F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought

Agency: Department of the Air Force
State: Ohio
Type of Government: Federal
FSC Category:
  • 16 - Aircraft Components and Accessories
NAICS Category:
  • 334511 - Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
Posted Date: Oct 11, 2017
Due Date: May 31, 2017
Solicitation No: FA8615-17-X-XXXY
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Added: Mar 03, 2017 2:20 pm Modified: Mar 21, 2017 5:35 pm Track Changes

Solicitation Number: FA8615-17-X-XXXY

Notice Type: Sources Sought


F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought

?1. This is a sources sought only, which, as part of market research, is being issued in accordance with (IAW) Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 15.201(e). This is not a solicitation/request for proposal and no contract shall be resultant from this synopsis. There is no solicitation package available at this time. The Government will not pay for any information received in response to this request, nor will the Government compensate any respondent for any costs incurred in developing the information provided to the AFLCMC. We are still determining the acquisition strategy and if this acquisition is a small business set-aside, FAR 52.219-14, Limitation on Subcontracting applies. Note that, if there is sufficient demonstrated interested and capability among small business contractors, a key factor in determining if an acquisition will be a Small Business Set-Aside is that two or more potential small business prime contractors must be capable of performing at least 50% of the effort, as defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting. If it is determined that a small business set-aside is appropriate and your company anticipates submitting a proposal as the prime contractor for a small business set-aside, please provide specific details and rationale as to how compliance with FAR clause 52.219-14 would be achieved, including specific details regarding teaming arrangements, etc. If subcontracts are to be used, provide anticipated percentage of effort to be subcontracted and whether small or large businesses will be used. Teaming and/or subcontracting arrangements should be clearly delineated and previous experience in teaming must be provided.

The AFLCMC F-16 System Program Office is seeking to identify sources that may be capable of providing the following:

The F-16 has continually growing avionics needs and requirements. The F-16 will require a non-developmental cockpit control panel display to serve as a control head for communication and to organize aircraft avionics control. The C3PO is required to command and control recorders, receiver/transmitters, provide for discrete (ON/OFF) controls of instrumentation components (radar transponders/beacon, cameras, etc.) and display status of such systems; all of which are part of the onboard data acquisitions systems (DAS). The C3PO will replace obsolete control panels and will provide improved capabilities for cyber security, data display, and future growth.

The operational requirements dictate that the C3PO comply with lighting suitable for use with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) and must meet standards for compatibility with the operational environment. The product must also be ruggedized to withstand normal use on military aircraft and be suitable in the operating environment. Considerations for crew safety, utility, and mission suitability are paramount.

The C3PO shall provide a minimum 4.0-inch (in.) diagonal viewing area Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) screen and shall conform to the applicable requirements of Paragraph 5.2 of MIL-STD-1472G. Any status lights shall be identified by numbering and shall employ NVIS compatible red-green-blue LEDs. The overall dimensions shall not exceed 5.750 in. width, 4.88 in. height, and 4.500 in. depth behind the mounting plane. The display shall provide MIL-F-25173A DZUS mounting provisions at or near the four corners in standard rail spacing. All mounting hardware shall be captive to the display.

Grouping and arrangement of C3PO controls shall conform to MIL-STD-1472G Paragraph and 5.1.4, and comply with minimum spacing requirements therein. Deviations must be identified for approval by F-16 SPO. Functionality and human interface shall be via a variety of commonly used buttons, knobs, switches, soft keys, lights, and toggles, the selection of which may be left to the vendor for selection and integration to meet the C3PO requirements. The human interface, as a minimum, must be comprised of the following buttons, knobs, switches, etc.

?a. Power - Capability to turn on/off the LCD screen

?b. Enter - Confirm any control panel configuration changes

?c. Day/Night Select - Select backlighting level between day and NVG compliant night modes

?d. Brightness - Capability to increase or decrease the luminance of the display

?e. Column Select - Column selection function to correspond to a selection menu that spans the bottom of the display screen

?f. Row select - Row select function shall correspond to a selection menu that spans vertically in rows along the side

The C3PO is intended to be mounted in the left-hand side of the aircraft console. The console tray has cable bundles running fore and aft on either side of the console. It is imperative that the connectors be centered as far as practical from the C3PO left and right sides to prevent aircraft cable bundle contact and chafing. Specific connectors, pinouts and I/O requirements are subject to change.

Sources Sought Synopsis Only:

1. Sources Sought:

?a. Provide software/firmware capabilities to meet requirements.

?b. Cooperatively work with Government and other vendors as required to integrate the C3PO and other communication and avionics software.

?c. Provide test assets/integration support to facilitate F-16 OFP development such that the C3PO is efficiently integrated.

?d. Provide a software data kit which enables the F-16 SPO to make changes to functional buttons.

?e. Obtain all necessary FAA and Department of Defense (DoD) certifications for C3PO functionality on the F-16.

?f. Revise applicable technical orders, flight manuals and drawings.

?g. Revise applicable aircrew and maintenance training.

?h. Upgrade applicable aircrew and maintenance training devices as required.

?i. Upgrade applicable support equipment as required.

2. Interested parties must submit the Contractor Capability Survey below, along with a Capabilities Document of no more than ten (10) pages total and a maximum of 3 MB, which should be brief and concise, yet clearly demonstrate the ability to meet the stated capabilities. Please include the following details:

?a. Scope of similar/same experience

?b. Teaming and/or subcontracting arrangements should be clearly delineated

?c. Delineate if work was in support of a Government or commercial contract

?d. Plan for obtaining data rights necessary to perform software/firmware modification to the C3PO. Due to proprietary information, interested parties shall clearly explain how they intend to meet the stated requirements via teaming/subcontracting while maximizing opportunities for small business participation in accordance with FAR Part 19.

3. There is no restriction on who can respond to this SSS; however, if submitting company proprietary Information, please be sure it is clearly marked. To aid the government, please segregate Proprietary Information to the maximum extent possible. All submissions become Government Property and will not be returned. The Government shall not be liable for, or suffer any consequential damages, for any proprietary information not properly identified.

4. Both small and large business should recommend small business utilization percentages as a percent of total contract value to be considered if the acquisition is not set aside for small businesses. This recommendation should include supporting rationale for the recommended percentage. Small and large businesses should also recommend any potential effort(s) that may be broken out of this requirement.

5. Estimate the SLOC, new or modified, required to accomplish the modification described above.

6. I dentify a representative to support further Government inquiries and requests for clarification of the information provided, if needed. Marketing materials are considered an insufficient response to this Sources Sought synopsis.



Interested parties shall provide the following business information for your company/institution as well as for any teaming or joint venture partners:

Company/Institute Name:


Point of Contact:

CAGE Code:

? Number of Employees:

? Phone Number:

? E-mail Address:

? Web Page URL:

? Size of business pursuant to NAICS Code 334511, size standard of 1,250 employees:

Based on the above NAICS Code and size standard above, state whether your company is:

? Small Business (Yes / No)

? Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) (Yes / No)

? Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (Yes / No)

? 8(a) Certified (Yes / No)

? HUBZone Certified (Yes / No)

? Veteran Owned Small Business (Yes / No)

? Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (Yes / No)

*NOTE: All prospective contractors must be registered in the SAM database to be awarded a DoD contract. The NAICS code for this requirement, if applicable to the company's capabilities, should be included in the company's NAICS code listing in SAM.

Interested parties shall provide a statement as to whether the company is domestically or foreign owned (if foreign, please indicate the country of ownership).

All interested parties shall submit one (1) copy of the requested information, via e-mail (maximum of 3 MB) no later than 3:00 PM EDT, 31 March, 2017 to the Contracting Manager, Rolando Perez , at rolando.perez.3@us.af.mil,

or address: 2725 C Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433. All questions and comments must be in writing, no telephone calls will be accepted.


General Capabilities:

?1. Briefly describe the capabilities of the company's facility and the nature of the goods and/or services the company can provide. Include a description of the company staff composition and management structure.

?2. Describe the company's past experience on previous projects similar in complexity to this requirement. Include contract numbers, a brief description of the work performed, period of performance, agency/organization supported, and individual point of contact (Contracting Officer or Program Manager).

?3. Describe the company's capabilities for generating, handling, processing and storing classified material, data, and cryptology capability.

?4. Identify any specific requirements that would currently preclude the Respondents' company from being a viable solution to this requirement.

?5. Describe the company's proposed contract type and anticipated period of performance as it relates herein.

Software/Firmware Development:

?1. Describe the company's capabilities and experience in modifying existing systems' software/firmware to incorporate new capabilities.

?2. Describe the company's capabilities and experience in developing/modifying software/firmware for aircraft avionics applications. Please include associated development/modification of technical orders and preparation of new technical orders.

?3. Describe the company's configuration management processes

Proprietary Data

?1. Proprietary Information (PI) or Intellectual Property (IP) should be minimized and clearly marked:

?a. Segregate PI and IP information to the maximum extent practical.

?b. Proprietary Data Protection Agreement should be in place that would permit F-16 program office support contractors to view proprietary information. The following is a list of support contractors who will review the responses.





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Matt Wolfe



?2. The U.S. Government will secure Non-Disclosure Agreements from contractors supporting AFLCMC/WW, F-16 Division as identified above.

?3. Interested parties, if unwilling for the U.S. Government to release their proprietary data to support contractors, shall provide a statement detailing their position.

Added: May 01, 2017 6:27 pm Modified: May 02, 2017 10:49 am Track Changes

Industry day for C3PO will be May 4th 2017 Area B (AFIT and the Museum are located here) Building 553, conference room 339 (3rd floor) 8:30 am-4:30 pm (Possible follow on industry days as needed). Any vendors interested in the possible follow on must respond by 31 May 2017, 4:30pm EST. This Industry Day will be for informational purposes and Q&A only. We will not be doing show cases, prototypes or examples at this time.

This notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes, it does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a promise to issue a RFP in the future. This industry day does not commit the Government to contract for any supply or service. Any responders to this notice are advised that the Government will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this notice; all costs associated with responding to this notice and/or attending to this event will be solely at the interested party's expense. Not responding to this notice does not preclude participation in any future RFP, if issued. Should a future solicitation be released, it will be synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website: https://www.fbo.gov. It is the responsibility of interested parties to monitor FBO for additional information pertaining to this or future Air Force requirements.

For specific information on how to gain access to base for this event please contact Captain Rolando Perez rolando.perez.3@us.af.mil (937) 713-7259 or Lt Reed Shafer at reed.shafer@us.af.mil (937) 713-6539. Any interested party that does not attend the C3PO Industry Day and would like to obtain the information discussed may submit a request to the POCs identified in this notice.

Please consult the list of document viewers if you cannot open a file.
F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought
Posted Date:
March 3, 2017
F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
F-16 Cockpit Communication Control Panel Organizer (C3PO) Sources Sought
Posted Date:
March 21, 2017
C3PO Industry Day Q&A
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
C3PO Industry Day Q&A
Posted Date:
September 1, 2017
Description: Attached are answers to the 04 May 2017 Industry Day.
Draft Technical Requirements Document (TRD)
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Draft Technical Requirements Document (TRD)
Posted Date:
September 1, 2017
Technical_Requirements_Document_TRD_C3PO_V1.4_UPDATE... (1,155.23 Kb)
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Description: Attached is the updated Draft TRD.
Questions for Industry
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Questions for Industry
Posted Date:
September 1, 2017
Description: This document contains additional questions for Industry. The USG requests Industry provide answers to these questions by 18 September 2017.
Comm Suite Industry Day Slides
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Comm Suite Industry Day Slides
Posted Date:
September 12, 2017
Description: Comm Suite Industry Day Slides
TRD Update - Version 1.4 (10 Oct 2017)
Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
TRD Update - Version 1.4 (10 Oct 2017)
Posted Date:
October 11, 2017
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Description: TRD Update - Version 1.4 (10 Oct 2017)
Contracting Office Address :
2275 D Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-7218
United States
Place of Performance :
2725 C Street, Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, Ohio 45433
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Rolando Perez,
Contract Negotiator
Phone: 9377137259
Secondary Point of Contact :
William Tyler Printz,
Contract Officer
Phone: 937-656-5839

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