Ministry of Defence Light Aircraft Tender

Ministry of Defence Light Aircraft Tender

Supply of UK based light aircraft for the delivery of Military Parachute Training and RAF Falcons Parachute Activity.

United Kingdom-High Wycombe: Piloted aircraft

2019/S 228-559752

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Ministry of Defence, C&C
Postal address: Nimrod Building, RAF High Wycombe, Walters Ash
Town: High Wycombe
NUTS code: UKJ14
Postal code: HP14 4UE
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1494494356
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Provision of UK Based Light Aircraft for the Delivery of Military Parachute Training and RAF Falcons Parachute Activity

Reference number: ACT/04661

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Short description: provision of UK based light aircraft for the delivery of Military Parachute Training (MPT) and RAF Falcons Parachute Activity (FPA) to include parachute displays to the public. The contract duration will be 3 core years plus 2 one-year options for MPT and 3 core years for FPA, the proposed Contract start date is 1.7.2020.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 9 800 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ14
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Description of procurement: provide from 1.7.2020, provision of suitable light aircraft and support services to enable Air Command 2 Group to deliver and FPA; via a single contract to provide light aircraft and associated support enablers (i.e. fire and crash cover, and MPT water support) to deliver MPT and FPA.

The light aircraft provided are to deliver both MPT and FPA by adapting interoperability from a single ac type. The aircraft must also be capable of meeting extant release-to-service requirements detailed within the compendium of airborne equipment release certificates and confirmed by trials and evaluation sufficient aircraft flying hours must be provided to enable light aircraft provision fit-to-meet demand.

Off payroll (manpower based) contracts – mandatory tax arrangements of public appointees

— the off payroll rules (Intermediaries Legislation – IR35) for working in the public sector are in place to ensure that where a worker would have been an employee if they were providing their services directly, they are broadly paying the same tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) as an employee,

— the authority has decided that the provision of this service is out of scope of this legislation, for this particular requirement.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 9 800 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 2
Maximum number: 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

The authority will use the DPQQ response to create a shortlist of tenders who are eligible to participate; fulfill any minimum economic, financial, professional and technical standards; and best meet in terms of capacity and capability the selection criteria set out in this DPQQ. Full details of the method of choosing the tenders are set out in the DPQQ. It is the intention to down select to between approximately 2 and 6 highest scoring suppliers who will be invited to tender, providing they meet the overall percentage pass mark of 50 %, do not score any lower than 2 points for any of the questions and receive a pass in any pass/fail questions within the DPQQ. If the supplier scores below 2 in any of the questions or receives a fail in a pass/fail question then they will automatically fail the evaluation and will not be invited to participate any further.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There will be 2 one year options for Military Parachute Training (MPT) from 1.7.2024.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

The estimated annual contract value is 1 600 000 GBP. If the estimated annual contract value is greater than 40 % of the supplier’s turnover, the authority reserves the right to exclude the supplier from being selected to tender except where the supplier provides, to the satisfaction of the authority, evidence showing it has sufficient economic and financial capability, for example, such evidence may include:

1) Any additional information proving it has sufficient economic and financial resources to deliver the requirement; and

2) Stating if the supplier is willing to provide the authority with an indemnity, guarantee or bank bond.

Please provide at least 2 years audited accounts (if available) or equivalent information, that will be used as part of the DPQQ economic and financial standing evaluation.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 03/01/2020
Local time: 10:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 17/01/2020

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

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 website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

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

The Cyber Essentials DCPP (Defence Cyber Protection Partnership) internet based cyber security model risk assessment has been completed by the RAF User (the Customer), thus the cyber risk of this requirement is classified as ‘Very Low’. If your company is subsequently invited to tender, your tender must include the completion of the ‘Supplier Assurance Questionnaire’ via the internet based DCPP Cyber Security Model online link:

This is to demonstrate a supplier’s compliance with the required cyber risk level. More information will be published with regards to this process, the evaluation criteria and how to access the information/website once the tender documentation is live.

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

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: TE467H9W49.

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.

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 or Telephone 0800 282 324.

GO Reference: GO-20191122-DCB-15602753

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Ministry of Defence, C&C
Postal address: Nimrod Building, No 3 Site
Town: High Wycombe
Postal code: HP14 4UE
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1494494375
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: