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UK outlines Dreadnought training requirement
The UK MoD has issued a document calling for expressions of interest (EoI) to become the Dreadnought Crew Training Prime and Integrator.
According to MoD procurement organisation Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the eventual contract is classed as B1. This denotes a value of £100 million to $250 million ($122 million to $305 million).
Considering the scope of the requirement, it is likely to be closer to £250 million by the time it is delivered.
Responses are due by 30 July 2020 and an invitation to tender is planned for release on 7 September. A contract award is expected on 1 September 2021.
According to DE&S: ‘The Dreadnought Crew Training Prime and Integrator role will be to establish and manage the process that will take the incrementally provided Dreadnought training requirements, develop and deliver the technical solutions to these requirements, and incrementally integrate these into the Authority’s training facilities to form a single and coherent submarine training capability.’
Training equipment and delivery will take place at the new RN submarine training school at HMNB Clyde in Scotland. However, the EoI states that ‘it may also be necessary to integrate some satellite Training Equipment within facilities in Barrow-in-Furness'.
Training equipment and services to be provided under the contract will comprise a Manoeuvring Room Trainer; Ship Control Trainer; Damage Control HQ; Platform Management System; Dreadnought Virtual Trainer; and Submarine Escape Tower.
In addition, the successful contractor will provide training design for new courses, training software development and a training delivery management system.
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