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QinetiQ Completes Urgent Satellite Communications System Order For MOD Helicopters

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London UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2007
QinetiQ has integrated a civil satellite communications system into a number of MOD Joint Helicopter Force (JHC) assets, as part of an in-theatre Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) programme. The requirement was to deliver beyond line of sight (BLOS) voice communications capabilities that allow deployed JHC assets to simply and efficiently communicate with operational headquarters.

In just 8-12 weeks (depending on the platform) QinetiQ, working closely with the Identification and Communication Equipment (ICE) Integrated Project Team (IPT), went from the initial meeting to delivering this operational solution. The various stages included the initial feasibility study, investigating technical options, then recommending and deploying the optimum BLOS technology to meet the capability enhancement requirements, across the identified aircraft variants.

"Through this UOR QinetiQ has demonstrated its capability in working with customers and stakeholders to quickly provide solutions to real problems that are affecting UK forces' operational performance," stated Andrew Sleigh, MD of QinetiQ's defence business. "The programme was accomplished in an exceptionally short timescale, due in the main to the commitment of staff and the streamlined and cooperative approach of the stakeholders. This solution is now in-service delivering vital capability to the front-line user community."

Initial feedback from operational units using this capability show that they are extremely pleased with the results and a comment from one operational flight commander reads: "Without doubt, this has been one of the best advances for some time in helping us to get the job done."

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