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UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO
22 Feb 18. UK defence secretary seeks new Dreadnought spending plan. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is seeking a rescheduling of spending on four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines as part of his Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review. Williamson revealed his pitch to the UK Treasury (finance ministry) in testimony to the House of Commons Defence Committee on 21 February. The need to bring forward GBP300m (USD420m) in spending on the Dreadnought programme into the 2017-18 financial year has forced the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to make savings in other areas of its operations, Williamson confirmed.
Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for Military Capability, told the committee that these savings measures were spread across the UK armed forces and included restrictions on military personnel hiring cars and using mobile telephones. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Feb 18. Biological Warfare
B2B Quote Ref no: B2B600715
Location: South West
Register Interest Deadline: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Submit Documents Deadline: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Development, manufacture & supply of immunoassays in the form of Lateral Flow Devices for detection of Biological Warfare Agents.
20 Feb 18. Team Leander presses UK credentials for Type 31e bid. Key Points:
• Cammell Laird has teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships under the banner of ‘Team Leander’
• The Leander design is being pitched as a low-risk, low through-life cost solution for Type 31e
The Cammell Laird/BAE Systems ‘Team Leander’ bidding for the UK Royal Navy’s (RN’s) Type 31e frigate programme has unveiled new details of its pursuit just weeks ahead of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) planned release of an invitation to negotiate (ITN).
Executives from the two partner companies claim the UK-owned and developed Leander design offers the lowest risk and lowest life-cycle cost solution for Type 31e while simultaneously promising the best return for UK prosperity and exports. Forming the centrepiece of the MoD’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Type 31e programme envisages the fast-track acquisition of a globally deployable but affordable frigate geared towards maritime security and defence engagement operations. A ceiling price of GBP250 m (USD350 m) per ship has been set for the first batch of five frigates, which are intended to enter RN service from 2023 to replace the five general purpose-roled Type 23 frigates.
Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird announced in October 2017 that it had teamed with BAE Systems Naval Ships for the Type 31e competition under the banner of ‘Team Leander’. A specialist in commercial shipbuilding and ship repair, Cammell Laird is building the polar research vessel RSS Sir David Attenborough for the UK Natural Environment Research Council under a GBP150m contract awarded in late 2015. The company has also won contracts to build several small ferries.
For Type 31e, Cammell Laird is the prime contractor and shipbuilder, while BAE Systems is design agent for the 117 m Leander design, and is also responsible for combat system supply and integration. “We believe that we are the only team that can execute the programme in a low-risk way and offer a design that meets the level of warfighting capability and survivability demanded by the RN,” Tony Graham, Cammell Laird’s Type 31e director, told Jane’s. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Feb 18. BTB is holding the next Tender Training Day workshops in March 2018. The timing for the day is 9.00am – 4.00pm.
The venues are:
The Grosvenor Hotel in Central London on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
Our offices in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 21st March 2018.
This 1 day course is an Introduction to Bidding & Tendering and is for people looking to gain a really good understan