Improved Ribbon Bridge

Agency: Department of the Army
State: Michigan
Level of Government: Federal
  • 99 - Miscellaneous
Opps ID: NBD00159910716621160
Posted Date: Oct 5, 2017
Due Date: Nov 6, 2017
Solicitation No: W56HZV-18-R-0011
Source: Members Only
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Notice Type :
Special Notice
Synopsis :
Added: Oct 05, 2017 6:35 am

THIS IS A MARKET INVESTIGATION QUESTIONNAIRE REQUESTING INFORMATION in support of the procurement of 32 each Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) interior bridge bays and four each ramp bridge bays compatible with the Army's currently fielded IRB system. The IRB is used to transport weapon systems, troops and supplies over water when permanent bridges are not available, and thereby supports the Joint Force Commander's (JFC) ability to employ and sustain forces worldwide. The bridge system allows two-way traffic for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle-width vehicles and increased Military Load Capacity at all water current speeds over those of the Standard Ribbon Bridge.

NO CONTRACT WILL BE AWARDED FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP). Response to this questionnaire is voluntary and no reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this market survey and any follow-on information requests. Data submitted in response to this market survey will not be returned. No solicitation document exists at this time and calls requesting a solicitation will not be answered.


The purpose of this questionnaire is to obtain detailed information on commercial and/or non-developmental equipment (with minor modification if necessary) that will satisfy Army requirements for a tactical float bridge and rafting system.

Table 1 - Performance Characteristics
Parameter Performance

MLC Rating (Tracked / Wheeled) > = MLC70 Tracked / MLC96 Wheeled

Deployment Capable of high bank launch

Assembly time ? = < 1 inter-bay connection per minute
? 100 meter bridge in 60 minutes

Retrieval time < 10 minutes per bridge section (if applicable)

Water currents > = 10 fps

Compatibility with Army equipment ? Usable with IRB assets
? Common Bridge Transporter (CBT)
? Bridge Erection Boat (BEB)

Access / Egress Bank heights > = 2.0 meters

Transportability ? Common Bridge Transporter.
Total height must not exceed 4 meters.
? CH-47 Helicopter deployable
? Land, sea, air, and rail

Configurable Bridge and rafting configurations

Manpower = < 1 Non Commissioned Officer (NCO)
+ 6 Crewmembers

Width of traffic way > = 4.0 meters

Service life > = 20 yrs

Mean Deployments Between Essential 16
Function Failure


The Government appreciates the time and effort taken to respond to this survey. The Government acknowledges its obligations under the Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. 1905) to not divulge, release, or disclose information qualifying as "PROPRIETARY" under this statute. Pursuant to this statute, the Government is willing to accept any trade secret or proprietary restrictions placed on qualifying data forwarded in response to the survey questions and to protect it from unauthorized disclosure subject to the following:

1. Clearly and conspicuously mark qualifying data as trade secret or proprietary with the restrictive legend (all caps) "PROPRIETARY" with any explanatory text, so that the Government is clearly notified of what data needs to be appropriately protected.
2. In marking such data, please take care to mark only those portions of the data or materials that are truly trade secret or proprietary (over breadth in marking inappropriate data as "PROPRIETARY" may diminish or eliminate the usefulness of your response - see item 6 below). Use circling, underscoring, highlighting or any other appropriate means to indicate those portions of a single page which are to be protected.
3. The Government is not obligated to protect unmarked data. Additionally, marked data that is already in the public domain or in the possession of the Government or third parties, or is afterward placed into the public domain by the owner or another party through no fault of the Government will not be protected once in the public domain. Data already in the possession of the Government will be protected in accordance with the Government's rights in the data.
4. Proprietary data transmitted electronically, whether by physical media or not, whether by the respondent or by the Government, shall contain any restrictive legend, with any explanatory text, on both the cover of the transmittal e-mail and at the beginning of the file itself. Where appropriate for portions only of an electronic file, use the restrictive legends "PROPRIETARY DATA BEGINS:" and "PROPRIETARY PORTION ENDS."
5. In any reproductions of technical data or any portions thereof subject to asserted restrictions, the government shall also reproduce the asserted restriction legend and any explanatory text.
6. The Government sometimes uses support contractors in evaluating responses. Consequently, proprietary material may receive limited or no evaluation because the Government shall extract proprietary information from response packages reviewed by support contractors that assist the evaluation effort.


Please provide your response to each question according to the following instructions:

1. Answer all questions that are applicable to your IRB bridging system. Refer to the REQUIREMENT paragraph for required span, widths, and MLCs.
2. Number each response with the appropriate question number.
3. Do not repeat the question in your response.
4. If you cannot answer a question, please indicate "No Response."
5. If a response will satisfy another question, state: "See response to question XXX."
6. Briefly respond to each question. Limit responses to no more than one paragraph consisting of a maximum of eight short, concise sentences.
7. Include relevant sales media and product manuals. If providing an ACROBAT formatted manual, annotate the manual to indicate which material is applicable to the questions. If preferred, include Internet Web links to locations where animations/videos may be downloaded.
8. Provide all costs in United States dollars.
9. If your sales media and/or manuals contain a restricted distribution statement, issue a release statement indicating that the restricted material may be distributed to Army personnel involved with this market investigation.
10. Spell out any acronyms in its first instance.
11. Clearly mark any proprietary information. If applicable, the front page of your response package should state: "Proprietary Information Contained." Provide a release statement indicating that the proprietary information may be distributed to Army personnel involved with this market investigation.
12. Limit your total response to all the questions including supplemental material, but excluding drawings, to 60 pages.
13. A copy of the Tri-Lateral Design and Testing Code (TDTC) will be provided upon request.
14. Responses to this market investigation questionnaire should be sent via email to and You must put "IRB QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSE" in the subject line of the email. You can respond in total or to any part of this questionnaire. Any request for clarifications of the questionnaire shall also be addressed to and
15. Replies to this questionnaire must be received within 30 days of the posting of this document. Please mark your information "Proprietary" as you feel appropriate. Your input is voluntary and no compensation can be made for your participation in this survey. We appreciate your cooperation in answering these questions and thank you in advance for your participation.
16. BE ADVISED that updates to the IRB Bridging Market Investigation Questionnaire and questions from interested parties and responses by the Government will be emailed to all interested parties ONLY IF YOU PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS to

Question Subject Areas:



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1. What is the estimated cost per interior bridge bay for a production order of 32 each?
2. What is the estimated cost per ramp bridge bay for a production order of 4 each?
3. What is the estimated spare and repair cost of the bridge bays?
4. Are you a large or small business for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) # 332312 - Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing?

If small business, are you:
a. Small Disadvantaged or 8(a)
b. In a Hubzone
c. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned
d. Woman Owned

5. The Government would view "Partnering" or "Teaming" arrangements very favorably. Please comment on the feasibility/practicality of such arrangements for this acquisition. Would your company consider Teaming or Partnering for this acquisition?
6. Who are the current commercial and/or military users of your equipment?
7. Have you provided bridges or bridging equipment to the U.S. Government? If yes, identify each Bridge or Bridging equipment you provided and to what Government agency with contract numbers.
8. If you do not meet any requirement in Table 1, then approximately how many months and what would it cost to engineer modifications to meet these requirements?
9. Are any of your bridge bays currently in production?
10. What is the estimated production rate for bridge bays?
11. Where is the manufacturing facility located?
12. What would be the cost for the Government to obtain licensing rights to compete the whole design in the future? Is there a reduced cost for an agreement after obsolescence?
13. What would be the Government to obtain licensing rights to compete the spare and replacement parts in the future? Is there a reduced cost for an agreement after obsolescence?
14. What would be the cost be for the Government to obtain a set of the spare and replacement parts for engineering support?
15. Which of your products are interoperable with the Army's current Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB)?


16. What are the overall dimensions (both in transport mode and deployed) of the bridge bays?
17. What does each bay weigh? If available, provide illustration(s) indicating the center of gravity of each bay.
18. What is the usable roadway width?
19. Give the Military Load Class (MLC) allowed for a normal crossing at the usable roadway width. Has this been demonstrated? Please identify the standard used for calculation. For each MLC identify the testing performed per TDTC (i.e. working load, overload, etc....).
20. Is your bridge capable of providing for dual lane, two directional traffic?
21. What are the maximum MLC and vehicle widths? Has this been demonstrated?
22. Have you demonstrated compatibility with Army Ribbon Bridge bays and Bridge Erection Boats? If so, describe.
23. What is the draft (depth of bridge beneath water line) and freeboard (height of bridge above water line) in the no load condition at the usable roadway surface?
24. What is the rate of loss of freeboard for increase in payload to the individual roadway section? Assume 2.44 m/sec currents on a 213 m bridge.
25. Have the bridge and raft configurations been tested in river currents of 2.44 m/sec (3.05 m/sec desired)? What were the results of this testing, and what were the crossing/ferry loads?
26. To provide for a wider roadway, can an individual bridge bow ponton section be separated from a bridge roadway, and the bridge roadway then connected to another bridge roadway while floating free in the water? If so, describe the procedures, time and tools required.
27. Can two bridges be connected bow-to-bow such that dual lane, two directional traffic could be accomplished? Would special anchorage be required?
28. What is the ratio of Ribbon Bridge Erection Boats per bay required for bridge emplacement and trafficking?
29. Is there a means for the boat crewman to "catch" and secure an unfolded floating bay from the boat, without having to leave the boat? If so, what special equipment is required?
30. If the bridge sections were damaged by small arms fire, is there a means for either preventing water from entering, or for removal of water? Please describe.
31. What is the maximum articulation angle of the end ramp section in relation to the waterline?
32. Does the ramp end or end section provide a means for adjusting to uneven bank conditions to minimize site preparation?
33. Does an anchorage system specific to the bridge exist? If so, describe system.
34. Can your bridge enable access and egress of shores up to 2m high?


35. Describe the deck surface.
Does it facilitate bridge cleaning?
Is a separate footpath provided?
Are all areas coated with a non-skid material?
36. Are other areas on the bridge bay, which must serve as steps or walkways, coated with a non-skid surface?
37. Are hand holds available for climbing onto the bays to perform necessary acts in preparation for launch, retrieval and maintenance procedures?
38. What is the method for elevation of the ramp bay?
If manual pumping action, what is the time/number of stokes required to reach a 2 meter tip elevation above the water level?
Do any powered mechanical means exist for the elevation?
If so describe all methods available to elevate the ramp on the ramp bay.
39. What processes does your organization incorporate to include Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH), Safety/Occupation Health and Human Systems Integration into the engineering design of your products?


40. What materials are used in the fabrication of the bridge, and what are the nation designations of these materials? Material refers to all materials used in the fabrication of the bridge.
41. Does the system contain or require the use of asbestos, beryllium, Class I and Class II Ozone Depleting Substances, hexavalent chromium, chromium compounds, cadmium, mercury, lead or radioactive materials? If known, please identify where or how each material is used on the system.
42. Explain how your system is protected from corrosion. Please include applicable design features such as drain holes, coatings, platings, sacrificial anodes, galvanic insulation of dissimilar metals, or application of preventative compounds as well as preservation techniques used for storage and shipment.
43. What types of oils and other lubricants are required for the operation and sustainment of the system? Please identify the guiding specification or standard each type must conform to.
44. What types of hydraulic components and fluids are used in the bridge? Please identify the guiding specification or standard each type must conform to.


45. To what extent has the durability of the bridge been proven?
46. What is the accumulated operating time for the bridge?
47. What reliability, maintainability or availability testing has been performed on the bridge and what were the results (e.g. failure rates, maintenance ratios)?
48. What are common causes of failures, including negligence and abuse, that would make the bridge not function properly?
49. What is the estimated life, in years, of the bridge before a major overhaul?


50. What product warranties do you offer?
51. Does your company have a Quality Program that complies with either International Standards Organization IS0/9000 or commercial equivalent?
52. Does the company have a Weld Program that is in accordance with American Welding Society (AWS) standards or commercial equivalent?
53. Are welders certified to AWS standards or commercial equivalent? If so, which standards?
54. What procedure of Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) application do or your subcontractor use?


55. What are the times and resources assumption with respect to manpower, lift assets and heavy machinery for the times stated:
a. Free launch?
b. Controlled launch?
c. Retrieval?
d. Raft construction?
56. When connecting bays together in the water to build a bridge or raft, what is the construction rate, in terms of bays per minute?
57. Has the bridge ever been subjected to live fire testing?
If yes, provide results.
58. Can the equipment be operated by users attired in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) protective and cold weather clothing?
59. Can the bridge be decontaminated after exposure to NBC attack?


60. What is the size and weight of the transport configuration? If components were omitted, what are those weights?
61. Is it possible for the bridge components to be transported, launched and retrieved directly by the M1977 Common Bridge Transporter (CBT)?
62. Is it possible for the bridge components to be transported by all Palletized Load System (PLS) type variant trucks?
63. Would the Bridge Adapter Pallet (BAP) work with your bridge components?
64. Is a unique adapter pallet required to interface between the bridge components and the CBT to allow for transport, launch, or retrieval?
65. Is it possible for the bridge components to be transloaded from the CBT onto the M1070 Palletized System Trailer (PLST)?
66. When the bridge bays are loaded onto the CBT, what is the overall height, width, and length, axle loads, and the total weight of the equipment?
67. What is the overhang on the bay from the rear end of the pintle of the CBT?
68. Are the bridge bays transportable by rail? Has the product been tested for rail impact survivability?
69. What types of aircraft, fixed or rotary wing, have or can transport the bridge bays?
70. Do the components have military standard lifting and tie down devices?


71. Are commercial operation and maintenance manuals available? If yes, please provide one copy of manuals with your submittal.
72. If the spare parts lists are separate from the manual, and available, please provide a copy.
Are all maintenance significant parts including parts down to minor and major assemblies, cited in the spare parts lists? (Maintenance significant has two concepts: (a) a part that if it fails, will "deadline" the item; and/or, (b) requires a great amount of maintenance.)
73. Do the manuals have a Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) section?
74. Do the manuals contain a section that designates at what level maintenance (Unit/Organizational Support, Direct Support, or General Support/Depot level) tasks are assigned and the length of time required to do these tasks?


75. What is the bridge cleaning procedure? Are any special tools necessary to perform these procedures provided with the bridge?
Provide a list of tools required. Include any special tools specific to your system and confirm that the same shall be furnished as a component of your system.
76. How many maintenance actions, both scheduled and unscheduled, can be expected in a year's time on major sub-assemblies?
77. What kind of repairs, both structural and nonstructural, can be made on the bridge: patch by welding, riveting, bolting, adhesive bonding, etc.? Are there any precautions, special equipment or special facilities necessary when performing any of the aforementioned repairs?
78. Is it possible to weld damaged parts at the bridge site? Do you recommend field welding? Does the welding require special equipment, ventilation, or age hardening processes?
79. What are the criteria and/or indicators used with your system to determine when a component needs to be refurbished or discarded?


80. Please list support equipment, special tools and power tool/equipment required for the assembly and launch of the bridge.
81. Can the bridge be supported by a standard Army logistics system? Standard Army Tools?

Contracting Office Address :
Warren, Michigan 48397-5000
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Shelia A. Couch,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 5862820189


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