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MSV(L) - Requirements

MSV(L) shall be employed to move and maneuver, support and sustain intact, combat-ready elements of the Armys current and future force structure in all operational environments. MSV(L) shall be capable of transporting all of the following payloads alternately:

  • Four combat-ready Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV)(any variant) with trailer, crew and all personnel equipment - 1 ea JLTV: Length 18.25, Width 9.06, Weight 12-14 Short Tons (Approx.)
  • Two combat-ready Strykers (any variant) with bar armor, crew and all personnel equipment (must be enough deck space to lower the vehicles rear ramp); - 1 each Stryker w/Bar (SLAT) Armor, Length: 26, Width: 14, Weight: 25.49 Short Tons.
  • Two combat-ready Bradleys (M2A2/M3A2) with crew and all personnel equipment (must be enough deck space to lower the vehicles rear ramp); - 1 each Bradley, Length: 21.5, Width: 11.8, Weight: 33.50 Short Tons.
  • One combat-ready M1A2 Abrams tank with crew and all personnel equipment; - 1 each Abrams (M1A2), Length: 26.02, Width: 12, Weight: 76.25 Short Tons.
  • One Kalmar Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH) - 1 each RTCH, Length: 38, Width: 12, Weight: 58 Short Tons.
  • One combat-ready Rifle Platoon of the Infantry IBCT with crew and all personnel equipment.

The cargo deck shall be configured to allow the vehicle to be properly secured and positioned in a way that allows all personnel accompanying the vehicle(s) safe access and egress to the vehicle(s) while the MSV(L) is underway. MSV(L) shall be capable of safely transporting these vehicle(s) in SS3 (Beaufort Scale) and delivering them safely and in combat-ready condition, without permanent deformation or other degradation that would affect the vessel's seaworthiness, mission capability, or useful life. All dimensions and weights represent the worst-case combat-ready configuration. The cargo and deck area must account for proper tie-down and capability to lower the rear ramp.

MSV(L) shall be capable of accessing areas that have little or no improved access points, to include bare beach, shorelines and river banks. MSV(L) shall be capable of conducting all operations at full power with no damage to the vessel or cargo even in areas of the operational environment with extremely shallow water depths. To meet this capability requirement, MSV(L) must have a functional draft that enables it to access those points with extremely shallow water depths.

MSV(L) shall be able to maneuver and conduct all operations in a minimum of four feet of water [Threshold] to two feet of water [Objective]. MSV(L) propulsion systems shall be configured so as to support full power operations in a minimum of four feet [Threshold] to two feet of water [Objective] of water with no damage to the propulsor or loss of efficiency. MSV(L) shall be designed to allow the bow ramp to be deployed in a minimum of two feet of water [Threshold] to one foot of water [Objective], while allowing the vessel to conduct full loading and unloading operations.

MSV(L) shall be capable of moving at speeds that enable maneuver forces to quickly transition between operations while simultaneously supporting and sustaining widely dispersed elements. Speed is both a force multiplier and force protection enabler; therefore MSV(L) shall be capable of tactical agility in all operational environments. MSV (L) must possess the Threshold capability to move at a sustained speed of 18 knots laden in SS3; 24 knots unladen in SS3. The Objective capability for MSV (L) must possess the capability to move at a sustained speed of 22 knots laden in SS3; 30 knots unladen in SS3.

MSV(L) must possess the range needed to provide maneuver forces with the operational reach to move and maneuver, support and sustain widely dispersed force elements without operational pause, in all operational environments.

  • Threshold: Must possess the capability to conduct operations in SS3 as follows: 1) 400 Nautical Miles (NM) at sustained speed of 24 knots when unladen round trip; and 360 NM at sustained speed of 18 knots laden round trip. 2) Support: Continuous operations, for a period of 24 hours without refueling or re-provisioning.
  • Objective: Must possess the capacity to conduct operations in SS4 as follows: 1) Move 500 NM at a sustained speed of 30 knots when unladen, round trip; and 400 NM at sustained speed of 22 knots laden, round trip. 2) Continuous operations, for a period of 48 hours without refueling or re-provisioning.

MSV(L) shall be capable of protecting vessel, crew and embarked forces from conventional and hybrid threats and A2/AD operations. Occupied spaces and critical machinery shall be equipped with ballistic protection. Vessel shall be designed to minimize externally detectable thermal emissions (lower than LCM-8) to levels that support tactical movement operations. Vessel shall be designed to minimize externally detectable noise emissions (lower than LCM-8) to levels that support tactical movement operations.

Weapons systems shall be stabilized to compensate for the vessels pitching and rolling motions due to wave and sea conditions. Threat detection system capable of automatically detecting potential threats to include missiles, aircraft, and small patrol boats, within 5,000 meters of vessel. The Objective is the same as Threshold plus Threat detection system able to detect threats at a range of 10,000 meters of host platform. The MSV(L)s externally detectable heat and noise emissions must be lower at MSV(L) top speed than those of the LCM-8 at LCM-8 top speed.

Ability to rapidly go to dark ship condition (defined as all exterior light sources are extinguished and no interior light shall emit outside the skin of the vessel through windows, open doors or hatches). All lighting systems on the vessel shall be synchronized when the vessel is in Dark Ship condition to ensure that when an external hatch is opened, the lights in that compartment automatically turn off. The Objective is the same as threshold plus Dark Ship can be controlled by officer of deck in bridge, and the electronic survey system shall be capable of receiving survey data in real time and be capable of uploading, integrating and overlaying the survey data onto the digital display of the integrated bridge system.

The vessel shall have the onboard capability to conduct overhead, look-down electronic surveys of shallow water areas, which may pose a hazard to navigation. The data of the survey shall be directly correlated with Global Positioning System (GPS) data and those data shall be displayed in a format that is readily interpretable by the watercraft deck officer.

The vessels shall be equipped with organic Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station II (CROWS II) with the capability to engage and defend against small, high-speed surface boats and small caliber shore-based weapons fired from a distance of no less than 800 meters. Weapons systems will possess scalable effects throughout 360 degrees. Organic weapons systems shall be integrated with the vessels Mission Command and Navigation systems. System based requirements or Performance based requirements for the armaments for the vessel include CROWS II Remote Weapons System and pintle mounted unit weapons. Armaments will be system based meaning weapons assigned to MSV(L), per a yet to be developed, Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE). For example, M2 .50 caliber machine gun. While the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) is the ARMY Remote Weapon Station (RWS) of choice for land use, the at sea choice has not been determined.

The ability to interrogate and be interrogated by DoD identifying Friend or Foe (IFF) Devices threat and IFF information shall be provided as GFE and shall be integrated with vessels Mission Command and Navigation systems.

The vessel shall be equipped with capabilities to view underwater threats and obstacles while underway. Subservice surveillance capabilities shall be able to view threats at a range of 300 meters with a field of view of 90 degrees in all water conditions. Subservice surveillance threat detection systems shall be integrated with the vessels Mission Command and Navigation systems. The mission command system captures signals from the underwater threat detection system and displays the information in the pilot house console. Signals from underwater threat detection systems must be capable of being sent and seen in real time in the pilot house integrated bridge system. Mission command system and integrated bridge will not be GFE, it will be part of the vessel procurement.

The MSV(L) shall be capable of surviving and operating in same environments and against similar threats that maneuver forces operate. This includes conventional, unconventional and hybrid threats, as well as natural and environmental threats, including adverse weather and elevated sea-state conditions. Survivable in SS7. For this attribute, survivable means that crew, cargo and passengers are unharmed, the vessel maintains sea keeping integrity, and it remains fully capable of resuming full operations when conditions permit.

MSV(L) shall be designed to optimize reductions in energy consumption to the maximum extent feasible for a platform that will integrate existing non-developmental GFE with NDI technologies. Although MSV(L) shall be subject to the state of the art in the maritime industry at the time of acquisition, the Materiel Developer will ensure that the optimal, affordable energy reduction solutions are identified and incorporated into MSV(L) design. Materiel Developer will make every effort to ensure MSV(L) is designed to achieve DoD Operational Energy (OE) goals, balanced against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, global operational energy availability, and Army maneuver force operational needs.

MSV(L) shall be required to support movement and maneuver forces and conduct a wide variety of cargo operations by moving all types of cargo through fixed, unimproved, and austere ports and access points. MSV(L) ramps shall be configured to support the full range of maneuver force operations and cargo operations in the environment in which the vessel is expected to operate.

MSV(L) shall have ramps that allow for the loading and discharging of any rolling and tracked vehicles and cargo within the weight and size limitations of the vessel, functioning with/across quay walls, fixed piers, and RO/RO ramps as commonly found in commercial and military port facilities, as well as over an unimproved quay wall, at a beach, over-the-shore and alongside a larger vessel as a lighter. The ramps shall be capable of interfacing with Army Modular Causeway System (MCS).

MSV(L) shall be designed to allow for drive-through RO/RO operations, without turning the vehicle, for all required vehicle payloads and with the ability to ballast the vessel both fore and aft to facilitate interface with discharge platforms, quay walls and piers.

One vessel ramp shall be configured to allow small boats, e.g., zodiacs, to be launched and recovered from the vessel. MSV(L) ramps shall be capable of being deployed within 5 minutes and retracted within 5 minutes. Able to articulate to angle that allows full loading and unloading operations at a 1:40 gradient without damage or dislocation of supplies and equipment in the loading/unloading process.

The Objective is the same as Threshold plus ramps shall be capable of interfacing with Navy Improved Naval Lighterage System (INLS); vessels shall be designed to perform bow-to-stern interface to enable causeway-like discharge operations; vessel will have the means to launch and recover small boats at MSV(L) cruising speed and the vessel ramp shall be configured to allow small boats, e.g., zodiacs, to be launched from the vessel fore and aft.; Ramps shall be capable of being deployed within one minute and retracted within one minute; Able to articulate to angle that allows full loading and unloading operations at a 1:60 gradient without damage or dislocation of supplies and equipment in the loading/unloading process.

MSV(L) shall be capable of conducting a wide variety of cargo operations, and capable of moving all types of cargo in and through fixed, unimproved, and austere ports and access points. MSV(L) shall be designed to load/unload equipment with Material Handling Equipment (MHE) capabilities assigned to Army BCTs. MSV(L) shall be designed so that fully-burdened BCT MHE has access to and can conduct loading and unloading operations on the vessel. Fully-burdened is defined the MHE that is carrying cargo at it full capacity, to include maximum height, maximum width, and maximum point load weight.

MSV(L) shall be capable of safely transporting one fully-loaded at maximum weight 40-foot or two fully-loaded at maximum weight 20-foot ISO containers, MSV(L) mission deck and ramp will support the point-load of a fully-loaded Kalmar Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH).

Vessel shall be equipped with lashing gear and other cargo securing gear, sufficient in quantity and capability to maximize the RO/RO and containerized cargo carrying capacity of the vessel and provide secure load retainment under worst case, ocean-going, conditions of item weights, ship angles and SS. The vessel shall be equipped with lashing gear and associated weather-tight gear stowages, which are located near the points of use. All lashing and other cargo securement gear shall be appropriate to the cargo that the vessel shall be typically transporting in accordance with (IAW) its mission profile. Such lashing gear and other cargo securing gear shall be fully compatible with all deck and other tie-down points.

Deck tie-down points and other fittings, i.e. ISO container locks, shall be sufficient in quantity and capabilities to maximize the RO/RO, break bulk, and containerized cargo carrying capacity. The vessel shall be equipped with deck tie down points and other fittings, i.e. ISO container locks, sufficient in quantity and capability to maximize the RO/RO and containerized cargo carrying capacity of the vessel and provide secure load retainment under worst case, ocean-going, conditions of item weights, ship angles and SS. Tiedown points will support standard military and industry methods, ways and means of securing cargo IAW SDDC TEA guidelines and directives. Vessel shall possess the capability to support sling load operations from the vessel to shore by DoD vertical lift platforms.

MSV(L) shall be able to beach vessel at a 1:40 gradient without damage or dislocation of supplies and equipment. MSV(L) shall be capable of turning 180 degrees within its own overall length while in a stationary position. Vessel shall possess a self-contained capacity to emplace and retrieve fendering without assistance from shore personnel.

Vessel shall be equipped with sufficient mooring stations, capstans, and winches. The vessel forward and aft mooring stations shall be equipped with no less than one capstan with winch on each port and starboard mooring station. In addition to the customary forward and aft mooring stations, the vessel shall be equipped with an additionally mooring station located approximately amidships on both the starboard and port sides.

Vessel shall be equipped with an anchoring system capable of maintaining vessel while conducting in-stream loading and unloading operations in order to meet Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requirements for the vessel.

The Objective is the same as Threshold, except: vessel shall be capable of full operation in SS4; able to beach vessel at a speed of 6 knots without damage or dislocation of supplies and equipment in the beaching condition; able to beach vessel at a 1:60 gradient, without damage or dislocation of supplies and equipment; shall be capable of turning 180 degrees within its own overall length while underway; shall have organic fendering sufficient to protect hull during normal operations, including docking to beach, pier, ship or causeway; vessel shall have an automatic positioning system that has the capability to maintain vessel stationary during in-stream operations; and all lights to include computer displays shall be sunlight readable and capable of being dimmed and Night Vision Goggles (NVG) compatible; vessel will have designated space sufficient for the storage of required repair parts, tools, safety equipment, gear and supplies to support mission duration of 30 days.

MSV(L) shall be capable of being moved rapidly between theaters in a manner that meets Defense Planning Scenario timelines. MSV(L) shall be capable of being loaded and moved on Heavy Lift Ship (HLS) or semi-submersible vessel, with the sling sets and other ancillary equipment organic to the HLS or semi-submersible vessel. THe Objective is the same as threshold plus MSV(L) shall be capable of being loaded via lift on/lift off and moved on Large, Medium-Speed RO/RO vessel (LMSR).

MSV(L) main propulsion shall consist of no less than two propulsion plants and propulsors. Each propulsion plant combined with one propulsor shall form an independent main propulsion system not dependent upon any component or sub-system of the other main propulsion system for continued operation.

MSV(L) shall be equipped with an Integrated Bridge System (IBS) that digitally integrates input from navigation sensors and operational controls to include, but not limited to, gyrocompass, GPS input, RADAR and RADAR anti-collision data, Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR), engine data and controls, steering data and controls; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors; and self-protection controls. The IBS shall provide centralized control and monitoring of electronic navigation, route planning, route management, ship control, surface navigation radar displays, navigation contact management, collision avoidance, selected alarms, and automatic data logging.

MSV(L) shall be equipped with an Integrated Engineering Control and Surveillance System (IECSS). The IECSS shall be designed to provide a seamless, fully integrated, machinery control system that will monitor and/or control the vessels propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems. The IECSS shall provide fully integrated diagnostic condition assessment of the machinery systems, and shall, as far as feasible, provide prognostic assessment of the machinery systems under its purview. The IECSS shall allow the user to record, store and recall all machinery condition assessment data.

Additionally, all machinery condition assessment data shall be capable of being transferred to shore stations by removable electronic media and electronic transmission from the vessels communication equipment. The IECSS shall provide the ability for manual control to provide the operator with situational awareness and positive command and control of mission critical sub-systems and components. The capability to exercise manual control is required in the event of IECSS failure.



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