27 September 2021
In accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 2371b, an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) has been awarded on 14 September 2021 under the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) Consortium for the Integrated Environmental Control and Power (IECP) prototype project.
A Request for Solutions for this effort was issued through TReX on 9 June 2020, which resulted in the submittal of 3 total responses. As a result, the prototype project was awarded to Rocky Research located in Boulder City, NV. The total value of this prototype project, if all phases and options are exercised, is $37,551,501.80.
The overarching technical objective for IECP is to adapt and expand the application of dual-use and defense-specific thermal appliance technologies and capabilities by incorporating additional technology enhancements that will address critical issues. Issues of interest are fuel reduction considerations, SWAP improvements and enhancements, and the operation of critical electronics for integrated power generation capabilities, DEW and HE systems, and high-speed supersonic and hypersonic missiles. Likewise, coordinative complex compound armor (COMBAM) technology for lightweight and moldable protection against ballistic and thermal threats will be assessed and demonstrated.
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 success as the vendor(s) successfully completing IECP.
Note: Should the selected vendor 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 need for electronics cooling, Warfighter thermal conditioning, refrigeration, and heating is an urgent and imminent operational need. To address this need, the Army desires to prototype, test, demonstrate, and assess Integrated Environmental Control and Power (IECP) technologies and capabilities, both dual-use and defense specific, based on advanced vector drive controls for vapor compression technology and solid-gas absorption technology (open and closed cycle) that have been demonstrated to at least the proof-of-principle level. In accordance with 10 USC §2371b, the IECP prototype project’s nontraditional approach is an expansion and adaptation of dual-use and defense specific thermal appliance technologies and capabilities with technology enhancements that will address the unique military requirements of operations and use. Specifically, the IECP prototype project will seek to prototype IECP capabilities that will provide Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) effective solutions to arising needs in Forward Operating Bases (FOB), Tactical Operation Camps (TOC), Mobile Tactical Platforms (MTACP), and Directed Energy (DE) and High Energy (HE) systems. The IECP prototype project will encompass the design, Modeling & Simulation (M/S), testing, and assessment of prototype technologies and capabilities for cooling, refrigeration, and heating systems along with containment technology suitable for military environments; some of which requiring hardware or munitions to be protected from ballistic or thermal impact.
The envisioned IECP prototypes will be directly relevant to military readiness and the effective and safe operation of military personnel in TOCs, FOBs, and other platforms by providing electronics and Warfighter cooling in a reliable and rapidly deployable manner without the need of local power infrastructure. This in turn will enhance the mission effectiveness and readiness of the Warfighter and improve the platform performance and agility, and when applied to Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) platforms, the lethality.
Any questions regarding this soon to be released opportunity should be directed to [email protected].