In October the APM Thames Valley Branch were hosted by BAE Systems at their newly refurbished Park Centre in Farnborough. The presentation on the Terrier Combat Engineer Vehicle programme was organised in conjunction with INCOSE and IMechE, with the guest speaker Adrian Betteridge (Head of Programmes, Combat Vehicles (UK) BAE Systems) providing an overview of the vehicle programme, together with insights to the challenges and lessons learnt during delivery.
Adrian started by explaining how engineers within the armed forces shape the battlefield and are often the first to arrive and last to leave areas of conflict around the world. Carefully explaining the background to the requirement for a 21st century combat vehicle, Adrian then went on to set the industry context and programme timeline. The programme team faced 3 key challenges: Industrial rationalisation; Management of reliability growth and the management of significant change within the programme. These challenges were overcome by clear leadership from within BAE and the stakeholder community, strong communications across the programme (including customers and suppliers) and a culture of trust.
The result was the delivery of a new air transportable combat engineer vehicle which entered service in April 2013. A short video clip of Terrier in action helped bring the presentation towards a close and the appreciative audience asked a number of questions. The evening continued with further discussions on programme management techniques and face to face networking amongst APM members.