Army seeks off-the-shelf translation systems

The Army has issued a request for information to determine the availability of various commercial translation systems that could be used in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the global war on terrorism.

The intent of the June 11 RFI is to identify industry sources able to address an urgent need for production and deployment of such systems and requirements:
  • One-way, hands-free speech-to-speech.
  • One-way, handheld speech-to-speech.
  • Two-way, handheld speech-to-speech.
  • Two-way, mobile.


The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting the "sources sought" RFI for the Program Manager Sequoyah.

The Army is particularly interested in the degree of ruggedness for sustained operations in harsh environments and other human factors that might be engineered into the various translation system platforms.

The languages for the one-way and two-way systems (paired with English) that the program is seeking are Iraqi-Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Persian-Afghan, Persian-Iranian, Pashto and Hangul.

The Army plans to use the systems for force protection efforts such as checkpoint and convoy operations, base security, tactical questioning, internment and detention, combat life-saving and counterinsurgency.

Responses are due by June 26. The contracting office address is Vicksburg Consolidated Contracts Office, Alexandria, 7701 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315-3864.

About the Author

William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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