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Since the mid-1990s the MOD has applied Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) as its project management framework for all Defence acquisition. AACE has been closely engaged with this transformational journey for over 20 years and continues to seek opportunities to help wider industry glean the benefits from managing their assets with an ILS approach.
ILS methodology spans each of the through life acquisition phases, from Concept to Disposal. The key fact underpinning ILS is that, over the life cycle of any product, the cost of acquisition is relatively small compared to the cost of support, both financially and in terms of unavailability of assets during operations. The ILS framework steers all aspects of procurement and support, from the suppliers as well as the buyer’s perspective, including: initial bid assessment; detailed specification of contract deliverables; documentation and plans; selection of the equipment support solution; and management of the in-service support phase by customer and supplier.
As part of the ILS Service AACE have generated: reliability and maintainability, obsolescence management, configuration management, maintenance, publications, logistic, air mobility, environmental and transport strategies and plans. Our people have not just drafted these plans but have assisted clients implementing them thereby reducing the through life cost of ownership.
AACE has successfully provided such specialised support across all aspects of ILS. Our teams work effectively using the guidance and regulation within the Support Solutions Envelope (SSE), which addresses the key support areas of: logistics readiness and sustainability; supportability; supply chain management and logistics information.
AACE offers experienced ILS managers and practitioners in all of the fields above, familiar with the ILS formats, processes and effects of each task element. Accordingly, our ILS subject matter experts can similarly offer these ILS deliverables for any civil or defence programme seeking to minimise through life asset management costs, whilst enhancing equipment availability.
AACE employs practised and adept support solution experts and supply chain managers able to develop and deliver dependable, high-integrity, logistic support solutions, optimising cost of ownership and supply chain management throughout the equipment life-cycle.
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