QinetiQ and Thales se­lect Scor­pion Jet for ASDOT bid

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

QinetiQ, Thales and Tex­tron AirLand have an­nounced a col­lab­o­ra­tion that will bid for the UK Ministry of De­fence’s up­com­ing Air Sup­port to De­fence Op­er­a­tional Train­ing (ASDOT) pro­gramme. The three com­pa­nies’ CEOs met at Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show to an­nounce the sign­ing of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) set­ting the foun­da­tion for the bid.

The op­er­a­tional train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that will com­prise the ASDOT pro­gramme are cur­rently ful­filled by a num­ber of providers, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian. This team will pro­pose an in­no­va­tive, cost ef­fec­tive, tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced re­li­able man­aged ser- vice us­ing the Tex­tron AirLand Scor­pion jet equipped with Thales and QinetiQ sen­sors to pro­vide a broad spec­trum of train­ing for all three armed ser­vices.

The com­pet­i­tive con­tract, ex­pected to be awarded in Septem­ber 2018 with a ser­vice de­liv­ery start in Jan­uary 2020, is an­tic­i­pated to be worth up to £1.2 bil­lion over 15 years.

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