Rescue Co-Ordination System Replacement
Air-sea rescue services. Defence Equipment and Support is seeking expressions of interest for a possible future Contract for the replacement and ongoing support of the Rescue Control System.
UK-Bristol: Air-sea rescue services
Section I: Contracting authority
Air Platform Systems Project Team, DE&S
# 1032, Walnut 0c, MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol
Contact point(s): Commercial manager
For the attention of: Joseph Chapman
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 1179131321
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
NUTS code UKM
The Rescue Control System will be provisioned in the UK at numerous operational bases providing essential support to aeronautical Search and Rescue operations.
The Rescue Control System will be a suite of hardware, software and communication components that supports the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) at Kinloss Barracks in its role of tasking assets in Search and Rescue missions. Technical support will also be required. There are also subordinate elements that support the co-located Mission Control Centre (UK MCC) in its role of coordinating the response to UK emergency beacons.
A supportable system is required to be at full operating capability (FOC) by the out of service date (OSD) of the existing system in December 2013. There is an enduring requirement until 2018 for the Rescue Control System in support of Search and Rescue operations at the ARCC. After December 2018 the capability is likely to be subsumed into a system provided and supported by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCGA) but the Rescue Control System should be capable of remaining supportable beyond that date in case of delays to the merge program.
The ARCC may also relocate from Kinloss Barracks within the life of the support contract and the Rescue Control System functionality would be required to be relocated with it. It is likely that any such re-location would be phased and that the Rescue Control System would need to operate at both locations for a 12 month overlap. It would be acceptable for the core system to be located at a Contractor managed facility and the client functions only to be subject to relocation. If this solution is proposed the Contractor will need to ensure communications are capable of robustly meeting the availability targets.
The Rescue Control System is expected to support up to 5000 incidents per year and be available 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. A small margin of non-availability is permitted in the event of unanticipated outage, but this cannot be allowed to adversely affect vital life saving activity. The Contractor will be expected to ensure continuity of capability via an alternate geographically-separated capability and robust and rapid changeover.
Rescue Control System supplies effective situational awareness, communications and tasking facilities to a wide user base including: Royal Air Force and Royal Navy; Coastguard; Civilian Air Ambulance; Police etc. The system also supports RAF Mountain Rescue Teams and project team support organisations.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 8 000 000 GBP
Description of these options: Supply of the system with support for initial 5 years plus 2 options of 2 years and one further option of 1 year (5 + 2 + 2 + 1).
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Prospective candidates are advised that this Notice seeks expressions of interest from the market place for a possible contract that MAY be placed in the future. this process will be subject to a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) exercise covering various issues which the Authority considers to be important and relevant. once the PQQ period has been concluded some prospective bidders may be asked to tender through an Invitation to Tender (ITT) exercise.
Section VI: Complementary 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 www.contracts.mod.uk
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 www.contracts.mod.uk
GO Reference: GO-2013214-DCB-4588393.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.2.2013