QinetiQ has been awarded a £4m / two year enabling contract by Combat Support Equipment IPT (CSEIPT) to manage the supply of a range of commercially available batteries providing an effective and cost saving service. The MOD has options to extend this for an additional two years subject to satisfactory performance against key performance indicators.
“On a number of occasions the MOD has stated that it spends the same amount administering its various battery contracts as it does buying in product,” stated Steve Farmer QinetiQ’s battery programme manager. “Under the contract QinetiQ takes on the management of this requirement, working with multiple suppliers to ensure continuity of supply against agreed standards, encourage competition and maintain cost-effective supply and specification compliance.”
The MOD has already agreed the required performance standard (Def Stan 61-21 or BS EN 60086) and QinetiQ will ensure that this is maintained across 22 different types of battery. Ongoing testing will also be a key part of the work and undertaken where necessary to ensure that compliant stocks are available to meet MOD demand within agreed lead times.
Jim Ayres, CSE Deputy Team Leader said: “QinetiQ submitted a very professional competitive bid and I look forward to working with them to further improve the supply of this range of batteries to MOD and to potentially take on the full inventory management responsibilities for this range of batteries.”
Batteries are viewed by many as commodities but they are critical to the performance of many battle winning equipments and in many cases highly complex technical equipments. This particular range of batteries is used on many different equipments including the head mounted night vision system, weapon sights, personal role radios, global positioning systems and mine detectors.