Coronavirus: Defence Updates

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

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Defence Procurement Policy Note 01/20 Responding to COVID-19

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Defence Procurement Policy Note 02/20 Responding to COVID-19

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Covid-19 Defence Furlough and Interim Payment Policy Note

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MOD Secondment Opportunity

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer to the Navy Board has 4-12 month secondment opportunities working at the heart of Naval Command Headquarters in Portsmouth. Secondees will gain unique insight into how technology is being driven further and faster into the Royal Navy, working across all areas of the Service and engaging with a broad range of cutting-edge innovation and tech companies.

High-performing individuals are sought to support the delivery of OCTO’s agility, digital, autonomy and lethality strategies, not necessarily from a defence background. Interested companies should in the first instance contact navy-octomailbox@mod.gov.uk for further details.

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Counter Explosive Ordnance Defence Engagement (CEDE) Industry Briefing

4 SEPTEMBER 2018 – LONDON

Major General Giles Hill, ACDS DE, will host a CEDE Industry Briefing on 4 September 2018 at the Army Reserve Centre in White City, LONDON W12 7RW.

Aim

To inform Industry of the upcoming opportunity to tender for the provision of services to the Ministry of Defence to run a CEDE office. The office is to deliver increased capacity and coherence to overseas Counter Explosive Ordnance and C-IED Defence Engagement activity, to actively promote UK Defence exports (services and equipment) and to reduce the demand on scarce UK military EOD&S trade groups.

Context

The UK is a world leader in the field of C-EO/C-IED. Currently the MOD receives more requests for assistance for C-EO/C-IED annually than it is currently able to satisfy through the limited number of specialist UK military personnel able to deploy. The establishment of the CEDE office seeks to outsource the functions of developing and maturing opportunities with international partners, the provision of decision support to a governance committee and the commercial functions required to take an approved opportunity through to contract and through-life management. The positive impact of assistance is such that UK involvement can reap significant benefits in terms of improving bilateral relations and improving the UK’s public and international image.

Format

Presenters will brief on the concept of the CEDE office, the functions it will be expected to provide, and the benefits for both HMG and UK Industry. In the afternoon, 20-minute 1:1 sessions will be available to be booked with the CEDE Project Team for closed targeted questioning/clarification.

Attendees

Attendance at this Industry Briefing is by application only. Attendance is subject to approval by the MOD. The event is open to companies who are part of C-IED UK as well as those not currently active in the C-EO/C-IED sphere.

Applications

Applications to attend the Industry Briefing should be sent via email to adrian.cooper749@mod.gov.uk (and copied to anne.ellis601@mod.gov.uk) by no later than 22 August 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by email by 31 August 2018.

Applications to attend the Industry Briefing must include:

  • Company name
  • Representative’s:
    • Full name
    • Nationality
    • Date of birth
    • SC clearance details
    • Contact email and phone number

Security Clearance

Attendees must be cleared to SC level and be UK Nationals.

Venue

Army Reserve Centre, South Africa Road, White City, LONDON W12 7RW. Note there is no parking available on-site. The venue is a 2-3 minute walk from White City Underground station.

Timings

Doors will open at 0900hrs, with an opening brief by ACDS DE at 1000hrs. Briefings will be complete by 1200hrs and thereafter there will then be an opportunity for individual company representatives to have a short 1:1 session with the MOD team.

Refreshments

Limited hot drinks facilities will be available on-site.

Security

Please allow at least 30 minutes to clear security at the entrance to the venue. Photographic ID (driving licence or passport) will be required on the day to gain entry to this Industry Day event.

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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

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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