Underwater and Overland Communications for Ministry of Defence – Market Engagement

Underwater and Overland Communications for Ministry of Defence – Market Engagement

The Defence Equipment and Support Underwater Electronic Warfare Delivery Team is considering procuring a sub-surface/surface communications system to enable text-based duplex communications between military divers, their safety support vessel and a third party land-based unit.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Communications equipment

2020/S 083-197867

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Supplies

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Ministry of Defence, Ships, Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) Team
Postal address: MOD Abbey Wood, Birch 1A, #3119
Town: Bristol
NUTS code: UKK11
Postal code: BS34 8JH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Hamish Gilpin
E-mail: hamish.gilpin100@mod.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3067702129
I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

Defence

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Underwater and Overland Communications

Reference number: 700577463

II.1.2)Main CPV code

32570000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Supplies

II.1.4)Short description:

The Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Underwater Electronic Warfare (UEW) Delivery Team (DT) is considering procuring a sub-surface/surface communications system to enable text-based duplex communications between military divers, their safety support vessel and a third party land-based unit.

A small, on-the-man, diveable communications system is required to provide secure two-way messaging between divers whilst submerged and their surface safety boat, it must also provide encrypted beyond line of sight messaging via Short Burst Data (SBD) services to a third party land based unit, preferably whilst the divers remain submerged.

An easily transportable and suitably marinised boat located on the surface safety vessel must be able to communicate with the submerged divers and automatically relay messages sent between the divers and the third party land-based unit.

The system must be user-configurable, easy to operate and not compromise the safety of the military divers equipment.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

32570000
37412240
37412242

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK11
Main site or place of performance:

Bristol, City of.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Continued from short description above:

Please be aware that this requirement is exempt from the PCR and DSPCR.

This prior information notice (PIN) is open to responses from companies who hold List-X status, or have the potential to secure List-X status in order to receive a more detailed PIN. The competition documents and requirement will also be restricted. Companies who cannot comply with these security requirements are not suitable for this procurement.

If you are interested in receiving the more detailed PIN and meet the above criteria, please respond to the email address below by 24 May 2020.

This PIN has been issued in order to better understand the market, the authority is inviting interested parties to provide details on their capabilities in this field. This PIN is not a means to seek formal expressions of interest; that opportunity may become available when the UEW DT has an improved understanding of the market.

II.2.14)Additional information

Any information provided to the authority at this stage will not be used to down select suppliers; that may be conducted at a later date. Any information provided in relation to this PIN will be kept confidential.

If interested in this requirement, please contact: Hamish.Gilpin100@mod.gov.uk

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

24/04/2020

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional 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 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. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

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

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Suppliers must log in, go to your response manager and add the following access code: WDZM7D3PAJ

Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.

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Go reference: GO-2020424-DCB-16433548

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

24/04/2020