Navy readies contract solicitations for circuit boards, connectors, and other electronic components

RIDGECREST, Calif., 27 June 2012. U.S. Navy weapons experts are ready to ask industry to provide electronic components such as printed circuit boards in an upcoming series of 3-year contracts designed to provide the Navy with rapid-delivery orders.

Items to be procured under these future contracts include multi-layer, single-, and double-sided printed circuit boards of varying size and complexity, surface-mount and through-hole mixed component technologies, and other components other components that may include cables and electronic connectors. Subcomponents may be government furnished or acquired by the contractor (story continues below).

The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif., issued a presolicitation (solicitation number N6893612R0070) last week for the Advanced Weapons Product Acquisition Contract (AWPAC). Formal solicitations are expected around 19 July 2012, with awards expected next December.

The AWPAC will choose contractors that are able to provide quick-turnaround orders or products ranging from single-part requests to full production quantities. The Navy will buy these products from delivery orders that are firm fixed price. The contracts will be awarded on a competitive total small business set-aside basis.

In addition to circuit boards, components, cables, and connectors, the Navy also is looking to buy mechanical and fabrication components, energetic materials, and chemical components.

Mechanical and fabrication components and systems will be engineered structures, including machining, welding, heat treatment, casting, forging, forming, injection molding, filament winding, resin transfer molding, and spin forming.

Energetic materials and components will include rocket motors, warheads, gas generators, fuzes, and safe/arm devices that contain explosive or propellant materials. Chemical components and materials such as batteries and coatings.

Companies expecting to bid on these contracts should contact the Navy's Steven Shultz by e-mail at

For questions or concerns contact phone the Navy's Steven Shultz at 760-939-8895, or Lea Ann Davis at 760-939-8197. More information is online at

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