BMT Defence Services, a subsidiary of BMT Group, has completed a major study for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to help inform future defence equipment and support (DE&S) programmes.

BMT won a competitive tender in February to compile the 2009 land equipment (LE) operating centre technology management plan (TMP) with related roadmaps.

A total of 529 of the 550 projects were assessed with close co-operation from a number of project teams.
The work identified the need for:

  • Improved protection for soldiers, vehicles, camps/bases
  • Improved power generation, storage and management
  • Less than lethal effects
  • Through life management including decreasing the weight burden on the soldier and platform
  • In service support

Roadmaps were produced for each of the five NATO domains: lethality, survivability, mobility, C4I and sustainability.

They identified operating centre technology needs, existing technology R&D activity relating to the LE operating centre and technology insertion points related to major project milestones.

Eugene Morgan, head of systems at BMT Defence Services, said: “We recognise that developing a clear and auditable technology plan is a critical aspect of through life capability management. BMT’s expertise in the maritime domain has been of particular value as we considered the diverse challenges in the land environment.”

Dr Jon Cook, head of technology and insertion, land equipment at the MoD, said: “The BMT team did an outstanding job of pulling a comprehensive plan together, gathering information from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and distilling that information into a useful and maintainable plan.”