21st - 22nd September, 2022
UTAC Millbrook, Bedfordshire

Mission:

To deliver coherent, demonstrably safe, and affordable equipment and support capability to the Land environment in a timely manner in order to ensure success on Operations now and in the future.

The Land Equipment Operating Centre is headed up by Major General Darren Crook who was appointed Director Land Equipment in December 2019. He is responsible for equipping and supporting the majority of our Armed Forces’ land equipment and his team spends over £1bn annually on new equipment and support.

The LEOC is sub-divided into programme areas:

  • LEOC Headquarters (LE HQ)
  • Land Concepts and Assessments (LCA)
  • Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture (VDM)
  • Vehicle Support Team (VST)
  • Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP)
  • Artillery Systems (Arty Sys)
  • Operational Infrastructure (OI)

Land Concept and Assessment (LCA)

LCA initiates and manages Land Environment projects through to the Demonstration phase of the CADMID cycle (Concept, Assessment, Demonstration, Manufacture, In-Service and Disposal) on behalf of the Armed Forces. LCA’s focus lies with the acquisition or enhancement of military vehicles whilst also meeting requests for mobile power supplies, shelter and fuel handling systems. LCA’s current portfolio is split across more than 10 Delivery Areas, many of which are high profile.

Concept and Assessment Delivery Areas include:

  • Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) Boxer Programme
  • Multi-Role Vehicle Protected (MRV-P)
  • Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme (CR2 LEP)
  • Future All-Terrain Vehicle (FATV)
  • Project MITER

and several Infrastructure projects:

  • In-service Operational Delivery Areas including the C Vehicle Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
  • Defence Manual Handling Equipment (DMHE)
  • Protected Plant
  • Land Open Systems Architecture delivery (LOSA)

Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture (VDM)

​The Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture Delivery Team has a significant responsibility for the Demonstration and Manufacture of major projects. VDM currently has an Order Book of 4 projects, ranging from the support for in service turret systems to major Army investment programmes for armoured vehicles and CT 40mm Cannon. The major Cat A project within VDM is:

  • AJAX: A medium weight, multi-role family of AFVs with substantially better lethality, mobility and survivability than many vehicles worldwide. Its introduction will see a step change in how the Army is able collect, process and distribute information and intelligence. Whilst AJAX is the flagship vehicle the programme will also deliver five other variants, named ARES, ATHENA, ATLAS, APOLLO and ARGUS which are designed to cover roles ranging from troop carrying to recovery and command and control.

Vehicle Support Team (VST)

VST is responsible for the in-service support of all fighting and logistical vehicles used by the Front Line Commands.  Our Armed Forces rely upon us to support their demanding and often dangerous roles, whether they are training, at readiness or deployed on operations.

VST is organised around four Delivery Areas:

  • Operations is about keeping safe, reliable and fit equipment in the hands of the user.   This is where our vehicle fleets are managed on a day to day basis and continuously improved to meet the demands of operations. It is organised around 14 order book items, incorporating everything from Quad Bikes to Main Battle Tank.
  • Operations Support drives up our collective intelligence.  Through understanding our equipment and all that goes into it through data. The work here underpins availability and sustainability of our vehicle fleet, contributing specialist functional support to our order book items, such as engineering, through life support, supply chain management and integrated logistics.
  • Futures is about driving us from a reactive posture to a proactive one that moves our focus from obsolescence management to driving for our equipment to remain contemporary. It is the centre of innovation within VST.
  • Service Management Function is the focal point for service delivery contracting in Land Equipment. It drives the Service Provision Transformation Contract, improving our close relationship with industry on platform maintenance and repair, as well as our MOD white fleet function.

Soldier, Training and Special Projects (STSP)

STSP is split into five portfolios and a portfolio management office.  The team delivers equipment and support solutions to both the Army and Strategic Command as lead users, but also to all the Front Line Commands and other government departments. The five portfolios are:

  • Dismounted Close Combat (DCC): This portfolio focuses on Lethality (Weapon Systems), Mobility (Vehicle Platforms), Survivability (Body Armour, Helmets, Hearing Protection) and Surveillance and Target Acquisition (Sights and Night Vision Goggles for personnel and weapons).
  • Training and Simulation Systems Portfolio (TSSP): TSSP is responsible for delivering training systems from small arms targetry and computer-based command trainers all the way up to the immersive Combined Arms Tactical Trainer which replicates a range of armoured vehicles.
  • Special Projects Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search (SPEODS): provides specialist equipment and support to personnel working within the Explosive Ordnance Disposal branches of the Front Line Commands.
  • Special Projects Counter Measures and Exploitation (SPCME): provides Demolition, Disablement & Access (DDA) equipment, Electronic Counter Measures (ECM), Materiel and Personnel Exploitation, and Military Working Dogs (MPE/MWD).
  • Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP): The CTTP team has been tasked to deliver Concept and Assessment phase activities for 3 inter-related projects: System Management, Synthetics, and Training Measurement & Evaluation (TME). The projects will contribute to the delivery of Army’s Future Collective Training System (FCTS), transforming the way collective training is delivered to better replicate the character of the modern battlefield and provide a greater contribution to the delivery of strategic effect, through training alongside our partners, reassuring our allies, and deterring potential adversaries.

Artillery Systems (Arty Sys)

Arty Sys is responsible for through life delivery and support of 15 projects, both in-service and procurement, from sensor to shooter. The team is grouped into;

  • Surveillance and Target Acquisition Systems responsible for the Acoustic Sound Ranging Programme (ASP), Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR), Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar (MAMBA) and Man-portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR). This group is currently procuring the Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator (D-JFI) a suite of equipment that provides enhanced precision targeting information for Fire Support Teams as well as life extension programmes for MAMBA, ASP and MSTAR.
  • Command, Control and Targeting Software Applications manages the Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application (FC BISA) and the NATO Armaments Ballistic Kernel (NABK). We have recently brought into service the Defence Targeting Toolset (DTT) which provides a suite of targeting software to enhance rapid and effective communication between target acquisition and weapon systems as well as FC BISA v4.0 which will improve FC BISA functionality and allow digital fires ensuring that the UK maintains interoperability with allies.
  • Indirect Fire Platforms responsible for the 105mm L118 Light Gun and 13Pdr Guns used on ceremonial duties.
  • Precision Artillery responsible for Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the GPS Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
  • New Cat A Projects, currently Arty Sys have 2 x Cat A Projects both in the Concept phase which are SERPENS the next generation weapons locating system looking to replace MAMBA, ASP and LCMR by 2026 and the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP). MFP will be combined with a new generation of longer-range and more accurate and lethal ammunition, to replace AS90 as the fires capability to enable manoeuvre at the divisional level or in a medium limited intervention.

Operational Infrastructure (OI)

OI has a broad remit to deliver and sustain deployable living and working infrastructure & battlefield utilities, through life, in order to equip and support current and future operations for our Armed Forces. OI covers 9 OBIs that are used across all of defence on overseas and UK operations and major capstone exercises.  The portfolio is a balanced mix of new capability projects and In-Service Support.

OI enables defence deployable activity, from recent land operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the storage and protection of the RAF’s fleet of aircraft and the deployable technical workshops aboard the QE class aircraft carrier.

OI is organised into four delivery pillars:

  • Infrastructure: Domestic, technical and HQ accommodation systems (SJTFHQ, HQ ARRC, 3 (UK) Div, 1 (UK) Div), force protection engineering (Sangars, HESCO walling, HQ buildings), expedient surfaces (temporary trackways to F35 landing pads), and all Defence field hospitals.
  • Utilities: Deployable power (FEPS, LFG), fuel (JOFS2) and water (CWSS).
  • Specialist Tools & Equipment: Workshop tools and test equipment, military equipment tool solutions, general purpose test & measuring equipment and deployable technical support systems.
  • Bridging: Amphibious (M3), Short, Medium and Long Gap (MGCC, BR90, TYRO).
Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA)
Logistic Support Operating Centre (LSOC)
Strategic Supplier Management Team (SSMT)