U.S. Navy Looks to Replace or Improve F/A-18 Super Hornet”s ATFLIR Targeting Pod

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September 24, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: September 24 on

The U.S. Navy is seeking qualified sources that can provide an Electro Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting pod capability focused on reducing the overall operating and support cost on its Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters. 

According to the post of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), “In an effort to enhance sustainment capabilities while lowering life cycle and ownership cost, the F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office is exploring Non-Development Item (NDI) procurement options to either augment or replace the existing Advance Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod inventory. The NDI system must be currently fielded on tactical strike/fighter aircraft within the Department of Defense (DoD) portfolio and must have an active production line or the ability to establish one with limited to no startup costs and capacity to support production of 250 pods FY22-FY29.”

“The Government does not presently intend to award a contract but wants to obtain technical capabilities, systems sustainment  and supportability philosophies, pricing, schedule, and other market information for planning purposes, Follow-up questions may be asked of responders for clarifications during the Capabilities Presentations, but this will not indicate a selection of preference. This is not a commitment to fund any effort submitted in response to this request. Any costs related to preparation of a response to this RFI is borne by the party submitting the response.”


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