The relationships between government suppliers and government departments have been blurring for years but the General Dynamics Specialist Vehicle Recce Block 1 Scout announcement this week has raised even more questions about these types of arrangement.
The Defence Support Group (DSG) is a UK Government Trading Fund owned by the Secretary of State for Defence formed out f merger between ABRO and DARA.
On the 9th of February this year General Dynamics and DSG signed a partnering agreement that would see a substantial amount of work on the FRES Specialist Vehicle programme being carried out at DSG’s Donnington site.
Welcoming the selection of General Dynamics as the preferred bidder for the £200 million assessment phase, DSG’s Chief Executive, Archie Hughes, said
The decision to begin work on this vital piece of military equipment is an important one, which helps secure workloads for the employees at our Donnington site in the West Midlands
One can feel some sympathy with those in the BAe camp, a private sector organisation through and through, who might feel somewhat aggrieved at losing to a partnership that includes the very people they are supposed to be selling to.
Does this strike anyone as wrong?