Up to $150M to Help DARPA’s Tactical Tech Programs
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Tactical Technology Office has 3 major focus areas. Advanced Platforms does a lot of work in robotics, from load carriers that walk like a dog (LS3) to UAVs designed to stay up for months (Vulture). They also do work in areas like hypersonic vehicles, however, and helicopter rotors that work better by changing their shape. Advanced Space Systems deals with programs like MOIRE flat-lens surveillance, and F6 fractional/clustered satellites. Advanced Weapons Systems covers projects like the naval LRASM missile, the Triple Target Terminator missile for fighters, or guided small-caliber sniper rounds (EXACTO).
In October 2011, US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic in Charleston, SC issued a multiple-award contract for FY 2012, whose options could drive it to $150 million, and extend work through FY 2014.
The winning firms receive just $6,250 each, then compete on individual requests to help DARPA’s TTO with advance technical engineering. Work will be performed in Arlington, VA (95%), and Charleston, SC (5%).
All 4 offers were deemed eligible, so help may be provided by
- Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. in Arlington, VA (N65236-12-D-4800)
- ManTech SRS Technologies, Inc. in Arlington, VA (N65236-12-D-4801)
- Schafer Corp. in Arlington, VA (N65336-12-D-4802)
- System Planning Corp. in Arlington, VA (N65236-12-D-4803)