WASHINGTON — The Defense Innovation Unit has posted two new solicitations. One is for satellite communications antennas to be installed on Navy warships, and the other is for handheld jam-resistant navigation devices for Army soldiers.
Pitches from vendors are due Oct. 27 for the navigation devices and Oct. 28 for the satcom antennas. Unlike traditional Pentagon procurements, DIU solicitations are meant to be accessible to any commercial vendor.
“We want to make the process easy for companies that don’t have time to answer traditional government solicitations,” a DIU spokesperson said. “We only require a paper of five pages or less or a pitch deck of 15 slides or less to tell us more about your company and product.”
DIU intends to award contracts within 60 days after the solicitation closes.
The U.S. Navy is looking for low-observable satcom antennas that can operate over multiple frequencies bands and can be quickly installed on naval warships, according to the DIU solicitation. “The antenna system can consist of a single antenna or multiple antennas, but must meet existing signature requirements and must integrate into the existing space allocated on DDG 1000 class ships.” The DDG 1000 is the U.S. Navy’s newest guided missile ...