5/30/2007 - WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, Air Force officials released the amended Combat Search and Rescue Replacement Vehicle Request for Proposal. The release of the RFP amendment is the culmination of an open and transparent process which included the release of a draft, face to face meetings with the original offerors and the exchange of questions and comments relating to the content of the RFP amendment.
Based on Government Accountability Office recommendations, the amended RFP clarifies the Air Force's evaluation of Operations and Support costs and provides the original offerors an opportunity to quantify and substantiate potential maintenance manpower efficiencies based on the reliability and maintainability characteristics of their proposed aircraft.
Air Force officials will integrate this new O&S information with the offerors' previously submitted information in all other areas to arrive at a best value assessment in accordance with the instructions outlined in the amended RFP. This is a competitive procurement, and the Air Force will select the contractor who offers the best value to the Air Force based on evaluation factors of Mission Capability, Performance Risk, Past Performance, and Price/Cost.
From program inception, experienced Air Force Combat Search and Rescue personnel, both aircrew and maintainers, have been involved in every step of the acquisition process. The development of the CSAR-X requirements was led by Air Force pilots, aircrew and support personnel who have flown demanding CSAR missions, maintained CSAR aircraft and supported CSAR operations in austere locations around the world. The Air Force expects to complete the evaluation of offeror proposals in response to the RFP amendment in the fall of 2007.
The primary mission of CSAR-X will be to recover downed aircrew and other isolated personnel in a combat environment. The Air Force is the only service with forces dedicated to this critical mission and as the Air Force's number two acquisition priority it is critical to get this capability in the hands of the warfighter. The goal of the Air Force remains the same--to procure 141 CSAR-X aircraft to replace the current fleet of aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, which are quickly approaching their service life limit.
The amended RFP can be found at the Federal Business Opportunities website at: http://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/ASC/FA8629%2D05%2DR%2D2350/Modification%2014.html.
For more information, contact Air Force Public Affairs at (703) 695-0640.