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06 Apr 16. GB-BRISTOL: Challenger 2 Life Extension Project RFP issued.MOD Contract Notice Nr: 2014/S 100 – 174727
ITT Number: AVPISP/00083
Section III: Relevant Dates
Proposed/Estimated ITT Issue Date: 05/04/2016
Proposed/Estimated ITT Return Date: 14/07/2016
Proposed Issue Date of Contract: 31/10/2016
Proposed Completion Date of Contract: 30/10/2018
Section IV: Issuing Branch / Organisation Details
Notice Address: Ministry of Defence, Land Equipment, Spruce 1a #1111, DE&S Abbey Wood, Bristol BS34 8JH, UK.
Telephone: +44 3067982499
For attention of: DES LE AVP-ISP-Comrcl-Mgr4a
Section V: Product / Service Descriptor Code
Industry Codes: 35410000 – Armoured military vehicles.
Section VI: Summary of Requirements / Description of Work
Summary of Requirements / Description of Work: Armoured military vehicles. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Armoured Vehicles Programmes (The Authority) has a requirement to deliver a Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (CR2 LEP). The user requires the CR2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) Out of Service Date to be extended from 2025 to 2035, in order to continue to provide precision direct fire manoeuvre capability across a broad spectrum of operations. CR2 LEP seeks to address obsolescence issues to maintain main battle tank capability until 2035. This is a Category A Military Project (up to £700M inclusive of VAT, including initial logistic support).
Section VII: Contract Strategy
Section VIII: Contractors Invited to Bid
GENERAL DYNAMICS (UK) Ltd, LOCKHEED MARTIN (UK) Ltd, BAES GLOBAL COMBAT SYSTEMS Ltd, KMW GmbH, CMI DEFENSE S.A , RUAG DEFENCE, RHEINMETALL LANDSYSTEME GmbH. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)
07 Apr 16. BAE Systems to Produce Assault Amphibious Vehicles for Japan.
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce new Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) for the Japanese Ministry of Defense. This contract supports the ongoing development of an amphibious capability within the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.
“We’re proud to support the Japanese military’s recapitalization by providing this enhanced amphibious capability,” said Dean Medland, vice president of programs at BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business. “As the original equipment manufacturer of the AAV fleet, we have a strong history of supporting this platform.”
BAE Systems will provide 30 new AAV7A1 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability/Rebuild to Standard (RAM/RS) vehicles, plus supply tools and test equipment to support maintenance. The company will also provide training aids for the vehicles to the Japanese military.
The AAV7A1 RAM/RS variant provides a more powerful engine and drive train, as well as an upgraded suspension system, allowing the new vehicles to meet or exceed original AAV7A1 performance. The variant also provides improved mobility, command, control, and repair capabilities while transporting troops and cargo from ship to shore.
Work on the contract will take place at BAE Systems’ York, Pennsylvania facility. Production is expected to begin in August with vehicle deliveries beginning one year later. Final delivery to Japan is expected to take place by the end of 2017. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Apr 16. Senegal parades new Chinese armour. Senegal unveiled its new NORINCO WMA301 Assaulter armoured fire-support vehicles during its independence day celebrations on 4 April.
Already in service with Cameroon, Chad, and Djibouti, the Assaulter is essentially a WZ551 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with a turret for a 105mm gun. It has similar firepower to a tank, but is more affordable and easier to maintain, albeit at the expense of armour protection. The main parade in Dakar featured 12 Assaulters, as well as a WZ551 command vehicl