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Qioptiq Wins £82 million Contract on Global Stage

Handheld equipment maintained over the next six years

Leading the UK delegation at the IDEX trade show in Abu Dhabi, Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin has announced the award of an innovative £82 million contract to Qioptiq, who provide support for vital surveillance and targeting equipment to international armed forces.

The deal with Qioptiq in St Asaph, North Wales, will see handheld equipment – including night-vision goggles and day and night weapon sights – maintained over the next six years, to ensure they are available to our personnel around the globe.

Speaking at IDEX 2017, Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: “It’s a pleasure to announce this £82 million contract here at IDEX. This deal will provide our troops with the equipment they need to stay safe, while also delivering £47 million of savings. This contract is made possible by our £178 billion equipment plan, supported by a Defence budget that will rise every year until the end of the decade. Work under the new Surveillance Target and Acquisition Support (STAS) contract will create eight new positions at the company, which employs around 560 at its St Asaph and Bodelwyddan sites. By merging 20 individual support contracts into one deal, the MOD will save £47 million for the tax payer over the next six years.

This new deal with Qioptiq has reduced costs by a third, demonstrating how we are constantly striving to build innovation and value into Defence procurement and support. Crucially, the STAS contract, will deliver improved support to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces,” Chief Executive Officer of the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation, Tony Douglas said. 

Baldwin and the UK team will be working to develop closer links with a range of Governments and industrial partners in the Gulf. British companies are promoting a range of innovative world leading technologies, many suitable for armed forces in the region.

They are keen to share technology, offer value for money solutions supported by training and logistical support, and build joint venture partnerships on land and maritime border security; maritime mine detection and countermeasures; and chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear and biological and chemical defence.

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02/20/2017

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