Excelitas Technologies company Qioptiq has received a $100m surveillance and target acquisition – support (STAS) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Under the contract, the company will provide support for the UK Armed Forces' surveillance and targeting equipment from its St Asaph site in Wales over the next six years.
The company will also ensure vital night vision equipment is available to the British troops deployed worldwide.
Excelitas Technologies Defense and Aerospace executive vice-president Doug Benner said: “We appreciate the confidence the UK MoD has placed in us. This selection will allow us to continue the mission of ensuring STA equipment is available to the end user when needed.
“Whether serving defence ministries around the world or meeting the critical requirements of the world’s largest defence prime contractors, Excelitas’ Defense and Aerospace mission is 'keeping our troops safe' with the best technology / products / services.”
The contract covers equipment used across the UK Armed Forces delivering capability to all three front line commands, Excelitas stated.
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The deal comes with options for an additional five years of support which would increase the contract value by a further $84m.
The Welsh Government is investing £2.5m in a new purpose designed facility, in support of the STAS contract, adjacent to the main company site in North Wales.
Image: Qioptiq will provide support for the UK Armed Forces' surveillance and targeting equipment from its St Asaph site, Wales. Photo: courtesy of Excelitas Technologies.