Air Force to conduct industry briefings on enabling technologies for future counter-small-UAV capabilities

Dec. 4, 2019
Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) emphasizes unique capabilities; prototypes for evaluation and feedback; and limited-quantity buys.

ROME, N.Y. – U.S. Air Force researchers will brief industry this month on a new project to develop enabling technologies to defend against commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., issued a pre-solicitation notice on Tuesday (FA875020R1000) for the Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) project.

Industry briefings are to provide an overview of the C-sUAS project, promote an early exchange of information, and provide more information a formal request for proposals comes out this winter. The event is not a bidders' conference.

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Briefings will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday 16 Dec. 2019 at the Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, in Rome N.Y. 20-minute by-appointment private meetings will be that day between 1 and 4 p.m.

The C-sUAS project seeks to support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of counter-small-UAV capabilities. Emphasis will be on:

  • developing capabilities for specific user requirements;
  • delivering prototype technologies for evaluation and feedback; and
  • finding a way for military users to buy limited quantities of counter-small-UAV systems.

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The company ultimately chosen to participate in the program likely will deliver software, hardware, technical documentation, and technical reports over four years. A draft RFP for the project is expected before the end of March.

Companies interested in attending the industry briefings should register no later than 9 Dec. 2019 by emailing the Air Force's Donna Toole at [email protected], with a copy to Matthew Zawisza at [email protected].

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