QinetiQ finalises £308m CATS contract to supply MOD with an aerial target service for the UK’s armed forces

QinetiQ has today signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to supply a Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) for the UK’s armed forces. Worth up to £308 Million over 20 years, this is QinetiQ’s largest competed sale to date. QinetiQ was confirmed by the MOD as preferred bidder for this air target service contract in March 2006 after open competition. Through the contract, QinetiQ will provide a service that meets all of the UK MOD’s aerial target requirements worldwide including ground-based air defence training, aerial target services for the Royal Navy, and an air-to-air service for the RAF.

CATS combines in a single contract all of the MOD’s existing target arrangements. This includes the Mirach service currently delivered by QinetiQ at Aberporth in South Wales as part of the 25-year Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) through which it runs the MOD’s 22 principle test and evaluation ranges.

Andrew Sleigh, QinetiQ’s Group Managing Director for Defence, said: "Over the next two decades, CATS will provide a flexible service worldwide that is key to the air defence training of the UK’s armed forces. This contract is a significant success for QinetiQ and confirms our position as a major provider of high end managed services in UK defence." He continued: "A key feature of CATS is that our independence from manufacturers allows us to make use of the best proven targets on the market."

Each of QinetiQ’s aerial target technologies has met a strict selection process and is already in service with UK and overseas customers:

  • Mirach 100/5 targets from Galileo Avionica, a Finmeccanica Company, are fully integrated at Aberporth, as part of QinetiQ’s current aerial target provision under the LTPA.
  • Meggitt Defence Systems’ Banshee targets are fully integrated at UK ranges in Manorbier, Aberporth and the Hebrides.
  • The Meggitt Voodoo intermediate target and helicopter pop-up target complete the suite of targets that comprise the total service.


Source: QinetiQ
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