QinetiQ has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Defence to modernise 16 of the country’s critical testing facilities.
The £1.3bn capital investment will be funded by QinetiQ and subsequently recovered from the MoD over the life of the contract. This is a 25-year contract under which QinetiQ will provide experimentation, test, evaluation and training support to the MoD.
The funding will support the employment of around 1,800 people across 16 MoD-owned testing sites through the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) with QinetiQ, say the firm.
According to Qinetiq, the investment projects include:
- noise and electromagnetic signature measurement to enhance the “stealth” performance of ships, submarines and aircraft, enabling them to better evade detection;
- ground-based evaluation of electronic warfare, communication and advanced weapon systems, to enable operational advantage; and
- a new digital test and evaluation ‘backbone’ to accelerate the processing of critical data and associated information, to enable simultaneous testing across multiple locations, essential for supporting new, complex defence capabilities.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Ensuring our cutting-edge equipment is tried and tested before it is sent to the frontline is crucial to our military’s capability.
This £1.3bn investment will not only guarantee our Armed Forces’ have the reliable, state-of-the-art weaponry they need, but will also support jobs across the nation.”
Steve Wadey, QinetiQ Chief Executive, said:
“Today’s agreement enhances our contribution to the safety and operational effectiveness of UK armed forces in an era when threats to our security remain acute and are changing rapidly. In line with our strategy, we are introducing innovative ways of working and making selective investments to reinforce the UK’s position as a world-leader in the generation and assurance of military capability. This will enable us to support the MOD’s future programmes and win more work from both UK and international customers.”
Chief Executive Officer at DE&S, the MOD’s procurement agency, Sir Simon Bollom said:
“This latest contract amendment under the LTPA demonstrates how we are continuing to support our key defence programmes by investing in essential test and evaluation services. This is another example of how DE&S is working collaboratively with industry and the Front Line Commands to ensure our Armed Forces have the best value equipment and training to meet the operational demand.”