Request For Information For Procurement Of Naval Shipborne

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1. The Ministry of Defence, Government of India, intends to procure approximately 50 Naval Shipborne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS) for Surveillance and Reconnaissance, SLOC monitoring and Coastal/ EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy and anti-terrorism, assistance in Search and Rescue and assistance in Maritime Domain Awareness.


This Request for Information (RFI) consists of two parts as indicated below.

Submission of incomplete response format will render the vendor liable for


(a) Part I. The first part of the RFI incorporates broad operational requirements and features that should be met by the equipment. A f ew important technical parameters of the proposed equipment are also mentioned.

(b) Part II. The second part of the RFI states the methodology of seeking responses.


3. Intended Use of Equipment (Operational Requirements). The NSUAS will be launched from a ship and used for Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Reconnaissance and building MDA (Maritime Domain Awareness) around a Task Group. The secondary roles of NSUAS would include anti-piracy, anti-terrorist activities and assist in Search and Rescue (SAR).

4. Important Technical Parameters. Broad operational requirements for NSUAS are placed at Annexure-I to this RFI. The vendor is to provide maximum details with respect to each parameter and also specify restrictions or conditions, if any. In addition, additional information may also be provided as feasible. Respondents are to provide detailed, para-wise information on all aspects. The details of information sought is appended below:-

(a) Vendors may utilise this opportunity to recommend the capabilities proposed in terms of Essential Parameters-A and Essential Parameters- B iaw Para 10 of Chapter II of DPP 16, as an input for development of Qualitative Requirements.

(b) The vendors should provide an approximate estimation of

cost including an approximate breakdown of all the elements that need to be st

ructured into the costing of the equipment system (engineering


spares, training, documentation, product support, etc). The vendors

may be required to conclude a Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract

(CAMC) along with the main contract for maintenance of the system. The cost of CAMC would be taken into account for determining the L1 vendor. Proposal for CAMC is to be included in the response to RFI in detailed format.
(c) In case the vendor propose to progress the case under transfer of technology then the details of ToT including range and depth of ToT and key technologies likely/ proposed to be transferred are to be indicated. In case ToT is being offered, GoI would be desirous of license production of equipment after acquiring ToT in the instant case.
(d) The vendor should indicate whether the proposed equipment is in use b y any other Navy/ Air Force/ Defence Forces or offered for use by other Governmental/ Non-Governmental agencies within India or abroad and if so, unit price (without taxes/ custom duties) and year in which it was supplied is to be indicated. The differences between these versions of equipment and equipment presently being offered may also be forwarded in detail.
(e) The vendor is to indicate the feasibility/ willingness to conduct FET in India and modalities for conduct of FET are to be included in the response. Response to include suggested trial methodology and parameters for which evaluation can be done through simulation/ certification/ documentation / demonstration, etc during the FET. Vendors are to indicate suggested trial methodology in tabular format for various systems and aspects.
(f) The manpower required to operate and maintain the system besides modalities of training is to be indicated. Details of training aids, models, software packages, and computer based tutorials, simulators etc which would be used during training is also to be indicated. Inputs on operator and maintainer certification including training for instructional duties and prior qualifications required are to be mentioned.
(g) Willingness for Option Clause including the duration for which the Option Clause would be valid is to be indicated.
(h) The vendor is to indicate whether they would be able to comply with all provisions of DPP 2016 or not. If not, para/clause of DPP 16 which would not be agreed to is to be mentioned, with reasons.
(j) Vendor may consider RFI as advance information to obtain requisite government clearances. This shall include clearances for platform, sensor payloads, ground equipment and all other associated systems. The details related to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)/export license clearances and end-user certificate is to be provided.
(k) Category of Procurement. One of the purposes of this RFI is to aid in deciding the acquisition category based on Defining Attributes and Decision Flow Charts as detailed in ‘Appendix ‘A’ of Chapter II of DPP 2016. Vendors are to specify the procurement category under which they would be willing to offer their systems. In case the vendor is open to more than one type of

categorisation, the details of each proposal and order of preference is to be provided. The Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost and delivery timelines of each proposal is also to be specified under each category of proposal. The vendors may also provide reasons for choosing preferred category.
(l) The vendor should indicate the tentative delivery schedule for supply of t he equipment after conclusion of contract. The vendor should indicate the delivery schedule for various procurement categories as specified, in case more than one procurement category is proposed by the vendor.
(m) Payment Terms. Acceptability to the terms of payment as per DPP 16.
(n) Approximate cost estimation. Vendors are intimated that the cost forwarded should not include tax/ custom duty component. Indicative cost is to take into account all aspects of supply of production material, manufacture, installation, integration, training, documentation, FET and Onsite Acceptance Tests, life cycle costing, CAMC for 10 years, etc.
(p) The vendor is to provide compliance to MIL or other standards and Ingress Protection (IP) certification for operations, safety and environment for associated Commercial Of-The-Shelf (COTS) grade equipment.
(q) In case joint ventures are proposed, Indian vendors are to indicate the foreign OEM and the name of the system being offered with the OEM. The foreign vendors are to indicate their Indian firm with whom the Joint Venture (JV) is proposed.
5. Conditions for Solicitation of Offers. Vendors should confirm that the following conditions are acceptable:-
(a) The solicitation of offers will be as per ‘Single Stage Two Bid System’. It would imply that a ‘Request for Proposal’ would be issued soliciting the technical and commercial offers together, but in two separate sealed envelopes. The validity of commercial offers would at least be 18 months from the date of submitting of offers.
(b) The technical offers would be evaluated by a Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) to check its compliance with RFP.
(c) The equipment of all TEC cleared vendors would be put through a Field Evaluation Trial on a ‘No Cost No Commitment (NCNC)’ basis in accordance with Para 65 of Chap II of DPP-2016. A staff evaluation would be carried out by SHQ to analyse the result of field evaluation and shortlist the equipment for introduction into service. Towards this, the participating vendors are to forward a list of equipment that would be made available for NCNC trials.
(d) Vendors are to confirm the feasibility to offer NCNC trials, including at Sea, of the proposed equipment in India/ abroad, in exact configuration as


proposed in response to the RFI. Alternatively, the differences between various configurations and their consequent costs may be highlighted. Vendors may clarify the proposed platform (naval/ non-naval platforms, demonstration of equipment already fitted on any other non-IN platform, etc) and venue (India/ abroad) for conduct of FET.

(e) Amongst the vendors cleared for Staff evaluation, a Contract Negotiations Committee would decide the lowest cost bidder (L1) and conclude the appropriate contract.

(f) Product Support. Vendor would be bound to provide comprehensive product and maintenance support for the supplied equipment for time period as specified in the RFP, which includes spares and maintenance tools/ jigs/ fixture / other equipment for field and component level repairs. The details are to be included in the response to RFI.

(g) The vendor would be required to accept the general conditions of contract given in the Standard Contract Document at Chapter VI of DPP 16 placed on

(h) The vendor should indicate willingness to offer offsets, if proposal exceeds Rs 2000 Crores (for foreign vendors only). The vendor confirms to undertake offset contracts in accordance with para 2.2 of Appendix D of Chapter II of DPP 16.

(j) Integrity Pact. An integrity pact along with appropriate IPBG is a mandatory requirement in the instant case.

(k) Performance-cum-Warranty Bond. Performance-cum-warranty bond both equal to 5% value of contract is required to be submitted after signing of contract.

(l) Warranty. mentioned.

The warranty for the NSUAS provided by OEM is to be

(m) Technology (ToT). In case the vendor propose to progress the case under transfer of technology then the details of ToT including range and depth of ToT and key technologies likely to be transferred are to be indicated. In case ToT is being offered, GoI would be desirous of license production of equipment after acquiring ToT in the instant case. Vendor is to indicate willingness to provide ToT (know-how and know-why) along with exact scope of ToT that can be provided in each area and budgetary quote for the same item wise is to be indicated. The ToT plan to be submitted shall highlight the following:-

(i) Range, depth and scope of technology transfer providing details to enable ‘know-why’ and ‘know-how’.

(ii) Extent of indigenous content.

(iii) Plans to train skilled manpower.
(iv) Extent of future R & D planned in India.
(v) Timelines for delivery, Transfer of Technology and Transfer of Production.
(vi) Cost of Transfer of Technology and Transfer of Production.
(n) Transfer of Production (ToP). Willingness to provide ToP (including setting up facility for manufacture of components in India, procurement order specifications of proprietary jigs/ fixtures as required, manufacturing drawings, QA/QC procedures, procurement order specification for raw material/ components, etc) as required and training of Indian Production Agency (PA) personnel (if applicable) in all respects of manufacturing process and supervision during initial startup of manufacturing is to be provided. The vendor is to indicate the Budgetary Quote and timelines for ToT and ToP separately. Concurrent activities and total timeline is also to be indicated.
(p) Vendors are to provide availability of applicable key technologies and materials required for manufacturing of the equipment/ system/ platform in the Indian Market, level of indigenisation in design and content, delivery capability, maintenance support, life time support, etc. The extent of availability or accessibility of the above details if not available in India is also to be specified. Indian vendors are to provide capability to indigenously design and develop the required equipment.
(q) Software Codes and Intellectual Property Rights. Willingness to supply software source codes for software used is to be indicated. Respondents are to clearly indicate the details of agency holding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for various hardware and software components of the NSUAS.
(r) Anticipated Delivery Timeframes. The Indian Navy anticipates that the first system would be delivered within 12 months from the date of signing of contract and one system every month thereafter. Inability to comply with these conditions may be specified. The vendor should indicate the delivery schedule for various procurement categories as specified, in case more than one procurement category is proposed by the vendor.
(s) RFP is likely to be issued by end Jun 2018.
(t) Additional details as deemed appropriate are to be provided.
(u) Suggestions. Suggestions for alternatives to meet the same objectives as mentioned in this RFI may be offered.


(v) Undertaking.

The prospective vendors must submit an

undertaking that information provided by them is correct.

6. Government Agencies or companies are requested to provide quantified technical, operational and maintenance parameters as queried in Annexure I, as per existing/ achievable capabilities with time frame. Supporting relevant Documents and literature are to be provided. Vendors are requested to indicate the indigenous content of the product, plan for indigenisation, production capacity along with envisaged timelines for local production (if applicable). Vendors are to complete the Information Proforma at Annexure-II to this RFI.

7. The Indian vendors responding to the RFI with ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ proposal are to furnish the details of the platform, the foreign OEM, the ToT and MToT details and the indigenous content (percentage of the contract value).

8. The Foreign OEMs responding with a ‘Buy and Make’ proposal are to furnish the details of the platform, the Indian Partner, ToT and MToT details and the indigenous content (percentage of contract value).

9. Procedure forResponse. Vendors must fill the form of response as given in Appendix B Chapter II of DPP 16. Apart from filling details about company, details about the exact product meeting generic technical specifications should also be carefully filled. Additional literature on the product can also be attached with the form.
10. Vendors are to provide information sought as per form placed at Annexure III to this RFI with respect to criteria for vendor selection / pre-qualification.
11. Rough Order of Magnitude Cost. The vendors are to provide the Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost of NSUAS, Ground Control Stations (GCS), and payloads and associated equipment including Ground Control Station (GCS), payloads, product support packages, comprehensive maintenance, and training and associated equipment. The costing philosophy and break down is to be provided. Vendors are to specify the cost for two air vehicles per system and three air vehicles per system separately. In case the vendor proposes more than one type of categorisation, the cost in various categories is to be provided.
12. The filled form should be dispatched at under mentioned address:-
The Principal Director Aircraft Acquisition Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy) Directorate of Aircraft Acquisition (DAA), ‘A’ Block Hutments, Dara Shukoh Road, New Delhi - 110011
Fax:0112301 0538 Email ID: [email protected]


13. Last date of submission of filled form should not be later than three weeks from date of issuance of RFI. The vendors short listed for issue of RFP would be intimated. Vendors are to complete the RFI in all respects prior forwarding the data by the due date. Reasons such as data being classified in nature would not be accepted. Such data may be discussed if required with the directorate (mentioned at Para 12) after seeking for a meeting within the given timeframe. Vendors are to strictly adhere to the format specified and reply in the same format as provided in the RFI whilst forwarding responses.
14. The anticipated timelines will be as stipulated at Annexure I to Appendix C to Chapter 2 of DPP-2016.
15. The vendors are to include their capability to transfer the technology sought and provide life time support.
16. End User. The Government of India invites responses to this request only from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)/ Authorised vendors/ Government Sponsored Export Agencies (applicable in the case of countries where domestic lawd oes not permit direct export by OEMs). The end user of the equipment is Indian Navy (IN).
17. The companies (including an Indian company forming joint ventures and establishing production on arrangements with OEM) likely to respond may acknowledge the receipt of this RFI to the address specified at Para 12 above.
18. Vendor Interaction. A vendor interaction with the companies would be held at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy), New Delhi, if deemed necessary, with the companies who have acknowledged the receipt of the RFI as mentioned in Para 12 above iaw Para 8 of Chapter II of DPP 16.
19. This RFI is being issued with no financial commitment and the Ministry of Defence reserves the right to change or vary any part thereof at any stage. The Government of India also reserves the right to withdraw it should it be so necessary at any stage.
20. The acquisition process would be carried out under the provisions of DPP2016.

Annexures: AsAbove.

(Partha U Bhatt) Captain DAA Oct 17


Annexure-I (Refers to Para 4)




1. General Specifications

Vendor to Specify and provide maximum details possible

(a) The Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and its


payloads should be able to undertake the tasks

listed at para 3, Part I of RFI.

(b) The RPA and the payloads should be modular in


nature and should be easy to repair in field


(c) The RPA should have low radar and acoustics



(d) The RPA and all its subsystems should be


completely inter-operable amongst all the users of

the Indian Navy.

(e) Number of operators required to operate and


maintain the system should be minimum. The

optimum number of operators required to maintain

and operate the system along with specific

qualifications/ prior training/ experience is to be


2.Basic Composition of NSUAS. The NSUAS would comprise at least the following components:-

(a) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Each system is


to comprise of air vehicles, which are modular in

design, made of composite material and that can be

dismantled/ folded for portability and stowage

onboard (in a container provided along with RPA)

being supplied. The RPA must be easily assembled

onboard the ship.

What is the number of air vehicles (two or three) required for optimum utilisation of system (NSUAS)?


(b) Two Control Stations (Main and Standby).Main


control station to be fitted onboard the ship

(preferably in ops room with a rack design) and

shall be powered with onboard ship’s supply.

Standby control station must be positioned onboard

for controlling the air vehicle for redundancy. The

Ground Control Station (GCS) must have the facility

to record and playback sensor and flight data of at

least one complete sortie.

What is the storage capacity of the GCS?

Can both Main and Standby control station be provided?

Do the control stations operate independent of each other?

(c) One Launch System. A transportable launch


system which can be fitted / assembled when

required for launch of air vehicle and stowed when

not in use.

(d) One Point Recovery System. A point recovery


system that could be assembled and extended for

recovery of air vehicle and stowed thereafter.

(e) Two Ship Data Terminal. Ship Data Terminal to be


fixed on the upper deck so as to provide unhindered

communication with air vehicle.

(f) One set of Engineering Support Package (ESP).


ESP comprising Ground Support Equipment (GSE),

GHE (Ground Handling Equipment), OBS (Onboard

Spares) and tools for operation of the air vehicle

onboard and ashore must be stored in a pallet for

ease in stowage and transportation for duration as

per utilisation rate.

(g) One set Specialised Role Equipment. One set of


Special payload of both Maritime Patrol Radar

(MPR) and Communication (COM) relay equipment.


(h) Two Remote Video Terminals (RVT). Two


portable RVTs which be carried on a boat when

required and capable of being operated

independently. The RVT must have portable power


What is the minimum time of continuous operation of the RVT without spare batteries?

What is the endurance of each spare battery?

3.Operational Requirements/ Specifications of RPA

(a) Capability. NSUAS should be capable of operating


from ships and shore by day as well as by night and

in low visibility conditions. Specify the following:-

(i) Provide the name of the system being offered.

(ii) Indicate the maximum size and weight of container for RPA.

(iii) Indicate the maximum size and weight of containers for stowage of all RPA sub systems, item wise.

(iv) Indicate the maximum size and weight of containers for stowage of launch and recovery systems.

(v) Indicate the maximum size and weight of containers for stowage of spares for operations for 02 months (250 hrs per month) and Engineering Support Package.

(vi) What is the time required for preparation and launch of air vehicle?

(vii) What is the turnaround time between two launches of the same air vehicle after landing?

(viii) What is the time required for preparation of NSUAS for recovery onboard the ship?

(b) Fatigue / Service Life.


(i) What is the service life of NSUAS? (ii) Utilization. What is the utilization rate for normal and intensive operations?

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