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Threats and technology are rapidly evolving, driving the need for new tactics, new systems and system upgrades to be developed, tested and implemented at pace.


Why do Underwater Test & Evaluation?

Test & Evaluation (T&E) is at the heart of QinetiQ’s offering to our defence customers, but why is it so important in the underwater domain and how must it evolve to meet the future requirements of our customers?


At the highest level, T&E aims to provide customers with an evidence base that allows them to make well-informed, objective decisions in relation to an underwater capability. Broadly speaking, there are three reasons to do underwater T&E in Defence:

  • To assure a capability is safe – during design, manufacture, acceptance and through-life
  • To assure a capability is contractually compliant (i.e. the buyer gets what they want, and what they paid for) 
  • To measure elements of a capability, in order to quantify operational risk 

The Fundamentals of Underwater T&E

Download our full guide which covers the reasons, aims and benefits behind carrying out test and evaluation in the underwater domain.
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The Future of Underwater T&E

This paper explores four areas we believe are the future of T&E in the challenging underwater domain, based on the exploration of current trends.
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Submarine Brochure

We enable mission-critical capability in submarines, from range services and safety, to 24/7 in-service support and numerical analysis. Download our Submarine Brochure to find out more.
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VIDEO: An overview of the Underwater Test & Evaluation facilities at one of our UK sites

Submarine Capability Statement
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From analysing manoeuvrability to evaluating the stealth performance of submarines, we help our customers to achieve capability, safety, survivability, efficiency and fleet availability at a reduced cost, through the deep expertise of our people and the use of our highly advanced strategic facilities. Download our capability statement to find out more.