Contract extended for firm that helps police the skies

RENEWAL Radar array set up for the armed forces, maintained by BMT Reliability Consultants
RENEWAL Radar array set up for the armed forces, maintained by BMT Reliability Consultants

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DEFENCE engineering firm BMT Reliability Consultants has announced a three-year extension on its contract with the Ministry of Defence.

The contract is run via the MoD’s Air Defence & Air Traffic Systems Delivery Team (ADATS DT).

The Fareham firm and the MoD work together to ensure radar systems used by the MoD all over the world to monitor air space continue to work whenever and wherever they are needed.

Flt Lt Dean Wilson RAF, of the ADATS DT, said: ‘The ADATS DT is pleased to renew its association with BMT Reliability Consultants as it provides essential support towards the achievement of our business objectives.’

The radar systems police the sky and ensure any aircraft straying into MoD-controlled airspace is identified, even if it does not have a transponder on board.

It can be used all over the world to set up no-fly zones, and is used to monitor British airspace for any threats.

During the cold war it was used extensively to spot Russian fighters straying into British airspace.

The four-year contract was first awarded to BMT Reliability Consultants – part of the BMT Group – in 2010 on a four-year deal worth ‘many hundreds of thousands of pounds’.

This new three-year extension will secure jobs and work up until January 2017.

BMT Reliability Consultants’ managing director Andrew Cooper said: ‘We are specialists in availability, reliability and maintainability and have been providing these services to government and industry for over 30 years.

‘The award of this contract further reinforces not only the unique skills and experience that we offer, but the long-standing partnership we have with the ADATS Delivery Team.

‘We look forward to continuing in our commitment to providing an impartial assessment of the performance of the radars.’

The contract is looked after by a team of 12 people at the 45-strong firm, which is based in Little Park Farm Road in Fareham.