Contract news, the MoD has a requirement for 9 mm NATO Ball Parabellum Ammunition, millions of em!
The contract note;
The MOD has a requirement for up to 10 years starting April 2016 for the Manufacture & Supply of NATO Rounds 9 mm x 19mm Parabellum.
The first 2 years will be firm quantities with options for the following eight years.
FY16/17: 5.1 million rounds
FY17/18: 3.0 million rounds
FY18/19 to 25/26 (inclusive): These will be banded options between 1 and 11 million rounds per year. The exact quantities will be confirmed 6-9 months prior to commencement of deliveries.
The ammunition is to function safely through the suite of UK in-service weapons systems:
H&K MP5 Series SMG
Sig Saur Pistol P226 and P229
Glock 17 and 19 (Gen 4 versions)
Prior to the award of contract, the contractor will be required to supply 7,000 round free of charge for a technical assessment as part of the tender selection process.
The ammunition is required to be safety transported, stored in ammunition depots worldwide, and function through the above weapons system in various in-service environments. As a minimum it will be required to meet UK quality assurance and technical specification requirements which are similar to the NATO 9mm requirements in their Multi Calibre manual of Proof and Inspection procedures (MOPI).
The ammunition will be packaged in metal ammunition containers (M2A1 containers or UK H83 Mk2 containers).
The ammunition is on NATO 4 way standard pallets and palletised to meet the requirements of STANAG 2828.
On award of the contract the supplying contractor will be responsible for obtaining NATO qualification and maintenance of this qualification through the duration of the Contract.
The ammunition will also be subjected to MOD Safety and Suitability for Service (S) trials to assess the ammunition suitability with regard it in-service storage, transport and use (MOD will terminate the Contract if any safety concerns become apparent).
Manufacturers invited to complete the PQQ and ammunition evaluation will be measured against selected criteria Criteria Max Weighting
1 Timeliness of submission of sample ammunition Max 5
2 Proof documentation accompanying ammunition sample Max 5
3 Ammunition sample Proof documentation with Tender Max 5
4 Ammunition performance Max 30
5 Correlation of supplier proof data with test centre proof data Max 50
6 Ballistic consistency Max 20
7 Technical Data Package Max 20
8 In-sensitive assessment IAW STANAG 4439 and UN 6c Bonfire Test Max 15