U.S. Army issues solicitation for JBTDS

The U.S. Army issued a solicitation on Tuesday for the development of a portable, low cost system meant to detect biological pathogens and toxins in a tactical environment.

The Natick Contracting Division of the U.S. Army Contracting Center issued the request for proposal on behalf of the Joint Project Manager - Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance. The RFP is for the engineering and manufacturing stage of the detection system, which is called the Joint Biological Tactical Detection System.

The Army envisions the JBTDS as a lightweight, low cost, man-portable and battery-operable capability set that can detect, collect and identify pathogens and toxins. The system would primarily be used to detect biological warfare agents, collect aerosol samples, identify the agents in the sample and alert personnel that a hazard is present.

According to the solicitation, the JBTDS system should provide visual, audible and networked warnings that a biological agent is present while triggering the collection of a sample. The JBTDS is meant to identify the presence of the agents and identify a specific target species.

The solicitation seeks the manufacturing of the hardware and software for detecting, collecting and identifying pathogens and toxins with a base communication system that allows real-time detection from an independent location. The Army requires the development and delivery of capability, logistics products, engineering data and support to government training, testing and fielding.

The Army anticipates it will award combination cost plus incentive fee, firm fixed price and cost type contracts to a single contractor or multiple contractors. The solicitation responses will be evaluated on a best value basis. The response deadline for the solicitation is March 28.