, detail challenges and solutions. Please include if your company would decline participation in such a procurement, and why. Please also indicate whether your company would fund the LAP directly or require the US Government contracting office to be an intermediary, please include rationale.

14. Identify your organizational expertise in modifying production between the various munition configurations identified. Assuming the US Navy may have MK182 KEET requirements in FY09, then transition to MOFN with intermittent procurements of the other noted munition configurations. Associated, costs, schedule and performance details are required. Historically similar examples should be noted.

15. Identify potential component sub-vendors and their location. On any potential foreign sourced components include a detailed statement on the benefit of the foreign supply solution.
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