QinetiQ and Thales UK awarded £1.7 million

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QinetiQ and Thales UK have been jointly awarded an initial £1.7 million research phase of the Decision Support System contract by the MOD. The research aims to investigate and demonstrate ways to assist Tactical Air Battlespace Management Systems users to identify, classify and track a variety of targets.

The programme is designed to rapidly assess new technology and establish the best way to use Decision Support Systems for existing and future C4ISTAR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) assets. Its overall aim is to reduce operator workload and improve the detection and track capability of airborne C4ISTAR instruments.

The project team will work with the MOD and research communities to assess a wide variety of technology and techniques.

Testing will initially be performed in laboratory conditions with measured live trials data, with a rapid transition to realistic operational scenarios using current training systems using rapid prototyping and spiral development. The shortlisted solutions will then be carried on flight trials.