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QinetiQ demonstrator cleared for testing fast jet radars and sensors

9th August 2023 - 15:30 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


QinetiQ's ATD will support radar and sensor development and evaluation. (Photo: QinetiQ)

QinetiQ has completed flight tests of its Avro RJ100 Airborne Technology Demonstrator (ATD) fitted with a combat aircraft nose system radome as part of a programme to test fighter aircraft radars and sensors.

The ATD, flown in partnership with BAE Systems, will support a range of programmes and a variety of technology developments in the sector and become a core test, trials, training and evaluation (T3E) capability under a Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) with the UK MoD.

The flights represent the first MoD trial conducted under Category 1 Flight Test conditions and the first of its kind in the UK for 30 years. The addition of the radome builds on the QinetiQ Aviation Engineering Centre (AEC) track record in aircraft design and modification, a key T3E offering under the LTPA.


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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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