The Ministry of Defence is in the process of awarding a contract, valued at £40 million, to FNH UK Ltd for the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) of the UK Armed Forces Commands’ in-service Heavy Machine Guns (HMG).
This initiative was detailed in a Voluntary Ex-Ante Transparency (VEAT) Notice.
The notice outlines the scope of the project: “This contract will enable the Authority to undertake the Mid Life improvement requirements for the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) that will ensure the UK Armed Forces Commands can meet their enduring and future capability needs.”
FNH UK Ltd, identified as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Design Authority (DA) of the HMG, is recognised as the sole entity equipped for this project. The notice explains, “FNH UK Ltd are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Design Authority (DA) and are the only economic entity with access to the necessary technical information, knowledge and expertise, for the HMG comprised in this contract.”
The justification for awarding the contract to FNH UK Ltd is further elaborated: “FNH UK Ltd are the only economic entity with the capability and access necessary to provide the required technical support to ensure it complies with the Authority’s specification, maintains the operational performance and effectiveness of the weapon system, and ability to underwrite the integrity of the modifications to the weapons systems as a result of a safety investigation.”
The contract, expected to span over five years, will involve subcontracting opportunities, focusing on repair and maintenance services of firearms and ammunition.