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RFI - Aircraft Wideband Line of Sight

Solicitation Number: N68335-12-RFI-0070
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Air Systems Command
Location: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst
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Added: Feb 09, 2012 8:47 am
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Special Communication Requirements (SCR) Division is surveying the commercial vendor community for all interested parties and their proposed capabilities for an Aircraft Certified Wideband Line of Sight (LOS) system. The Government is interested in a Wideband LOS system to provide high speed data connectivity between airborne helicopters and ground based IP networks. The purpose of this RFI is to gain insight into existing products within industry, or the ability of industry to modify existing products to meet the capabilities below. The Government is interested in feedback from the commercial market on the requirements listed in this RFI that may be available to meet the general capabilities. Vendors are asked to respond with documentation outlining their capabilities, feedback on the capabilities listed within this RFI. The Government would like to see proposed capabilities or concepts presented through drawings, slick sheets, website, or PowerPoint brief. Below is a list of capabilities that are sought.

General Capabilities
Aircraft Equipment:
- Bi-directional throughput of at least 5 Mbps.
- Latency: less than 100 ms
- Operating range to ground based node(s): greater than 1 mile, at 1200 feet altitude, with 5 Mbps data rate.
- Operating frequencies: Available for licensing for use in the Continental United States, by the US Department of Defense.
- Data interface: Ethernet
- Aircraft certified for shock and vibration, utilizing MIL-STD-810G generic helicopter environment
- Certified for operation at altitudes up to 10,000 ft., and storage for transportation at altitudes up to 50,000 ft.
- Constructed of low smoke, zero halogen materials
- Weight: less than 10 pounds
- Volume: less than 2 cubic feet


In response to this RFI, respondents shall submit written responses, not-to-exceed five (5) pages in length via electronic mail. Product specification, sketches, or listings of authorized distributors are not to count as part of the page count. As well as, identification of long lead item(s), sub-systems(s), or systems(s).

The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this request or to otherwise pay for the information solicited. While the Government intends to use this information for future acquisition planning purposes, it will not release any information about your approach that might in any way compromise your competitive posture or proprietary information. The Government will not use any information provided to level your approach relative to another competitor. All information received in response to this RFI that is marked PROPRIETARY will be handled accordingly. The Government will not be liable for or suffer any consequential damages for any proprietary information not properly identified. Proprietary information will be safeguarded in accordance with the applicable Government regulations. Responses to this RFI will not be returned. Respondents will not be notified of the result of the review.

Failure to respond to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future associated RFP/RFQ that may be issued. Information provided in no way binds the Government to solicit or award a contract. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOps) website: It is the potential vendor's responsibility to monitor this site for the release of any follow-on information.

Contracts Department
Hwy. 547 Attn:B562-3C
Lakehurst, New Jersey 08733-5083
Address: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, MD
Post Code: 20684
Country: USA

United States
Christine Yezzo,
Contract Specialist