Cyber, intelligence and space business QinetiQ Group plc has won an £80m contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The contract covers a 10-year period and will provide expertise, training and support to accelerate and transform mission data production.

This will enable military platforms and personnel, from the UK and its allies, to be better protected in a rapidly changing threat landscape and enhance the performance of our advanced military systems.

Hampshire-based QinetiQ will provide a specialist mission data and electronic warfare skills solution alongside training and IT support.

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James Willis, chief executive of UK intelligence at QinetiQ, said: “We are delighted to be selected as the MoD’s industry partner for mission data.

“The contract demonstrates how the MoD works closely with industry to build the skills of the future and introduce innovative approaches to enhance mission capability.

“Our team is harnessing the value delivered by small and medium sized companies and our academic partners. We look forward to working together in partnership with the MoD delivering the next generation of mission data.”

QinetiQ employs 6,000 staff worldwide and works in partnership with customers to solve real world problems through innovative solutions delivering operational and competitive advantage.

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In 2020 QinetiQ acquired Manchester-based software development and data analytics company Naimuri for £25m.

QinetiQ had previously partnered with Naimuri on several programmes delivering mission-led innovation around data-intensive challenges.