Tender: Feasibility Study on Non-Lethal Capabilities
Belgium, 17 August 2015
Non-Lethal Capabilities (NLC) are a required and constantly evolving asset both for military operations and civilian missions under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Lessons learned during operations identified the requirement for a range of NLC with a view to:
Minimizing the risk of fatalities;
Reducing the risks of collateral damage;
Providing military forces options to tailor a response to the degree of threat (thus breaking the cycle of violence) whilst at the same time protecting own forces.
Overall, NLC offers innovative solutions to counter a range of emerging traditional and asymmetrical threats across the full spectrum of CSDP operations and missions.
Agency has conducted two studies, namely the “Non-Lethal Micro- Wave State- of- the- Art Study” (2015) and the “Concept Study on Non-Lethal Optical and Acoustic Systems” (to be concluded by the end of 2015). The aim of both studies was to provide participating Member States (pMS) of the Agency with a comprehensive picture of existing and future technologies in the field of NLC. However, there is still a need to develop a core capability set of NLC for CSDP EU-led operations / missions both in land and maritime domains as well as to develop guidelines specifically for training and evaluation for fielding and tactical use.
Scope of the contract
The objective of the contact is to deliver a feasibility study defining the core capability set of NLC for CSDP EU-led operations / missions in both land and maritime domains. The study will outline the required capability for a standard unit1 with respect to organisation and equipment based on the available information from Agency and other organizations. The study will also provide guidelines (short, medium and long term), specifically for training and evaluation of fielding and tactical use. Moreover, the results of the study are expected to provide guidance for further common capability development.
Outline of the Services Required
Considering the background and the scope of the contract, as described in this document, the contractor will be requested:
to conduct a feasibility study defining the core capability set of NLC for CSDP EU-led operations / missions in both land and maritime domains. This will provide pMS with an overview on how to fill the identified capability gap in the field of NLC for a standard unit.
to provide guidelines (short, medium and long term), specifically for training and evaluation of fielding and tactical use.
to provide an overview of several options (including timelines, budget forecasts and expected Research & Technology involvement) that could facilitate common solutions for capability development.
In order to reach the above mentioned objectives the Contractor will have to carry out the following tasks:
collate findings from Agency studies on NLC (see section 1.1.4 “Input by the Contracting Authority”);
liaise with Agency’s PT NLC to exchange views on the findings and conduct a workshop with pMS.
Submission Deadline: 2 October 2015
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