QinetiQ has secured an initial £1bn contract with the Ministry of Defence for maintaining and improving a number of a UK weapon test sites. The contract will also include modernisation of the Empire Test Pilot School at MoD Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
Details released of the deal include;
- £95m upgrade to test ranges in Aberporth in Wales and the Hebrides. This will be centred around improving tracking equipment and infrastructure so they are more suited to the advanced weapons expected to come on line in the coming years such as the Meteor BVRAAM.
- £85m on replacing the ageing aircraft operated by the Empire Test Pilot School.
- An improved syllabus to make the Empire Test Pilot School more attractive to civilian test pilots to help generate income.
The MoD has said that the contract will in the long term save the taxpayer around £300m thanks to investment in more efficient technology that requires less maintenance.
The £1bn contract already agreed upon this week could be just the tip of the iceberg for QinetiQ who expect to maintain their current commitments to the UK MoD until at least 2028 by which time it is predicted they will have generated £5.6bn in revenue.