The UK Ministry of Defence has agreed a £1 billion contract amendment to modernise and run some of its UK test and training sites that will deliver £300m of efficiencies over the next 11 years.

The considerable efficiencies have been made possible through an amendment to the existing Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA) contract with UK company QinetiQ.

Under the contract amendment QinetiQ and the MOD have agreed to invest approximately £180 million to modernise air ranges at MOD Aberporth, Wales and MOD Hebrides, Scotland and test aircrew training at MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.

QinetiQ will reduce infrastructure costs, modernising equipment and aircraft, and adopt a more strategic approach to the delivery of Test and Evaluation and Training Support capability. It has also pledged to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to foster innovation and develop future skills to help deliver the LTPA.

At MOD Boscombe Down investment will provide a fleet of modern training aircraft and an up-to-date syllabus for Test Aircrew Training at the Empire Test Pilots' School.