NAVAIR avionics projects funding continues through fiscal 2018
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. Funding for avionics projects will continue through fiscal 2018. The Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) are accepting proposals from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices with more than $10 million in funding for selected projects.
Nomination forms are due January 27. Those that meet AvCIP criteria will then be requested to submit a full project proposal by February 24. In May 2017, submitters will brief their proposals to a working group comprised of representatives from NAVAIR, Marine Corps Avionics Officers, Navy Resource Sponsors, Naval Supply Center Logistics managers, and programmatic and acquisition subject matter experts. The working group reviews proposals and recommends the strongest candidate projects for selection to PMA-209’s program manager. Selections are made based on cost, availability of proper funding types, extent of benefits, urgency, criticality, and ability to successfully execute the project.
AvCIP provides funds to address current avionics system problems such as decreased reliability and readiness degraders, impending obsolescence issues, and high sustainment cost drivers. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) funds the program and it was established in 2006 by the Office of Secretary of Defense Business Initiatives Council. NAVAIR’s Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) manages the proposal process for OPNAV. Over the past 10 years, the AvCIP program has realized a return on investment of over $287 million.
“Just about every platform has problematic systems that are either failing to meet reliability objectives or are facing obsolescence issues,” says Candace “Candy” Chesser, PMA-209 program manager. “Both cases usually present excessive sustainment or correction costs and present risk to user readiness. AvCIP resources enable acquisition managers to address these issues with near-term funds, rather than waiting for out-year Program Objective Memorandum money to arrive, or sacrificing existing internal funds that were planned for other uses.”
Out of 14 proposals reviewed from last year, 10 received funding. These funded projected included Airborne Targets Electronic Attack E/F-Band Digital Radio Frequency Memory obsolescence correction, EA-18G Airborne Electronic Attack Fiber Optic Harness reliability enhancement, MH-60 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward Looking Infrared Laser reliability improvement, T-57 Very High Frequency Area Navigation and Tactical Airborne Navigation receivers obsolescence redesign, and Miniature Airborne GPS Receiver 2000 Non-Volatile Memory correction to eliminate A799 Aviation Depot Level Repair costs.