On 15 September 2021, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 2371b, the Army Contracting Command – Orlando has awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) via the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) for the Radio Frequency Generation (RFGEN) Subsystem Development and Integration (SDI) Prototype Effort.

A Request for Solutions for this effort was issued through TReX on 22 June 2020, which resulted in the submittal of 3 responses for RFGEN. The prototype project was awarded to Amherst Systems Inc – A Northrup Grumman Corporation located in Williamsville, NY. The total value of this prototype project, if all options are exercised, is $49,900,000.00.

“The objective of the RFGEN SDI prototype project is to adapt and expand previous research, development, and initial proof-of-principle prototyping conducted by NAVAIR to date. The RFGEN prototype project will design, develop, fabricate, assemble, integrate, and test variants of the initial proof-of-principle RFGEN prototype capability. Specifically, the RFGEN prototype project will develop and demonstrate a specific aircraft mission.

The Navy anticipates further development of one or more prototypes that may be required to establish IOC. If further development is required, NAVAIR 5.4 IBST will continue the development of the RFGEN SDI prototype(s) until all requirements specified by the user, resource sponsors, and stakeholders are met, and IOC is established.

The Navy anticipates conducting a low rate initial production (LRIP) of each of the RFGEN DGI variant prototypes that reach IOC. LRIP will be used to produce a small quantity set of test articles to provide for representation at Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E). LRIP will also be used to establish an initial production base and set the stage for a gradual increase in production rate to allow for Full-Rate Production (FRP) upon completion of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E). The LRIP quantity will not exceed 10 percent of the total expected production, as determined by NAVY, resource sponsors, and stakeholders.

In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2371b(f), the Navy does anticipate (upon successful completion of IOT&E and OT&E activities) production of each RFGEN SDI variant prototype may be required. This will include maintenance and sustainment support. NAVY will brief resource sponsors and stakeholders to recommend either a non-competitive, follow-on production OT or a sole-sourced FAR-based production contract. This determination will be under Government cost estimates and plan of action and milestones (POA&M).