The contractor will provide their own ‘adversary’ jets to perform air-to-air combat training for the Royal Air Force.
Sound familiar? This is effectively a relaunch of the ASDOT programme. ASDOT would have seen British pilots trained against jets supplied by industry partners, however the contract was halted in 2019 with no winner selected. One of the selling points of the contract was that it would eliminate maintenance and storage costs of the aircraft used, with the MoD only paying for the time it worked with the aircraft.
Another plus would have been that the aircraft used would likely have been different to those operated by British pilots, providing experience of working with or against aircraft types not in use by British forces. You can read more about ASDOT here.
Anyway, here are the basics from the information notice published by the Ministry of Defence on the new programme.
“This notice is for the purpose of informing potential suppliers of the intended procurement of a medium to fast speed Operational Readiness Training (ORT) aerial support service, to include Air-to-Air, Target, Threat Simulation and Mission Augmentation training.
This is an urgent requirement for the RAF and the intention is to utilise the DSPCR Competitive Procedure with Negotiation, using the accelerated timescales.
Due to the security classification of this project, and in accordance with Reg 6(3A)(a) of DSPCR, any potential competition that follows this PIN will be limited to those suppliers that can provide the requirement with employees who are UK nationals.
We are looking to hear from companies that can commit to:
- Delivery of an estimated 2400 flying hours (per annum) with a maximum of 4 simultaneous sortie rate and up to 12 sorties daily in a 15 hour flying window
- CAA or MAA accreditation for the proposed aircraft and activities
- Available to commence contract activities from a UK base within a 30 minute transit time to D323 North Sea training complex
- Operations able to commence Summer 2022″
The value of the contract is expected to be £100 million.