Defence technology company QinetiQ Group subsidiary QinetiQ US has secured a contract to support the US Army’s image processing and advanced optics technologies.   

The contract will require QinetiQ to offer engineering support for a diversified research, engineering, and development project for the Army’s C5ISR Center, Research & Technology Integration Directorate, and Image Processing Division (IPD).

With a ceiling value exceeding $48m, the deal involves a 48-month period of performance that includes a 24-month base and a 24-month option.

QinetiQ US president and CEO Shawn Purvis said: “The US Army’s science and technology mission objectives align with our comprehensive work across the C5ISR space.

“We are focused on providing mission-led engineering to protect our servicemen and women while advancing operational goals and are proud to work with the Army on its R&D and imaging efforts.”

As part of the task order, QinetiQ US will be responsible for developing and maintaining software algorithms, computer programming, hardware integration, optics, sensor protection, displays, systems engineering, and assessments.

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Apart from supporting the army’s modernisation plan, the contract is also in line with the cross-functional science and technology teams’ research on next-generation combat vehicles, future vertical lifts, and soldier lethality.

QinetiQ C5ISR business unit executive vice-president and general manager Stephen Iwicki said: “Advanced optics and comprehensive image processing give our forces an advantage in an ever-evolving mission landscape.

“We value the work we do in national security and are honoured to continue our support of Army modernisation objectives.”

Earlier this year, QinetiQ closed an agreement to acquire mission-focused cyber and data analytics solutions provider Avantus Federal.