Defence Equipment Sales Authority announcement

The Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) are inviting expressions of interest for the sale of the Former HMS Bristol for recycling only.

The vessel is moored at HM Naval Base Portsmouth and will be sold from there. More information can be found within the Sale Summary

Expressions of interest will only be accepted from Companies that have appropriate facilities within UK or included within the current European List of ship recycling facilities. (Link included for ease

All parties interested in purchasing the vessel for Recycling will need to complete and submit the Compliance Declaration to the following: & no later than 17.00 hrs (GMT) Monday 9th August 2021. 

It is hoped that viewings will take place Sept 2021 but please do not book any travel until you have received the Invitation to Tender (ITT). 


As international travel restrictions have not yet been lifted due to COVID the DESA have decided to amalgamate this sale with the sale of the Former RFA Diligence. Which means there will only be one Invitation To Tender (ITT), so any interested parties will be permitted to bid for either or both vessels on the one ITT.

However, any potential parties interested in the former RFA Diligence but have not previously submitted a Declaration of Compliance form will need do so along with the Declaration Compliance for Bristol.

UK Covid-19 restrictions/procedures at the time will apply

MOD will not pay for the recycling of this vessel.


The issue of this notice is not a commitment by the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (acting through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence) (the “Authority”) to commit to a sale as a result of this notice and this process may be discontinued at any time should another sale option be forthcoming.



A sustainable Submarine (SM) Combat System (CS) that enables all Submarines to fulfil their specified missions, maximises commonality across the Submarine flotilla to reduce whole life costs, and supports the efficient and agile spiral development of operational capability.


The SM CS Enterprise Transformation Programme will operate across three interrelated strands:

  1. Transition to a ‘Single CS Sponsor’ to optimise the CS programme for delivery by SDA.
  2. Improving the CS Delivery Team in its capacity and capability to manage the CS Enterprise.
  3. Reinvigorating the CS Industrial Enterprise to achieve assured delivery to Performance, Time, and Cost against an increased and rapidly evolving capability requirement.

The CS Pathway

Central to delivery of this Vision is the CS Pathway which is the concept of evolving a single ‘Common Combat System’ (CCS) design over time and delivering instantiations of that common design, tailored as appropriate, into submarine platforms either in build or via update programmes. This concept is not new, and this transformation programme seeks to formalise the existing CS principles as well as address lessons from the past.  The CS Pathway concept will be applied to the whole scope of the CS, not just to the computing infrastructure, but to varying degrees dependent upon the nature of the technology and achieving a suitable balance between benefits and costs.


The following enduring high level goals have been identified, which will be refined in consultation with MOD stakeholders and industry partners.

  • Capable, safe, and available SM combat systems (Performance);
  • Faster and more agile deployment of capability (Time);
  • Increased productivity (cost effectiveness and value for money) (Cost); enabled by
    • A higher performing and empowered MoD delivery team;
    • A higher performing, more responsive, and assured industrial base.


The following candidate outcomes have been identified to underpin these goals and enable implementation to be planned and monitored. These will also be refined in consultation with MOD stakeholder and industry partners.

  • Equipment availability demonstrably improved for In Service submarines;
  • Increased confidence that CS equipment capability is delivered to PTC and will be sustainable;
  • An authoritative, resourced, and integrated plan for the delivery of CS equipment capability across submarine classes underpinned by a sufficiently robust set of cost models;
  • An ability to flexibly manage the CS plan, responding to changing operational priorities, emergent challenges, and to prioritise and optimise the deployment of scarce SQEP and development facilities across the SM CS Enterprise;
  • A defined CS Pathway for the evolution of the CS from today’s baseline that looks forwards and delivers new capabilities;
  • A structured approach to the whole life management of the SM CS;
  • MOD ownership and control of a single, generic, modular, Architecture for the whole system that delivers openness and modularity whilst also preserving integrity where required, drives system granularity down to a much smaller ‘procurable component’ level;
  • A comprehensive support solution with Technical Authority (TA) coverage for the full scope of the CS and appropriate support arrangements;
  • More frequent capability upgrades (Rapid Insertion Of Technology (RIOT)) based on an Agile software development process that builds on the MOD ‘Innovation Hub’ initiative making increased used of operational analysis and feedback, trials and experimentation; and adopts a ‘drum beat’ programme that assists industry planning, ‘batches’ updates to enable efficient fielding, and is modelled on a similar US Navy methodology;
  • A healthy and sustainable industrial base that provides for Assured Capability and Freedom of Action, whilst delivering innovation and value for money.

Acquisition Strategy

The Authority plans to develop a potential Future Procurement Model, which will review the industry landscape, the equipment and system level procurement boundaries, and associated supplier relationships. We shall explore effective incentivisation arrangements to stimulate innovation, which can deliver value for money. A more agile route to market via a revitalised and stimulated industry base that can support an evolutionary approach to the Future Procurement Model, by building upon the existing opportunities to deliver the required outcome improvements over time.

Delivery Principles

The following Delivery Principles will be explored as part of the Future Procurement Model:

  • Equipment capability that is as ‘Common As Possible (CAP) Bespoke as Necessary (BAN) across classes of submarine;
  • A Delivery Strategy that promotes capability evolution through in-service platforms and reduces risk in the platform new build programme;
  • A Systems Approach underpinned by model based system engineering that adopts a holistic and systemic approach to decision making;
  • Collaborating with Industry whilst also employing competition where appropriate to drive value for money and stimulate innovation.

Next Steps

If you are an interested supplier and want to engage on the MOD Submarine Combat System Transformation programme, please contact

A future Market Day may be held in 2021, which will be dependent on the COVID-19 position, but if you want to proactively support this Programme then register your interest at the email above. Please provide the following details if you want to register (supplier name and address, individual point of contact with full name, security clearance, email address and telephone number). A possible further advert for any market/industry day or Request for Information regarding the Programme may be planned but your early interest to enable engagement or further communications is welcome. Early informal innovative ideas or capability suggestions on shaping the Transformation requirements can also be forwarded to the email address.

COVID-19 – Requests for MOD Supplier Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact across all sectors of the UK economy. The Government has made available extensive support to UK firms and their employees to mitigate the worst effects. These, combined with the other consequences of the economic downturn, have put significant pressure on the public finances. Whilst the Ministry of Defence (MOD) recognises that Defence suppliers have not been immune to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no further public money available to alleviate the pressure it has caused. This means that any impact on performance, cost or time on Defence contracts will have potential adverse consequences on delivery of the Defence Programme.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, MOD has received requests for relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on performance, cost and time of MOD contracts. MOD is engaged in discussions with some suppliers regarding their requests for relief.

If suppliers have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and they believe they may be entitled to relief in terms of performance, cost or time from MOD, they are requested to submit to the central team details of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of performance, cost or time.

Attached to this notice here is a set of evidential criteria against which evidence must be provided this includes: agreement to act on an open book basis; a description of mitigations taken (or an explanation of why alternative sources of relief etc. were not taken); and on what basis you believe MOD should be agreeing to bear any part of the COVID-19 impact in terms of performance, cost or time. MOD accepts no liability to provide any relief in respect of performance, cost or time in respect of any such submission and it will be received and considered by MOD without any commitment on its part.

The central team will need to be provided with full details and relevant supporting evidence in respect of any relief relating to the impact of COVID-19 for the period up to 31 December 2020, ideally by Friday 22 January 2021 and no later than Friday 29 January 2021. In respect of any relief from the impact of the COVID-19 from 1 January 2021 submission should be made within 21 days of first becoming aware of the impact.

The central team will work with you to ensure that they understand any information submitted to MOD. They will then conduct subsequent discussions with you about what relief could be reasonable in the circumstances. All discussions will be without commitment.  The request for relief will then be considered through the normal approval.

Evidence Requirements

Changes to MOD Procurement after the end of the Transition Period

With the end of the transition period now less than two weeks away, it is very important that your business is ready for our new relationship with the EU.

If you haven’t done so already, use the simple tool on GOV.UK/transition now to understand the comprehensive changes for your business, and for a personalised summary of the actions you need to take.

The way that opportunities to supply the UK public sector are advertised is about to change. From 23:00 on 31 December 2020, we will publish information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK, on the new Find a Tender Service (FTS)

FTS is free to use and replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU/TED) for procurements in the UK.

FTS will work alongside MOD Defence Contracts Online (DCO), until it is replaced with the Defence Sourcing Portal (DSP) next year. All legal and policy requirements to advertise opportunities on the DCO, and on the DSP once it has been delivered will not be affected by these changes.

FTS will also work alongside existing procurement portals such as Contracts Finder, Public Contracts Scotland, Sell2Wales and eTendersNI which can be used to access a wide range of opportunities to supply the public sector.

Existing Contracts Finder account holders will be able to use the same login credentials for Find a Tender. You can register now in preparation for its launch on 31 December.

If you wish to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU, you may continue to do so via OJEU/TED. Information about procurements launched by UK contracting authorities before 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will be available via OJEU/TED or the existing portals mentioned above. Further guidance is available here.

Wireless Communications, Networking & Information Theory for Defence Symposium

Dstl will host the first Wireless Communications, Networking & Information Theory for Defence Symposium on the 12th January 2021 in collaboration with IEEE and wider MOD/UK Gov.

We will be hosting the event online and it will commence with a keynote speech from Brig Adam Corkery, Head of Information Services at Army HQ.

The symposium is intended to create a forum to drive research and innovation in wireless communications – both as a critical enabler for future defence capability and to develop and promote UK academic and industrial capability.

The event is open to all.

Full details are in the attached agenda and you can register your interest at;

Also hosted on the IEEE website at the following address;

I encourage you all to register your interest and to pass onto colleagues to register their interest (and research associates/PhD students) as far and wide as possible as it should be a very interesting technical day, with very engaging presenters (some of which are on this distribution).

For information, once we have received an e-mail to the above address, your registration will be logged (all we need is the e-mail, name and organisation) and a Webex meeting request along with the password will be sent to you in the first working week of January.

Click here for more information about the event – including timings and agenda.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) sells surplus equipment through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA)

The DESA is the sole authority within the MOD for the sale of surplus military equipment and inventory from the UK armed forces, offering an opportunity for customers and governments to acquire proven capabilities in a cost effective manner

The DESA is currently inviting expressions of interest from Companies interested in being considered for receiving an Invitation to Tender(ITT) in respect of the proposed sale of the aircraft for teardown to harvest all reusable parts for potential resale, recycling or disposal and final cutdown and removal of the remaining platforms.  The aircraft available are as follows:

5 x Sentinel Aircraft & a significant number of associated inventory spares and Ground Support Equipment.

2 x Sentry aircraft and associated inventory spares

The aircraft and inventory may be offered for a competitive tender bid process to qualifying organisations.  Please note these aircraft are not for reuse.

The aircraft could be held at more than one UK location including Waddington and it is anticipated that all work will be undertaken at these sites.

DESA’s preference would be to sell the aircraft and or inventory on mass but partial options may also be considered.

In the first instance DESA is looking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from potential bidders. Please express your interest via the email address below, where you will then be sent an application form for completion by 31st January 2021.



The issue of this notice is not a commitment by the Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (acting through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority of the UK Ministry of Defence) (the “Authority”) to commit to a sale as a result of this notice and this process may be discontinued at any time should another sale option be forthcoming.

Delivering Social Value in Defence

Delivering Social Value in Defence Contracts 

The Cabinet Office have published Procurement Policy Note PPN 06/20 ‘Taking Account of Social Value in the award of Central Government contracts’ and supporting guidance which requires Social Value to be explicitly evaluated in all central government procurements, where this is relevant and proportionate to the subject-matter of the contract. From 1st January 2021, Central Government Departments will take account of Social Value when awarding contracts subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, with a phased implementation period for procurements subject to the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011, to ensure the Social Value model is fully embedded by 1st June 2021.

Suppliers should expect to see a requirement within tender documentation to include Social Value in procurements subject to both PCR15 and DSPCR11 from 1st January onwards. Where applicable, a minimum of 10% of the overall tender evaluation weighting must be allocated to social value criteria.

ADS Supplier Training

ADS will be hosting a webinar to provide information to members on the new Social Value requirements.  There will a representative from the Cabinet Office and MOD Commercial Policy who will provide an overview of Social Value and the impact of this new policy.  The session is on the 14th December 2020 between 11:00 and12:30 For further information please click here.


National Security and Investment Bill



  1. On 11 November, the Business Secretary introduced the National Security and Investment (NSI) Bill to Parliament, which will provide the government with new powers to screen investments. The Bill will enhance our national security and reduce the UK’s current vulnerability to hostile foreign investment. It will also give businesses and investors a clear and predictable process, so that they can continue to do business in the UK with confidence.


  1. The Bill marks the culmination of the process that began with the 2017 Green Paper on the National Security and Investment Review. It will replace the national security elements of the Enterprise Act 2002 by creating a stand-alone national security investment screening regime. The Bill will:


  • establish a requirement for companies and other entities operating in sensitive sectors of the economy to seek authorisation for specific types of transactions;
  • create a voluntary notification system to encourage notifications from parties who consider that their transaction or other acquisition may raise national security concerns (where the business in question is not one of those automatically required to notify);
  • enable the Secretary of State to ‘call in’ statutorily defined transactions or other events to undertake a national security assessment (whether or not they have been notified to the government); and
  • have the power to apply remedies to address risks to national security, sanctions for non-compliance with the regime and the mechanism for legal challenge.


  1. Following Bill introduction, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published related material which is included in the links below. The links include a consultation on the 17 sectors identified as sensitive, which include the ‘Defence’; and ‘Military and Dual-Use’ Sectors.


  1. In advance of the NSI legislation being implemented, the Government welcomes informal representations from businesses about transactions which may be in scope of the NSI regime. By contacting, businesses may get advice on what to expect from the regime to assist in business planning.


NSI Bill Links


The Bill and overview/explanatory notes:

Bill documents, factsheets and consultations: NSI Bill Landing page

Bill documents, statement of policy intent and Impact assessment: NSI Bill overarching docs

Bill factsheets – Process for Businesses: NSI Factsheets

Government response to its consultation on proposed legislative reforms:    Gov response to White Paper

Consultation on proposed mandatory sectors and definitions: Sector consultation page