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A -- US Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is conducting a market survey to identify technologies that provides occupant protection and ground vehicle survivability.

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2010 TARDEC Survivability Market Survey OBJECTIVES: US Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is conducting a market survey to identify technologies that provides occupant protection and ground vehicle survivability. The intent is to identify state of the art occupant protection and vehicle survivability systems through a self-assessment made by each respective participant. A system may be a single technology or a combination of technologies and must be minimally at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 (see Table I). DESIRED CAPABILITIES The Army seeks to enhance current and future Ground System survivability by providing threat detection, hit/kill prevention, and protection for the crew, passenger, and vehicle, while preserving vehicle payload, mobility, fuel efficiency, and Reliability, Availability, Maintainability-Durability (RAM-D) capabilities. Emphasis will be placed on survivability technologies that demonstrate the ability to be scalable, modular, and easily integrated onto a military vehicle. Affordability, minimal weight, and small space claim are key attributes. It is desired that the multiple technologies chosen will be integrated to provide a synergistic protective effect and not simply a cumulative effect of layering individual technology capabilities. The following are attributes the Army is seeking to include: a. 360 hemispherical, lightweight crew and passenger compartment protection from armor piercing direct fire b. Lightweight crew and passenger compartment protection from blast events and fragmentation, including both side and underside threats c. Incoming threat detection and notification (i.e. sniper fire, RPGs, etc.) d. Survivability technologies to address Improvised Explosive Device or Explosive Ordnance Disposal (IED/EOD) e. Technologies to suppress/mitigate both internal and external vehicle fires. f. Non-Lethal technology that could be used for crowd control or to subdue individuals without causing permanent injury g. Safety applications to enhance crew survivability, including seat restraints, specialized seat configurations, rapid egress technologies, crew compartment coating to cushion soldier impact from vertical/lateral acceleration h. Soldier 360o hemispherical visualization during day and night operations and in all weather and environmental conditions (sand, dust, rain, etc.) i. Hazardous agent detection within operating environment j. Technologies that defend against RPGs, ATGMs, and/or EFPs k. Signature Management technologies or designs that reduce the thermal, acoustic, or RF signature of the vehicle system l. Other technologies that enhance crew, passenger, and system survivability, excluding automotive components that impact mobility and technologies used to aid tactical planning RESPONSES: The submission period has been extended from 28 October 2010 to 12 November 2010. The Government will begin technology analysis following the submission period. Please address any questions regarding this market survey via email to dami_tardecmarketsurvey@conus.army.mil and include name, phone, and email address for response. Questions may be answered via email or phone. Submit all responses up to DOD SECRET data on a DVD in MS Word format via registered mail to: Inner Label: US Army RDECOM/TARDEC 6501 E. Eleven Mile Road, MS 263 ATTN: Lisa Lynch/SOM Team Warren, MI 48397-5000 Outer Package Label: US Army RDECOM/TARDEC 6501 E 11 Mile Road, MS 263 ATTN: Security Office Warren, MI 48397-5000 Please submit the relevant Classification Guide with all classified data. Participants with questions regarding the handling of classified data should send an email with contact information to lisa.m.lynch@us.army.mil Security Officer. (NOTE: All non-security related questions should be sent to dami_tardecmarketsurvey@conus.army.mil.) Participation in this market survey is completely voluntary. If the Government seeks additional information that is not included in a submittal, TARDEC representatives may contact the participant for further information exchange. Information developed as part of this market survey will be shared with US Army Research, Development Engineering Command (RDECOM) subordinate commands, and Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) Project Manager for Tactical Vehicles (PM TV), Project Manager for Future Tactical Systems (PM FTS) (Provisional), and Other Government Agencies (OGAs) (e.g.. Office of Naval Research, Marine Corps, etc.). GENERAL INFORMATION: The Government appreciates the time and effort taken to respond to this survey. The Government acknowledges its obligations under 18 U.S.C. 1905 to protect information qualifying as confidential under this statute. [To avoid possible confusion with the meaning of the term confidential in the context of Classified Information, we will use the term PROPRIETARY.] Pursuant to this statute, the Government is willing to accept any PROPRIETARY (e.g., trade secret) restrictions placed on qualifying data forwarded in response to the survey questions and to protect it from unauthorized disclosure subject to the following: 1. Clearly and conspicuously mark qualifying data with the restrictive legend (all caps) PROPRIETARY with any explanatory text, so that the Government is clearly notified of what data needs to be appropriately protected. 2. In marking such data, please take care to mark only those portions of the data or materials that are truly proprietary (over breadth in marking inappropriate data as PROPRIETARY may diminish or eliminate the usefulness of your response - see item 6 below). Use circling, underscoring, highlighting or any other appropriate means to indicate those portions of a single page which are to be protected. 3. The Government is not obligated to protect unmarked data. Additionally, marked data that is already in the public domain or in the possession of the Government or third parties, or is afterward placed into the public domain by the owner or another party through no fault of the Government will not be protected once in the public domain. Data already in the possession of the Government will be protected in accordance with the Government's rights in the data. 4. Proprietary data transmitted electronically, whether by physical media or not, whether by the respondent or by the government, shall contain the PROPRIETARY legend, with any explanatory text, on both the cover of the transmittal e-mail and at the beginning of the file itself. Where appropriate for only portions of an electronic file, use the restrictive legends PROPRIETARY PORTION BEGINS: and PROPRIETARY PORTION ENDS. 5. In any reproductions of technical data or any portions thereof subject to asserted restrictions, the government shall also reproduce the asserted restriction legend and any explanatory text. 6. The Government sometimes uses support contractors in evaluating responses. Consequently, responses that contain proprietary information may receive only limited or no consideration since the Respondents marking of data as PROPRIETARY will preclude disclosure of same outside the Government and therefore will preclude disclosure to these support contractors assisting the evaluation effort. The Government will use its best efforts to evaluate those responses that contain proprietary information without using support contractors consistent with the resources available. MISCELLANEOUS: No contract will be awarded from this announcement. This is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an announcement of a forthcoming solicitation, nor is it a request seeking participants to be placed on a solicitation mailing list. Response to this survey is voluntary and no reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this market survey and any follow-on information requests. Data submitted in response to this market survey will not be returned. A separate response for each system or technology is desired. Survivability Market Survey Questionnaire 1. Primary Objective Addressed by Technology (check all that apply): Direct Fire Protection Blast Protection Threat Detection IED/EOD Technologies Fire Suppression Technologies Non-Lethal Technology Crew Safety 360 Hemispherical Vision Hazardous Agent Detection RPG/ATGM/EFP Defense Tank Fired Threat Defense Signature Management Other Survivability Technologies 2. Provide a brief description of the technology to include integration requirements needed to support the technology. If proposing an armor technology, please include composition (i.e. metallic, hybrid, composite, ceramic) with specific construction lay-ups; thickness; aerial density. a. Please describe components/sub-components of the system to a level of detail necessary to understand how the system operates. PERFORMANCE 3. What are the specific threats that the technology addresses? Has the technology been tested previously for these threats? If yes, please provide organization and contact information. Data as a result of that testing is requested as well (i.e. FSP at x ft/s). 4. Describe any capability for incoming threat detection and notification that allow for 360 degrees hemispherical coverage (i.e. sniper fire, RPGs, etc.) 5. How robust is the technology for handling multiple engagements and multiple hits? What is the maximum number of threats it can defeat? What is the estimated reset time between addressing subsequent incoming? 6. What are the angular limitations on field of view and/or threat protection (both azimuth and elevation)? 7. Does the technology have the potential for causing collateral damage and/or fratricide? If so, what is the risk and mitigation to this effect? 8. Describe any survivability technologies to suppress/mitigate internal or external vehicle fires involving petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL), electrical systems, tires/track, stowage, etc. Please provide the space, weight, and power requirements along with available test data against any of these fire threats. Also, please attach.jpg photos or engineering/CAD drawings in a neutral file format. 9. What are the human factor implications for the technology? 10. Describe any capability to protect occupants, and against what threats/ events/ situations, and explain how is threat protection level is determined (is it through physical testing or modeling). Occupant Protection includes but not limited to: Energy Absorbing Floor Mats, Energy Absorbing Materials for Occupant Protection (Padding), Liners for Frag and Spall Protection, Energy Absorbing Seats or Structures, Safety Restraints, and Airbags. DEVELOPMENT 11. a. Is your technology currently in production? b. If not, what is the current Technology Readiness Level (TRL)? (See Appendix A) c. Explain how this level has been demonstrated. If the technology is not TRL 6, is there a technology development schedule to achieve TRL 6? If yes, please provide anticipated dates for increased TRL and major development milestones. 12. a. What is the current Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL)? (See Appendix B) b. Explain how this level has been demonstrated. 13. a. Have you ever shown/discussed/been in contract with the government or have had current/past contracts in support of this effort with the Government? b. If so, please provide the names, phone, and email addresses of the personnel with whom you have been in contact. c. Please indicate if this technology has been submitted to Requests for Information other than indicated under the Desired Capabilities Paragraph. 14. a. Is this technology being used on any current military systems? b. If so, on which platforms? 15. a. Is this technology currently being used in the private sector? b. If so, how is it being used? 16. a. What developmental issues do you anticipate encountering when integrating the technology into vehicles for military environments (extreme temperatures, weather, shock & vibrations, electromagnetic interference, safety, environmental impacts, etc.)? b. Would the technology need to be adjusted (i.e. ruggedized) to meet military standards? 17. Please list any patents on the technology. 18. Please list any industry partners expected to be involved in maturation of the technology. INTEGRATION 19. What military platforms do you envision this technology could be applied to? 20. a. What are the physical characteristics and integration requirements of the technology? b. Please include integration size (length x width x height in inches) and weight (lbs) including installation kits, power requirements (minimum, peak, and operating range in voltage and amps), and cooling (BTU). 21. a. What is the estimated prototype and production unit cost? b. Please indicate component costs to include ancillary equipment and potential cost of mounting/electrical provisions in the A-kit/B-Kit concept as explained in the announcement. c. Please indicate the assumptions that were used to generate this cost data and how recently it was generated. 22. Please characterize any known or expected Electromagnetic Interference or Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) issues. 23. Does the technology have an open architecture? 24. a. If the technology is to interface with a databus or computer network, what compatibility issues will need to be resolved? b. Will the technology meet SAE J1939 requirements? 25. What Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) or other Government resources would be required to integrate the technology on to a military platform/system? 26. Please attach a.jpg photo or engineering/CAD drawing in a neutral file format. Appendix A - Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)- See attachment Appendix B Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs)- See attachment
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