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Raytheon and Lockheed Martin bidding for Faslane training contract

 According to recent reports US arms companies linked to alleged war crimes in Yemen are in the running for a Ministry of Defence contract that will involve training Royal Navy recruits at the home of Britain's nuclear weapons.

 Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, two of the world's biggest defence companies, are bidding for a lucrative government project named Selborne which is estimated to be worth £2bn over the next 12 years.

Project Selborne is due to start from 2021 and will involve moving submarine training from HMS Raleigh at Torpoint in Cornwall, to HM Naval Base Clyde.

The notice for prospective bidders explains that the contract is for:

"Education and training services. Training simulators. Training services. Training programme services. Vocational training services. Technical training services. Management training services. Personal development training services. Training services in defence and security materials. Training and simulation in security equipment. Training and simulation in military electronic systems. Building and facilities management services... The Contractor will also manage military assets, equipment, documentation, that will be supplied as Government Furnished Assets (GFA) and manage a cadre of Naval Service instructors as Government Furnished Resource (GFR)."

Full details here: http://www.government-online.net/training-service-to-the-royal-navy-and-royal-marines/

Raytheon - whose smart bombs made in Fife have been linked to alleged war crimes in Yemen - is reportedly working on its bid with outsourcing firm Capita. Capita has been criticised for a number of issues including wrongly archiving 130,000 NHS patient records instead of transferring them to GP surgeries. Capita was also criticised in April this year over a contract to manage recruitment for the armed forces.

Both Lockheed Martin (also linked to alleged war crimes in Yemen) and Raytheon already provide training and logistics support for the US military. It should also be noted that Raytheon signed a £250m contract with the MoD in January to provide support services to the Royal Air Force's fleet of surveillance aircraft.


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