APPROACH TO MARKET

WEAPONS REQUEST FOR TENDER

Following the closure of the respective Requests for Tenders (RFTs), NIOA, working with the Commonwealth (CoA), have progressed through the evaluation process. This included reviewing over 80 submissions against the 22 RFTS, completing various testing and evaluation activities, as well as conducting soldier touchpoint and risk reduction activities. Over 31,000 rounds have so far been fired, and 500 weapons test serials conducted in the NIOA test range to support safety and performance assessments of products and systems.

Letters have been released to suppliers, advising them of the outcomes of the RFT, including progression to the Market Engagement activity for selected items. The Market Engagement activity, conducted between 16 August 2021 and 3 September 2021, has allowed NIOA and the Commonwealth to meet with suppliers to further understand key elements of tender submissions, particularly in regards to topics such as Australian Industry Content, Technical Compliance, and Financial & Commercial understanding.

Please note that debriefs will be offered following Government consideration of LAND 159 Tranche 1.

NIOA presented its recommendations in the Final Evaluation Report (FER), submitted to the Commonwealth on 4 November 2021.

NIOA and the Commonwealth thank all suppliers who have participated in the RFT process so far.

INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS

A number of Industry Briefings have been held by NIOA since being contracted for the first stage of Tranche 1. These are outlined below:

Pre-Expression of Interest (July 2020)

The Commonwealth and NIOA conducted a joint Industry Briefing on 30 July 2020 to advise on the next phase of market solicitation activities, as well as an update on the Lethality System (LAND 159) project. Due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, the Industry Briefing was held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Weapons RFT release Industry Briefing (November 2020)

NIOA conducted a virtual Industry Briefing on 13 November 2020 regarding the Weapons Request for Tender. Similar to the Industry Briefing held in July 2020, this briefing was also held virtually via Microsoft Teams due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

The presentation slide deck, as well as questions and answers from the Briefing, have been uploaded to the AWARD® Lethality Portal.

These resources are available for Weapons tenderers only.

Munitions RFT release Industry Briefing (January 2021)

With the release of the Munitions RFT release in late December 2020, a third Industry Briefing was held on 12 January 2021 for all Munitions tenderers (both for Assault Breaching Systems & Small Arms). Again, this briefing was held as a virtual event via Microsoft Teams due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

The presentation slide deck, as well as questions and answers from the Briefing, have been uploaded to the AWARD® Lethality Portal.

These resources are available for Munition tenderers only.