APPROACH TO MARKET

At present, the following activities are currently underway:

WEAPONS REQUEST FOR TENDER

The Request for Tender (RFT) for Weapons platforms and ancillaries opened at 4pm AEDT 6 November 2020 and will close 29 January 2021 at 4pm AEST. There are 21 RFTs in this grouping across some 44 proposed suppliers.  

The broad tender groupings for Weapons are:

  • Sniper rifle types with suppressor
  • Target Engagement Sighting Systems (TESS) day and night
  • Surveillance Systems
  • Sighting Systems (Day Optics), Precision and Combat
  • Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS)
  • Shotgun
  • Pistol sets
  • Personal Defence Weapon

Provision of weapon samples to NIOA is due by 29 January 2021.  This is to allow enough time to receipt the items and prepare for the Preview Test & Evaluation activity scheduled for March 2021.

All Weapon RFTs are being conducted via the dedicated AWARD® Lethality Portal.  AWARD® is a proven market solicitation management tool from Commerce Decisions.  

Upon closure of the RFTs, the evaluation process will commence immediately.

MUNITIONS REQUEST FOR TENDER

The Request for Tender (RFT) for Munitions items was broken into two releases.

The Assault Breaching System (ABS) RFT opened at 12pm AEST 11 December 2020 and will close 15 February 2021 at 4pm AEST.   Inert samples for this RFT are due on 15 February 2021.

The remaining seven Munition RFTs (i.e. Small Arms) opened at 2pm AEST 21 December 2020 and will close 26 February 2021 at 4pm AEST.  A date for provision of samples for Munitions providers is likely to be Q2 2021. 

All Munition RFTs are being conducted via the dedicated AWARD® Lethality Portal.

MINORS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

  • NIOA is conducting Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to Suppliers for Minor Acquisition Items in support of the LAND 159 Program. In this context, Minor Items are Commercial of the Shelf (COTS) / Military off the Shelf (MOTS), ancillaries or equipment natures which:
  • meet the requirements of the associated ancillary as defined in this RFP and are suitable for use by the Australian Defence Force (ADF); 
  • are readily available in the commercial market; 
  • can be rapidly acquired with a high assurance of quality; 
  • have low technical complexity; and 
  • have low integration complexity.

 The LAND 159 Program will conduct three RFPs in the Minor Acquisition Item category:

  • Suppressors – 26 Nov 2020 to 29 Jan 2021. An RFP to allow third Party Suppressor providers the opportunity to bid suppressors into the program.  
  • Minors Type A – 20 Dec 2020 to 15 Feb 2021. An RFP for selected items that are required in support of the Commonwealths Preview tens and Evaluation of Weapon Systems. 
  • Minors Type B – TBA (tentative Q2 2021). An RFP for items to support Commonwealth Selected Mission System capabilities

 RFPs will be evaluated competitively IAW the Commonwealth Procurement Rules, and respondents would be notified of the outcomes by Q3 2021. 

All information requests for Minors RFPs are to be sent to the L159 Minors email: l159minors@nioa.com.au

UPCOMING EVENTS

In the coming months, there are two major activities scheduled:

RFT Evaluation (February 2021 onwards)

This is broken down into two phases:

Desktop Evaluation (RFT/RFQ) – this phase will ensure that RFT responses meet essential, very important, important criteria and ability to integrate into a system.  Items progressing from this phase will move into the Detailed Evaluation.

Detailed Evaluation (RFT/RFQ) – here, items will be further scrutinized against criteria and deliver the best-of-breed system, and best Value-for-Money.

Preview Test & Evaluation (March 2021 onwards)

Lead by the Commonwealth, and following on from the Evaluation activity, the PT&E event will seek to ensure that down selected systems are assessed in an operational context by appropriate user representatives. 

More information about this event will be available soon.

PREVIOUS APPROACH TO MARKET ACTIVITIES (NOW CLOSED)

Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest for LAND 159 Tranche 1 opened 27 July 2020 and closed 21 August 2020 at 4pm AEST (this was originally 17 August 2020).

The Expression of Interest was conducted via a dedicated AWARD® Lethality Portal for ease of response and evaluation. 

Following the closure of the Expression of Interest on 21 August 2020, NIOA, in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Australia, conducted an evaluation of all tendered responses. Suppliers were notified of the outcomes of this evaluation period on 2 October 2020. 

INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS

A number of Industry Briefings have been held by NIOA since being named by the CoA as the Prime Contractor for Stage 1 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.

The presentation slide deck has been uploaded to AusTender (tenders.gov.au) and can be found at reference LSD/NOT/7951/4.

The Defence contact email remains land159.lethalitysystem@defence.gov.au with original information on the Industry Briefing also available on AusTender (reference LSD/IB/7951/4).

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, 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.