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A -- Non-Lethal Surface Swimmer Deterrent System

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Notice Type
Sources Sought
541330 — Engineering Services
Contracting Office
Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command, NUWC Division Newport, Simonpietri Drive, Newport, Rhode Island, 02841-1708
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Solicitation Number
Response Due
Point of Contact
William S Hurley,, Phone: 401-832-1571
E-Mail Address
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This synopsis is being posted to both the Federal Business Opportunities(FBO) page located at http://www.fbo.gov and the Navy Electronic Commerce on Line(NECO) site located at https://www.neco.navy.mil. While it is understood that FBO is the single point of entry for posting of synopsis and solicitations to the internet, NECO is the alternative in case FBO is unavailable. Please feel free to use either site to access information posted by the Navy Sea Systems Command. Per FAR 5.205, The Program Executive Office Littoral Mine Warfare (PEO LMW) – Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Afloat Program Office (PMS 480), Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, is seeking sources interested in providing a non-lethal surface swimmer deterrent (NLSD) system for test and evaluation in the FY09 timeframe. The intent is to assess current state-of-the-art, commercially available, off-the-shelf, non-lethal, surface swimmer deterrent or interdiction devices and systems for possible future acquisition by the Government. The devices or systems to be assessed will be evaluated on their potential to be used as a part of an expeditionary, integrated swimmer defense capability to protect Navy assets afloat and waterside facilities from unauthorized incursions by swimmers on the surface of the water. This solicitation is seeking information via the vendor’s submissions and possibly from in water demonstrations under controlled conditions. Participation by responding vendors in possible in-water demonstrations is voluntary. Responding to this Solicitation will not provide an advantage to a vendor in future procurements, and any procurement for a NLSD system will be competitively advertised. The NLSD system or device should have the capability to interdict and deter surface swimmer threats from encroaching into restricted-access waters in and around Navy ships, piers and waterside facilities. Some examples of NLSD systems or devices are laser light dazzlers, entanglement barriers, flash bang rounds, advanced incapacitating agents, electrical shock devices, laser, acoustic and high power microwave directed energy devices. The methods or technology used by the system or device should not be a lethal threat to the swimmer (although the Navy is interested in a scalable capability for future consideration) and only have the ability to stun or temporarily disable the swimmer and stop further incursion. This test is meant for systems that already exist and are commercially available. Systems that are in development or are not fully functional will not be considered. The system should have a minimum swimmer interdiction range of 150 meters and weigh no more than 150 lbs. so that it can be handled, installed and deployed by two individuals. The NLSD system or device shall be capable of being operated by a single individual. After an evaluation of the responses received to this solicitation, the Navy may select none or up to six of the candidate NLSD systems and devices for further test and evaluation in an FY09 timeframe at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport. The testing of the selected systems and devices will take place over the period of several days and each test will be conducted independently with a common set of environmental and test parameters to be provided prior to the test phase. Interested vendors if they choose to participate shall be responsible at their own cost for demonstrating a complete non-lethal, surface swimmer deterrent system or device and the personnel to operate the system during testing. This system/device shall include, but not be limited to, equipment that can demonstrate the ability to interdict a surface swimmer and deter a threat swimmer from further incursion into a restricted area without inflicting serious or permanent injury. The Navy will provide the necessary logistics to support installation and removal of the system or device and also provide personnel and swimmers to execute the test scenarios. 120 VAC 60Hz power will be available on the pier to power systems requiring electric power. The vendor will be responsible for the operation of their system or device during the entire test, and will be expected to assist with the Navy’s data acquisition processes. The Navy may require testing of the system with hydrophones or other sensor / data acquisition devices prior to testing with swimmers, to confirm the non-lethal claims of the vendor. Participation in this event is strictly voluntary and shall be solely at the cost of the vendor. To the extent necessary, NUWC Division Newport will assist the selected vendors in planning and coordinating the installation and deployment of the NLSD systems or devices at the test site. Vendors will be responsible for providing trained personnel to operate their systems during the tests. To facilitate the testing, vendors will be required to demonstrate their equipment and installation instructions to the Navy at no cost at some period during four (4) weeks between April and June 2009 as arranged with the technical code Point of Contact. Interested vendors shall submit a one page (maximum) description of their non-lethal, surface swimmer deterrent system or device and complete the attached NLSD Product Information Form. If desired, additional information, product brochures or descriptive materials may also be submitted in PDF file format as an attachment the product description. All submissions, inquiries, comments, concerns and questions shall be directed to Mr. Keith Bruce via email at dennis.k.bruce@navy.mil. Responses are due no later than 4:00pm on 26 September, 2008. Late responses will not be considered. This should not be construed to be a request for proposal or a solicitation of an offer. Our department no longer issues solicitations or amendments in paper form. Instead, they may be accessed at our web site http://www.npt.nuwc.navy.mil/contract/. We also provide electronic access in our Bid Room.
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