QinetiQ-led consortium awarded contract to utilise emerging technologies for armed forces training

07 Feb 2014

QinetiQ, partnered by Cranfield University, NSC and XPI Simulation, has been awarded a £3.6M contract from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to monitor and demonstrate developments in gaming, mobile devices and other commercially-available technologies for the benefit of UK defence and security.

The Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) and Emerging Technologies Evaluation and Exploitation (CETEE) programme will identify, evaluate, integrate and exploit novel technologies to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the training and simulation opportunities received by Britain’s Armed Forces.

Dr Miles Adcock, QinetiQ Training MD, said: “This is a fantastic contract for QinetiQ and a key foundation to the future of our Training business. There has been a phenomenal proliferation of home entertainment, mobile devices and other information and computing technologies over the last 10 years and it is vital to keep at the forefront of these innovations and exploit them into the areas of defence and security. We look forward to working alongside our trusted partners on this research contract.”

Andy Bell, CTO, Dstl said: “CETEE embodies the vision of Dstl to work in Partnership with Industry and Academia. By exploiting the opportunities presented by commercial and emerging technologies, we can leverage non-defence investment for use in Defence, supporting recommendations from both SDSR and the ‘National Security Through Technology’ White Paper. CETEE has great potential to provide innovative, agile research which will further our understanding of how COTS can impact on the defence and security of the UK.”

CETEE is being delivered as part of the Dstl Synthetic Environments Tower of Excellence (SE Tower) programme, which enables the Ministry of Defence (MOD), industry and academia to work together to build capability through research into future training and simulation needs.

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About Dstl

Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD that maximises the impact of science and technology for UK defence and security.

Defence and Security at Cranfield

As the academic provider to the UK MOD’s College of Management and Technology at the Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham, Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is at the forefront of the security and defence fields and offers a unique gateway for teaching, research and consultancy, which allows us to deliver practical solutions to make a real difference to the lives of military and civilian personnel across the world. From technology research and development on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and infrared camouflage materials, through to humanitarian de-mining activities, Cranfield is providing specialist knowledge to military personnel, emergency services, governments and NGOs in the UK and around the world.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate institution with a worldwide reputation for excellence and expertise in aerospace, automotive, defence and security, environment, energy, health, management and manufacturing. As the UK’s most business-engaged University, and led by research which is applied to real life situations, we are world-leading in our contribution to global innovation.

About NSC

As cutting-edge simulation and training specialists, NSC’s consultancy teams provide subject matter expertise to customers around the globe in support of experimentation, operational analysis and modelling. Whether examining means of improving the Ministry of Defence’s technologies and approaches to counter-IED training or informing Strategic Defence and Security Review options, NSC’s analytical skills ensure decision makers have the necessary evidence at their fingertips.
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About XPI Simulation

XPI Simulation designs and manufactures world-leading, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) advanced simulator technology for training applications. XPI offer a complete range of systems that are fully scalable and flexible according to different budget and performance requirements.

As of November 2013, XPI Simulation became part of the Thales Group.


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