Whatever happened to the £2b 15 year partnership contract with BAE for small arms and medium calibre ammunition such as mortar bombs and artillery shells, the Munitions Acquisition Supply Solution (MASS)?
This was let in 2008 and the certainty of pipeline allowed BAE to invest over £200m and modernise its ammunition production facilities in Radway Green, Glascoed and Birtley after decades of neglect, especially when they were the Royal Ordnance, owned by the MoD. DiD have a good write up on the contract arrangements here
The reason I ask is that a couple of recent contract notes seems to indicate ammunition is being obtained on the open market, outside of the MASS partnering arrangements.
The Authority has a possible future requirement to procure three natures of Armour Piercing Rounds, 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm. The minimum estimated quantities for the first year are detailed below:
— 5.56 mm — 76 800;
— 7.62 mm — 16 640;
— 12.7 mm — 15 000.
These Rounds will be for use within training and operational roles with the UK Armed Forces. First Deliveries would be required before the end of 2016. The potential contract will be firm for two years, and the following three years will be classified as Option Years with banded quantities, where deliveries will occur in the April of Years Three through to Five of the contract; exact figures will be provided in the preceding September.
Estimated value £1.5m to £2m
The Authority has a possible future requirement to procure 2 separate configurations of Multipurpose (MP) Ammunition:
— 4 MP/1 MPT: 80 000 rounds for 2 financial years,
— 1 MP/1 MPT/1 API: 40 000 rounds for 2 financial years.
All rounds shall be ballistically matched when fired through a 0.5” HMG or M3M.
1. MP — round shall have a AP penetrator, a kinetic HE element and an incendiary element,
2. MPT — round shall have a AP penetrator, a kinetic HE element, an incendiary element and tracer element,
3. API — round shall have AP penetrator and incendiary element.
These rounds will be for use within training and operational roles with the UK Armed Forces.
The requirement would be for up to 10 years, 1st delivery commencing in Autumn 2016. The potential contract will be firm for 2 years with banded options for the following 8 years. For years, 3 to 10 of the contract exact figures against banded option quantities will be provided in the preceding Autumn should the contract extend into the option years.
Should this requirement proceed, a Contract Notice will be published and you will be invited to complete a pre qualification questionnaire, which will be measured against selected criteria in terms of commercial and technical requirements.
Maybe this is normal, maybe the contract requires competitive tendering or at least advertising but they usually indicate where single source arrangements are in place.
This comes on top of another contract advertised last year for 9mm