Tech Area of Interest (DIUx): Agile Manufacturing Demonstration

Monday, May 14, 2018

DIUx is accepting solution briefs in response to the solicitation(s) below during the indicated time periods. Submissions received after indicated time periods will not be considered.

  1. Agile Manufacturing Demonstration: The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requires airworthy hardware to meet critical aircraft development and modernization milestones. The DoD is exploring rapid, advanced, and innovative manufacturing techniques to address hardware requirements on military aircraft. The hardware pieces to be manufactured are specialized aircraft parts to be equipped on current and future military aircraft. The government may facilitate teaming arrangements among submissions offering complementary capabilities to achieve desired effect. Companies are also encouraged to present their own teaming arrangements in their solution briefs.

A successful prototype will will demonstrate a unique and innovative manufacturing capability, to create liquid coolant plenums, titanium tubing, flex hoses, and coaxial wiring. Manufacturing techniques to be demonstrated must be capable of providing the required hardware within 60 days of contract award.

Performance Criteria:

    • Prospective companies must be US-owned
    • Prospective companies should utilize agile methodologies to source raw materials and deliver finished products to ensure timely delivery
    • Should demonstrate past performance of repeatedly producing quality parts
    • Experience with the commercial aviation industry is desired

Companies are advised that any Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) awarded in response to this Area of Interest may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of further competitive procedures. The follow-on production contract or transaction will be available for use by one or more organizations in the Department of Defense and, as a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the Prototype OTA. As such, any Prototype Other Transaction Agreement will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: "In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has been successfully completed, this competitively awarded prototype OTA may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.

Submissions accepted from 05/11/2018 10:00 to 05/18/2018 23:59 PT

Companies are hereby advised of the following:

  1. Solicitation for solution briefs is not a guarantee that award and obligation of funds will be made.
  2. The costs incurred by companies in the preparation and submission of their solution briefs in response to solicitations will not be paid by the DoD and are not allowable as a direct charge to any DoD contract or agreement.
  3. By submission of its solution brief, the company agrees that the DoD
    1. may reproduce the brief, or any portions thereof, to the extent necessary to evaluate the offer.
    2. may use information contained in the brief only for evaluation purposes and shall not disclose, directly or indirectly, such information to any person including potential evaluators, unless that person has been authorized to receive such information.