QinetiQ joins Cobham-led ASDOT initiative

QinetiQ is to join Draken International and 3SDL as a core member of a Cobham-led initiative in support of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

In light of the announcement, QinetiQ will now lend its expertise to the team as it attempts to develop new solutions for the delivery of operational readiness training. Crucially, QinetiQ brings to the table its innovative synthetic and aerial target technology, which will balance the team’s capabilities across the Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) domains.

The appointment – coupled with Draken International’s 5th generation adversary air services and 3SDL’s close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance experimentation and emulation – means that Cobham is not only able to meet the needs of the ASDOT programme, but also allows for the team to remain flexible as the MOD’s future LVC requirements evolve.

For the uninitiated, the ASDOT programme aims to meet the future training needs of UK air support across the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army, in addition to the Joint Forces Commands.

David Lockwood, CEO of Cobham, said: “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.”

QinetiQ CEO Steve Wadey added: “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.”

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