The U.S. Army Contracting Center, on behalf of the Joint Project Manager – Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBCCA), has issued a pre-solicitation notice for the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System (JBTDS) Engineering & Manufacturing Development phase. The effort includes options for Low Rate Initial Production and Full Rate Production.
The JBTDS is envisioned to be a lightweight, low cost, man-portable and battery operable capability set to detect, collect and identify biological pathogens and toxins in a tactical environment. The primary system functions are to detect biological warfare agents (BWA), collect aerosol samples, identify the BWA in the sample, and alert personnel of the presence of a hazard.
The JBTDS detector/collector sub-system will provide visual, audible and networked warnings of the presence of biological agents and trigger sample collection. The JBTDS identifier will identify the presence of biological agents and identify specific target species.
This effort will require the manufacture of BWA detection, collection, and identification hardware and software, consisting of the aforementioned capabilities linked together through a base communication system to allow real time detection from an independent location.
Capabilities include: detector/collector, collector, identifier, and base station communications, each designed to function independently or together as one system. Requirements include the development and delivery of capabilities, engineering data, logistics products, and support to Government testing, training, and fielding. Capabilities will be developed, tested, and purchased to support force protection needs, with the capability to adapt systems in multiple configurations and mission scenarios.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) is expected to be issued on or about December 6, 2013. Further details are available under: W911QY-13-R-0036.