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10--Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS)

Solicitation Number: W15QKN-11-R-F015
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC - New Jersey
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Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS)

The Army Contracting Command (ACC) - Picatinny, on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons, has a requirement for manufacturing the XM153, Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS), recapitalization of the previously delivered XM153 CROWS, engineering and logistics services, and spares parts.

The CROWS is a multivehicle externally mounted weapon mounting and control system that allows the gunner to remain inside the vehicle protected by armor while firing a variety of crew served weapons. The CROWS provides remote day and night sighting and ballistic control capability, providing first-burst engagement of targets at maximum effective weapon range while on the move. The major CROWS sub-assemblies include: Fire Control Unit, Control Grip, Main Frame Assy, Right Side Support Assy, Left Side Support Assy, Servo Sight Assy, Thermal Imaging Module, Visual Imaging Module, Soft Mount, Cocking Actuator, Laser Range Finder, Ammo Box Assy, Weapon Adaption Kits, Cables, and Cover. This list is not intended to be all inclusive.

The Government has determined that a Full and Open Competition Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contract will be utilized for the CROWS requirement. The expected contract duration is five (5) years. Orders will be issued against the IDIQ contract(s) under three (3) separate and distinct areas of its Statement of Work (SOW). Each area will have a different contract type associated with it. The three (3) areas of the SOW and the three (3) planned contract types associated with each one for this requirement are as follows:

I. Fixed-Price, IDIQ: To support production of a maximum of 18,000 CROWS, field maintenance support, and spares. The production rate can vary, depending on requirements and funding availability from 0 to 300 CROWS per month with the ability to surge to 500 CROWS per month for limited durations, as required.

II. Fixed-Price Incentive, IDIQ: To support product improvements, integrations, and testing. Share line will be 50/50 with 120 percent ceiling as a point of departure.

III. Firm-Fixed-Price Level-of-Effort, IDIQ: To support training, overhaul, depot-level maintenance and recapitalization of CROWS; and for general engineering support, as required.

The CROWS will be built to a detail specification. The detail specification will consist of performance requirements and will specify technical drawings. The detail specification will specify the design requirements, how the requirements are to be achieved and/or how the items are to be fabricated or constructed. Some sub-assemblies will not include technical drawings and assembly procedures. Instead, data for those sub-assemblies will include directed source(s) or build-to-spec requirements or both. This approach will ensure a very high level of commonality between multiple CROWS producers and commonality/interchangeability with the existing CROWS fleet. The Government will provide the aforementioned data on a Digital Video Disc (DVD). Most data will be in a Portable Data Format (pdf) format but some data may be provided in other formats.

Below is a list of items that are planned to be provided as part of the formal solicitation but will not be included in the draft solicitation release:

Detail Specification
- Performance requirements
- Technical Drawings
- Specifications and Interface Control Documents for those components for which detailed technical drawings are not provided.
- Solid models for castings including machining drawings
- Gerber formatted printed circuit board layouts with pick and place data
- Assembly procedures
- List of approved sources for sub-assemblies at various levels of production build
- Quality requirements
- Test requirements
- Executable software files

The software code and associated documentation will not be provided at any time nor will Contractors have access to the data. Only the executable software files will be provided. The software code will be managed by the US Government. Any software changes required in the execution of the contract will be handled utilizing a software change process between the US Government and Contractor(s).

The design/production data described above will be available after Request for Proposal release upon request provided that all necessary paper work is properly completed by the requester, submitted, and approved prior to any release.

For U.S. & Canadian Companies: In order to process a request for the data, each requester (U.S. & Canada) must complete and submit a DD2345 Military Critical Technical Data Agreement, AMSTA-AR Form 1350 Technical Data Request Questionnaire, and Non-Disclosure Agreement which will be provided. The agreement will include requirements for limiting distribution of data and the destruction of data provided or reproduced.

For Other Foreign Companies: In order to process a request for the data, each requester (Other Foreign) must complete and submit a AMSTA-AR Form 1350 Technical Data Request Questionnaire and a Non-Disclosure Agreement which will be provided and also be compliant with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The agreement will include requirements for limiting distribution of data and the destruction of data provided or reproduced.

This announcement serves as notification that export control procedures regulated by the ITAR are in effect on the above stated data. Contractors that are interested in receiving this data must be in compliance with the ITAR and possess the proper authorities to receive this data and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The data will be marked Distribution Statement B Distribution authorized to U.S. Government agencies only. All other requests for this data shall be referred to Project Manager Soldier Weapons. Foreign vendors and contractors shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding export-controlled items, including, but not limited to, the requirement for Contractors to register with the Department of State in accordance with the ITAR. Contractors may consult with the Department of State regarding any questions relating to compliance with the ITAR and may consult with the Department of Commerce regarding any questions they may have relating to compliance with the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Please reference the following link consulting these regulations The Contractors responsibility to comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding export-controlled items exists independent of, and is not established or limited by, the information provided above.

After contract award, the contractors will be provided Government-Furnished Materiel (GFM) to help validate interfaces and qualify suppliers. The GFM may include full up XM153 CROWS systems, select parts and weapons. Contractors must make the appropriate accommodations to be approved for handling and storage of weapons. Government support may be provided to assist in understanding the setup and use of the XM153 CROWS and its operation following contract award.

The present schedule projects a release of a draft solicitation on or about 3QFY11. An Industry Day will be announced during the draft solicitation release and further details shall be posted on ( All responses to this notice shall be in writing in the English language and be at no cost or obligation to the U.S. Government. The POC for this action can be contacted at Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command - Picatinny. ATTN: Timothy Batko, ACC-PICA-SW, Bldg. 9, Picatinny, NJ 07806-5000; email: or Travis James, ACC-PICA-SW, Bldg. 9, Picatinny, NJ 07806-5000: email: Telephone inquiries WILL NOT be accepted.
US Army, Army Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality (JM&L) Contracting Center, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey 07806-5000
Travis James, Contract Specialist, (973)724-4591

Travis James