The Department of Defense (DoD) is conducting market research in support of the Thunderstorm program, which will investigate two different aspects of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in relation to CBRN threats.
The first focus area will explore emerging technologies, technical applications and their potential to use a battery-powered Vertical Take-Off and Land (VTOL) UAS to support the detection and identification of chemical and biological agents.
The second focus area will explore emerging technologies, technical applications and their potential to counter a low cost, small/man portable, UAS carrying a chemical and/or biological WMD payload.
This RFI is for Thunderstorm Spiral 15-3 technology demonstration event, planned for 2nd Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 in Camp Shelby, MS. This event facilitates the identification of potential technology solutions to meet technical objectives. Materiel solutions brought to the event must be at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or greater.
The Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University (ARL/PSU) will act as the demonstration director for Spiral 15 demonstrations and host the receipt of the application packages.
After review of the demonstration applications, the DoD may invite candidates to demonstrate their technologies during Thunderstorm with the intent to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities.
Additional details are available via Solicitation Number: RRTO-2014-11-26-RFI-Spiral-15. Responses must be received by Nov 26, 2014.