MoD targets initial market engagement for BATCIS logistic support needs
Pre-tender with value of up to £500m issued to replace outgoing arrangement with new contract expected to better meet requirements for the MORPHEUS defence project
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) Battlefield Tactical Communications and Information Systems ( BATCIS ) team has issued a pre-tender for a logistic support solution that will help meet the wider aims of the MORPHEUS programme.
Valued between £250m and £500m, the notice is seeking interested suppliers to provide support to all equipment that is currently in use by BATCIS, as well as technology obtained through future procurements. This will include a range of functions such as the Joint Commanders Remote Viewing Terminal (JCRVT), secure storage as well as transportation and repair services.
Under the name of the BATCIS Support Programme (BSP) Logistic Support Solution, the contract is expected to replace the outgoing Logistic Supply, Support and Provisioning (LSSP) agreement that is set to expire on March 31, 2019. LSSP was introduced to provide logistics to the Land Environment Tactical Communications Information Systems equipment portfolio, according to the notice.
Potential suppliers have until April 21 to express interest in upcoming discussions over the new opportunity, with award procedures expected to commence late in June this year.
Between these dates, an industry day has been scheduled by BATCIS to be held on May 5 at the Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at MoD Lyneham that will provide an overview of the planned schedule and requirements of the logistic support procurement.
“Companies that provide submissions maybe invited by BATCIS to expand on their experience and expertise in 1-2-1 closed discussion at the industry day,” said the notice.
“Although, it should be noted that participants will not receive any preferential information or knowledge regarding future procurements.”
Ahead of the industry day, BATCIS said it would consider inviting potential suppliers to discuss required experience and expertise needed to help to shape the key aims of the logistic support strategy in areas such as intelligent demand services and “open big data management and exploitation”.
Any potential agreements devised through the market engagement are expected to deliver more cost effective support for BATCIS’ equipment use, particularly with regard to the ongoing implementation of the MORPHEUS defence project.
MORPHEUS is designed to ensure next generation Tactical Communication and Information Systems ( TacCIS ) capability to prevent against critical systems becoming obsolete, while also ensuring an agile approach to adopting new technologies that that can more efficiently address changing user needs.