Qinetiq awarded con­tract by DSTL to lead re­search

SP's MAI - - TECHNOLOGY -

QinetiQ has been awarded a prime con­tract worth £6.4 mil­lion by Min­istry of De­fence (MOD) sci­en­tists fol­low­ing an open com­pe­ti­tion to de­liver key as­pects of a four-year, pro­gramme of in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, tar­get ac­qui­si­tion and re­con­nais­sance (IS­TAR) re­search.

Mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions rely heav­ily on quick ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence to un­der­pin sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, threat as­sess­ment and de­ci­sion-mak­ing. With­out this in­for­ma­tion, known in the mil­i­tary as IS­TAR, the com­man­ders’ abil­ity to take de­ci­sions with an ac­cept­able level of con­fi­dence is re­duced.

The IS­TAR Con­cepts and So­lu­tions (ICS) pro­gramme is driv- ing the next gen­er­a­tion of IS­TAR developments. This is achieved by ap­ply­ing the best sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy to demon­strate cost­ef­fec­tive sys­tem so­lu­tions that will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence avail­able to UK Armed Forces. This might be through de­vel­op­ing new tech­nolo­gies or by other means, such as chal­leng­ing cur­rent op­er­a­tional prac­tice on the bat­tle­field.

Jeremy Ward, MD of QinetiQ C4ISR Division, said of the award: “QinetiQ is de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to work with Dstl on the ICS project. We will lead a strong, pan-in­dus­try and academia team, which in­cludes some of the UK’s most re­spected sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers and aca­demics. The team will pro­vide the MOD with ac­cess to world lead­ing in­no­va­tion in C4ISTAR tech­nol­ogy and will ex­plore novel IS­TAR tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses, which will re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to front line troops in the fu­ture.”

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