The purpose of this announcement is to inform the market of an MOD contract notice on Defence Contracts Online. This notice will be available on or shortly after 13 February 2018.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a requirement for an external supplier to provide services to enable the operation of a test and reference facility. This facility supports MOD operations worldwide. The services required will primarily be delivered within the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), Blandford Camp, Dorset.
The LSRC is a purpose-built test facility that entered service in 2000 and is currently managed through a Combined In-Service Facilities Management, Operations, Upgrades and Support (CIFMOUS) contract. It provides the MOD’s through-life ‘System of Systems’ Test & Reference service through an appropriate test, integration and transition capability that assures release packages for introduction onto the Defence Network and in support of operations and exercises.
The LSRC has the capability to test applications and application upgrades on reference systems to assess their impact on other applications and the network as well as the network’s impact on the application. LSRC testing is integral to the Defence ICT service release and assurance process prior to the Release & Deployment of new or updated infrastructure, hardware and application software, and the assessment of how these capabilities perform and behave on a representation of the full operational environment.
The supplier will provide a number of flexible services, operating under an appropriate quality management system. These will provide a range of functions covering:
- Testing Services: Test definition, execution and management using authority provided tools and equipment; testing services support Release & Deployment, Application Characterisation, Mission Rehearsal, In-Service Support, Interoperability and Integration Testing, Consultancy, Bespoke and Off-Site Testing.
- Service Management: Governance & General Administration, Information Security, Confidentiality & Management, Configuration Management & Maintenance of Technical Documentation, Training, Training Support & Technical Advice, Financial Management & Continual Service Improvement, Resource Management, Change Management, Support Management.
- Hard Facilities Management: Property-related services including Building Structure & Fabric, Indoor Climate & Utilities, Outdoor Equipment & Utilities. User-related services including Fixtures & Fittings.
- Soft Facilities Management: Property-related services including Grounds & Landscaping, Cleaning & Waste. User-related services including Management of Site Services, Security, Safety, Health, Environmental & Fire.
This procurement is exempt from the application of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) and the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 (DSPCR) pursuant to Regulation 7(1)(a) of the DSPCR and Article 346(1)(a) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in order to protect UK essential security interests. The obligations, rights and remedies under the PCR and/or DSPCR therefore do not apply to this procurement.
Accordingly, participation in the procurement is also subject to certain security requirements, and interested suppliers must request and complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before gaining access to the PQQ and more information about the requirement. Further detail regarding the NDA, and the security standards suppliers and their personnel will be expected to meet, is contained within the Contract Notice.
Further information about this opportunity and the process to follow is contained within the Contract Notice.