Cohort plc companies MASS and SEA have been selected to form part of a new UK Ministry of Defence maritime research and development programme being managed by defence technology company QinetiQ.

QinetiQ has been awarded a contract by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to manage the Progeny Maritime Research Framework contract to enhance the effect of technology in the maritime defence environment.

Under the contract, QinetiQ will build and manage a community of interest who will contribute ideas to maximise the impact of science and technology for UK maritime defence.

MASS and SEA are specialists in Information Warfare and Maritime Combat systems, the companies will focus the best resources on developing new systems which will keep the Royal Navy at the forefront of defence capability.

Dstl is making up to £25 million available to fund research and development every year to advance maritime science and technology.