Supply of Defence Virtual Simulation Tool

Supply of Defence Virtual Simulation Tool

Training and simulation in military vehicles. Training and simulation in firearms and ammunition. Training and simulation in security equipment.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Training and simulation in military vehicles

2015/S 019-030531

Contract notice


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

STSP — Training and Simulation Systems Programme DE&S
Elm 3a, #4324,, MoD Abbeywood
Contact point(s): Commercial Manager
For the attention of: David Sealey
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 1179137132

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

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/entities

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:

Provision of Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) Tool.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance


NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information on framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Training and simulation in military vehicles. Training and simulation in firearms and ammunition. Training and simulation in security equipment. Training and simulation in warships. Training and simulation in aircraft, missiles and spacecraft. Training and simulation in military electronic systems. Provision of Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) Tool. The Authority requires a virtual simulation tool to provide a common, interoperable, accessible and deployable capability in order to enable simulated activity across all levels of training, education and experimentation.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80630000, 80620000, 80610000, 80640000, 80650000, 80660000

II.1.7)Information about subcontracting

The tenderer has to indicate in the tender any share of the contract it may intend to subcontract to third parties and any proposed subcontractor, as well as the subject-matter of the subcontracts for which they are proposed


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:

The DVS capability seeks to deliver a video games-based software technology product to act as the common virtual simulation component of all future Defence simulation systems under the Defence Training & Education Capability (DTEC) Operating Model (OM) and related policy. It will be a 3D virtual environment capable of allowing users to develop and execute a wide range of military scenarios for training, education and experimentation.
The software should be a solution based on commercial video gaming technologies and relevant to a variety of users, by being capable of covering a broad range of Future Character Of Conflict (FCOC) compliant military tasks including, but not limited to:
a. planning, manoeuvre, movement and combat;
b. for dismounted troops, land vehicles, surface and sub-surface naval vessels, fast air and rotary wing;
c. in urban and rural environments;
d. during conventional and asymmetric warfare.
DVS is intended to support as many simulation requirements as are feasible. At its most basic, the software will enable out-of-the-box operation as a standalone virtual simulator where users can develop and execute their own scenarios for training and experimentation purposes. However the software will be equally applicable to more complex systems, where it should integrate with bespoke and legacy equipment to deliver improved capability where necessary.
Due to the evolving nature of military simulation needs, DVS will adopt a spiral development philosophy. The current scope of Defence simulation requirements have been captured on a best-efforts basis in order to inform this procurement, however it is the Authority’s intent to grow the scope of this capability as new requirements arise or are refined. In doing so, and in line with DTEC policy, the Authority expects to use DVS in all situations where it represents a viable solution or where appropriate modifications can be performed in a cost-effective manner. In addition, it is expected that the use of video gaming technology will grant DVS the benefit of externally-sponsored improvements, such as those funded by other customers or internally-driven in response to wider market needs, in order to keep the product relevant.
In order to support the wide and growing range of candidate users across Defence, DVS should be licensed to the Authority in such a way as to facilitate a large user-base and un-scoped growth while minimising through-life cost and other barriers to adoption. It is anticipated that such support will be provided through Enterprise-level licensing.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 10 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: There will be two optional 1 year contract extensions after the initial five year duration has expired.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (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:

All payments shall be made using the Authority’s Purchase 2 Payment (P2P) System and shall be subject to the unqualified acceptance of the Authority’s Terms and Conditions of Contract.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

If a group of economic operators submits a bid, the group must nominate a lead organisation to deal with the Authority. The Authority shall require the group to form a legal entity before entering into the contract.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject, in particular with regard to security of supply and security of information:

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 a Security Aspects Letter, the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of the Security Aspects Letter to reflect any changes in national law or government policy whether in the respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies or otherwise.
III.1.5)Information about security clearance:
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation

Criteria regarding the personal situation of economic operators (that may lead to their exclusion) 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 39(1) of Directive 2009/81/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations (DSPCR) 2011 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 39(2) of Directive 2009/81/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the DSPCR 2011) 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.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 39(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest (including defence and security factors) for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 39(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 and/or professional 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 3 and maximum number 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Scores will be assigned against the criteria given for each question and weighted according to the figures provided. Each response will be assigned a final score in the form of a percentage and Potential Providers will be ranked accordingly.
Any potential Provider scoring less than 25 % will be considered non-compliant and automatically ruled out of any further participation in the competition process. Scores of 25 % or higher are considered compliant.
In the event that the Authority receives more than two but no more than six compliant responses, all compliant Potential Providers will be invited to the next phase of the competition.

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
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 has been 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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 126-224581 of 4.7.2014

Other previous publications

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 154-267998 of 9.8.2013

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.2.2015 – 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


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.

From 2.4.2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the website provides information on the new GSC.

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.

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

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GO Reference: GO-20141222-DCB-6248338; GO-20141222-DCB-6248340.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

STSP — Training and Simulation Systms Programme DE&S
Elm 3a, #4324, MoD Abbeywood
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 1179137132
Internet address:

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: