703264452 Develop Concepts of Operation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United Kingdom

1. Title: 703264452 Develop Concepts of Operation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
2. Awarding Authority:
Ministry of Defence
4 Deck, Leach Building, NCHQ, HMS Excellent

Email: elizabeth.meatyard100@mod.gov.uk
3. Contract Type: Services
4. Description: Following PIN 2021/S 000-028279 available at:

Project ATLANTIS vision and Maritime Underwater Future Capability (MUFC) employs a combination of submarine (SSN(R)) and autonomous off-board systems. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) are regarded as a key component of future underwater and covert operations.

Three non-lethal mission sets (Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; and Seabed Warfare) will be used by the study to consider AUV operational employment over the next 30 years. In each of the three cases, the output comprises a CONOPS including the full range of operational employment of vehicle and systems and an outline of the likely operational constraints, particularly technical challenges.

The CONOPS will be presented in the form of a Joint Concept Note. This is this to be presented in hard copy as well as soft copies.

Please find further detail within the Invitation to Tender Document at:

Specific Conditions of Tendering
The Tenderers’ attention is drawn to the following:
a. Contract Award will be dependent upon the Winning Tenderer:

– The winning tenderer providing evidence of all workers handling information up to SECRET for the duration of the contract being in receipt of valid Security Check (SC) Security Clearance or obtaining SC Security Clearance by Service Commencement Date. The SC Security Clearance is to be valid for the duration of the proposed contract;

– holding at least provisional List X status by final Tender return and obtaining full List X status by Service Commencement Date, for any site at which it will hold SECRET classified information.

If the Winning Tenderer is unable to meet any of the above, the Authority retains the right to consider the tenderer non-compliant and award the Contract to the next highest placed Tenderer.
5. CPV Codes:
73410000 – Military research and technology
6. NUTS Codes: UKJ31
7. Main Site or Location of Works, Main Place of Delivery or Main Place of Performance: South East
8. Reference Attributed by the Awarding Authority:
9. Estimated Value of Requirement: £291,666
10. Start Date: 07/06/2022
11. End Date: 06/04/2023
12. Closing Date: 19/05/2022
13. Other Information:
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