QinetiQ Group plc announced the renewal of the Maritime Strategic Capability Agreement (MSCA) with the Submarine Delivery Agency for a further ten years, ensuring a seamless transition from the previous 15-year agreement. The £259 million contract also includes an option for an additional five-year extension.

The MSCA delivers critical sovereign capabilities that contribute to the assurance of the UK’s ability to design, build and safely operate the Royal Navy’s surface and subsurface fleet, including the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent. The capabilities provided include independent design, test, evaluation and assurance services covering Hydromechanics, Stealth and Signatures, Structures and Maritime Life Support.

The renewal of the MSCA will secure vital sovereign skills and also provides a framework which allows QinetiQ to leverage these skills and capabilities. This will help to ensure the UK retains the ability to work as a strategic partner to its allies.

Drawing on world-leading experts, facilities and technology delivered from sites at Haslar in Gosport, Rosyth, Chichester and Farnborough, the renewed contract will provide longevity and consistency, not only for the maritime capability of the Royal Navy, but in ensuring sustained employment in these areas for the next ten years. The enhanced programme of work will also enable greater engagement with the broader maritime enterprise including academia.