In-Service Support of Future Through Barrier Imaging System (TBIS)
Ministry of Defence
Published date: 10 February 2023
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Contract summary
• X-ray developers – 24931230
Location of contract
Any region
Value of contract
Procurement reference
Published date
10 February 2023
Closing date
13 March 2023
Closing time
Contract start date
1 August 2023
Contract end date
31 July 2028
Contract type
Supply contract
Procedure type
Restricted procedure (above threshold)
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Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

1. Introduction 

1.1 The DE&S Specialist EODS, [Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Search], Exploitation and Countermeasures (SEEC) team intends to competitively assess, select and award a contract to deliver and support a Future Through Barrier Imaging System (TBIS) capability for use by UK Armed Forces during Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operations. This Contract will deliver an initial order of 160 units with potential to purchase additional units over the Contract duration.

1.2 The Future TBIS capability shall provide a through-barrier system, specifically X-Ray, consisting of, but not limited to, an X-Ray generator, a detector panel, and a laptop used to display and manipulate the image. 

1.3 The system needs to comply with MOD standards and policies for quality, safety, security and cyber, amongst others. Full details shall be provided at the Invitation to Tender (ITT) stage of the competition.

1.4 The competitive procedure will be managed in accordance with a Restricted procedure under Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011.

1.5 You may express your interest in this requirement by completing the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) found at The full requirement will be issued in the ITT and suppliers will be given appropriate time to respond with their tenders. The Authority shall take forward a maximum of six suppliers that have provided a compliant response to the PQQ. The six highest scoring compliant suppliers will be invited to tender.

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2. Scope of Requirement 

2.1 Future TBIS will deliver a capability that is available to UK based Defence Users. 

2.2 The Authority is seeking a mature Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution to meet the requirement. 

2.3 In-service support shall be provided for a period of five years from Contract Award. The requirements of in-service support include, but are not limited to: provision of spares, repairs and turnaround times, quality management, safety management, obsolescence management. Performance against these requirements will be monitored as part of standard MOD Contract Management processes. 

3. Contract Options 

3.1 The requirement includes the provision of the following contract option:

3.1.1 Extension of In-Service Support for an additional period of two years. 

3.2 The Authority reserve the right, at its absolute discretion, to not take up any or all the option. Further information on the option will be provided in the Invitation to Tender. 
4. Security Information 

4.1 The Cyber Risk level for this procurement is VERY LOW. The Risk Assessment Reference (RAR) if RAR-415050668.

4.2 A full description of the Cyber Risk levels is available at DEFSTAN 05-138. Potential Providers should make themselves familiar with the requirements against the profile assessment for this risk level. 

4.3 The maximum classification of the Future TBIS contract and its data is expected to be OFFICIAL SENSITIVE. 

5. Estimated Timescales 

5.1 The table below details the anticipated timeframes of this procurement. These dates are provided for information only. 

Activity Date
Final date for DPQQ Clarification Questions 06 March 2023
DPQQs returned to MOD 13 March 2023
Invitation to Tender Issued 31 March 2023
Tenders Returned to MOD 12 May 2023
Authority Evaluation of ITT Completed 23 June 2023
Anticipated Date of Contract Award 01 August 2023
Contract Expiry 2028 (excluding options) 5 years post contract award

6. Estimated Value

6.1 The estimated overall value of the contract, including any option extension periods and additional purchases, is £13,300,000.00(EX VAT).

How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer
Contact name
Maia Harris
Rowan 0C #8207, MoD Abbeywood, Bristol, BS34 8JH
BS34 8JH

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