A £299K contract has been placed with Leonardo to support the ‘Identification Friend or Foe’ system installed on then Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
According to the contract award notice:
“The Secretary of State for Defence (the Authority), through the Surface Ships Combat Systems Group (SSCSG) Project Team within Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) intends to place a 21 month contract, with up to two six month option periods for a maximum duration of 33 months, with Leonardo UK Ltd. for the Support of Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF).”
The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier’s IFF is a secondary surveillance radar system fitted to the two ships.
“It forms part of the QEC Mission System and contributes towards situational awareness, identification and Air Traffic Control operations within both vessels. It is considered that this contract 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 for technical reasons.
Leonardo UK Ltd. is the existing service provider and only they possess the necessary expertise, means and know how essential to delivering and supporting the IFF capability as it is a bespoke technical solution fitted to QEC.”
The notice also explains why Leonardo was chosen.
“It is not feasible for another supplier to achieve the required technical performance, as they would not have the specific technical knowledge, tools and means which the current supplier has at its disposal.”