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C-5 Avionics Mission Systems Sustainment (AMSS)

Georgia, United States
Government : Military
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This is a Request for (RFI) only as defined in Federal *********** Regulation (FAR) ********* to obtain about capabilities and market related to ********** an architectural study ******** of a avionics and ************ software for the C-5M Super ************* Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is under contract to perform the study based on their ability to assess Cost, Schedule, Performance and Risk for transition from a generic integrated to a .  They will also assess possible reduction of lifecycle costs and ease of obsolescence management while maintaining current system performance requirements and interoperability.

This RFI is not a request for competitive proposals; therefore, responses to this notice are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the United States Air Force (USAF) to form a binding contract.  Companies that respond will not be paid for the submitted. Industry responses to the RFI will be assessed and may assist in potential future source selection actions.  Companies are advised that, should a contract for these services be pursued by the USAF, the request for a proposal response from the companies, subsequent review and negotiation time will be significantly condensed. 

The USAF will be utilizing GTRI personnel under this RFI; ---- Program Manager (PM) and ---- Engineer (Engr). The role of the GTRI personnel is to function as technical advisors to the USAF reviewers.  The GTRI personnel will have access to the submitted in response to the RFI, and will provide technical expertise and/or advice as required to complete the study.  All GTRI personnel have Non-Disclosure Agreements on file with the USAF. 



The USAF provides this RFI inviting industry to provide on their current and future capabilities for a avionics replacement for the current C-5M integrated avionics .  All instruction and technical shall be in the English language.


The USAF is ********** an architectural study ******** to inform the development of requirements for a modification to the existing C-5M core processing environment and software in the existing avionics suite to enable the platform to reach its expected end-of-life in the year 2056. GTRI will perform necessary ******** to enable the USAF to evaluate alternative s prior to initiating an Engineering and Manufacturing Development activity.  The duration of this study effort is expected to be approximately one year, which commenced on 1 July 2019.

Today's C-5M core processing environment utilizes a proprietary design with limited data rights.  The C-5M Versatile Integrated , based on 1990s-designed electronics, has developed significant obsolescence problems.  It has also proven costly to perform software updates and qualification testing.

The USAF believes the areas of a core processing environment and lifecycle cost management are important areas of consideration. Responders should feel free to add and discuss any others that they feel are relevant.

The USAF goal is to transition to a and invites industry to provide on their current and future capabilities in the following areas of interest that are considered requirements of a new :


•·         Modular open built on government reference standards

•·         Utilization of commercial or open source Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and compiler suites (e.g. LynxOS, VxWorks, Green Hills Integrity) utilizing an ARINC 653 standard

•·         Industry standard backplane and processing elements

•·         Non-pr...

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