Request for Information (RFI): Underwater Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (UWISR) Project - (RFI 4107-02)
(Source: New Zealand Ministry of Defence; undated)
Defence is seeking information on potential solution options to restore the UWISR capabilities of its fleet of six P-3K2 Orion aircraft.

This RFI seeks responses from companies that have the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to provide either portions of or a complete airborne UWISR capability solution, including:

*Aircraft systems:
-- a replacement for the existing acoustics system
-- an acoustic processor simulator
-- a Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) system
-- a MAD simulator / stimulator
-- upgrade / modification of the air-dropped stores ejection system.

*Ground based systems:
-- a post-mission acoustic analysis system
-- an acoustic data storage / archive system
-- an acoustic processor simulator
-- a MAD simulator / stimulator.

* Installation and introduction into service:
-- integration and testing of the complete UWISR solution
-- NZDF operator and technician training on the operation and maintenance of both the airborne and ground systems
-- assistance with certification, testing, and Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of the new ground and airborne systems.
-- Provision of ongoing industry support to maintain the UWISR capability at a contemporary standard through-life.

Respondents may choose to provide information that covers all aspects of this RFI or provide information that focuses on defined topic areas only.

Respondent information will be used to assist Defence in the development of a project Business Case. The Business Case will detail potential solution options for New Zealand Government approval. Defence will assume that respondents who provide information in relation to this RFI are also interested in participating in a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a Request for Tender (RFT), should the Project progress and such a document be issued.

For the avoidance of doubt, respondents acknowledge that providing information in relation to this RFI does not in any way constitute an offer by Defence to the respondent to participate in, or be involved in any subsequently issued RFP or RFT.

Submission of Responses by 4.00 pm (NZDT), Thursday, 4 April 2013

Click here for the complete announcement, on the RNZ MoD website.


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