Qinetiq is a British multinational defence technology company headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom. It is the part of the former UK government agency, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) , privatised in June 2001, with the remainder of DERA renamed Dstl (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory). QinetiQ provides design, analysis, development, build and test of hybrid-electric drive systems for military vehicles. We specialise in high performance, lightweight and efficient solutions which improve vehicle performance, improve reliability, reduce weight, improve fuel consumption and reduce the cost of ownership for our customers. The 6x6 Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) demonstrator vehicle has been built and tested by QinetiQ to evaluate the benefits of HED technology. The HED demonstrator vehicle will incorporate a gear change system, and be the first with "in-wheel" electric drive systems designed for serial production. QinetiQ's leadership of a world-class technology manufacturing team, including Magnetic Systems Technology, Multidrive and Vickers Defense Systems, is built on its already-developed conventionally driven 6x6 high mobility demonstrator. The control system will be developed using the QinetiQ built HYSIM simulation package. Products: Unmanned Ground Vehicles / Ground Robotics
Our History
QinetiQ was formed in July 2001, when the Ministry of Defence (MOD) split its Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in two. The smaller portion of DERA, was rebranded Dstl (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory) and remains part of the MOD. The larger part of DERA, including most of the non-nuclear testing and evaluation establishments, was renamed QinetiQ and prepared for privatisation. QinetiQ became a public private partnership in 2002 with the purchase of a stake by US-based private equity company the Carlyle Group.
In 2003, QinetiQ signed a 25-year long term partnering agreement (LTPA) under which we provide the UK MOD with innovative and realistic test and evaluation of military and civil platforms, systems, weapons and components on land, at sea and in the air. In February 2006, QinetiQ was successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange and the Carlyle Group sold its stake in the company.
The name QinetiQ results from extensive analysis of all of our capabilities and strengths. It is derived from the scientific term, kinetic , which means relating to or caused by motion. This in turn comes from the Greek kinetikos based on kineo, which means to move, with connotations towards energetic, enterprising and dynamic. QinetiQ was seen as particularly distinctive and reflects our spirit of innovation and creativity, but also energy, motion and progress.
QinetiQs facilities include laboratories, clean rooms, indoor and outdoor ranges, wind tunnels, marine testing facilities and climatic testing facilities.
DERA concept (later QinetiQ), known as the 6x6 Combat Support Vehicle. It had hybrid electric transmission, with six independant electric motors driving the wheels.
QinetiQs Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) Demonstrator Vehicle is a research and technology platform, designed and built as part of a MOD funded - and wide-ranging assessment study. The programme has focused throughout on the significant operational and service benefits offered by the technology. These include enhanced military capability through improvements in vehicle performance, fuel economy, design configuration, increased stealth capability and reduced whole-life costs.
The HED vehicle is a continuous 6x6 drive rigid, designed for operation at 18 tonne gross vehicle weight. It incorporates hub-mounted electric drive (HMED) units, eliminating the need for conventional transmission and drive shafts. A number of QinetiQs leading edge systems, such as the HYSIM simulation package, were used during the design phase of the programme.
Each HMED incorporates a permanent magnet brushless drive motor and a 2-ratio gearbox to meet the required wide range of torque and speed required for a military vehicle. Each HMED is also capable of electrical regenerative braking up to the maximum power rating of 100kW and also incorporates a substantial disc brake system.
QinetiQ operates a diverse variety of test and evaluation facilities across various UK sites that deliver strategic capabilities of national importance and cost effectively deliver through life analysis of systems from concept to disposal to increase reliability and fitness for purpose. These include: ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) chambers; various real-time simulators covering all types of vehicle; test and vibration rigs; land, sea and air test and evaluation ranges; a suite of human physiology testing facilities and specialist materials and physical testing capabilities.
QinetiQ North America (QNA) today announced that its Q-Net Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) defeat system has been selected to protect hundreds of U.S. Army Oshkosh M-ATV vehicles through an $18.3M contract. Under this contract, QNA will update RPG protection on the U.S. Armys newly purchased military vehicles with a modernized version of the original M-ATV protection kit that QNA manufactured and delivered from 2009-2011 for over 7,500 vehicles.
QinetiQ is to develop an electric hub-drive to improve survivability and mobility of future military ground vehicles for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Share Facebook Myspace Twitter StumbleUpon Delicious Digg Google Messenger Bookmark / Add to favourites Close Page Content In 1904-06 the Army Balloon Factory relocated from Aldershot to the edge of Farnborough Common in order to have enough space for experimental work. In October 1908 Samuel Cody made the first aeroplane flight in Britain at Farnborough and in 1912 the Balloon Factory was renamed the Royal Aircraft Factory (RAF). Among its designers was Geoffrey de Havilland, John Kenworthy and Henry Folland. In 1918 the Royal Aircraft Factory was again renamed, becoming the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) to avoid confusion with the Royal Air Force, which was formed on 1 April 1918. In 1988 the RAE was renamed the Royal Aerospace Establishment and in 1991 this was merged into the Defence Research Agency (DRA), the MOD's new research organisation. In 1995, the DRA and other MOD organisations merged to form the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). Although QinetiQ the company was born from a split of DERA in 2001, its heritage, and that of many of its staff, can be traced back much further than that.
In 1942, scientists from what had started in 1916 in Woolwich as the Signals Experimental Establishment moved to the Malvern site. They discovered the power of radar and in 1953 formed the Radar Research Establishment. Over the next decades they discovered Cadmium Mercury Telluride, produced the first real-time thermal imager, the first byphenal Liquid Crystal. In 1975 pyroelectric intruder alarms were developed and after a series of mergers the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment came into being in 1976. The Queen became one of the first Heads of State to send an e-mail on 26 March 1976 during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment The company went on to discover, amongst other pioneering technologies, the first 2-D pyroelectric array and were presented with the Queens Award for Technology in 1983. In 1991 Malvern became one of the founding members of the Defence Research Agency (DRA), and in 1995 developed the worlds most efficient solid-state silicon visible LED and made the first demonstration that a semiconductor (silicon) can be bioactive. Since QinetiQ was formed in 2001, it has pioneered advances in many areas of the information industry, including displays, speech technology, imaging, communications and high performance electronics. From the secret development of radar before and during WW2, to the innovative work of over 9,000 people in key scientific, research and technological areas, QinetiQ can proudly boast 13 Queens Awards, numerous personal awards to scientists and engineers, and internationally acclaimed scientific expertise.
For more than 50 years, QinetiQ North America has been providing technology development and product solutions to commercial and military customers
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