QinetiQ has secured a contract to provide research in command control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) secure information infrastructure and services (CSIIS) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Under the initial three-year contract, the company will conduct CSIIS research in support of the MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
The contract will primarily focus on research into network services, communications, information assurance and information management and information exploitation in relation to their impact upon networks.
QinetiQ C4ISR MD Dr. Jeremy Ward said the programme will realise the potential benefits from novel technology to the UK's front line forces.
''We will build upon our established track record to provide a research capability drawn from across a wide supply base that is tuned to the varied and evolving needs of the MOD C4ISR customer,'' Ward said.
Dstl programme and delivery director Richard Brooks said the competition attracted a good deal of interest, and highlighted the depth of skills, innovation and interest from across this community.
''The long-term commitment to this work is good news for QinetiQ, but also to the large field of suppliers we expect to engage over the course of this work,'' Brooks said.
Leading a team of more than 50 suppliers with representation from academia, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), technology providers and system primes, QinetiQ will also identify and subsequently manage suppliers, contractors, information providers and subject matter experts who will provide a valuable contribution to deliver the research.
The QinetiQ-led team is supported by a Steering Group which has members from BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre, Chemring Technology Solutions, Airbus Defence & Space, Exelis Defence, General Dynamics (UK), HP Enterprise Services, IBM and Dstl.