Qinetiq, which is feeling the squeeze from the dip in research and development budgets, has announced plans to shed several hundred jobs.
QinetiQ looks set to build on solid successes in the U.S. market with further acquisitions in the country. Recent end-of-year results have shown good growth in the U.S. companies already in the QinetiQ fold, with particular strength in the robotics sector, led by the Talon bomb disposal robot used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
British defense and security technology company Qinetiq is poised to complete the acquisition of Australian engineering group AeroStructures. The would-be subsidiary conducts engineering analysis and assessment of aircraft for structural integrity management and airframe life extension. It also carries out nondestructive testing, provides design and inspection services and trains aircraft engineers.
Fund-raising remains the primary endeavor of Farnborough Aircraft Corp. Ltd., according to Jonathan Sumner, marketing director. The UK company has maintained this focus since stockholders backed lead investor Geoffrey Galley at an extraordinary general meeting last July and ousted Farnborough-Aircraft.com founder Richard Noble.
Two UK-based specialists in the noise-reduction field are developing new technology that promises a substantial decrease in cabin noise. Developed by Ultra Electronics of Cambridge and QinetiQ of Farnborough, it is based on a hybrid system of trim panel mounts that incorporate both active and passive noise-reduction elements. The system
Responding to the rapid growth in demand for training in the area of unmanned aerial systems, Qinetiq’s Empire Test Pilots’ School, located at the UK Ministry of Defence MOD Boscombe Down site, late last month completed its first “Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems Trials and Evaluation” short course. Fourteen delegates from the UK armed forces and civilian personnel from Qinetiq attended.