QinetiQ secures UK underwater target service contract

04 June 2014

QinetiQ has won a five-year contract worth GBP5.3 million (USD8.9 million) to deploy and maintain the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) underwater mobile acoustic targets, edging out the previous incumbent Serco.

Autonomous underwater mobile targets are torpedo size vehicles that simulate the radiated noise and target echo strength of a submarine. They are used for a variety of purposes, including: training submarine crews to detect and/or classify targets; weapon and platform acceptance trials for the Royal Navy's (RN's) submarine fleet; and to support weapon and sonar development.

According to QinetiQ, the contract will be delivered by the company's Platform Readiness Services team based at the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) range facility at the Kyle of Lochalsh in west Scotland.

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