US: The US Army Geospatial Center planned a number of major acquisitions in 2012, revealed Joseph Fontanella, Director of the Army Geospatial Center in an interview with Defense Systems.
First is the Geospatial Research, Integration, Development, Support program (GRIDS II). There are two solicitations. The first one is USD 48.5 million small-business set-aside, [indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity] multiple award, and solicitation release time frame in this quarter. At a minimum, the US Army is looking for interested offers to be able to identify and address gaps in geospatial science and technologies, develop geospatial services and enabled architectures, and then provide biometric tools, applications, technologies, techniques and procedures, and then finally database development management and experience.
The second part of this is a USD 200 million full and open competition, IDIQ single award, and the US Army is expecting that solicitation will come out in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. At a minimum, the Army is expecting offers to be able to provide systems engineering, software development and processes, conduct the integration synchronisation and transition to C4ISR concepts, processes, and architectures — plus developing, integrating and operating various ISR payload types, which will include, but not be limited to EO/IR, hyper spectral, LiDAR, radar and SIGINT.
And then besides that, there are two others. The first is what the Army call Military Terrain III. That is a USD 247 million full and open IDIQ multiple award. This work is associated with military terrain and water resources analyses, databases and environmental studies of select areas of the world, and then the collection, management and dissemination of geospatial data to include both CONUS and OCONUS deployed support. We expect this to come out probably second quarter fiscal 2012.
And the last one is High-Resolution 3D Geospatial. This is the largest one, USD 497 million full and open IDIQ. The scope here is the development, integration and operation of ISR payload types. Again the same ones we just talked about: EO/IR, hyper spectral and so forth, into various platforms from ground based to airborne to support situational awareness, ISR and tactical requirements. This one we’re still in the process of drafting the acquisition strategy for this, and we don’t expect this to be released until fiscal 2013 first quarter or so.
Source: Defense Systems