Framework Contracts and Enablers

Contracting through frameworks enables the MoD to award contracts to participating pre-assessed suppliers without the need for long and complex procurement exercises. To categorise contracts and ensure research money is spent most effectively, the MoD has a large number of framework contracts, many of which Arke form a part of. The process promotes innovative work to take place across Industry, and encourages joint ventures in the interest of progression throughout all aspects of Military research. Some of the frameworks we participate in are described below:

Niteworks – Niteworks is a partnership agreement between the MoD, Dstl and Industry. The focus is on providing evidence to support strategic and operational decision making by bringing out the best of Industry to work together towards a common goal. Arke is an Associate Member of the group.

FATS4 – Arke is part of the Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS v4) let by the MoD. FATS is designed as a ‘one stop -shop for technical support needs’ and provides ‘a quick route to market’ for the provision of technical support across a broad supplier base. Arke participate within the framework as a supplier of Cost Engineering, Risk Analysis and OA decision support.

Naval Design Partnering – The Naval Design Partnering (NDP) Team is led by the MOD Directorate of Ships in order to conduct all pre-concept and concept ship designs for the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Arke have been a supplier for the NDP on a number of occasions, e.g. support to the type 26 Concept Phase.

Dstl Collaborative Analysis – Within the three Dstl-led Collaborative Analysis strands, Arke play an active role in both the Cost and OA Capability study areas. Arke has conducted some cutting edge research within the framework, and is a Tier 1 supplier delivering Cost Engineering and Modelling work.

WSTC – The Weapon Science & Technology Centre framework is delivered through Qinetiq on behalf of the MoD. Arke is currently part of team working on a novel and innovative weapons concept.

MarCE – Arke is part of the BAE lead Maritime Collaborative Enterprise (MarCE) Team which aims to ‘foster a community of diverse research providers’ within the Maritime environment. Arke recently undertook a scoping study within the consortium to examine the potential for an open architecture approach to Maritime combat systems.

DSL – The Defence Support & Logistics (DSL) Consortium is led by Qinetiq on behalf of Dstl. Arke have recently completed a research study under the DSL framework looking at novel manufacturing techniques that may reduce the current support burden placed on the MoD, and are also part way through a detailed study examining costs and benefits of aircraft inlet protection methods.

DHCSTC – The Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre (DHCSTC) is a centre of excellence for defence human capability research and focuses on personnel, training and health and well-being. Arke is currently working as part of a team within DHCSTC examining the trends in the cost of service personnel.

R-Cloud – Dstl is trialling a new commercial framework to help suppliers bid for contracts. The framework, known as Research Cloud (R-Cloud) went live earlier this year. Arke is a registered supplier for four capability areas to date.

Bluelightworks – Additionally, Arke has recently joined the Bluelightworks framework supporting transformational change within the Emergency Services. The partnership, managed by Selex on behalf of the Home Office, aims to provide objective advice supporting change initiatives; particularly those enabled by ICT.

Posted on 18th February 2015

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