The Naval Research Laboratory intends to enter into negotiations on the basis of other than Full and Open Competition in accordance with FAR 6.302-1 and 10U.S.C. 2304(c)(1); only one responsible source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements, with Bluefin Robotics Corporation, located at 553 South St Quincy, MA 02169.
Market research was previously conducted and it has been determined that this is a sole source requirement. No other AUV manufacturer has the combined unique capabilities, experience, and facilities that will meet the needs of the current Black Pearl AUV requirement. NRL has made a significant investment in the Reliant class of 21 inch diameter AUVs. Significant resources have been expended to date in the development of payloads and the associated software for this vehicle architecture. The mechanical, electrical, and logical interfaces are very specific to this vehicle architecture, as it is for all AUV architectures and manufacturers. The control software between the payloads and the main vehicle computer, that controls the overall mission, is also unique. NRL has designed and built significant hardware and software over several years that works effectively with the Bluefin 21 architecture.
The prospective contractor shall provide NRL a state-of-the-art generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) capability that is needed for a number of the Divisions programs, and will significantly impact research in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Mine Countermeasure (MCM) missions of the division. (See specification attached). The areas enhanced by acquisition of the required AUVs will include research in long range and multi-static mine hunting and ASW programs, as well as new distributed sensing programs.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 541712, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology). This notice of intent is not a request for proposals or quotes; however, all responsible sources may submit a quotation and technical capabilities, which, if received within fifteen (15) calendar days of publication of this notice, shall be considered by NRL. All responses must be submitted to the government point of contact at the e-mail address shown below. A determination by the government not to open the requirement to competition based upon the responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the government.
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