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Defence Sourcing Portal February Update

The Defence Sourcing Portal went live as planned on 15 February 2021

Please find a letter from Andrew Forzani below: 

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new Defence Sourcing Portal went live as planned on the 15th February ‘21.

The DSP is now the MOD’s strategic platform for advertising new opportunities, conducting prequalification, tendering and subsequently the evaluation of tender submissions.

I’d like to thank you for your support so far in helping achieve this important milestone.

As market opportunities are defined by the MOD they will be advertised on the DSP, the volume of these will ramp up over the coming weeks.

We are still in a transition phase as we conclude opportunities on our legacy platform (Defence Contracts Online) and ramp up the use of the DSP. It’s key that you don’t miss any opportunities, please see below a reminder on navigating the transition period.

1) Managing opportunities during transition

  • Up to the 15th of February, we advertised and ran pre-qualification for new opportunities on our legacy platform, Defence Contracts Online (DCO). Opportunities started on DCO will remain there until they close, we will retire the platform once all ongoing opportunities on DCO are concluded.
  • From the 15th February, all new opportunities will be advertised and tendered on the DSP. Any opportunities published prior to the 15th will continue to be completed on DCO.
  • Both the DSP and DCO publish opportunities on the Contracts Finder and Find a Tender portals. For the period up to the point that all opportunities on DCO close, there will be opportunities on Contracts Finder & Find a Tender that have originated from either DCO or the DSP. It’s important to register interest for opportunities on the platform they originated from.
  • The publishing date on the opportunity is the primary reference to use, however, we will ensure that there is further support and guidance covering this both on the published opportunities and on the DSP homepage.

2) Using the DSP

  • The DSP Supplier Registration Guide and User Guide are now available, both on the DSP login landing page for those already registered, and here on
  • Please note that there is absolutely no charge for registering or using the DSP.
  • The DSP helpdesk is available if you are experiencing any issues.

All details can be found at Further information can be found here, please contact if there are any further questions you would like to ask.

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