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FBO DAILY ISSUE OF JANUARY 14, 2007 FBO #1875
SOLICITATION NOTICE

15 -- GLOBAL OBSERVER ACTD/JCTD

Notice Date
1/12/2007
 
Notice Type
Solicitation Notice
 
NAICS
332510 — Hardware Manufacturing
 
Contracting Office
Other Defense Agencies, U.S. Special Operations Command, Headquarters Procurement Division, 7701 Tampa Point Blvd, MacDill AFB, FL, 33621-5323, UNITED STATES
 
ZIP Code
00000
 
Solicitation Number
Reference-Number-H92222-07-N-0001
 
Response Due
2/26/2007
 
Archive Date
3/13/2007
 
Description
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Directorate of Procurement intends to negotiate on a sole source basis with AeroVironment Inc., 181 W. Huntington Dr., Suite 202, Monrovia, CA 91016-3456 in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304c(1) and FAR 6.302-1; Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy the agency requirements. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has designated USSOCOM to lead the program to conduct a Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) for Global Observer (GO). The JCTD is intended to demonstrate the tactical utility of a hydrogen-powered Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for long duration (five to seven day) missions at altitudes from 55,000 to 65,000 feet. OSD selected Global Observer as an FY07 JCTD Rolling Start in the FY07 Congressional Report, Advanced Concept/Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (ACTD/JCTD). The reason for the sole source award is the Department of Defense guidelines for JCTDs provide that technologies must have been successfully demonstrated at the subsystem or component level and at the required performance level prior to the start of the JCTD. Based on our knowledge of the market, AeroVironment is the only contractor with a UAS system design that meets the JCTD technology readiness levels. AeroVironment designed, fabricated, and demonstrated a sub-scale prototype UAS utilizing a hydrogen fuel cell to power the aircraft and a lightweight pressure vessel for liquid hydrogen storage. Additionally, AeroVironment designed and built a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine and power-plant and successfully demonstrated it in an altitude chamber for a non-stop mission profile of five days at simulated operational environment above 65,000 feet. Hydrogen power is a critical technology to achieve the long duration requirements of the UAS. AeroVironment is currently executing a risk reduction program to develop and demonstrate a full-scale, flight prototype power-plant, propulsive motor, and liquid hydrogen fuel tank under a contract with USSOCOM. As the developer, AeroVironment has the expertise to conduct the GO JCTD. Award to any other source would not meet the JCTD technology readiness requirements. Award to a source other than AeroVironment would not allow USSOCOM to meet the criteria to execute a JCTD program and/or demonstrate that tactical utility of a hydrogen-powered UAS for long duration (five and seven day) missions at altitudes from 55,000 to 65,000 feet. The Government anticipates awarding a contract related to this announcement for a period of approximately three years with a potential maximum value of up to $129,000,000. Any questions regarding the above requirements should be submitted in writing via email to Ms Kim DeBois-Sousa, deboisk@socom.mil. See Note 22.
 
Place of Performance
Address: AERO-VIRONMENT, INC., 181 W. HUNTINGTON DR, SUITE 202, MONROVIA, CA
Zip Code: 91016
Country: UNITED STATES
 
Record
SN01211387-W 20070114/070114190933 (fbodaily.com)
 
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