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1 Apr 96

P.O. BOX 5999 CHICAGO, IL 60680

185 Discoverer Blvd, Suite 1315
Los Angles AFC, CA 90245-4695

SUBJECT: Synopsis Number 44 - Sources Sought

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2. 0401!!
3. 96!!
4. GP0391132!!
5. 90245-4695!!
6. 18!!

7. HQ Space and Missile Systems Center/MTKA, 185 Discoverer Blvd, Suite 1315, Los Angeles AFB, CA 90245-4695!!

8. 18--Space Based Infrared Systems Low Earth Orbit Demonstration/Validation Phase!!

9. F04701-96-R-0013!!

10. N/A!!

11. Technical Contact Point: Captain Roger Claypoole, (310) 363-5706; Contracting Officer: Mr James H Gill, (310) 363-6917!!

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17. The Space and Missile Tracking System (SMTS), Advanced Programs Division, Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Program Office, is seeking potential offerors for the SBIRS Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Program, Demonstration/Validation (Dem/Val) Phase. To meet Congressional mandates for accelerated SMTS deployment starting in FY02, the Air Force solicits an alternative system concept to reduce technical and schedule risks. In addition to the current TRW design concept, the Air Force seeks one or more prime contractors to demonstrate and validate critical design issues and be prepared to enter Pre-Engineering Manufacturing Development (Pre-EMD) by 4QFY98.

The goals of the Dem/Val phase are to stimulate competition, resolve key technical and producibility risks, and create a plan to ensure that SBIRS LEO deployment schedules can be executed. The validation methods for each technical solution may include on-orbit demonstrations, ground demonstrations, simulations, analyses, and/or past experience as needed to establish technical readiness for entry into EMD. Maximum use of products from existing commercial or other spacecraft programs is encouraged. The Dem/Val effort will complement the TRW Flight Demonstration System (FDS), and the TRW/Hughes team is excluded from this effort.

The government seeks to understand what level of risk-reduction could be achieved for $100M, and what additional risk-reduction activities could be provided for not more than $200M; Cost sharing is encouraged. Contract award is currently anticipated for 1 Aug 96. This is anticipated to be followed by a full and open competition for a Pre-EMD phase in 4QFY98, down-select to a single contractor for EMD phase in FY99, and first operational launch in FY02.

SBIRS program requirements documents and technical descriptions of the FDS design will be located in the SBIRS Program Office document library. For access to this library, contact Ms Kim Vu, SMC/MTAS, at (310) 363-0247, email vuk@mt2.laafb.af.mil. A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) is intended to be released on 22 Apr 96. Offerors are requested to submit RFP comments by 30 Apr 96; these comments shall be submitted to SMC/MTKA, 185 Discoverer Blvd, Suite 1315, Los Angeles AFB, CA 90245-4695, Attn James H Gill, Contracting Officer.

Qualified offerors must possess a Secret facility clearance and government approved classified material storage container(s) in order to receive and store classified portions of Government-Furnished Information (GFI). This acquisition requires the prime contractor to be U.S. owned and controlled and located on-shore. Off-shore subcontractors are authorized for non-restricted portions of the acquisition. Offerors must indicate whether they are a Small Business concern; use Standard Industrial Classification Code 8731 (1,000 employees).

The Government will host an Industry Day on 3 May 1996, from 0730-1130 in the ANSER Auditorium, Crystal Gateway Three, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, to provide potential offerors with a briefing describing the SBIRS LEO Dem/Val program objectives and the acquisition strategy. After the briefing, an opportunity for one-on-one discussions with the government will be provided to each contractor team. Those offerors having applicable interest, qualifications, capability and background in deploying multisatellite space systems need to submit clear, concise, and convincing documentation that demonstrates their ability to meet or exceed the objectives of the Dem/Val phase as defined in the SBIRS LEO Statement of Objectives (SOO).

This information shall be submitted by 30 Apr 96 to SMC/MTKA, 185 Discoverer Blvd, Suite 1315, Los Angeles AFB, CA 90245-4695, Attn James H Gill, Contracting Officer, in order to participate in the one-on-one discussions with the government at Industry Day. The SOO is located in the SBIRS Program Office document library. Preparation instructions for Industry Day are located in the SBIRS Program Office document library and on the PK home page of the World Wide Web (http://www.laafb.af.mil/ PK/rfptrial.htm). Seating is limited, therefore advance written requests for admittance are required and each contractor will be limited to three representatives. The briefing will be Secret and only U.S. citizens will be authorized. Submit visit requests and security clearance forms to Mr Patrick Garel, SMC/MTAE, at (310) 363-2279, email garelpe@mt2.laafb.af.mil, no later than 22 Apr 96. Requests should specify SBIRS LEO Dem/Val Industry Day. All other written responses shall be submitted to SMC/MTKA, 185 Discoverer Blvd, Suite 1315, Los Angeles AFB, CA 90245-4695, Attn James H Gill, Contracting Officer. Requests for Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (SCI) level discussions to be held at Los Angeles AFB should be referred to LtCol Ivette Falto-Heck, SMC/MTAS, 310-363-6853.

An Ombudsman has been appointed to hear concerns from offerors or potential offerors during the proposal development phase of this acquisition. The purpose of the Ombudsman is not to diminish the authority of the Program Manager or the Contracting Officer, but to communicate offeror concerns, issues, disagreements and recommendation to the appropriate government personnel. When requested, the Ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The Ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals nor in the source selection process. The Ombudsman, Mr. Les Bordelon, can be reached at (310) 363-3818. Direct technical questions to Captain Roger Claypoole, SMC/MTAS, at (310) 363-5706, email claypoolrl@mt2.laafb.af.mil, and contractual questions to Mr James H Gill, SMC/MTKA, at (310) 363-6917.

All future announcements, updates, and unclassified information for this program will be available on the PK Home Page of the World Wide Web. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation, nor is it to be construed as a commitment by the Government. The Government will not pay for any effort expended in responding to this notice.*****

SMC/PA Contracting Officer
SMC/PKOM Advanced Programs Division SBIR System Program Office

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