PA Consulting Group has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to help define MORPHEUS, the next generation of front line tactical communications and information systems. These systems are intended to deliver the Army, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment operational requirements for information superiority over the next 25 years.
PA is the prime contractor for the NEO Team, which also includes QinetiQ, Roke Manor Research and CGI. This group brings together world-leading expertise in military and commercial communications and information systems, together with the business insight to develop optimal commercial models to support the programme.
This £11 million contract covers technology assessment and system architecture design to support the incorporation of innovative technologies throughout the MORPHEUS programme’s life. It will also provide advice on the best business and commercial arrangements to facilitate innovation and ensure value for money for the MOD. A significant aspect of the programme covers engagement with industry and academia to capture ideas and maximise opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises and suppliers, who are not traditionally associated with the defence sector.
Andrew Creber, defence expert at PA Consulting Group, says: “All the members of the NEO Team are excited about the opportunity to work with the MOD on this key programme. Being impartial and having highly complementary skills, we are committed to identifying technical architectures and commercial business models that will ensure the effective exploitation of innovative technologies throughout the life of the programme.”
Brigadier Richard Spencer, Director of the MOD’s Battlefield and Tactical Communications and Information Systems (BATCIS) Delivery Team says: “Awarding this contract allows Defence the opportunity to really understand the options available to future proof the vital tactical communications capability used by our soldiers, sailors and airmen on operations and here in the UK. We will have a detailed understanding of current, near-horizon and emerging information and communications technology and importantly an opportunity to engage with industry to deliver the best kit possible for our troops in the future. It is this quest that drives us and we are excited to embark on this journey with NEO.”
As part of this engagement, PA has launched a NEO Team website at www.morpheusneo.com where interested parties may register their interest in being involved in the MORPHEUS programme.