QinetiQ has won a £153 million work contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver technical services to fast jets and the A400M heavy-lift aircraft.
The award introduces a framework for how the two organisations will work together, called the Strategic Enterprise, which will deliver considerable savings to the MOD through improved efficiency, the company announced Thursday.
The Strategic Enterprise, developed jointly by QinetiQ and the UK MOD, is a formal agreement that enables multiple projects to be managed under a single, standardised delivery approach. This provides better value for money to the MOD by driving down management costs, optimising the use of resources, streamlining administrative processes, and enabling longer-term planning.
“These contracts are important to maintain quality of service for the RAF’s key platforms and reflect a new partnership and way of working between the MOD and QinetiQ to sustain both capability and jobs.” Philip Dunne, the Minister of State for Defence Procurement, said.
“This new approach transforms the provision of QinetiQ provided technical services for our aircraft.” Air Marshal Simon Bollom, Chief of Materiel (Air) at DE&S, said.
The Strategic Enterprise will deliver considerable savings and improve long-term planning through further improving our joint working. It will also support the retention of the UK skills base that will be required to deliver future programmes.
Under the Strategic Enterprise, the MOD has awarded QinetiQ a £120m contract to provide technical advisory services to fighter jet programmes such as Typhoon and Tornado, and a £33m contract to support the UK’s contribution to A400M ATLAS, including the certification of aircraft into service, introducing new capability and safety evaluation.