Air traffic control radar windfarm mitigation technology demonstration

Air traffic control radar windfarm mitigation technology demonstration

Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration. The MoD wishes to assess the potential solutions to determine whether they are technically viable in mitigating the effects of wind turbines on ATC radars. The MoD intends to procure a Technology Demonstration.

UK-Bristol: Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration

2012/S 247-407707

Contract notice


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Director ISTAR Operating Centre, DE&S
Yew 3a #1345, Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): DES ISTAR-Windfarm-Cmrcl
For the attention of: Amy Headington
BS34 8JH Bristol
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
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:
Air traffic control radar windfarm mitigation technology demonstration.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 26: Other services
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):
Pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration. The MoD wishes to assess the potential solutions to determine whether they are technically viable in mitigating the effects of wind turbines on ATC radars. The MoD intends to procure a Technology Demonstration.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about subcontracting
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 6 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
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:
III.1.5)Information about security clearance:
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
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
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
21.1.2013 – 12:00
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:
A solution is required to enable the continued operation of military Air Traffic Control (ATC) radar capability in the presence of wind turbine developments. The MoD wishes to assess the potential solutions to determine whether they are technically viable in mitigating the effects of wind turbines on ATC radars. The MoD intends to procure a Technology Demonstration, as described below, using the restricted procedure in accordance with regulation 17 of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011. The intention is to award a contract for Technology Demonstration to more than one economic operator. Those contracts will be for demonstrating technology only and will not encompass the MoD’s acquisition of any technology itself. If any technologies are viable it may be that a subsequent procurement exercise is undertaken to procure such technology but no decision to make such a procurement has been taken at this time.
Companies are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in a competitive process to be awarded an opportunity to demonstrate their existing mitigation systems in a Technology Demonstration (TD), to establish viable solutions/mitigations for addressing the effect of wind turbines on UK Military ATC Primary Surveillance Radars. It is intended to award up to 6 individual contracts for participation in the TD which will include nominal payment for taking part in the TD, in addition to payment for producing modelling. Further details on the competitive process are below.
During the TD participants will be required to transport their equipment to a selected site in the UK and to implement their solution/mitigation for a specified period (expected to be 1 working week). Within this time period a number of flight profiles will be flown over and around the vicinity of wind turbines to allow the Authority to assess the solution performance in the presence of wind turbines. If required, a Watchman system will be onsite for the duration of the TD. While this system can be used to provide a radar picture and demonstrate integration the equipment must be returned to its original state and be fit for purpose after the TD. Bidders who are selected to progress to Invitation to Tender (ITT) stage may have the opportunity to make use of a predefined MoD site to test their integration with the Authority’s ATC system, prior to TD.
All equipment must be Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 or above, meet specified safety standards, be compliant with UK health and safety regulations and licensed for transmitting in the UK as applicable. The Authority are looking for a solution or mitigation which can integrate with the Authority’s ATC system and be location agnostic. Technical and operational criteria will be assessed, including the following: probability of aircraft detection, i.e. the capability of the system to detect and retain detection of aircraft; displayed effects, i.e. the capability of the system to mitigate unwanted radar returns generated from wind turbines and that may be displayed on the operator’s display; and a MoD ATC operator assessment in order to assess the transparency of the respective mitigation solution to the operator and whether it may impact on the ability to successfully undertake their role. The authority will also assess cost, the level of training required to operate the system, its compatibility with the existing infrastructure, levels of interference with other systems, the projected reliability and environmental impact of the system and any logistical issues involved with installing and maintaining the solution/mitigation. A draft User Requirements Document which may form part of the assessment is available by request from the Authority. TD participants will be required to provide supplementary modelling evidence of the effect of multiple wind turbines and different geological conditions on their proposed solution/mitigation.
MoD personnel may need to conduct site visits to fully assess Pre-qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) responses.
Participation in the TD is dependant on the unqualified acceptance of the Authority’s Terms and Conditions contained within the Invitation to Tender (ITT).
This advert is only for expressions of interest to take part in the Technology Demonstration. Expressions of interest should be sent to Amy Headington (copied to with the following information, on no more than 5 pages, to inform the trial requirements:

(i) Summary of mitigation or solution,
(ii) TRL level of equipment,
(iii) Details of equipment.
All companies that express an interest will be issued with a PQQ on or around the 21.1.2012 with a proposed/ estimated return date of 8.2.2013. Following evaluation of PQQ responses, the Authority intends to formally invite up to 6 qualified potential bidders to tender for participation in the TD and subsequently contract up to 6 bidders to attend the TD and develop their performance models.
Additional noteable indicative dates:
Dates for TD: 27.5.13 – 23.6.13 and 2.8/13 – 23.8.13
Proposed contract award date: 29.4.2013
Contract completion date: 23.9.2013
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.

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

GO Reference: GO-20121218-DCB-4462697

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Director ISTAR Operating Centre, DE&S

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Director ISTAR Operating Centre, DE&S

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Director ISTAR Operating Centre, DE&S

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:18.12.2012

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