In an effort to more accurately reflect industry input, the U.S. Army has on 8 June 2015 amended solicitation W15QKN-15-R-0002, Modular Handgun System(MHS) Draft RFP and designated the “to be selected” sidearm as the XM17. The full text of this notice can be obtained here.
The Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), on behalf of Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW) anticipates awarding an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) Contract to support the Modular Handgun System (MHS). This Full & Open Competition (F&OC) intends to award 3 IDIQ contracts for Production Verification Testing (PVT) units and then down select to one awardee for production units.
This Draft RFP #2 reflects requirement and source selection updates inclusive of, but not limited to industry feedback. Industry is encouraged to review Draft RFP #2 and provide any additional feedback/questions. Interested vendors are requested to submit written questions regarding the content of the Draft RFP #2 no later than 28 June 2015 5:00 PM EST. Please submit questions via email to Vincent Turco, at firstname.lastname@example.org; and Dan Potempa at: email@example.com.
The final solicitation, originally scheduled to be released 2 Jan 2015, should be available in 2016. Once a final selection and testing is completed, in 2017, the selected vendor or vendors can look forward to about 500,000 units, consisting of 280,000 for the Army, 212,000 for all other services and 7,000 compact frame version. Col Scott Armstrong, program manager for Soldier Weapons had this to say:
“The XM17 will provide Warfighters with greater accuracy, target acquisition [and] ergonomic design… “…the new handgun will also be more reliable, durable and easier to maintain.”