Military Embedded Systems

NAVAIR avionics program seeks proposals for FY 2017 projects


December 14, 2015

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

NAVAIR avionics program seeks proposals for FY 2017 projects
AH-1Z Viper?s turret control assembly circuit card received funding from the Navy?s AvCIP) fiscal 2015. U.S. Navy Photo.

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. U.S. Navy officials at the Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) will award more than $10 million in funds for 2017 projects. NAVAIR’s Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) officials will manage the proposal process for the Office of Naval Operations (OPNAV). Nominations forms are due January 29 and projects will be selected by the end of May and can start executing as soon as October.

Anyone meeting AvCIP critera will be requested to submit a detailed project proposal by February 26 and in April, those that submitted their projects will brief their proposals to NAVAIR representatives, Marine Corps avionics officers, Navy resource sponsors, Naval Supply Center Logistics managers, and programmatic and acquisition subject matter experts.

Recommendations for the strongest selection will be made to the PMA-209’s program manager. According to the Navy press release, selections are made based on cost, urgency, extent of benefits, availability of proper funding types, criticality, and ability to execute the project.

Projects that were approved for FY16 include:

- H-1 Optimized Top Owl Helmet Display Module obsolescence correction

- Harpoon II Common Munitions Bit & O-Level Programming sustainment improvement

- Shipboard Power Station Test Set obsolescence correction & performance improvement

-EA-18G Electronic Warfare Range Signal Generator reliability enhancement

“Just about every platform has problematic systems that are either failing to meet reliability objectives or are facing obsolescence issues,” says Candace Chesser, program manager for PMA-209. “Both cases usually present excessive sustainment or correction costs and present risk to user readiness. AvCIP resources enable acquisition managers to address these issues with near-term funds, rather than waiting for out-year Program Objective Memorandum (POM) money to arrive, or sacrificing existing internal funds that were planned for other uses.”

Contact Jerica Beavan at [email protected] for nominations forms. This preliminary step allows proposals to be reviewed for AvCIP applicability. For more information about AvCIP, contact Maj. Kyle Hollis, the AvCIP integrated product team lead, at [email protected].

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