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Force Protection

Force protection against threats from the air Potent and effective GBAD (ground-based air defence) relies on making strategic enhancements to air defence capability, to protect field armies and other assets against every air threat – from small UAS to cruise and ballistic missiles.

We help customers gather the information they require to make critical GBAD procurement decisions that meet their capability requirements and cover any gaps. In addition to providing specialist test and evaluation facilities and advice, we work alongside customer teams to execute trials.

We are able to support:

  • Concept development and testing
  • Trials development and firings on UK Ranges including the provision of targets
  • Technology assessments of all components of a system of systems – including those of competitor systems

Our comprehensive expertise ranges across the entire GBAD capability – including sensors and radars, engagement networks, weapons systems, effectors, target identification systems, information systems and command and control systems.

Our plug-in test and reference solution combines real and synthetic environments, which enables customers to test with sensor, effector and C4I models, as well as real effectors including guns and missiles.

Some of the projects we are currently supporting include:

  • MoD DE&S (Defence Equipment and Support)

    pre-concept phase activities for the Divisional GBAD Programme, identifying candidate capability, developing concepts and making recommendations for the Weapons Operating Centre.
  • MoD DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratories)

    QinetiQ is a key partner in a medium power laser development programme.
  • MoD Long Term Partnership Agreement (LTPA)

    supporting missile testing by providing ranges and targets.
  • UK Army 7th Air Defence Group - SkySabre

    supporting the introduction into service, with a test and reference facility, to upgrade from the Rapier missile system to the new state-of-the-art SkySabre anti-aircraft missile system.
  • NATO

    Ballistic Missile Defence architecture development.

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