The U.S. Navy issued a request for information on Friday, asking information from industry and organizations on possible strike fighter aircraft to replace parts of the Naval Air Systems Command fleet.
The Navy said it did not intend to award a contract based on the information but is hoping to gain insight and analysis on potential jet systems, according to the FedBizOpps post.
Submitted research should include information on aircraft that features multi-role strike capability for air, strike and surface warfare as well as close air support.
The Navy set the initial operational capability date in 2030 and said the study will serve to aggregate information on available solutions and weigh cost and technical risks.
The Navy said it only wants to examine market interest, feasibility and sources through the market research solicitation.
The research project is an effort to replace the Boeing-built Growlers and Super Hornets that will soon be retired.
The Navy has additionally committed to updating its fleet to include mainly Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jets.
Capt. Frank Morley, the Navy“™s program manager for the Super Hornet and Growler, told Wired that the point of the analysis is to determine what the Navy should incorporate in its fleet, capabilities it should consider and technologies it should start to look into using.
Organizations should submit their concept designs and aircraft information to the Navy by April 26.
The Navy recently opened a Washington, D.C.-based facility to house the Naval Research Projects Agency“™s robotics development.