Armed Robotic Platoon Vehicle Hire and Support Tender

Armed Robotic Platoon Vehicle Hire and Support Tender

Dstl intends to hire a Robotic Platoon Vehicle with accompanying technical support and training.

United Kingdom-Fareham: Test and evaluation of military vehicles

2020/S 182-440960

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Official name: Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Postal address: Dstl Portsdown West, Portsdown Hill Road
Town: Fareham
Postal code: PO17 6AD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Chris Ford
E-mail: cford2@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1980954981

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-sell-to-dstl-industry-academia-and-other-research-organisations

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

Defence

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)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Armed Robotic Platoon Vehicle Hire and Support

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 3: Defence services, military defence services and civil defence services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Southern.

NUTS code IE05 Southern

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):

Test and evaluation of military vehicles. Training and simulation in military vehicles. Dstl intends to hire a Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV) with accompanying technical support and training, which is capable of being armed with a medium or heavy machine gun and has a Surveillance, target acquisition (STA) system capable of detecting a human up to 2 km away in all light conditions. DSTL expects the RPV to be able to operate within a dismounted infantry section/platoon and is able to traverse terrain associated with Dismounted close combat (DCC) in both the urban and rural environments.
Suppliers should submit their interest via the dynamic pre-qualification questionnaire (DPQQ) linked below, prior to the stated deadline. An invitation to tender will follow to successful parties, with an aim to place a contract by the end of December 2020. The DPQQ will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis — a pass will be awarded based on satisfactory responses to the questions within the PQQ. The authority reserves the right to query or eliminate respondees based on financial or delivery risk presented within the response.
Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on https://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta. You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.

Suppliers must log in, go to your response manager and add the following access code: Y69HDWQB37. Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 19 October 2020 12.00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

If you experience any difficulties please refer to the online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) or the user guides or contact the MOD DCO Helpdesk by emailing – support@contracts.mod.uk or call 0800 282 324.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73433000 Test and evaluation of military vehicles80630000 Training and simulation in military vehicles

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

II.1.8)Lots

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:

Maximum quantity of vehicle-days within the budget, including support and training packages. Maximum expected duration from January 2021 to March 2022.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 550 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

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:

Payment to be made quarterly in arrears in accordance with expenditure.
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:

Information is not expected to exceed UK Official Sensitive. The contractor will provide only the vehicle, support and training and will not be directly involved in the trial activities. Security clearance (SC) is desirable to avoid delays to site entry.

III.1.5)Information about security clearance:

Candidates which do not yet hold security clearance may obtain such clearance until: 31.12.2020
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 http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr

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.
Completion of associated PQQ reference Y69HDWQB37

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Criteria regarding the economic and financial standing of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion)

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (a) Appropriate statements from the economic operator’s bankers or where appropriate, evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established.
(c) Where appropriate, a statement, covering the three previous financial years of the economic operator, of:
(i) the overall turnover of the business of the economic operator; and
(ii) where appropriate, the turnover in respect of the work, works, goods or services which are of a similar type to the subject matter of the contract.
Provision of required statements and documentation in the English language. Evidence of financial instability which presents a clear risk to contract delivery may result in rejection. Completion of associated PQQ reference Y69HDWQB37

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:
(j) a description of the tools, material, technical equipment, staff numbers, know-how and sources of supply (with an indication of their geographical location when it is outside the territory of the EU) available to the economic operator to perform the contract, cope with any additional needs required by the contracting authority as a result of a crisis or carry out the maintenance, modernisation or adaptation of the goods covered by the contract.
Pass/Fail. A passing response will provide a clear demonstration of the capability and capacity to deliver the requirement, without substantial omissions or risks to delivery. Completion of associated PQQ reference Y69HDWQB37.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 3 and maximum number 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Demonstration of experience and capability to deliver the requirement. Completion of associated PQQ reference Y69HDWQB37.
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:

1000155195

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 25.9.2020 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

19.10.2020 – 17:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

23.10.2020

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.

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 contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement. 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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

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

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on http://www.contracts.mod.uk.

You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.
Suppliers must log in, go to your response manager and add the following access code: Y69HDWQB37.
Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is detailed within this contract notice, you will also have visibility of the deadline date, once you have added the Access code via DCO as the opening and closing date is visible within the opportunity.
Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this opportunity prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

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Go reference: GO-2020914-DCB-17075056

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Official name: Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Postal address: Dstl Portsdown West, Portsdown Hill Road
Town: Fareham
Postal code: PO17 6AD
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: cford2@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1980954981

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name: Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Postal address: Dstl Portsdown West, Portsdown Hill Road
Town: Fareham
Postal code: PO17 6AD
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: cford2@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1980954981

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Appeals to the procurement process must be submitted immediately upon identification of a potential breach of the regulations.

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

Official name: Ministry of Defence, DSTL, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Postal address: Dstl Portsdown West, Portsdown Hill Road
Town: Fareham
Postal code: PO17 6AD
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: cford2@dstl.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1980954981

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

14.9.2020