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Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) Acquisition Strategy

The Air Armament Center, 708th Armament Systems Group, 678th Armament Systems Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL, annouhnced on 30 April 2009, Reference Number 678ARSS30APR09 an acquisition strategy for the execution of a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program for a 30,000 lb class, GPS/INS guided weapon that will be integrated on the B-2A. The Air Force is seeking a qualified single weapon solution designed to maximize effects against Hard and/or Deeply Buried Targets (HDBTs), while minimizing time over target. The current requirement includes a build of 15 weapons (5 test articles and 10 residual/operational assets), and integration onto the B-2A platform.

Required Assets Available (RAA) must be met within 30 months after contract award (ACA), which is anticipated not later than (NLT) 31 December 2009, with an allocated budget of ~$149M. In order to meet this schedule, five test articles (i.e. all up round weapons) must be delivered beginning 11 months ACA, with the fifth test article delivered NLT 18 months ACA. The RAA includes four weapons and all associated hardware for transport, carriage, and release and one weapon load trainer. Residual/Operational Assets include 10 weapons and all associated hardware for transport, carriage, and release, and one weapon load trainer (this total includes the RAA).

On 08 June 2009 the 678 ARSS announced that it intended to issue a sole-source contract to McDonnell Douglas Corporation, A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of the Boeing Company, for the B-2/Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The objective of the B-2/MOP program is to execute a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) program for a 30,000 lb. class, GPS/INS guided weapon that will be integrated on the B-2A. The Government anticipates award on or about December 31, 2009, of a Fixed-Price type contract for the build of up to 20 weapons (5 test articles and 15 residual assets) and integration onto the B-2A platform.

The statutory authority, which permits other than full and open competition for this acquisition, is 10 United States Code (USC) 2304(c)(1), as implemented in FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(ii). This authority will be supported by an approved J&A. A Sources Sought Synopsis was previously issued on 30 April 2009, Reference Number 678ARSS30APR09. Taking into consideration the responses to this Sources Sought synopsis, it is the Government's intent to proceed with a sole-source action.

The MOP is currently a technology demonstration program with the goal of developing and demonstrating a conventional, 30,000-lb. class penetrator bomb designed to defeat hard and/or deeply buried targets (HDBTs). The requirement for the MOP QRC is a single (one weapon per aircraft bay) weapon approach to defeat a specific set of HDBTs. The MOP offers the flexibility to be loaded and employed from the B-2A with no additional Operational Flight Plan (OFP) modifications. This allows the program to meet the deadlines to begin flight tests by June 2011 and to reach Required Assets Available by June 2012.

Under the contemplated contract, The Boeing Company will provide all supplies and services necessary for the final design, testing, qualification, fabrication, and integration of the MOP onto the B-2A aircraft platform (including any ancillary equipment). Fabrication of the MOP weapons will consist of 5 test assets and up to 15 residual assets. At the time, the best estimated quantity for MOP residual assets is 10, as noted in the Sources Sought Synopsis.




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