Sunday, September 19, 2021

UK Ministry of Defence – Heavylift Challenge

The Heavy Lift Challenge (HLC) Framework (the Framework) has been created by the Authority in order to accelerate the development of a range of autonomous Heavy Lift Uncrewed Air Systems for use predominantly, but not exclusively, in the maritime domain.

The intention is to address the lack of current options in the market by increasing the number of delivery ready platforms in order to help support and develop the Authority’s understanding of the potential capabilities and uses for of such autonomous systems.

The Authority will facilitate accelerated development of a number of Supplier Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) to meet or exceed the requirements of an Authority defined Minimum Viable Product.

Our intent is to ensure that Defence will have access at the speed of relevance to current and future emerging cutting-edge capabilities for use within the Royal Navy and other domains.

The Authority will facilitate, via the use of this competitive framework, an environment whereby suppliers are able to demonstrate current capabilities, set out product development and commercial exploitation roadmaps and work with both the Authority and potentially with other suppliers to accelerate pace of development and reduce time to market.

The purpose of the HLC Framework is therefore to support and inform the development of Maritime operating concepts and enable assessment, analysis, exploration and evaluation of the use of un-crewed air systems (UAS) for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) payload delivery.

The Framework is designed specifically to:

i) provide Sponsor / User confidence in the potential for UAS systems to provide recoverable, adaptable, remotely piloted air systems, capable of accurately delivering heavy payloads at range;

ii) enable the Authority to identify and as appropriate fund the most viable solutions in the market for accelerated further development in order to meet the Authority’s minimum requirement (the Minimum Viable Product or “MVP”) within the times stated,

iii) provide the Authority with a mechanism for end users to potentially acquire for further evaluation or other use those solutions which demonstrably meet or exceed the MVP.

Risk Assessment Reference: 927478142

Cyber Risk Profile: Not Applicable

two.1.5) Estimated total valueII.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: £20,000,000

two.1.6) Information about lotsII.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: Yes

Tenders may be submitted for one lot only

two.2) DescriptionII.2) Description

two.2.1) TitleII.2.1) Title

20,000,000

Lot No

1 & 2

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
  • 73000000 – Research and development services and related consultancy services
two.2.3) Place of performanceII.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS codes
  • UK – United Kingdom
two.2.4) Description of the procurementII.2.4) Description of the procurement

Heavy Lift Challenge

The Heavy Lift Challenge (HLC) Framework (the Framework) has been created by the Authority in order to accelerate the development of a range of autonomous Heavy Lift Uncrewed Air Systems for use predominantly, but not exclusively, in the maritime domain.

The intention is to address the lack of current options in the market by increasing the number of delivery ready platforms in order to help support and develop the Authority’s understanding of the potential capabilities and uses for of such autonomous systems.

The Authority will facilitate accelerated development of a number of Supplier Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS) to meet or exceed the requirements of an Authority defined Minimum Viable Product.

Our intent is to ensure that Defence will have access at the speed of relevance to current and future emerging cutting-edge capabilities for use within the Royal Navy and other domains.

The Authority will facilitate, via the use of this competitive framework, an environment whereby suppliers are able to demonstrate current capabilities, set out product development and commercial exploitation roadmaps and work with both the Authority and potentially with other suppliers to accelerate pace of development and reduce time to market.

The purpose of the HLC Framework is therefore to support and inform the development of Maritime operating concepts and enable assessment, analysis, exploration and evaluation of the use of un-crewed air systems (UAS) for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) payload delivery.

The Framework is designed specifically to:

i) provide Sponsor / User confidence in the potential for UAS systems to provide recoverable, adaptable, remotely piloted air systems, capable of accurately delivering heavy payloads at range;

ii) enable the Authority to identify and as appropriate fund the most viable solutions in the market for accelerated further development in order to meet the Authority’s minimum requirement (the Minimum Viable Product or “MVP”) within the times stated,

iii) provide the Authority with a mechanism for end users to potentially acquire for further evaluation or other use those solutions which demonstrably meet or exceed the MVP.

two.2.5) Award criteriaII.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

two.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing systemII.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
End

22 August 2025

This contract is subject to renewal

No

two.2.10) Information about variantsII.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

two.2.11) Information about optionsII.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union FundsII.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No


Section three. Legal, economic, financial and technical informationSection III. Legal, economic, financial and technical information

three.1) Conditions for participationIII.1) Conditions for participation

three.1.2) Economic and financial standingIII.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

three.1.3) Technical and professional abilityIII.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents


Section four. ProcedureSection IV. Procedure

four.1) DescriptionIV.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedureIV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

four.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing systemIV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

four.2) Administrative informationIV.2) Administrative information

four.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participateIV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date

26 July 2021

Local time

12:00pm

four.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submittedIV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted

English

four.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tenderIV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

four.2.7) Conditions for opening of tendersIV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders
Date

26 July 2021

Local time

12:00pm


Section six. Complementary informationSection VI. Complementary information

six.1) Information about recurrenceVI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

six.2) Information about electronic workflowsVI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

six.4) Procedures for reviewVI.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review bodyVI.4.1) Review body

Ministry of Defence

Bristol

Country

United Kingdom

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