Self Propelled Howitzer (SPHS) is currently coordinating with ARDEC-Benet Labs and the Aniston Army Depot (ANAD) to design and procure an M109 Breech Firing Train Kit. These components were released as a Kit through an ECP approved in July 2017.
The Watervliet Arsenal (WVA) is the legacy government source for all M109 Breech Mechanism Assemblies and sustainment parts. SPHS is currently in discussions with WVA to determine their capability for providing these kits. Through these discussions, it has been noted that a primary driver for delivery timing is the long lead required to obtain the forged the Extractor Housing which is a component of the Extractor Housing Assembly.
SPHS requires delivery of a Qty (100) order of the M109 Breech Firing Train Kits in the most time-effective manner possible. They are investigating whether WVA or another capable source can supply these Kits to meet the need.
The selected supplier should be prepared to:
- Describe their minimum (sustaining) and maximum (capacity) to manufacture and deliver quantities within the most time-effective manner possible.
- Describe their estimated lead time to manufacture and deliver The Kits. For the purposes of this RFI use a quantity of four (4) for a set of first article assets, followed by an estimate for producing Breech Firing Train Kits based upon the quantities listed in the previous section.
- Provide past experience with Armored Tracked Combat Vehicles. Provide a list of related products that were produced and delivered by your firm for incorporation into Armored Combat Tracked Vehicles and indicate the vehicles that they were incorporated into.
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