So the US Army Artillery branch wants to look at a single M119 and M777 replacement:
Next Generation IBCT/SBCT Howitzer
Solicitation Number: W15QKN-18-X-01KQ
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC - NJ (W15QKN)
Added: Feb 14, 2018 10:15 am
Purpose: The Army Contracting Command New Jersey (ACC-NJ), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000 is conducting a Market Survey on behalf of the Joint Program Manager Office Towed Artillery Systems (PM-TAS) to identify potential solutions for single system replacement for the M119 and M777 towed howitzers currently fielded to the Army's Infantry and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT's/SBCT's).
Description: This Sources Sought is for planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation or an obligation on the part of PM-TAS.
The Government is interested in a single system replacement for the M119 and M777 towed howitzers currently fielded to the Army's Infantry and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT's/SBCT's). This IBCT/SBCT howitzer, is required to retain the key transportability and firepower attributes of the current systems while taking advantage of the modernization efforts associated with long range precision fires as well as the advancing mobility requirements. For planning purposes, this effort could commence in the mid 2020's and should not require an extended development cycle. Maximizing backwards compatibility with identified legacy ammunition and forwards compatibility with developmental ammunition and armaments will be a key system attribute. This sources sought is seeking to identify IBCT/SBCT howitzer concepts along with notional physical and performance characteristics. If available, interested vendors should provide an analysis of trade off to the key physical/performance characteristics, as well as the estimated cost and schedule to complete development along with approximate production unit costs for each concept presented. The following concepts, while not meant to limit the types of concepts presented, are of particular interest:
1) Modification/upgrades to the existing M119/M777 howitzer fleet
2) Short Tube (towed) 155mm howitzer
3) Integration of existing/developmental armaments into existing/developmental vehicles
4) Ground up wheeled howitzer
The Government is interested in the following high level physical/performance characteristics for the presented concepts:
5) Rate of Fire
6) First Round Response
7) Emplacement / Displacement
8) Crew Size
9) Cannon Caliber (bore and length)
10) Fire Control
If available, additional information is sought in these areas for each concept:
1) Developmental Cost
2) Developmental Schedule
3) Developmental Risk/Product Maturity
Submissions of designs that are not fully compliant with all requirements are also encouraged so that PM-TAS may assess the capabilities of all currently available sources. The Government recognizes that proprietary and/or classified data may be a part of this effort. If so, clearly mark such restricted/proprietary and classified data and present them as an addendum to the non-restricted/non-proprietary and unclassified information. Participation in this Sources Sought is completely voluntary by the vendor and as such all costs to develop the vendor's response are to be borne by the participating vendor. All interested sources are encouraged to submit their abilities/capabilities no later than 30 days from date of this publication to: Klaudia A. Grabias ACC-NJ-JA Bldg. 9, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000; email: [email protected] Please include company name, address, telephone number, point of contact, brochures/literature, etc., and any prior performance relating to this effort. THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION AND DOES NOT OBLIGATE THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION. As stated above, please be advised that the government will not pay for any information submitted under this announcement. Electronic submittals are preferred.
Contracting Office Address:
BUILDING 10 PHIPPS RD
PICATINNY ARSENAL , New Jersey 07806-5000
Primary Point of Contact.:
KLAUDIA A. GRABIAS
good idea? bad idea to replace both guns with a single type?