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DoD to Conduct Hand-Held Radioisotope Identification Detector Performance Testing

The Department of Defense is conducting market research on commercial off-the shelf (COTS) hand-held radioisotope identification systems for use in the Dismounted Reconnaissance Set, Kit, and Outfit – Increment 1 (DR SKO 1) program to presumptively identify radiological and nuclear hazards.

The Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM NBC CA) and Joint Project Manager Guardian, Joint Project Leader for Radiological Nuclear Defense (JPL-RND) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) will test the hand-held systems from June to November 2017.

The performance testing will be completed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee by Battelle, and a limited user assessment will be completed at the DTRA test facility in New Mexico by Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. Offerors may enter into Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with the testing entities. The Government Contracting Office will coordinate the transfer of the NDA.

Performance testing scenarios include:

  • Unshielded, shielded, masked and unmasked radioactive test sources
  • Static and dynamic testing
  • Operation at Respondent-specified temperature boundary testing
  • A military operator assessment

Respondents may choose not to participate in the temperature trials. Upon conclusion of testing, JPL-RND will return the systems. Offerors will receive test results after ORNL and DTRA completes data analysis for all tested systems.

RFI responses are due May 17, 2017 12:00 pm Eastern. The DoD noted it expects to announce selectees  for performance testing no later than May 31, 2017.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W911SR-17-RIID.

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