Support to the Cost Evaluation Group (CEG) to analyse system life cycles. Long-term estimate of the department cost for a sustainability analysis. Price and cost calculations for negotiated contracts.

  • Support to the Sub-Directorate General for Programme Management (GESPRO) in developing integrated management processes, methodologies and tools for the programmes to consolidate and improve the centralised model in place at the DGAM. To this end, Isdefe developed the GESPRO Process Book, which lays out the set of work processes to be used at the Sub-Directorate in the area of programme management. To date, the processes have been developed for managing domestic programmes that will be adapted for international roll-out in the future.
  • Support to the Sub-Directorate General for Acquisitions (ADQUI) in the area of international contracting. Of note is the negotiation of the main maintenance contracts for the EF200 and A400M programmes, which yielded savings over 30% in the negotiations of the offers presented by Airbus, as well as attendance at meetings with the respective agencies (NETMA and OCCAR), taking part in various decision bodies involved in legal, financial and contractual matters.
  • In the area of national contracting, the main activity focused on the procurement programmes, for the Pizarro Phase 2 and the 8x8 vehicle, in terms of tracking the performance of the existing contracts and managing the respective modifications to said contracts.
  • Support to the Management Body (ODIR) in organising the DGAM’s 10th Advanced Programme Management Course and in formulating the new model for the programme course, to be implemented in 2017, to transition toward the future Master’s degree in Defence Systems Procurement Management, which is expected to be launched in 2018 under the oversight of the University Defence Centre in Zaragoza.
  • Support to the Sub-Directorate General for Inspection, Regulation and Industrial Defence Strategy (INREID) in the area of military airworthiness, primarily in support of issuing certificates of airworthiness at the A400M final assembly line (FAL) and in preparing, developing and implementing the PERAM (Spanish Publications on Military Airworthiness Requirements), now that all of the regulations have been published. Another important aspect is the ongoing support of the airworthiness authority certification processes for current programmes (EF2000, A400M, Tigre, NH-90) as well as for new programmes like the MQ-9 Reaper.

  • Implementation of life cycle management models for Army weapons systems, considering the three main phases: Procurement (Integrated Logistical Support), Service (Operations) and Decommissioning.
  • Implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in Army OLCs to constantly improve and increase the efficiency of production environments.
  • Preparation of a new logistical map (supply, maintenance and transport) and definition of areas of activity (ENAC) adapted to the new organisation of force units of the Army, based on the model for the Multi-Purpose Organic Brigades (BOP).

Support in the areas of initial supply, resupply, procurement management, repair management, engineering, modification and transport management, providing an integrated vision for fleet maintenance and its onboard weaponry. Of note in 2016 is the technical support given to agree on a new material management contract for the Eurofighter (Contract C3), support for initial procurement and acquisition management for A400M materials, support of activities to achieve the full operational capability of the Taurus missile, tracking of various deployment kits and support of single sky activities.

  • Support to define a new contractual relationship model for maintenance, promoting the creation of framework agreements. Of note as part of this initiative is the change in the contractual relationship with NAVANTIA, as a result of which two Framework Agreements were set up in the TRLCSP and outside the MINDEF-Navantia agreement.
  • Support to the Cost Evaluation Office (SEC) of the Naval Construction Department on the construction programmes for the Maritime Action Ship (BAM) and the S-80 submarine, primarily to track costs and deadlines by using Value Gained as the control tool, as well as the economic studies and analyses associated with the F-110 Frigate Programme needed to close out the programme’s viability phase. This support was reinforced with Isdefe’s participation, directly supporting the Naval Systems Office of the SDG GESPRO.
  • Involvement in the bimonthly meetings of the NATO group STSC (Specialist Team on Ship Costing), presenting the work carried out on new cost estimation models.
  • Support to the DIC’s Technical Certification Office for Submarines with the implementation of the submarine certification programme, overseen by the US Navy’s NAVSEA SUBSAFE department, reaching various milestones, such as: definition of criteria for determining the boundary components whose safety has to be certified, preparation of material control requirements and the new version of the Submarine Technical Certification Manual.
  • In the process of audit training (originally, the SUBSAFE audit in Rhode Island in 2015), the important objectives were met. The first pilot audit overseen by SUBSAFE was conducted. The plans for two types of safety audit were defined and prepared: functional (on procedures) and vertical (on boundary components). The process concluded with the performance of the first safety audit of Navantia carried out independently by OCTSUB.
  • Participation in the International Submarine Safety Forum (ISSF), which was held in September in Groton, Connecticut.

Continuing support for the weapons systems modernisation plan, UME Vital Plan.

Participation in an international consortium that provides consulting services for NAPMA in the areas of risk reduction and decision-making support related to the NATO AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Program (FLEP).

Support to Programme Offices with Acquisition Programmes:

Area of Land Programmes:

  • Pizarro P.: Tracking of supplies, production excess and logistical data for the entry into service of the vehicles. Contract management support (contract review, modifications, etc.). Participation in technical analyses to solve design problems with the combat vehicles and to define the armoured vehicles.
  • Munitions P.: Control of national munitions acquisitions/allocations. Analysis and specification of requirements for a tool that allows tracking the munition procurements of the three branches of the Armed Forces.
  • VCR 8x8 P.: Decision-making support to select the most suitable technological alternatives to include in the VCR 8x8 vehicle demonstrator to select the new engine, two remotely-operated towers and a manned tower, calibre and cannon of the main gun, elements of the anti-IED system, anti-RPG kit, additional plating concept, energy generation concept, local situational awareness system, driving aids and vehicle navigation system. 

Area of Fixed-Wing Programmes:

  • EF2000 P.: Collaboration to define and negotiate the C3 contract (repair and spare parts), key to the future maintenance of the EF2000 Weapons System, concluding with the contract signing in late December 2016.
  • A400M P.: Collaboration with the A400M Programme Office and direct support of activities involving aeroplane acceptance and configuration tracking, which culminated with the acceptance of the Spanish fleet’s first A400M aeroplane, assigned to the Zaragoza Air Base.
  • UAS P.: Support to the UAS Programme Office, responsible for procuring unmanned aerial systems, in the project to acquire an MQ-9 Reaper system, manufactured by the American company General Atomics, giving technical support to specify the deployment requirements, including surveys of the sites chosen for the main operating base (MOB), the Talavera la Real Air Base in Badajoz, and for the forward operating base (FOB) in Lanzarote.
  • Of note is the start of Spain’s involvement in the (European Medium Altitude Long Endurance) RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) 2025 Programme, providing support in tracking the activities of the different expert working groups (EWG).

Area of Rotary-Wing Programmes:

  • Tigre and NH-90 P: Technical monitoring of the definition and progress of the systems on the Tigre attack helicopter and on the NH-90 transport helicopter. Assistance with the certification and acceptance of the helicopters. Control, verification and testing of the Mission Planning System (AMPS) and flight simulators. Control of the initial configuration and load-out for both helicopters. Analysis of future evolution/improvements of the helicopters.

Area of Naval Programmes:

  • F-110, MAS and S-80: assistance in preparing the DDV for the F-110 frigate and in monitoring the performance of the Technology Programmes (PROGTEC); aid in OP “Extension 1st Series MAS (5th and 6th)”, to track the construction of the new MAS and in preparing the DDV of the Intercept and Rescue MAS; assistance to OP “S-80” with tracking the construction of the S-81, the first in the series, analysis of alternatives for the air-independent propulsion (AIP) system to be incorporated into the S-80 submarine.

Support of activities of the Platform Branch, including structural analysis S-80 Plus submarine and review of logistical documentation, support with review of the new instruction for the weight control of Navy ships during the project and construction phases, review and generation of partial logistical plans for the S-80.

  • Participation in working group to retrofit CHINOOK version F and support in negotiation for the new configuration.
  • Specialised aeronautical engineering support for fixed-wing RPAS and for new rotary-wing platforms for the Army: deployment in aerodromes, component modernisation, flight incident analysis, testing of micro and mini RPAS.
  • Preparation of specifications and requirements for modernising and upgrading the Army’s fleet of transport and training helicopters, simulators and trainers.

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