Open Opps - Tendering Opportunity: Third Generation Forward Looking (3GEN FLIR) Infrared B-Kit (2022)

The Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) Belvoir is conducting market research on behalf of the US Army Product Manager Ground Sensors, in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10. The purpose of this Market Research is to identify potential sources that have the skills, experience, knowledge, and capabilities required to manufacture and deliver Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3GEN FLIR) B-Kits under Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP) contracts.

The 3GEN FLIR program is currently in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) Phase of the Acquisition Life Cycle. Upon the completion of the EMD Phase and entrance into the Production and Deployment Phase, the US Army plans to award an LRIP contract for 3GEN FLIR B-Kits. The purpose of the LRIP contract is to establish an initial production base for 3GEN FLIR B-Kits and permit an orderly increase in the production rates leading to FRP. During LRIP, the US Army plans to procure approximately 400 3GEN FLIR B-Kits over a 2 year period. Upon completion of Operational Test and Evaluation, the US Army plans to procure over 9,000 B-Kits during FRP.

The 3GEN FLIR B-Kit comprises a set of common assemblies, including the Dewar Cooler Bench (DCB) (provided as Government Furnished Property (GFP), optics (afocal, imager), and circuit card assemblies (CCAs). The B-Kit optics collect radiation in the Mid-Wave (MW) and Long-Wave (LW) infrared bands across four fields of view and focuses it onto a staring Focal Plane Array housed in the DCB. The B-Kit components are intended to be interchangeable Shop Replaceable Units to maximize economies of scale similar to the 2nd GEN FLIR (2GF) B-Kit. The 3GEN FLIR B-Kit provides the ability to detect threats at greater distances under a full spectrum of conflict and battlefield conditions. 3GEN FLIR enhances the platform's effectiveness and survivability by providing greater situational awareness promoting combat effectiveness and reducing fratricide.

The 3GEN FLIR B-Kit will replace the legacy 2GF B-Kit and Thermal Receiver Unit (TRU) on the Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Program (SEP) V4. The 3GEN FLIR B-Kit is designed to fit and function while subjected to the thermal, vibration, and shock environments for the M1A2 SEPv4 Gunner’s Primary Sight (GPS) and Commander’s Primary Sight (CPS). For the GPS configuration only, the B-Kit is integrated into the TRU as a sub-assembly which includes a Personality Module CCA, Electromagnetic Interference Filter, afocal guard, and electrical flexes mounted in the TRU mechanical bench.

The TRU, B-Kit sub-assemblies, electronic modules, and the DCB, defined under RFI # W909MY-20-R-C026, will be integrated on host platforms to compose an Improved FLIR sensor. The B-Kit provider will be responsible for integrating the GFP DCB into their B-Kit design. The DCB will be provided as GFP to the B-Kit provider for final integration and testing. The B-Kit and TRU components are currently defined by the following technical documents:

a. MIL-PRF-A3347042 - 3GEN FLIR B-Kit Performance Specification
b. MIL-PRF-A3347952 - CPS FDE Specification
c. MIL-PRF-A3347053 - Performance Specification For The 3GEN FLIR Thermal Receiver Unit (TRU)
d. MIL-PRF-A3347058 - Classified 3GEN FLIR B-Kit Performance Specification
e. A3347045 - 3GEN FLIR Dewar Cooler Bench (DCB) Mechanical Drawing
f. A3315467 - CPS FLIR Design Envelope Drawing
g. A3347049 - 3GEN FLIR B-Kit Interface Control Document
h. A3347070 - Interface Control Document For The 3GEN FLIR Thermal Receiver Unit (TRU)
i. A3381780 - Interface Control Drawing, Thermal Receiver Unit, 3GEN FLIR
j. A3347043 - Performance Specification for the DCB
k. A3347044 - DCB Interface Control Document (ICD)

The documents listed above are Distribution D restricted. The documents are authorized for use by the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. DoD contractors only. These documents also contain technical data whose export is restricted by the Arms Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S.C., Sec 2751, et seq.) or the Export Administration Act of 1979 (Title 50, U.S.C., App. 2401 et seq.), as amended. Violations of these export laws are subject to severe criminal penalties. These documents will be disseminated in accordance with provisions of DoD Directive 5230.25.

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In order to be considered technically responsive, sources must have a fully qualified B-Kit and TRU that has either completed the final System Verification Review (SVR) and Functional Configuration Audit (FCA) or where the supplier can demonstrate with data that their design meets all of the requirements in the technical documents defined above. Sources must be willing to provide these results, if requested, to verify that the Contractor’s B-Kit and TRU functional baseline meet the requirements as defined by the B-Kit and TRU Performance Specifications, ICDs and Mechanical Drawings.

Companies or organizations may request copies of these documents by providing their Point of Contact information listed below to Sharon Minor at and must clearly state if and how they meet the conditions under which they can receive the documents referenced above. In addition, companies requesting the above information must register for an account with an internet accessible portal known as the Corporate Management System Online (CMS II). Registrants will access the CMS II website ( and follow instructions to complete registration. Documents are currently available for viewing in the CMS II under the 3GEN FLIR folder so the registrants must specifically request access to only the 3GEN FLIR folder. Access to the 3GEN FLIR folder documents will only be granted upon verification that criteria dictated by Distribution D and export control restrictions are met by registered companies or organizations.

Foreign participation is excluded.

SECRET Clearance, at a minimum, is required. No classified information will be provided as part of this RFI, however, in the event of any subsequent Request for Proposal or Request for Quotation, classified information may become part of that solicitation and will be required as part of any resulting contract.

Sources will be required to complete an abbreviated design review prior to manufacturing to demonstrate the design meets stated performance requirements within cost, schedule, and risk.

Sources responding to this Request for Information (RFI) are requested to provide answers to the following questions with as much detailed information as possible:

1. Brief summary of the company
Company Information
Company Name:
Company CAGE Code:
Company DUNS Number. If your Company holds a GSA Schedule contract (541 or other), please provide the Schedule number
Company: Address
Company Phone #
Company email:
Company Representative and Business Title:
Company Socioeconomic Classification -- (Small Business (SB), (8)(a), Woman-Owned (WOSB), Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned (EDWOSB), Veteran-Owned and Operated(VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, (SDVOSB), or Historically Underutilized Small Business-Zone (HUBZone), Historically Black College and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI))

2. Describe plans to have a Government qualified B-Kit by the time of LRIP award and under what contract(s) the work was performed

3. Describe capability to build and test a production representative B-Kit in accordance with the technical documents listed above.

4. Describe an execution plan for producing first articles, conduct first article test, and enter production. At a minimum the plan should include:

a. A detailed timeline from theoretical contract award to delivery of LRIP items. Within the timeline, please include major milestones of first articles, contractor qualification testing, and transition to production.
b. Any major capital purchases, key tests, engineering, and documentation required to produce requested items.
c. Any Government Furnished Equipment, Government assisted testing, or Government facilities required.
d. A risk assessment for each item your company believes they can produce.
e. Ramp rate and maximum monthly capacity your company believes they can produce.
f. Estimated lead time for new orders after qualification.
g. Rough order of Magnitude (ROM) costs for Non-Recurring tasks to set up and qualify first article. Please separate cost estimates by major milestones, key events, and key equipment purchases.

5. Identify sources of supply for any components or assemblies for which you are likely to subcontract production. Standard off the shelf components, such as catalog items, do not need to be addressed.
a. What are the supplies being subcontracted?
b. Will any SBs be the supplier, if so what percentage will be supplied by SBs?

6. Will any of your manufacturing, assembly, or engineering be accomplished outside the USA? If so, please provide details on how you will keep this program International Trade in Arms Regulations compliant.

7. Describe your company’s approach to manage and mitigate obsolescence. At a minimum include the following:
a. Obsolescence tracking and industry monitoring
b. Assessment if the current design is producible without additional design work
c. Potential issues ordering long lead or custom items
d. Capability to redesign out obsolete components and produce and qualify a replacement item.

8. Provide a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) unit cost of each item which you wish to produce at the below quantity range bins. If separate Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) costs are required, as per question 6 please provide an estimated cost for the NRE broken down into what your company believes are logical decision points from the execution plan. If NRE is to be amortized across a buy it may be included here with explanation.
a. 10-25
b. 26-50
c. 51-100
d. 101-200
e. 200+

9. Is your company planning on business arrangements with other companies? If so, please advise of the process used in selecting members.

10. Please provide details regarding proposed joint ventures, teaming arrangements, strategic alliances, and/or other business arrangements to satisfy these requirements. Offerors are encouraged to identify teams, indicating each team member's size based upon the NAICS code of the work that the team member may be doing.

11. What are the core competencies of your employees that would support these requirements? Also, please provide the total number of individuals currently employed by your company that are capable of supporting the requirements.

12. Does your company have a SECRET facility or access to one?

13. Do all of the employees that would support this requirement have a security clearance? If not, what percentage of employees that will be involved in this effort, have a security clearance?

14. Please provide your current facility size to include storage capabilities.

15. Discuss existing production capacity. If you do not currently have a production line what quantities are required to start one and keep it running. Additionally, what minimum quantities per year are necessary to maintain the industrial base?

16. Does your firm possess an approved Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) accounting system?

In addition to the above, small businesses responding should provide the following information:

17. If you identify your company as a Small Business or any of the Small Business subcategories above, then is your company interested in being a prime on this contract? If you are a small business and plan to prime f so please inform how you will meet the limitations on subcontracting Clause 52.219-14.

18. Under the current SB size standard, do you anticipate your company remaining a small business for at least the next three years, under the stated NAICS code 334511? The Government will use this information to assist in determining if this effort is eligible as a small business set aside.

19. If you are a small business, can your company sustain if not paid for 90 calendar days?

20. The Government requests that interested parties with the capabilities to meet the above requirements should electronically submit White Papers of not more than twenty (20) pages, 8.5" x 11" paper, 12-point, Times New Roman font, with a minimum of one (1) inch margins all around. Responses to Small Business Questions 20 thru 24 are not counted in the above stated twenty (20) page limitation. Any information submitted by respondents to this sources sought notice is totally voluntary and at no cost to the Government. This information will help the Government form its acquisition strategy. All information received in response to this sources sought synopsis that is marked "Proprietary" will be handled accordingly. Responses will not be returned nor will receipt be confirmed. No solicitation exists; therefore, do not request a copy of a solicitation.

21. Please provide the following Point of Contact information on all responses:

Responses are due no later than 3:00 PM EST (local time at Fort Belvoir, VA) on 06 August 2020. Email responses should not exceed 5 Megabytes (MB). Responses received after this date and time may not be reviewed. Send responses electronically to:

Michael Sampson, Contract Specialist, email:
Sabin A. Joseph, Contracting Officer, email:
Sharon Minor, PM GS, 3GEN FLIR COR, email: Contracting Office Address:
Army Contracting Command, APG-Fort Belvoir
10205 Burbeck Road, Bldg 362
Fort Belvoir VA 22060-5811


What is 3rd generation FLIR? ›

3rd Generation FLIR 3rd Gen is defined as a dual band MWIR and LWIR thermal imager. It is targeted to be one of the principle sensor systems for the Armys Future Combat System FCS, Stryker, and Airborne Reconnaissance System.

What does FLIR stand for? ›

Infrared Solutions from InfraTec. The term FLIR stands for the abbreviation Forward Looking InfraRed. The abbreviation FLIR originated in the course of the further development of the infrared camera at the beginning of the 1960s.

Does Raytheon own FLIR? ›

Raytheon Intelligence & Space is the industry leader in FLIR technology, with decades of innovation in the field. FLIR was invented in 1963 by a Texas Instruments engineer, Kirby Taylor. Texas Instruments was later acquired by the former Raytheon Company.

What is the life expectancy of a thermal scope? ›

The life expectancy of a Gen 3 device is 10,000+ hours.

Are thermal scopes worth the money? ›

Thermal scopes can easily detect animals or moving objects from a long distance whether it is day or night. Their detection is better than night vision scopes. Even in the roughest weather, they can help you see (except in extreme cold).

Can FLIR see through walls? ›

No, thermal cameras cannot see through walls, at least not like in the movies. Walls are generally thick enough—and insulated enough—to block any infrared radiation from the other side.

Can FLIR see through glass? ›

They CAN'T See Through Glass.

Can FLIR see through clothes? ›

The new X-T1 IR has a new function that means it can "see" infrared light which we can't see with the naked eye. As Wired say: "But one odd side effect of infrared photography is that, in some cases, it can see right through clothing. Not always, and the clothes have to be pretty thin in the first place."

Who owns FLIR? ›

Acquired by Teledyne Technologies in 2021, FLIR has rebranded as Teledyne FLIR. Teledyne FLIR operates in many locations around the globe and employs a total of over 3,000 dedicated employees.

Is Raymarine going out of business? ›

FLIR Systems said it is suspending the sale of its Raymarine non-thermal maritime electronics business due to “marketplace dislocation” resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Is Raytheon and Raymarine the same company? ›

Raymarine was originally an independent UK company. Autohelm was a brand name for its autopilots. It was bought by Raytheon, and became a subsidiary.

How far can you shoot with a thermal scope? ›

Scope Detection Range

A very high-quality thermal scope will allow you to positively identify the target at up to 4,000 yards, while an entry-level scope can limit you to 1,000 yards or less. A lot or a little depends on the working conditions and your tasks.

Will thermal scope work in daylight? ›

Unlike night-vision scopes that only operate in darkness, thermal scopes can cut through daylight and take your scouting and hunting to a whole new level.

What's the difference between thermal and infrared? ›

An IR thermometer, also known as a spot pyrometer or a temp gun, gives you a single number—the temperature measurement of a single spot on your target. A thermal imaging camera gives you temperature readings for each pixel of the entire thermal image, and allows you to visualize an entire scene in thermal.

Which is better infrared or night vision? ›

Infrared goggles can be used with even in total darkness. The biggest advantage between the usual night vision and infrared goggles is that the latter is much better at spotting at objects that are partially or totally hidden.

What's better for hunting thermal or night vision? ›

Thermal is best used to detect the desired game object. Night vision is best used to recognize, identify and harvest the game only if facial recognition is required or for deer depredation. If you have your choice of options, thermal imaging is the best twenty-four hour imaging option.

Can infrared see through aluminum foil? ›

Can thermal imaging see through aluminium foil? ​The answer is NO. Any electrically conductive material will block infrared radiation. The greater the conductivity, the greater the blocking.

Can infrared see thru glass? ›

What Can I See? We learned in the article describing IR Window Lens Material that infrared cameras cannot see through glass or plastic. They require special lens materials that transmit infrared radiation.

Can FLIR see through fog? ›

Although thermal imaging cameras can see in total darkness, through light fog, light rain, and snow, the distance they can see is affected by these atmospheric conditions.

Does FLIR work in daylight? ›

FLIR thermal cameras work both day and night, regardless of light. They're totally immune to the effects of darkness, glare, or even direct sunlight.

Can thermal imaging detect mold? ›

Thermal imaging can not detect mold but can detect variations in temperatures behind walls, which assists in cold spots that can become potential moisture or water intrusion issues. Moisture meters are used after the hot and cold spots are found.

Can thermal cameras see through clothing? ›

Can Thermal imaging cameras see through clothing? No, thermal imaging cameras can detect the temperature of the cloth but will not see through it.

Can infrared camera see through curtains? ›

Standard consumer camera drones cannot see through opaque window curtains; However, more advanced thermal cameras can detect human figures behind thin curtains.

Is there an app that can see through walls? ›

WikiTude. This see through walls app for android is a location-based AR browser that allows you to connect worldwide in a smart way. Just you need to hold your smartphone and get engaged with your instant happenings.

What phone can see through clothes? ›

It's been discovered that the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone has a surprise feature that can make you temporarily feel like a superhero. As The Verge reports, it's possible to use one of the filters in the OnePlus Pro 8's camera app to see through some black plastics and clothing fabrics.

Is FLIR a Chinese company? ›

Top U.S.-based maker FLIR Systems has faced an up to weeks-long order backlog, forcing it to prioritize products for hospitals and other critical facilities.

Why is it called forward-looking infrared? ›

The term FLIR, which stands for “Forward Looking Infrared”, refers to the technology used to create an infrared image of a scene without having to “scan” the scene with a moving sensor, which is what was previously required. It is also the name of the largest manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras (FLIR Systems).

What happened to FLIR Systems? ›

Teledyne Technologies, Inc. TDY has recently completed the acquisition of FLIR Systems, one of the pioneers in thermal imaging, in a cash-and-stock deal worth approximately $8.2 billion.

How good is Raymarine? ›

The screen is a great size, 7” and has an exceptionally clear view. The Lighthouse 3 operating system is very fast and easy to navigate. The down-vision and Real Vision has amazing detail, and is really amazing to be able to move the viewing angle around to just about any perspective.

Who bought Raymarine? ›

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) - U.S. thermal imaging firm FLIR Systems Inc FLIR. O bought Raymarine RAY. L, the UK maker of marine radar systems, out of administration in a deal worth $180 million, beating off competition from navigation systems maker Garmin GRMN.

Does Garmin own Raymarine? ›

Garmin Ltd. apparently has lost out in its bid to buy Raymarine PLC after the United Kingdom-based marine radar manufacturer chose a different suitor. Garmin Ltd. apparently has lost out in its bid to buy Raymarine PLC after the United Kingdom-based marine radar manufacturer chose a different suitor.

Why is it called FLIR? ›

The term FLIR, which stands for “Forward Looking Infrared”, refers to the technology used to create an infrared image of a scene without having to “scan” the scene with a moving sensor, which is what was previously required. It is also the name of the largest manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras (FLIR Systems).

How is FLIR different from thermal? ›

FLIRs make pictures from heat, not visible light. Heat (also called infrared, or thermal, energy) and light are both parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a camera that can detect visible light won't see thermal energy, and vice versa.

How do you pronounce FLIR? ›

If you are going to report on FLIR, at least pronounce the name correctly. It's pronounced "fleer".

How far can FLIR see? ›

"Often, the first question that people interested in buying a thermal imaging camera ask is “How far can I see?” This is a very reasonable question to ask, but it defies any simple answer. All FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras are able to see the sun which is more than 146 million kilometers away from Earth.

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