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DVD 2010 To Include Manoeuvre Support Team


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DVD - Defence Equipment And Support (DE&S)
: 21 June, 2010  (Company News)
IED and mine detection and avoidance program at the heart of the Manoeuvre Support Team who will be exhibiting at DVD 2010 at Millbrook this week
For the first time ever the Manoeuvre Support Team (MST) will join its colleagues at DVD 2010, which takes place on June 23 and 24 at Millbrook in Bedfordshire.

DVD is Defence Equipment and Support’s (DE&S) stakeholder event for the land and supply chain communities in the defence sector. It is pivotal date in the defence diary as the event is centred on DE&S project teams that deliver vital equipment to the front line. Members of the defence acquisition and military personnel communities, as well as industry organisations, gather at the event for two days of informal discussion and briefings.

Forming a vital part of the Combat Wheels Group, MST delivers a diverse portfolio of equipment designed specifically to combat the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). MST’s responsibility spans mobility, counter-mobility and survivability capabilities delivering items such as the in-service Hand Held Mine Detector Device.

The counter IED programme remains a current priority for the British Armed Forces and the key focus for MST remains its partnerships with industry in order to maintain an effective and efficient support to operations. The MST team will use DVD as a platform to engage with the defence sector and brief organisations on the project team’s aims and requirements, both now and in the future. Over the next twelve months, the team aims to deliver a best-in-class portfolio of equipment designed to offer front line troops the ability to detect, avoid and destroy the IED threat currently faced in theatre.

“DVD offers an opportunity to see the latest technology on offer from industry in a practical environment,” commented Group Captain Paul Ridge, MST Team Leader. “The event allows the DE&S teams to interact with industry and the end user community to investigate not only current capabilities, but also how one application might be exploited in another situation. If a picture speaks a thousand words, then DVD shouts it at 25 frames per second.”

The work being undertaken by MST to counter the IED threat in theatre carries on at pace, with new equipment being developed under the Urgent Operational Requirement programme to detect, avoid and destroy IEDs. The MST team continues to look at ways in which the supply chain of new technology can be developed to be more agile to meet the frontline demand. One topic that will be discussed during the two day event is a way to reduce production time for new equipment will be partnership alliances within industry.

“Our priority is to look to provide our troops with the best equipment and support we can procure and we believe that encouraging industry collaboration is the best way to achieve this. No individual company has the single solution for the needs of operational troops on the front line. Shared intelligence and the integration of ideas is the best approach for the future,” continued Group Captain Ridge.

“DVD attracts companies of all sizes, from all corners of the defence sector. It is the shared knowledge and expertise that these organisations possess that we must exploit to achieve our goal of best-in-class solutions. My team and I are looking forward to speaking with members of the Defence industry about the MST’s ideas for a collaboration model that best meets the requirements for combating the IED threat both now and in the future.”

Throughout the two days of DVD members of the MST team will be available to discus its portfolio of equipment and to discuss with industry the ways in which it can help the team achieve its goal.
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