Qinetiq, which provides test, evaluation and training support services to the UK MOD through a Long Term Partnering Agreement, has signed a five year framework contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), budgeted to be worth £300 million over that period.
Qinetiq has five major facilities in the UK employing a total of around 6,000 people, including at Malvern, Farnborough and Boscombe Down, and is one of the UK’s largest research and technology organisations.
The contract, which includes key partners MBDA and Thales, is to lead the Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF). The framework will enable Dstl, and more than 70 industry and academic suppliers, to develop and exploit technology for the benefit of UK Armed Forces and HM Government.
Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive Dstl said: “As the science inside UK defence and security Dstl’s research delivers clear military and strategic advantage for our armed forces, we reduce risk to our forces by delivering technology with increased effectiveness and range. We have seen a growing demand from customers for our advice, assurance and research which create new game changing capabilities for defence. We are proud to have delivered affordable and effective solutions to our customers that have saved lives and money, as well as supporting the growth of the UK economy. The WSRF brings together our key partners, SMEs and academia to develop the solutions defence and security need in a fast evolving world.”
Steve Fitz-Gerald, Group Managing Director for Maritime and Land at QinetiQ said, “We are immensely proud to be supporting Dstl and the wider defence enterprise to deliver a framework that ensures the UK benefits from the best thinking and innovation. The enhanced scope of the WSRF will allow the generation of new capability, getting battle winning equipment and technology into the hands of the warfighter at pace, and enable the UK to counter the evolving threats to our sovereignty and prosperity.”