The U.S. Army this week issued a formal notice seeking commercial sources with the capability to develop and produce systems for the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS), Biological Warfare Agent (BWA) detection, collection, and identification hardware and software.
The JBTDS platform is a lightweight biosurveillance system that will detect, warn and provide presumptive identification and samples for follow-on confirmatory analysis of aerosolized biothreat agents. The system will provide near real time detection of biological attacks and downwind hazard warnings to support force protection and maximize combat effectiveness by enhancing medical response decision-making.
Contractor would be responsible for:
|Procurement, modification, and integration of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) sensing capabilities
|Conducting engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) activities to include preparation and delivery of technical software and logistics data
|Manufacture of Systems for test, low rate initial production (LRIP) option and full rate production (FRP) option
|Support of Government test and logistics efforts
Interested respondents with the experience and capability to conduct these activities as specified are encouraged to submit capability statements.
JBTDS is envisioned for employment across the services at the wing, battalion, squadron and lower levels. Battery power options, portability and ease-of-use system requirements are designed to allow utilization by non-chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) personnel in a myriad of tactical environments.
The point detection system will be networked for system status, alarms and alerts to include a base station communications with remote detector, collector, and identification capabilities. Together with existing biological detection systems JBTDS will complete an array capable of biothreat detection and warning theater-wide.
The contract is managed by Army Contracting Command Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Natick Contracting Division in support of Joint Project Manager, NBC Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBC-CA). Further details are available under Solicitation Number: W911QY-13-R-0036. The response deadline is May 18, 2013.