The U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support has awarded a $16.4 million contract to a collaborative effort between QinetiQ, AtkinsRealis and BMT to provide operational support and services to the British Royal Navy.
Under the four-year agreement, the Aurora Engineering Delivery Partnership will perform engineering services to ensure that the naval warfare force’s critical systems and equipment are always ready for mission operations.
QinetiQ will spearhead the execution of the contract work while BMT and the Aurora Provider Network will supply the effort’s needed expertise.
The partnership will also provide subject matter expert support for the acquisition and integration of combat systems into the Navy’s Type 26 and Type 31 Frigate ship programs.
Additionally, Aurora EDP will work closely with DE&S to ensure that naval equipment meets the required environmental, legal and shock standards.
QinetiQ said Aurora EDP will support British vessels through the Master Record Data Centre, an MoD facility for ship information configuration services managed by Babcock in Portsmouth, England.
In a statement, Stu Hider, maritime program director at QinetiQ, said the partnership will find increasingly efficient and effective ways to continue supporting the Royal Navy’s T26, T31 and future acquisition programs.