Supplies - 54096-2015

14/02/2015    S32    - - Supplies - Contract notice - Negotiated procedure 

United Kingdom-Bristol: Command, control, communication and computer systems

2015/S 032-054096

Contract notice


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Defence Equipment and Support
JSENs DT, McIntosh 0 #0012, Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): DES JSENS-SACC-Comrcl-SCP1
For the attention of: DES JSENS-SACC-Comrcl-SCP1
BS34 8JH Bristol
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3067983906

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Supply, integration and initial support of a GBAD BMC4I capability.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UKK11

II.1.3)Information on framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Command, Control, Communication and Computer systems. The requirement is to deliver a Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) capability along with an initial support solution for up to 5 years. This will include delivery of Battle Management Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (BMC4I) functionality, integrated with networked Land-Ceptor Launchers into a primary Fire Control Centre (FCC) which will centrally Command and Control missile engagements within the context of a wider Air Defence Command and Control (C2) Battle Management (ADBM) environment.
An alternate FCC with medium mobility and capable of operating independently, will also be required in the event that the primary FCC/Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) are disabled. The BMC4I provider will be responsible for delivering and supporting the alternate FCC including vehicles and mobility requirement.
The BMC4I provider will be the key systems integrator of the capability including provision of communications links and integration with existing in-service communications infrastructure, as required whilst conforming to MoD rules on communications infrastructure provision. It is expected that, given the time-frames to Initial Operating Capability (IOC), the BMC4I system will be relatively mature and within the provider's range of existing products. The BMC4I provider will be required to demonstrate the extensibility of the system from the specific operational application here to enabling the development of a contingent BMC4I system with further investment in mobility, communications and hardening. Please see the 'Additional Information' section for further details and the DPQQ access code.

All companies that wish to express an interest in this requirement are invited to attend a briefing at Defence Academy, Shrivenham on 16.2.2015 (10:00-12:00). If you wish to attend please send an email to the address provided above by no later than 10:00 Friday 13th February. A maximum of 2 attendees per company please. If you are unable to attend slides can be provided on request.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about subcontracting
The tenderer has to indicate in the tender any share of the contract it may intend to subcontract to third parties and any proposed subcontractor, as well as the subject-matter of the subcontracts for which they are proposed
The tenderer has to indicate any change occurring at the level of subcontractors during the execution of the contract
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
The scope of the Contract shall be fully explained within the ITN.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 100 000 000 and 250 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: The support period shall be made up of a fixed period with option years thereafter. The fixed period plus all option years shall total of up to 5 years support.
Additionally, there may be a requirement to include options for integration with other systems.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 30.6.2016. Completion 30.6.2025

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
The Authority reserves the right to require an indemnity, guarantee or bank bond.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Financing and payment conditions shall be included in the ITN.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
If a group of economic operators submit a bid, the group must nominate a lead organisation to deal with the Authority. The Authority shall require the group to form a legal entity before entering into the Contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject, in particular with regard to security of supply and security of information:
The conditions of Contract shall be included in the ITN.
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 a Security Aspects Letter, the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of the Security Aspects Letter 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.

Potential suppliers must note the mandatory requirement for electronic trading using the Ministry of Defence's standard Purchase to Payment (P2P) system operating under the Defence Electronic Commerce Service, which shall be a special condition for the performance of this Contract. You can find details on the P2P system at The Contractor shall be required to sign DEFFORM 30 (Electronic Transaction Agreements) and unconditionally accept DEFCON 5J (Unique Identifiers), DEFCON 129J (The Use of Electronic Business Delivery Form); and DEFCON 522J (Payment under P2P).

III.1.5)Information about security clearance:
Candidates which do not yet hold security clearance may obtain such clearance until: 30.6.2016
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation

Criteria regarding the personal situation of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion) including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 39(1) of Directive 2009/81/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations (DSPCR) 2011 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 39(2) of Directive 2009/81/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the DSPCR 2011) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 39(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest (including defence and security factors) for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 39(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical and/or professional capacity

Criteria regarding the technical and/or professional ability of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(m) in the case of contracts involving, entailing or containing classified information, evidence of the ability to process, store and transmit such information at the level of protection required by the contracting authority;
(o) any other evidence of conformity to quality management systems standards which are equivalent to the standards referred to in sub-paragraph (n)(i).
Companies expressing an interest in this requirement are expected to complete the DPQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required
Full details of any minimum standards that apply are contained within the DPQQ.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 3
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The selection criteria is explained in the DPQQ. The DPQQ will be assessed using a 0, 2, 4, 5 confidence scale with criteria provided for each question within the PQQ. A threshold score has been identified for each question. Any score achieved below the threshold score will be considered a fail. Achievement of the threshold score or above shall be considered a pass. The supplier must achieve a pass for each question in order to proceed to the the next stage of the competition.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
13.3.2015 - 10:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information:
The British Army's Rapier Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) system is forecast to reach its Out of Service Date (OSD) between 2019 and 2020. The replacement system will be based on the Land-Ceptor missile; a derivative development of the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) from which Sea-Ceptor is also derived. Land-Ceptor represents a step change in performance over Rapier, employing active seeker technology and Beyond Visual Range (BVR) capability.
The performance characteristics of the missile presents a new challenge to the British Army in conducting BVR GBAD engagements and requires a comprehensive new approach in GBAD Battle Management Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence (BMC4I) in order to assure the airspace and conduct engagements without unacceptable risk to allied and non-hostile manned aircraft.
All those expressing an interest will be expected to complete a dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to ensure that only those with adequate professional and technical knowledge are invited to negotiate. It is desired that a minimum of 3 companies be issued with an ITN.
An Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) may be issued to selected companies following the Authority's assessment of the PQQ and will contain details of the procurement and potential future options. The ITN will be assessed to establish the Most Economically Advantageous Tender which meets the requirement within the demanding time-lines for the project. Full criteria will be specified in the ITN alongside the evaluation process.

Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.

From 2.4.2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the website provides information on the new GSC.

Advertising Regime OJEU: This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and

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GO Reference: GO-2015210-DCB-6356360.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: