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United Kingdom-Bristol: Armoured combat vehicles
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
The UK MOD intends to purchase, via the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), an initial procurement of batched quantity 400-600 protected 8x8 BOXER vehicles in 4 variants plus driver training vehicles, reference vehicles and support.
The batched quantity may be revised if the demands of any UK strategic direction impacts on MIV.
Support covers spares, consumables, technical publications, tools, test equipment, training systems and support; project, safety, quality, security, configuration, obsolescence management services (throughout design, development, manufacture and in-service); repair and maintenance activity; and Post Design Services (e.g. future development of different vehicle variants), upgrades and new capabilities or requirements determined by any new defence priorities (e.g. security threat based); requirement based (e.g. medium calibre cannon); changes to legislation; introduction of new systems; emergent safety / environmental issues; and standardisation.
The contract will contain options to:
— increase the quantity of vehicles by up to an additional 900, potentially taking the overall quantity to 1 500 vehicles,
— increase the Authority’s capability in the future,
— increase the contract duration by up to 9 years, potentially giving an overall contract duration of up to 24 years,
— increase the contract value by an additional current estimate 8Bn Ex VAT, depending on future government priorities / spend, potentially giving an overall contract value estimated to be 11 500 000 000 GBP Ex VAT.
It is possible that the Authority will exercise none, some or all of the options. The options to extend the Contract duration may increase the Contract duration in stages as directed by the Authority and as such, the 24-year duration and Contract value is an indicative figure.
Section IV: Procedure
The Secretary of State for Defence (the Authority) proposes to award a contract to the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), without prior publication of a contract notice, for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement and associated services described in this Notice.
The Secretary of State for Defence is entitled to do so by the application of Directive 2009/81/EC, Article 12(c) (and Regulation 7(1)(e)(iii) of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011). Article 12(c) states: ‘This Directive shall not apply to contracts governed by specific procedural rules of an international organisation purchasing for its purposes, or to contracts which must be awarded by a Member State in accordance with those rules.’ OCCAR is such an international organisation for these purposes.
Purchasing BOXER via OCCAR provides the UK the most economical means of procuring this military capability now, creates economies of scale and interoperability with the partner nations, and strengthens the European defence industrial base. The UK has already contributed to the original design, development and testing of the BOXER vehicle and will be able to assume the rights it had secured in its development.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information
The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.
Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk GO Reference: GO-2018718-DCB-12829252