AROUND 250 jobs in Portsmouth have been secured after the government signed a deal with QinetiQ and BAE Systems.
The new Naval Combat System Integration Support Services contract, worth approximately £45m, is a four-year programme to ensure the combat systems equipment used on warships is safe and in perfect working order before it is installed on board.
For 40 years the shore testing facility at Portsdown Technology Park has tested complex combat equipment for all Royal Navy warships.
It has been described as ‘the jewel in the MoD’s crown’.
Peter Luff, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology said: ‘This is good news for both the Portsdown Technology Park, which remains a strategic national asset, and for the local economy as 250 local jobs will be sustained.
‘Portsdown is essential to ensuring that our sailors have the safe and highly effective equipment they need whilst on operations across the world.
‘The collaboration of QinetiQ and BAE Systems will be fundamental and demonstrates how the MoD and industry are forging ahead together to support our Armed Forces.’
Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Vice Admiral Andrew Matthews added: ‘The facility in Portsdown is a jewel in the MoD’s crown as it provides our Royal Navy with a UK-based centre of excellence for the integration of maritime combat systems.
‘It makes sure that our ships have all the right equipment working seamlessly, so our sailors can trust that their equipment will work correctly, first time and every time.’