General Purpose Machine Gun Body Replacement Programme

General Purpose Machine Gun Body Replacement Programme

UK MOD has a requirement to acquire a new General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Body.
Expressions of interest are sought from candidate suppliers who have a Section 5 Firearms Licence and facilities on site to hold Section 5 weapons are able to offer a product or capability meeting the following Key User Requirements (KURs).

United Kingdom-Bristol: Weapons, ammunition and associated parts

2013/S 154-268223

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Soldier System Programmes, DE&S
Lethality (SSP) #4325, Elm3C, NH4, MOD Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): DES LE Comrcl-SSP3b1
For the attention of: Jen Parish
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067971094

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

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:

General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Body Replacement Programme.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UKG21

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Weapons, ammunition and associated parts. General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Body Replacement Programme.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

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:

UK MOD has a requirement to acquire a new General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) Body.
Expressions of interest are sought from candidate suppliers who have a Section 5 Firearms Licence and facilities on site to hold Section 5 weapons are able to offer a product or capability meeting the following Key User Requirements (KURs).
1. Must be able to accept all current In Service internal and external components without any modification or difficulty.
2. Must be compatible with all In Service variants of the GPMG (L7A2, L37A2 and L112A1)
3. Must be able to complete a minimum of 15 Battle Field Missions (BFMs), which are available on request, without degradation to the body and components that is not attributable to normal wear and tear. Once the BFMs are complete the weapon must pass operation checks as per the MOD’s inspection criteria stated in AESP’s, available on request.
4. Must be able to be maintained and repaired by an Armourer using In Service Tools and Techniques as taught in Military Trade Schools.
5. Must not require any change to AESP content other than reference to the existence of a replacement body for all the GPMG Variants.
6. There must be no change to the material specification or design and processes used in construction to those used in the In Service bodies.
7. There must be no increase in weight over standard. (Weight available on request, if you provide evidence that meets the criteria mandated in the advert for Expressions of Interest.)
8. The new GPMG Body should not require any major testing or analysis programmes, such as S3 Trials, to enable it to be taken into service.
9. Must be compatible with all In Service Weapons Softmounts, Mounts and tripods that take GPMG. (Dimensions available on request, if you provide evidence that meets the criteria mandated in the advert for Expressions of Interest.)
The anticipated service life of the GPMG Body is 15 years from replacement. All weapon designs proposed must have a clear path to being sustained and supported in service for that period in accordance with DEFSTAN 00-600 Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) requirements.
Expressions of Interest will only be accepted from candidate suppliers who have had a GPMG Body in serial production within the last 12 months of the date of this advert and are able to have a GPMG Body in production within 6 months of ITT being issued. Please provide evidence within your Expression of Interest. (For example, name and address of customer and evidence of supply.)
A maximum of 6 candidate suppliers will be invited to tender and to submit equipment for trials. In the event that there are more than 6 candidate suppliers who submit an expression of interest and proof of production as stated the Authority reserves the right to Pre-Qualify the candidate suppliers.
Pre-Qualification of candidate suppliers will comprise assessment of those suppliers’ competence, capability and capacity to undertake work of the scope, value and duration proposed.
Each candidate supplier invited to tender will be required to supply free of charge 3 GPMG Bodies for compatibility, suitability and integration evaluations, BFMs and extensive firing trials. Details of the test and evaluation will be available with the Invitation to Tender.
Selection of a preferred GPMG Body replacement bidder will be made on a “most economically advantageous” basis, taking into account technical compliance, demonstrated trials performance, reliability, whole life cost and other relevant factors to be defined in the Invitation to Tender.
Key Project Milestones (these are an indication and could change):
ITT – September 2013
Trials – November 2013
Contract Award – February 2014
Initial Delivery – May 2014
Final Delivery – December 2015
The scope of supply in the Invitation to Tender for the GPMG Body may include:
— Firm prices for the supply of an initial quantity of GPMG bodies for MOD use, anticipated to be between 2 900 and 3 000;
— Staged delivery of this initial quantity broken into batches, with the first batch of quantity 400 commencing 3 months after Contract acceptance and concluding not later than December 2015;
— Firm price banded options for the supply of additional GPMG bodies, approximate quantities to be determined but no more than 7 000;
— This requirement could conceivably be extended to cover the Total Fleet Requirement for all GPMG variants.
Expressions of interest must be made in hard copy format to the address shown below not later than midday on the 13.9.2013. Electronic submission may also be made in parallel to the e-mail address shown below by the same date.
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: 36 (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
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, 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 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) 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. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(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 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

Envisaged minimum number 2: and maximum number 6
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 will be 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

13.9.2013 – 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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.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-201385-DCB-5011933

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

Soldier System Programmes, DE&S

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Soldier System Programmes, DE&S

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

Soldier System Programmes, DE&S

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.8.2013