The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a £150 million agreement with QinetiQ which marks the start of a 15-year collaboration between the two organisations.
The contract – called the Maritime Strategic Capabilities Agreement (MSCA) – will allow the MoD and other government and commercial customers access to QinetiQ’s facilities in Portsmouth, Gosport and Rosyth and expertise in maritime research and technology.
“Through the MSCA, QinetiQ will continue to deliver critical facilities that help the Royal Navy save lives, time and money,” said QinetiQ CEO for Europe, Middle East and Australasia Clive Richardson.
“The MSCA also gives us a strong platform on which to attract further commercial business to the facilities. It means we can make a real contribution to driving down commercial marine research costs while developing environmentally-friendly technologies in sectors such as tidal power generation.”
The UK government has also negotiated an agreement with the French government which will allow the UK to make use of the cavitation tunnel at Val de Reuil, and for the French to use the ocean basin at Gosport in exchange.