Tom Keighley

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QinetiQ consortium land £11.7m defence research funding

Hampshire defence technology specialists QinetiQ have been awarded an £11.7m research funding to develop defence advanced materials.

The funding has been granted by the MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) as part of its Materials and Structures Technology (MAST) Science and Technology Centre (STC).

It has been awarded to a QinetiQ led consortium including Malvern Optical Ltd, BAE Systems, MBDA, NPL, Q-Par Angus and several UK universities.

QinetiQ and its partners will now establish a world class facility, sited in Farnborough and Pershore, at which research and materials tests will be carried out.

This facility will act as a national hub enabling vital collaborative work amongst Dstl’s MAST STC members from around the country to meet current and future defence needs.

Chris Gibson, Programme Director, Defence Capabilities and Systems, Dstl Programme Office said: “We start from the presumption that work should be conducted by external suppliers unless there is a clear reason for it to be done or led by Dstl, and this is another great example of Dstl funding the best placed multi-organisational team to undertake the research and deliver the project.”

“Dstl’s MAST STC pursues excellence in structures science and technology for defence applications investigating novel technologies and fostering engagement with industry and academia.

“This means encouraging the formation of research teams and exploiting research into military technology and equipment.”

Dave Moore, Group Lead, Smart Technologies and Stealth, QinetiQ said, “This funding will ensure that the UK remains at the cutting edge of defence advanced materials research and enable us to maintain our position as a world leading company in this area.

“In conjunction with programmes supported by the MOD DE&S organisation and delivered by QinetiQ, this programme secures an enduring capability for the UK for at least the next 3 years.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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