Please see and update from 27 May which provides advice for industry around workplace risk management during Covid-19. Info: Download here.
Letter released from MOD which provides guidance on the new rules which come into effect from 8th June, introducing stricter border controls for international travellers entering the UK, and the implications for Defence contractors.
Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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:
- Obtain high-level cost estimates for budget purposes;
- Obtain suitable lead time for the procurement of the possible requirement.
This will enable the Delivery Team to:
- Determine the level of market interest;
- Gather information through market analysis to inform the procurement and commercial strategies;
- Identify risks to the procurement such as sufficient lead time;
- Encourage Early Industry Engagement.
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.
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).
Read the latest update for defence suppliers on Covid-19 from the Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary, Sir Stephen Lovegrove.
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
The Ministry of Defence has announced some new information and guidance for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Letter from Jim Carter, Commercial Director Supply Chain: Covid-19 Guidance to Defence Industry suppliers
Defence Procurement Policy Note 01/20 Responding to COVID-19
Defence Procurement Policy Note 02/20 Responding to COVID-19
Covid-19 Defence Furlough and Interim Payment Policy Note
If you think your business might be able to help with the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), register your details here.
The Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF): information for those seeking to participate in the scheme
Ideally companies should have an investment grade rating, if not the BoE advises either:
- Their existing bank may be able to say the company is viewed internally as equivalent to investment grade as at 1 March 2020. The Bank will then make an assessment based on a range of existing information.
- Major credit rating agencies may also to be able to confirm credit quality in a form that can be shared with BoE and HM Treasury.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The scheme is a part of a wider package of government support for UK businesses and employees. Read more at the Government’s Business Support website.
The following contains the latest statement from Sir Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, for the attention of all Defence Suppliers. Read the full statement here – Covid-19 Guidance to Defence Contractors