Naval Intelligence needs rugged fiber optic patch cords in contract solicitation worth at least $74,000

Feb. 19, 2010
FEBRUARY 19, 2010 -- The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in Washington needs a variety of fiber optic cables -- including single-mode simplex, single-mode duplex, and multimode-duplex -- of various lengths and connector combinations to replace and augment fiber optic patch cords that connect active optical network equipment to fiber service outlets (FSOs) and patch panels.

FEBRUARY 19, 2010 -- The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in Washington needs a variety of fiber optic cables -- including single-mode simplex, single-mode duplex, and multimode-duplex -- of various lengths and connector combinations to replace and augment fiber optic patch cords that connect active optical network equipment to fiber service outlets (FSOs) and patch panels.

The Navy issued a request for quote (solicitation number N0018910TZ079) Thursday for this fiber optic cable supply contract that will be worth at least $74,000. Specifically, Navy officials are looking for rugged optical fiber cables of Kevlar fiber fill or aramid fiber equivalent; about a thousand of these cables must run through small existing conduits without crushing fiber runs on the bottom. Hybrid cables will not suffice.

These single-mode and multimode fiber optic cables must meet the 2002/95/EC RoHS regulation for lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

The cable outer jackets must be 2 millimeters thick, and comply with the RoHS Telcodia GR-409 standard. Fiber patch cords shorter than 12 feet must have outer jackets that are 3 millimeters thick.

All connectors must comply with the Telcodia GR-326 standard, as well as the GR-326-CORE standard for side and twist pull. Connector ferrules must have UPC polishes, and labels on both ends of the patch cord must list a fiber ID number (provided by ONI), length, and manufacturer name/abbreviation; multimode fiber will be orange, and single mode will be yellow, while multimode fiber patch cords that are SC, ST, or FC will have red and black boots to distinguish transmit and receive sides.

Technical specifications are online in a Microsoft Word document at www.neco.navy.mil/upload/N00189/N0018910TZ079SOW_SPECS_PROJECTED_NEEDS_CLIN_SHEET_(upd__1)_(3).doc.

This solicitation is only for small businesses, Navy officials say. Potential bidders must submit product samples to test for -db loss of no greater than 0.5 db; ease of installation and removal; firm connections; easy disconnections; strength and support; and construction quality.

Companies interested must respond no later than 4 p.m. on 24 March 2010. For questions or concerns contact the Navy's Stephen Ciliberto by phone at 215-697-9606, or by e-mail at [email protected]. Submit bids online at https://www.neco.navy.mil/secure/register/login.aspx?soln=N0018910TZ079.

Submit all product samples by 24 March 2010 by post or private shipping company to the Office of Naval Intelligence, Attn: Jim Kneale, Senior Network Engineer, 4251 Suitland Road, Washington, DC 20395-5720.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/NAVSUP/FISCDETPHILA/N0018910TZ079/listing.html.

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