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A--Amphibious Combat Vehicle

Solicitation Number: M6785411I0213
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: United States Marine Corps
Location: MARCORSYSCOM
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Amphibious Combat Vehicle

Request for Information (RFI)

General Information:



Contracting Office Address:

Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Systems Command, 2200 Lester Street, Quantico, VA, 22134-5010



Message to Industry: The Marine Corps will be taking a collaborative approach with industry in order to produce a more affordable amphibious capability. Interested partners should look at the Marine Corps amphibious requirements for an Amphibious Combat Vehicle, Marine Personnel Carrier and AAV legacy upgrades as discussed in this and the other amphibious RFIs as a Family of Systems. The Marine Corps would like to see industry focus on affordability by designing/proposing solutions that will reduce the operational and support costs over the life cycle and consider such things as commonality, modularity of proposed solutions and interoperability among Systems of Systems.

These solutions should take into consideration emerging technologies and provide for growth over the next 15 years. Additionally, the Marine Corps is interested in hearing from industry strategies they would use to lower their procurement costs for their proposed solutions.



Description: Title 10, U.S. Code, directs the Marine Corps to develop equipment used by landing forces in amphibious operations.



The Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) fleet is aging. Should the current AAV Family of Vehicles (FoV) not be replaced operations that assure access would become either single dimensional operations, relying entirely upon air assault of infantryman, or be required to use a mid-20th century means of surface transport that lacks needed capabilities such as firepower, autonomous ship to shore movement, ground mobility, and over the horizon range.

The current AAV does not meet the needs of the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) developed in response to the emerging threat environment. Use of such equipment and tactics could result in unacceptable loss of life or mission failure.



In response to a validated operational need and an aging fleet of assault amphibian vehicles, the Marine Corps requirement for an amphibious vehicle that will provide increased force protection, water speed, land mobility, lethality, and survivability, while balancing capacity, mobility, transportability and total ownership costs over the current AAV is enduring.



The basic chassis shall be a combat vehicle that is capable of performing across the full Range of Military Operations (ROMO).

Core characteristics of the vehicle family will be as follows:



Maneuver. While the ideal capability would be for the vehicle to transit from well over the horizon at a high rate of speed, this may prove to be unaffordable. At a minimum, the vehicle must be able to autonomously deliver a Marine infantry squad from amphibious shipping at launch distances at, or beyond the horizon (minimum of 12 miles) with a speed to enable the element of surprise in the buildup ashore, and provide combat-ready Marines at the objective. The vehicle must be able to execute a seamless transition from sea to land and maneuver with a mechanized task force for sustained operations ashore.



Protection. The materiel approaches must enable the commander to employ maneuver forces in threat environments while minimizing losses en route to objectives or while performing mounted missions.

Protection characteristics must be applied to direct fire, indirect fire, and mines/IED threats. In order to address the spectrum of operating environments, this protection can be modular (i.e., applied incrementally as the situation dictates.



Sustainment. The materiel approaches must enable the commander to employ mounted maneuver forces at greater ranges to objectives and allow them to remain engaged while performing missions for greater durations than the current system. They should enable the Marine Corps to rapidly integrate emerging technologies through the use of open architecture and reconfigure the interior to support alternative mission loads including logistics provisions (55gal drums etc.,) heavy weapons (mortar/rockets) and medical evacuations (litters).





Situational awareness. The materiel approaches must enable the commander to employ mounted maneuver forces with improved connectivity and real-time situational awareness, whether en route or on the objective.



Lethality. The materiel approach must enable the commander to employ mechanized forces with the capability to engage/destroy threat peer vehicles and provide direct fire support to dismounted infantry in the attack.



The following required capabilities identified by the Marine Corps must be addressed by the amphibious vehicle:



1. The capability to rapidly project force directly to the objective from strategic and operational distances.



2. Forcible entry capabilities combined with lift capabilities that facilitate maneuver from strategic and operational off-shore distances and deliver forces where the adversary does not expect.



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The capability to avoid a tactical pause from the waterline.



4. The capability to maneuver with the M1A1 in a mechanized task force.



5. The capability to increase force survivability through the use of speed, lethality, modular armor, reduced signature (heat/visibility) and the ability to apply force from standoff distances.



6 The capability to connect to the Global Information Grid, and enable Over-the-Horizon, On-The-Move communications, Combat Identification, and Battle-staff communications to provide battlefield situational awareness.



7. The capability to deliver lethal direct fire to enemy forces and Armored Personnel Carriers/Infantry Fighting Vehicles from a stabilized system with a precision fire control system during day/night operations.





8. The capability to maximize fuel efficiency without realizing performance degradation during operational assaults.



These requirements are not mutually exclusive or collectively exhaustive, meaning that we are requesting trade space feedback from industry.



The amphibious vehicle must be configured in multiple variants. Basic variants desired include:



Squad Maneuver / Fighting Vehicle



Command and Control (C2)



Recovery and Maintenance



With this in mind, Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) and Program Executive Office Land Systems (PEO LS) are conducting a Request For Information (RFI) to obtain industry input relative to its current capabilities to identify potential material solutions to replace the AAV and the timeframe to provide.

We desire any information on capabilities and performance of the respondents’ systems/subsystems as it relates to the requirements in this document. Please include the following information in your response:



1. What technically mature systems/subsystems are available to meet the requirements? This should include both development status (design verification testing and design/configuration stability) and production status of major subsystems and components. (Can you build them?)



2. Using Cost As an Independent Variable (CAIV) provide matrices that compare the potential system in your approach, technical maturity, performance and schedule trade-offs and risks associated with each system/subsystem.

Address integration maturity of your approach. (Is it a demonstrated design approach?)



3. What are the primary complexity and cost drivers associated with our requirements as they relate to your approach? (Are they affordable?)



4. Specify trade space issues/concerns for both feasibility and cost.

(What are the tough requirements?)



5. Propose a timeline and/or acquisition approach to procure the vehicles using the standard DOD Milestone Chart from MS A to C. (Should include major milestones, Systems Engineering Technical Reviews, Design and Fabrication and Test and Evaluation and major logistic events.) In addition, include suggested methodologies enabling program streamlining and acceleration.



6. Estimate RDT&E and Production Unit Costs – Please provide your basis for cost as follows: Provide dollars in FY11, Total quantity, Quantity per year, Fly Away cost, and Total program cost.



Interested parties should include a general vehicle description to include gross vehicle weight, drive train configuration, weapon systems, communication systems, crew protection systems and approach, etc., vehicle drawings and/or renderings.

It should also include vehicle performance characteristics (measured or estimated). Responses should be limited to 30 pages with additional information on a CD ROM. Provide response via two hardcopies and CD ROMs. Responses are due 22 April 2011 by close of business to Valerie Mosqueira, 2200 Lester St. Building 2204 Quantico VA 22134.



NOTE: This Request for Information is for planning purposes only and is issued in accordance with FAR Clause 52-215-3. No solicitation document exists at this time. Issuance of this notice does not constitute any obligation on the part of the Government to procure these items or to issue a solicitation. Additionally, the Government is under no obligation to pay for information submitted in response to this RFI, and responses to this notice cannot be accepted as offers.

Any information that the vendor considers proprietary should be clearly marked.



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M67854 MARINE CORPS SYSTEMS COMMAND Quantico, VA
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Valerie Mosqueira, Contracting Officer, Phone (703) 432-3159,
Fax (703) 432-3160,
Email valerie.mosqueira@usmc.mil

valerie.mosqueira@usmc.mil