United Kingdom-Bristol: Weapons, ammunition and associated parts
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-equipment-and-support
Section II: Object
Voluntary Transparency Notice for TPRR.
Amendment to contract MATT/CCAP/003 with CTA International (CTAI) to provide services required to conduct the qualification of a Target Practice Reduced Range (TPRR) type of ammunition on behalf of the United Kingdom and French Authorities.
VTN Narrative for TPRR — Qualification Contract elements:
Duration: Q2 2016-Q2 2021.
Anticipated value: 16 500 000 EUR (approx 12 900 000 GBP at 1,28 EUR: 1 GBP).
The DE&S Specialist Vehicles Cannon Delivery Team, part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) intends to place an amendment to contract MATT/CCAP/003 (Common Cannon and Ammunition Project — 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon and Ammunition Qualification Programme) with CTA International (CTAI), the designer and manufacturer of the Cased Telescoped Cannon and Ammunition (CTCA) to provide services required to conduct the qualification of a Target Practice Reduced Range (TPRR) type of ammunition on behalf of the United Kingdom and French Authorities. The qualification services will comprise an initial confirmatory phase of ammunition firing trials, plus options to undertake full ammunition firing trials, testing, evaluation activities and commissioning of a production facility thereafter.
The qualification services will comprise an initial confirmatory phase of ammunition firing trials, plus options to undertake full ammunition firing trials, testing, evaluation activities and commissioning of a production facility thereafter.
Section IV: Procedure
It is considered the proposed Contract Amendment is able to be placed using the Negotiated Procedure without Prior Publication of a Contract Notice pursuant to Article 28 (1) (e) of Directive 2009/81/EC of the European Parliament and the Council (Regulation 16 (1) (a) (ii)) of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 (DSPCR) for technical reasons. CTAI, as the original equipment manufacturer and Design Organisation (DO) for the CTCA has the required extensive in depth technical knowledge, specific know-how and tooling at its disposal to provide the necessary qualification services without compromising the operation and safety of the CTCA in support of the qualification of a Target Practice Reduced Range (TPRR) type of ammunition. It is considered that to utilise another supplier which does not have access to these resources would present significant and unacceptable technical and safety risks to the UK MOD and French Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA). All work connected with the provision of qualification services for the TPRR type of ammunition is underwritten by the DO to provide UK MOD and French DGA with the required assurance that all work undertaken will not compromise the operation or safety of the CTCA. No third party will be able to provide the required assurance to UK MOD and French DGA and therefore no other Contractor can provide these services.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Cannon and Ammunition Qualification Programme — TPPR
Section VI: Complementary information
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