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US Army issues Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) contracts

01 May 2018
Saab Barracuda's ULCANS. Source: Saab Barracuda

The US Army on 30 March awarded three contracts as part of its Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) increment 1 programme.

HDT Expeditionary Systems, Saab Barracuda, and Fibrotex USA were awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) firm-fixed price (FFP) contracts potentially worth as much as USD480 million combined, according to a Pentagon statement. Five bids were received and work is expected to be complete by 30 April 2028.

Upon completion of competitive prototyping, the army will downselect to one vendor who will move into the developmental test phase. An award will be made to the offeror whose proposal represents the best value to the government considering a tradeoff of price and non-price factors, according to the solicitation. Fibrotex USA spokesperson Timothy Ringgold told Jane’s on 1 May that the rmy hopes to downselect to one vendor by the end of September.

Ringgold said Fibrotex USA delivered prototypes for woodland, desert, urban, snow, and alpine that were evaluated by the army. Additional prototypes, he added, are under constant revision. Ringgold said that Fibrotex USA has been the sole supplier of ULCANS-type products to the Israel Defense Forces since 1973.

HDT Expeditionary Systems forged a relationship with Lubawa USA to pursue the effort, combining HDT’s engineering and manufacturing experience with Lubawa’s expertise in signature management and advanced textile solutions, according to an HDT statement. HDT and Saab Barracuda did not return requests for comment by press time on 1 May.

The rmy said it would determine effectiveness of ULCANS increment 1 based on the ‘probability of detection’ after evaluating imagery of ULCANS-concealed units collected from varying locations with a variety of sensors.

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