QinetiQ has provided details on its role in delivering the British Royal Navy’s next-generation Electronic Warfare system.

In November 2021, the BEQ consortium was awarded a $136.31m (£100m), 13-year contract for the Maritime Electronic Warfare Systems Integrated Capability (MEWSIC).

As part of the BEQ consortium, QinetiQ will work together with prime contractor Babcock International and Elbit Systems UK to deliver the capability for the UK Royal Navy surface platforms.

The consortium is responsible for the design, manufacture, and delivery/commission of the solution, as well as the supply of in-service support.

The MEWSIC will be integrated into existing Royal Navy combat systems. It will feature a suite of new sensors to detect and destroy emerging threats and enhance the navy’s situational awareness.

QinetiQ will leverage its expertise in sensing technology, integration of naval combat systems, and digitalised trial and assessment. This experience will help the team in realising MEWSIC’s full capability.

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QinetiQ maritime and land group director Steve Fitz-Gerald said: “From delivering the Naval Combat Systems Integration Support Service (NCSISS) since 2012, to our multimillion-pound investment in Portsdown Technology Park to create the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Maritime Mission Systems, we have precisely the experience required to ensure the success of this new Electronic Warfare system.

“It puts QinetiQ at the heart of end-to-end maritime systems integration so we can deliver better value and operational outcomes for all our maritime customers.”

In September 2020, QinetiQ awarded a contract to Ultra to modernise the entire Sonobuoy Test Facility (STF) system in the UK.