Awarded contract

Interim Support for the Crowsnest Modification to the Merlin Mk2

  • Merlin DElivery Team

F15: Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-001877

Published 29 January 2021, 4:32pm

Section one: Contracting authority/entity

one.1) Name and addresses

Merlin DElivery Team

Building 100 Centenary House


BA20 2YB



+44 3001661087


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKK23 - Somerset

Internet address(es)

Main address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority

one.5) Main activity


Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Interim Support for the Crowsnest Modification to the Merlin Mk2

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 50000000 - Repair and maintenance services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Interim Support for the Crowsnest Modification to the Merlin Mk2

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)

Value excluding VAT: £7,900,000

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKK23 - Somerset
Main site or place of performance


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Interim Support for the Crowsnest Modification to the Merlin Mk2

two.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

two.2.13) Information about European Union Funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.1) Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice

  • No tenders or no suitable tenders/requests to participate in response to negotiated procedure with prior publication of a contract notice


The Merlin Delivery Team, part of the UK Ministry of Defence ("the Authority"), intends to place a 12 month contract with rolling 3 monthly extensions for up to a further 12 months as options, for the Interim In Service Support (Spares Availability, Technical Query Support and Repair & Overhaul of Crowsnest Assets) to the Merlin Mk2 Crowsnest system to provide enhanced support to the initial RN deployment of Crowsnest and reflects the risks associated with the on going development activity of the Crowsnest Mission system. Lockheed Martin UK Ltd as the Co-Ordinating Design Organisation and Systems Integrator for the Merlin Mk2 are uniquely placed to manage the complexity of this requirement and its dependencies on the Lockheed Martin D & M contract. The estimated value of the proposed contract is £7.9M (VAT Ex). It is considered that this contract can be placed using the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice pursuant to Article 28(1) (e) of Directive 2009/81/EC (Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011) on the basis that this contract may only be awarded to Lockheed Martin UK Ltd for technical reasons. Lockheed Martin UK Ltd, as the Merlin Mk2 Systems Integrator are the only economic operator with the detailed specific know how, tools and means to deliver the requirement particularly given consideration of the on going development activity that the Crowsnest D & M contract, placed with Lockheed Martin UK Ltd. Furthermore, there is a requirement for the design organisation to be involved in providing as assured and continued airworthiness product for RN use prior to completion and delivery of the full Crowsnest capability.

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

Section five. Award of contract/concession

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

five.2) Award of contract/concession

five.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

28 January 2021

five.2.2) Information about tenders

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

five.2.3) Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire

Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

Building 7000 Langstone Technology Park



United Kingdom

NUTS code
  • UKJ3 - Hampshire and Isle of Wight
The contractor/concessionaire is an SME


five.2.4) Information on value of contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)

Lowest offer: £7,900,000 / Highest offer: £7,900,001 taken into consideration

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and GO Reference: GO-2021129-DCB-17712370

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Merlin Delivery Team




+44 3001661087


United Kingdom