Armed Forces Recruiting Programme PIN

Are you a supplier that is involved in recruiting operations, including marketing, digital, and assessment (medical, cognitive/psychometric and physical)?

The Armed Forces Recruiting Programme are holding a virtual Market Interest Day to inform Industry of the current requirements for the Programme. More information here.

Urgent Message from the Business Secretary

There will be guaranteed changes from 1 January for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions you can take today to prepare. Find out what you need to do by visiting gov.uk/transition and using the checker tool.  

 I know these are challenging times, however it is vital that your business prepares now for our new relationship with the EU, outside of the single market and customs union.

There are 80 days until the end of the transition period and there will be no extension, so you need to act now.

Regardless of whether we reach a trade agreement with the EU, from 1 January there will be guaranteed changes to:

  • the way businesses import and export goods;
  • the process for hiring people from the EU; and
  • the way businesses provide services in EU markets.

Help is available, and as Business Secretary, I encourage you to:

  1. Check what actions you need to take by visiting gov.uk/transition.
  2. Sign-up for updates.
  3. Attend government webinars for additional support, you can sign up to attend BEIS webinars now.

 

Unless you take action, there is a risk business operations will be interrupted. You should also check with your suppliers and customers that they are taking action.

Businesses will play an essential role in ensuring a smooth end to the transition period, and the government and I will be there to support you as we embark on the UK’s new start.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Alok Sharma

Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Saab delivers second GlobalEye to the United Arab Emirates

Saab delivered the second GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System to the United Arab Emirates on 30 September 2020.

This follows delivery by Saab of the first GlobalEye aircraft in April 2020 to the United Arab Emirates, which has ordered three GlobalEye aircraft. The initial contract was signed in late 2015.

“Completing the second GlobalEye delivery in five months is a testament to Saab’s in-house expertise as aircraft manufacturer, sensor provider and large system integrator. I am proud to contribute to the United Arab Emirates’ airborne surveillance capability with GlobalEye, which is the most advanced solution of its kind”, says Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.

GlobalEye is Saab’s new airborne early warning and control solution. It provides air, maritime and ground surveillance in a single solution. GlobalEye combines Saab’s new Erieye Extended Range Radar and a range of additional advanced sensors with the ultra-long range Global 6000 aircraft from Bombardier.

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US F-35 jets arrive at RAF Marham

Aircraft from V Marine Fighter Attack (VMFA) – 211 Squadron recently arrived at RAF Marham to start their UK detachment. The ten F-35B jets flew from their base in Yuma, Arizona via MCAS Beaufort to visit the UK for the first time.

The US Marine Corps Squadron will be working alongside 617 Squadron ahead of a Group Exercise in September where they will embark on Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. VMFA-211 Squadron will conduct synthetic training in the purpose built simulators at RAF Marham to familiarise themselves with the local airspace and procedures before they take to the Norfolk skies to fly training sorties alongside 617 Squadron in  preparation for their embarkation with the carrier later this month. They will also be participating in Exercise Point Blank with their colleagues from local base RAF Lakenheath along with other NATO partners.

Throughout this preparation period personnel from both 211 and 617 Squadron will be in quarantine and will undergo Covid-19 testing to ensure they are Covid-19 free before they join the ship.

Once onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth both Squadrons will conduct carrier qualification training to ensure all pilots are proficient to operate from the carrier during both day and night. Training will also include live and inert weapons training ahead of Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) next year which will see the carrier deploy operationally for the first time.

With the training complete the aircraft will then conduct Exercise Joint Warrior from HMS Queen Elizabeth which will bring together multiple units to train collaboratively in preparation for CSG21.

On completion of Exercise Joint Warrior both 211 and 617 Squadrons will return to RAF Marham where they will then prepare to take part in a further exercise, Crimson Warrior which will allow the F-35’s to conduct high end training, alongside other platforms, in a contested and degraded environment with this years focus being on Multi Domain Operations.

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Beck said “Its fantastic to welcome VMA-211 Squadron to RAF Marham for the first time and we are looking forward to working with them over the coming weeks to prepare for their deployment to HMS Queen Elizabeth.  We are planning to undertake a qualification period and then participation in two Exercises. These exercises will really put our personnel to the test to ensure that they are ready to deploy on Carrier Strike Group 21 next year and will be the opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the F-35 and its interoperability working alongside our NATO partners.

“Preparation for the arrival of 211 Squadron hasn’t been without its challenges in the current climate, but I am extremely proud of the way that our personnel have worked to ensure that all procedures have been put in place to make this detachment a success”.

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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.

Centre of Excellence for Laser and RF Directed Energy Weapons (DEW)

Team Hersa, the MOD Centre of Excellence for Laser and RF Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), have released an Expression of Interest request for Project Ealing.  This project is the integrated C-UAS and C-Mobility RF 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 immediately for further information on the process.

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.

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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.

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