Technical Support for MIDS and Data Links on the Tornado and Typhoon Platforms

Technical Support for MIDS and Data Links on the Tornado and Typhoon Platforms

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from companies interested in meeting the requirement for a 3-year contract for the provision of specialist technical support for the introduction of Multi-functional Information Display Systems (MIDS) low Volume Terminals (LVT) and Link 16 Tactical Data Link (TDL) on Typhoon and Tornado platforms.

UK-Bristol: Technical support services

2013/S 050-082142

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Fast Air Support Team (FAST), DE&S
Walnut 1a #1128, MoD, Abbey Wood South
For the attention of: Richard Ireland
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 67982917

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

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:

The Provision of Specialist Technical Support for MIDS and Data Links on the Tornado and Typhoon Platforms
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKH13

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Technical support services. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from companies interested in meeting the requirement for a 3-year contract for the provision of specialist technical support for the introduction of Multi-functional Information Display Systems (MIDS) low Volume Terminals (LVT) and Link 16 Tactical Data Link (TDL) on Typhoon and Tornado platforms.
MIDS LVT and TDL are certified safe to fly (Flight Certified) and are compatible with systems used across NATO Armed Forces in order to achieve and maintain Typhoon/Tornado Data-link interoperability with US/NATO/Allied Partner Nations. Therefore specialist technical support needs to continue to be delivered such that data is compatible with that already provided to the programmes to maintain comparability with testing regimes and results to date. Also, data needs to be provided and analysed such that it is compatible with partner nations. Therefore, to achieve this, companies must have access to the following tools and processes, that have been used to support the programmes to date and are the partner nation agreed toolsets:
d) eSMART toolset and iSMART process.
Interested Companies will be expected to have the following skills and experience:
a) Comprehensive knowledge of 55xx series STANAGs and Air Data Publications (ADatPs) for Link 16 and Mil-Std-6016C/D
b) Detailed knowledge of the production of platform TDL specifications including the production of platform operational specifications and Platform Implementation Difference Document Sets (PIDDs) using the e-SMART toolset.
c) Detailed knowledge of the Data Link Solutions (DLS) and Euro MIDS LVT and AN/URC-138 programmes, terminal hardware and software architectures and processing, interfacing requirements and terminal installation issues.
d) Detailed knowledge and experience of the DLS and Euro MIDS LVT and AN/URC-138 programmes integration onto the Tornado and Typhoon platforms.
e) Detailed knowledge of the Interoperability Matrix and Interoperability assessment process.
f) Detailed operational knowledge of platform rig TDL scenario simulators, particularly TIGER, and its use for integration, acceptance and interoperability testing and detailed knowledge of the NATO Standard Interface for Multiple Platform Link Evaluation (SIMPLE) standard (STANAG 5601) including compatible equipments.
g) Detailed knowledge of the design and management of MIDS networks and the interfaces between national and international Network Design Stations and platform support equipments.
h) Detailed knowledge of TDL and system security requirements and procedures.
i) Detailed knowledge of hardware installation and qualification aspects, including Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)/EMI(Electromagnetic Interference), Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (NEMP)/NH(Nuclear Hardened) power, environmental tests, etc.
This requirement is to be fulfilled with the placement of one Contract. Interested Companies must be in a position to provide specialist technical support to both Typhoon and Tornado platforms.
Companies who submit an expression of interest into this requirement will then be asked to complete and return a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) as part of the tendering process.
On Conclusion of the PQQ exercise, successful companies will receive an Invitation To Tender (ITT) and will be provided with the full specification which their solution must meet.
Contractors who wish to express an interest in this tender are to forward a written EOI to the issuing branch, addressed for the attention of FAST-Comrcl4a1.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
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

Duration in months: 36 (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:
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
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, 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 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) 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. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(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 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 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)
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

An electronic auction will be 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

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

16.4.2013 – 17:00
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

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

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-201338-DCB-4641975

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

Fast Air Support Team (FAST), DE&S
Walnut 1a #1128, MoD, Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol

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

Fast Air Support Team
Walnut 1a #1128, MoD, Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:8.3.2013