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Special Operation Helicopters
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Defence is planning to acquire a fleet of light helicopters to enhance the ADF Special Operations Aviation Capability as advised in the 2016 Defence White Paper. The helicopters are to be proven (already in service) Commercial or Military off the shelf, optimised for operating in dense urban environments, and capable of being rapidly deployed by air transport in ADF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft. The helicopter should be capable of being fitted with simple, proven, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) equipment and weapons systems.
The project is currently in an exploratory phase, collecting information and proposals to inform concepts for capability realisation. The project is considering a wide range of procurement options based around a light helicopter as the major system. The acquisition strategy for the project is developmental and is subject to Government approval.
This RFI seeks industry’s input as to the potential solutions which could satisfy the Project’s needs. The initial phase is to identify major systems which can form the basis for the capability and is the primary focus of this engagement. For this reason, the Project seeks experienced Prime System Integrators who hold the ability to source a suitable platform, conduct integration of specialist role equipment and support the introduction into service of a new aviation capability. Proposals should address ongoing support in sustainment which may include engineering and supply services, while allowing for flexibility in transfer of technical data for sustainment services by a provider of the Commonwealth’s choosing.
Responses are to be submitted on the basis that funding for this project has not yet been approved and that the Commonwealth may, in accordance with the conditions of registration, decide not to proceed with this RFI process or any further procurement process.
You are under no obligation to respond to this RFI. However, please note that the information being sought by this RFI has been identified by Defence as important for planning purposes, and to inform Defence decision making. In seeking your response, Defence wishes to ensure that this planning and decision making occurs with the full benefit of information provided by your organisation.
Respondents should complete and provide the information requested in Annex A to this RFI in the manner requested in the Annex. Respondents are requested to ensure that the information provided is accurate, complete and current.