The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is planning to invite bids for a dismounted soldier system engine room contract later this year.
Valued at around £40m, the four-year contract will play a major role in research to deliver an integrated soldier system.
Prior to the bidding process, Dstl will provide requirements for the contract and a prequalification questionnaire for suppliers.
The contract will involve the development of next-generation weaponry, and support the integration of man-worn power and data in the near future.
Successful bidders will provide operational analysis, research and systems engineering to support the development of the UK dismounted soldier capability.
Dstl close combat systems programme manager Ross Jones said: "The dismounted soldier systems engine room industry day allowed a huge breadth of industry suppliers and representatives from academia to come together in support of dismounted soldier research.
"Over the coming months we will be setting out the requirements for the contract and look forward to receiving proposals later this year."
In March, Dstl held an industry day for suppliers to find out more about the contract.
Nearly 130 suppliers took part in the event, which provided information about procurement timelines and specific research areas covered by the contract.
Image: Dstl's contract will underpin the development of the UK dismounted soldier capability. Photo: courtesy of UK Government