The Progeny Maritime Research Framework (PMRF) is required to underpin delivery of the UK’s maritime S&T (Science & Technology) capability from within Dstl and the wider MOD. Previously Dstl has utilised specialist contracting routes to achieve the aspirations highlighted above, but they only ever addressed a subset of the scope identified for Progeny.
The purpose of the Progeny Framework is to provide a flexible, enduring and responsive contracting mechanism to deliver maritime-related S&T, enabled by the breadth of relevant capabilities which exist across Industry and Academia.
The Progeny Framework will be used to deliver maritime-related S&T. It is anticipated that the contract will be required to place work worth up to £152M for Dstl and wider MOD. This will cover everything from low TRL (Technology Readiness Levels) ‘exploratory’ activities through to high TRL activities to de-risk solutions for potential future procurement programmes. The framework scope will cover delivery of S&T for all maritime-related military capabilities both above and under water, including:
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Anti-surface warfare
- Geospatial intelligence
- Integrated air defence
- Littoral manoeuvre
- Mine countermeasures
- Submarine capability
- Maritime security operations
Overall, the Progeny Framework is designed to de-risk technologies, concepts and processes which enable the UK to deliver tasks and develop understanding and models from and within the maritime environment.