QinetiQ awarded four year contract by Dstl to lead a collaborative approach to research

24 Aug 2012

QinetiQ has been awarded a prime contract worth £6.4 million by Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists following an open competition to deliver key aspects of a four-year, programme of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) research.

Military and security operations rely heavily on quick access to information and intelligence to underpin situational awareness, threat assessment and decision making. Without this information, known in the military as ISTAR, the commanders’ ability to take decisions with an acceptable level of confidence is reduced.

The ISTAR Concepts and Solutions (ICS) programme is driving the next generation of ISTAR developments. This is achieved by applying the best science and technology to demonstrate cost-effective system solutions that will significantly improve the information and intelligence available to UK Armed Forces. This might be through developing new technologies or by other means, such as challenging current operational practice on the battlefield.

The ICS research programme, which includes the Industry-led collaborative environment known colloquially as the “ICS Engine Room”, is managed by MOD staff at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), working closely with colleagues in industry and academia. The purpose of the ICS Engine Room is to provide a collaborative interface to draw on innovative solutions from a wide supply base (MOD, industry and academia) to address the most difficult challenges in ISTAR across the whole of defence. QinetiQ has been selected to lead the ICS Engine Room following an open competition.

Jeremy Ward, MD of QinetiQ C4ISR Division said of the award:

“QinetiQ is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Dstl on the ICS project. We will lead a strong, pan-industry and academia team, which includes some of the UK’s most respected scientists, engineers and academics. The team will provide the MOD with access to world leading innovation in C4ISTAR technology and will explore novel ISTAR technologies and processes, which will really make a difference to front line troops in the future.”

Dstl’s Dr Steven Meers, ICS Technical Lead, said:

“Awarding this contract is a major landmark in the delivery of the ICS programme and is a model for how Dstl, Industry and Academic partners will be working together in the future. This project will improve the MOD’s ISTAR Capability, for example by combining the best information technologies emerging from the civil sector with some of the defence specific capabilities which we have access to. A technically excellent group of scientists and engineers drawn from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), prime contractors, world-class universities and Dstl, working together in a collaborative environment, is the best way to deliver this complex, fast paced, challenging programme and provide real impact for MOD.”

Further information on the ICS Engine Room and how to get involved can be obtained by emailing DSTLISTARConceptsandsolutions@dstl.gov.uk or RSWilson@QinetiQ.com

For more information, contact the Dstl press office on 01980 658666, 07766 134768, press@dstl.gov.uk.

Notes for Editors:


The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government.
It starts from the presumption that work should be conducted by external suppliers unless there is a clear reason for it to be done or led by Dstl. At present, around sixty percent of the approximately £400 million MOD non-nuclear defence research programme, managed through Dstl, goes to industry and academia to deliver.
Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with around 3,500 scientists, technologists and engineers at its three main sites: Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.


A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
The QinetiQ ICS Industry and Academia team members are; Raytheon UK, Logica, BAE Systems Detica, Hewlett Packard, General Dynamics UK Ltd, 3SDL Ltd, Envitia Ltd, Mass Consultants Ltd Red Scientific Ltd, RJD Technology Ltd, Bristol University, Cambridge University, Imperial College, Oxford University and University College London.

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