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Next Generation Test and Evaluation

25/05/2020

The generation and assurance of defence capability has never been more critical. Governments must plan, resource, test and train for highly complex operational environments.

Test and Evaluation pilot

In this series of articles, QinetiQ experts outline how a modern Test & Evaluation (T&E) enterprise allows military customers to rapidly and safely experiment with new technologies and processes. This, in turn, enables them to evolve and create new defence capabilities to counter emerging new threats and get new technology and systems into the hands of war-fighters faster.

Introduction

Our militaries are experiencing an unprecedented increase in threats, from unsophisticated swarming unmanned systems to new and novel weapons and hypersonic weapons. In response to this challenge, significant funding is being invested in next generation air, land and maritime capabilities. Increasing system inter-operability is vital between a nation’s own ships, aircraft unmanned air platforms and C4ISTAR assets; and between nations in a coalition scenario.

In order to achieve the necessary assurance in this complex and rapidly developing environment, Test & Evaluation (T&E) needs to adapt. T&E enablers need to evolve to enhance confidence in defence capabilities, through an integrated approach to capability generation and assurance; reducing schedule, risk and cost and enhancing the war-fighter’s capability. This requires a clear strategy. How the broad breadth of defence capability should be verified, validated and optimised, from individual systems to entire complex force units. In response to the continuously changing threat, this validation, verification and optimisation needs to be undertaken in a perpetual cycle, to enable defence capability to evolve through rapid technology insertion, to get relevant technology into the hands of war fighters quicker and maximise defence capability utility in operation. In essence, the challenge is to ensure Defence Capability fitness pre-deployment and maximise sustainment whilst deployed in an increasingly cost effective way.