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Unique Identifier Tags for Supply Chain Tracking Modernization for Mark 39 Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT)

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RT&L FOCUS AREA(S): Warfighter Requirements (GWR) TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Ground Sea The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 3.5 of the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. OBJECTIVE: Develop a new system to positively mark, scan, and uniquely identify the system and subsystem sections of EMATT vehicles. DESCRIPTION: Developed as a low cost, expendable, open ocean training target, EMATT allows combined training of submarine, aircraft, & ship crews in search, detection & tracking of submarines. Its “A-size” sonobuoy shape means the target can be launched from surface ships or fixed and rotary winged aircraft. EMATT offers advanced ASW training capability with minimal maintenance, training, and logistics to operate and its expendability allows exercises to occur in littoral or blue waters, day or night, and in high or low sea-states. As the EMATT technology options expand, and production volumes increase, there exists a need for improved track and trace capability, at both the fully assembled system level, as well as the subsystem or section level. A unique tag technology, that could be visually and RFID scanned would allow for improved supply chain track and trace, not only at the OEM production facility, but also as EMATTs arrive at Navy distribution points, surface ships and submarines, and overseas deliveries for foreign military sales. As innovations and new technologies are implemented into acoustic systems, tail section propulsion, payloads and sensors on this platform, it becomes increasingly complex to differentiate between the myriad of potential vehicle and section options, performance and endurance capabilities, and battery status and shelf life. A unique tag technology would simplify and confirm the mission set, when in use by operators in the field in preparation for deployment, launch and recovery. PROJECT DURATION and COST: PHASE I: NTE 12 Months $150K- Base NTE $100K base 6 Months, - Option 1 NTE $50K base 6 Months. PHASE II: Phase II – NTE 24 Months $1.6M - Base 18 months, $1M Option 6 Months NTE $.6M PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The phase one period of performance is not to exceed 12 months total. Options are not automatic. Approval is at the discretion of the DLA SBIP Program Manager. The decision is based on Project Performance, Priorities of the Agency, and/or the availability of funding. PHASE I: Goal of Phase I: Design a unique identifier tag technology for track and trace of modular UUV systems and subsystems throughout the production supply chain • Identify present “state of the art” technologies available. • Establish both optical and electro-magnetic scanning approaches (identifying scanning ranges as well as abilities to scan through materials present in the EMATT hulls and systems). • Demonstrate the tag technology’s ability to provide UUV tracking and tracing throughout the production supply chain, mission use, and recovery. • Document technology recommendations to be prototyped in Phase II All Phase I Proposals should specify a mature technology capable of achieving the Phase I goals. Proposals that fail to demonstrate that they have a technology prepared to achieve the goals will be rejected. PHASE II: Goal of Phase II: Develop and integrate prototype unique identifier tags technology for track and trace of modular UUV systems and subsystems • Build QTY 25 prototype tags leveraging the resulting design from Phase I. • Integrate prototype tags into system and subsystem components, perform pilot track and trace evaluation and testing • Establish transition plan, and commercialization strategy The Phase II proposal is optional for the Phase I awardee. Phase II selections are based on Phase I performance, SB engineering capability and innovation, the technical maturity of the proposed technology, as well as applicability to the requirement. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III is any proposal that “Derives From”, “Extends” or Completes a transition from a Phase I or II project. Phase III proposals will be accepted after the completion of Phase I and or Phase II projects. There is no specific funding is associated with Phase III, except Phase III is not allowed to use SBIR/STTR coded funding. Any other type funding is allowed. Phase III proposal Submission. Phase III proposals are emailed directly to DLA SBIR2@dla.mil. The PMO team will set up evaluations and coordinate the funding and contracting actions depending on the outcome of the evaluations. A Phase III proposal should follow the same format as Phase II for the content, and format. There are, however, no limitations to the amount of funding requested, or the period of performance. All other guidelines apply. COMMERCIALIZATION: The SB will pursue commercialization of the various technologies and processes developed in prior phases through participation in future DLA procurement actions on items identified but not limited to this BAA. REFERENCES: 1. A-Size Autonomous Underwater Vehicles web site: https:///www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/a-size-autonomous-underwater-vehicles.html
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