Building more prototypes more quickly is the goal of a new effort by the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.
Under the Rapid Prototyping and Technology Initiative Generation Two program, ARDEC is seeking contractors who can quickly design, fabricate and test products and solutions needed in the field. The program, which includes multiple five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, would have a maximum value of $300 million.
ARDEC is looking for contractors who can provide "fabrication, assembly, integration and/or test/qualification capabilities, as well as providing materials, equipment, and engineering and/or prototyping services," according to the Army announcement. "These services and capabilities will support the design, development, manufacture and integration of unique, difficult-to-obtain, engineered solutions ranging from individual prototypes up to and including low rate initial production levels."
The products, materials and processes that RPTI will hasten include weapons, electronics, lasers, optics, composite materials, and energetics. Contractors will also perform product assembly, system integration, testing, modeling and simulation, and engineering support.
"The ability to reach out to small businesses, academia and other providers to integrate novel and unique technology solutions into rapid prototypes is highly desirable," said ARDEC.