UN Secretariat
Unmanned Aircraft System for Intelligence Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) in support of M ... Request for information

Reference: RFIUNPD19016
Beneficiary countries: Central African Republic
Registration level: Basic
Published on: 19-Oct-2021
Deadline on: 15-Nov-2021 00:00 (GMT 0.00) Western Europe Time, London, Lisbon, Casablanca

This Request for Information (RFI) is a follow-up to the RFI posted by the UN on 2 March 2021 (ref. RFIRR3375). The purpose of this RFI is to seek additional information on the capabilities of market suppliers and on the market solutions available for the provision of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services. You are kindly requested to complete the Vendor Response Form and submit the completed Questionnaire to Kristin Newman at newman1@un.org and pd-pos-lts-aircharter-unhq@un.org. The UN may have a requirement and anticipates conducting a procurement exercise to establish a contract for an initial period of three (3) years, with the option to extend for two (2) additional years, for the provision of ISR services with Class I Small/Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) (with potentially nine (9) tasking lines (TL)) in support of UN peace-keeping operations in Central African Republic (CAR). A “tasking line” is defined as the ability to operate one (1) sUAS including aircraft and associated elements, and its sensors over an area of interest up to 150 km from the launch location for a minimum of six (6) hours continuous on station observation time within a 24 hour period, not including to/from the launch site transit periods. The sUAS and service components must be highly tactical in nature, mobile, capable of operating in hostile environments, with the ability to deploy to different locations within CAR and remain operational with minimum UN support. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) is not able to provide suitable air strips or clear landing areas, therefore the sUAS must be capable to take off and land from very small and confined areas. Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) system is envisaged, however other potential solutions such as catapult launch may be considered and will be specified in an upcoming tender exercise. The UN is seeking information on a turnkey solution, including the provision of sUAS in accordance with (iaw) the standards or equivalent with Annex 1,6 and 8 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Convention) and associated service components, maintenance, personnel and exploitation of the imagery and data. The contractor may also be required to provide the necessary infrastructure for its equipment and personnel. The imagery data must be made available to the UN in an unencrypted, non-proprietary format. The UN is looking to enter into a contract with a company that has a proven record of recent, similar operational and tactical experience, with at least two (2) years of previous continous experience operating small/Tactical UAS in similar operational and hostile enviroments such as CAR. The ability to expedite the initial mobilization of the capability may be desirous.

Kristin Newman