2015 Report details for project: Mounted Close Combat

Project name: Mounted Close Combat - there are 2 reports for this project: 2014, 2015
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The aim of the Mounted Close Combat (MCC) Capability Change Programme was to deliver appropriate, integrated capability in order for the Army to generate and sustain MCC capability for operations, within allocated resources, in the 2025 timeframe. There have been significant changes to the MCC Programme since the submission of the Q2 2014 summary. Following a Cabinet Office assurance review in April 2014, and extensive consultation, the SRO has split the previous large MCC Programme into four constituent programmes, of which two are now in the GMPP – Armoured Cavalry 2025 and Armoured Infantry 2026. The new four programmes are: a. Armoured Cavalry 2025. Consists of the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle Equipment Project; its supporting training solution; and the other pan-Defence Line of Development projects to deliver the new Armoured Cavalry capability out to 2050; b. Armoured Infantry 2026. Consists of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Project (WCSP) – a full turret upgrade to the Army’s principal Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The Army also has an aspiration to establish a further project within the programme to provide support to the Armoured Infantry capability through the Armoured Battlefield Support Vehicle (ABSV). This will create an upgraded and fully integrated capability out to 2040+; c. Armour Main Battle Tank 2025. Consists of the Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme which extends the life of the tank and its training aides to provide the Armoured capability out to 2035; d. Mechanised Infantry 2029. It will enable the protected movement and manoeuvre of infantry and associated combat support users. Currently in the Concept phase and not yet formally established as a programme.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The delivery confidence assessment for Q2 2014/15 was based on a level of uncertainty in the wider MCC Programme, particularly with reference to the Armour and Mechanised Infantry projects – both at that time requiring additional project definition. The financial variance also meant that the assessment was appropriate. There have been significant changes to the MCC Programme since Q2 2014/15. Following a Cabinet Office assurance review in Apr 2014 and extensive consultation with MOD Head Office and the MPA, the SRO has split the previous large MCC Programme into the four constituent programmes above enabling increased focus on the individual programmes.
Start date: 2010-03-16
End date: 2033-12-31
Schedule text: MCC no longer exists as a programme construct and the above start and end dates are no longer relevant. However the two new disaggregated GMPP programmes end dates are scheduled as: Armoured Cavalry 2025. The programme should be closed once full operating capability is reached – scheduled for Q1 2025; Armoured Infantry 2026 - The ABSV (as part of the programme) remains an aspiration at this stage but is likely to deliver vehicles on a schedule out to Q4 2026. At this point, the Armoured Infantry Programme will have reached full operating capability and can be closed. Thus these two programmes will end well in advance of the 2033 date, stated against the previous MCC Programme, because the elongated timelines were applicable to programmes now out of scope of the Armoured Cavalry and Armoured Infantry programmes.
Baseline: £288.34m
Forecast: £308.75m
Variance: 7.10%
Variance text: The in-year variance of circa £20m between Budget (CT) and Forecast (Costs), as at Q2 2014 was due to: • Armoured Cavalry - SCOUT SV. In year figures include provision for early manufacture activities. • Armoured Infantry - Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. Acceleration of Demonstration costs to FY 2014/15 following Prime Contract Reset. • Armour MBT - Challenger 2 Life Extension Project. Variance in FY 2014/15 against CT is due to slippage of Concept studies from FY13/14 to FY14/15.
Whole Life Cost: £17,251.83m
WLCost text: The increase of the total budgeted whole life costs from Q2 2013 is caused by the funding profiles being amended to include all costs out to the end of manufacture. This has predominantly seen additional costs added to Future Years (Yr 10+). Costs reported in Q2 2014 are associated with procurement of vehicles, their whole life costs, training simulators and a 1-2 year initial support package. The CT does not currently include other Defence Line of Development costs, specifically Infrastructure and Training. These will be identified and resourced during the next annual budgeting cycle to provide a complete picture.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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