Awarded contract

ALIS UK Lightning Integration

  • Ministry of Defence

F03: Contract award notice

Notice reference: 2023/S 000-009624

Published 3 April 2023, 11:31am

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence

MOD Abbey Wood, NH1, Yew 1c, #1027


BS34 8JH



United Kingdom

NUTS code

UKK11 - Bristol, City of

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

ALIS UK Lightning Integration

Reference number


two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 72261000 - Software support services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

Software Integration Support

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: £17,556,000

two.2) Description

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UKK11 - Bristol, City of

two.2.4) Description of the procurement

Software Integration Support

two.2.5) Award criteria


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

Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the cases listed below

  • The services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons


The Lightning Delivery Team (LDT), part of the UK Ministry of Defence, intends to award a contract to BAE Systems (Operations) to provide support to Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) software integration. The Authority is mandated to conduct independent test and technical support for ALIS products in order for them to be hosted on UK Networks and Platforms. JSP 604 further mandates the requirement for testing to be conducted in a Representative Test Environment (RTE). This will involve the running of software trials and developing report to provide the Authority with safety assurance on the ALIS software developed under the Program. This evidence then forms the basis of the Authority’s safety case approvals.

It is considered that this requirement can be placed using the Negotiated Procedure without prior publication of a contract notice pursuant to Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011. The Lightning Program Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin, will only share in depth software details with BAES due to their position within the program. BAES possesses accreditation from LM and the US Government to confirm that it is cleared to access the software. To conduct the level of assurance the Authority requires an independent organisation needs to have in-depth access to the software. Significant additional risk would be carried in the operation of the Lightning without this level of assurance in the software that can be provided by BAES. BAES have a RTE in which this software can be integrated with Lightning hardware and software to provide further assurance on the new ALIS software. Therefore, no other economic operate would be able to meet the Authority’s requirement.

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

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

four.2) Administrative information

four.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number: 2023/S 000-004835

Section five. Award of contract

Contract No



Support to Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) UK Lightning Integration

A contract/lot is awarded: Yes

five.2) Award of contract

five.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract

30 March 2023

five.2.2) Information about tenders

Number of tenders received: 1

Number of tenders received by electronic means: 1

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

five.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

BAE Systems (Operations)- Digital Intelligence

BAE Systems (Operations)- Digital Intelligence , Grange Road, Christchurch, Dorset


BH23 4JE


United Kingdom

NUTS code
  • UKK25 - Dorset
The contractor is an SME


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

Total value of the contract/lot: £17,556,000

Section six. Complementary information

six.4) Procedures for review

six.4.1) Review body

Lightning Delivery Team

MOD Abbey Wood, NH1, Yew 1c, #1027


BS34 8JH


United Kingdom