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Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United Kingdom
Publication Ref: (2022/S 000-001103/EN)
Nature of contract: Service contract
Procedure: Negotiated without a call for competition
Type of bid required: Not applicable

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Defence Equipment & Support, Ministry of Defence
Town: Bristol
Postal code: BS34 8JH
Country: United Kingdom
Email: [email protected]
Internet address(es):
Main address:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.5) Main activity

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: Local Key Management System Support Service

Reference number: 702129450
II.1.2) Main CPV code: 71356300
II.1.3) Type of contract Services
II.1.4) Short Description:
Support service for existing Local Key Management System
II.1.6) Information about lots
The contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement(excluding VAT)
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
On going support service for LKMS

II.2.5) Award criteria
II.2.11) Information about options
Description of options:
Initial two year period, with an option to extend by one year.

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice(in accordance with Article 28 of Directive 2009/81/EU)
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement(GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2) Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession
Contract No: 702129450
Title: Local Key Management System Support Service

V.2) Award of contract/concession
V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:2022-01-13
V.2.2) Information about tenders
V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Airbus
Postal address: Quadrant House, Celtic Springs Business Park, Coedkernew
Town: Newport
Postal code: NP19 8FZ
Country: United Kingdom
Nuts code:
The contractor is an SME: no

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot/concession(excluding VAT)
for framework agreements – total maximum value for this lot
for contracts based on framework agreements, if required – value of contract(s) for this lot not included in
previous contract award notices
V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
The contract/lot/concession is likely to be subcontracted
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties

Section VI: Complementary informationVI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Defence Equipment & Support
Town: Bristol
Country: United Kingdom

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:

Justification for the award of the contract without prior publication of a call for
competition in the Official Journal of the European Union
1.Justification for the choice of the negotiated procedure without publication of a call for competition in accordance with
Article 28 of Directive 2009/81/EU

The products involved are manufactured purely for the purpose of research, experiment,study or development under the conditions
stated in the directive(for services and supplies only)
The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
absence of competition for technical reasons

Please explain in a clear and comprehensive manner why the award of the contract without prior publication in the Official Journal of the European Union
is lawful, by stating the relevant facts and, as appropriate, the conclusions of law in accordance with the directive:
1. The Typhoon Delivery Team, part of the UK Ministry of Defence, intends to award a contract to Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (Newport) who designed and implemented the Local Key Management System (LKMS). The extant contract for support to this system is soon due to expire, therefore there is a requirement for a follow-on support contract to be placed.
2. It is considered that for technical reasons this requirement can be placed using the Negotiated Procedure without prior publication of a contract notice pursuant to Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011. This is because only Airbus Defence and Space Ltd has the requisite knowledge of the LKMS that is required to be interoperable with the Typhoon aircraft, as well as F-35 and P8-A air platforms which also utilise the system. There are currently no other suppliers that have the specific know-how at their disposal to provide the required technical support to the LKMS.
3. The intended contract will have a 24-month duration with an option to extend for one further 12-month period. The estimated value of the contract (including option period) is circa £4,500,000. The Cyber Risk Level of the contract is Moderate.


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