QinetiQ has signed a new 5 year contract with the Royal Navy that will see the introduction of a dedicated training variant of QinetiQ’s Pointer system to optimise the effectiveness of Anti-Surface Warfare training on a wide range of weapon systems.

Developed in partnership with the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the firm say that the Pointer data analytics and measurement system provides an effective link between the Command and Control function and weapon operators to counter threats from Fast In-shore Attack Craft (FIAC).

Featuring a weapon-mounted Laser Range Finder, Pointer T uses encoders to establish the precise position and attitude of weapon systems as well as the location of GPS-tracked threats and determines the nature and impact of ‘hits’.

This data is recorded and displayed in real-time on a portable situational awareness tool, providing trainers with accurate and measurable performance data to maximise the effectiveness of training exercises.

“The introduction of Pointer T will provide invaluable feedback and data analytics for FOST trainers while also helping to engage and motivate gunnery teams,” says QinetiQ’s Stuart Hider, Maritime Programmes Director.

“Countering the current and emerging threats of piracy, terrorist attack and threats from more capable nations, is vital for all platforms, and this advanced training solution will not only improve situational awareness but also help to determine the most effective tactics to employ for any given threat.”

“We’re delighted to be working with QinetiQ to ensure our FIAC training benefits from the most advanced data analytics and measurement technologies,” says Lt Cdr Richard Dobson, Royal Navy Surface Warfare trainer.

“Pointer T will provide us with a highly responsive and cost-effective system to optimise our training capabilities and performance in FP training against small boats and SWARM (coordinated multi FIAC) serials.”

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I wonder how many millions this will cost. I guess ammunition is getting expensive. We wouldn’t want to order too many rounds would we.


I agree with your point but I guess fast moving targets are the expensive part. However good this system is nothing beats live firing but maybe this system is a good compliment to it.

Daniele Mandelli

RN had a gunnery training school at HMS Cambridge I think it was?


It may be that this is only given to vessels during FOST serials and is not carried as a regular bit of kit by every unit all the time.
As FOST also trains a lot of Foreign Naval Units the cost of it will no doubt be recouped.
Live firings will still happen and they are a mandated practise to complete.