Niteworks has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue their supply of wide-ranging expert advice in support of the national armed forces' operations, capabilities and procurement matters.
The £17m contract features a three-year base performance period, and two optional years.
Established by the MoD in 2003, Niteworks enhances the UK military's operations and capability planning by delivering effective training to increase protection against cyberattacks and setting better requirements for equipment.
A partnership between the MOD's Defence Science & Technology Laboratory and pan-industry teams, such as large organisations, specialist suppliers and subject matter experts; Niteworks analyses problems, examines options and also de-risks requirements, to eventually enable the ministry make better, faster and more informed decisions.
Niteworks managing director Simon Jewell said the company assesses the operational context and applies relevant industrial experience to help the MoD with some of the most challenging issues.
''This has made a real difference to the armed forces and the operations they serve on, including those in Afghanistan, such as Niteworks' support to operation HERRICK mission-specific training,'' Jewell said.
''This ensured that the latest C4ISTAR urgent operational requirements were made available to those who needed training, in order to use it in theatre.''
Defence Equipment & Support technical director air vice-marshal, Julian Young, said Niteworks provides MoD with a route to the organisations that have skills or knowledge capable of benefiting military operations, irrespective of their size.
''It provides an impartial environment where decisions on military capability can be informed by the latest subject-matter expertise, from across industry and academia,'' Young said.
Besides delivering £580m in benefits to the MoD over the past five years, Niteworks has also provided additional non-financial benefits from front-line operations, including those currently underway in Afghanistan.
Additionally, the company undertakes a range of experimentation to help the MoD in evaluation of more effective methods of using existing military equipment and examine a way for introduction of new technologies.
Image: Niteworks has been supporting the UK military's operations over the past decade. Photo: copyright of Hamish Burke.