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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NAVAIR to Invest $10 Million in Avionics Projects

Woodrow Bellamy III 

[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) is prepared to accept proposals, from U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) program offices, to award more than $10 million in funding toward fiscal 2017 projects, officials announced in December.

The AH-1Z Viper’s turret control assembly circuit card was one of 13 proposals to receive funding from the Navy’s Avionics Component Improvement Program (AvCIP) for fiscal 2015. AvCIP, which is managed by NAVAIR’s Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209), is accepting proposals for the FY17 working group until Jan. 30 that will award more than $10 million to projects that solve avionics problems. Photo: U.S. Navy.

NAVAIR’s Air Combat Electronics Program Office (PMA-209) will manage the proposal process for the Office of Naval Operations (OPNAV). Nomination forms are due Jan. 29. Those that meet AvCIP criteria will then be requested to submit a detailed project proposal by Feb. 26. In April, submitters will brief their proposals to a working group comprising representatives from NAVAIR, Marine Corps avionics officers, Navy resource sponsors, Naval Supply Center Logistics managers and programmatic and acquisition subject matter experts.

Selections are made based on cost, availability of proper funding types, extent of benefits, urgency, criticality and ability to successfully execute the project.

“Just about every platform has problematic systems that are either failing to meet reliability objectives or are facing obsolescence issues,” said Candace Chesser, program manager for PMA-209, NAVAIR. “Both cases usually present excessive sustainment or correction costs and present risk to user readiness. AvCIP resources enable acquisition managers to address these issues with near-term funds, rather than waiting for out-year Program Objective Memorandum (POM) money to arrive, or sacrificing existing internal funds that were planned for other uses.”

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