The event brought together 24 companies from the rotorcraft sector interested in the study content, procurement rules and associated timeline.
The aim of the NSPA presentations was to offer industry attendees an overview, scoping and assessment of the NGRC Open Systems Architecture Study requirement.
Attending companies were encouraged to provide their views on the conduct of the study. Aspects discussed included: the strengths and opportunities, and weaknesses and issues of candidate Open Systems Architecture concepts, in terms of capability and supportability.
Emmanuel Jaworski, ILS Principal Officer of the NGRC Procurement Office said: “The pre-solicitation conference is an efficient procurement tool to make Industry aware about our coming expectations and objectives. The event illustrates the appetite from Industry to participate in the development of NSPA as Acquisition Agency.”
Ravindranath Dourgah, the acting NGRC Procurement Officer added: “It is relevant to make Industry aware about NSPA future competitions; the Pre-solicitation conference provides such visibility. The high number of participants to the NGRC conference shows the interest of Industry to play an active role in acquisition of NSPA flagship programmes”
The NSPA NGRC programme was established in 2022 and currently has 7 participating Nations: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada (to join by Summer 2023). The services offered include concept studies, and programme management (procurement and finance), and acquisition strategy for upcoming stages.