7 January 2016
Partnerships and focus deliver success
Consolidating support, maintenance of its extensive shelter fleet, reducing the number of contracts, reducing costs and still providing the best possible service to its Front Line Command customers were key elements to the United Kingdom Defence Equipment and Support Operational Infrastructure Programme launching Project Amphora.
After a very competitive bidding process the MOD awarded the contract to Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group supported by G3 Systems.
The two companies, collectively known as ‘Team M3’, have an in-depth knowledge of most of the shelter based systems in service with the British Army’s Front Line Commands. This expertise enabled work to start immediately after contract award and within four months the MOD was able to declare Full Operational Capability (FOC), with the Head of Defence Equipment & Support’s Operational Infrastructure Programme commenting, “The successful start of Project Amphora has been achieved through considerable effort in building a strong working relationship between MOD and industry and a collective focus on delivering the best possible service to our Front Line Command customer.”
Agility and Flexibility
Five Design Authority roles and nine in-service contracts, many of which were coming to an end, were brought together into one all encompassing framework comprising core Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), set-price call-off tasks, spares and variable price tasks covering diverse activities including ad hoc repair, post-deployment regeneration, upgrades and re-roles. The core and call-off tasks include Integrated Logistics Support associated with the Design Authority roles such as maintaining safety cases, technical documentation, scheduled maintenance, calibration, certification and training. Asset management on JAMES assists the MOD in its task to maintain readiness levels so that equipments can be deployed when needed and capabilities enabled.
The implementation of Amphora provides agility, flexibility and a model for the changes that will occur in the support of the UK armed forces in the run-up to 2020.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Systems, in partnership with G3 Systems, is proud to have been selected to deliver Project Amphora and to demonstrate that true partnerships can deliver real results which benefit government and industry alike.