Navy eyes planning software for ballistic missile defense (BMD) aboard surface warships

WASHINGTON, 2 March 2016. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are surveying industry to find companies able to design software for a computer planning system to help Navy leaders locate surface warships effectively for the best possible ballistic missile defense (BMD).

Mar 2nd, 2016
Navy eyes planning software for ballistic missile defense (BMD) aboard surface warships
Navy eyes planning software for ballistic missile defense (BMD) aboard surface warships
WASHINGTON, 2 March 2016. U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are surveying industry to find companies able to design software for a computer planning system to help Navy leaders locate surface warships effectively for the best possible ballistic missile defense (BMD).

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington issued a sources-sought notice Tuesday (N00024-16-R-5212) for the Maritime Integrated Air and Missile Defense Planning System project -- otherwise known as MIPS.

The MIPS systems are located in the maritime operations center (MOC) at land sites and aboard surface ships, and provide integrated air and missile defense planning and near real-time situational awareness. MIPS helps naval officers plan for ship placement for optimal air and ballistic missile defense.

With this MIPS software solicitation Navy experts are trying to add air and ballistic missile defense modeling updates to keep pace with Aegis air- and missile-defense capabilities, including, missile defense engage on remote (EOR) functionality.

MIPS software must follow open-architecture standards, OPNAV Instruction 9420.2A requirements, and International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

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This effort also includes updates to the MIPS software suite, maintaining existing modeling, interface development updates, system sustainment, maintenance, information assurance, and obsolescence mitigation of the overall MIPS software suite.

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The contractor chosen for the job must have a military secret facility security clearance. Navy experts say they expect to award a contract to one company sometime in federal fiscal year 2017 with options through 2021. Federal fiscal year 2017 begins next October 1.

Companies interested should email their programming and software capabilities to the Navy's Richard Waterstreet no later than 18 March 2016 at richard.waterstreet@navy.mil. This notice is not a request for proposals.

For questions or concerns contact the Navy's Richard Waterstreet by email at richard.waterstreet@navy.mil, or by phone at 202-781-2891. Also contact Simone Brightmon by email at simone.brightmon@navy.mil, or by phone at 202-781-4188.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVSEA/NAVSEAHQ/N00024-16-R-5212/listing.html.

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