250 local jobs are to be sustained in Portsmouth after the Government signed a deal with QinetiQ and BAE Systems to jointly provide the Royal Navy’s shore testing ability.
The new Naval Combat System Integration Support Services (NCSISS) contract, worth approximately £45m, is a four year programme to provide shore test facilities, specialised testing and analysis equipment and deep technical expertise to approve combat systems equipment for warships before being fitted on ships.
For 40 years the shore testing facility, at Portsdown Technology Park, Portsmouth, has tested complex combat equipment for all Royal Navy warships. It is a unique and highly specialised facility that makes sure that the Royal Navy has safe and capable combat equipment ahead of setting sail on operations across the world.
Peter Luff, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology said:
“This is good news for both the Portsdown Technology Park, Portsmouth, which remains a strategic national asset, and for the local economy as 250 local jobs will be sustained.
“Portsdown is essential to ensuring that our sailors have the safe and highly effective equipment they need whilst on operations across the world. The collaboration of QinetiQ and BAE Systems will be fundamental and demonstrates how the MoD and industry are forging ahead together to support our Armed Forces.”
Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Vice Admiral Andrew Matthews said:
“The facility in Portsdown is a jewel in the MoD’s crown as it provides our Royal Navy with a UK based centre of excellence for the integration of maritime combat systems. It makes sure that our ships have all the right equipment working seamlessly, so our sailors can trust that their equipment will work correctly, first time and every time.”
Sarah Kenny, MD of QinetiQ’s maritime business said:
“This new contract maintains Portsdown Technology Park’s position as a UK centre of excellence for complex system integration utilised widely by industry and MOD to deliver the systems that make up the Royal Navy’s fighting capability. It is great news for the 150 people that QinetiQ employs on site and the Hampshire companies that we rely on to help deliver our services.”
Mark Townley, Combat Systems Director at BAE Systems said:
We selected this facility as a centre for the Type 45 combat system integration and have further developed it for the mission system for the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. This latest contract underlines the region’s position as the centre for combat systems capability in the UK and creates an opportunity to build on our success in maintaining and updating the Royal Navy’s equipment against a backdrop of increasingly complex technology and rapid rates of development.”
This facility is currently supporting the world class T45 destroyers as they complete their build programme and commence deployments around the globe.
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