in Defence

QinetiQ extends combat system support to QE Class carriers

Posted 7 December 2018 · Add Comment

QinetiQ has confirmed Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers have been added to the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) it provides in partnership with BAE Systems - and in collaboration with Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) - for the Royal Navy.

Courtesy QinetiQ

Confirmation of the £9 million contract extension follows the company’s announcement earlier this year of a £23 million redevelopment project to create a new UK Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems near Portsmouth.

The NCSISS was first signed in 2012 and is delivered by QinetiQ and BAE Systems in collaboration with DE&S. The service removes risk in the development, integration and testing of ship mission systems and enables the Royal Navy to deploy and take full advantage of the latest technologies.

The new contract extension will see the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and its sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, added to the advanced systems testing and evaluation programmes being delivered by the QinetiQ and its partners’ team of specialists based at Portsdown Technology Park.

“We are passionate about delivering world-class systems for the UK front line,” said Steve Fitz-Gerald, QinetiQ Managing Director of Maritime, Land and Weapons.

“The success of the NCSISS has enabled us and our partners to ensure the UK Royal Navy’s surface fleet is at peak operational performance at all times. Receiving confirmation of the contract extension which includes the largest warships in the Fleet demonstrates the unique capabilities, resources and expertise we have at Portsdown Technology Park.

“It is also very timely news as we progress with our plans to extend our capabilities and create a truly world class centre for innovation, integration and testing of Maritime Mission Systems.”

Jo Osburn, Head of Maritime Combat Systems at Defence Equipment and Support said: “Extending the NCSISS arrangement to include the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers has provided a facility to test and assure new capabilities ahead of instillation into the platform.

“QinetiQ’s role in supporting the Combat System Enterprise through NCSISS will enable agile Operational Support to this new class of warship for her current equipment, as well as de-risking the addition of the new systems and equipment planned in the near to medium term”

The contract extension for the two Aircraft Carriers will cover a range of advanced communications systems for the planning and delivery of joint air and maritime activities and other critical operations. The work will also cover the Combat Management Systems and weapon control systems, as is already the case with other platforms in the Royal Navy’s surface Fleet. Engineers from QinetiQ and its NCSISS partners will use the sophisticated shore based test environments at Portsdown to evaluate the complex mission systems of the two Carriers to minimise the amount of testing on the platforms themselves and to maximise their operational availability and deployment.

QinetiQ’s new development programme at Portsdown Technology Park is being undertaken in partnership with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and will include the formation of a new Innovation and Collaboration Hub for other specialist maritime businesses.  Construction and refurbishment work is due to begin on the site in 2019. Following an earlier NCSISS contract extension, QinetiQ engineers at Portsdown are already undertaking test and evaluation programmes for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships, which are due to enter service in the 2020s.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Loganair awarded Derry to Stansted PSO route

Loganair has been selected as the new operator for the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract to secure Derry’s sole air service to London, following the weekend’s news that previous operator flybmi has entered insolvency.

Teacher engineers herself a career change

One young woman from Ballyclare has engineered herself a new career.

IATA releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance data

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term but an increase in accidents compared to

PTC and IFS partner on field service management for A&D

IFS and PTC today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for a strategic collaboration expected to increase value for customers who differentiate their brand on service excellence and asset readiness across

T1 trainer makes first flight at RAF Valley

The first flight of the Texan T1 training aircraft has been completed at RAF Valley.

NSC extends JSCSC service

Simulation, training and consultancy specialist NSC is to stretch its unbroken service to the UK Defence Academy’s Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) beyond the 21-year mark.

ODU 0201311219
See us at
Aviation Africa 2019SMIFAVWS BT1302060619Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management