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Modification of DAS on Merlin Mk2 Helicopter.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

This notice is covered by: Directive 2009/81/EC(Defence)

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Merlin Project Team, DE&S;
Yew 0b #1040, MOD Abbey Wood
For the attention of: Rachel Thompson
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 7717138500
Fax: +44 1179134963

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: As above
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.3)Main activity
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Modification of DAS on Merlin Mk2 Helicopter.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
II.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Anti submarine warfare helicopters. Modification of DAS on Merlin Mk2 Helicopter.
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.2)Total final value of contract(s)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)
Value: 30 000 000 GBP
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (in the cases listed in Section 2 of Annexes D1, D2 or D3 as appropriate)
Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice in the OJEU in accordance with art. 28 of Directive 2009/81/EC
No tenders or no suitable tenders in response to: negotiated procedure with prior call for competition
All tenders submitted in reply to an open procedure, a restricted procedure or competitive dialogue were irregular or inacceptable. Only those tenderers were included in the negotiations which have satisfied the qualitative selection criteria: no
The periods for the restricted procedure and the negotiated procedure with prior publication of a contract notice are incompatible with the urgency resulting from a crisis: no
Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable by the contracting authority/entity and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the relevant Directive: no
The works/goods/services can be provided only by a particular tenderer for reasons that are: technical
The contract concerns research and development services other than those referred to in Article 13 of Directive 2009/81/EC: no
The products involved are manufactured purely for the purpose of research, experiment, study or development under the conditions stated in the Directive: no
Additional works/deliveries/services are ordered under the strict conditions stated in the Directive: no
For supplies quoted and purchased on a commodity market: no
New works/services, constituting a repetition of existing works/services and ordered in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the Directive: no
Contract related to the provision of air and maritime transport services for the armed forces of a Member State deployed or to be deployed abroad, under the strict conditions stated in the Directive: no
Object of the Contract:
The Merlin Helicopter is currently undergoing a major upgrade to introduce a new mission system. The contract for this programme was awarded to Lockheed Martin (UK) in 2005 for the delivery of Merlin Mk2 helicopters through modification to the existing Merlin Mk1 fleet. Part of the contracted scope is the introduction of a fully integrated camera system and a defensive aids suite into the existing complex mission system design but installed on a very limited proportion of the fleet. The object of this contract amendment is to increase the number of aircraft equipped with defensive aids, to be completed concurrently with the existing upgrade, and to include the systems in the aircraft training simulators.
Justification for non competitive decision.
It is considered that this contract can be placed using the Negotiated Procedure Without Prior Publication of a Contract Notice pursuant to Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) and 16(1)(b)(i) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 and Article 28(3)(a) and 28(1)(e) of Directive 2009/81/EC for technical reasons. The use of another economic operator to integrate and maintain the defensive aids equipment in the existing Merlin Mk2 Helicopter design would:
- Result in a disproportionate technical difficulty due to the complexity and level of integration with the current Mission System software and hardware design.
- Oblige the contracting authority to acquire a solution having different technical characteristics to the design currently being delivered by Lockheed Martin, resulting in incompatibility between the existing installation and the one purchased under this contract. The effective operation and maintenance of the defensive aids system would be adversely affected to a level that places excessive capability risks on the UK Ministry of Defence.
With reference to DSPCR Regulation 16(3), the term of the contract is less than 5 years.
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: merc/00026
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2)Information about offers
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Lockheed Martin UKIS
Building 7000, Langstone Technology Park, Langstone
PO9 1SW Havant

V.4)Information on value of contract
V.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be sub-contracted: yes Value or proportion of the contract likely to be sub-contracted to third parties
Not known

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and GO Reference: GO-2014131-DCB-5429653

VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Merlin Project Team, DE&S;

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Merlin Project Team, DE&S;

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: