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DSEI 2015: British Army considers new MBT in response to Russia's Armata

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The effort is a continuation of a project launched more than a decade ago to upgrade the British Army's tank fleet, but earlier this year army chiefs ordered a wider effort to look at radical solutions to the increasing obsolescence of the service's 227 Challenger 2s.

Speaking at DSEI in London on 16 September, the head of the British Army, General Sir Nick Carter, confirmed that the future of the Challenger 2 was being considered at the army's highest levels.

Asked if the army was looking to buy a new tank to counter the recently unveiled Russian T-14 Armata, Gen Carter said, "We have got issues with the tanks we've got and if we don't do something about it we will have issues - what we will do is in discussion."

A senior army procurement officer told IHS Jane's that a new MBT was one option being considered, alongside a limited life extension programme (LEP) to replace obsolete parts or a wider upgrade. "We have not decided on the scope of the programme," he said.

Industry sources told IHS Jane's that executives of several armoured vehicle providers had talked to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) about the future of the Challenger 2, including options for a new MBT.

British Army officers have become increasingly worried about the Challenger 2's effectiveness, particularly the lethality of its L30A1 120mm rifled main gun and its suite of ammunition. One officer told IHS Jane's that "the appearance of the T-14 Armata has had a significant impact and assessments of the new Russian tank's armour and self-defence systems [have] suggested that the Challenger 2's 120mm main armament no longer cuts it".



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A Challenger Main Battle Tank with improved armour, is shown taking part in the Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) Equipment Demonstration at Salisbury Plain in September 2008.

The demonstration displayed the full range of equipment that is in use by the Army, on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Involved in the display were actual soldiers who had used the equipment in an operational environment.



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A demonstration was held at Five Tips Wood, Heath Range, Lulworth by the armoured trials and development unit. On display was a remote firing mechanism, which is mounted above the armour and fired from inside the armour on the Challenger 2, Main Battlefield Tank. Also on trial was a 120mm smooth bore tank gun, a possible replacement gun for the Challenger 2.



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BeitragVerfasst: 14. Dez 2015, 16:10 

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United Kingdom-Bristol: Armoured combat vehicles

2015/S 240-436189

Contract notice

Services


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II.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Armoured combat vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, this Contract Notice and Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ) are being released in advance of a formal approval of available funding to initiate a competition. This approach is intended to accelerate the subsequent release of an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) to the pre-selected field of bidders once approval to proceed to competition has been confirmed. For planning purposes only the Authority is assuming that formal approval will be achieved in late January 2016.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Armoured Vehicles Programmes (The Authority) has a possible future requirement to deliver a Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (CR2 LEP). The user requires the CR2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Out of Service Date to be extended from 2025 to 2035, in order to continue to provide precision direct fire manoeuvre capability across a broad spectrum of operations. CR2 LEP seeks to address obsolescence issues to maintain main battle tank capability until 2035. This is a Category A Military Project (up to 700 000 000 GBP inclusive of VAT, including initial logistic support).

Subject to internal approvals, the Authority intends to conduct a Competitive Negotiated Competition under the Defence Security and Public Contracts Regulations 2011 with the intention of inviting a minimum of 3 tenderers. From these tenders the Authority intends to utilise Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) principles to down select to two Prime Contractors, with each being invited to independently undertake a 2-year Assessment Phase (AP) under contracts not to exceed the Authority's total AP budget of £42M inclusive of UK VAT. The ultimate aim of the competition will be to award a Demonstration, Manufacture and In-service Support (DMI) contract to the bidder which at the conclusion of the AP provides the most economically advantageous tender for the DMI contract.

During the AP the Authority will negotiate with the AP contractors under the Competitive Negotiated Procedure to refine their specific DMI proposals which will be evaluated at the conclusion of the AP. The Authority will then select a winner who, subject to a Main Gate investment decision, will deliver their proposed DMI solution in accordance with the terms included in the ITN and resolved during the AP. The ultimately successful DMI contractor will be required to formally undertake the role of Design Authority (DA) for the whole Platform. The timing for establishing formal DA status would be co-incident with the successful achievement of Critical Design Review during the D&M Phase.

Industry should note that the Invitation To Negotiate (ITN) will require the AP contractors to consider support options for any new to service items in conjunction with the Authority's primary Support provider (Babcock DSG Ltd), which is the existing provider of support to the Platform (and its common based platform variants) via existing Inventory and Repair Contracts. AP bidders will be expected to demonstrate a willingness and capability to work with Babcock DSG Ltd.

The Authority further advises that it will require bidders to include, as part of their response to the invitation to be considered for the award of an AP contract, non-binding indicative costs, showing certain estimated material costs which will form part of the price to be included in the D&M contract on a cost per vehicle basis (excluding VAT). This information will be used to inform the Not To Exceed cost model negotiations which will ultimately be set out as prices on a cost per vehicle basis in the subsequent DMI contract. Therefore bidders should be prepared to include assumptions, exceptions or limitations relating to D&M Material Costs.

The Authority further advises that it is likely that the negotiations during the AP leading towards the award of the DMI contract will require the two AP Contractors to provide prices (on a cost per vehicle basis) as above for banded option quantities, plus or minus the 227 quantity of MBTs, to take account of any changes to the Fleet size as a consequence of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. An additional option may be sought to supply and/or embody the selected solution into a fleet of up to 38 MBTs operated by an overseas Government.

The Authority further advises that the CR2 MBT will have a minimum gross vehicle weight of 62.5 tonnes but, up to 12 vehicles could weigh up to 65 tonnes, and a further 22 could weigh up to 75 tonnes if certain items were to remain embodied on these particular vehicles. This weight will be an important consideration in respect of storage during the AP and the subsequent DM phase of the project.

Industry will be aware of the recently published Prior Information Notice regarding a possible future requirement to deliver an interim solution to maintain or replace the Challenger 2 Thermal Imaging (TI) System until an enduring solution is provided by CR2 LEP. This is early concept activity to inform Business Case options which, subject to approvals, may result in a separate contract to deliver an interim solution. Details of any interim solution will not be known at the time of award of the AP contracts as the contract for the interim solution will not be awarded until after the AP contracts have been awarded. However such details will be made known to the AP contractors.

This Contract Notice includes a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ). Parties who are accredited to BS EN ISO 9001 standard (or equivalent) and which have an interest in Priming the requirement shall complete and save a DPQQ by the designated closing date of 17:00 UK time on the 14.1.2016. This Contract Notice and DPQQ are not seeking responses in respect of potential sub-contract opportunities.

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Develop solutions to enable the life of up to 227 Main Battle Tanks to be extended until 2035.

Estimated value excluding VAT: 17 500 000 GBP

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II.3) Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.9.2016. Completion 31.8.2018


Ein Kampfpanzer mit bis zu 75 Tonnen Gefechtsmasse entspricht übrigens MLC 80:



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BeitragVerfasst: 17. Jan 2016, 09:22 

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UK Surges Ahead With Challenger 2 Upgrade

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The UK Ministry of Defence has kick-started a program to update the British Army’s neglected Challenger 2 main battle tank fleet with at least three contractors submitting initial proposals to undertake the work.

Challenger 2 builder BAE Systems, along with rivals General Dynamics UK and Lockheed Martin UK, have all confirmed they responded by the Jan. 14 closing date to a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) issued in December by the MoD’s procurement arm, the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization.

Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the builder of the Leopard 2 tank, was previously reported to be interested in the update program but it’s not known if the company has filed a PQQ now that buying new or secondhand tanks has been ruled out by the Army.

Company officials could not be contacted ahead of going to press.

Officially known as the Challenger 2 Life Extension Program (LEP), the update, including initial logistic support, could be worth up to £700 million (US $1 billion), said the MoD’s Contract Bulletin. The update program could also be applied to Challenger 2s operated by the Oman government, said the Contracts Bulletin.

The contractors are vying for two competitive assessment phase contracts expected to run for two years.

“The duration of the competitive assessment phase is expected to be two years, to be confirmed at the bid stage. Future [production and delivery] dates will be dependent on the solution and approval at the main investment decision point currently scheduled for 2019,” said a DE&S spokeswoman.

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The LEP assessment phase has still to be formally funded, approval for that is expected at the end of the month, but the MoD said in documentation supporting the release of the PQQ that getting the process underway now would speed the subsequent release of an invitation to negotiate to selected bidders.

The DE&S spokeswoman declined to detail the scope of the update plan citing operational sensitivity. Industry executives though said the update would focus mainly on updating turret subsystems and would not involve replacement of the L30 gun or the powerpack.

Since Challenger 2’s entry into service in 1998 the British have considered numerous options to upgrade the machine, most notably replacing the 120mm rifled gun with a smoothbore cannon, which is the standard fit throughout the rest of NATO.

Upgrades have been pushed through to meet urgent operation requirements but many of the tanks' turret systems face obsolescence.

At last September’s DSEI defense show in London, British Army boss Gen. Sir Nick Carter admitted the tank was showing its age.

“We certainly have issues with the tank we have at the moment and we should be in no doubt that if we don’t do something about it some obsolescence built into it will be challenging,” he said.

One case in point is Thales UK’s TOGS II thermal observation and gunnery sight where the British are looking at providing a stop-gap capability ahead of the life-extension program kicking in.

“This interim solution will ensure Challenger 2 retains a credible capability through to the LEP; the planning assumption for service entry is 2018,” said the spokeswoman.

Getting the tank update underway coincides with the award of assessment phase contracts to BAE and WFEL, Krauss Maffei Wegmann’s UK-based bridging arm, to update heavy forces and general support bridging capabilities, a requirement driven in part by the growth in weight of some of the Challenger fleet from 62.5 tons to 75 tons to meet requirements during operations in Iraq.

The companies will undertake rival two-year assessment phase work ahead of a competition to provide the British Army with updated bridging capabilities.

BAE, the incumbent British Army bridge supplier with the BR90 system, is targeting the bridging upgrade and the Challenger 2 program as key campaigns as it seeks to secure a long-term future for its much diminished land systems business in the UK in the face of stiff foreign competition.



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Several contenders line up for Challenger 2 life extension programme

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The UK's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation has received a number of replies to its pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) for the British Army's projected Challenger 2 MBT life extension programme (LEP).

In addition to BAE Systems Combat Vehicles (UK), which is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), contenders include General Dynamics Land Systems UK, Lockheed Martin UK, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall of Germany, CMI Defence of Belgium, and RUAG Defence of Switzerland.

It is expected that two of these contractors will be invited to negotiate for the assessment phase (AP) of the contest, after which one contractor will be selected to run the programme, which aims to extend the life of the Challenger 2 out to 2035.

The British Army's Challenger 2 fleet has already been reduced to three regiments, each of which would have a wartime holding of 56 MBTs. Of these three regiments only one is ready for immediate deployment and on a day-to-day basis has just one squadron of 18 Challenger 2s plus two spare.

While the British Army took delivery of 386 Challenger 2s, this is currently being reduced to 227 units to equip the three regiments and provide vehicles for training in Canada and the UK.

However, although each of the British Army's three armoured infantry brigades would have one Challenger 2 regiment, under the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) the number of armoured infantry brigades is to be reduced to two. Two new strike brigades are to be formed, but these would not have a Challenger 2 regiment, meaning that the British Army's Challenger 2 fleet will be reduced even further to around 150-160 units.



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We launch UK partnership to bid for Challenger® 2 Life Extension Project



BAE, Industry Partners Team Up for Challenger 2 Race

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BAE Systems has teamed with General Dynamics UK and several other industry partners to compete in a program to breathe new life into the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank fleet.

The companies said they have joined with Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Moog Inc., QinetiQ and Safran Electronics in a partnership called Team Challenger 2 to respond to a British Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for proposals to undertake a life extension program on the tank.

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Bids for the MoD program are scheduled to be submitted by July 14.

Two competing contractor teams are expected to be selected around the end of October for a two-year assessment phase.

CMI Defence, Krauss Maffei Wegmann, Lockheed Martin and Ruag have also previously expressed an interest in the program.

Lockheed Martin UK confirmed it would be submitting a bid, but the other potential rivals either could not be reached or did not immediately respond to Defense News' inquiries in time for this article.

“Given our successful involvement in the Ajax program as turret provider and Warrior capability sustainment program as prime contractor, we are in a strong position to compete for the project with a proposal that demonstrates strong UK industrial participation involving a wide-ranging supply base. We plan to announce further details of our proposal in due course,” a Lockheed Martin UK spokeswoman said.

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General Dynamics was also expected to be a bidder but opted instead to throw in its hand with BAE, the Challenger 2 design authority.

“We have formally withdrawn as a prime. The reason we are partnering with BAE and others is the teaming arrangement basically gives the lowest cost, lowest risk, both from the customer perspective and the business perspective,” said Kevin Connell, the vice president of land systems at General Dynamics UK.

General Dynamics is already under contract with the MoD to assemble a fleet of Ajax scout armored vehicles starting 2017 at a new manufacturing facility in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

The plan is to update Challenger 2 at the same site if the BAE-led team secures a manufacturing deal.

Connell said there is sufficient capacity at the factory to run the two programs in parallel.

The General Dynamics executive said the team was hoping to find logistics, training, electronic-architecture and other synergies between Ajax and the new program to help drive affordability.

General Dynamics Mission Systems is also part of the partnership and is expected to supply the fire control computer and other equipment. BAE will prime the bid and undertake certain systems-integration and engineering roles.

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Selection of a winning contractor and a decision to move into production is expected in 2019, according to the MoD.

Team Challenger 2 promotional material showed most of the key elements of the life extension program were turret systems.

Thermal imaging, commander's primary sight, fire-control systems, gun-control equipment and electronic architecture are among the items to be replaced with updated technology.

Capability enhancements are also a possibility, with lethality, survivability and power pack areas all likely to be the subject of studies in the upcoming assessment phase, officials said.



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Rheinmetall reicht umfangreiches Angebot zur Kampfwertsteigerung der britischen Challenger 2-Flotte ein

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Rheinmetall hat seine umfassende Kampfpanzererfahrung eingebracht, um eine innovative Lösung für den britischen Challenger 2 zu entwickeln, die nicht nur die Nutzungsdauer des Panzers verlängert, sondern ihn durch Verwendung modernster und einsatzbereiter Systeme auf eine Höhe mit Kampfpanzern der neuesten Generation bringt. Rheinmetalls Lösungsansatz sieht vor, überholte Komponenten im Challenger 2 zu ersetzen und ihm zugleich neue Fähigkeiten zu verschaffen, die die Kampfkraft der British Army noch weiter steigern wird.

Ben Hudson, Geschäftsführer der Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems Division: "Unser Team hat einen innovativen Vorschlag erarbeitet, um nicht nur die veralteten Komponenten des Challenger 2 zu ersetzen, sondern auch den Einsatzwert des Kampfpanzers insgesamt kosteneffizient zu steigern. Ein Beispiel hierfür ist, dass sich bei unserem Lösungsansatz entweder die in Nutzung befindliche gezogene 120mm-Kanone L30 oder unser bewährtes 120mm-Glattrohrkanonensystem L55 integrieren lässt, das unter anderem bei der Bundeswehr im Einsatz ist und unsere Wuchtgeschosse der neuesten Generation sowie unsere einzigartige programmierbare Munition verschießen kann. In Kombination mit neuer Optronik, Lageüberwachungs- und Feuerleitsystemen wird unsere Lösung es dem Challenger 2 ermöglichen, auf den Gefechtsfeldern von heute und morgen erfolgreich zu kämpfen und zu bestehen."



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“Next stop UK” for RUAG Defence’s Digital Turret

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Between the 7th – 8th of September RUAG Defence demonstrated its Main Battle Tank (MBT) capabilities at DVD in Millbrook, UK.

As part of RUAG Defence’s ongoing bid to upgrade the UK’s Challenger 2 MBT fleet, the company’s digital turret was displayed at the only defence exhibition hosted by the UK MOD purchasing organisation.



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KMW lines up team for Challenger 2 LEP bid

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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has unveiled details of its bid for the British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT) Life Extension Programme (LEP).

One of the key members of their Challenger 2 LEP team is Pearson Engineering, which now owns the former Vickers Defence Systems (subsequently BAE Systems) Armstrong Works at Newcastle-upon-Tyne where many of the Challenger 2 MBTs were built.



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Field Narrows for UK Battle Tank Modernization

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“The Ministry of Defence has chosen BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Landsysteme as preferred bidders for the assessment phase of the Challenger 2 life extension project,” a spokesman for the Defence Equipment & Support organisation confirmed Nov 2.

The assessment phase is aimed at modernizing up to 227 of the aging Challenger 2 tanks currently in service with the British Army.

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The two contracts are on track to be signed by the end of this year triggering a 24-month assessment program ahead of selection of a winning proposal in 2019. The British are investing £53 million, or $65.4 million US, in the assessment phase. Each of the contractors will receive £23 million and there is an additional £7 million being set aside to cover additional, unspecified work.

It’s expected the modernization program could be worth around £650 million ($802 million), to the eventual winner.

BAE’s team includes General Dynamics UK, Qinetiq, Leonardo, Moog and Safran. A company spokeswoman confirm that BAE has been recommended preferred bidder. “ We now await the formal decision of the UK MoD for contract award,” she said.

The rival Rheinmetall consortium includes BMT, Pearson Engineering, Supacat, and Thales UK. The German company could not be contacted by telephone or email.

The Challenger 2 design authority is held by BAE but that would pass to Rheinmetall if the Leopard 2 main battle tank company were to be selected for the modernization.

Losing bidders included a Lockheed Martin UK-Elbit Systems team, CMI Defence of Belgium and RUAG of Switzerland.

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The rival teams are expected to build a prototype based on their proposal as part of the two year assessment, said the Daily Telegraph Oct 31.



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Pictured is the UK Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2 Theatre Entry Standard (CR2 TES) fitted with a Mobile Camouflage System (MCS). ..This platform is the reference vehicle for the British Army and it is held at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington. This tanks internal nickname is Megatron.

It is shown during testing at the Bovington test ground.


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MOD awards £46M to start Challenger 2 Tank life extension project competition

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The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded new contracts to BAE Systems and Rheinmetall Land Systeme GmbH to progress the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project.

The agreements, worth £23 million each, signal the start of the competitive Assessment Phase. We are building the most adaptive force to meet the threats of the future and this phase will enable the companies to develop innovative upgrades which will keep the formidable Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, crucial for the delivery of a modern ground manoeuvre warfighting capability as part of Joint Force 2025, in service with the British Army until 2035.

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Challenger 2 has been in service since 1998 and has proven its worth in combat time and again; most notably during operations in Iraq in the 2000s.

Recent developments in electronics, computing and sight optics mean upgrades to several of the tank’s components are now possible.

The total value of the Challenger 2 Assessment Phase is £53 million. This includes both £23 million Assessment Phase contracts and a further £7 million to cover additional work.

The MOD’s investment will allow BAE Systems and Rheinmetall to undertake technical studies, produce detailed digital models and consider how upgrades will be integrated onto the current platform.

At the end of the Assessment Phase the companies will present their solutions to the MOD for consideration. The Demonstration and Manufacture Phases of the project will follow.



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United Kingdom-Bristol: Armoured combat vehicles

2017/S 014-022801

Contract award notice for contracts in the field of defence and security

Services


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II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract

Challenger 2 Life Extension Project.

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II.1.4) Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Armoured combat vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, this Contract Notice and Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ) are being released in advance of a formal approval of available funding to initiate a competition. This approach is intended to accelerate the subsequent release of an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) to the pre-selected field of bidders once approval to proceed to competition has been confirmed. For planning purposes only the Authority is assuming that formal approval will be achieved in late January 2016.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Armoured Vehicles Programmes (The Authority) has a possible future requirement to deliver a Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (CR2 LEP). The user requires the CR2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Out of Service Date to be extended from 2025 to 2035, in order to continue to provide precision direct fire manoeuvre capability across a broad spectrum of operations. CR2 LEP seeks to address obsolescence issues to maintain main battle tank capability until 2035. This is a Category A Military Project (up to £700M inclusive of VAT, including initial logistic support).

Subject to internal approvals, the Authority intends to conduct a Competitive Negotiated Competition under the Defence Security and Public Contracts Regulations 2011 with the intention of inviting a minimum of three tenderers. From these tenders the Authority intends to utilise Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) principles to down select to two Prime Contractors, with each being invited to independently undertake a 2 year Assessment Phase (AP) under contracts not to exceed the Authority's total AP budget of 42 000 000 GBP inclusive of UK VAT. The ultimate aim of the competition will be to award a Demonstration, Manufacture and In-service Support (DMI) contract to the bidder which at the conclusion of the AP provides the most economically advantageous tender for the DMI contract.

During the AP the Authority will negotiate with the AP contractors under the Competitive Negotiated Procedure to refine their specific DMI proposals which will be evaluated at the conclusion of the AP. The Authority will then select a winner who, subject to a Main Gate investment decision, will deliver their proposed DMI solution in accordance with the terms included in the ITN and resolved during the AP. The ultimately successful DMI contractor will be required to formally undertake the role of Design Authority (DA) for the whole Platform. The timing for establishing formal DA status would be co-incident with the successful achievement of Critical Design Review during the D&M Phase.

Industry should note that the Invitation To Negotiate (ITN) will require the AP contractors to consider support options for any new to service items in conjunction with the Authority's primary Support provider (Babcock DSG Ltd), which is the existing provider of support to the Platform (and its common based platform variants) via existing Inventory and Repair Contracts. AP bidders will be expected to demonstrate a willingness and capability to work with Babcock DSG Ltd.

The Authority further advises that it will require bidders to include, as part of their response to the invitation to be considered for the award of an AP contract, non-binding indicative costs, showing certain estimated material costs which will form part of the price to be included in the D&M contract on a cost per vehicle basis (excluding VAT). This information will be used to inform the Not To Exceed cost model negotiations which will ultimately be set out as prices on a cost per vehicle basis in the subsequent DMI contract. Therefore bidders should be prepared to include assumptions, exceptions or limitations relating to D&M Material Costs.

The Authority further advises that it is likely that the negotiations during the AP leading towards the award of the DMI contract will require the two AP Contractors to provide prices (on a cost per vehicle basis) as above for banded option quantities, plus or minus the 227 quantity of MBTs, to take account of any changes to the Fleet size as a consequence of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. An additional option may be sought to supply and/or embody the selected solution into a fleet of up to 38 MBTs operated by an overseas Government.

The Authority further advises that the CR2 MBT will have a minimum gross vehicle weight of 62.5 tonnes but, up to 12 vehicles could weigh up to 65 tonnes, and a further 22 could weigh up to 75 tonnes if certain items were to remain embodied on these particular vehicles. This weight will be an important consideration in respect of storage during the AP and the subsequent DM phase of the project.

Industry will be aware of the recently published Prior Information Notice regarding a possible future requirement to deliver an interim solution to maintain or replace the Challenger 2 Thermal Imaging (TI) System until an enduring solution is provided by CR2 LEP. This is early concept activity to inform Business Case options which, subject to approvals, may result in a separate contract to deliver an interim solution. Details of any interim solution will not be known at the time of award of the AP contracts as the contract for the interim solution will not be awarded until after the AP contracts have been awarded. However such details will be made known to the AP contractors.

This Contract Notice includes a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ). Parties who are accredited to BS EN ISO 9001 standard (or equivalent) and which have an interest in Priming the requirement shall complete and save a DPQQ by the designated closing date of 17:00 UK time on the 14.1.2016. This Contract Notice and DPQQ are not seeking responses in respect of potential sub-contract opportunities.

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II.2.1) Total final value of contract(s)

Value: 38 186 000 GBP
Excluding VAT

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Contract No: AVPISP/00129

V.1) Date of contract award decision:

15.12.2016

V.2) Information about offers

Number of offers received: 6

Number of offers received by electronic means: 0

V.3) Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Ltd
Po Box 106, Hadley Castle Works
TF1 6QW Telford
United Kingdom
E-mail: baesystemsinfo@baesystems.com

V.4) Information on value of contract

Total final value of the contract:
Value: 19 093 000 GBP
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value:
Number of years: 2

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Contract No: AVPISP/00134

V.1) Date of contract award decision:

    22.12.2016

V.2) Information about offers

    Number of offers received: 6

    Number of offers received by electronic means: 0

V.3) Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Rheinmetall Landsysteme GMBH
Heinrich-Ehrhardt-Straße 2
29345 Unterlüß
Germany
E-mail: rls-info@rheinmetall.com

V.4) Information on value of contract

Total final value of the contract:
Value: 19 093 000 GBP
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value:
Number of years: 24



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DSEI 2017: BAE outlines Challenger 2 LEP bid

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BAE Systems has outlined further details of its bid to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT).

Speaking to Jane's on 14 September at DSEI 2017 in London, Simon Jackson, the campaign leader for BAE’s Challenger 2 Mark 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) bid, detailed the company’s important planned upgrades to address the tank’s obsolescence as follows: a new thermal imaging system allowing the Challenger 2 to acquire targets at night as quickly as it currently can in daylight would be provided by Leonardo of Italy; France’s Saffran is set to provide a Paseo commander’s sight; and General Dynamics UK (GDUK) would install the same digital architecture as the Ajax armoured reconnaissance vehicle that the United Kingdom has purchased as part of the Scout SV programme.



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Challenger 2 trialled with ROSY, Iron Fist APS

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Rheinmetall’s ROSY rapid obscurant system has been demonstrated on a British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Jane’s has learned, with components of Israeli Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist hard-kill active protection system (APS) also understood to have been integrated.

Undergoing live firing trials in June, the ROSY system was used as a demonstrative rapid blooming obscurant for integration assessment and concept development. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) procured one ROSY system for the purposes of examining how such an obscurant could be integrated onto the Challenger 2 as part of a soft-kill protection system, and potentially as part of the MBT’s Life Extension Project (LEP).

Beyond ROSY, the Medusa Technical Assessment Programme (TAP) is continuing to develop an understanding of how APS technologies could be integrated onto the Challenger 2, with the soft-kill Multifunction Self-Protection System (MUSS), manufactured by Hensoldt, undergoing integration work through the three-year TAP running from May 2016 to May 2019. This cross defence lines of development (DLOD) effort will culminate in live-fire testing and also lead to the development of relevant tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for the system’s use.

Jane’s understands that a separate hard-kill APS study is also underway, run through a Defence, Equipment, & Support (DE&S) Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS) contract seeking to provide evidence for a potential larger procurement of such a system. This programme has seen funds invested from British Army Headquarters and there is collaboration with Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group. The project will also develop safety case and installation evaluations for the system.

Representatives of IMI, speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in London, shared photographs of the Challenger 2 fitted with the company’s heavy version of the Iron Fist, which comprises a pair of pedestal-mounted launchers for hard-kill effectors linked to radar and volumetric infrared sensors.



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