MoD looks for better ways to gather military intellegence
QinetiQ has been awarded a £6.4m prime contract by the MoD to deliver aspects of a four-year intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) research programme, and is looking for collaboration from wider industry and academia.
“Military and security operations rely heavily on quick access to information and intelligence to underpin situational awareness, threat assessment and decision making,” said Qinetiq. “Without this ISTAR, commanders’ ability to take decisions with an acceptable level of confidence is reduced.”
Called the ISTAR Concepts and Solutions (ICS) programme, its intention is to “apply the best science and technology to demonstrate cost-effective systems that will improve the information and intelligence available to UK armed forces”, said the firm. “This might be through developing new technologies or by other means, such as challenging current operational practice on the battlefield.”
This search for ideas is why the call has gone out for organisations with ideas and suitable capabilities.
“A technically excellent group of scientists and engineers drawn from SMEs, prime contractors, world-class universities and Dstl, working together in a collaborative environment, is the best way to deliver this complex programme,” said the ICS technical lead, Dr Steven Meers of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Dstl is managing the overall programme, and awarded the contract to Qinetiq.
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