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Welcome to the Aurora Engineering Partnership – Engineering Delivery Partner for Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

What is the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP)?

  • EDP is the default route for procurement of engineering services for DE&S, and is available to other MOD departments and agencies.

How is EDP delivered?

  • EDP is delivered through the Aurora Engineering Partnership formed of QinetiQ, Atkins and BMT, and supported by world class Provider Network of specialist providers.

How EDP will make a difference?

  • EDP provides a strategic approach to the sourcing and provision of skills to meet current and projected demands, driving efficiencies and benefits, helping the MOD to reduce the costs of their engineering services while ensuring the UK’s Armed Forces receive the best equipment and support.

Our vision for EDP

  • A strong and professional engineering partnership, enabling agile and efficient outcomes for front line equipment and support.

Our mission for EDP

  • Provide leadership across the engineering enterprise in partnership, to drive increased performance and productivity across the full scale of engineering services, by focusing on outcomes for those on the front line.

Scope of services

The partnership will bring together the considerable cross-sector and non-defence experience and track records of the partners and a world class provider network of niche and specialist providers to provide the following services:

  • Capability, Innovation, Technology Development & Assessment
  • User Requirements Definition
  • System Requirements Definition
  • Test, Evaluation & Acceptance
  • Independent Assurance, Evaluation & Advice
  • Through-life Availability Management
  • Through-life Capability Management
  • Legislative & Regulatory Compliance: Certification, Safety, Security & Environmental
  • Supplier Technical Assessment & Monitoring
  • Engineering Support to Decisions
  • Knowledge Management

QinetiQ, Atkins and BMT have joined forces to form The Aurora Engineering Partnership. This brings together considerable cross-sector and non-defence experience, supported by a world class Provider Network of specialist providers.

About QinetiQ

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QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company operating primarily in the defence, security and aerospace markets. Our customers are predominantly government organisations including defence departments, as well as international customers in other targeted sectors.

About Atkins

Atkins logo

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We are proud to have worked with the MOD for over three decades on some of the most critical systems and infrastructure projects, covering the maritime, land, air and joint domains.

About BMT

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BMT provides independent technical expertise and consultancy. We offer design solutions, asset management, programme delivery and technology services in the defence, security, transport, energy and infrastructure markets. We tackle the most complex engineering and programme challenges, blending capabilities from the spectrum of engineering disciplines to deliver enduring and value-adding solutions.

Those companies that have registered an interest in joining the Provider Network, please see the above PQQ webinar for more information.

EDP is supported by a strong provider network of small and medium enterprise providers to tap into the best expertise in the UK.

Join our provider network - register your interest to find out more

About the Provider Network

We have 123 companies signed to our EDP Provider Network with the capability and capacity to sustain MOD in-scope requirements.

Of the 123 companies, 82% are SMEs and we have rolled out an SME friendly strategy which has included open, inclusive advertisement to join the Provider Network including the use of Defence Contract Online, the use of a webinar to inform potential providers, a common e-sourcing tool and procurement processes across the Partnership and SME friendly terms and conditions, including removal of unlimited liabilities and consequential losses.

Advisory Group

The Provider Network Advisory Group has been established with representatives for the following categories:

  • Micro Provider (Quorum)
  • Small Provider (Red Scientific)
  • Medium Provider (CDS)
  • Large Provider (Frazer-Nash).

The Advisory Group also includes industry bodies ADS, Tech UK and Team Defence.

Building the Provider Network

The Aurora Provider Network was established through a rigorous tender process which included the following four stages:

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI) utilising Defence Contracts Online/Defence Contracts Bulletin (the MOD advertising portal), social media, and via direct broadcast to organisations in the existing supply chains and through trade bodies (including ADS and Tech UK).

Stage 2: Aurora Engineering Partnership created a webinar to enable industry to judge whether participation in the PQQ process would be worthwhile based on their own organisations’ capability and interests.

Stage 3: Those individuals that viewed the webinar and who wished to proceed with a pre-qualification submission were invited to register on CurtisFitch, an e-sourcing software suite customised for the Aurora Engineering Partnership.

Stage 4: Pre-qualification assessment process evaluated both Technical and Commercial aspects of each pre-qualification submission.

Approved Providers are invited to compete for work under the Aurora Engineering Partnership in line with their approved category codes.

Sustaining the Provider Network

The Aurora Engineering Partnership manages access to the Provider Network on a two year cycle providing an environment for approved suppliers to win work. Following the two year cycle, Aurora will refresh the network through a managed EOI/ PQQ process. In certain circumstances Aurora may invite additional Providers into the network e.g. where we have been directed to use a specific Provider by the Authority or a unique capability is required which is not already available in the Provider Network.

Call for Expressions of Interest to support the future of MOD engineering support services

It’s nearly two years since our first call to industry to create a diverse, collaborative and sustainable Provider Network for the Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP) programme.

Aurora partnership to help transform Defence engineering services

The Aurora Engineering Partnership has been appointed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as their Engineering Delivery Partner for Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S).

Successful first year for Engineering Delivery Partner service

In its first 12 months, new joint governance, a new Provider Network and new ways of working have been established to provide and encourage a more vibrant, diverse and responsive capability for equipping and supporting our Armed Forces.