Supply of Ammunition

Supply of Ammunition

Supply of 12,7mm Ball and Tracer Linked Ammunition. Defence General Munitions Project Team, Defence Equipment and Support. UK-Bristol: weapons, ammunition and associated parts

2012/S 114-188909

Contract notice


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Defence General Munitions Project Team, DE&S
Fir 1b #4115, MOD Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): Rachel Vivian
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067983949
Fax: +44 1179139949

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:

Supply of 12,7mm Ball and Tracer Linked Ammunition.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

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):

Weapons, ammunition and associated parts. The MOD has a possible requirement for 3 500 000 linked rounds per year of 12,7mm 4 Ball and 1 Tracer (4B/1T) Linked Ammunition to be supplied in years 2013 and 2014. Initial delivery shall commence in April 2013.
The 4B/1T ammunition is required to safely and reliably function in UK MOD’s 0.50 Cal Heavy Machine Guns (HMG) – Quick Change Barrel (QCB) and M3M (air) variants.
— the Tracer is to be visible in daylight – continuous visible trace is required from the muzzle. Full brilliance must continue to at least 1200 metres from the muzzle,
— the 12,7mm ammunition is required to have full NATO qualification,
— the 12,7mm ammunition is to be Linked, using the M9 Design link,
— the 12,7mm ammunition is to be delivered in Military packaging (i.e. M2A1 Ammunition Containers) and palletized load to the agreed MOD configuration and compliant with STANAG 2828,
— the ammunition will be expected to meet the UK quality assurance requirements for Small Arms Ammunition,
— the 12,7mm 4B/1T linked ammunition shall meet the UK MOD’s stringent Safety and Suitability for Service Use trials (S³) requirements. These requirements shall be met by providing evidence that the ammunition is able to withstand the tests outlined below. A minimum of 5 years shelf life on completion of all the environmental tests must be achieved,
— any Manufacturer that has already achieved UK MOD S³ qualification will be required to prove that there is no significant change to the build standard that was qualified.
S³ Sequential Environmental Trials:
A selected quantity of M2A1 containing quantity 100 x 12,7mm 4Ball / 1Tracer must be capable of withstanding Sequential Environmental Tests and 2 non sequential tests (Liquid Fuel Fire and Bullet Attack) as defined in the STANAG 4608 and 4375.
The following outlines the test sequence requirement:
Test 1 – Transport Vibration and Shock (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 2 – 1,25m Drop Test (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 3 – 170 and 85 Cycles B3 Diurnal Cycling.
Test 4 – 7 Cycles C2 Diurnal Cycling.
Test 5 – Air Transport Vibration – Fixed and Rotary Wing (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 6 – 8m Parachute Delivery Drop Test (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 7 – Wheeled Vehicle Vibration (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 8 – Bounce Test (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 9 – Tracked Vehicle Vibration (Hot +71°C & Cold -46°C).
Test 10 – Hot Immersion Test.
Test 11 – Liquid Fuel Fire.
Test 12 – Bullet Attack.
Selected having been subjected to above tests (excluding tests 11 and 12) is required to meet the NATO MOPI requirement for 12,7mm ammunition:
Test 13 – Electronic Pressure, Velocity & Action Time (EPVAT).
Test 14 – Function & Casualty.
Test 15 – Precision.
Test 16 – AOP48 Edition 2 – Visual inspection, breakdown and chemical analysis.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about subcontracting


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:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
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 to which the performance of the contract is subject, in particular with regard to security of supply and security of information:
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
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
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

13.7.2012 – 10:00
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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
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-2012613-DCB-3991173.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
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:13.6.2012