News & Events-Frazer-Nash to improve sustainability of MOD vehicles

Systems and engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has been appointed by the MOD to support its 'RAMD' (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability) research programme which is focused on improving the management of its military vehicles assets.

The RAMD programme is undertaken by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) and has a wide remit covering the sustainability of wheeled and tracked combat vehicles and logistic vehicles.  It is intended that the research will be exploited for both legacy vehicle platforms and also inform future vehicle procurement.

Frazer-Nash is providing a leading role in the 'Ageing, Maintainability and Durability' project within the programme and is currently delivering two initial tasks which will set the direction for future work. The first task is to establish a baseline of the current asset management practices used to manage military vehicle fleets both in the UK MOD and also in other nations.  The purpose of this baselining activity is to identify any gaps in knowledge and understanding of sustainability and asset management that could be addressed within the research programme, and to identify examples of best practice within the MOD and other nations.

The second task is focused on the development of a generic Decision Support Framework.  The aim of this framework will be to support MOD project teams and decision makers in the development of bespoke Asset Management strategies tailored to the specific needs of their vehicle fleets.

Frazer-Nash has a proven track record in this field of work, having previously developed an Asset Integrity Management strategy for submarine tailshafts. The programme will also call on the consultancy's technical knowledge of Defence land vehicles and the expertise in systems engineering, structural analysis, design, materials science and modelling.

Greg Pope, Programme Manager at Frazer-Nash said, "We are very excited about this RAMD programme. Since undertaking our work on submarine tailshafts we have felt that our skills and experience could be applied to other domains including land-based vehicles. Whilst the equipment may be very different, the key is putting Asset Integrity at the heart of the problem and recognising that to successfully manage safety, cost and availability of an asset, its integrity needs to be understood and managed throughout the life of the system."

Dr Ian Pickup from Dstl's Platform Science Group said, "We are pleased to bring Frazer-Nash on-board with the RAMD programme. Their team's experience of delivering a very successful Asset Integrity Management strategy for submarine tailshafts combined with their in-depth knowledge of military vehicles makes them very well placed to support us in this research."