REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- In support of the Army's plan for modernization, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has announced a new contract vehicle for partnering with industry and academia.

AMRDEC is the Army's focal point for providing research, development and engineering technology and services for aviation and missile platforms across the life cycle. The center is working with the U.S. Army Contracting Command- Redstone Arsenal to establish an Other Transactions Authority, or OTA, for developing and maturing guided missile systems, manufacturing and enabling disruptive technologies, and expanding aviation platforms.

The OTA is intended to attract innovative new technologies and spur development of technology and prototypes, as well as advanced manufacturing techniques, which are critical to the Department of Defense's near and long-term aviation and guided weapons systems goals.

During a recent briefing, Director Dr. Juanita Harris explained AMRDEC's future efforts will require collaboration with longstanding partners, as well as new ones.

"One of the things we're doing in order to expand our envelope is we're standing up a new contract vehicle called an OTA," said Harris. "This allows us to establish a consortium of industry partners we can work with, not limited to our current partnerships, but also new partners or small businesses."

Specifically, AMRDEC leadership hopes the OTA will broaden available acquisition vehicles to meet the technical and programmatic requirements of the Army and DOD modernization initiatives.

These efforts include developing prototype technology to improve the entire guided weapons kill-chain, extending range, expanding the air defense coverage and enabling on-the-move engagement for the maneuver force, as well as maturation, risk reduction and affordability enhancement of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes in support of aviation and missile commodities.

All parties interested are encouraged to visit https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunityef6154fcd0b8b9fe442357203f52a6eed6350ce07c18f0a961d8e93e6b13888f931d6cdecb52084ae0c7d70702780acf93b2f1b0f510a9c5ef2f1e391e81dafcmode=formef6154fcd0b8b9fe442357203f52a6eed6350ce07c18f0a961d8e93e6b13888f931d6cdecb52084ae0c7d70702780acf93b2f1b0f510a9c5ef2f1e391e81dafctab=coreef6154fcd0b8b9fe442357203f52a6eed6350ce07c18f0a961d8e93e6b13888f931d6cdecb52084ae0c7d70702780acf93b2f1b0f510a9c5ef2f1e391e81dafcid=47908db866704e10259d8209e48dce3f. Questions for clarification or understanding of solicitation requirements shall be submitted no later than 12:00 PM central time May 1. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM central time May 8.

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.