Medium Range Thermal Bi-ocular (MRTB) Pre-solicitation Notice #2

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					Medium Range Thermal Bi-ocular (MRTB) Pre-solicitation Notice #2

The purpose of this notice is to provide an update on the status of the events associated with Marine Corps System Command’s Medium Range Thermal Bi-ocular (MRTB). Additionally, this notice will provide draft performance specifications and a program narrative for each candidate vendor’s review prior to the release of the MRTB solicitation. The Marine Corps Systems Command plans to solicit for the MRTB, anticipated to be an urgent need, in the immediate future. The pre-solicitation conference of 8 May 2007 presented a draft schedule. This notice provides new and updated information that supersedes all previous information provided. The following tentative schedule is provided: Event Pre-solicitation Conference Pre-solicitation Notice #1 Pre-solicitation Conference #2 Pre-solicitation Notice #2 RFP/Solicitation Period Questions to PCO Bidder’s Conference Notice release Bidder’s Conference Proposals/Bid Samples Source Selection Boards Testing User Evaluation Final Proposal Revisions Negotiations Contract Award Post Award Conference 1st 100 MRTB to be Delivered Delivery of AAO Place Jacobs FEDBIZOPS Jacobs FEDBIZOPS FEDBIZOPS Start Date 20 Feb 07 24 Apr 07 8 May 07 9 Jul 07 31 Oct 07 End Date 20 Feb 07 8 May 07 8 May 07 9 Jul 07 6 Dec 07 25 Nov 07 15 Nov 07 15 Nov 07 6 Dec 07 25 Mar 08 21 Jan 08 28 Jan 08 7 Mar 08 21 Mar 08 4 Apr 08 21 Apr 08 31 May 08 30 Sep 09

MARCORSYSCOM 31 Oct 07 FEDBIZOPS 1 Nov 07 Jacobs 15 Nov 07 MARCORSYSCOM 6 Dec 07 MARCORSYSCOM 6 Dec 07 MARCORSYSCOM 12 Dec 07 TBD 7 Jan 08 MARCORSYSCOM 14 Feb 08 Offeror Location (s) 14 Mar 08 MARCORSYSCOM 4 Apr 08 Contractor Facility 14 Apr 08 MARCORSYSCOM 31 May 08 MARCORSYSCOM 28 May 08

NARRATIVE The objective of the MRTB program is to provide an individual thermal imaging capability to the Marine Rifle Squad, Machine Gun Squad, and other Marine Corps units engaging in offensive and defensive operations. Thermal imaging augments Image Intensifier (I2) head/helmet mounted systems such as the AN/PVS-7’s, and AN/PVS-14’s, and weapon mounted systems such as the AN/PVS-17, by providing all weather imaging capability in all lighting conditions, including total darkness. This mitigates a capability gap, by enabling target detection and recognition in conditions that day-optics and I2 devices cannot operate. The purpose of this capability is to provide the Marine unit a small, light-weight, hand-held thermal imaging capability that facilitates surveillance over an extended period of time. The MRTB is intended to provide fire control and target detection for crew-served weapons including the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M240G Medium Machine Gun, MK-19 (Mod 3) Automatic Grenade Launcher and M2 Heavy Barreled Machine Gun. The system should be individually portable, fully capable of being stored and operated in all weather extremes, and rugged enough to withstand the various rigors of Marines performing duties in an urban environment under hostile combat conditions. This product should be a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and/or non-developmental item (NDI) that can be rapidly procured and produced to meet urgent requirements from the operating forces. Some of the other draft requirements include: Key Performance Parameters (KPP) Key performance parameters (KPPs) are must-pass testing events. Any system failing the Threshold (T) value of any of the KPPs will be removed from further testing and will not be considered for contract award. The KPPs are described below: 1. The MRTB shall be a bi-ocular thermal imager that provides the operator an 80 percent probability of recognizing stationary man-size targets in clear atmospheric conditions out to a range of 550 meters (Threshold), 1,100 meters (Objective). Rationale: allows the operator to recognize targets at the max effective range of the service rifle; objective value provides performance similar to our crew-served weapons mountable Medium Thermal Weapon Sight. 2. The MRTB shall weigh less than 3.75 pounds with batteries (Threshold), 2.5 pounds (Objective). Rationale: ensures that the operator is not burdened with carrying and employing an excessively heavy device. Performance Attributes In order to provide the required capabilities, the MRTB will have the following additional performance attributes: 1. The MRTB shall possess a digital zoom capability. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: increases the range at which operators can detect potential threats.

2. The MRTB shall possess a user selectable reticle and integrated infrared (IR) laser pointer that is compatible with the USMC's existing image intensifying night optics. The laser shall be bore sighted to the reticle and capable of being turned on/off via a single push button switch to provide instant on/off operation. The device shall have an indicator within the field of view of the optic that alerts the operator that the laser is in operation. The IR pointer should be selectable for two levels of operation, training mode (Class 1) and operational mode (Class 3B). (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allow operator to indicate to others wearing NVGs the location of potential threats. 3. The MRTB shall possess a horizontal and vertical mil scale. The mil scale shall be in 5 mil increments and positioned so as not to interfere with or obscure the target (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: mil scale is necessary to effectively and accurately adjust direct and indirect fires onto the target 4. The MRTB shall possess a display frame rate of at least 29 Hz (Threshold), 60 Hz (Objective). Rationale: decrease video latency and motion induced artifacts. 5. The MRTB shall be capable of detecting tracer rounds. (Objective). Rationale: provides operators the capability to observe the effects of direct fire on a target, thus allowing them to provide corrections to the machine gunners in order to swiftly and accurately adjust fire onto targets. 6. The MRTB shall possess an integrated digital magnetic compass with an accuracy of +/- 3 degrees. Direction information shall be displayable in degrees and mils. (Objective). Rationale: enhances operators’ situational awareness. 7. The MRTB shall allow the operator to capture, store, and download images without using proprietary software. (Objective). Rationale: for use during afteraction debriefs and training purposes. 8. The MRTB shall have a focus adjustment range of 10 meters to infinity. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allows the operator to acquire and recognize threats at all distances throughout the effective range of the imager. 9. The MRTB shall allow the operator to adjust the diopter from -2 to +2 (Threshold), -6 to +2 (Objective). Rationale: allows the user to adjust the system for his particular eyesight and facial features. 10. The MRTB shall allow the operator to adjust the interpupilary distance from a minimum distance of 59mm to a maximum distance of 71mm. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allows the user to adjust the system for his particular facial feature; accommodates the 5th to 95th percentile male Marine. 11. The MRTB shall allow the operator to adjust polarity, brightness, and gain via individual and independent controls. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allows

the operator to optimize the system's performance and enhance the ability to detect targets. 12. The MRTB shall allow the operator to calibrate the system. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allows the operator to optimize the system's performance and enhance the ability to detect targets. 13. The MRTB shall possess an NTSC RS170 video out capability. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: allows remote displays to be used in conjunction with the device. 14. The MRTB shall possess a M1913 rail for interfacing with current/future USMC equipment. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: will allow additional capabilities to be used with the system (i.e., laser range finder, etc.). 15. The MRTB shall be operational within 15 seconds (Threshold), 5 second (Objective) of turning the system on. Rationale: allows operator capability to rapidly employ the system. 16. The MRTB shall operate using batteries that are in the Marine Corps inventory (Threshold), industry standard AA rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries (Objective). Rationale: reduces logistical burden of the using unit and lowers life cycle cost of the system. 17. The MRTB shall be operable by internal battery power (single load of batteries) in continuous power-on mode in basic weather conditions at temperatures greater than 32 degrees F for at least 5 hours (Threshold), 12 hours (Objective). Rationale: provide sufficient operating time and reduce logistical burden of the using unit. 18. The MRTB shall be operable by external vehicle power. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: reduces logistical burden of the using unit. 19. The MRTB shall have an indicator within the field of view of the optic which will notify the user, throughout the operational temperature range, when approximately 30 minutes of battery life remain (Threshold), possess a battery status bar with 30 minute indicator (Objective). Rationale: provide the operator with sufficient warning to replace the battery at an opportune time of his choosing. 20. The operator shall be able to correctly replace batteries during nighttime conditions without using tools. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: prevent the system from being unusable or ineffective due to losing or misplacing a tool. 21. The MRTB shall possess distinctive, tactile controls. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: ensure operator can easily use and determine control status.

22. The MRTB shall be capable of employment while wearing the Light Weight Helmet, gloves, and protective spectacles or goggles. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: Provides the operator the ability to employ and operate the system while wearing protective equipment. 23. The MRTB shall be fully functional in a NBC contaminated environment. The operator must be able to utilize the MRTB while wearing the Field Protective Mask and Chemical Protective Ensemble. The MRTB shall withstand standard chemical decontamination procedures. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: Provides the operator the ability to employ and operate the system in an NBC environment. 24. The MRTB shall be non-reflective. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: minimizes the chance of the user being detected by enemy observers. 25. The MRTB shall not emit noise that is detectable by the unaided human ear beyond 10 meters (Threshold), 5 meters (Objective). Rationale: minimize the chance of detection by the enemy and improve user survivability. 26. When not wearing a protective mask or eyewear, the MRTB shall not emit any signature visible to the unaided eye (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: minimize the chance of the user being detected by enemy observers. 27. The MRTB shall include a retained protective cover for the lens when not in operational use. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: provides ability to protect lens during shipping, storage, and transport or when exposed to severe environmental conditions. 28. The MRTB shall remain functional, without damage or degradation in performance, after a 1 meter drop on hard packed earth (Threshold), 2 meter drop (Objective). Rationale: ensure that the operator is provided a durable, reliable system. 29. The MRTB shall be waterproof, without the use of a waterproof bag, down to 3 feet of seawater for 15 minutes (Threshold), 66 feet of seawater for 2 hours (Objective). Rationale: allows the system to withstand the effects of rain and environmental conditions in which the system operator will function. 30. The MRTB shall possess a scratch resistant lens and be resistant to the abrasive effects of sand, dust, and grit. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: ensure system durability and allow the system to operate in and withstand the environmental conditions in which the operator may be employed. 31. The MRTB shall be operable in temperatures ranging from 0 degrees F to 120 degrees F (Threshold), -32 degrees F to 140 degrees F (Objective). Rationale:

ensure the system can operate and withstand the same environmental conditions to which the operator may be deployed. 32. The MRTB shall include a soft carrying case that will keep contents dry and protected from incidental damage, and which possess a MOLLE style weave that allows it to be attached to individual load bearing equipment. The case will include the imager, operator’s manual, spare batteries, and cleaning materials. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: provides a standard, uniform, protective container to carry, store, transport or ship the optic and accessories. 33. The MRTB shall be interoperable with tripods currently in the USMC inventory. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: provides a stable platform for use in employing objective accessories such laser rangefinder, compass module, laser pointers, etc. 34. The MRTB shall not have special storage requirements beyond those already in place for existing optical equipment. (Threshold = Objective). Rationale: reduces logistical burden of the using unit and lowers life cycle cost of the system. 35. The MRTB shall possess a Built-in-Test (BIT) capability to facilitate diagnosis and repair. (Objective). Rationale: reduces logistical burden of the using unit and lowers life cycle cost of the system. Questions regarding this notice should be directed to the following contact information: Inquiries should be sent to: Maj Matthew Howes at: Email (preferred) : matthew.howes@usmc.mil Phone: 703-432-3555 FAX: 703-432-3526 The information provided herein is for information only to initiate communication with industry, reduce timelines and minimize amendments. The content herein is subject to change. No current product solicitation exists for the MRTB system(s). The Government does not guarantee a RFP will be released concerning the enclosed requirements. This conference in no way obligates the Government to purchase any product.


				
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