Military Capabilities

DSEI 2019: UK MoD pushes to revamp test and evaluation regime

11 September 2019

UK defence chiefs are pushing to revamp their test-and-evaluation infrastructure and processes in a bid to make them more relevant to future twenty-first-century military operations.

UK Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability) Air Marshal Richard Knighton told delegates at the 2019 DSEI defence exhibition in London on 9 September that change was needed to provide the agile capabilities required by operational commanders.

He stressed that the operational test and evaluation of new military equipment and capabilities was fundamental to operational success, adding that "test and evaluation is not a costly burden".

The current UK test-and-evaluation infrastructure dates from the Second World War and the Cold War and so needs a major refresh.

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