On August 21, 2020, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 2371b, the Army Contracting Command – Orlando has awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) via the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Part Task Trainer (PTT) prototype project.
A Request for Solutions for these efforts was issued through TReX on March 13, 2020, which resulted in the submittal of 5 total responses. As a result of competition, the prototype project was awarded to J.F. Taylor, Inc. located in Lexington Park, MD. The total value of this prototype project is $5,285,747.80.
The overarching objective of the prototype effort is to design, develop, and test an AMPV PTT prototype. The PTT will be incorporated into and extend the existing Family of Maintenance Trainers (FMT) Product Line (PL) and will therefore, utilize and build upon the FMT-CC DTT PL architecture including the FMT-CC TMS, Instructor Operating Station (IOS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and FMT-CC User Interfaces (UI). The objective will be achieved by analyzing the existing FMT-CC Diagnostic & Troubleshooting Trainer (DTT) architecture, baseline, design documentation and the maintenance training requirements of the AMPV in order to develop and successfully demonstrate a single AMPV PTT production-ready, prototype unit. The AMPV PTT Prototype effort will utilize the LT2 Governance policies and methodologies to eliminate stove-piped development, manage obsolescence, improve system performance, improve operational readiness, and improve system maintenance, while reducing total ownership costs. The FMT-CC will leverage a set of plug-and-play applications in the product line architecture that are applicable across the FMT product portfolio of legacy and future combat/tactical vehicle training systems without a loss of current functionality. The PL prototype effort will include dynamic mechanisms for multi-phase configuration management, PL development and support, technology insertion, and growth.
Upon successful completion of this prototype effort, the Government anticipates that a follow-on production effort may be awarded via either contract or transaction, without the use of competitive procedures if the participants in this transaction successfully complete the prototype project as awarded. The Government defines successful completion as the Government concurring with the following criteria:
1. All required deliverables for TO #1 have been accepted by the Government.
2. All required deliverables for TO #2 have been accepted by the Government.
3. All required deliverables for TO #3 have been accepted by the Government.
4. All required deliverables for TO #4 have been accepted by the Government.
5. The Government concurs that the fully functional prototype demonstrated in TO #4 satisfies the AMPV PTT Technical Supplement requirements and all Technical Objectives identified in this SOW.
6. The Government concurs that the prototype design and delivered Technical Data Package delivered under this prototyping effort is acceptable for successful transition into follow-on production activities.
Note: Should the selected vendors fail to demonstrate progress or be unsuccessful in the accomplishment of the goals of this prototyping effort, the Government reserves the right to return to the results of this competition and award additional Other Transaction Agreements to one or more of the vendors that responded to the initial Request for Solutions, as appropriate within the scope and evaluated results of the competition.
The purpose of this OT is to extend the product line to include AMPV PTTs in accordance with the Family of Maintenance Trainers – Common Core (FMT-CC) architecture and baseline. PTTs are physical mockups or modified tactical components of a vehicle subsystem. They emulate the operational and functional capabilities of the subsystem to allow training on maintenance and troubleshooting tasks. There are no AMPV PTTs or maintenance trainers. Performing maintenance and troubleshooting procedures on operational vehicles is undesirable due to damage over-time, reduced fleet availability, and increased cost. The AMPV PTT prototype will enhance the effectiveness of maintenance by providing real-time feedback as well as track and guide student maintenance and troubleshooting steps. The AMPV PTT will reduce training sustainment costs through simulating vehicle components and integrating the FMT-CC baseline. The lack of a vehicle maintenance trainer justifies the need to develop an AMPV PTT utilizing the FMT-CC architecture in order to provide the aforementioned capabilities and overcome today’s vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting training challenges for the AMPV.
The PTTs share some common functionalities with the Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Trainers (DTTs) to include the Instructor/Operator Station (I/OS), the Training Management System (TMS), and limited specific vehicle behavioral functionalities. Because of these common functionalities, there are distinct benefits that can be realized by incorporating the PTTs into the FMT PL. The benefits include the reduction of initial developmental costs and total life cycle support costs through reuse of the PL Architecture and Common Core baselines. In addition, including the PTTs in the PL will enhance the Army’s ability to make improvements to training capabilities, integrate new technologies, execute technical refreshes, and maintain concurrency between FMT products and vehicle platforms.
The goal of this effort is to analyze the training requirements provided in the Technical Supplements (TS) and to develop a prototype PTT solution that is compliant with the FMT PL architecture and CC baseline.
The FMT AMPV PTT will provide the 91M, 913A, and 915A Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) skill level development for operation, fault diagnosis, troubleshooting, adjustments, component removal/replacement, and other maintenance and repair tasks for the vehicle powerpack subsystem. This effort is limited to developing one PTT prototype for the AMPV power train system. Production AMPV PTTs and production PTTs for other vehicle platforms will be based on the architecture and design of the prototype developed under this OT and may be procured as follow-on efforts to this OT.
Technical Description of the Program:
The FMT PL AMPV PTTs’ prototype approach includes four technical objectives as well as potential follow-on activities.
Technical Objective 1 includes the analysis, development, and validation of a generic PTT architecture and design approach that is consistent and compatible with the FMT PL Common Core Architecture.
Technical Objective 2 includes the development of the troubleshooting paths from the Electronic Technical Manuals (ETM) identified in the AMPV Technical Supplement and the development of an AMPV PTT System Specification with the corresponding Requirements Traceability and Verification Matrix (RTVM).
Technical Objective 3 and 4 include the development and demonstration of a AMPV PTT prototype based on the validated generic PTT architecture and the AMPV PTT System Specifications. All Technical Objectives will incorporate the FMT PL Common Core I/OS software and interoperate with the FMT PL Common Core TMS. The PTT prototype will be fielded at Fort Benning, GA.
Government Provided Data
The Government will provide existing documentation, source code, and other system artifacts as necessary to complete the prototype development effort. The Government will provide access to fielded systems and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on a non-interference basis to support the design, development, and testing efforts. In addition, the Government will provide Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) after award.
- Sustainment and Follow-On Activities:
It is anticipated that potential follow-on prototype and/or production contracts will be awarded which use the FMT PL PTT architecture and software developed under this prototyping effort to develop additional maintenance training PTTs of a similar PTT type. Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), if a prototype pilot is successful, production OTs are authorized and offer a streamlined method for transitioning into follow-on production without competition. Potential follow-on contracts may be either sole source, based on successful completion of the prototype project within the scope of this document, or competed at the discretion of the Government. Follow-on activities could include system and software updates to address obsolescence, concurrency, evolving training requirements, and technology insertion.
Anticipated follow-on activities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Production of additional AMPV PTTs based on the prototype.
- Develop prototype and production PTTs for other platform powerpack subsystems.
Follow-On Products: Follow-on products will include software design description, source code, interface capability and design documents (ICD/IDD), production level technical data package, system specifications, and logistic support documentation.
Estimated Timeline: FY20-FY25