Questions and Answers
March 5, 2010
Q: Is there a particular a target award/Phase 1 start date that proposers should use for cost proposals?
A: Please assume a Phase 1 start date of September 1, 2010.
Q: Is the ACTUV platform limited to unmanned vehicles that always operate on the ocean surface?
A: No, there is not a requirement that the vessel always operate on the ocean surface, however,
proposers should carefully consider the impacts to system complexity in light of the endurance
objectives when weighing the benefit of unconventional modes of operation.
Q: Is it acceptable for the ACTUV vehicle to carry lethal weapons, at least for self defense?
A: Proposers should not presume authorization to carry lethal weapons within the scope of the DARPA
ACTUV program, but design allocations for future weaponization are acceptable.
Q: In Sections 1.0 and 5.1.1 the BAA refers to “concept adaptability” and “system adaptability to future threats and missions”. How important an evaluation criterion for determining success in Phase 1
will such adaptability be?
A: While the ACTUV program is focused on a specific operational mission, there is a desire to develop a
system which could be adapted to other missions of interest to the Navy. For example, it has been postulated that if successfully developed for an ASW trail mission, the Undersea UNV concept could
be adapted to carry other payloads in lieu of ASW sensors and/or fuel. For full scope proposals, the adaptability of a concept will be assessed as part of the “Technical Merit of the Concept” evaluation
criteria, which is equally weighted against the other criteria.
Q: In Section 1.0 the BAA refers to “clean sheet design based on no person stepping aboard in its operating cycle.” Does its operating cycle include a maintenance period? How deeply engaged in the
vessel must a person be to be considered “aboard”?