Paratroopers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, use Joint Tactical Radio System radios to communicate during a field exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (Katie Cain / U.S. Army)
The Army is creating a “radio marketplace” by launching a competition for the Rifleman Radio.
The Army released a draft request for proposals on May 21, to procure additional radios using a full and open competition. The RFP moves the Army toward Full Rate Production (FRP) for the Rifleman, which is part of the Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) program, according to a statement from the Army PEO C3T at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
The Army plans to award an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to several vendors, who will then compete against each other for delivery orders. It will span a five-year base period with a five-year optional extension.
“This structure enables the Army to choose from numerous technologies, and release a new contract if radio technology changes significantly after the initial five-year award,” according to the announcement.
The Army is planning an industry day on May 27 to get more feedback before issuing the final RFP. The contract award will come sometime in fiscal year 2015.