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.
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.
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].
More information is online at https://beta.sam.gov/opp/6391b6c082004ebdb60aa1c18b427576/view.