The Army Contracting Command - New Jersey in support of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PMSW), is conducting a market survey to identify potential sources for the manufacture and delivery of the M4/M4A1 Carbines. This market surveyand sources sought questionnaire will determine possible sources capable of manufacturing the M4 and M4A1 Carbine. A potential buy will result in a five (5) year IDIQ FFP contract(s) with an approximated maximum quantity of 150,000 units. All information submitted by respondents to this market survey will be held in confidence. Furthermore, the U.S. Government is not obligated to notify respondents of the results of this survey.
This survey shall not be construed as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or as an obligation on the part of the U.S. Government to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP). All information in response to this market survey shall be submitted at NO COST to the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government will utilize the information provided for planning purposes only. This market survey is not to be construed as a commitment by the U.S. Government. No award will be made as a result of this market survey.
The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters. The M4A1 configuration (comparedto the M4) consists of (1) a slightly heavier barrel to increase both durability in an extended fire fight and a sustained rate of fire and (2) a full auto trigger mechanism assembly with a more consistent trigger pull to improve Soldier interface/ergonomics and increase lethality. The M4/M4A1 Carbine is produced to aGovernment Technical Data Package (TDP).
Competition will be restricted to use of the licensed technology within the United States (U.S.) and Territories, island possessions and protectorates in accordance with the Technical Data Sales and Patent License Agreement between ColtDefense, LLC and the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government requires a Use and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to be executed by an authorized representative of the respondent's firm before access can be granted to the technical data. Also, to be eligible to gain access to an export controlled TDP whether it is via CD you must have a current DD 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement. This information is being provided for informational purposes only; no drawings will be provided as part of this Market Survey / Sources Sought Notice.
Interested sources should submit their qualification data to include their production capabilities, other relevant capabilities/qualification data, and their Small Business Size Certification information within 30 calendar days of this notice. This data should be sent, if available, at no cost or obligation to the U.S. Government. Please submit all responses electronically to the U.S. Army, Army Contracting Command-New Jersey-Soldier Weapons Contracting Center. ATTN: Molly Michaud, ACC-NJ-SW Bldg. 9, Picatinny, NJ 07806- 5000; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Furthermore, any questions regarding this announcement shall be submitted in writing to the email listed above. Telephone responses and inquiries WILL NOT be accepted or returned.
Responses to the questionnaire shall include:
Business size standard/concern: ________________________________________
Phone number: Email: _____________________
Production Capacity Information:
1)Provide your current capability/capacity to produce 2,000 units or more per month, including your current Production Lead Time (PLT) needed to meet First Article Test (FAT) and the monthly delivery quantity of 2,000 units per month.
PLT (FAT): _________________________________________________________
Current production capacity per month (if less than 2,000): ____________________
Current production capacity per month (if greater than 2,000): __________________
2) If you cannot meet the 2,000 per month requirement, provide a detailed description of the additional resources needed (i.e. equipment, storage, manpower,capital, etc.) in order to meet the 2,000 per month requirement. Provide an updated PLT for the FAT requirement and the production of the 2,000 units per monthutilizing the additional resources.
3) Provide a production capability/capacity for up to 6,000 units per month,including any additional resources needed and the Production Lead Time (PLT) needed to meet your maximum production quantity per month.
Additional Resources Needed (if applicable):
4) What are the production drivers contributing the PLTs above (long lead items, processes, approvals...)?
5) What do you foresee as potential issues (if any) in being able to manufacture these item(s) (i.e. Delivery rate, time to receive material/equipment, FAT time, etc.)?
6) Are you currently under any type of agreement(s) that would prohibit you from competing as a prime contractor for the manufacture of these items?
a) If yes, provide a description summarizing the agreement, all parties involved, and the terms and conditions related to this procurement.
7) Do you foresee the use of subcontractors?
a) If yes, provide a description summarizing the production capabilities and/or items that will be subcontracted.
Government Contracting Experience:
8) Have you produced any similar items, whether "Other Government/Military contracts" or "Non-Governmental contracts"?
a) If so, list the item(s) and explain how they are similar?
b) What were the monthly production quantities of the similar item(s)?
9) Have you produced to a Government TDP or a Military Specification?
a) What was/were the TDP item(s) produced and when was it/they produced?
b) What were the monthly production quantities of this item(s)?
10) Are you ISO 9001 compliant
If yes, please give most recent compliance approval date and the Government contract the requirement was for.
11) Using the NAICS Code 332994, small business size standard, "less than 1,000 employees" applicable to this procurement, are you a large or small business?
Large Business Small Business
All responding sources must email their response submissions no later than Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5pm EST to Molly L. Michaud, email@example.com.
This Market Survey is a Request for Information (RFI) ONLY and should NOT beconstrued as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a commitment by the U.S. Government.
Responders are advised that the U.S. Government will not pay for any information, sample hardware, or administrative costs incurred in the response to this RFI. All costs associated with responding to this RFI will be solely at the interested party's expense. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future RFP or other solicitation (if any are issued).
The US Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this market survey or otherwise pay for information solicited. The Government is not obligated to notify respondents of the results of this survey. No phone calls will be accepted, all requests need to be submitted via email. All information is to be submitted at NO COST or obligation to the U.S. Government.
THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION AND DOES NOT OBLIGATE THE GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE A SOLICITATION.