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DoD Seeks Hands-Free Radiation Detection Systems for Field Testing

The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking responses from organizations interested in participating in the Hands-Free Radiation Detection System testing in support of the Man-Portable Radiation Detection System (MRDS) program.

The primary focus of the MRDS program is the detection and presumptive identification of Special Nuclear Material (SNM) and threat radiological materials. The Joint Program Executive Office Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) Joint Project Leader Radiological Nuclear Defense (JPL RND) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) plan to test the hands-free systems from Feb to Aug 2017.

In general, the phases of testing will include a static test, dynamic test, and a military operator assessment. Testing includes detection capabilities against unshielded radioactive test sources, as well as scenarios with shielding and masking.

Testing will be conducted in multiple phases, on a sequential basis. Every system submitted for testing may not qualify for all phases as progression is dependent on the performance in earlier phases.

Only Technology Readiness Level 8 commercially available systems are sought for this test. Offerors will receive test results for their systems only, after conclusion of testing and data analysis. There is no cost to the responding offerors for participation. Multiple variants if they possess different detector materials or algorithms.

JPL RND and DTRA will use a third-party contractor Applied Research Associates (ARA) to test the systems.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W911SR-17-MRDS. Questions are due by December 15, 2016 and RFI responses are due 30 December 2016.

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