The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a presolicitation notice on a program that aims to create a new strategy for the delivery of undersea payloads via extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles.
DARPA said in the notice posted March 20 at the FedBizOpps website the 45-month Hunter program will be executed in three parts for the design and development, integration and test activities.
Phase 1 covers the design of the payload delivery system, critical design review and implementation of the systems engineering plan, and DARPA aims to request updated technical and cost proposals from select program participants for phases 2 and 3.
The notice added that the agency expects to award multiple contracts for the Hunter program depending on factors such as the quality of proposals that DARPA will receive and the amount of available funds.
“Proposals identified for negotiation may result in a procurement contract, or other transaction for prototype project, depending upon the nature of the work proposed, and other factors,” DARPA stated.
The agency will accept industry questions on the program through April 3.