Security and defence contractor QinetiQ has signed an amendment agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to modernise 16 defence facilities across the nation.
The amendment to the 25-year Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) secures £1.3bn for QinetiQ in the form of revenue through to 31 March 2028. Under the LTPA, QinetiQ will continue to provide experimentation, testing and evaluation, and training support to the MOD.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Ensuring our cutting-edge equipment is tried and tested before it is sent to the frontline is crucial to our military’s capability.
“This £1.3bn investment will not only guarantee our armed forces’ have the reliable, state-of-the-art weaponry they need, but will also support jobs across the nation.”
In order to combat the growing sophistication of threats from adversaries, the UK needs updated and advanced military weapons capabilities, as well as testing and training in the use of weaponry, which QinetiQ will provide.
As well as the modernisation of UK defence facilities, the amendment allows QinetiQ to deliver on future MOD programmes such as the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier programme and the Dreadnought submarine programme.
QinetiQ chief executive Steve Wadey said: “Today’s agreement enhances our contribution to the safety and operational effectiveness of UK Armed Forces in an era when threats to our security remain acute and are changing rapidly.
“In line with our strategy, we are introducing innovative ways of working and making selective investments to reinforce the UK’s position as a world-leader in the generation and assurance of military capability. This will enable us to support the MOD’s future programmes and win more work from both UK and international customers.”
Future MOD investment projects include noise and electromagnetic signature measurement for stealth enhancement of ships, submarines and aircraft; ground-based electronic warfare capabilities to give the UK and operational advantage, and a new digital test and evaluation ‘backbone’, which can employ quick data analytics to improve new capabilities.
DE&S chief executive officer Sir Simon Bollom said: “This latest contract amendment under the LTPA demonstrates how we are continuing to support our key defence programmes by investing in essential test and evaluation services.
“This is another example of how DE&S is working collaboratively with industry and the front line commands to ensure our armed forces have the best value equipment and training to meet the operational demand.”
The LTPA contract between the MOD and Qinetiq was last extended in 2008.