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Modification of the FAAM Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) via Mid Life Upgrade

A Contract Award Notice

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Contract (Services)
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17 Mar 2022
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Services for Atmospheric Research Aircraft. Provision of Mid Life Modification Upgrade services - the BAe 146 301 aircraft, serial number E3001

Total Quantity or Scope

This is a voluntary ex ante transparency (VEAT) notice, indicating that the University of Leeds (UoL) intends to contract with BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd., for modification services for the Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA). BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd adapted this ARA for research purposes and provides ongoing operational and maintenance services pursuant to an existing contract entered into on 15 April 2019. These services, that are the subject of this new contract, relate to critical upgrades that are required to ensure the ARA is fit for purpose for up to the next two decades. The various services that are to be provided will include modification and upgrades to aircraft, aircraft systems and supported scientific systems. The value of the modification work is likely to be up to £30m (excluding taxes) over a planned 5 year period starting in 2022 Additional information: The existing contract was published in the OJEU 2019/S 024 053759. The services will predominantly be carried out at the aircraft’s Home Base and at BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd., where the support contract for the aircraft is managed although it is likely that such services may be carried out elsewhere as well.

Award Detail

1 BAE Systems Operations (Farnborough)
  • Reference: 007342-2022-1
  • Value: £30,000,000

CPV Codes

  • 50210000 - Repair, maintenance and associated services related to aircraft and other equipment
  • 50211100 - Aircraft maintenance services

Other Information

** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** To view this notice, please click here: Main Site or Place of Performance: UKJ37 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited a company registered in England and Wales (Company registered number 01996687) whose registered office is at Warwick House, PO Box 87, Farnborough Aerospace Centre, Farnborough, Hants GU14 6YU, having a place of business at Building 37, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick KA9 2RW. Type of Procedure: Negotiated Procedure without prior publication (in accordance with Article 32 of Directive 2014/24/EU) and in accordance with the UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 Regulation 32. To view this notice, please click here: GO Reference: GO-2022317-PRO-19812454