PdM VPS SK Sources Sought Industry Day Postponed.docx


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Sources Sought/Request for Information – Soft-Kill (SK) Active Protection System (APS) System Development Program

** Industry Day #1 and all follow-on engagements regarding the Soft-Kill Active Protection System acquisition program are postponed until later in fiscal year 2021.  A specific time frame has not been identified at this time.  Please continue to monitor BETA.sam for updates.**

DESCRIPTION OF INTENT: THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY. This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes. No contract/agreement will be awarded from this announcement. This is not a Proposal Request or an announcement of a forthcoming solicitation, nor is it a request seeking contractors to be placed on a solicitation mailing list. Response to this RFI is voluntary and no reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to it and any follow-on information requests. Data submitted in response to this RFI will not be returned. No solicitation document exists at this time, and calls requesting a solicitation will not be answered.

DISCLAIMER: Reference herein to any specific commercial company, product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or the Department of the Army (DA). The opinions of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or the DA, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

PROPRIETARY INFORMATION: It is the responsibility of Industry, when providing any comments/responses, to properly mark such information that is considered proprietary or is otherwise restricted. The United States Government (USG) is not obligated to protect unmarked data. Nor is the Government obligated for like data in possession of third parties or for data which is afterwards placed in the public domain by the contractor or by third parties through no fault of the USG. Should the USG need to reproduce the protected data for distribution purposes between Government offices, all such data will be reproduced with restrictive legends in place.

The USG acknowledges its obligations under the Federal Acquisition Regulation 3.104-4 to protect confidential information provided to the Government (18 U.S.C. §1905). Pursuant to this statute, the USG is willing to accept any trade secrets or proprietary restrictions placed upon qualifying data forwarded in response to this RFI and to protect such information from unauthorized disclosure, subject to the following:

Qualifying data must be clearly marked PROPRIETARY and be accompanied by an explanatory text so that the Government is clearly notified as to exactly what data so qualifies.

Mark only data that is truly confidential.

Do not mark data that is already in the public domain or is already in possession of the USG or third parties on an unclassified basis.

Proprietary data transmitted electronically must have the PROPRIETARY legend on both the cover of the transmittal e-mail as well as at the beginning of the file. Proprietary information contained within the correspondence shall use the legends: "PROPRIETARY PORTION BEGINS" and "PROPRIETARY PORTION ENDS."

Support Contractors: The Government sometimes uses support contractors in evaluating responses. Consequently, responses that contain proprietary information may receive only limited or no consideration since the Respondent's marking of data as "PROPRIETARY" will preclude disclosure outside the Government and therefore will preclude disclosure to these support contractors assisting the evaluation effort. The Government will use its best efforts to evaluate those responses that contain proprietary information without using support contractors consistent with the resources available.

GENERAL INFORMATION: There is no risk to respondents for participating in this RFI. Participation in this effort is strictly voluntary with no cost or obligation to be incurred by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government will in no way be bound to this information if any solicitation is issued. However, this is an important opportunity for industry to provide input on this program. This RFI, and all information herein, is for informational planning purposes only and does not constitute a “Proposal request of any kind,” nor is it to be construed as a commitment by the U.S. Government.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESPONDING TO THIS REQUEST: Responses to the RFI are due on 21 December 2020. It is ideal for response to be in white paper format but any format will be accepted. Responses are expected to be UNCLASSIFIED. To ensure no classified data is provided, responses shall be delivered via compact disk (CD) to the following address for data review prior to loading onto the unclassified network. Responses received after the stated due date may not be considered.

See “Administrative Information” below for further instructions.

It is the intent of the Government to address questions anonymously during a future industry engagement. Thus questions should be posed without mention of proprietary information. Any questions about this RFI shall be sent to and answers resulting from this RFI may also be answered and provided to National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC) members and posted anonymously to this website.


28 December 2020 – Responses of this RFI submitted to the Government by interested industry partners

**TBD 2021 – Industry Day, held virtually

Questions and responses resulting from the RFI posting will be addressed during Industry Day and later posted to Beta.SAM.Gov and provided to NAMC members

Additional industry engagements are currently in development and will occur prior to Request for Prototype Proposal (RPP) release. Please monitor and the NAMC for updates.

July 2021 – Tentative RPP release. The Government anticipates soliciting the prototype effort through NAMC. For information about the NAMC or for information about joining, please visit:

January 2022 – Tentative Target Award Date


Army G8 has recommended approval for the development of a SK APS capability and integration on several ground combat platforms. PEO GCS approved the proposed acquisition strategy on 27 October 2020 which proposed leveraging Middle-Tier Acquisition (MTA), utilizing the Rapid Prototyping (RP) pathway in accordance with Section 804 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Formal Army Acquisition Executive approval is currently pending.

PdM VPS’s mission is to deliver vehicle protection capabilities that give Soldiers confidence to act boldly and return home safely. There are four capability categories within VPS: Detection Avoidance, Threat Detection, Intercept, and Mitigation. It is the intent of the product office that any technology applicable to any and all of these capability categories that require computation as part of the decision making process are expected to connect and utilize the VPS Base Kit for those computations. Threat Detection and Intercept capabilities make up the PdM VPS APS portfolio. Intercept includes Hard-Kill and Soft-Kill technical capabilities. The diagram below identifies the breakdown of capabilities while also identifying the technical capabilities included in the PdM VPS APS portfolio.

APS capabilities are defined as autonomous hit avoidance vehicle defense systems that protect the vehicle from in-bound armor penetrators such as Recoilless Rifles (RR), Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs). APS capabilities typically include three key functions: sense, compute, defeat. Each of these functions shall be (1) autonomous – an automatic response to an incoming threat without requiring a manual input from the user, (2) quick – faster than relying on a user for authorization, and (3) decisive – determine action and respond accordingly, while ensuring once the response has been engaged, it cannot be recinded.

There are two PdM VPS APS-Intercept categories, non-kinetic and kinetic: SK APS and Hard-Kill (HK) APS. A SK APS senses the environment for required threat information and employs a countermeasure (CM) in the form of an obscurant(s) or electronic warfare (EW) devices to interfere with the guidance mechanism(s) or the operator of the susceptible threat(s) thus causing the threat to miss the protected vehicle. A HK APS employs a CM in the form of explosive fragments or blast pressure to inhibit the lethal mechanism(s) of susceptible threat(s) causing the threat to be ineffective against the protected vehicle. This RFI will focus on Soft-Kill EW capabilities only.

PdM VPS under PEO GCS is executing this RFI to collect data on currently available SK APS capabilities to include, but not imited to, system developers and subsystem/component technologies (i.e. countermeasures and sensor packages). A system developer is a single source that has the ability to either consolidate subsystems/components from various vendors to develop and manage a SK APS kit capability. A system is defined as a group of components/subsystems integrated together to deliver a specific capability available for integration on various ground combat platforms.

SOURCES SOUGHT INTENT: The U.S. Army, Project Manager Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Product Manager Vehicle Protection Systems, herein after referred to as the United States Government (USG), is interested in collecting data on existing SK APS capabilities, both as a complete system or capability-r… Show All