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Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

Solicitation number F7054-202009/A

Publication date

Closing date and time 2020/11/06 14:00 EST

Last amendment date


    Description
    Trade Agreement: Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    Tendering Procedures: Suppliers on permanent list or able to meet qualification requirements
    Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
    Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
    Vendor Name and Address: 
    FLIR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS ULC
    575 Kumpf Drive
    Waterloo Ontario
    Canada
    N2V1K3
    Nature of Requirements: 
    
    Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
    
    F7054-202009/A
    
    
    Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
    
    
    CCG Remotely Piloted Aerial System
    
    Definition of the requirement
    
    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has created a pilot program to conduct operational tests and trials on remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). These RPAS are intended to be capable of operating from CCG ships or ashore and will support programs such as Search and Rescue (SAR), Icebreaking, Environmental Response (ER), navigable waters protection, and Conservation and Protection (C&P). 
    RPAS technology shows potential for enhancing CCG’s mission capability and safety while delivering CCG programs to Canadians. As such, CCG has identified the use of RPAS in Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) applications as a way to enhance its air capability and deliver on its mandate.  
    
    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard has a requirement for the supply of quantity x 5 Remotely Piloted Visual Line of Sight Aircraft Systems in accordance with Transport Canada, Standard 922 -RPAS Safety Assurance and be certified for use in Canada. The product/system/equipment (as applicable) must all criteria’s listed below.  
    
    Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities (Minimum Essential Requirements)
    
    • Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that its product/equipment/system (as appropriate) meets the following requirements:
    RPAS Technical Requirements
    1.0  Performance Characteristics
    1.1.  The RPAS must meet all safety requirements set out by Transport Canada, Standard 922 -RPAS Safety Assurance and be certified for use in Canada at time of solicitation.
    1.2.  The RPAS must be able to take off and land vertically (VTOL) from the ground and the deck of a vessel in motion using either a tablet based Ground Control Station (GCS) or hand held controller.
    1.3.  The RPAS must be able to operate in altitudes up to 7500 feet above sea level (ASL), 
    1.4.  The RPAS must be able to achieve a maximum speed of no less than 45 kilometers per hour, 
    1.5.  The RPAS must have a minimum data link range between 1600-5000 meters for operations in remote non-controlled airspaces where Transport Canada has authorized such operations.
    1.6.  The RPAS must be capable of operating in rain, snow, dust, and salt air conditions. 
    1.7.  The RPAS must be Ingress Protection (IP) rated at a minimum level of IP53 for operations in all environments that the CCG is expected to operate.
    1.8.  The RPAS must be able to operate in temperature ranges from -30° Celsius to +50° Celsius as they will be utilized to support all facets off CCG operations which include icebreaking.
    1.9.  The RPAS must be able to operate with stabilized video flight during the entire time of the flight and in sustained winds of up to 65 km/h, gusting to 90 km/h as to ensure that operations will not be affected by adverse wind conditions.
    1.10.  The RPAS must be able to operate for a minimum flight time of 40 minutes with fixed forward looking payload.
    1.11.  The RPAS must have built in fault tolerance including:
    1.11.1.  Ability to automatically fly to a pre-programmed location and land when battery is at critically low level, even If low battery condition is not addressed by the operator.
    1.11.2.  If loss of communication between air vehicle and ground control station
    occurs, system must attempt to reconnect (altitude increase, etc.) and if it
    cannot reconnect, the system will automatically fly to a pre-programmed
    location and land.
    1.11.3.  If the battery condition becomes critical, aircraft must immediately initiate a
    landing to ensure the safest possible outcome.
    1.12.  The RPAS must have a minimum accuracy of  2.0 meters in GPS or GLONASS mode.
    1.13.  The RPAS must have a sensor driven flight control system which allows the aircraft to maintain position and attitude without pilot input (i.e. automated hover mode).
    1.14.  The RPAS must be able to perform a target lock/stare/track on a stationary and/or moving target one target at a time.
    1.15.  The RPAS must have a ‘Return to Home’ feature that can be either the location of the GCS or a predetermined geographical point.
    2.0  Portability
    2.1.  The RPAS must be supplied with a hard carrying case with a handle for the RPAS and associated controller items for field deployment.
    2.2.  The RPAS carrying case must be able to fit all parts of the entire system (drone, propellers, 2 spare propellers, battery, spare battery, remote…).
    2.3.  The RPAS must be capable of being operated by a single operator, including control of air vehicle and control of payload.
    2.4.  The RPAS must be capable of being set-up and launched within 5 minutes by a skilled operator.
    2.5.  The RPAS must be capable of being assembled by a single person, in the case that disassembly is required. 
    2.6.  The RPAS must be capable of being disassembled without tools for compact transport and storage.
    2.7.  The RPAS must have interchangeable parts such as arms, legs, propellers, and payloads, so that they can be changed while in the field using non-specialized hand tools or commonly available hand tools.
    3.0  Air Vehicle Requirements
    3.1.  The RPAS air vehicle must have an airframe width that does not exceed 80 cm, excluding propellers.
    3.2.  The RPAS air vehicles must have an airframe vertical height that does not exceeding 50 cm.
    3.3.  The RPAS must have a total weight that does not exceed 20 kg, this includes battery, camera payload, GCS, controller, spare batteries for an additional sortie, and propellers (including carrying case).
    3.4.  The RPAS must have LED lights that can be turned off and on through the GCS.
    3.5.  The RPAS aircraft must have IR navigation lights.
    4.0  Camera & Video Payload
    4.1.  The RPAS must be able to take still pictures and allow the operator to view the pictures within 5 minutes at proper resolution (fully downloaded), regardless if the drone is in flight mode or landed. 
    4.2.  The RPAS still pictures must be visible on the controller at the GCS or other device if the software allows.
    4.3.  The RPAS controller must be able to easily transfer the pictures for emailing in a non-proprietary format and via generic email service (cellular or web service).
    4.4.  The RPAS payload capacity must be a minimum of 3.5 kg.
    4.5.  The RPAS must produce still images with a minimum resolution of 20 Mega Pixels (MP) for detailed analysis during missions and during post mission processing.
    4.6.  The RPAS EO video resolution must be a minimum of 1080p HD recorded for detailed analysis during missions and during post mission processing.
    4.7.  The RPAS EO video must be full HD capable of recording at least 24 fps.
    4.8.  The RPAS payload must be stabilized by a 3 axis gimbal, at minimum.
    4.9.  The RPAS payload must be low light capable (manual control camera while in flight).
    4.10.  The RPAS camera payload must be capable of nadir tilt.
    4.11.  The RPS combined EO/IR camera payload must be made available with minimum 640x512 pixels with 4 x digital zoom.
    4.12.  The RPAS EO must be capable of streaming in 1080p and have IR up to VGA.
    4.13.  The RPAS EO camera must come with a minimum of 30x optical zoom for covert site observation.
    4.14.  The RPAS EO camera must be a minimum of 60x digital zoom for covert site observations.
    4.15.  The RPAS payloads must be easily changed without tools. 
    4.16.  The RPAS must provide video metadata that is embedded STANAG 4609 KLV.
    5.0  Battery
    5.1.  The RPAS must have a single battery not exceeding 160 Wh.
    5.2.  The RPAS battery must operate in temperatures -30°Celsius to +50°Celsius.
    5.3.  The RPAS battery cells and connections must be enclosed within a self-contained hard cased unit with no external wires.
    5.4.  The RPAS must come with one set of spare batteries (a set is defined as the quantity required to operate the aircraft).
    6.0  Controller or Compatible Viewing Platform
    6.1.  The RPAS controller or compatible viewing platform must be capable of being operated without an external light source at night.
    6.2.  The RPAS controller or compatible viewing platform must be Ingress Protection rated at a minimum level of IP53.
    6.3.  The RPAS must have a Command and Control and Video Link Range of at least 1.6 km using the handheld GCS built in antenna.
    6.4.  The RPAS controller or compatible viewing platform must be securely paired with the RPAS and secondary controller or compatible viewing platform.
    6.5.  The RPAS hand held controller must be supplied with joysticks to control the aircraft.
    7.0  Charging System(s)
    7.1.  The RPAS must have charging station(s) for both batteries and controllers via standard wall (i.e. 120VAC) charging.
    7.2.  The RPAS charging station(s) must be capable of charging a minimum of two sets of batteries at a time.
    8.0  Flight Application
    8.1.  The RPAS must provide real time battery status, flight telemetry, link signal status, GPS status, and any fault information via the compatible viewing platform or controller for the pilot’s information.
    8.2.  The RPAS must provide, at minimum, the following information at the viewing platform: low battery warning (RPAS and Controller), link strength indicator, loss of link warning, and a GPS status indicator.
    9.0  Payloads, Software, Support Equipment
    9.1.  The RPAS must have payloads and software to fulfill various CCG operational and support requirements, e.g. High Definition (HD) Electro Optical (EO) payload with a minimum 20X optical Zoom and 40X digital zoom, Infrared (IR) payload, EO/IR payload, package deliver/drop payload, etc.
    9.2.  The RPAS  must have an associated hardware and software system that will ensure at 95% probability the transmission of real or near real time video, stills and metadata from operators in the field to other locations via a secure connection through either broadband or Wi-Fi where available.
    9.3.  The RPAS must have the option of a tether system that can provide continuous power to the payloads and aircraft and be able to operate from a vessel. 
    9.4.  The RPAS must have an associated software system that will allow the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) management of all RPAS systems and components and the tracking of the RPAS operators qualification and currency and must be system agnostic to support the management of other OEMs systems.
    9.5.  The RPAS must come with the latest released version of the software/firmware at time of purchase.
    9.6.  The RPAS must be able to receive automatic updates for security and programming patches after delivery.
    
    RPAS Capabilities
    RPAS CAPABILITIES
    Physical Requirements
    Diagonal Length = 60 cm (excluding propellers)
    Height = 50 cm
    Total Weight = 20 kg (including battery, payload, GCS, controller, spare batteries for an additional sortie and propellers including carrying case) 
    Disassembly System must be able to be disassembled (without tools) for compact transport and storage and all system parts need to fit in the carrying hard case
    Interchangeability of Parts Parts such as arms, legs, propellers and payloads must be interchangeable in the field using non specialized or commonly available hand tools
    LED Lights Must be able to be turned off and on through the Control Station
    Navigation Lights Must be infrared
    Performance Characteristics
    - Must be able to take off and land vertically (VTOL) from the ground and the deck of a vessel in motion using its tablet based Ground Control Station (GCS) or the optional hand held controller
    - Must be supplied with optional joysticks for control the aircraft
    - Must be supplied with a hard carrying case with a handle for the RPAS and associated controller items for field deployment
    - Air vehicle system, including control of air vehicle and control of camera, must be able to be operated by a single operator
    - Must be able to operate in pressure altitudes up to 7500 ft above sea level (ASL)
    - Maximum speed must be a minimum of 50 km/per hour
    - Data link range must be a minimum of 1600 m and be capable of operations beyond that range, up to 5000 meters
    - Must be Ingress Protection (IP) rated at a minimum level of IP53. Entire system including controller must be able to operate in rain, snow, dust, and salt air conditions
    - Must be able to operate in temperature ranges from -30° Celsius to +50° Celsius
    - Must be able to operate with stabilized video flight during the entire time of the flight and in sustained winds of up to 65 km/h, gusting to 90 km/h
    - Flight time with its forward facing EO/IR payload must be minimum 40 minutes on a 20° Celsius day
    - Must have built in fault tolerance including:
    - If low battery condition is not addressed by the operator, system must
    - automatically fly to a pre-programmed location and land when battery is at low level. 
    - System must attempt to reconnect if communication is lost between air vehicle and ground control station and if it cannot reconnect, system will automatically fly to a pre-programmed location and land. and
    - If the battery condition becomes critical, aircraft must immediately initiate a landing to ensure the safest possible outcome
    RPAS accuracy minimum requirement must be 2.0 meters in GPS or GLONASS mode
    RPAS must have a sensor driven flight control system which allows the aircraft to maintain position and attitude without pilot input (automated hover mode)
    Complete system must be able to be set-up and launched within 10 minutes
    System must be able to perform a target lock/stare/track on a stationary and/or moving target (one target at a time)
    Must have a Return to Home feature that can be either the location of the Control Station (CS) or a predetermined geographical point
    - Must come with the latest released version of the software/firmware at time of purchase, and allow for automatic updates for security and programming patches time with its heaviest payload must be minimum 30 minutes
    Camera & Video Payload
    Payload Weight Maximum 3.5 kg
    Image Resolution Minimum 20 Mega Pixels (MP)
    Video Resolution EO Minimum 1080p HD recorded
    Definition & Frame Rate All video must be full HD, recording at least 24 fps
    - Picture must be visible on the controller at the ground control station or other device if the software allows
    - The controller must be able to easily transfer the pictures for emailing in a non-proprietary format and generic email service (cellular or web service)
    - Payload must be stabilized by at least 3 axis gimbal minimum
    Payload must be low light capable (manual control camera while in flight) and capable of nadir tilt
    EO/IR cameras must be made available with minimum 640x512 pixels
    Streamed EO up to 1080p and IR up to VGA
    EO camera must come with a minimum of 30x optical zoom and 60x digital zoom
    Payloads must be easily changed without tools
    Battery
    Energy A single battery must not exceed 160 Wh
    Temperature Range Must operate in temperatures -30°Celsius to +50°Celsius
    Battery cells and connections must be enclosed within a self-contained hard cased unit with no external wires
    The RPAS must come with one set of spare batteries (a set is defined as the quantity required to operate the aircraft).
    Controller or Compatible Viewing Platform
    Controller or compatible viewing platform must be capable of being operated without an external light source at night
    Controller or compatible viewing platform must be Ingress Protection rated at a minimum level of IP53
    The RPAS must have a Command and Control and Video Link Range of at least 1.6 km using the handheld Ground Control Station (GCS) built in antenna with the additional capability of data link range up to 5 km
    The controller or compatible viewing platform must be securely paired with the RPAS and secondary controller or compatible viewing platform
    Charging System(s)
    The charging station(s) for both batteries and controllers must be capable of standard wall (120VAC) charging
    Charging station must be capable of charging a minimum of two sets batteries at a time
    Flight Application
    Real time battery status, flight telemetry, link signal status, GPS status and any fault information must be displayed by the application on the compatible viewing platform or controller for the pilot’s information
    At minimum, the software on the compatible viewing platform must have a low battery warning (RPA and Controller), link strength indicator, loss of link warning, and a GPS status indicator
    User Manual, Operational Checklists and Logs
    The Bidder must provide a user manual per RPAS in the form of a printed and electronic manual (one (1) copy each per RPAS in English and French in an e-format easily accessible from Government software suites)
    User manual must include instructions on:
    - - How to setup, launch, use, recover and store the product
    - How to care for the product components
    - How to change batteries and payloads
    - Pre-flight Check Sheets and Emergency Procedures
    - Troubleshooting
    - Pilot, RPAS, Maintenance, Abnormal Occurrence and System       Modification Logbooks
    If the system is upgraded during the warrantee period, the user manual must be updated accordingly, and new copies sent to the CCG
    Payloads, Software, Support Equipment
    These systems will require payloads and software to fulfill various CCG operational and support requirements, e.g. High Definition (HD) Electro Optical (EO) payload with a minimum 30X optical Zoom and 60X digital zoom, Infrared (IR) payload, EO/IR payload, package deliver/drop payload, etc.
    The system must have associated hardware and software that will ensure at 95% probability the transmission of real or near real time video, stills and metadata from operators in the field to other locations via a secure connection through either broadband or WiFi where available or through a SATCOM link
    The system must have the option of a tether system that can provide continuous power to the payloads and aircraft
    The system must have an associated software system that will allow the Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) management of all RPAS systems and components and the tracking of the RPAS operators qualification and currency  and must be system agnostic to support the management of other non-OEM systems
    
    
    
    Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier
    
    The R70 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, manufactured by FLIR, is widely used in austere and environmentally challenging situations.  It has been proven to be a robust system used extensively on shipboard applications.  Canadian Coast Guard conducted extensive informal market research to identify systems which have been proven to operate in difficult environmental conditions and aboard ship and have only identified one vendor with the capability to support these requirements. One key safety feature of this air vehicle is the on board tethered system. This is critical for shipboard operations. This system also contains redundancy so in the event of loss of power to the tether system, the battery power will enable the air vehicle to safely land. For non-tethered operations the R70 also has four batteries on-board and in the event of the failure of up to two of these batteries can still function, a very high level of power redundancy.  Critical to the Canadian Coast Guard is system safety specifically related to the command and control link and the potential for hacking of the system while inflight.  To ensure this does not happen, FLIR has equipped the R70 with a 256 bit encryption system which keys to the specific ground control system in-use.  The R70 is equipped with a laser altimeter to allow for safe flight operations over uneven terrain and assists with ship board operations during landing.
    
     
    
    Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)
    The following exception(s) to the Government Contracts Regulations is (are) invoked for this procurement under subsection  6(d) - "only one person is capable of performing the work".
    
    
    Ownership of Intellectual Property
    • Ownership of any Foreground Intellectual Property arising out of the proposed contract will vest in the Contractor.
    
    This procurement is subject to the following trade agreement(s):
    
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    • World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
    •  North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
    
    
    Period of the proposed contract or delivery date
    
    Delivery of the 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems must be delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard twelve (12) weeks following contract award. All other milestones and contract deliverables will be in accordance with the timelines specified in the Statement of Work. The Contract period will be from November 15, 2020 - November 15, 2022.
    
    Cost estimate of the proposed contract
    
    
    The estimated value of the contract, including option(s), is $920,000.00 x (GST/HST extra).
    
    Name and address of the pre-identified supplier
    
    FLIR
    575 Kumpf Drive
    Waterloo, ON
    N2V 1K3
     
    Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities
    
    Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.
    
    
    Closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities
    
    The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is November 6, 2020 at 1400hrs EST 
    
    Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities
    
    Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed to:
    
    Todd McCabe
     Supply Team Leader | Land and Aerospace Equipment Procurement and Support Sector (LAEPSS) | Acquisitions Branch - Civilian Aviation Division
    Public Services and Procurement Canada | Government of Canada
    todd.mccabe@pwgsc.gc.ca
    
    Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
    
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    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

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    Contracting organization

    Organization
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Address
    11 Laurier St, Phase III, Place du Portage
    Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0S5
    Canada
    Contracting authority
    McCabe (008cag), Todd
    Phone
    (873) 469-3839 ( )
    Email
    todd.mccabe@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
    Fax
    (819) 956-9110
    Address
    Portage III 7C2 - 50
    11 Laurier St./11 rue Laurier
    Gatineau, Québec, K1A 0S5

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    Organization
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Address
    200 Kent St, Station 13E228
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E6
    Canada
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