UK enters next phase of Fleet Solid Support competition
The award of the Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contracts, each with an initial value of around £ 5million, means that the Fleet Solid Support competition has successfully taken the next step.
The contracts, negotiated with industry by Defense Equipment and Support, the Department of Defense procurement organization, deliver on the UK Government’s promise to advance the design and construction of FSS vessels to support the task groups of the Royal Navy. The final manufacturing contract will be awarded to a UK company acting either alone or as part of a consortium.
Welcoming the news with industry leaders at a PPC launch event, Defense Secretary and Shipbuilding Czar Ben Wallace said:
I am proud to see UK companies take on the challenge of the Fleet Solid Support competition as we embark on the next chapter in this UK shipbuilding success story.
I wish all competitors the best of luck as we work towards a program that will deliver ships essential to the safety of the UK as well as vital jobs and skills.
The contracts will allow bidders to develop their design proposals and the next step will look for details on how they would meet the broader delivery needs of the program. The evaluation of these proposals will lead to the selection of a preferred bidder and the award of the manufacturing contract.
The FSS competition remains on track to deliver the ships the Royal Fleet Auxiliary needs to support the Royal Navy, while maximizing the social value contribution that shipbuilding can make to the UK, including by encouraging investment in national shipyards, while balancing the need to offer value for money.
The commitment to this vital capability was outlined in the Defense Command document released earlier this year and is supported by the £ 24 billion increase in the defense budget over the next four years. FSS ships will increase the capacity and development of the Carrier Strike Group to operate globally by replenishing its stocks and ammunition.
The four consortia that have obtained CPP contracts are (in alphabetical order):
- Larsen & Toubro, which includes British company Leidos Innovations.
- Serco / Damen, which includes the British company Serco.
- Team Resolute, which includes UK companies Harland & Wolff and BMT.
- Team UK, which includes British companies Babcock and BAE Systems.