Defence Training Review axed

Posted on 19 Oct 2010 by The Manufacturer

QinetiQ confirms that it has been advised by the MoD that the procurement for Package 1 of the DTR programme is to be terminated with immediate effect.

The MoD has stated that it believes that commercial and financial close, scheduled for March 2011, cannot be achieved within the prescribed period, and the project is unaffordable. As a consequence, the MoD has concluded it is necessary to terminate the DTR procurement and Metrix’s appointment as preferred bidder.

The MoD intends to examine a range of alternative proposals for the rationalisation of defence training. These will consider how training may be delivered in the future from a Defence Technical College; St. Athan in Wales will continue to be an option for its location. The MoD will commence work on alternative options as soon as possible.

Since the appointment of Metrix as preferred bidder in 2007, QinetiQ has incurred costs of £37m, which have been capitalised on the balance sheet of the Group.

Commenting, Leo Quinn, chief executive, said: “We are disappointed by today’s news, but believe that the principles behind the programme remain unchanged. We look forward to discussing alternative solutions with the MoD for providing consistent high quality training across the Forces in a way which delivers value for money within the current budgetary constraints.”