- Future Combat Systems
- Future Rapid Effect System
- Ministry of Defence
- United Kingdom
The Minister of Defence Procurement, Lord Bach, announced that the UK Ministry
of Defense has selected Atkins Defence as the preferred bidder for the Future
Rapid Effect System (FRES) program and will assume the innovative Systems House
Atkins will now conduct the 24-month assessment phase of the FRES program
combining the mix of capabilities of the whole team and taking the FRES program
forward. Negotiations between Atkins and the UK MoD will start aiming to achieve
an agreement and to place a contract before the end of the year.
The Systems House role is similar to US Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) lead
contractors. The Systems House will determine optimized paths to get the FRES
project on time and on budget relying upon key capabilities provided by British
Defense contractors. Other tenders for the Systems House role were PA
Consulting, EDS and QinetiQ. PA Consulting withdrew from the competition before
the down select decision.
FRES is envisaged as a family of ground vehicles that will meet current and
planned requirements for ground military vehicles ranging from combat to combat
service support. These vehicles will feature maximum commonality at platform,
subsystems and component levels. Low ownership costs will be achieved by the
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