E&T can help the MoD to “get a grip” on equipment delivery.
Defence projects are associated with late delivery, overspend and can be deemed to be not-fit-for-purpose. Dr Dave Murray believes that an effective Lifecycle E&T – using Simulation (LET’S) would improve efficiencies.
“get a grip”:- “In a report released on 15th July 2020, the Public Accounts Committee highlighted the Ministry of Defence’s continued ‘lamentable failure to ‘get a grip’ and deliver on key defence capabilities needed by the UK’s Armed Forces.”
The concept is simple – using evaluation and testing (E&T) techniques that persist for the equipment’s full lifecycle to replace the current system where this is not the case.
The advantages include re-use of the E&T processes and equipment, plus a constant set of metrics for measuring progress. This would reduce risk, timescales, and so costs; as well as simplifying assessment of a project’s progress.
We are forming a group of interested companies to expand and endorse the proposal. The objective is to take this to a funded technical demonstrator phase. This work would complement other existing projects, for example a technical demonstrator for a synthetic environment.