Multi Role Vehicle Defence Equipment and Support

Multi Role Vehicle Defence Equipment and Support

Opportunity for suppliers to nominate suitable platforms for multi role vehicle pre-concept study.

UK-Bristol: pre-feasibility study and technological demonstration

2012/S 79-129730

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Specialist  Logistics Vehicles Project Team, DE&S
Spruce 3C, MoD Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): Mr Andrew Newell
For the attention of: DES LE GSG-SLV-Comrcl1
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067936142

Further information can be obtained from: 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.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Opportunity for suppliers to nominate suitable platforms for multi role vehicle pre-concept study.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UKJ12

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

1. Specialist and Logistic Project Team (SLV PT) in conjunction with a yet to be selected vehicle trials and demonstration authority will be running a multi role vehicle – protected (MRV-P) pre-concept study; It is planned to hold the study the week after the defence vehicle demonstration which is being held on 20th & 21.6.2012. Designed to determine the quantity of platforms that conform to the high level requirement and fall within the desirable Unit Price Cost (UPC) of 250 000 GBP, the study will look at a number of vehicles in the 5 to 15 tonne range that are modular to may be considered as being able to form the base vehicle for and other programmes such as future protected battlefield multi-role ambulance.
Please note there will be no payment or reimbursement for the loan of the platforms for the pre-concept study.
2. The MRV (P) programme is currently at the pre-concept phase and has evolved from the operational utility vehicle system (OUVS), with significant changes in the total numbers and protection level. The vision is for one variant to fulfil all roles, using plug-and-play communications and flexible seating layouts. MRV(P) is not seen as appropriate for providing utility vehicle support to rapidly deployable forces (i.e. first-in, airborne or amphibious), where a lighter, more agile, capability is required. There are currently no KURs or URD for MRV (P), so a clear high-level requirement is needed. The roles expected of the capability include:
— Command and communications post vehicle,
— Command and liaison vehicle,
— General purpose vehicle – cargo,
— General purpose vehicle – pax,
— Light gun towing vehicle.
3. The study within this pre-concept phase is to assist in de-risking the MRV (P) Concept Phase by indicating the general ability of the market to meet endorsed MRV-(P) 3OAs. The study is to be completed by an independent vehicle trials and demonstration authority. Prior to the authority being selected all interested manufacturers should express their interest to Lt Col Licence SLV PT. Once the trials and vehicle demonstration authority is selected, the authority will engage directly with OEMs in order to secure platforms for trial. It must be noted that this study is not for down-selection purposes, but a practical method to conduct a market survey on a wide selection of available candidate Military/Commercial Off the Shelf (MOTS/COTS) vehicle platforms.
4. Base platform. The base platform must fall within the 250 000 GBP UPC, it must be of a modular design capable of fulfilling the requirement for a ‘family’ of platforms and although there must be capacity for growth, must contain the following minimum requirement:
Ser requirement remarks.
1 Number of crew ? 6 (Pax) Dvr, Comd, Gnr + 3 (pax carrying platform)
2 Payload capacity > 2 500kg (Cargo) + Crew of 3 To allow for the appropriate crew, pax, Bowman, ECM, cargo preponderance requirements for towing and up to 20 % growth.
3 Unladen mass <14 000kg <10 000kg if transport by C130.
4 Turning circle < 18m Land Rover = 14m
5 Width < 2.5m Medium Mobility
6 Power to weight ratio > 20 hp/t at the wheels Medium Mobility
7 Ground pressure < 450Kpa Medium mobility
8 Ground clearance > 240mm Medium Mobility
9 Ballistic threshold protection (Stanag 4569) ? level 2 Objective level 3
10 Blast threshold protection (Stanag 4569) ? level 2a/2b Objective level 3a/3b
5. Growth Potential. The platform design must incorporate adaptable vehicle architecture to allow the following capabilities to be integrated into the platform:
— Open architecture communication information system,
— Generic vehicle architecture level 2,
— Fitted for electronic counter measures,
— Fitted for bowman,
— Fitting of protect weapon system.
Study scope.
6. The study is to be bounded by a series of deliverables, the selected independent vehicle trials and demonstration authority will be expected to assess the participating platforms against Def Stan 23-6 and produce a technical report within one month of the completion of the study outlining the suitability of each platform. The study will cover the following technical deliverables:
— Loading / carrying capacity,
— Requirements of Def Stan 23-6 Annex B:
—— Essentially static vehicle measurements except for the wade test that is to be completed in accordance with Def Stan 00-6. Wade test to be limited to unprepared fording only.
— Maintainability:
—— Static assessment looking at key areas related to 1st parade and routine checks,
— Ingress / egress & visibility,
— Legislation:
—— Legislation assessment is to consist of a static assessment of each vehicle against the latest European Whole Vehicle Type Approval requirements.
— Vehicle performance:
—— Vehicle performance to be completed at max GVW. To include acceleration up long inclines (5-10 %) to assess power, gearbox calibration and gearshift quality,
— Tilt performance:
—— To include 1st wheel lift and roll over.
— Vehicle mobility assessment:
—— Mobility assessment is to be completed over a range of on and off-road facilities designed to take vehicles to their limits to demonstrate overall capability and robustness of design,
—— Mobility assessments are to be run over courses and features used for recent MOD mobility assessments,
—— Mobility assessments to be completed at max GVW and, where necessary, unladen,
—— Mobility assessment also to include a “free-drive” section on a range of on and off-road terrain. On and off-road, to include significant ascents and descents as well as technically challenging features to explore both vehicle capability and vehicle inspired driver confidence.
— Night driving (lights):
— Night driving to include on and off-road terrain both including significant ascents and descents. Also to include a simulation of urban environments.
— Urban driving:
—— Assessment of the vehicle in tight urban conditions to assess both manoeuvrability and close proximity situational awareness.
— Hill mobility & split ?:
—— Hill mobility to include ascents and descents of various inclines both on and off-road to explore the traction available and the ability of the vehicle to control its speed on long descents. To include 60 % and 100 % gradients.
—— Split ? to demonstrate the ability of vehicle drive system to cope with a large extreme of friction across the vehicle on a gradient of at least 25 %.
— Tractive effort sand/gravel:
—— Tractive effort test to look at the tractive effort on a range of surfaces from large gravel to soft/dry sand.
— Fuel consumption.
— Internal noise and vibration:
—— Noise and vibration to include both set speeds on a range of hard surfaces (including military sets, flat concrete, etc) and over a combined on-road/off-road battlefield mission. To allow comparison with EU Health and Safety Legislation.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 250 000 GBP
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

To express an interest in participating in the study, manufactures should contact:
Lt Col Ian Licence, SO1 RM, SLV PT, Mail Point 1315, NH 1, Abbey Wood, Bristol BS34 8JH, UNITED KINGDOM, e-mail:, tel: +44 3067931557.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This information notice is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and GO Reference: GO-2012420-DCB-3870353.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: