Wednesday, November 8, 2017
The Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) program was formed to support research and development in the field of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) items. Most commonly, this means that JE-RDAP issues contracts for their research efforts, mainly dealing with research into defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies, and general materials that in one way or another are in used in situations that deal with CBRNE circumstances.
This is the part where Celina comes in - Celina Tent has received a base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract (see W911QY-18-D-0033) by JE-RDAP. The main contract is an $8.3 billion hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and fixed-price-redetermination) contract; this means that under this main contract, with the U.S. Army Contracting Command, located in Natick, Massachusetts, as the contracting activity, all awardees can bid on the separate “task orders” as they see fit in their ability to fulfill the specific order.
Task Orders will be the primary focus of Celina’s work. Because the main contract is basically an umbrella to control the aforementioned orders, each task has its own work location, funding, and so on which allows the awardees the choice of participation. As a whole, the contract has a completion date of October 3rd, 2027, with an option to extend work on the contract for an additional 5 years.
Through our years as a fabric manufacturer, Celina has dabbled in the realm of chem/bio protective products before. While a few products have been as simple as our Disinfecting Footbath Mats, much time and energy has been expended on inflatable decontamination systems. These are used to create fast-response areas for when people have been exposed to hazardous materials. When deployed, these systems form the Contamination Control Area (CCA), supporting the decontamination processes and procedures for aircrew personnel.
With all of the advancements we’ve developed through work on these systems, Celina has been applying this knowledge to all sorts of other products. Most notably related to the new contract is our development of fully functional liners for the Joint Expeditionary Collective Protection Family of Systems (JECP FoS) program. Their Stand Alone Large (SAL) shelter systems were in need of protective liners, making each lightweight and easily transportable system even better protected from outside contamination once installed. Celina’s manufacturing processes and methods have allowed us to create a single-skin liner which has successfully passed all Collective Protection (ColPro) testing.