Army to kick off industry competition for next-generation, laser-protecting eyewear

U.S. Army land warfare experts are ready to kick off an industry competition to develop a new generation of laser-protecting goggles and other eyewear that safeguards soldiers' eyes from shrapnel, laser beams, sand and dust, and bright sunlight.

Sep 15th, 2016
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NATICK, Mass. - U.S. Army land warfare experts are ready to kick off an industry competition to develop a new generation of laser-protecting goggles and other eyewear that safeguards soldiers' eyes from shrapnel, laser beams, sand and dust, and bright sunlight.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Natick, Mass., have issued a presolicitation (W911QY-16-R-0043) for the Next Generation Eye Protection (NGEP) project. Army officials say they plan to award one or more one-year contracts to develop prototype protective eyewear.

Army officials are looking for the next generation of battlefield eyewear to protect warfighters' eyes from lasers and shrapnel.

These eye-protection devices must offer ballistic fragmentation protection per MIL-PRF-32432, high optical quality, configurations for laser eye protection, accommodate varying light conditions, and be compatible with the Universal Prescription Lens Carrier (UPLC) to accommodate vision correction for warfighters.

Army experts are placing heavy emphasis on manufacturing capabilities for production quantities since they envision follow-on production contracts. A formal solicitation is expected soon.

The Army's point of contact for the NGEP program is John Conlin, who can be reached by e-mail at john.conlin3.civ@mail.mil, by phone at 508-233-6164, and via the following postal address: Building 1, Kansas Street, Natick, Mass. 01760-5011. Army officials will not answer questions over the phone, but will offer a question-and-answer period after release of the formal solicitation.

More information is online at www.fbo.gov/notices/be634592f80d6a2dd37190adbb88f4a1.

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