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The DARPA solicitation — which lists Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as the acquisition organization — wants night vision gear with multiple capabilities. These include short-wave or broad-band infrared cameras that don't require cooling, clip-on infrared weapons illuminators and pointers, and see-through augmented reality heads-up displays. The device must be able to instantly switch from daylight to infrared imagery as lighting changes, as when a soldier moves from a sunny street into a darkened house.
DARPA also wants the night vision gear to resemble commercial sunglasses or eyeglasses, run for 24 hours without recharge, and cost less than $5,000.
The base effort does not exceed $100,000, or $105,000 if technical assistance services are proposed, and six months and the option does not exceed $50,000 and four months. The costs for the base and option are clearly separate, and identified on the Proposal Cover Sheet, in the Cost Volume, and in the statement of work section of the Technical Volume.