Three new helicopters join the QinetiQ fleet at MOD Boscombe Down to expand the fleet of aircraft available to customers.
According to Qinetiq here:
“Providing test pilots and flight test engineers with cutting edge resources and the very latest learning tools has helped to keep ETPS at the forefront of flight test training for both military and civil customers for over 75 years. Our latest £multi-million investment in three new helicopters will further extend the fleet of aircraft available to ETPS and trials customers and give talented pilots, engineers and aircrew access to the most advanced and systems-rich helicopters of any test pilot school.
The latest expansion to our fleet takes the investment in new training, test and evaluation capabilities to well over £100 million over the past three years and, significantly, will provide unprecedented operational capacity and service capabilities for our customers training at ETPS or in delivery of test and evaluation projects. Representing the shift towards the modernisation of Test & Evaluation, this latest investment highlights our commitment to ensure capabilities match frontline training requirements through new technologies and facilities. Delivering such advanced Test and Evaluation capabilities will be of particular value to customers from both the military and civil sectors.
They will also offer considerable benefits for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and form a key part of our one stop shop for Aviation Special Mission Services through the Aircraft Engineering Centre (AEC) and the QinetiQ Civil Flying Organisation (QCFO) capabilities.”
Due to achieve initial operating capability this summer (2021), the new aircraft comprise two Agusta A109S Grand helicopters and a Leonardo AW139 helicopter fitted with an integrated Electro-Optical and Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera turret and a modern, complex avionics suite.
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