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12 -- Auxiliary Site for Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV)

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This announcement constitutes a Sources Sought Synopsis for market research. This is NOT a Request for Proposal. The following information is requested to the assist the United States Marine Corps Direct Reporting Program Manager, Advanced Amphibious Assault (DRPM AAA) in conducting market research of industry. The EFV will replace the Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV). The EFV is a ?concept based requirement? that supports the concepts of Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare, to include, Forcible Entry from the Sea, Distributed Operations, and Sea Basing. EFVs will carry the surface assault echelons at sea-speeds four times that of the AAV, as part of multi-dimensional attacks through littoral penetration points to join deep inland with forces vertically lifted by MV-22 Osprey. On reaching the shore from their over-the-horizon launch point, EFVs will have the speed to maneuver with the M1A1 tanks and Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) and the sustainment to continue the assaul t deep inland for link up with vertical assault forces, or independent maneuver. Additionally, the EFV provides the necessary capability to meet security challenges across the spectrum of conflict; to include Irregular Operations, not available in any other platform. The EFV will provide Marines mobility equal to the M1A1 Tank, a 30mm cannon capable of precision fires employed at the squad level, significantly increased survivability with respect to Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) effects and ballistic protection, and a communication suite that will greatly enhance a unit?s combat effectiveness and assist in the identification of friendly and enemy forces on the battlefield via a common operational picture. The United States Marine Corps has a requirement for an auxiliary sight for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) weapon system. The auxiliary sight shall provide the gunner and/or vehicle commander the capability to accurately employ the primary (MK 44, 30mm) and secondary (M240C, 7.62mm) weapon systems of the MK 46 turret in the ev ent of the loss of the gunner?s primary sight or turret power. The auxiliary sight shall be permanently integrated into the MK 46 turret of the EFV. Responses to this request should be for an Off-the-Shelf solution. It is important to note to any prospective vendor that the USMC is not interested in developing an auxiliary sight. The USMC interest extends to the mounting/integration of the auxiliary sight into the MK 46 turret of the EFV. The auxiliary sight should have the following capabilities: a. Provide visual sighting for the main gun and maintain elevation alignment without power; b. Provide visual detection of threat targets (2.05 meter x 2.05 meter) to range of 1 km for day use only; c. Provide a means to boresight to the primary weapon and to maintain the boresight alignment to within +/- 5mils under the operational environments of the EFV; d. Maintain elevation alignment with the primary weapon from -10 to +45 degrees of elevation; e. Provide a passive me ans of range determination; f. Provide coatings for user eye protection against lasers; g. Withstand the operational environments of the EFV; h. Provide overhead ballistic protection for any portion of the auxiliary sight external to the turret structure. All vendors having the capability of meeting these requirements are requested to submit copies of relevant documentation in response to this Sources Sought Synopsis at no cost to the Government. Contractors should include appropriate literature, brochures, and capabilities summaries directly addressing their ability to meet the aforementioned capabilities. Contractors should submit responses electronically to Krista Francom at FrancomKA@efv.usmc.mil no later than 5:00 PM EST on April 10, 2007. It is emphasized that this information is for planning and information purposes only and is NOT to be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contractual agreement, nor will the Government pay for informati on solicited. No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a cop y of the solicitation. It is a potential offeror?s responsibility to monitor these sites for the release of any solicitation or synopsis. The Government will not pay for any information submitted. No telephonic responses will be accepted. Questions should be directed to: Krista Francom at 703-490-7226 or FrancomKA@efv.usmc.mil.
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