Supply Chain Engagement at DPRTE 2019

DPRTE 2019 – the UK’s premier defence procurement event – is taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on 28th March 2019. The event gives the defence supply chain a unique opportunity to connect directly with prime contractors in its dedicated Supply Chain Engagement Zone.

As outlined within the National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, The MOD are committed to enabling SMEs and non-traditional suppliers to bid for defence and security contracts more easily.

In the MOD report ‘Industry for Defence and a Prosperous Britain: Refreshing Defence Industrial Policy’, current Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the MOD would continue to spend with SMEs. The report states that the goal is to place 25% of direct and indirect defence procurement spend with SMEs by 2020.

One important element in order to achieve this, is through the MOD working with their Prime Contractors, in order to maximise opportunities for the marketplace place through transparency of supply chain competition.

The Supply Chain Engagement Transfer Zone at DPRTE 2019 brings together many of the key Prime Contractors that are currently engaged within the delivery of MOD projects, allowing visitors to book appointments for 1-2-1 meetings.

Understanding how prime contractors engage with the supply chain is vital to ensure your business can benefit from the MOD’s ambition.

The Supply Chain & Partnering Knowledge Transfer Zone will provide attendees with the chance to hear directly from prime contracting and supporting organisations such as Airbus, Boeing and DxC Technology as to how they can engage and actively pursue new business development opportunities across the wider supply chain.

Delegates can also visit the Supply Chain & Partnering Zone, which will see some of the Prime Contractors deliver sessions on supply chain opportunities available on current/future projects.

The zone will feature a highly anticipated session from the Crown Commercial Service in collaboration with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Also appearing will be Defence Contracts International (DCI) Marketing Manager David Young, who will talk about ‘Accessing International Opportunities’; while Jon White, Sales Director Europe at GE Aviation, will discuss ‘Supply Chain Opportunities With GE Aviation’.

Ruth Todd, Commercial Director of the MOD’s Submarine Delivery Agency, will also deliver a session on supply chain management.

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Get ready for DPRTE 2019 and join the defence discussion

Anticipation is building for DPRTE 2019 ahead of the UK’s premier defence procurement event of the year, taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on 28 March.

Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2019 will bring together buyers, suppliers and defence thought leaders in an engaging environment where they can network and discuss the latest market developments and opportunities.

The Ministry of Defence, DE&S, Dstl, DASA and ISS are just some of the defence organisations that will be sharing their business opportunities and insights.

Attendees will have access to the DPRTE Product Showcase Exhibition (featuring over 100 suppliers), Live Keynote Arena, five Knowledge Transfer Zones and seven Networking and Collaboration Zones.

Live Keynote Arena

The DPRTE 2019 Live Keynote Arena will host a range of the leading and most influential speakers from across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace.

Attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from those personnel who are actively engaged in both setting and delivering the direction of the UK’s defence procurement and supply chain strategy.

Chairing the Live Keynote Arena again this year will be Commercial Strategies Ltd CEO and former Ministry of Defence Commercial Director Les Mosco.

Stuart Andrew MP, Minister for Defence Procurement; Jim Carter, Commercial Director, Supply Chain at the MOD; and Lucy Mason, Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), will deliver keynote addresses alongside Professor Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Tracy Buckingham, Head of Operations and Security Exports at the Department for International Trade’s Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO).

Ant Middleton, best known for his role as Chief Instructor on hit TV show ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’, will bring proceedings to a close with a session on leadership and teambuilding.

Technology & Innovation Knowledge Transfer Zone

The Technology & Innovation Knowledge Transfer Zone will host a series of training sessions aimed at providing participants with an insight into the latest developments and opportunities within this area. These sessions will encourage a greater level of collaboration with industry, academia and allies, in order to target new providers to boost the competitive advantage of UK defence and find answers to the most pressing national security questions from across sectors.

Sessions will include Andrew Cunningham, Executive Director – Innovation at the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC), take on ‘Cross Sector Innovation From a Defence Perspective’.

Peter Marshall, Professional Services Director at Commerce Decisions, will give a session titled ‘There’s a Lot More to Evaluation Than Meets the Eye’. This will be followed by Phil Blunden, Communications Manager at the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), with ‘Defence Contracting – How Suppliers Are Required to Protect MOD Electronic Data’.

The zone will also host a session from Cyber Essentials Marketing Executive Megan McGinty on gaining a competitive advantage through Cyber Essentials.

Supply Chain & Partnering Knowledge Transfer Zone

The Supply Chain & Partnering Knowledge Transfer Zone will provide attendees with the chance to hear directly from prime contracting and supporting organisations such as Airbus, Boeing and DxC Technology as to how they can engage and actively pursue new business development opportunities across the wider supply chain.

In the MOD report ‘Industry for Defence and a Prosperous Britain: Refreshing Defence Industrial Policy’, current Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that the MOD would continue to spend with SMEs. The report states that the goal is to place 25% of direct and indirect defence procurement spend with SMEs by 2020, compared with the 18.1% total in 2015/16.

Also appearing within the Supply Chain & Partnering zone at DPRTE 2019 will be Defence Contracts International (DCI) Marketing Manager David Young, who will talk about ‘Accessing International Opportunities’; the Crown Commercial Service and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will also collaborate to deliver a session while Jon White, Sales Director Europe at GE Aviation, will discuss ‘Supply Chain Opportunities With GE Aviation’.

Export & Business Growth Knowledge Transfer Zone

Supported by the Department for International Trade, the Export & Business Growth Knowledge Transfer Zone will provide exhibitors and visitors with specialist export advice and practical assistance, enabled through DIT’s Defence & Security Organisation and its close working relationship with the MOD and the Export Control Organisation (ECO).

Delegates have the opportunity to visit the DIT DSO stand to meet civilian and military advisers and to attend a number of seminar sessions aimed at the UK SME defence and security community.

The zone launches with Team Leader Small Business Unit at DIT DSO, Tim Clewes, presenting on ‘DIT DSO Support for SMEs’.

Training continues with sessions from other DIT DSO experts on areas such as ‘Military Support for Defence and Security Exports’, ‘DIT DSO Media Support and Opportunities’ and ‘Security Exports’.

Andrew Cunningham, Executive Director – Innovation at UKDSC, will round things off with a discussion on support for UK SMEs.

Buyer Excellence in Procurement Knowledge Transfer Zone

In addition to accessing a wealth of industry expertise, DPRTE attendees can also visit the Buyer Excellence in Procurement Knowledge Transfer Zone, where Principal PASS Consultant Eddie Regan will be leading on procurement best practice and advice, which defence buyers can utilise to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their procurement exercises.

These sessions will cover topics such as ‘Developing Your Business Case’, ‘Planning Your Exit Strategy’, ‘Effective Evaluation’, ‘Managing Change in Your Contract’, ‘Market Engagement Benefits’, ‘Developing a Risk Strategy’ and ‘Commercial Awareness’.

Doing Business with the US DoD Zone

The US defence market is the largest in the world, with a proposed defence procurement budget of over $686 billion for the forthcoming financial year.

The United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) enduring mission is to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the nation. Its National Defense Strategy acknowledges an increasingly complex global security environment, characterised by overt challenges to the free and open international order.

Representatives from the US DoD will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on how to access the wealth of opportunities available within the world’s largest defence procurement marketplace, through a range of training sessions and one-to-one meetings.

Defence Procurement Pavilion

The Defence Procurement Pavilion, one of DPRTE’s Networking and Collaboration Zones, will provide visitors with an unrivalled opportunity to engage directly with key defence procurement organisations such as DE&S, DIO, FLC Army/Air/Navy, the Submarine Delivery Agency, ISS and Doing Business with Defence.

For MOD and wider public sector personnel engaged within procurement, the Pavilion will bring together these key organisations, offering a unique networking opportunity.

In addition, the Pavilion offers the chance to share and explore the ideas and best practices that are actively supporting and developing current objectives and initiatives.

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Counter Explosive Ordnance Defence Engagement (CEDE) Industry Briefing


Major General Giles Hill, ACDS DE, will host a CEDE Industry Briefing on 4 September 2018 at the Army Reserve Centre in White City, LONDON W12 7RW.


To inform Industry of the upcoming opportunity to tender for the provision of services to the Ministry of Defence to run a CEDE office. The office is to deliver increased capacity and coherence to overseas Counter Explosive Ordnance and C-IED Defence Engagement activity, to actively promote UK Defence exports (services and equipment) and to reduce the demand on scarce UK military EOD&S trade groups.


The UK is a world leader in the field of C-EO/C-IED. Currently the MOD receives more requests for assistance for C-EO/C-IED annually than it is currently able to satisfy through the limited number of specialist UK military personnel able to deploy. The establishment of the CEDE office seeks to outsource the functions of developing and maturing opportunities with international partners, the provision of decision support to a governance committee and the commercial functions required to take an approved opportunity through to contract and through-life management. The positive impact of assistance is such that UK involvement can reap significant benefits in terms of improving bilateral relations and improving the UK’s public and international image.


Presenters will brief on the concept of the CEDE office, the functions it will be expected to provide, and the benefits for both HMG and UK Industry. In the afternoon, 20-minute 1:1 sessions will be available to be booked with the CEDE Project Team for closed targeted questioning/clarification.


Attendance at this Industry Briefing is by application only. Attendance is subject to approval by the MOD. The event is open to companies who are part of C-IED UK as well as those not currently active in the C-EO/C-IED sphere.


Applications to attend the Industry Briefing should be sent via email to (and copied to by no later than 22 August 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by email by 31 August 2018.

Applications to attend the Industry Briefing must include:

  • Company name
  • Representative’s:
    • Full name
    • Nationality
    • Date of birth
    • SC clearance details
    • Contact email and phone number

Security Clearance

Attendees must be cleared to SC level and be UK Nationals.


Army Reserve Centre, South Africa Road, White City, LONDON W12 7RW. Note there is no parking available on-site. The venue is a 2-3 minute walk from White City Underground station.


Doors will open at 0900hrs, with an opening brief by ACDS DE at 1000hrs. Briefings will be complete by 1200hrs and thereafter there will then be an opportunity for individual company representatives to have a short 1:1 session with the MOD team.


Limited hot drinks facilities will be available on-site.


Please allow at least 30 minutes to clear security at the entrance to the venue. Photographic ID (driving licence or passport) will be required on the day to gain entry to this Industry Day event.


Programme CORTISONE Procurement Update Event

Date: 17 May 2018

Time: 14:00-17:30

Venue: techUK, 10 Bride Street, LONDON EC4A 4AD

Post a strategic procurement reset in Autumn 2017, and consultation with healthcare suppliers and NHS Digital, CORTISONE is looking to showcase its refreshed procurement approach and upcoming opportunities for suppliers. This event looks to outline MOD’s vision for its healthcare services and opportunities for healthcare product/service suppliers to help deliver the CORTISONE solution. We will explain changes to the procurement approach for CORTISONE since the previous exercise, and offer an opportunity for industry to ask questions and engage with the programme team. The programme will then seek feedback on the approach after the event, to advise upcoming procurements in 2018/19.

What is Programme CORTISONE?

CORTISONE is a programme looking to deliver to Defence Medical Services an integrated ecosystem of multiple medical information services. Its vision is to deliver “a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical and dental health and healthcare outputs, to achieve the Aim of the Defence Medical Services (DMS)” – which is to Promote, Protect and Restore the health of the Defence population to maximise their fitness for role, while maintaining an occupational focus and an operational edge.

A multimillion-pound programme, with global reach and operations equivalent in size to two large CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and a Community Trust, CORTISONE looks to procure a full suite of healthcare software and services from multiple healthcare product/service suppliers, as well as appoint a systems integrator. Elements of the ecosystem will be re-competed on a regular basis to ensure the best solutions are being delivered to users, giving an ongoing opportunity for market players to get involved with the ecosystem on a long-term basis.

The MOD is looking for a range of companies to engage with the programme, delivering a full suite of healthcare software and services to meet use-cases and patient-journey-defined functional requirements. The full range of services required can be seen in the accompanying graphic. All suppliers are encouraged to participate in the modular nature of the procurement allowing innovation to take a leading role in delivery of functionality.

CORTISONE is also looking to the future – to exploit innovations which will align with NHS strategy for the virtualisation of healthcare and integrated healthcare services across the healthcare sector. This will include telemedicine for deployed troops, integration with patient records across the NHS and other patient databases, patient condition tracking, and more.

What information will you get from this day?

  1. What CORTISONE is looking to procure and deliver.
  2. How the future procurement will be run.
  3. What the CORTISONE programme has learnt from, and has developed since its initial market engagement and procurement process.
  4. The opportunities and innovations that the procurement opens up, both in the short and long term.

Opportunities of the day:

  1. Engage with the CORTISONE team and representatives from DMS.
  2. Network with other suppliers and potential partners.

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Submarine High Safety Integrity System – Requirements Definition, Design And Manufacture

Summary of Requirements:

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines is soliciting interest from Industry for the Requirements Definition, Design and Manufacture of a high integrity (SIL3), real time, safety monitoring sub-system for a submarine platform.

BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines wish to receive expressions of interest by 27 April 2018 from companies which have the ability to conduct Requirements Definition, Design, Development, Manufacture, Integration and Support for the above.

Technical scope includes:

  • Sonar data and display processing
  • Visual system (camera) data and display processing
  • Software architecture and Software with a 3D anti-collision plot for charted items
  • Navigation data blending
  • Modular / dual-redundant processing and displays

Potential suppliers will preferably have relevant experience (in one or more of the technical scope aspects above) from creation of requirements through to in-service support, however, interested parties with comprehensive expertise in either requirements definition or design & manufacture within the above product domain may also be considered.

Responses must include an initial statement of capabilities that demonstrates compliance with the above requirements. This statement should be no more than 500 words and include up to three illustrated examples of previous programmes.

Subject to meeting initial selection criteria, interested companies will be given the opportunity to complete a formal technical capability questionnaire.

Prior to circulation of the questionnaire it will be necessary to implement a Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Security Aspects Letter. Please include in your response points of contact for future communication and confirm company registration and security contact details.

For further details, please contact:

Ivan Lawrence – Senior Procurement Manager, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines,

Victory Point, Lyon Way, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7EX

T: +44 (0) 1276 601946

M: +44 (0) 7793 421162


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Vitavox: The integration of communication

Vitavox (a division of Secomak Ltd) has been providing naval and military communications systems, including military-grade loudspeakers, microphones and other sound reproducing equipment to Ministries of Defence for over 80 years.

MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin Editor Matt Brown spoke with John Moore, CEO at Vitavox, about the company’s relationship with the Ministry of Defence and how Vitavox’s communication systems are utilised by the UK’s Armed Forces.


What is Vitavox’s relationship with the Ministry of Defence?

Vitavox has been supplying the MOD with Naval equipment since the 1930s. Previously the contracts were direct, however the model has changed over the last 30 years and more is conducted through the Primes. This has turned into a positive advantage for Vitavox as the Primes have become more aware of our capability and expertise, which has opened up new markets for us, both on land and sea.


How do military communications differ from commercial models?

When at war, the first thing to be monitored and subsequently destroyed will be civil communications of all types. Mobile telephones and social media will not be allowed to operate. Therefore, the military must have their own, autonomous communications systems that will be immune to the jamming activities of the enemy.

The main difference in the equipment itself is that military equipment must be capable of withstanding conditions far more onerous than ordinary domestic systems. There is the vibration of an armoured vehicle, the heat of the hottest desert or the cold of Siberia, the shock of explosions nearby, constant subjection to salt water and dust. As an example, our submarine loudspeakers can withstand the pressure of half a ton per square inch and still then work on the surface.


The threats facing the defence and security sectors are constantly evolving – how is the tactical communications industry keeping pace with this?

Tactical communications equipment is constantly evolving as new capabilities are required by the armed services.

One specific application that Vitavox takes immense pride in is our Outacom® Public-Address System. This is being included on all the AJAX Armoured Fighting Vehicles, currently are being produced by General Dynamics for the British Army.

Our Business Development Manager for Vitavox, who was ex-services, REME, realised that the only way the Commander in an armoured vehicle could communicate with the civilian population was to open the hatch and stick their head out. Not always the safest course of action! Our experience meant we could generate this communication capability and protect the Commander.

Vitavox developed a public-address system based upon our proven naval technology for use on armoured vehicles. This was trialled and demonstrated at the Armoured Defence Trials Unit (ATDU), where it was seen by General Dynamics engineers and military capability specialists. This requirement was subsequently added to the AJAX programme, ultimately leading, through competitive tender, to Vitavox’s successful bid to supply Outacom to all AJAX vehicles.


As Vitavox is to supply its Outacom® technology to the fleet of new AJAX vehicles, did this require any modifications to the kit?

The core of the public-address system was already designed, and a functional system was demonstrated at ATDU. The final system that is being installed on AJAX required many modifications of form, fit and function to meet the exacting standards and requirements of General Dynamics and the British Army. As an SME, one of Vitavox’s key strengths is the ability to react quickly and with intelligence to requests from the Primes. These communication systems require not only an excellent product but also first-class documentation, proven testing and timely project management. Making life as easy as possible for the Primes is a major factor in our extremely successful current relationships.


How do the communication demands of the Type 23 Frigate vary from the Astute class of submarine?

There are specific material (flame toxicity) and shock requirement levels that differentiate submarines from ships, but there are many more similarities than differences.


What does the future hold for military communication technology and where do you see Vitavox in this?

The industry and its requirements are constantly evolving. To be at the forefront and be the provider of the military’s future requirements requires partnership with the Primes. Further full open dialogue with military end users ensures the solution works for personnel in the field.

Vitavox is prepared to enhance and expand both expertise and capability to meet and fulfil the exciting niche opportunities that continue to arise in military communication.

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Defence Estate Optimisation Programme – Industry Events

12-14 DECEMBER 2017 – LONDON


The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is holding a series of specialist industry events for the construction and infrastructure sector to provide an update on the progress of the Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Programme.

Sessions will focus on funding and strategic corporate opportunities, disposal and development opportunities for surplus sites, and construction and technical requirements for building projects to be undertaken on MOD retained sites.

This event follows an introductory industry day held in December 2016 and the industry webinar on the London estate in February this year, after the Better Defence Estate announcement in November 2016. The DEO Programme aims to reduce the MOD’s built estate by 30 per cent and re-provide a substantial amount of new facilities on core sites.


Interested parties are invited to attend the below days:


Tuesday 12th – Funding Advisors (ie Private Finance)

Wednesday 13th – Property Advisors (ie Disposal Agents & Development Partners)

Thursday 14th – Construction Delivery Partners and Strategic Construction Advisors (ie Design & Construction Management and Technical Specialists)


For more information, and details of how to register for the event, please email:


Please note, spaces are limited.


For more on the strategy, please watch our video:


Contracting, Purchasing and Finance (CP&F) Update

The Contract Purchasing & Finance (CP&F) programme is about the provision of an end to end eProcurement system and associated business processes which span the commercial, purchasing and financial accounting functions for the department. As an extension to this it includes the provision of more complete, reliable and accurate management information.

The programme is being rolled out in phases, starting with Release 2 which was the finance functionality, this happened in December 2016. Then Release 3, which is demand capture and contract management, this was implemented to different teams from May 2018 through to December 2018. And Release 4 which will cover sourcing is due to start in the second half of 2019.

For further information and updates about the CP&F programme please visit the GOV.UK Website.

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