Sources Sought: US Air Force B-52 Crew Relief Station Redesign

NCMS is assisting the US Air Force (USAF) in seeking a partner with the expertise and knowledge to redesign and update crew relief stations on the B-52H.


B-52H missions fly for long durations, at times up to 40 hours in flight. Flight crews are becoming more gender diverse and restrooms on the B-52H were not designed with privacy in mind. This lack of privacy can lead to discomfort among flight crews, and it creates limitations for who is able to be on these crews. These limitations could reduce the USAF’s readiness by the lack of available personnel.

Solution Sought

USAF is seeking a partner to redesign and update restroom privacy capabilities on the B-52H. Partners should have the expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet the requirements for qualification and production of a B-52H Crew Compartment Latrine in the gunner station. This Crew Compartment Latrine redesign will require the replacement of both the station and seat to provide a private and sanitary relief station for flight crews.

Sought Capabilities

  • Prototyping (potentially producing a minimum of 84 relief stations)
  • Engineering
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics
  • Forecasting
  • Procurement
  • Repair Forecasting
  • Obsolescence Issues

Solution Requirements*

  • Does not hinder B-52H operations
  • Meets health and safety standards
  • Adheres to all FAR and Mil-STD-516 required airworthiness requirements
  • Designed to contain all waste within system or utilize plumbing routed through the aircraft
  • Provides 360 degrees of privacy
  • Located at least 3 feet away from crew member stations
  • Easy servicing

*Solutions may replace or relocate existing equipment

B-52 Relief Station Space Dimensions

  • 42” L x 30” W x 60” H/ 53” H*

*The inboard height is 60” decreasing to 53” as you move outboard (matching the aircraft’s curve).


Interested parties should complete the following form and provide a white paper response with no more than three (3) pages, not including a cover page, using the format below. Responses are due on March 24, 2023. All questions or concerns can be addressed to

White Paper Response:

  1. Describe the general approach to providing a solution.
  2. Describe assumptions.
  3. Provide a detailed approach to meeting the objectives.
    1. List of tasks.
    2. List of deliverables.
  4. Provide high-level project schedule and timing.
  5. Describe the recent and relevant experience.
  6. Provide URLs to corporate presentations including engineering, modeling, simulation, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing capabilities.

Cost Summary Form (Estimated costs to install a new crew compartment latrine.)

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