What is the NDP Team and why is it necessary?
The Naval Design Partnering Team consists of skilled specialists from the MOD and industry who carry out concept design work in response to MOD requirements for future Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. The team also conducts through life capability insertion studies for the current fleet.
The NDP multi-company construct is necessary to draw innovation from a wide base into future concept designs. It has been recognized that extra skills beyond those available within the MOD are required for the successful integration of concept studies. The multi-industry participation capitalises on the wealth of naval capabilities available within the UK defence industry, while being part of the MOD allows NDP to take full advantage of the breadth of MOD capabilities and expertise. The NDP construct also improves value for money and efficiency by having an operating model that allows rapid creation of projects or tasking of design teams under the NDP framework.
What programmes will the NDP Team cover?
The NDP Team's remit covers naval surface vessels, including all their platform systems and future combat systems architecture. The team also has a role in more complex Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. Submarines are covered by a separate team, NDP Submarines.
What does the MOD gain from the arrangement?
The MOD gains high quality, innovative and integrated concept design work at good value for money that supports the development of world leading naval vessels. Furthermore, it maintains timely access to the necessary cutting edge skills and expertise.
What does industry gain from the arrangement?
Companies benefit by more informed plans for employment of their resources and the opportunity both to grow skills against a more visible programme of future work and to take full advantage of the breadth of MOD capabilities and expertise.
Which companies participate?
The NDP Team's industry element is made up of core member companies which have been selected for their breadth and depth in warship and combat systems concept design skills. The core members are: Babcock, BAE Systems, BMT Group, Finmeccanica, MBDA Missile Systems, QinetiQ and Thales. In addition, a large number of non-core companies are associated with NDP, and have been selected for their specialist skills, products or technologies.
How is the ship and system design work integrated with other acquisition activities?
The NDP Team activity in support of a particular MOD maritime project is managed by the MOD project Chief Engineer, who is responsible for ensuring the delivery and integration of the engineering activities with the rest of the programme.
How does the NDP Team affect the design of major systems by suppliers?
The NDP Team includes representatives from major suppliers where they can influence the overall concept design. From this involvement, major suppliers will also gain information to influence system design.
Who formally owns the ship design?
The design up to the point where a build specification is produced is owned by the MOD. The MOD may choose to delegate certain design changes, but remains the owner of performance risk.
Who approves the design work conducted by the NDP Team?
The Chief Engineer for the particular programme will approve the team's design work.