Recently, the Royal Air Force (RAF) released an extensive list of potential procurement activities for the upcoming 18 months, all carrying considerable value.
These procurements cover diverse aspects of RAF operations, including technical support, innovative technology, maintenance, and equipment upgrade initiatives.
As part of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) ‘MOD Acquisition Pipeline’, this RAF’s procurement overview carries a caveat: “No commitment can be made that: the requirements identified in this list will be procured; the annual value of any contract will be as stated; or the timing of any future procurement exercises will be as stated“.
Examples of the highlighted contracts include the ‘Autonomous Collaborative Platforms’ with an estimated contract value of £42,000,000, and the ‘Sustain Pan College Level 1 – 4 Support (FY23/26)’ contract, estimated at £9,247,888.66. The ‘Project HERA – RAF Airfield Capability Enabling Services UK’ contract stands out with its substantial estimated value of £400,000,000.
The five most valuable prospective procurement activities are:
- ‘Project HERA – RAF Airfield Capability Enabling Services UK’ – Estimated Contract Value: £400,000,000.
- ‘Autonomous Collaborative Platforms’ – Estimated Contract Value: £42,000,000.
- ‘HECTOR2 – Support for the experimental combat cloud’ – Estimated Contract Value: £30,000,000.
- ‘Sustain Pan College Level 1 – 4 Support (FY23/26)’ – Estimated Contract Value: £9,247,888.66.
- ‘Pan College User Access Devices (UADs) Tech Refresh’ – Estimated Contract Value: £4,990,352.00.
However, the RAF includes a disclaimer regarding the publication of this list: “The publication of this pipeline, nor any of the information presented in it, should be taken as a commitment or representation on the part of RAF (or any other organisation) to enter into a contractual arrangement or to proceed with a procurement. Circumstances may change and we cannot guarantee that the requirements, contract value, and/or timeline will be as stated.”
The procurement sourcing route for the majority of these contracts is ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation (OJEU/FTS)’, while some contracts will follow a ‘Call off from a Framework Agreement’. Category descriptions vary from contract to contract, encompassing areas like ‘Systems Management’, ‘Wide area network WAN maintenance or support’, ‘Commodities’, and ‘Corporate goods & services’ among others.
The RAF stresses that not all opportunities will be accessible to all suppliers, owing to potential security considerations and lack of current awareness about future contracting activities.