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58 -- Product Improvement Program (PIP) for the AN/TPS-59(V)3 Radar System Request for Information

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Ms. Lee Hoyland, lee.hoyland@usmc.mil
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The United States Marine Corps (USMC), Marine Corps System Command (MCSC), Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Communications and Control (C2) Weapons and Sensors Development and Integration (MC2I), Radar Systems Program Manager is seeking information from industry with regard to a Product Improvement Program (PIP) for the AN/TPS-59(V)3 Radar System. The PIP is envisioned as a two phase effort. The first phase effort will replace the existing array structure with a new, transportable, light-weight array that uses the existing interface with the AN/TPS-59(V)3 Data Processing Group (DPG)/Control Shelter. The second phase effort will update the software to fully optimize the capabilities of the replacement array and will include a technical refresh of the DPG electronics to eliminate the need for a control shelter. The system shall be fully compliant with the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar (3DELRR) Capabilities Development Document (CDD) at the completion of the second phase. To ensure program affordability, the replacement array provided during Phase I must be controllable with the AN/TPS-59(V)3 DPG/Control Shelter, while still providing an upgrade path for a 3DELRR capable system during Phase II. The PIP is envisioned as a single contract award for Phase I with options for the Phase II effort. The Marine Corps completed an effort to mitigate the risk associated with the development of a system that meets the capabilities of the 3DELRR CDD. The effort was the development of a Composite Material Risk Reduction Array (CMRRA). The CMRRA is a full size mechanical array structure that is transportable via a single seven ton truck. Salient characteristics of the CMRRA are provided as attachment (1) to this RFI. The CMRRA, as built, does not satisfy all of the capability requirements of the 3DELRR CDD. Resource limitations constrained the Marine Corps? ability to develop a fully production representative structure. However, the resultant analysis from the CMRRA effort does indicate that development of a system that is compliant with all requirements of the 3DELRR CDD is achievable. Developmental testing of CMRRA was conducted, and results of that testing are available upon request. Respondents to this RFI are asked to provide the following information: (1) Present a proposed two phase PIP approach that replaces the existing AN/TPS-59(V)3 array with a new array that retains the full functionality of the existing radar system while ensuring the second phase delivers a system that fully satisfies the capability requirements of the 3DELRR CDD. During Phase II, there should only be minimal redesign/rework of the replacement array provided during Phase I. (2) Provide a test strategy to show how you would demonstrate, during Phase I, that the replacement array retains the existing AN/TPS-59(V)3 interfaces and functionality while providing a structure that will support a system that, following Phase II, satisfies the capability requirements of the 3DELRR CDD. (3) Provide an estimate of the cost impacts associated with providing a system using the two phased approach described above. The cost estimate should focus on the Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) costs that are required during Phase I to ensure a technologically achievable and cost effective solution during Phase II. (4) Indicate your interest in using a production representative version of the CMRRA for system development and/or production. A copy of the 3DELRR CDD and the CMRRA test results will be made available for contractor review at the General Dynamics Information Technology, Stafford Virginia office. Those wishing to review the CDD and CMRRA test results should contact Ms. Cathy Henderson (cathy.henderson.ctr@usmc.mil) no later than 1600 on 11 February 2008. Responses should be submitted to the Contracting Officer, Ms. Lee Hoyland, NLT 10 March 2008. Please submit all information to Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, Attn: A/C Contracts/Ms. Lee Hoyland, 2200 Lester St., Quantico, VA 22134-6050. NO SOLICITATION DOCUMENT EXISTS. THE SUBMISSION OF THIS INFORMATION IS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PROCURE ANY ITEMS/SERVICES, OR FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR THE INFORMATION RECEIVED.
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