Due to obsolescence and the inability to procure the required electronics, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is looking for a replacement to the Electronics Sub System (ESS) of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES) found in torpedoes. Obsolescence issues exist in the electronics section of the FES, causing significant impact in maintenance, supportability, and the time to identify and isolate failures. Complicating this issue is the lack of adequate card-level test set capabilities to assist with fault isolation, troubleshooting, and repair efforts. The lack of existing requirements and design documentation results in a situation where the program is unable to identify and assess potential program risks associated with the FES.
The efforts of this project will evaluate the current FES electronics, and document the system functional requirements and interfaces. Additionally, future capabilities will be evaluated and assessed, and added as appropriate to align future requirements and ensure all requirements are thoroughly captured and the system will remain compatible with modern standards and interfaces. The new ESS should also include improved methods of end of run location when on the surface or under water. Implementation of a redesigned ESS, taking into consideration the full set of requirements, including system safety requirements, and factory test equipment necessary to verify functionality and locate faults. This action leads to an improved ability to support in-water lightweight torpedo test events, by reducing aging hardware repair costs, reducing labor for maintenance troubleshooting activities, and increasing overall reliability of the electronics portion of the FES.
A trade study analysis will be generated for options to redesign the FES electronics (single card box or multiple variants). Upon identification of a solution, technical data package updates will be generated and approved, as well as prototype designs to support government qualification testing.
Those interested in participating should complete the following form by July 28th, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).