UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO
03 Feb 22. Conventional Vehicle Systems (CVS) Post Design Services (PDS)
Ministry of Defence
Publication reference: 2022/S 000-002616
Publication date: 28 January 2022
F17: Contract notice for contracts in the field of defence and security
Section one: Contracting authority/entitySection I: Contracting authority/entity
one.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s)I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Ministry of Defence
Vehicle Support Team, Cedar 1a #3157, MOD Abbey Wood
For the attention of mcnaughton fiona
Country United Kingdom
Further information can be obtained from the above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from
The above-mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to
The above-mentioned contact point(s)
one.2) Type of the contracting authorityI.2) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
one.3) Main activityI.3) Main activity
one.4) Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entitiesI.4) Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: No
Section two: Object of the contract
Section II: Object of the contract
two.1) DescriptionII.1) Description
two.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authorityII.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority
Conventional Vehicle Systems (CVS) Post Design Services (PDS)two.
Service category No 3: Defence services, military defence services and civil defence services
- UKK1 – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area
two.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s)II.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Conventional Vehicle Systems (CVS) Post Design Services (PDS)
two.1.6) Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)II.1.6) Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
- 73423000 – Development of military vehicles
Additional CPV code(s)
- 35412400 – Reconnaissance and patrol vehicles
- 35412500 – Command and liaison vehicles
two.1.7) Information about subcontractingII.1.7) Information about subcontracting
The tenderer has to indicate in the tender any share of the contract it may intend to subcontract to third parties and any proposed subcontractor, as well as the subject-matter of the subcontracts for which they are proposed
The tenderer has to indicate any change occurring at the level of subcontractors during the execution of the contract
two.1.8) LotsII.1.8) Lots
This contract is divided into lots: No
two.2) Quantity or scope of the contractII.2) Quantity or scope of the contract
two.2.1) Total quantity or scopeII.2.1) Total quantity or scope
The Conventional Vehicle Systems (CVS) Post Design Services (PDS) Design Authority (DA) contract will commence 1st September 2022 and is to run for 3 years and 7 months with an additional 4 +1 option years to extend the period of the service.
This contract applies to all platforms listed below:
Platform: Land Rover Wolf
Fleet size: 6410
Fleet size: 873
Platform: Snatch 2b
Fleet size: 20
Fleet size: 187
Platform: Trailer Lightweight
Fleet size: 7837
The PDS contract covers Core Contract Support and Ad-Hoc Non-Core taskings.
The purpose of the Post Design Services contract is to enable work to be undertaken to ensure that modifications and minor design alterations are properly appraised and, where approved, implemented. The PDS process is involved with the redesign, redevelopment and engineering necessary for preserving an equipment’s capabilities at the performance levels formally approved by the equipment sponsor and incorporating enhancements approved by the Operations Manager (OM).
PDS includes the Design Authority (DA) work required to maintain the design, manufacturing data and configuration control, Safety and Obsolescence Management including where necessary reference equipment and addressing Urgent Capability Requirements (UCRs). PDS may also be used for minor enhancements such as meeting new safety legislation, enhancement to capability or performance or for reducing In-Service support costs.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
two.2.2) Information about optionsII.2.2) Information about options
Description of these options: The Authority will have the option to extend for a further 4 +1 year option periods.
two.3) Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
II.3) Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 43 (from the award of the contract)
Body responsible for appeal procedures
Ministry of Defence
Vehicle Support Team, Cedar 1a #3157, MOD Abbey Wood
Country United Kingdom
six.4.1) Body responsible for mediation proceduresVI.4.1) Body responsible for mediation procedures
Ministry of Defence
Vehicle Support Team, Cedar 1a #3157, MOD Abbey Wood
Country United Kingdom
six.4.3) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtainedVI.4.3) Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
Ministry of Defence
Vehicle Support Team, Cedar 1a #3157, MOD Abbey Wood
Country United Kingdom
BATTLESPACE Comment: The usual suspects are expected to bid including RBSL, Thales, Babcock, Hobsons, Martin Williams of Hull, Supacat, NP Aerospace, Jankel and GDUK.
02 Feb 22. Boost for space clusters across the UK. Ten space clusters across the UK have been given a boost, thanks to new UK Space Agency funding. These regional hubs, known as space clusters, will support new and growing companies, building on local expertise and catalysing investment into the space sector. Over £600,000 will go towards supporting activities that create jobs and growth, including recruiting space cluster managers, to strengthen local space sector leadership groups and developing new business opportunities. The funding comes as the Government is set to unveil its flagship Levelling Up White Paper later today (2 February 2022), setting out a plan to transform the UK by spreading opportunity and prosperity to all parts of it. Space plays a pivotal role in our daily lives and is already a vital part of the UK economy, worth over £16bn per year. However, the balance of investment and jobs is skewed towards certain regions. The government recently launched its National Space Strategy which outlines its long-term plans to grow and level up the space sector across the UK.
Dr Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “The National Space Strategy sets out a vision for ensuring we have a thriving, resilient and well-connected space ecosystem across the whole of the UK. We are building on our strengths in space such as satellite manufacturing, while supporting emerging markets like in-orbit servicing, to unlock the growth in the UK space sector and help level up the economy.”
Will Whitehorn, President of the trade association UKspace, said: “Additional grants of this nature are hugely important in helping to communicate the potential for the growing ‘New Space’ economy. Monitoring and understanding our world from space has already become crucial to our survival. Now industrialisation in space will be driven by the need to get to Net Zero and mitigate climate change by shifting more and more carbon generating digital activities outside the atmosphere, and even producing solar power in space. The opportunities these activities will bring to the UK should not be underestimated, from space launch to digital services and even infinity and beyond!”
There is also an urgent need for continuing significant investment by government and the private sector if these goals are to be achieved and the UK is able to move into the top tier of nations leading the industrial revolution in space.
Funding has gone to the following organisations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland:
Cornwall Development Company – £51,000
Cornwall space cluster will use grant funds to hold a series of workshops and events to showcase local business capabilities to academic and industry partners across the UK to stimulate new opportunities for research and innovation. The CDC will also use funds to create a new cluster website, undertake research for a local skills strategy and refine the local space proposition for the region.
West of England Combined Authority – £97,500
The West of England region will use grant funds to build and deliver on the recommendations from the West of England Space Strategy. Funding will support a range of activities to raise the profile of the region’s space sector, including attracting inward investment and hosting a regional showcase event.
Northern Ireland Space Office – £72,000
Northern Ireland will use grant funds to undertake a series of cluster development activities that build on the recommendations from the NI Space Market Insight Report. Activities include the formation of a NI Space Leadership Council, undertaking stakeholder engagement to further mature the cluster and define a business case for sustainable cluster development.
Aerospace Wales £34,000
Wales was funded to appoint a Space Wales Development Manager. The individual appointed will lead the implementation of the Wales space sector strategy as embodied in the document “Wales –a sustainable space nation” and development of the Space Wales network and cluster.
Midlands Aerospace Alliance £64,000
West Midlands region will use grant funds to promote the West Midlands cluster, identify business opportunities, connect businesses to academia and space suppliers including non-space companies that can pivot into both the upstream and downstream sectors. The MAA and the University of Birmingham will also use funds to hold workshops to showcase the expertise within the region.
Leeds University £73,000
Space Hub Yorkshire will use grant funds to appoint 2x Cluster Development Managers that will drive and take forward recommendations from Yorkshire’s regional space strategy. Funding will also be used to initiate and deliver a programme of events, which will be continued and sustained beyond the lifetime of this grant through in-kind support from regional universities.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise £38,000
Space Hub Sutherland will use grant funds to undertake cluster development activity around the proposed site of a spaceport and launch facilities at Sutherland.
Open University £43,500
As part of the Arc for Space Group, The Open University will use grant funds to support and coordinate regional space sector growth ambitions in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Work will be delivered in close collaboration with industry, academia and regional organisations. World-leading research programmes will be mapped to develop commercial and funding opportunities for the region to enable businesses to participate and commercialise R&D projects.
Scottish Space Group (Space Scotland) £64,500
Scotland will use grant funds to appoint a cluster development manager to build and deliver on recommendations from the Scottish Space Strategy. Other activities will include identifying opportunities in the downstream sectors, scaling of regional STEM activities and undertake a series of stakeholder engagement activities to promote the cluster.
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC; part of UK Research and Innovation) Daresbury Laboratory £61,000
This grant funding is being used to establish a North West of England Space Cluster, that connects with and empowers the UK’s global space Ambitions. It brings together all five bodies of the North West (Cumbria, Cheshire and Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region) with local, regional and national stakeholder organisations. Through building the shared understanding of the regions sizable space-related research, innovation and business assets, the added value the space sector can bring to other industrial sectors and the opportunity for greater national and international connection, a vision and strategy for this cluster can be co-created. Hosted by STFC, a North West Space Cluster Leadership Group has been established, to enable and ready this cluster for launch later in 2022.
Each organisation will use the funding to support locally led space sector activities in their region. This will include business case development and evidence gathering for local authorities and economic development bodies.
The new funding for regional space clusters follows £500k awarded to seven space hubs across the UK in 2020 to bring together local authorities, expertise and businesses to create a strategy for how their area can take maximum advantage of the commercial space race.
The UK already boasts a thriving space sector employing over 45,000 people in highly skilled jobs – from space scientists and researchers to engineers and satellite manufacturers.
The National Space Strategy looks to harness these strengths and support British companies to seize future opportunities, with the global space economy projected to grow from an estimated £270bn in 2019 to £490bn by 2030.
The UK Space Agency is working with local partners, Devolved Administrations, universities and industry to encourage more space businesses to start, grow and connect with the UK’s wider UK space ecosystem. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
01 Feb 22. DE&S FCG announces upcoming competitions for unmanned capabilities. James Gavin, head of the Future Capability Group (FCG), part of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), outlined a number of upcoming competitions at the International Armoured Vehicle (IAV) 2022 conference in London. Some of the key priorities include nano-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tethered-UAS, multidomain integrated UAS swarms, large rotary-wing UAS, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), high-altitude pseudo-satellites (HAPS), human-machine teaming (HMT, such as the use of robot dogs), and human-machine interface (HMI).
It was revealed that FCG has a budget of approximately GBP300m (USD404.9m) over three years across multiple programmes and projects. HMT is considered a high priority for FCG customers, James Gavin said, however, despite its importance they stated that overall, the capability does not yet exist in industry outside of the US to meet requirements. In April 2022 the organisation intends to launch an HMT acquisition framework with an initial budget of GBP25m. The programme will have significant headroom and may reach around GBP100m in approximately two years. (Source: Janes)
03 Feb 22. Germany eyes Lockheed F-35 fighter jet; no final decision -source. Germany is leaning toward purchasing the U.S. fighter jet F-35 built by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) to replace its ageing Tornado in the role of nuclear sharing, a German defence source told Reuters on Thursday, but a final decision has not been taken. Another source, close to the German military, said a possible F-35 purchase was “back on the table”, but no decisions were expected anytime soon.
“There have been recent efforts to inform Germany of how to move ahead with a potential F-35 purchase,” a third source involved in the effort told Reuters.
A government spokesperson in Berlin was not immediately available for comment.
“As a matter of policy, we will not publicly confirm or comment on proposed defense transfers or sales until they have been formally notified to Congress. We refer you to the German government to speak to its future defense procurement plans,” a spokesperson for the State Department in Washington said.
Germany needs to replace its ageing Tornado jets swiftly to remain part of NATO’s nuclear sharing agreement, something the new government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged to do. The Tornado is the only German jet capable of carrying U.S. nuclear bombs, stored in Germany, in case of a conflict. But the air force has been flying the jet since the 1980s, and Berlin is planning to phase it out between 2025 and 2030. Germany’s new coalition said it will purchase a replacement early in its four-year term in office. Without this move, Berlin would drop out of nuclear sharing when the last Tornado retires around 2030. The German defence source said Scholz was expected to raise the issue during a trip to Washington next week. Should Germany decide to buy the F-35, it would be a blow for Boeing (BA.N), whose F-18 was favoured by former German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to replace the Tornado. A decision to go with a U.S. fighter jet could upset France. Paris has been warily watching past German deliberations over whether to settle on the F-18 or the F-35, concerned it could undermine the development of a joint Franco-German fighter jet that is supposed to be ready in the 2040s.It was not clear how many F-35 jets Germany may attempt to purchase. Kramp-Karrenbauer had planned to buy 45 F-18s, but these were meant to replace both Tornado jets tasked with nuclear sharing as well as those for electronic warfare. (Source: Reuters)
02 Feb 22. Nordic Unmanned Completes Tests for $75m Tender. Nordic Unmanned has completed a week of multitask trials, including flights, payload configurations and training simulation demonstration for a potential customer relating to a tender for the acquisition of tactical unmanned aircraft systems, including sustainment, support and training.
The week of testing is a mandatory evaluation stage of an ongoing tender process.
The tender has a contractual value of DKK 500m ($75m) with a maximum value of DKK 1bn ($150m) over a 10-year period. Nordic Unmanned’s chosen supplier for this tender is Textron Systems with its Aerosonde Mk 4.7, and a joint team consisting of Nordic Unmanned and Textron System performed the test according to the test criteria.
The next phase of the tender process will be an invitation to negotiation on the First Indicative Offer (INDO) submitted December 2021.
This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. (Source: UAS VISION)
REST OF THE WORLD
04 Feb 22. JP 9102: Australia opens bidding on its biggest space contract ever. Industry sources say the tender will lead to at least two, and as many as four, military communication satellites being built for the Australian military, as well as ground stations. A decision on the winner is expected this year.
A recent solicitation released by the Australian government under the uninspiring title of JP 9102 may not have caught much attention in the US, but it should: despite the plain name, the solicitation represents a major step forward in what is expected to be a $4bn AUS ($2.86bn) commitment to Australia’s first sovereign military satellite program.
Industry sources say the Jan. 11 tender will lead to at least two, and as many as four, military communication satellites being built for the Australian military. A decision on the winner is expected this year, with the contract all encompassing of ground stations, launch and life cycle costs. Not included in the package are the buildings to house the yet-unknown number of ground stations; as space experts note, those buildings can be crucial to a program’s success because of the complex wiring, shielding and security requirements.
Getting the system up and running as quickly as possible is important for Canberra. The Australian Defence Force does have other defense satellite communication options today, but they are not robust. It owns a communications payload aboard an Optus C-1 satellite, which it is nearing the end of its projected operational life; the military also bought access to 20 channels on Intelsat IS-22, a deal that runs out in 2024. (It does have access to the Boeing-built WGS defense constellation, having paid to build one of the satellites.)
The lack of details on the ground station requirement is particularly notable for several reasons. First, Australia and BAE Systems struggled to build the first WGS ground stations, with the system coming in years late and over budget (not unusual for space systems). Second, Australia discovered the limits of access to WGS during the recent massive bushfires. The Aussies asked the US military for WGS coverage to help with command and control; US Army Pacific turned things around in 24 hours, but that was time lost and highlighted the limits of Australia’s access even during a time of peace, when American assets were available.
One issue to keep an eye on as the program spins up: as this is the first sovereign military communications satellite system, the Australian Defence Force simply does not have many people trained in flying, managing and fighting satellite systems. One industry source here believes that will be the most challenging aspect of JP 9102 — building a large enough cadre of military and civilians to make and keep the constellation useful. Military satcom requires large groups of people in control rooms to make them work; Australia will need at least several hundred highly trained people, this source believes.
Another challenge will come as Australia deploys systems such as the MQ-4C Triton, MQ-9B SkyGuardian, and MC-55A Peregrines, modified Gulfstream 550s which boast advanced sensors and communications equipment. Those platforms generate huge amounts of data, and it all must be shared security and at speed.
Add to that the ambitious effort here to build a much more joint command and control system, somewhat akin to America’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), and the importance of WGS grows clearer. The relatively small Australian military (89,000 active and reserve) has launched Projects Jericho (Royal Australian Air Force), Pelorus (Royal Australian Navy), and Beersheba (Royal Australian Army) to improve joint performance and information sharing, and the new 9102 system will be a key enabler.
Which companies are competing for this unprecedented Australian space investment? Here’s a rundown:
Airbus is offering something based on its Skynet system, built for the British military. This system includes ground stations, buildings and satellites and is provided on a service contract to the UK and to other partners.
“Team Maier” includes global giant Microsoft; Willyama, an IT and cyber security company which also provides support to the Australian Department of Defence; engineering and utilities provider UGL Limited; and satellite technology manufacturer Blacktree Technology. In its releases, Airbus stresses putting Australian organizations at “the forefront” and “transferring knowledge from international partners.”
In one of the more uniquely Australian twists to a defense competition, this team is named with a Torres Strait islander word. And the release on the team creation includes this quote: “Airbus thanks the Meriam people of the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait for permission to use their language in the naming of our JP9102 Industry Team, and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.” Paying respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders is often the first thing done at a government or corporate event here, and a clear corporate signaling that Airbus is trying to brand its effort as a uniquely Australian venture.
A linguisitic study of the word offers this explanation: “To the Meriam Mir people of Mer (Murray Island) in the eastern Torres Strait, bright meteors are an important element of death customs and beliefs. We draw from a combination of ethno-historic studies and interviews with Meriam elders to understand the role of bright meteors (Maier) in Torres Strait traditions relating to spiritual elements of death rites using a framework of symbolic anthropology. We find that bright meteors serve as symbolic representations of death and mortuary purification practices and show how the physical properties of meteors are incorporated in ritual, belief, spirituality, and custom.”
Boeing Australia views itself as the incumbent because of its experience with WGS, and will offer an upgraded version of WGS.
The American aerospace giant has teamed with Saber Astronautics, a Sydney-based artificial intelligence and machine-learning company, to develop technology that predicts the impact of unexpected events and space weather on spacecraft. It is also working with Clearbox Systems, a Sydney-based software development and integration provider.
Leidos will provide cyber, security and network integration services and software development environments and cyber test ranges. ViaSat is doing work to develop and standardize the modem and waveform “used for JP 9102’s high capacity data circuits,” per a release. Titomic will work on producing “sustainable ‘green’ titanium for the production of space components.”
Finally, Boeing is pledged to work with the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium to “find opportunities for Indigenous-owned and -controlled businesses on JP9102 by aligning discrete work packages to their capabilities as well as supporting capability growth.”
Lockheed Martin Australia has experience as the prime for the AEHF secure satellite communications network which the Australian Defence Force can use, thanks to an international agreement. Their solution has been optimised for data throughput, geographic coverage and survivability against counterspace threats. Like the other competitors, it is teaming with a wide array of Australian companies.
Blacktree Technology, an Australian owned communications solutions specialist, “will primarily support the Lockheed Martin Australia narrowband MILSATCOM ground segment.” Meanwhile, DXC Technology, a leading global IT services company, will handle “development of ground and control segment cybersecurity architectures, including interfaces with existing hardware and external software elements.”
Lockheed has also listed a number of smaller local firms, including agreements with Linfox, Conscia, Av-Comm, Calytrix Technologies, EM Solutions, Shoal Group, Clearbox Systems, STEM Punks and Ronson Gears.
Northrop Grumman Australia is teaming with Inmarsat, the US-based satellite communications company. It’s also working with L3Harris Technologies, which will “provide in-country, ground station capability including the Australian Wide Multi-Band Terminal (WMBT), pronounced WOMBAT, delivering exponential growth in capability and upgradeability over existing systems, while occupying the same ground footprint.”
Finally, Optus, which is best known here as a mobile phone carrier but it also is Australia’s largest satellite operator. They’ve teamed with Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia in a joint bid on the project, with Mitsubishi Electric also part of the team.
As their release on JP 9102 notes: “Since 1985, Optus has been Australia’s preeminent satellite provider, launching 10 satellites, operating 13 spacecraft, and providing support to over 100 international space programs. Since 2003, Optus has flown the C1 Satellite — which provides critical mission capabilities for Defence’s operations and, at the time of launch, was the world’s largest Defence-civilian spacecraft.
“Optus currently flies 7 satellites — including NBN’s 2 Skymuster Satellites, with plans to deploy software-defined satellite Optus 11 in 2023 for Australia and New Zealand, making Optus the first satellite operator in Asia Pacific to launch a software-defined satellite that can provide both flexible concurrent broadcast and broadband services via a very high throughput satellite (VHTS) design.” (Source: Breaking Defense.com)
04 Feb 22. Taiwan reports progress on indigenous submarine construction. The executive branch of the Taiwanese government, the Executive Yuan, has revealed in a policy report released late January that the integration of pressure hull sections for the prototype Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) is expected to be completed by the end of June 2022. The report also officially confirmed that the keel of the submarine was laid in November 2021, as claimed by local news agencies at that time. Kaohsiung-based shipyard CSBC Corporation was awarded a design and construction contract for a prototype diesel-electric submarine (SSK) by the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) in May 2019. According to local media reports, the prototype is likely to be launched ahead of projections in September 2023.
The company had earlier declared that the first production-standard boat is expected to be completed at its purpose-built submarine construction facility in the third quarter of 2024, followed by sea trials and commissioning in 2025. CSBC Corporation is partnering with the state-owned National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) to construct up to eight IDS SSKs worth up to US$16bn. The IDS is expected to have an overall length of 70 m and will displace about 2,500 tonnes when submerged. Although detailed performance specifications remain unconfirmed, the RoCN is reportedly expecting an operational range of up to 6,000 nautical miles as well as surface and submerged speeds of around 8 kt and 17 kt, respectively. It is also expected to be armed with US-made Mk 48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology heavyweight torpedoes and UGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles, with combat management and sonar systems supplied by US companies such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Other equipment approved for transfer by the US include optronic masts, torpedo tubes, propulsion equipment, and other critical engineering and mission equipment. The RoCN operates an ageing submarine force comprising two refurbished Dutch-built Zwaardvis/Hai Lung (Sea Dragon)-class SSKs subs acquired in the late 1980s. It also maintains two Second World War-vintage former US Navy Guppy II/Hai Shih (Sea Lion)-class boats, which are the oldest submarines in naval service anywhere in the world toda and are understood to be only used for training purposes. (Source: AMR)
03 Feb 22. Ukraine to sign deal during Erdogan visit on building drones, Kyiv says. Ukraine and Turkey will sign a framework agreement on manufacturing Turkish drones in Ukraine, Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told a briefing ahead of a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday. Reznikov also said the number of ceasefire violations in the conflict in eastern Ukraine had decreased and there had been no combat losses for the past three weeks. He said Russia had currently massed 115,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders. Erdogan is visiting his counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy after pitching Turkey as a mediator to ease tensions with Russia. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Reuters)
31 Jan 22. SAAF “aircraft launching systems” need work. The SA Air Force (SAAF) is, according to Armscor, in need of maintenance and repair work on its “aircraft launching and landing systems”. A tender – EARO/2021/135 – is currently live on the government-owned defence and security acquisition agency’s website with interested bidders asked to report to Air Force Base (AFB) Waterkloof in Centurion on Monday week (7 February) for a compulsory bidders’ briefing.
The Armscor tender document has it that “airfield runway systems (aircraft launching and landing systems) consist of runway lighting systems, approach systems, visual aids systems, emergency landing system and other operational systems”.
It further defines airfield systems as runway/taxiway/apron lighting circuits; runway/taxiway marker boards; runway/taxiway/apron pain (sic) markings; precision approach path indicators (PAPIs); constant current regulators (CCRs); aerodrome location beam (rotating beacon light), computerised MIMIC control system; runway/taxiway/apron crossing surveillance camera systems; aircraft movements gate systems; aerodrome traffic control systems; military helipad; windsock systems; obstruction lights; approach lights and military mobile runway lighting units.
Maintenance and repair of these systems is required for three years, between financial years 2021/22 and 2023/24.
Systems requiring maintenance include all runway lights and signage as well as airfield traffic control systems such as cameras, gates, windsocks etc.
Armscor notes aircraft launching and landing systems are installed at the Waterkloof, Makhado, Hoedspruit, Overberg, Ysterplaat, Langebaanweg, Bloemspruit, Durban and Swartkop bases as well as Air Force Station (AFS) Port Elizabeth.
Armscor has another tender (EARO/2021/136) out for the maintenance and repair of aircraft arrestor barrier systems (AABSs) for the air force. A bidders’ briefing will be held at Waterkloof on 7 February; closing date of the tender is 17 February.
Armscor is looking to replace/upgrade the AABSs at Overberg, Makhado and Waterkloof. Regular servicing and net replacement are required until 2023/24.
According to tender documentation, the AABS is “a land-based system, controlled by the ATC (air traffic controller) for fighter aircraft”. It is installed adjacent to the runway end, one unit per side, to safely arrest aircraft, preventing them from overshooting the end of the runway in the event of an aborted take-off or an emergency landing.
At present, the AABS consists of permanently installed static arrestor barrier systems.
The SAAF currently operates nine bases with at least three home to rotary-wing squadrons. They are Bloemspruit in Free State (16 Squadron and its Rooivalk combat support helicopters), AFB Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (15 Squadron still operates its Agusta A109 light utility and Oryx medium transport rotorcraft from the northern side of what was Durban International Airport, now basically a parking lot for various types of Toyota vehicles produced in nearby Prospecton), AFB Hoedspruit in Limpopo (19 Squadron, A109 and Oryx) and Centurion’s AFB Swartkop, also operating the same types.
AFB Langebaanweg is home to the Central Flying School and its PC-7 Mk IIs; AFB Makhado is home to 2 Squadron’s Gripens and the Hawk Mk 120s of 85 Combat Flying School; AFB Overberg is home to the Test Flight and Development Centre (TFDC); and AFB Waterkloof hosts 21, 28, 41, 44 and 60 squadrons. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)