WASHINGTON, 9 July 2013. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts are reaching out to industry to find a qualified small business for the build to print production of the Common Processing System (CPS) -- a shock-resistant open-architecture computing system for Navy cruisers, destroyers, and other programs.
The Naval Sea Systems Command on Friday issued a solicitation (N00024-13-R-5213) for CPS production. The CPS, designed by Global Technical Systems (GTS) in Virginia Beach, Va., provides a common computing infrastructure for ship combat systems, including processing and memory, data storage and extraction, and input-output interfaces for combat systems.
GTS engineers designed the CPS using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software such as BladeCenter technology that supplies common infrastructure for processing and network fabric. Plug-in components are accessible, hot-swappable, and battle-ready protected by the GTS Advanced COTS Enclosure (ACE).
The CPS consists of the CPS enclosure assembly and three subsystems: the processing subsystem, the storage/extraction subsystem, and the I/O subsystem. The processing subsystem provides the computing resources to execute navy combat system application programs on Navy surface ships.
The storage/extraction subsystem provides the mass storage resources required for operating system (OS) image storage, program storage, data extraction, and database management. And the I/O subsystem provides the resources required to interface the processing and storage hardware to various external elements.
The overall system is designed with a shock-isolating enclosure that protects unhardened COTS components from the intense shock and vibration that can occur on Navy surface ships -- including hits from missiles and torpedoes. The CPS comes in air- and water-cooled versions.
The CPS originally was designed to support upgrades to the Aegis weapon systems aboard Navy Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, but has been expanded to other Navy platforms.
Navy officials say they will award one indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the build to print production of the CPS to the lowest-price technically acceptable offeror.
Companies interested must respond no later than 19 Aug. 2013. Send responses via overnight delivery service to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Attn: Mr. Khanh Pham, Sea 02522p, Office 5w-2232, 1333 Isaac Hull Ave. SE Stop 2040, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376.
More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVSEA/NAVSEAHQ/N0002413R5213/listing.html.