23 May 2023

Ministry of Defence reopens Human Machine Teaming (HMT) Enabling Framework

The MOD's Human Machine Teaming Enabling Framework has reopened, with the £300m framework now open to new suppliers.

Overivew of HMT Programme and HMT Enabling Framework

The Human Machine Teaming (HMT) programme collates current lessons from Army's experimentation activity in Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS), and enable rapid iterations, across the full stack of potential capabilities, across a 3-year programme. This will ensure the necessary stability, time and opportunity to generate sufficient evidence to inform future cost/benefit analysis activity and balance of investment decisions.

HMT is being delivered through a multi supplier Framework Agreement, which is segregated into LOTS. This manages and delivers the continued development and maturation of capabilities and requirements in RAS in accordance with the Strategy outlined in the 'British Army's Approach to RAS'.

This is required to build on the Transformation Fund experimentation completed within the Robotic Platoon Vehicle (RPV), Nano Unmanned Air Systems (nUAS) and Theseus Projects, along with associated learning from Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) to create operational advantage for land forces, by integrating adaptable RAS within Human Machine Teams, to generate mass and tempo whilst reducing risk.

The framework has a 3 year duration (2 years remaining), and is valued at £300M. This programme of work will be delivered by the Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE) using the Future Capability Group's (FCG) novel Buy and Try at Scale Operational(BATSO) commercial model, with sufficient framework headroom, to complete iterative spiral development of technological solutions.

Framework participation will be subject to successfully completing a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and Invitation toTender (ITT) process.

This will commence with the publication of the PQQ for Human Machine Teaming through the DSP.

The lots within the HMT Enabling Framework are:

  1. Hardware
  2. Software
  3. Professional & Technical Services
  4. Enabling & Networks

You can find more information on the framework in the contract notice here. 

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK


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