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Our latest report highlights increasing benefits and continuing development of the Engineering Delivery Partner programme


Simon Galt


The latest Annual Review published by The Aurora Engineering Partnership and the MoD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) team has highlighted the ongoing efficiency savings and significant operational benefits being delivered by the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) programme.

The report for EDP’s third year of operation showcases a number of notable successes and demonstrates how closer engagement with stakeholders and service providers has helped to drive major new initiatives to provide the highest standard of engineering support and services for the UK military front line.

We are very proud of our achievements over the past three years and, in 2021, we achieved Full Operating Capability. There is no room for complacency, however, as such a critical programme must always evolve and adapt to provide the performance standards and operational agility that are required to meet increasingly complex engineering and service support requirements. Our third Annual Review shows how a collaborative mind set has enabled us to take new challenges in our stride and to respond positively and decisively in any instance of a perceived service shortfall.

The 2021 Annual Review outlines the ongoing refinement and increasing service provision of the EDP programme, including the continued development of a dedicated Provider Network and the recent introduction of Futures Lab, powered by EDP. This new service is dedicated to exploiting the knowledge and experience of industry and academia to maximise military capabilities through innovation, exploitation of technology and impartial insight.

The new report features a number of EDP case studies from different domains, a breakdown of financial savings and service performance levels as well as a review of the contribution of the Provider Network. Now comprising 193 small and medium-sized enterprises, the success of the Provider Network has led to 8 of the largest sub contracts let under EDP being awarded to SMEs, with revenues received by SMEs already exceeding the MOD’s ambitious target of 25% of procurement spend by 2022.