12 Dec 2023

Ministry of Defence Contract Notice: Hypersonic Technologies & Capability Development Framework

The Ministry of Defence has launched its Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for the Hypersonic Technologies and Capability Development Framework which has a total value of £1bn over 7 years.

As part of the Team Hypersonics (UK) delivery strategy, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) intends to establish a multi-supplier Hypersonic Technologies & Capability Development Framework Agreement (the Framework). The aim of the Framework is to accelerate development of the United Kingdom Hypersonic Strike Capability and to provide a route to market for future operational elements of hypersonic and adjacent technologies. The Framework will be used to facilitate collaboration between MOD, industry and academia to accelerate the acquisition of an advanced Hypersonic Strike Capability.

The nature of the procurement will involve the provision of services and supplies across 8 distinct lots. Descriptions of each of the lots are further identified within the contract notice and the draft Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents, accessible through the Defence Sourcing Portal (DSP). The Framework will be used to appoint suppliers to deliver services and supplies to support the research, development and testing of hypersonic technologies with varying Technical Readiness Levels (TRLs). The maturity of the services and supplies provided under the resulting Call Off contracts will be up to TRL 9.

Services and supplies to be procured through the Framework are likely to include, but will not be limited to research, systems, components, technology, the provision of infrastructure, testing and other related expertise and materials across two categories, ‘functional components’ and ‘non-functional components’. 

It is anticipated that the Framework will have a value up to £1bn and will run for up to a 7 year period. The Framework term will comprise two break points at years 3 and 5 of the Framework, at which point the Authority can decide whether to maintain or terminate the Framework. The Framework is set to allow for discretionary indexation of maximum Framework rates at years 3 and 5 , at the Authority’s sole discretion. 

The Framework will permit the periodic onboarding of new suppliers approximately every 6 to 12 months (from Framework commencement), at the Authority’s sole discretion, and new opportunities to join will be advertised using the Defence Sourcing Portal. Those wishing to join the Framework during the onboarding window will be required to submit a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and ITT response and will be evaluated on the same basis as the existing suppliers on the Framework. If successful, new suppliers that are onboarded will be awarded a contract for the remaining duration of the 7 year period.

You can access the full contract notice here: https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/036268-2023?

Further information can be obtained by contacting: [email protected]

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK