QinetiQ Wins Contract Extension for MCM Services at HMAS Waterhen

QinetiQ Australia has been awarded a five-year contract extension to its Mine Warfare Maintenance Facility (MWMF) support contract with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The extension will allow the company to continue to provide mine warfare equipment and support services to HMAS Waterhen in Sydney.

The initial MWMF support contract was awarded in 2017 to develop a sovereign mine warfare training capability for the Australian Defense Force (ADF).

Under the contract, QinetiQ worked with RAN and other mine warfare communities, including Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving (MCD) and Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving System Program Office (MCDSPO).

Since 2018, all teams have been working together to expand training capabilities against increasing naval mines and emerging threats.

Under the contract extension, the company will further support training capabilities, through the sustainment, maintenance and engineering of complex mine warfare training aids.

QinetiQ provides the training aids on behalf of the Maritime Explosive Ordnance System Program Office (MEOSPO).

MEOSPO East Director Lawrence McDougall said, “QinetiQ has worked closely with MEOSPO to support the RAN and mine warfare training capability.

“The QinetiQ team’s ability to change and adapt to meet the new and demanding requirements required by the RAN has led to the extension of their current contract.”

Currently, QinetiQ specialists, engineers and technicians are also working with RAN stakeholders to design and manufacture several other lines of complex training products, including a set of smart mine sensors.

The new product line will be based on specific input from the MCD community and user requirements to further enhance the training capability of HMAS Waterhen.

QinetiQ Australia Managing Director Greg Barsby said: “As capacity has grown, it has been great to see user groups working together to challenge their crews against representative real-world threats in difficult scenarios.”

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