New training system to replace the legacy Bradley Advanced Training Systems–Urban Operations (BATS-UO) and Conduct of Fire Trainer-Enhanced (COFT-E) virtual trainers

Created: 11/8/2013
Opportunity Number:
W900KK-RFI-BATS-UO
Contract Vehicle:
STOC II
Closing Date:
12/2/2013
Brief Summary:

Description:

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Program Manager Combined Arms Tactical Trainers (PM CATT), Project Manager for Ground Combat Tactical Trainers (PM GCTT) is developing a new contract vehicle to replace the legacy Bradley Advanced Training Systems –Urban Operations (BATS-UO) and Conduct of Fire Trainer-Enhanced (COFT-E) virtual trainers. This Acquisition encompasses: 1) development and production of 55 mobile/institutional trainers and 40 Table Top Trainers (TTT), 2) new equipment training, 3) spares, and 4) system technical support. The period of performance for this contract is projected to be five years. It is projected that ten Bradley Gunnery Training System trainers will be ordered each year, except for the last year which would be 15. It is projected that ten TTT will be ordered each year for the first four years.

The trainers need to replicate all of the Bradley Gunnery Training functionality of existing M2/M3A2 ODS-SA and M2/M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV) M2/M3A2 ODS-SA (Operation Desert Storm -Situational Awareness) COFT-SA (Conduct of Fire Trainer- Situational Awareness) Mobile and Table Top Training devices in accordance with the Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) Gunnery Manual FM3.20-21. The intent is to mirror existing fielded devices to minimize configuration issues during life cycle support and training events.

It is contemplated that this award will be made through the Best Value Trade Off approach in accordance with FAR 15-101. This acquisition will require access to information classified as “Sensitive but Unclassified, as well as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled. The Information identified as SBU or subject to ITAR will be on FBO’s controlled website as the information is Sensitive but unclassified data subject to export control. The Government Furnished Information (GFI) will be posted in Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website as an export controlled, explicit access document package “file” link (U.S. Contractors Only). When the FBO “file” link is clicked, the user is taken to the “packages” sub-tab for the opportunity. To review this controlled Sensitive but Unclassified package, a user is required to have a valid Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) entered in the system. The MPIN is part of the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) profile for an entity. The ‘FBO.GOV Vendor Guide’, located in the Federal Business Opportunities ‘www.fbo.gov’ homepage, provides detailed instructions for the access and review of controlled packages associated with an opportunity.

PEO STRI is currently developing its acquisition approach as well as the delivery schedule of the contract. This Request for Information (RFI) solicits industry’s feedback on this procurement to help develop the Government’s acquisition approach.

Background:

The COFT-SA trainer replicates the performance of the M2/M3A2 ODS-SA and M2/M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV), enabling the crew to operate in a synthetic environment. It trains and sustains the Gunner and Commander in critical gunnery skills, as required, for direct fire engagements. Each trainer consists of a Crew Station module, Computer System Rack (CSR), and Instructor Operator Station (IOS). The COFT-SA comes in three configurations:

1) Mobile – environmentally-controlled shelter containing a crew station, image generator and instructor/operator station on a trailer with power generator.

2) Institutional/classroom - stand alone crew station, CSR and instructor/operator station.

3) Tabletop trainer configuration – gunner’s station, commander’s station, CSR and instructor/operator station, housed in portable, hard-sided transit cases.

The COFT-SA is a dual configuration design. It can be run in a M2/M3A2 ODS-SA or M2/M3A3 configuration. The configuration change is software driven, with no corresponding hardware reconfiguration between modes. This selection is made at the IOS at start-up.

Intended Capabilities:

The COFT-SA is a virtual gunnery trainer that replicates the performance of the M2/M3A2 ODS-SA and M2/M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV) and is designed to meet the specific training needs of BFV Gunners and Commanders. Its design shall include:

For Mobile and Institutional Systems

System must be designed around Government furnished COFT-SA Software Baseline (Provided as GFE, Software Version M/I 1.1-19562 (Mobile and Institutional) and ( Table Top Trainer (TTT) 1.1-19562. Access to these documents will be controlled as they are subject to ITAR, and classified as SBU.

The visual/display subsystem shall provide a computer generated representation of the synthetic environment to the gunner and commander.

Ability for voice communication between Gunner/Commander and Operator/Instructor

The trainer shall provide correct field of view for the BFV, including periscopes in the commander’s station.

The trainer shall provide realistic real-time aural cues appropriate to the vehicle dynamics, malfunctions, terrain and exterior occurrences.

The crew compartment shall have the necessary controls, indicators, switches and crew position components that replicate the functionality of the BFV M2/M3A2 ODS-SA and M2/M3A3 platforms to support all training tasks.

The Instructor/Operator station shall provide capabilities to view and record all optical views from the Gunner and Commander and provide an After Action Review (AAR).

Operation that replicates the turret slewing, laser rangefinder and engagement of the BFV.

The COFT-SA mobile configuration shall be transportable by International Standardization Organization (ISO) standards and/or Department of Transportation (DOT) Standards. A power generator and HVAC unit shall also be included to support all power and air conditioner requirements. The system shall be able to connect to shore power provided by a facility. The mobile configuration shall house one trainer station, CSR and the Instructor Operator Station (IOS). It shall be capable of being prepared for transportation over road in no more than 4 hours. It shall be transported via commercial tractor or truck, and the US Army M915A5 with no special permits for size or weight. It shall also be certified for transport in C-17 and C-5 aircraft.

For the Table Top Trainer (TTT)

System must be designed to utilize the Government furnished COFT-SA Software Baseline.

System must physically represent all the necessary controls, indicators, switches and crew position components that replicate the functionality of the BFV M2/M3A2 ODS-SA and M2/M3A3 platform to support all training tasks of the TTT software.

The trainer shall provide realistic real-time aural cues appropriate to the vehicle dynamics, malfunctions, terrain and exterior occurrences.

System shall utilize two man lift, hard sided, transportable cases.

System shall have a Instructor/Operator station with ability to view all gunner/commander optical views.

System shall have voice capability between Gunner, Commander, and Instructor/Operator.

List of Government Furnished Information (GFI) to be Provided. Not all GFI is available at this time. (The Government Furnished Information (GFI) will be posted in Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website as an export controlled, explicit access document package “file” link (U.S. Contractors Only)). :

For Mobile/Institutional Trainer

  • US Army current software baseline for COFT-SA Mobile/Institutional, M/I 1.1-19562
  • US Army current Technical Data Package (TDP) for COFT-SA
  • Specification for COFT-SA
  • OneSAF Objective System (OOS) http://www.onesaf.net/community/
  • System Maintenance Manual (SMM) For Bradley Conduct of Fire Trainer – Situational Awareness (COFT-SA) Mobile/Institutional Configuration, SMM 07-6920-733-24 rev D
  • COFT-SA Software Version Description COFT-SA-SWVD-0001 Rev D
  • On-Site Acceptance Test Procedure COFT-SA
  • Instructor Utilization Handbook, TM 07-6920-732-20
  • Transportability Guidance for Mobile/Institutional, COFT-SA, TM 55-6930-712-15

For Table Top Trainer

  • US Army current software baseline for COFT-SA TTT, TTT 1.1-19562
  • System Maintenance Manual (SMM) For Bradley Conduct of Fire Trainer – Situational Awareness (COFT-SA) Table Top Trainer (TTT), TM 07-6920-734-24 Rev A.

List of Government Furnished Equipment to be Provided at Contract Award to the Awardee:

For Mobile/Institutional Trainer

  • Full Function Control Station, A3205746, NSN 5830-01-382-3218
  • Master Control Station, A3205747, NSN 5895-01-382-3221
  • Intercom Cable, A3206018-4, NSN 5995-01-392-6202
  • Cable Assembly, A3206018-7, NSN 5995-01-392-6198
  • Cable Assembly, A3206018-21, NSN 5995-01-392-7352
  • Headset Cable, A3206020, NSN 5995-01-386-9109
  • VIS Cable, A3206018-40, NSN 5995-01-463-4069
  • Cable Assembly (Loudspeaker), A3206193-6, NSN 5995-01-393-7694
  • Intercom Cable Assembly, A3206017-7, NSN 5995-01-392-7323

Front Wall Mold P/N: 4248819

Turret Basket Mold P/N: 4248821

Turret Shell Mold P/N: 4248824

Gunners Hatch Mold P/N: 4248883

Commanders Hatch Mold P/N: 4248950

Traverse Drive Housing Molds P/N: 4248993 (-1,-2,-3,-4,-5)

Magnetic Brake Housing Mold P/N: 4248879

Plugger Mock-Up Mold P/N: 4251286

Traverse Motor Linkage Hinge Mold P/N: 4249145

IBAS Upper Front Panel P/N: 4249442-002

  • Bulkhead Door Molds P/N: 4251266

For Table Top Trainer

No other GFE will be provided for the TTT other than the GFI stated above.

Requested Information

The Government is interested in receiving your insight on the aforementioned Bradley Gunnery Training Systems proposed acquisition. Every page of your response must include your company’s name as well as page number, i.e. Page # of 30. The suggested page count is no more than 30 pages. Font is not to be smaller than 12 points. Responses should include the following information:

1. Company name, address, POC, email addresses, phone and fax numbers, and company’s web page (if applicable) . Please provide your DUNS Number and CAGE Code.

2. Identification of business size as it relates to NAICS code 333318, i.e. US large or small business (SB), service disabled veteran business, HUB Zone, 8(a) certified business, Woman Owned SB, etc;

3. Is your firm a PEO STRI STOC II awardee?

4. Short history of your firm’s experience in providing similar simulators and virtual trainers;

5. If your firm is a Small Business under NAICS Code 333318, and you are interested in participating in this acquisition, please provide feedback to the following questions

o If you intend to be a prime contractor, how do you plan to meet the requirements of FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting?

o If you desire to be a subcontractor, please specify the areas you firm is interested in supporting.

6. If your firm is a large business under NAICS Code 333318, please identify:

o Please describe what you believe the subcontracting opportunities are, and

o Provide your recommendations for subcontracting goals.

7. Describe the Image Generator and associated hardware that will be used to support the Bradley Gunnery Training Systems.

8. Please describe any proposed open architecture approach that permits the Government to fully support, maintain and modify the BFV systems, software and technical data throughout the program’s life.

9. What is the lead time for development and production of an institutional, mobile, and table top trainer? Can you meet the production schedule as outline in this RFI’s desription?

10. Does your firm typically offer an warranty for this type of trainer? If so, please describe.

11. Please describe what you will be the best method for sustainment.

12. Describe your experience/knowledge with Import/Export Controls.

13. Describe your experience with delivery to OCONUS locations to include required travel and training requirements.

DISCLAIMER: This notice does not constitute an invitation for bids or a Request for Proposal (RFP) and is not a commitment by the U.S. Government to procure subject products. THERE IS NOT A SOLICITATION DOCUMENT AT THIS TIME. No funds are available to pay for preparation of responses to this notification. The submission of said information is for PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to procure any products or for the Government.

Submit RFI responses via e-mail to the following POCs by 2 Dec 2013 or sooner:

Sherrie R. Moore, Contract Specialist

(407) 208-3087, sherrie.moore@us.army.mil

Patricia Hyland, Contracting Officer

(407) 384-3754, Patricia.E.hyland2.civ@mail.mil

Chris Dunlap, Project Director

(407) 208-3460, Christopher.J.Dunlap2.civ@mail.mil

Trudy Ryan, Lead Systems Engineer

(407) 380-8322, Trudy.Ryan@us.army.mil
All'Document Packages'applicable to this effort will be attached to the FedBizzOpps Sources Sought Notice 'W900KK-RFI-BATS-UO'
Contracts POC:
Sherrie R. Moore, Contract Specialist, (407) 208-3087, sherrie.moore@us.army.mil
Technical POC:
Trudy Ryan, Lead Systems Engineer, (407) 380-8322, trudy.ryan@us.army.mil
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