Natick’s Program Manager Special Operations Forces has issued a Request For Information seeking vendors of Assault, Patrol and Recce Packs (they’ve already selected a Jungle Pack). Specifically, they are interested in information and sample materials for test and evaluation purposes of available Rucksacks with an internal or external frame that are capable of meeting the following Key Performance Parameters (KPP’s):
Overall backpack systems will adhere to the following table:
Failure to meet a KPP will eliminate the product for further consideration.
**ASTM F2153-07 Standard test method for measurement of backpack volume will be used as the baseline.
Volume does not to include removable exterior pouches or top flap. Volume measurement will include internal main up to the spin drift sewn to main bag. Exterior permanent pouches (sewn on) will be measured and added to the total volume of rucksack.
Weight will include main pack with top flap (whether removable or not) and radio retention system. Weight will not include any removable pouches.
3. Must be acceptable and interface with current body armor (BA) and plate carriers: CRYE AVS and Eagle MMAC 2012 and legacy load carriage systems (LCS).
4. Environmental conditions cannot degrade the system to the extent that is cannot be used for its intended mission.
a. Must withstand the effects of the full climatic range of operations. (-50F / +185F)
b. Must be rot, mildew, salt water, UV light and petroleum, oils and lubricant (POL) resistant.
c. Must have a shelf life of not less than five years prior to issue.
5. Color choices should be consistent with current Body Armor Load Carriage Systems (AOR 1, AOR 2, Multi Cam, and Coyote).
6. The Assault, Patrol and Recce Packs will provide for a removable radio retention system capable of being mounted high against the internal pack capable of holding a suite of SOF radios to include but not limited to the AN / PRC 117 (3.2 in H x 10.5 in W x 13.5 in D).
There are numerous other requirements in the full RFI located here. As of right now, there is no requirement that a vendor must offer all three solutions to participate but Natick wants your sample packs by 5 Jan 2016. You can deliver up to two entries per category but the samples must be void of any logos or other branding. SOCOM wants the best technical solution rather than a popularity contest.