United Kingdom-Andover: Technical testing, analysis and consultancy services
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Main address: http://www.gov.uk
Section II: Object
Provision of Virtual Reality in Land Training — Phase 2
The army is looking to enhance the scope of the VRLT pilot to include complementary innovation opportunities that have not been actively pursued to date. This requirement delivers additional innovation into the VRLT and secures exploitation of the existing Pilot hardware.
The Army is looking to enhance the scope of the VRLT pilot to include complementary innovation opportunities that have not been actively pursued to date. This requirement delivers additional innovation into the VRLT and secures exploitation of the existing Pilot hardware.
Army HQ Commercial Branch, part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), intends to award a contract to Bohemia Interactive Simulations (UK) Ltd for the provision of additional support to the Virtual Reality In-Land Training Pilot as soon as possible.
Section IV: Procedure
It is considered that this contract can be placed using the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice pursuant to:
(a) Directive 2014/24/EU; and
(b) Regulation 32(5)(b) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 as the equipment/services is required in addition to an existing service and existing goods. To obtain goods/services from a supplier other than Bohemia would oblige the MoD to acquire goods/services which potentially have different technical characteristics.
The VRLT pilot is an agile development of emerging COTS gaming Virtual Reality technology to demonstrate a low cost, interoperable, mobile and deployable collective training capability that could compliment and integrate with other synthetics in the Land Domain. The pilot is made up of 3 sprints, the first of which has been successful in putting VR into the hands of the user, demonstrating technology in context structured against Collective Competencies in a contemporary operating scenario, and coupling innovation with exploitation working closely with industry delivered innovations. Two further sprints are planned, to conclude by April 19.
There is an opportunity to demonstrate additional training innovations. It is proposed that these can be achieved using the extant infrastructure and allocated troops to prove concepts and provide evidence for the CTTP. Training innovations were identified originally but are complimentary to the VR technology being piloted and meet known collective training shortfalls. Additionally, the equipment from the pilot will be transferred to 2 new simulation training centres in Tidworth and Catterick. The Virtual Reality In-Land Training Pilot is part of an innovative, agile solution and the additional deliverables required currently sit outside of the scope of the current contract but are intrinsically linked to the VRLT pilot and the overall outcomes of the project. Training innovation can be demonstrated in tandem with the scheduled sprints (2 and 3) and meet the collective training shortfalls. The proposed additional technology innovations are complementary to the VRLT Pilot and will inform development of the Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP). Any other supplier’s equipment could be incompatible with this system, and with the existing goods. If such a link was attempted this could lead to disproportionate technical difficulties in operation and maintenance and hinder the planned sprints.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Provision of Virtual Reality In-Land Training — Phase 2
Internet address: http://www.bisimulations.com
5 % = subcontractor to provide a cloud network for one of the sprints using polystream.
18 % = subcontractor to provide data management and exploitation.
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-2019313-DCB-14364774
Internet address: http://www.gov.uk