Cobham announced on 21 November that QinetiQ will join Draken International and 3SDL as a member of the Cobham team to develop solutions for the delivery of operational readiness training under the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

QinetiQ will bring additional innovative synthetic and aerial target technology to the Cobham team, further balancing its capability across the Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) domains. QinetiQ’s clear pedigree in test, evaluation and certification will add increased assurance and safety expertise to the ASDOT programme, by de-risking the introduction of complex new platforms to meet MoD requirements. The addition of QinetiQ, combined with Draken International’s capability to provide 5th generational adversary air services and 3SDL as a leading UK provider of close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) experimentation and emulation, presents a team that is not only able to fully meet the requirements of the ASDOT programme, but also has the strength and depth to be able to adapt to the MoD’s future LVC requirements as they evolve.

We’re delighted to have secured QinetiQ as part of the Cobham team, alongside both Draken International and 3SDL, to deliver ASDOT. QinetiQ not only brings additional technological capabilities in the live, virtual and constructive domains, but also adds another strong UK defence company to our offering, cementing the Cobham team as the only true sovereign capability for ASDOT,” commented Cobham CEO, David Lockwood.

QinetiQ is thrilled to have joined this strong team headed by Cobham for the ASDOT programme. Our value-added technologies and expertise in the synthetic, aerial target, operational training, test and safety assurance domains are a natural fit with the Cobham team, and we feel that we are best placed to deliver a long-term partnered approach together, led by UK industry, in collaboration with the UK MoD,” added QinetiQ CEO Steve Wadey.

QinetiQ joins a team building a solution that includes use of Draken International’s fleet of over 150 military aircraft. (Photo: Draken International)

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