QinetiQ receives £37m Typhoon support contract
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04 Dec 2009
DE&S recognises QinetiQ’s continued strategic role in developing and operating this aircraft
QinetiQ has been awarded a three-year contract by the MOD's Defence Equipment & Support operation worth £37m, to continue support for the Typhoon programme. Covering release to service recommendations, crew protection and performance, mission system software support, technical and business support plus airworthiness and safety clearance, this seamlessly follows on from the original £52.5m contract, signed with the Typhoon Project Team in August 2006.
“This contract recognises the strategic role QinetiQ continues to have in the development and future operation of this aircraft, along with the operational savings we can help the MOD achieve,” explained Mike Howarth, MD for QinetiQ’s Managed Services business. “We are focused on cost effectively developing and delivering quality support that enables the Typhoon to operate safely and to enable new sophisticated modern systems to be integrated onto the aircraft.”
QinetiQ has played a central role in the evolution of the Eurofighter Typhoon since its conception over 20 years ago. Key tasks delivered include: providing independent Release to Service (RTS) safety recommendations; the technical review of Verification, Qualification and Certification (VQ&C) evidence; programme risk reduction and recovery support activities; future capability/decision support; and the operation of strategic facilities for the MOD. This package also continues to provide the MOD with confidence in the safety and fitness for purpose of the Typhoon and its associated systems as they are developed.
QinetiQ employees and resources to deliver this programme are located at sites across the UK including MOD Boscombe Down, BAE Systems Warton, Farnborough, Malvern and Bristol. A number of the MOD ranges, which are operated by QinetiQ under the long term partnering agreement (LTPA), are also used in support of this programme.