Assured Capability (AC) Industry Briefing Note: SKYNET Enduring Capability (SKEC)

The Authority is pleased to publish an Industry Briefing Note on Assured Capability (AC) for the SKYNET Enduring Capability (SKEC).  The SKEC project will provide Skynet satellite communications service delivery from 2027, and from 2028 will deliver assured space-based assets, including Secure TT&C, and commercial satellite services to the MOD.

  1. This note explains the background to, and the process which, the Authority intends to adopt to ensure an assured capability for SKEC through-life, whilst not unduly constraining the supply chain.
  2. The purpose of the document is to:
  3. Explain the approach to be employed by the Authority to deliver an AC for SKEC, and
  4. Explain how the Authority is developing its approach to supply chain assurance through Assured Capability to ensure the competition for procuring the SKEC capability is as wide-reaching as possible.
  5. To request access, please email ISSDel-Net-SatcomSKEC-IE-Grp@mod.gov.uk to view the document on Defence Share, or to request an emailed copy.
  6. Nothing in this Briefing Note shall be interpreted as a commitment or representation by the Authority that it will award a contract in any form.  The Authority reserves the right at any time to amend or withdraw the process.
  7. This Briefing Note is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision. It does not purport to be all-inclusive or to contain all the information needed to make any commercial decisions.  Each person to whom this Briefing Note is made available must make their own independent assessment of the information and use it accordingly.
  8. Comments on the concept and process described in this Briefing Note are welcomed from Industry.

MOD Team Hersa Expression of Interest

Team Hersa, the MOD Centre of Excellence for Laser and RF Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), will shortly release an Expression of Interest request for Project Tracey.  This project is the maritime Laser DEW element of Team Hersa and will be released through the Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF).  Those companies interested in participation who are not signed up to WSRF should contact WSRFdelivery@qinetiq.com for further information on the process.

Talking Tenders – Doing Business with Defence

The UK Ministry of Defence buys a huge range of goods, works & services annually: spend in Scotland increased for the fifth year running to £1.76 billion in 2018/19. This is up from £1.64 billion the previous year and an increase in per person spend to £320. Additionally, the number of Scottish industry jobs this supports has increased from 10,100 to 10,200.

In order to give businesses, especially Scottish micro, small and medium sized businesses, third sector organisations and supported businesses, a better understanding of how the MOD ‘lets’ contracts for works, goods and services, join the Supplier Development Programme on our Talking Tenders webinar entitled, ‘Doing Business with Defence’.

The webinar will cover:

  • Defence Procurement: key information and facts
  • Opportunities in the MOD’s defence supply chain
  • MOD procurement organisations and approach
  • MOD’s SME action plan and Tips for SMEs
  • Prompt Payment
  • Innovation within MOD

You can attend the webinar from the comfort of your own desk – the joining instructions and link will be emailed to you the day before this event.

To prepare, you can access SDP’s top tips on how to join a webinar, or alternatively please email info@sdpscotland.co.uk if you have any further questions about the joining process.

MOD Procurement and Support of Airspace Battle Management and Tactical Data Link Cabins

 

 

 

 

 

 

SACC DT Responsibilities

The Situational Awareness Command and Control (SACC) Delivery Team, part of the ISTAR Operating Centre, is responsible for the procurement and in-service support of Airspace Battle Management (ABM) and Tactical Data Link (TDL) equipment and systems. Such systems encompass both fixed and deployable facilities, for use in the UK and overseas.

Project Background

Known as Project GUARDIAN, the new Air Command and Control System will support the continued early detection and rapid response to potential hostile or suspect aircraft that pose a threat to UK sovereignty, be that terrorists or state-based actors.

This project will see the current systems at RAF bases in the UK and Falkland Islands replaced with the new technology. It will allow the RAF to exercise command and control of UK and NATO fighters to intercept aggressive or suspect aircraft that are a threat.

The GUARDIAN project requires some UK Air Command and Control (C2) systems to be housed in physical environments such as portable Tempest and Electromagnetic Compatibility cabins.

Requirement

SACC DT has a potential requirement for the procurement of new physical environments (Cabins) to hold ABM and TDL systems and for the physical environment (Cabin) to be maintained, tested and repaired where required through its Life Cycle.

SACC DT also has a potential future requirement for Contractor Logistic Support (CLS) with regards to maintenance, testing and repair work required to support the physical environment of cabins across the UK which holds ABM and TDL systems which are currently in-service.

Further details of the possible requirement can be found in the RFI on the DCO Website – see “Further Information” below.

In particular, the Delivery Team would like a view from industry on the following:

  1. Obtain high-level cost estimates for budget purposes;
  2. Obtain suitable lead time for the procurement of the possible requirement.

This will enable the Delivery Team to:

  1. Determine the level of market interest;
  2. Gather information through market analysis to inform the procurement and commercial strategies;
  3. Identify risks to the procurement such as sufficient lead time;
  4. Encourage Early Industry Engagement.

Further Information

Suppliers with an interest are invited to view the MOD Procurement and Support of Airspace Battle Management and Tactical Data Link Cabins RFI held on the DCO Website.

Any further support with regards to access and visibility of the MOD Procurement and Support of Airspace Battle Management and Tactical Data Link Cabins RFI please contact the DCO Help Desk.

Please note that responses to the RFI should be returned to the SACC DT Commercial Officer (details in the RFI) by 23:59 on 19 June 2020.

No information provided in response to the RFI will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any future procurement process. It is intended that no supplier or inadvertent product specific details will be issued to the project members for their approval processes; such information will be retained by the Commercial Team in strict confidence.

 

Project CRENIC Industry Engagement

Force Protection Electronic Counter Measures (FPECM) Delivery Team within the Defence Equipment & Support organisation (DE&S) of the UK Ministry of Defence, has a requirement to replace the current Electronic Counter Measure capability. The new capability will be known as Project CRENIC and shall ensure that UK service personnel continue to be protected from the threat posed by a variety of Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED).

FPECM (Subject to Contract) intend to shortly publish an advert for a System Integrator (SI) for Project CRENIC. To provide industry with more information on the project and to assist in answering a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ), a data pack will be made available.

Industry are required to immediately register for the Future ECM Potential Supplier Security Gateway Award Data Room, using the following link: https://award.bravosolution.co.uk/fecm/web/project/103/register

From there, two documents are required to be completed and uploaded so clearance can then commence. Once clearance is authorised, access to all the relevant documentation  through the Future ECM Supplier Portal (OFFICIAL SENSITIVE) will be granted.

Noting that access to the Data Pack will be considered for one named individual  per company or Business Unit, who is:

  • Cleared to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and
  • Is a UK National and
  • Has signed the Future Defence Electronic Counter Measures Supplier Document User Agreement (available within the Award Data room link)

If a company does not have IT capable of handling Official Sensitive (OS) information. The Authority can issue information by other methods, which should be requested through completion of the Future Defence Electronic Counter Measures Supplier Document User Agreement (available within the Award Data room link).

COVID-19 –  Testing for Defence Suppliers

The government has updated its policy regarding who is eligible for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in England to include:

  • all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms
  • anyone over 65 with symptoms
  • anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home
  • anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above

Some Defence contractors will fall into the above categories. For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested