Navy Awards Four Contracts to Support Research and Development of Non-Lethal Weapons
By Mr. Jamal Beck
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
June 29, 2017 —
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division announced awards for the Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) Research and Development (R&D) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) June 29.
The service branch will obligate $10,000 each from fiscal 2017 R&D, test and evaluation funds at the time of award and work will occur in Virginia through February 2022.
Contract values for individual companies are as follows:
American Systems: base value of $9.1 million with a $47.5 million ceiling if all options are exercised
Applied Technologies: base value of $9.2 million with a $47.5 million ceiling if all options are exercised
Applied Research Associates: base value of $10.3 million with a $54.4 million ceiling if all options are exercised
Booz Allen Hamilton: base value of $9.4 million with a $48.8 million ceiling if all options are exercised
The contract vehicle provides the DoD’s NLW program with a broadly applicable and readily accessible contract vehicle to accomplish NLW R&D objectives. It covers nine functional areas ranging from high power radio frequency technology development to human effects research.
“This IDIQ MAC is a huge win for DoD NLW program,” said Alicia Owsiak, Technology Division chief at the DoD Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD). “Not only does it enable us to reach qualified performers with capabilities and expertise across the breadth of NLW research and technology areas, it helps us execute R&D plans faster and react quicker to emerging requirements while promoting effective competition.”
One of the unique aspects of the contract is that it was designed to support the JNLWD’s R&D, modeling and simulation, prototype fabrication, and other related technology and expertise.
The IDIQ covers up to five years with a one-year base period and four one-year option periods.
Each individual cost plus fixed fee task order will be competed among the four awardees. Subject matter experts will evaluate proposals and make awards based on best value.
An IDIQ contract provides for an indefinite quantity, within stated limits, of supplies or services during a fixed period. The federal government places orders for individual requirements.
The JNLWD manages the DoD’s Joint NLW Program and serves as the focal point for technical and programmatic guidance of current and projected technologies. It provides programmatic recommendations and facilitates joint NLW requirements by ensuring that funding supports systems that the DoD identified as needs.