The Government is conducting market research and identifying, as potential sources, companies that may possess the expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet the requirements for follow-on sustainment of 91 US Air Force Tower Simulation Systems (TSS), at multiple global sites. Companies responding to this sources sought are advised that participation does not ensure participation in future solicitations or contract awards. The Government will not reimburse any company or individual for any expenses associated with preparation or participation in this request for information.
We anticipate the contract scope of the TSS Contract will include the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), sustainment, and Training System Support Center (TSSC) support for software and visual database generation, upgrade, and modification as further defined below.
The US Air Force acquired 91 Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower simulators for the USAF, Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), and Air National Guard (ANG) airfields under the TSS program. The USAF operates control towers globally in support of both civilian and military air operations, while the AFRC and ANG operate approximately 18 additional ATC towers. All of the TSS are located where mission requirements dictate, and support training and proficiency upgrade of a cadre of proficient tower controllers for worldwide deployment in support of national interests. This simulation system providestower controllers the tools to improve situational awareness, decision making, effective communication, and workload management. Simulation exercises ensure all tower controllers have the means to meet new training requirements and remain at a competent level of proficiency that cannot be attained with available live air traffic.
CLS is required 365/24/7 with the establishment of a help desk function, an integrated web based data environment, and a telephone/email response capability. The follow-on contract for CLS and TSSC will be firm fixed price. Repair/maintenance of the trainers is the full responsibility of the contractor, including any spares and annual preventative actions/inspections at each of the 81 locations. Spares to support the procured units were not purchased and are to be supplied "just in time" by Contractor under a firm fixed price CLS Contract Line Item Number (CLIN). Adequate spares to support the configuration at time of contract changeover would be required, but not funded separately from the fixed price CLS CLIN.
The contractor owns the trainer spares required to keep the systems operational at a goal of 95% of the scheduled training time. Some spares are stored at the sites and replenished by the contractor as needed. Other spares are shipped as needed and are installed by contractor's employee/vendor technicians.
TSSC support consists of software subscription service/update capabilities and configuration management. This software is not government owned and is proprietary to the incumbent Contractor. The TSSC support includes but is not limited to; supporting databases and moving model libraries, supporting scenario development, supporting voice system, documentation updates, training material updates, maintaining and distributing site-specific data files, hardware configuration management, addressing and tracking identified deficiencies, and a web based integrated data environment.
There will be contract options for the following actions: technical refresh/modifications, relocations of the TSS inter or intra base, different types and lengths of system administration training on site and at the contractor's plant, and engineering change orders either recommended by the contractor or requested by the users.
Other tasks required of the TSS Sustainment contractor will include, but not limited to: program management, systems engineering, scheduling, data management, system upgrades and enhancement development, development/modification of site specific visual databases and 3D moving models, subject matter expert support, and sustainment of the TSS.Click for more info