Closed Opportunities

Royal Canadian Navy Requests Industry Feedback On Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is requesting industry feedback regarding Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) under the auspices of the "Royal Canadian Navy Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Unmanned Aircraft System Project". In brief, the RCN requires an alternate airborne platform that can be operated from a Halifax-class frigate in order to provide near real-time, over the horizon ISTAR information that will enhance its situational awareness out to the ship’s effective weapon engagement range in order to generate an operational advantage for commanders without compromising the safety of the frigate or Maritime Helicopter and their crews in support of operations up to and including multi-threat warfare.

The objectives of this Request for Information (RFI) are to:

  • Collect information regarding the technical feasibility of the requirements as published in this RFI;
  • Seek industry feedback to solidify the DND requirements;
  • Seek industry feedback on economic leveraging opportunities;
  • Seek costing information from industry for budgetary purposes; and
  • Engage potential respondents and answer their questions, as necessary.

Canada would like to engage industry and seek feedback on technical documents that are published via this RFI, as this will facilitate formalizing the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. An Industry Day/s is being organized for this project that will be held in the National Capital Region. Canada may consider the information gathered, during the Industry Day/s, for the improvement of the technical documents and the RFP process. There will be a plenary session to kick-off the Industry Day followed by one-on-one meetings with interested suppliers.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: N/A
Closing Date: 18th May 2017

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to check for updates and respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

RCN RFI - ISTAR UAS Project


ISTAR UAS Industry Day Presentation


Cognitive Radar For Enhanced Performance Of Naval Phased Array Radars

NOTICE: Reissue of Bid Solicitation

This bid solicitation cancels and supersedes previous bid solicitation number W7714-176217-a dated 10th January 2017 with a closing of 6th March 2017. A debriefing or feedback session will be provided upon request to bidders who bid on the previous solicitation.

The Radar Sensing and Exploitation Section at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Ottawa is engaged in research and development in naval phased array radar. Shipborne phased array radars are the primary sensor for naval vessels, which operate in difficult interference and target environments. Furthermore, these environments change over time and vary with geographical location. Research at DRDC in naval phased array radar is focused on signal processing algorithms for the detection and tracking of targets within the radar’s field of regard. However, effective algorithms for the detection and tracking of individual targets are required. In addition, radar resource management (RRM) algorithms are required to simultaneously schedule the detection and tracking tasks associated with multiple targets that may be present in the radar’s field of regard.

A key challenge for naval phased array radars, which DRDC has not been able to overcome, is to maintain effective detection, tracking and RRM in difficult and varying environments. Adaptive radar techniques have been developed by other people which allow the radar to adapt its behaviour based on the current interference environment and any changes to the environment that occur over time. Recent work has indicated that radar performance can be further optimized by incorporating cognition, which includes perception, action and memory. However, specific cognitive techniques have not been formulated for naval phased array radar. It is desired to develop naval phased array radar algorithms for detection, tracking and RRM that incorporate cognitive aspects in algorithm design and execution. DRDC is unable to develop these algorithms themselves, and are therefore looking to contract a third party with the necessary skills, knowledge, and capability.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: NO
Closing Date: 27th March 2017

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

DRDC Call - Cognitive Radar


Exposition - Cognitive Radar Paper


Rating And Review: Poor - 1/10. Profoundly disappointing. Recipient would effectively be giving away all rights to both foreground and background intellectual property as well as all know-how as to implementation. See PWGC Standard Acquisition Clauses & Conditions Research & Development.

Award: TBA Amount: TBA


DRDC Issues Defence Innovation Research Program - Call 2

Canada’s RADARSAT-2 satellite, which carries multi-mode synthetic aperture radar (SAR), has been in operation since 2007, and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), which will carry multi-mode Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver, is a three-satellite mission that is scheduled for launch in 2018. DRDC's joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Science and Technology (S&T) program has been implemented to try to ensure that Canada has the capability to exploit RCM immediately upon launch, and to support RCM-based S&T undertaken collaboratively with Allied R&D agencies.

It is assumed that the RCM follow-on missions will be composed of SAR and AIS sensors, and perhaps other complementary sensors either collocated or on complementary platforms. The intent of the DRDC Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (TCPED) initiative is to contribute to the design of the RCM follow-on missions, but starting from a system-of-systems operational context. These new RCM follow-on mission capabilities could include automated tasking, collection and processing; on-board processing; new sensor technologies; and other changes to compress the TCPED intelligence cycle and enhance data uptake by Canada’s Allies. Notionally, as it relates to the RCM follow-on mission role, the TCPED cycle must be compressed (i.e., the timelines to achieve actionable
information are reduced) to increase utility and permit cueing of other satellites. As an example, the role of space-based SAR on search and rescue operations would be greatly enhanced by a compressed TCPED cycle, better radar performance, and better system interoperability.

DRDC has a requirement to address the following seven (7) Strategic Objectives in the context of developing the RCM follow-on missions:

  1. Data warehousing, access, and analysis;
  2. TCPED tool test bed;
  3. Complementary sensors as secondary payloads;
  4. AIS/VDES antenna and receiver concepts;
  5. Maritime surveillance by complementary EO/IR sensors on separate platforms;
  6. Land surveillance by complementary EO/IR sensors on separate platforms; and
  7. Land surveillance by commercial GEOINT.

Of particular interest to the Atlantic Unmanned & Autonomous Systems community are objectives 5 and 6:

Strategic Objective 5 - Maritime surveillance by complementary EO/IR sensors on separate platforms:

Exploiting EO/IR sensors on other platforms and constellations will complement the RCM follow-on mission by providing information not available or difficult to extract from SAR as well providing additional temporal sampling points. This objective focuses on the development, implementation, and pre-operational demonstration of new tools and techniques for exploitation of current and upcoming civilian EO/IR satellite data for ship detection including ship classification, and ship velocity estimation. Complementary EO/IR sensors include panchromatic, video, multi-spectral and hyperspectral systems (with all three modes – high, medium and low spatial resolution – of interest). Topics could include, but are not limited to: detection, characterization, identification, discrimination (e.g. from iceberg), tracking and cueing of small vessel (e.g. wooden vessels) and other type of ships in environmental conditions difficult for SAR sensors at sea or in ports; exploitation of multiple sensors; exploitation of ship databases and deep learning; increasing confidence and reducing false alarms; and on-board processing.

Strategic Objective 6 - Land surveillance by complementary EO/IR sensors on separate platforms:

Exploiting EO/IR sensors on other platforms and constellations will complement the RCM follow-on mission by providing information not available in or difficult to extract from SAR as well providing additional temporal sampling points. This objective focuses on the development, implementation, and pre-operational demonstration of new tools and techniques for exploitation of current and upcoming civilian EO/IR satellite data for land surveillance including Arctic surveillance, Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), change detection, topography, terrain classification, mobility, shoreline delineation, and littoral zone bathymetry. Complementary EO/IR sensors include panchromatic, video, multi-spectral and hyperspectral systems (with all three modes – high, medium and low spatial resolution – of interest). Topics could include, but are not limited to: exploitation of multi-sensors for persistent surveillance of an area of interest; improved Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI) and cueing; automated terrain and littoral feature extraction (with minimal user input).

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: NO
Closing Date: 21st April 2017

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to check for updates and respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

DRDC Call - DIRP 2


Rating And Review: Poor - 1/10. Sad and misguided. The recipient is required to sign over all rights to both foreground and background intellectual property as well as all know-how as to implementation. The excessively restrictive, and archaic, IP ownership constraints demanded by DRDC practically guarantees that there will be no innovation involved. See PWGC Standard Acquisition Clauses & Conditions Research & Development. Members are advised not to touch this one with a bargepole.

Award: TBA Amount: TBA


RCMP Looking To Purchase Tethered Remotely Piloted Aircraft

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) would like to purchase a Tethered Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). This device is to be used for situations where an RPA is required to be in the air for extended periods of time to obtain aerial imagery for officer safety. The RCMP began using RPA's in 2011. Since that time the program has grown to meet the needs of different investigation departments. Today, the RCMP use Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) helicopters that weigh less than 6 Kg and have a battery life of approximately 40 minutes. In most cases they have only a small payload capability. The purchase of a Tethered RPA, as reflected in the requirements, will allow for extended flight duration and the ability to carry multiple payloads during a police operation.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 31st March 2017

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

RCMP Call - Tethered Drone


Award: Embention Sistemas Inteligentes Amount: $97,000 Corporation: Spanish


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Looking To Purchase UAV

This bid solicitation cancels and supersedes previous bid solicitation number F3757-160507/A dated 2016-08-17

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Quebec region) wish to acquire an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) for research on marine mammals. The machine is to be used during coastal surveys to estimate abundance, and distribution and during behaviour research to study group movement and cohesion, identify and record animal markings. This purchase is needed as part of long term research aimed at collecting abundance and ecological data to provide insights into the role that marine mammals play in the marine ecosystem.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 9th November 2016

Full details, including specifications and requirements, are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

FOC Call - COTS UAV

Award: ING Robotic Aviation Amount: $84,500 Corporation: Canadian


CDE Themed Competition - "Many Drones Make Light Work"

UAS are currently in use with a range of defence and security users around the world. These systems typically require at least one operator to either directly pilot the aircraft or closely manage the mission flown by an individual aircraft. The UK's Centre For Defence Enterprise (CDE) is looking to develop core technology that will enable coherent and robust swarming behaviour within fleets of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS).

The ability to employ a swarm of UAS (considered to be 10 to 20 aircraft, and potentially more, in this competition) operating in a coordinated and closely coupled fashion to achieve a common goal could be of great benefit to defence and security. This could help in terms of operating costs, system efficiency and effectiveness. Through this CDE themed competition, we’re seeking new and emerging technologies, systems and techniques to enable militarily useful swarming UAS. We want this competition to demonstrate how industry, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) working in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) could rapidly deliver new military capability by exploiting emerging and innovative technologies. As well as developing component technologies, we also want to go on to demonstrate integrated system solutions by using components from a number of suppliers.

This call is concerned with the application of swarming UAS to missions in complex urban and littoral environments. For example:

  • Tracking individuals
  • Tracking vehicles
  • Area mapping
  • Area surveillance
  • Communications relay

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 3rd November 2016

Full details, including specifications and requirements, are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. More information, including updates and details on submission can be found on this call's Competition Page.

CDE Competition - Many Drones Make Light Work

Rating And Review: Excellent - 9/10. Another good one from Dstl.

Awards: Various (13 organisations) Amounts: 990,000 GBP Full details are contained in the following document:

Many Drones Make Light Work Competition Winners And Awards


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Looking To Purchase Autonomous Hydrographic Surface Vessels

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC) buys, manages, and operates numerous vessels in support of its departmental programs and other missions. This open call is for 2 Autonomous Hydrographic Surface Vessels (AHSV) electrically propelled measuring between 2-3 metres, with the possibility to acquire 5 more. The primary role of these vessels will be to support the Canadian Hydrographic Service' (CHS) operations.

The AHSV must be catamaran type, necessary for stability during survey operations. Working environment will be for ports and coastal hydrographic operations. This vessel must meet the specifications stated in the requirements (see RFP).

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 25th October 2016

Full details, including specifications and requirements, are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

Autonomous Hydrographic Surface Vessels

Rating And Review: Poor - 2/10. Yet another ACAN from FOC masquerading as an RFP. The requirements have been written to match the specifications of the SeaRobotics' Catamaran 2.0-4.0 Meter Collapsible USV. Unless you are a reseller, don't bother.

Award: SeaRobotics Amount: $823,300 Corporation: USA


Concept Studies Using Data From UAS for Improved Earth Observation Applications

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are increasingly being used in a wide variety of application domains. They can fill the measurement gap between field measurements and satellite imagery, can permit frequent surveys and provide a cost effective means of acquiring data. UAS' ability to be rapidly deployed and to capture dynamic images in challenging environments can prove to be very advantageous. Exploiting UAS data has the potential of increasing the robustness of applications and providing more comprehensive Earth Observation (EO) solutions to end-users.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), through its Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP), intends to award contracts to conduct Concept Studies that explore the complementary use of satellite EO imagery and data collected by UAS, for operational civilian applications, including security and law enforcement activities.

Objectives

  1. Highlight the added value of using UAS technology for civilian applications that currently use EO satellite data.
  2. Assess the potential viability of and provide a proof-of-concept for the proposed application.
  3. Develop a cost/benefit analysis of using UAS technology for the proposed application
  4. Include a demonstration phase, the basic components of the EO solution will be integrated into a prototype application.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 12th October 2016

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

Concept Studies Using Data From UAS


Concept Studies Using Data From UAS - Amendment

Rating And Review: Good - 7/10. A rare opportunity for UAS end-users, operators.

Award: C-Core Amount: $115,000 Corporation: Canadian
Award: ASL Environmental Services Amount: $115,000 Corporation: Canadian
Award: TRE ALTAMIRA Amount: $114,000 Corporation: French
Award: H2O Geomatics Amount: $113,000 Corporation: Canadian
Award: Quebec University Amount: $115,000 Corporation: Canadian
Award: Effigis Geo-Solutions Amount: $115,000 Corporation: Canadian
Award: Lammergeier Consulting Amount: $115,000 Corporation: Canadian


Scientific Engineering For The Development of Hyperspectral Imaging Platforms

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier is currently developing and testing sensor systems for reconnaissance and surveillance - and need help to achieve their goals. A sensor system is defined as all the supporting physical and software components of the sensors. Sensor systems are designed for use on stand-off or airborne platforms. These include hyperspectral, multispectral and panchromatic sensors that operate in the full optical spectral range between 0.35 and 13 micrometers. These cover therefore the VNIR (Visible- Near InfraRed), SWIR (Short Wave InfraRed), MWIR (Medium Wave InfraRed) and LWIR (LongWave InfraRed) spectral ranges. Sensor systems will provide the Canadian Forces with remote sensing data. They also include measurement and data processing devices.

Two types of platforms may be developed in order to meet the remote sensing needs; airborne platforms and remote sensing stand-off platforms. A platform is defined as the set of physical support devices for sensor systems, for example, turrets, tripods, aircraft or helicopters. The engineering work includes the integration of the physical and software components of the sensor systems and their integration into the intended platforms. The scientific work helps to support the development of sensor systems and includes the development of trials; experimentation; analysis of experimental data; phenomenological studies on light propagation in the atmosphere, the behaviour of targets and backgrounds; the development, implementation and testing of algorithms relating to hyperspectral, multispectral and panchromatic data processing.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: NO
Closing Date: 11th October 2016

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

Development of Hyperspectral Imaging Platforms

Rating And Review: Poor - 3/10. Profoundly disappointing. Another example of optical/mechanical engineering and perceptual/conceptual algorithm development being treated as if they were two inextricable aspects of the same whole. They are not.

Award: Aerex Avionics Amount: $2,796,100 Corporation: Canadian Note: The company's website currently contains no meaningful information. There appears to be a close connection to DRDC Valcartier, however the precise nature of the relationship remains unknown.


Clustering Techniques For Autonomous Detection of Underwater Acoustic Signals

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Atlantic Research Centre is currently investigating concepts to enable autonomous detection of underwater acoustic signals from deployed sensors. Help is needed to investigate the value extracted from different types of signal detections available to an acoustic sensor as a noise source transits past an acoustic sensor. The basic concept is to run a series of light-weight signal detectors on narrowband and broadband omnidirectional hydrophones, on beam time-series, and on beam frequency bins and then to collect the instances of signal detection and signal loss and to cluster the detections on the basis of a set of rules.

Tasks

The tasks under this contract are to investigate and develop clustering techniques and to evaluate those techniques using pre-existing data acquired from the recently completed Northern Watch project. This data will be provided by DRDC.

  • Develop a Data File Decoder that can feed suitable array-based chunks of data to the signal processing chain.
  • Develop two routines to detect the presence of changing signal energy. One of the routines must make use of a fixed threshold detection scheme, while the other must employ a signal following scheme which will be provided.
  • Develop or obtain an efficient beam-former routine for Horizontal and Vertical Line Array signals.
  • Develop two clustering algorithms for the various detections. Algorithms must look for clusters of detections that span time, frequency, amplitude, bearing, and spatial distribution.
  • Develop criteria and algorithms to generate messages based on cluster existence
  • Implement an animated display based on the cluster messages.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: NO
Closing Date: 29th September 2016

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

Investigation of Acoustic Clustering Techniques

Rating And Review: Fair - 6/10. Developer doesn't retain IP rights, but then again, the developer doesn't have to produce anything original. Small contract ~$50k.

Award: Omnitech Electronics Amount: $56,000 Corporation: Canadian


Fisheries and Oceans Canada Looking To Purchase UAV (QuadCopter)

RETRACTED

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Quebec region) wish to acquire an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) for research on marine mammals. The machine is to be used during coastal surveys to estimate abundance, and distribution and during behaviour research to study group movement and cohesion, identify and record animal markings. This purchase is needed as part of long term research aimed at collecting abundance and ecological data to provide insights into the role that marine mammals play in the marine ecosystem.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 12th September 2016

Full details, including specifications and requirements, are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

UAV - QuadCopter

Rating And Review: Poor - 2/10. Highly suspicious - requirements go well beyond that of functional capability. Very likely an ACAN masquerading as an RFP. Members are advised not to waste their time.

RETRACTED


Studies of Emerging Technologies for Electro-optical Guidance Systems

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Valcartier is looking to spend $3 million to hire a third party to produce studies of emerging electro-optical guidance system technologies. The successful bidder will be responsible for the delivery of multiple reports.

Objectives

  1. Study of emerging technologies in the field of electro-optical guidance systems using source projection systems, laser sources and test facilities in operational conditions in the field at DRDC's Valcartier Research Centre
  2. Development of interfaces for experimental measurements and their integration with DRDC's existing equipment
  3. Study of the optical, software, electronic and mechanical design of the various technologies
  4. Participation in the collection of experimental data during field or laboratory trials and analysis thereof
  5. Development and improvement of various characterization methodologies

Background/History

This Contract follows these earlier contracts:

  • W7701-082915 : 2009-2012 (Aerex Avionics)
  • W7701-125333 : 2013-2016 (Aerex Avionics)

The electro-optical guidance systems introduce pseudo-imaging or imaging guidance techniques and sophisticated discrimination mechanisms for countermeasures. The study of these techniques and mechanisms is one of the objectives of the Work under this Contract. This study must include in particular an assessment of the sensitivity with respect to conventional countermeasures technology. In addition, the emergence of new so-called directional countermeasure (DIRCM) techniques calls for an evaluation of their effects on various technologies studied to determine their advantages and limitations. In parallel with these advanced guidance technologies, more classic and affordable guidance methods are widespread. The study of these technologies, including guidance using laser or wires, as well as related countermeasures, are also part of the objectives of the Work under this Contract. To meet these requirements, DRDC, Valcartier Research Centre has facilities for the projection of sources to characterize electro-optical systems and evaluate various forms of conventional countermeasures, laser sources for studying the phenomena of laser jamming, decoy or other phenomena, as well as mobile facilities to validate the experimental measurements and the operation of countermeasures systems as part of field test campaigns.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: NO Closing Date: 3rd June 2016

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

DRDC Call - Studies of Emerging Technologies for Electro-optical Guidance Systems


Rating And Review: Borderline Fraud - 0/10. A foregone conclusion - not an open competition. A cynical exercise to ensure the continued funding of Aerex Avionics. Members are strongly advised not to waste their time.

Award: Aerex Avionics Amount: $1,379,700 Corporation: Canadian Note: The company's website currently contains no meaningful information. There appears to be a close connection to DRDC Valcartier, however the precise nature of the relationship remains unknown.


Natural Resources Canada Looking To Purchase COTS Rotary-Wing UAV

Natural Resources Canada has a requirement for a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) rotary-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of less than 25 kg weight (including payload) for use in aerial mapping. The procured UAV will be used as an airborne platform to carry custom sensors (non-optical) on airborne survey missions. The UAV will also allow for the installation (and easy removal) of a gimbal-mounted DSLR camera when the non-optical payload is not in use.

Developer To Retain Intellectual Property Rights: YES
Closing Date: 2nd February 2016

Full details are available in the call document which can be downloaded below. Interested parties are requested to respond via Buyandsell, the official tendering mechanism.

Natural Resources Canada Call - COTS Rotary-Wing UAV


Award: ING Robotic Aviation Amount: $89,200 Corporation: Canadian


Earlier opportunities are available in the Opportunities Archive