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UK Subs agency renews strategic agreement with QinetiQ

6th April 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The Haslar towing tank at QinetiQ's facility in Portsmouth. (Photo: QinetiQ)

The UK’s Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) has renewed a Maritime Strategic Capability Agreement (MSCA), worth £259 million, with QinetiQ for another ten years.

The ten-year contract also includes a five-year extension provision, ensuring a seamless transition from a previous 15-year agreement.

The MSCA delivers sovereign capabilities contributing to the UK’s ability to design, build and operate the UK RN’s surface and subsurface fleet, including the continuous at-sea deterrent (CASD).

QinetiQ UK Defence chief executive Nic Anderson said: ‘The award of the MSCA contract demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Ministry of Defence and the Submarine Delivery Agency in working with QinetiQ to deliver and assure critical maritime capability to the UK.’

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The contract provides for independent design, test, evaluation and assurance services across hydromechanics, stealth, signatures, structures and life support.

SDA CEO Chris Gardner said the strategic relationship with QinetiQ secured essential MSCA capabilities for the agency and was good news for the RN’s submarine programme.

Work on the contract is delivered from facilities across the UK in Gosport, Rosyth, Chichester and Farnborough.

RN Director Submarines, RAdm Simon Asquith, said: ‘The MSCA is an essential cornerstone of some critical aspects of Royal Navy capability.

‘These capabilities will help to ensure that the UK can continue to design, build, and operate world beating submarines, both now and into the future.’

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