SOURCE: QinetiQ North America, Systems Engineering Group

QinetiQ North America, Systems Engineering Group

August 13, 2009 14:01 ET

U.S. Special Operations Selects QinetiQ North America for Advanced Mission Planning Tools

HUNTSVILLE, AL--(Marketwire - August 13, 2009) - The U.S. Army Aviation Integration Directorate, Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM) and the U.S. Special Operations Mission Planning and Execution (SOMPE) Program Office awarded QinetiQ North America a contract for the continued design, development and maintenance of Advanced Mission Planning Tools (AMPT).

Awarded to the Company's Systems Engineering Group, the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year period of performance and a $10 million ceiling.

Located at Fort Eustis, Va., SOMPE provides integrated mission planning software to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

QinetiQ North America's Mission & Performance Planning Technology team has provided mission planning software products to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) since 1994, operating then as Great Pond Technologies, which was acquired in 2002 by Westar Aerospace & Defense Group which, in turn, was acquired by QinetiQ North America in 2005.

"Integrated with the Defense Department's Portable Flight Planning System, our software gives special operations pilots added confidence that their aircraft will complete their assigned missions as planned," said John Lewis, Vice President, Special Operations Programs.

Through subsequent contracts, QinetiQ North America developed flight performance models and performance planning calculator applications for all rotary-wing aircraft assigned to the USASOC. Recently, these mission planning tools have been expanded to cover a number of C-130 variants flown by the AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command). The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.

About QinetiQ North America:

QinetiQ North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers for many of their most urgent and complex challenges. QinetiQ North America is an independent, innovative technology provider that earns over a billion dollars in revenue operating with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources. More than 6,400 QinetiQ North America engineers, scientists and technicians have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group plc, (LSE: QQ.L), one of the world's leading defense and security technology companies.

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    Systems Engineering Group
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