The defence secretary has promised £1.3billion to improve MOD testing sites.
The funding comes from supplier QinetiQ and will support an estimated 1,800 people across MOD testing sites. The 16 sites include major projects like the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and Dreadnaught submarines.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Ensuring our cutting-edge equipment is tried and tested before it is sent to the frontline is crucial to our military’s capability.”
“This £1.3bn investment will not only guarantee our Armed Forces’ have the reliable, state-of-the-art weaponry they need, but will also support jobs across the nation.”
QinetiQ Chief Executive, Steve Wadey said: “Today’s agreement enhances our contribution to the safety and operational effectiveness of UK armed forces in an era when threats to our security remain acute and are changing rapidly.”
“In line with our strategy, we are introducing innovative ways of working and making selective investments to reinforce the UK’s position as a world-leader in the generation and assurance of military capability. This will enable us to support the MOD’s future programmes and win more work from both UK and international customers.”
The funding will cover the costs of equipment, training services, and staff at the sites. The 16 sites include MOD Pendine in Wales, MOD British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) at Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland, and MOD Boscombe Down in England.
The MOD has a Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) with QinetiQ, a defence supplier which tests equipment. The new funding has been set out to modernise the sites and create long-term savings.
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