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FBO DAILY ISSUE OF MAY 01, 2003 FBO #0518
SOURCES SOUGHT

69 -- 6930--VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINER FOR LOW ALTITUDE AIR DEFENSE PERSONNEL TRAINING

Notice Date
4/29/2003
 
Notice Type
Sources Sought
 
Contracting Office
N00164 300 Highway 361, Building 64 Crane, IN
 
ZIP Code
00000
 
Solicitation Number
N0016403R6618
 
Point of Contact
Ryan Roberts 812-854-1463
 
E-Mail Address
Email your questions to point of contact
(roberts_ryan@crane.navy.mil)
 
Description
The Marine Corps is looking for a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) system for training and maintaining the proficiency of Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) personnel in the use of the Stinger Missile System. The Marine Corps is seeking a Virtual Reality (VR) Trainer that is self-contained and portable, while still providing effective realistic training. The VR Trainer technology is very mature and proven. These items are currently employed in several foreign applications. For example, Dornier, a German company, produces a Virtual Reality SHORAD Trainer. VR Trainers have been developed as direct replacements for systems such as those in use today by the Marine Corps LAAD. VR Trainers employ the latest in technology allowing for the facilitation of realistic mission specific training scenarios that can be tailored for specific needs. The selection of VR Trainers could provide t he LAAD community with critical operational and logistics advantages over the current use of dome training environments. A system that has equivalent or better performance would be acceptable to the USMC LAAD. The potential benefits of using the VR Trainer technology in the LAAD community would include both improved operational capability as well as a potential reduction of total ownership costs. This capability would offer the USMC increased operational capabilities: tailored training scenarios supporting simultaneous missions, significantly improved capabilities through realistic training, and significantly reduced logistics costs. Additionally, this capability could directly benefit the operating forces by reducing unit level costs associated with traveling to and from the training sites. This self-contained portable system could potentially reduce the total ownership c ost of the training system. Respondents should include in submittal the following: proposed approach, advantages, disadvantages, training requirements for users, ability by the Government to maintain item, timeline for development and delivery, and Rough Order of Magnitude of cost. Interested vendors should provide information along with technical questions regarding this announcement to Ryan Roberts via email at Roberts_ryan@crane.navy.mil or by fax to 812.854.1178 Attn. Ryan Roberts. This notice does not constitute and Invitation for Bids or a Request for Proposal (RFP) and is not a commitment by the U.S. Government to procure subject products. The Government is only seeking information for future needs. No solicitation document exists at this time. The Government will not reimburse any costs incurred by interested companies responding to this announcement. All informatio n marked as proprietary information will be safeguarded to prevent disclosures to non-government personnel and entities.
 
Web Link
to download
(http://www.crane.navy.mil/supply/synop/03R6618.htm)
 
Record
SN00314470-W 20030501/030429213758 (fbodaily.com)
 
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