Land Vehicle Exercise 2013 for MOD

Land Vehicle Exercise 2013 for MOD

This MOD call is seeking proposals for the innovative application of concepts and equipment designed to improve the Mounted Close Combat capability of Land Vehicles returning to Contingent Operations.

Reference number: DTECH/045

Deadline date:23/10/2013

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£10,000 – £113,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Bristol, City of Bristol, City of,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Director Technical, DE&S


Description of the contract

This MOD call is seeking proposals for the innovative application of concepts and equipment designed to improve the Mounted Close Combat capability of Land Vehicles returning to Contingent Operations. The MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation’s mission is “To equip and support our Armed Forces for operations now and in the future.” DE&S is responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the UK Armed Forces. LVEx will contribute towards efforts to return to Contingent Operations by identification, prioritisation and evaluation of equipments and concepts designed to improve the Mounted Close Combat (MCC) capability. This competition is divided into two separate strands. 1. COTS – Mature “Commercial off the Shelf” (COTS) equipment, which is ready to be tested in a military context will be considered. 2. SBRI – Novel concepts and applications, including COTS offerings currently applied in non-defence areas that require R&D to make them applicable to defence needs are sought in order to provide innovative solutions. Ultimately this will help MoD to de-risk procurement, generate evidence of capability gaps and inform requirements for future Equipment Programmes. LVEx 2013 focuses on four key themes. Industry is invited to submit COTS technologies with innovative applications, or concepts that could provide solutions to any or all of the themes: • Mobility – We are looking for innovative ways to enhance the mobility of our vehicles over difficult terrain. Platforms of interest are those of our vehicles weighing 40 tonnes and below. • Signature Reduction – We are interested in solutions for reducing the visual, acoustic and electronic signatures of our vehicle fleet i.e. how easy it is for our vehicles to be seen, heard or sensed. • Weight saving – We are very interested to see solutions which demonstrate how technology could reduce the weight of our wheeled vehicles. Platform types of interest include all those vehicles weighing 20 tonnes and below e.g. Ridgeback, Jackal, Coyote, Husky, etc. • Stowage – We invite industry to demonstrate innovative solutions for optimising internal and external stowage across our entire vehicle fleet. Specific problems include: stowage of personal kit, stowage of individual weapons due to the lack of a universal weapon rack, external Stowage of fuel, Electronic Counter Measures and water (all of which will also require protection). Technologies developed and equipment shall be evaluated and the performance and effectiveness demonstrated through the established MOD Level A-B-C trials process: • Level A – System Performance evaluation (paper assessment/system demonstration) • Level B – Fight-ability (soldier field tests)/System performance capture • Level C – User Performance & System Effectiveness (vignette trials) This MOD call for proposals will launch vis SBRI (The Technology Strategy Board) on Monday 16 September 2013 and will close on 23 October 2013 at 12:00 hrs. To register your interest in either of the two strands, go to A Competition Brief and Statement of Work can be downloaded at the TSB portal above. Application Process and supporting downloads This competition is run by the Technology Strategy Board. All proposals must be submitted via the TSB Portal above. Status: Open (from noon Monday 16/9) Open Date: 16 September 2013 Close Date: 23 October 2013 Contracts awarded: TBC Website:



Classification of the contract

73433000 Test and evaluation of military vehicles


Additional information

Contract type: Services – 8

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 06/01/2014 – 28/02/2014


Who to contact

Contact name Kenny Henry

Organisation name Director Technical, DE&S

Address DTECH, Elm 1.c, #4130, MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH

Telephone 03067933124

Extension number:


Web address


How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender. Response Address: North Star House North Star Avenue UK The Technology Strategy Board SN2 1UE Swindon