Army reaching out to industry for handheld and wrist-worn GPS receivers for use in the Middle East

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, 13 May 2015. U.S. Army navigation and guidance officials are interested in buying 1,622 handheld and 20 wrist-worn GPS receivers, and they need to know by TOMORROW, 14 May 2015, which companies could provide these wearable satellite navigation devices.

Army reaching out to industry for handheld and wrist-worn GPS receivers for use in the Middle East
Army reaching out to industry for handheld and wrist-worn GPS receivers for use in the Middle East
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait, 13 May 2015. U.S. Army navigation and guidance officials are interested in buying 1,622 handheld and 20 wrist-worn GPS receivers, and they need to know by TOMORROW, 14 May 2015, which companies could provide these wearable satellite navigation devices.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command issued a sources-sought notice (W56KGZ15T9999) on Tuesday for a handheld and wrist-worn GPS devices procurement. The Army Contracting Command's Regional Contracting Center-Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, is in charge of this procurement.

The handheld GPS receivers must be brand name or equal to the Garmin eTrex 10, while the wrist-worn GPS receivers must be brand name or equal to the Garmin Foretrex 401.

This sources-sought notice is a market research tool being used to determine number of interested vendors, Army officials say.

The Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS receiver, which retails for $109.99, has a worldwide basemap, 2.2-inch monochrome display, receivers signals from GPS and GLONASS positioning satellites, and has 25-hour battery life with two AA batteries.

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The handheld GPS receiver measures 2.1 by 4 by 1.3 inches, has a 1.4-by-1.7-inch 128-by-160-pixel display, weighs five ounces with battery, and has a USB computer interface.

The Garmin Foretrex 401 wrist-worn GPS receiver, which retails for $199.99, is for outdoor activities that require the use of both hands. It combines a high-sensitivity waterproof GPS receiver, electronic compass, and barometric altimeter. It can connect with computers with USB or wirelessly.

The wrist-worn GPS measures 2.9 by 1.7 by 0.9 inches and weighs 3.1 ounces with batteries. It has a 1.4-by-0.9-inch 100-by-64-pixel black-and-white liquid crystal display, and has a battery life of 17 hours with two AAA batteries.

Companies interested should email the Army's Betty McCormack at betty.a.mccormack.mil@mail.mil no later than close of business on 14 May 2015.

Include company name and contact information, DUNS number and CAGE code, vendor information sheet, and whether or not a credit card is acceptable for payment.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/64b73958863dfdc559b6d56d1753c2f3.

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