UK Government: FRES: preferred bidder selected for system of systems
(M2 PressWIRE Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has today selected the Thales UK and
Boeing team as the preferred bidder for the Future Rapid Effect System
(FRES) Systems of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role. The SOSI will help
coordinate the complex procurement of over 3,000 vehicles of many
The SOSI will provide independent support to the MoD by bringing expert
programme management and system of systems engineering skills to the
Defence Minister Lord Drayson said:
"The FRES project is the British Army's highest equipment priority.
"This announcement, almost two months ahead of schedule, demonstrates
the excellent progress now being made on FRES. The selection of the
SOSI is a key part of our innovative acquisition strategy designed to
ensure that we deliver the best solution for the Army as quickly as
The FRES fleet of armoured fighting vehicles will have high levels of
protection and will be air-transportable, allowing troops to deploy
rapidly across the globe at short notice.
General Sir Richard Dannatt, Chief of the General Staff (CGS), said:
"I welcome the announcement today by Lord Drayson of the FRES System of
Systems Integrator. I am sure that the Thales UK and Boeing team will
play a pivotal role in the delivery of FRES capability.
"This is an important decision, soon to be followed by even more
significant FRES announcements, including the selection of the Utility
Vehicle Designer. Progress has been rapid in the FRES programme over
the past 18 months and I am committed to maintaining this momentum
towards the introduction into service of the first FRES vehicles and
"FRES will be at the heart of the future Army and remains the Army's
highest equipment capability priority after support to current
The MoD has also appointed the legal firm Herbert Smith to provide the
FRES team with intellectual property, commercial and legal advice.
Lord Drayson said:
"Herbert Smith's appointment reflects the MOD's commitment to ensure
that Intellectual Property, Design Authority, and systems architecture
for FRES will reside in the UK as set out in the government's Defence
1. The FRES programme will equip the UK Armed Forces with new medium
weight armoured vehicles.
2. Operational experience provides valuable user input to the
development of the Army's FRES requirement and associated specification.
3. The SOSI role is one of a number of competitions that will be
conducted as part of the innovative acquisition strategy for FRES. The
utility vehicle design competition is underway on which a decision on
the winner will be made by the end of November 2007. The next
significant step will be the selection of a UV Integrator for which a
Pre-Qualification Questionnaire will be issued to industry by the end
of October 2007. Further competitions will select the designs for other
variants for roles such as reconnaissance, direct fire and engineering
4. SOSI will provide six principle services to the MOD in order to help
MOD achieve its overall programme objectives. They are;
* Programme Management
* System of Systems Engineering and Integration
* Alliance Development and Management
* Development of MoD's SOSI competence
* Through Life Capability Management
* Through Life Technology Management
CONTACT: Tim Orr, Thales UK
Tel: +44 (0)1932 824 855
Nick West, International Communications, The Boeing Company
Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 5000
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