Insensitive munitions depth charge for Defence Equipment and Support

Insensitive munitions depth charge for Defence Equipment and Support

In support of conventional munitions manufacture and stock management the Defence General Munitions Project Team (DGM PT) has a possible future requirement for the manufacture and supply of a Depth Charge that is compliant with current UK Insensitive Munitions policy.

UK-Bristol: weapons, ammunition and associated parts

2012/S 224-368963

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Defence General Munitions Project Team, DE&S
Fir 1b #4115, Abbey Wood South
Contact point(s): Marie Dury
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067983952

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

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:

Insensitive munitions depth charge.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code
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. In support of conventional munitions manufacture and stock management the Defence General Munitions Project Team (DGM PT) has a possible future requirement for the manufacture and supply of a Depth Charge that is compliant with current UK Insensitive Munitions policy. Included in the future requirement the following items will be required in any future contract.
— Drill and Instructional variants of the Munition,
— User and Maintainer Training package to allow future training to be undertaken,
— Weapon preparation and handling documentation,
— Maintenance documentation,
— A full Munition Data Pack, for all variants,
— Explosive Hazard Data Sheets for all of the energetic materials,
— Management of Safety and Suitability for Service (S3) trials required to be undertaken,
— Creation of Safety and Environment Case Report,
— Post Design Contract.
The current in-service Depth Charge comprises of a main body Fuze and tail. The fully prepared weapon is approximately 1.4m long and 280mm in diameter and weighs 145kg.
Contractors should note that the Depth Charge offered shall as a minimum, be compliant with all UK MOD Policies. It must be capable of carriage and release from Rotary Wing platforms (specifically Merlin Mk1, Mk2 and Lynx/Wildcat Helicopters using the Mk 22 Electro-magnetic Release Unit) and have the potential for carriage and release from fixed wing Maritime Patrol Aircraft in the future.
The Depth Charge is required to have the equivalent explosive performance as the current in-service variant which comprises of 80kg of Torpex 8/2B. It shall have the fuzing functionality to initiate the main charge at 8.2 and/or 21m (±0.6m) with the ability to self sterilise (Make Safe) in the event of a blind.
Contractors should declare whether any components within their expression of interest are covered under ITAR.
The procurement of these capabilities shall, if the programme proceeds, be conducted on a competitive basis, using an incremental assessment programme to determine product compliance against the Departments requirement.
Those who express an interest in this possible future purchase shall be invited to complete and submit a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), the results of which shall be used to down-select to a potential of a maximum of 10 candidates who will then be selected to be taken into the first Assessment Phase (AP1). AP1 is the technical compliance assessment and IM characterisation testing of candidate products; successful products from this phase, where appropriate, shall then be taken into Assessment Phase 2 (AP2). AP2 is the qualification of these natures to the Departments manufacture to target disposal sequence (AOP15).
An ITT will be issued to a maximum of 6 companies those that are down selected from AP1. The collective outcome of the PQQ, AP1, ITT and AP2 phase, shall result in the award of a contract for the manufacture/supply of this nature for an as yet undetermined term but will be invited at the ITT stage to submit prices for 3, 5 year supply/support arrangements, for the estimated quantity between 400 – 1000.
Potential Suppliers candidates should note that their product offerings should be at a suitably high level of product maturity to enable the Department to test and procure these capabilities within a very demanding exploitation window. All expressions of interest should state any previous work conducted for the MoD and any ISO accreditation.
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
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 5 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
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:
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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Will be detailed in any resulting pre qualification questionnaire and / or invitation to tender.
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 will be used: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: Yes. A Reverse Auction, conducted using electronic means, may be used as part of the procurement process for this requirement. Specific relevant information on Reverse Auction usage will be given in the Invitation to Tender.
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

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 tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
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-20121116-DCB-4391697.

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

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Defence General Munitions Project Team, DE&S

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

Defence General Munitions Project Team, DE&S

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.11.2012