May 9, 2019
QinetiQ has been awarded a $51m contract to deliver unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the Canadian Armed Forces’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program.
The contract, announced on May 7, will be delivered from QinetiQ’s state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle manufacturing and operational facilities in Medicine Hat.
“To win this bid is outstanding,” says Corrie Dale, vice president of QinetiQ, from Medicine Hat. “We are very proud to have brought this project to Southern Alberta.”
QinetiQ’s team designs, manufactures and operates unmanned vehicles that are used in military training scenarios. These targets provide a cost-effective threat representative training solution as well as a platform for weapons performance evaluation.
To carry out the contract, QinetiQ will expand their Medicine Hat facilities by acquiring approximately 5,000 square feet from their office’s neighboring bay in Brier Park Estates. The space will be used for storage as the office accommodates more staff.
So far, the company has hired human resources, and health and safety personnel to hire maintenance personnel and UAS operators to carry out work on the new contract, the Skeldar V-200.
Manufactured in Sweden, the Skeldar V-200 is one of the most advanced UAS available. It will provide intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance services to the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, for both domestic and international operations.
The $50 million contract is QinetiQ’s largest Canadian contract to date.
“International growth is a core part of QinetiQ’s strategy and to facilitate this, we continue to make significant investments in our subsidiary businesses and complementary acquisitions,” says Iain Farley, managing director international business at QinetiQ. “This contract provides an important proof point that this strategy is delivering.
The investment we have made in Canada has helped secure our largest Canadian contract to date and provides us with a solid foundation for delivering further QinetiQ products and services into the Canadian market and beyond.”
The impact of QinetiQ’s contract extends beyond Medicine Hat to the southeast corner of Alberta.
Positioned between Defence and Research Development Canada and the Foremost UAS range, Medicine Hat is a strategic location for military and defence contractors, and companies operating in the fast-growing UAS sector.
To test the Skeldar, QinetiQ is planning to use the Foremost UAS Range, Canada’s only beyond-visual-line-of -sight (BVLOS) restricted airspace, located approximately 100 kilometres southwest of Medicine Hat near the village of Foremost, Alberta.