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Provision of Real Time Stimulation System for Sentry E3D aircraft software testing with support and training services.

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Ministry of Defence, Air Support, Air ISTAR
Defence Equipment and Support, Abbey Wood, Spruce 0B, #1007
United Kingdom
Contact person: Graham Parish
Telephone: +44 1179182968
NUTS code: UKF30

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Provision of RTSS and associated services.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of Real Time Stimulation System for Sentry E3D aircraft software testing with support and training services.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 5 400 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKF30
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To build, test and supply 2 RTSS systems. The systems enable testing of changes to the software of the Sentry mission system.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons

The AirISTAR project Team, part of the UK Ministry of Defence has contracted with QinetiQ Ltd for the provision of a Real Time Stimulation System for Sentry E3D aircraft software testing and associated services.

It was considered that the contract could be placed using the Negotiated Procedure without Prior Publication of a Contract Notice pursuant to Article 28(1)(e) of Directive 2009/81/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contract Regulations 2011) for technical reasons. This is because QinetiQ Ltd is the only contractor which has the expertise and specific know-how to perform the work.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 033-060488
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: AIRISTR/00006

Provision of RTSS and associated services

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
QinetiQ Ltd
Southwick Road Cosham, Hampshire, Portsdown Technology Park, Southwick Road, Cosham
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKJ31
The contractor is an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 5 400 000.00 GBP
Total value of the contract/lot: 5 571 092.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

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-201737-DCB-9743969.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Ministry of Defence, Air Support, Air ISTAR
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: