Test and evaluation of military aircrafts

Test and evaluation of military aircraft

Provision of Release to Service (RTS) A400M- Delta Capability.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Test and evaluation of military aircrafts, missiles and spacecrafts

2014/S 043-072266

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

MOD
Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1179132548

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
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Provision of Release to Service (RTS) A400M- Delta Capability.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 14: Research and development services [2] and evaluation tests
NUTS code UKK1

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):

Test and Evaluation of military aircraft, missiles and spacecraft. Test and Evaluation of military aircraft, missiles and spacecraft. Provision of Aircraft Test, Evaluation and Acceptance services for the A400M Atlas Project Team to develop certification, qualification and Release to Service of the UK capability requirement additional to the A400M common standard aircraft.
The requirement is for the production of the additional evidence to expand the contents of the A400M Release to Service (RTS) and update associated documentation to cover UK specific operation of the aircraft, cargo and loads.
Examples of Sub tasks potentially required as part of the service include but are not limited to:
— Application of an appropriate Test and Evaluation Process;
— Collation of theoretical, analytical and trials evidence in a format suitable for submission to the RTS Authority;
— Definition of test packages that will best exploit limited aircraft availability;
— Production of Ground and/or Flight Test Proposals;
— Production of Ground and/or Flight Trials Instructions;
— Analysis of associated risks and production of Safety Assessment Reports to support Ground and/or Flight Trials;
— Conduct of Ground and/or Flight Trials;
— Reporting of Ground and/or Flight Trials;
— Provision of information in a suitable format to update the Aircrew Manual, Flight Reference Cards and Operational Data Manual;
— Production of structured arguments based on review and analysis of existing information to justify submissions to the RTS, Safety Case and other documentation.
The full requirement will be released as part of the ITT. Where possible, and subject to confirmation of all potential participants’ security clearances before this time, the Authority will endeavour to expedite earliest release of requirement and other information documents in advance of ITT release to enable early supplier engagement.
To maintain compliance with ITAR, any supplier providing delta trials services to A400M must be a signatory to the applicable Technical Assistance Agreements. If the supplier whose tender is deemed the most economically advantageous is not a signatory to A400M TAA(s), an application will be made to amend the TAA(s) to add the new supplier. If the application is not approved, then the contract may not be offered to that supplier and the Authority may determine the competition as ineffective.
The Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for this procurement is attached to this contract notice.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73435000

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
II.1.8)Lots

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:

Provision of Aircraft Test, Evaluation and Acceptance services for the Airbus Military A400M Project Team until circa June 2019. Category C. The duration dates and ITT release dates advertised below are for planning purposes only and the Authority retains the right to amend contract duration dates prior to contract let.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range between: 30,000,000 and 50,000,000.
Currency: GBP.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 30 000 000 and 50 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The Authority has a potential requirement for options to be included for additional capability.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 30.9.2014. Completion 30.6.2019

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Authority reserves the right to ask for an indemnity, guarantee or bank bond if the supplier does not meet the required standard for economic and financial standing.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Payment will be made only after goods or services have been delivered and accepted or work otherwise completed in accordance with the 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:

Special conditions (DEFCONS) applicable to trials and evaluation of aircraft will be detailed at ITT release and companies awarded scores at ITT based on compliance with these Terms and Conditions.
Contractors have until ITT issue to secure the necessary security clearances. The Authority reserves the right to request that contractors secure higher level clearances if needed later in the programme.
It is the Authority’s intention to utilise Purchase to Payment (P2P) from the outset of the contract.
Any resulting contract will contain a set of Key Performance Indicators to measure performance in areas such as delivery and quality, and shall include remedies for poor performance.
The competition process will be subject to the Government’s Transparency agenda and associated requirements.
III.2)Conditions For Participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers:
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 these criteria are at http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#pcr

Candidates will be required to answer these questions as part of the 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.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 http://www.contracts.mod.uk/delta/project/reasonsForExclusion.html#dspr

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

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
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 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Potential suppliers are required to send the Authority a completed PQQ providing information that allows the Authority to evaluate the supplier’s capacities and capabilities against the selection criteria set out at Sections III.2.1), III.2.2) and III.2.3) of this Contract Notice.
The Authority will use the PQQ response to create a list of suppliers who are eligible to participate under Section III.2.1) of this Contract Notice; and who fulfil any minimum capacity levels under Sections III.2.2) and III.2.3) of this Contract Notice; and who also best meet the selection criteria set out Sections III.2.2) and III.2.3) of this Contract Notice. Full details of the method for choosing the tenderers are set out in the 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 has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

A400M/072
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Notice on a buyer profile

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 209-362568 of 26.10.2013

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

31.3.2014 – 15:00
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

English.

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:

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.

From 2 April 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 Gov.uk website provides information on the new GSC.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

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 www.contracts.mod.uk

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.
The information and/or documents for this opportunity are available on http://www.contracts.mod.uk.

You must register on this site to respond, if you are already registered you will not need to register again, simply use your existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage.
Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 4MDP88KGS6.
Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is detailed within this contract notice, you will also have visibility of the deadline date, once you have added the Access code via DCO as the opening and closing date is visible within the opportunity.
Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this opportunity prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.
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GO Reference: GO-2014226-DCB-5489053

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

Air Support, Air Support
Walnut 2C, #1231, MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: desa400m-cm1@mod.uk
Telephone: +44 1179134716

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Air Support, Air Support
Walnut 2C, #1231, MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1179134716

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

Air Support, Air Support

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:26.2.2014