The Department of Defence has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise announced by the Prime Minister n 31 March this year. The RFI closes on 2 August.
The purpose of the RFI is to seek feedback from industry and academia to inform subsequent decisions by Defence, including defining the overall strategy for this project, identifying commercial models to support the government’s strategy and identifying potential industry partners to work with the Commonwealth. It identifies three key questions:
- Preferred commercial models and the potential role of an initial strategic industry partner
- Industry readiness
- Acceleration opportunities
The last two represent an opportunity for targeted R&D by industry, academia and DST Group. The RFI also explicitly seeks out feedback from SMEs on their existing and planned capabilities, how they might support the establishment of a sovereign GWEO capability and to identify areas for further Commonwealth focus and investment.
An online briefing will be held to provide further information on the Enterprise and RFI process – details will be published on AusTender when they become available.