BAS is currently carrying out a major programme of Antarctic infrastructure and logistics modernisation. This is placing increased demand on the current intercontinental supply chain. To build resilience and redundancy into the supply chain BAS is seeking to augment its existing fleet with an additional passenger aircraft. This aircraft will work alongside the de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Series 110 (Dash 7) aircraft that currently provides BAS its intercontinental airbridge operation. The aircraft will be capable of transporting passengers and medical patients. It is expected to begin operating in the 2020/21 austral summer and is expected to be operated for at least five years until both it and the Dash 7 are replaced.
User Requirements and tender documents are currently being refined.
The purpose of this proposed contract is to provide specialist aviation technical advice and support to the Air Capability 2020 project during the aircraft procurement phase of the project.
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This contract will be awarded based on the evaluation criteria set out in the ITQ document.