QinetiQ has been awarded a prime contract worth £6.4m by Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists following an open competition to deliver key aspects of a four-year, programme of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) research.
Military and security operations rely heavily on quick access to information and intelligence to underpin situational awareness, threat assessment and decision making. Without this information, known in the military as ISTAR, the commanders’ ability to take decisions with an acceptable level of confidence is reduced.
The ISTAR Concepts and Solutions (ICS) programme is driving the next generation of ISTAR developments. This is achieved by applying the best science and technology to demonstrate cost-effective system solutions that will significantly improve the information and intelligence available to UK Armed Forces. This might be through developing new technologies or by other means, such as challenging current operational practice on the battlefield.
The ICS research programme, which includes the Industry-led collaborative environment known colloquially as the “ICS Engine Room”, is managed by MOD staff at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), working closely with colleagues in industry and academia.
The purpose of the ICS Engine Room is to provide a collaborative interface to draw on innovative solutions from a wide supply base (MOD, industry and academia) to address the most difficult challenges in ISTAR across the whole of defence. QinetiQ has been selected to lead the ICS Engine Room following an open competition.